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Indian Railway Management Service (IRMS)

Posted on : 12 Feb 2020

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  • Unification of the existing eight Group A services of the Railways into a Central Service called Indian Railway Management Service (/RMS)
  • Re-organisation of Railway Board on functional lines headed by CRB with four Members and some Independent Members
  • The existing service of Indian Railway Medical Service (IRMS) to be consequently renamed as Indian Railway Health Service (IRHS)
  • Railways has an ambitious programme to modernise and provide the highest standards of safety, speed and services to the passengers with a proposed investment of Rs. 50 lakh crore over the next 12 years.
  • Unlike Railway systems the world over, which have been corporatized, Indian Railways is managed by the Government directly. It is organised into various departments such as Traffic, Civil, Mechanical, Electrical, Signal & Telecom, Stores, Personnel, and Accounts etc.
  • These departments are vertically separated from top to bottom and are headed by a Secretary level officer (Member] in the Railway Board. This organization of the department runs deep down to the grassroot level of the Railways.
  • Unification of services will end this 'departmentalism', promote smooth working of Railways, expedite decision making, create a coherent vision for organisation and promote rational decision making.
  • Unification of services has been recommended by various committees for reforming Railways including - the PrakashTandon Committee (1994), Rakesh Mohan Committee (2001), Sam Pitroda Committee (2012) and BibekDebroy Committee (2015).
  • It is now proposed to create a unified Group A' service called "Indian Railways Management Service" (IRMS) from the next recruitment cycle. Creation of the new service will be done in consultation with DoPT and UPSC to facilitate recruitment in the next recruitment year. It will enable Railways to recruit engineers/non-engineers as per need, and offer equality of opportunity to both categories in career progression.
  • The modalities and unification of the services will be worked out by the Ministry of Railways in consultation with DoPT with the approval of Alternate Mechanism to be appointed by Cabinet in order to ensure fairness and transparency. The process shall be completed within a year.
  • Railway board will no longer be organised on departmental lines, and replaced with a leaner structure organised on functional lines. It will have a Chairman, who will act as 'Chief Executive Officer (CEO)' along with 4 Members responsible for Infrastructure, Operations & Business Development, Rolling Stock and Finance respectively.

Article Related Questions

  1. Consider the following statements regarding Indian Railway Management Service (IRMS)
    1.It has unified the existing eight Group A services of the Railways into a Central Service.
    2.Unification of services had been recommended by various committees for reforming Railways including - the PrakashTandon Committee (1994).
    3.Decisions regarding IRMS have been taken by the Railway Ministry.
    Which of the following statements is/are correct?

  2. 1.1 and 2 only

    2.2 only

    3.2 and 3 only

    4.1, 2 and 3

    Right Ans : 1 and 2 only

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