Substandard material was used in Shatabdi coaches

The Rail Coach Factory (RCF) here used substandard material a few months back in several Shatabdi trains being run from Delhi to different destinations. Actually, some auxiliary units allegedly supplied to the RCF here the substandard material a few months back. So much so, this substandard material was used during manufacturing of several coaches despite being inspected. Though the RCF administration has already de-listed two such firms, including Delhi -based Flexo Foam and Noida-based Asian Arc Electrode, RCF GM Pradeep Kumar has also directed an internal inquiry into the matter. The GM said if connivance of any officer was found in the inquiry report, action would be taken against that officer. Flexo Foam supplied seats for 35 LHB coaches being used in several Shatabdi trains being run to different destinations from Delhi. The foot rest, spring and screw used in the seats of these coaches were not up to the mark. To a query, the GM said the RCF had approved only change in the colour of the fabric used in these coaches and not allowed any change in its specifications. Corroborating his statement, Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) Charanjit Singh said the Tender Committee had approved the change only in the shade of the fabric. Interestingly, Flexo Foam was asked to supply the seats for these coaches after cancelling the order given to one Kapurthala-based company Sahai Enterprises. The order to Sahai Enterprises was cancelled on the ground that it could not supply the seats in time and subsequently the company was delisted, the RCF administration said, adding that however, orders for seats for two coaches were given to this firm after it was relisted in the recent past as several manufactured coaches were already with this firm. In yet another case, the field staff reported the low quality of MS welding electrodes but the laboratory took around 16 days to confirm the report during which a part of sub-standard material supplied by Asian Arc Electrode was consumed. Interestingly the RCF Staff Council had brought this matter to the GM’s notice in writing a few months back. It stated that about 8,000 electrodes were being consumed daily in the RCF but late inspection by the officials concerned led to consumption of the stock. However, the CME said that the company had been de-listed after confirmation and they had even written to the RDSO about it, which had approved the company. The RDSO has been asked to review the status of Asian Arc Electrode. Meanwhile, the RCF administration said the Chief Quality Manager had issued confidential letters to two RCF employees in this regard on June 1, 2009 in which they were asked to avoid undue delay in inspection in future. In the meantime, some deficiencies have also come to fore in copper coated CO2 welding wire supplied by a Ghaziabad-based unit source:The Tribune

"No pensioner is put to any inconvenience"-Dr Pallam Raju

The Defence Minister Shri AK Antony has underlined the need to complete projects within the stipulated timeframe. Addressing a gathering here today after inaugurating a complex of the Defence Accounts Department (DAD), he commended the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), which was the construction agency, for not only completing the project on time but also avoiding cost overruns. Lamenting the huge losses incurred by Central and State Governments due to delays in long gestation projects on account of time and cost overruns, Shri Antony motivated the DRDO to complete vital projects in time, saying that the organisation has proved that given the sincerity and will, it can deliver and meet its objectives. Assuring the Government’s commitment to provide adequate manpower and fulfil the infrastructure needs, the Defence Minister asked Defence Finance officials to help the Services attain their targets. “Your officers must not only monitor the progress of budget utilization, but also come up with innovative solutions to help the Services manage their funds in an efficient and a transparent manner”, he said. The DAD has an important role to perform since the Defence Budget constitutes the single largest head of expenditure in the Union Budget, after interest payments, Shri Antony noted. He commended the DAD officials for timely release of all pay arrears, well before Diwali, on account of Sixth Central Pay Commission implementation, to the Armed Forces personnel, numbering a huge 1.2 million. “Quick and efficient authorization, revision and payment of rightful dues to more than two million defence pensioners is and must be one of the topmost priority areas for the Government”, he added. In his address the Minister of State for Defence Dr MM Pallam Raju welcomed the constitution of an effective grievance redressal system to ensure that no pensioner is put to any inconvenience. Dr Pallam Raju said that the Pension Adalats are being held regularly in different parts of the country to reach out to the pensioners. He asked the DAD to leverage the benefits of technology by transforming the current systems to an entirely computerized environment. “New initiatives include computerized generation of Pension Payment Orders, creation of pensioner profile and document imaging and management system for old records”, he added. Shri Vinod Rai, Comptroller and Auditor General of India, Smt. Indu Liberhan, Secretary (Defence Finance) and Smt Bulbul Ghosh, Controller General of Defence Accounts, also spoke on the occasion. Dr VK Saraswat, Scientific Advisor to Defence Minister, Secretary Defence Research and Director-General, DRDO, was among the distinguished guests present on the occasion.

Antony inaugurates state-of-the-art office of defence accounts

The Defence Minister Shri AK Antony inaugurated here today a new building complex of the Defence Accounts Department (DAD). The state-of-the-art headquarters of the DAD, built by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), is a marvel of civil engineering. Incidentally the foundation stone for the building was laid by Shri Antony on June 25, 2007. Completed in just over two years and three months, well before the stipulated timeframe, the construction project also did not incur any cost overruns. The three-storeyed building has come up on a 24,280 square meters plot of land close to the Delhi airport. With a built-up area of 11,730 square meters, its architecture has been designed based on the principles of ecologically sustainable design and symmetry. Keeping in view the concerns over depleting ground water level in northern India, especially over Delhi, the building features provision for rainwater harvesting and reuse of water through sewage treatment plant for water conservation, reflecting the environmental protection concerns. Backed by a 1,000 KVA power backup, all offices in the complex have been provided with advanced Information and Communication Technology (ICT) tools and linked over Local Area Network (LAN) and Wide Area Network (WAN) for effective and instant communication including video conferencing. The complex has many other innovative features including fire safety standards conforming Bureau of Indian Standards norms, disabled friendly access, vast landscaped greenery and access control system

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