Prime Minister reviews Railways, gives direction for stepping up safety, punctuality and cleanliness

In a meeting attended by Sh Mukul Roy, Sh KH Muniyappa, and Sh Bharatsinh Solanki, Ministers of State in the Ministry of Railways, Chairman Railway Board and members of the Railway Board, Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh took a detailed review of the Indian Railways.

Expressing concern at recent accidents at unmanned level crossing gates, Prime Minister directed that the signage and road surface at the level crossing gates should be in accordance with laid down norms. The Railways will launch a publicity drive to educate the road users also. 

In view of the summer holiday season in full swing, Railways assured Prime Minister that punctuality is receiving utmost attention, while amenities at stations are being stepped up to provide greater convenience to the traveling public. While appreciating on-line ticketing as a good initiative, Dr Manmohan Singh mentioned that there were complaints of the system becoming slow at peak times. Railways will move to ensure that the capacity for on-line ticketing is increased by an additional one lakh tickets per day within this summer. 

Prime Minister also asked the Railways to give special attention to the supply of fertiliser for farmers, and to expeditiously move foodgrains for the public distribution system from Punjab and Haryana, for consumption in the rest of the country. There should be no slackening in movement of coal to power plants, so that sufficient stock can be built up before the monsoon. 

While the Railways apprised the Prime Minister of the record completion of new lines last year, Dr Manmohan Singh said that creation of Railway infrastructure must not slow down. Railways must fast track the setting up of locomotive factories, and other initiatives being taken to attract investment under the public-private partnership framework. This will also send a positive signal about investment climate to potential investors, both at home and abroad. 

While appreciating the good work done by the Railways under Kum Mamata Banerjee, Prime Minister said that the tempo should be further quickened to carry the initiative forward. Dr Manmohan Singh made specific mention of the need to speed up work on the Dedicated Freight Corridor, J&K Railway Project, and the national railway projects in the North Eastern states. While Railways had successfully absorbed the additional staff costs after the 6th Pay Commission, Prime Minister mentioned the critical need to improve the operating ratio by increasing revenues and decreasing operating costs. 

Mentioning that Indian Railways was the lifeline of our nation, Prime Minister appreciated the dedication of Railway staff and officers, and exhorted them to aim to achieve beyond laid down targets. 

Nomination of qualified candidates of Stenographer Grade C Limited Departmental Competitive Examination (LDCE), 2009

No. 5/1/2011-CS-II-(C)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training

3rd floor Lok nayak Bhavan
Khan Market New Delhi 100003
Date 30th May, 2011


Subject- Nomination of qualified candidates of Stenographer Grade C Limited Departmental Competitive Examination (LDCE), 2009

The under signed is directed to say that based on the results of the above mentioned examination, the staff selection commission SSC has recommended 63 candidates (General 57 and SC 6) for appointment to the Stenographer Grade C for the select list year 2009. The examination dossiers in respect of 50 qualified candidates have been received from SSC till now. Out of these 50 candidates 6 candidates have already been appointed as Grade C stenographer on regular basis. The nomination of 2 candidates has been deferred till further orders. The remaining 42 candidates are here by nominated to cadre units of CSSS as shown in the Annexure.

2. Before the nominated candidates are appointed, the cadre units are requested to ensure

i.Verification of the particulars finished by the candidates in the dossiers with the original entries in their respective service books.

ii.Availability of vigilance clearance

3. The unfilled vacancies reserved for ST category may be carried forward to the subsequent select list year in accordance with the extant instructions/rules, as SSC has not recommended any candidate against vacancies reserved for ST category.

4. It is requested that the nominated candidates may be relieved immediately for appointment as in the Steno Grade C nominated cadre units.These nominated candidates may be included in the select list of Steno Grade C of CSSS for the year 2009 in the manner indicated in the CSSS rules,1969. Copies of their appointment orders may be endorsed to this department and the SSC.The dossiers of nominated candidates are forwarded here with for keeping the same as part of their service books.

5. Receipt of this O.M. together with the enclosure may be acknowledged.

Kiran Vasudeva
Under secretary to the Govt. of India

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Lt. General HL Kakria Takes Over as DGAFMS

Lt. General H. L. Kakria has taken over as the Director General, Armed Forces Medical Services (DGAFMS). Before taking charge as the DGAFMS yesterday, Lt. General Kakria was working as the Director General, Medical Services (Army). 

An alumnus of GSVM Medical College, Kanpur, Lt Gen Kakria joined the Army Medical Corps on February 14, 1972. A Post-Graduate in General Surgery and Orthopaedics from the Pune University, the General officer has been a renowned surgeon, teacher and an academician. He has published numerous research papers in various National and International journals. He was awarded the Major General Amir Chand award in 1990 for the best research work in Orthopaedics on Knee Joint injuries. An Executive Member of 'Bone and Joint Decade '(BJD) 2000-2010, Lt. General Kakria has attained global recognition for his pioneering work in joint replacement and spinal surgery. 

During his illustrious career spanning over 39 years, Lt. General Kakria has held key positions including Commandant, Base Hospital Delhi Cantt., Commandant of Artificial Limb Centre, Pune and Commandant of Command Hospital (Southern Command), Pune. He has also held the staff appointment of Major General (Medical), HQ Southern Command and later became the Commandant of AMC Center & College. Appointed DGMS (Army) & Colonel Commandant on June 1, 2010, Lt. General Kakria has been awarded the Vishisht Seva Medal in 1992, Bar to Vishisht Seva Medal in 2002, Ati Vishisht Seva Medal in 2009 and Param Vishisht Seva Medal in 2011. 

HC flays Army Medical College for reserving 100% seats

he Delhi High Court today came down heavily on an Army Medical college for not complying with the judicial orders by going ahead with reserving 100 per cent seats for the wards of defence personnel.

The court also sought the assistance of the Attorney General to examine the feasibility of take over of the Army Medial College run by Guru Govind Singh Indraprashtha University (GGSIPU).

"We request the Attorney General to assist the court on the issue," a bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justice Sanjeev Khanna said while pulling up the college for running it according to their "whims and fancies".

"On perusal of the affidavit filed by the college, it appears that they have all the powers on the earth to close the college at their whims and fancies and no authority can compel them to run the college," the bench said.

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