Device to alert railway gangmen soon: Pitroda

           Railways would soon unveil ten new safety and operational systems for its network which could include a satellite-based rail navigation project and a device to alert gangmen about approaching trains to avert mishaps.
       "Ten new initiatives for Indian railways using the Information and communication technology would be announced soon to improve its safety and operational aspects," chairman of Railway committee on ICT Sam Pitroda said today.

          "Railways have 40,000 miles of fibre optics network and the new initiatives would exploit this network," he said. A device which could alert on duty gangmen about approaching trains could also be included among the initiatives, he said.

         Pitroda expressed concern about growing fatalities in mishaps involving gangmen. In the last couple of months, at least 12 gangmen have been run over in Northern Railway alone while carrying out works on railway tracks.  PTI

Government's Policy of Appointment on Compassionate Ground.

Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training
.New Delhi, dated the 12th Jan 2010

Subject: Action Taken on 23rd Report of the Department Related Parliamentary Standing Committee on Personnel, Public Grievances, Law and Justice on the Government's Policy of Appointment on Compassionate Ground.

The undersigned is directed to refer to para 9.4 of the 23'rd report on Government policy of appointment on compassionate ground given by Department Related Parliamentary Standing Committee on Personnel, Public Grievances, Law and Justice, Rajya Sabha. It is envisaged in the above para that if the Government's effort is to help the family of the deceased employee then there must be a separate Cell in each of the Ministries or Departments, which will to only compassionate appointment cases.
The cell should send periodical information on number of vacancies, number of applications received, time taken to dispose of the cases, reasons for not disposing favorably etc. to the head of the Department. The Committee has, therefore, recommended that the Government should come forward with certain new guidelines for the benefit of the employees like creation of a separate Cell, etc.
2. The matter has been considered in the Department. It is not felt desirable for the small Departments to have a separate cell. It is, however, advised that bigger organizations should create a separate cell for handling large number of cases for compassionate appointments in order to ensure timely and meticulous processing of applications. The cell should be entrusted, inter-alia, with the responsibilities as envisaged in the Report of the Committee.
( Alok Ranjan )

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