Secunderabad: Chairman Railway Board (CRB) AK Mital said there is a need to invest more in technology and skill development. Mital, Chairman Railway Board, New Delhi addressed a National Seminar on “Safety in Indian Railways – Role of Signalling & Telecommunication (S&T) Department” organised by the National Federation of Indian Railwaymen (NFIR) at Rail Kalarang, Secunderabad today i.e. The Chairman Railway Board, who was the Chief Guest at the seminar stressed that the role of S&T Department is very vital towards safety of rail operations.
Indian Railways is geared to invest enough in upgrading both technology and manpower skills, Mital informed and added that there shall be no doubts with regard to safety, when train speeds are increased.
The Seminar, which is focused on the role of S&T Department has come at an appropriate time, with the focus of Indian Railways also tuned towards Safety as first priority.
He assured that needed steps will be taken, wherever required to redress issues concerning the S&T workforce.
Earlier, Ravindra Gupta, General Manager, SCR lauded NFIR for organising the Seminar on Safety and made a pitch for re-skilling and multi-skilling of technical staff on the Railways, so as to enhance the efficiency of the system.
In the present times, signalling assets have spread all over the rail network and it is a big challenge to maintain the same.
Remote monitoring of assets, hence needs to be planned, he opined.Whatever technology is imbibed on Indian Railways, it is essential that the same shall withstand all weather conditions, he stressed.The General Manager expected that the Seminar will be able to contribute in devising the policy and direction for S&T Department.Akhil Agarwal, Additional Member (Signal), Railway Board in his address spoke of the vital role that the S&T Departments place in keeping the trains moving. Prasad, Chief Personnel Officer; Ashesh Agarwal, Divisional Railway Manager; Smt Aruna Singh, Divisional Railway Manager, Hyderabad Division, SCR were amongst the dignitaries who attended.Training of manpower and technology modernisation are essential parameters of the S&T wing, to develop the railway system. While training of staff shall be a priority, there cannot be any compromise on safety of the S&T staff during the course of performing their duties, he stressed and added that safety gadgets will be used to enhance safe working conditions of S&T personnel. Mahaboob Ali, Chief Signalling & Telecommunication Engineer; S.