Railways Sector Current Affairs - 2020

Indian Railways: MoU with RailTel; Content on Demand Services to raise non-fare revenue

The Indian Railways has signed MoU with the RailTel, a Mini Ratna Public Sector Undertaking in order to implement Phase II of e-office programme. Also, the Indian Railways is to provide content on demand services in premium, suburban, express and mail trains.

MoU of E-Office

On January 13, 2020, the Indian Railways and RailTel signed an agreement to implement the Phase 2 of E-office project. E-Office system is an integrated file management system that will help employees manage data, content electronically. Under the new phase, around 39,000 users are to be registered in 34 Railway divisions on the National informatics Centre. The target is set to be completed by March 2020.

Phase I

The Phase I of the project aimed at registering 50,000 plus users in 58 stations by March 2020. However, the Indian Railways have completed the target well ahead of time.

E-Office aims at adopting paperless culture. This will help reduce operational cost and also reduce carbon foot print.

National Informatics Centre

The National Informatics Centre was established in 1976. It operates under Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology. It provides infrastructure to deliver Government IT services and also the initiatives of Digital India.

Content on Demand Services

In order to generate more non fare revenue, Indian Railways will soon create content-on-demand in express, mail, suburban and express trains. The service is to be provided by the RailTel unit of GoI. The project is to be implemented in 2 years.

Under the project, the content such as shows, movies, educational programmes are to be made available in paid and unpaid formats for a period of 10 years. The project will be implemented in several languages. The aim is to cover all the 17 zones of the Railways.

Cabinet approves MoU between India and Switzerland on Technical Cooperation in Rail Sector

The Union Cabinet has approved Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between Ministry of Railways, and Federal Department of Environment, Transport, Energy and Communications of Swiss Confederation on Technical Cooperation in Rail Sector.  The MoU was signed in August, 2017.

The MoU will enable technical cooperation in areas such as traction rolling stock, Traction Propulsion Equipments, Freight and Passenger Cars,  EMU and train sets, Railway Electrification Equipments , Train scheduling and operation improvement, Tilting Trains, Railway Station modernization, Multimodal transport and Tunneling technology.

Background

The Union Ministry of Railways has signed various MoUs for technical cooperation in ail sector with various foreign Governments and National Railways in areas such as high-speed corridors, raising speed of existing routes, heavy haul operations, development of world-class stations and modernization of rail infrastructure etc.

The cooperation under these MoUs is achieved mainly through exchange of information on developments in areas of railways technology and operations, knowledge sharing, technical visits, training & seminars and workshops in areas of mutual interest.

These MoUs provide global platform for Indian Railways to interact and share latest developments and knowledge in railway sector. They also facilitate exchange of technical experts, technical documents and reports, training and seminars focusing on specific technology areas and other interactions for knowledge sharing.