Staff Welfare Fund Contribution to be Increased
Railway University to be set up for Railway Employees
The Minister of Railways Shri D. V. Sadananda Gowda has announced several measures for welfare and skill development of railway staff. Presenting the Railway Budget 2014-15 in Parliament today, the Minister said, these measures include:
i) Increase in contribution towards Staff Benefit Fund from Rs. 500 per capita to Rs.800 per capita.
ii) A special scheme for the meritorious wards of Railway persons for their outstanding performance in academics and sports for such children.
iii) The Hospital Management Information system will be used to integrate all health units, Divisional hospitals and Central Hospitals as well as our empanelled hospitals and
iv) To examine feasibility of providing air-conditioning in loco cabins;
He said, Railways is also contemplating on setting up of a Railway University for both technical and non-technical subjects.
He said, Indian Railways will tie up with technical institutions for introducing railway oriented subject for graduation and skill development. In the meantime, staff at the ground level will be sent for short duration courses of technical and non-technical nature, involving locally available technical institutions. The exposure for specialized areas like high-speed, heavy haul operations, etc. will be undertaken for all level of staff and officers at appropriate institutes in India and abroad.