Modern Trolleys at Important Railway Stations for Senior Citizens and Women

As announced in the Railway Budget 2011-12, the Ministry of Railways has decided to extend the Rail Yatri Sevaks with modern trolleys to six more stations. These six stations are New Delhi (Platform No. 1 and 16), Mumbai, Chennai, Ahmedabad, Bengaluru and Thiruvananthapuram. 

Modern Luggage Trolleys with brakes, similar to those provided at airports (standard dimensions) will be provided for round the clock service. These trolleys should be provided by service providers who will be engaged for each station through a separate open-tender process to be followed by the zonal Railways. The contractual period shall be for one year. 

These trolleys will be provided by service providers with no initial or recurring investment by the Railways. The service provider providing these trolleys will have to pay annual license fees to the Railways based on the highest financial bid in the open tender. 

The number of trolleys to be provided at a station will be decided by the Zonal Railways based on the requirement and taking into account the congestion at the platforms of the Railway station. The number of trolleys, however, will not exceed 50 on a station. 

Service provider shall be allowed to advertise on these trolleys in accordance with the guidelines stipulated for advertisement on Railway premises with respect to aesthetics, public morale etc. The space for advertisement will be fixed by the Zonal Railways and will be notified while inviting the tender. The advertising material will have to be approved from the Railway authority before display. There will be no advertising which may affect the business of the Railways negatively like advertising of airlines etc. Railways will specify this area of advertisement as additional space in cases where the bulk advertisement rights for commercial publicity are awarded. The space used for advertisements on trolleys will not be included in the bulk advertisement rights. 

The Zonal Railways will notify the specific telephone number on which senior citizens and ladies can book the luggage trolley in advance. The “Rail Yatri Sevaks” will hold a placard with number to help the passengers in identification of the assigned trolley. The passenger booking the service will furnish the PNR to the “Rail Yatri Sevak” for the purpose of verification. 

It will be clarified by the Zonal Railways that “Rail Yatri Sevaks” are deployed by the service provider. Their deployment is purely contractual in nature and no facilities viz. absorption in railway service, regularization of service, bonus, railway pass facilities etc. will accrue to the service provider or “Rail Yatri Sevaks”. 

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Parliamentarians Urge Govt to upgrade and Augment NCC and Sainik Schools

Cutting across party lines, Members of Parliament today urged the government to bring about sweeping changes in the structure and content of the training being imparted to the youth in the National Cadet Corps (NCC) and Sainik Schools to bring them in sync with the contemporary world. They were taking part in a discussion of the Consultative Committee attached to the Ministry of Defence. The members felt that there is the need for bringing in large number of youth into the framework provided by the NCC and Sainik Schools so that they imbibe sound values and become worthy citizens of the future. 

There was unanimity among the members that contemporary societal requirements such as information technology, disaster management and strong leadership traits must form part of the training and education in NCC and Sainik Schools. Some members suggested that participation in NCC by every youth of the country for at least one year in their academic life be made compulsory so that discipline and societal values are absorbed by them. 

Earlier opening the discussion the Defence Minister Shri AK Antony said NCC remains in the forefront of social and community development programmes throughout the country. He said NCC cadets provided timely assistance during the Jnaneshwari Express tragedy, cleaned the Mumbai shores during the oil spill and planted one million tree saplings as part of ‘My earth my duty’. Recalling the growth of NCC over the years Shri Antony said, established in 1948 the Corps today has a sanctioned strength of 1.5 million cadets and extends to 615 districts across the country. 

Talking about the Sainik Schools Shri Antony said, the schools have entered 50th year of existence. At present, there are 24 schools in 24 states in the country with two schools each in Bihar, Karnataka and Haryana. Over these 50 years, Sainik Schools have prepared over 8,000 officers for the Armed Forces and have also made a substantial contribution to other walks of life. 

Speaking at the meeting the Minister of State for Defence Shri MM Pallam Raju said the government is attaching a lot of importance to the two systems and more support are being given to them. He said in the last couple of years, MoD has invested substantial amount in upgrading the infrastructure and training of teachers of Sainik Schools. 

The Members of Parliament who attended today’s meeting included Dr. Murli Manohar Joshi, Shri Ram Chandra Khuntia, Shri HK Dua, Shri Piyush Goyal, Shri Ishwar Lal Jain, Dr. Mahendra Prasad, Shri Shivanand Tiwari, Shri Manish Tewari, Shri Gopal Singh Shekhawat, Shri SS Ramasubbu, Shri Lalit Mohan Suklabaidya and Shri Harshvardhan. Others who attended the meeting included the Defence Secretary Shri Pradeep Kumar, Secretary (Defence Production) Shri RK Singh and Scientific Advisor to Raksha Mantri Shri VK Saraswat. 

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