The Railways has determined to dispose of a British-era apply of sending confidential paperwork through private or Dak messengers and instructed zones to maneuver to communication through videoconferencing.
That is the newest in a string of directions for zonal railways to chop prices.
“As a measure to scale back value and enhance financial savings on institution associated expenditure, the Board has desired that each one discussions amongst officers of Railways PSU /Railway Board ought to invariably be held over video conferencing accordingly reserving of non-public messenger/Dak messenger needs to be stopped instantly.”
“Compliance of the above needs to be ensured, as it could lead vital financial savings in allowances, stationery, Fax and so forth,” the order dated July 24 to the zones acknowledged.
These dak messengers are normally peons who’re recognized and given the duty of ferrying recordsdata, paperwork of delicate nature throughout the Railways’ community — from Railway Board to its varied departments, to its zones and divisions. This was launched by the British when there was no web or electronic mail.
Earlier, the Railways had known as for a freeze within the creation of recent posts, rationalisation of manpower at workshops, shifting outsourced work to CSR, shifting ceremonial capabilities to digital platforms.
It additionally suggested the zones to manage expenditure by lowering workers value, rationalising workers and likewise by making them carry out a number of duties.
It additional requested the zones to evaluation contracts, cut back vitality consumption and reduce value in administrative and different areas.
The Railways additionally instructed that each one file work be moved to the digital sphere and suggested that each one correspondence have to be achieved by means of safe e-mails and requested them to scale back the usage of stationery articles, cartridges and different objects by not less than 50 per cent.
It requested the zones to evaluation and shut all uneconomic branches of the ministry.
Whereas most communication by officers are at the moment achieved by electronic mail, the Dak messengers are nearly as good as out of date, say officers. With the newest course, their use has been formally delivered to an finish.