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Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Is it Privatisation or Outsourcing in Indian Railways ?

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Is it Privatization or Outsourcing in Indian Railways ?

The Railways has around 13 lakh permanent employees and over 4.5 lakh contractual and outsourced staff. It shows a ratio of 3:1.  May be in coming days, it may be jump to 2:1

Activities (termed as Non Core) that are already outsourced on a phased manner in Indian Railways are :

·         AC Coach attendants
·         Platform cleaning
·         Security
·         Executing the works in Indian Railways
·         P.Way maintenance
·         Catering & Pantry car
·          Hospitality
·         Doctors in Railway Hospital
·           Supply of Bed linen in AC Coaches
·          OBHS – On Board Housekeeping Services
·          Parcel vans
·         Sanitation in Railway colonies
·         Managing Retiring Rooms Dormitories
·         Housekeeping of Railway Stations
·         Railtel for telecom operations
·         RVNL for construction activities
·         Disburse salaries through NEFT (thereby reducing the Cash office staff)
·         Doorstep Banking
·         Engineering Surveys
·         Painting or removal of paint of Rolling Stock in Production Units / Workshops
·         Maintenance of IVRS – Interactive Voice Response System
·         Transportation of released track material
·         Leasing of SLR space
·         Unscheduled and scheduled repairs of house wiring and operations of  Pumps/DG sets / Stationery AC Plants/ Distribution network of power supply
·         Unscheduled repair of major electrical assembly of locomotives / multiple units / Alternaor / fans / Compressor in AC Coaches
·         Waiting halls in Platforms

Proposed / Contemplated activities are

·         PMC – Project Management Consultancy – Supervising the Works
·         Corporatisation of Railway Production Units and Workshops
·         Corporatisation of all construction activities
·         Railway Station operations (as a whole )
·         EPC – Engineering , Procurement and Construction (from estimate stage to completion stage)
·         Certain activities of Salary preparation, maintenance of Provident Fund / NPS etc
·         Private Trains

The above list is endless. I advise Railway employees to face any eventuality of the rapid changes in the Indian Railways in coming days.


I am neither pro nor against the above reforms / privatisation of the Non core activities of Indian Railways.