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New Delhi, September 21, 2011
Railways Minister Dinesh Trivedi today announced that an Expert Group had been constituted under the chairmanship of Mr Sam Pitroda, Adviser to the Prime Minister, to recommend ways and means to modernise the Indian Railways.
The impelementation of the recommendations of the committee are expected to give an impetus to the Railways' modernisation plans and help tem to meet the challenges of the country's economic growth, the aspirations of the common man, the needs of changing technology and the expanding market.
They will also be aimed at ensuring adequate focus on addressing social and strategic requirements of the country in consonance with Indian Railways’ national aspirations, Mr Trivedi told a press conference here today.
The terms of reference of the committee would involve outlining strategies for modernization of Railways with a focus on track, signaling, rolling stock, stations and terminals; using information and communication technology (ICT) for improving efficiency and safety; augmenting existing capacities of Railways through indigenous development; reviewing projects and addressing public private partnership (PPP) issues.
The committee will inter alia address issues connected with organization, management and resource mobilization and professionalization of manpower on Indian Railways.
The other members of the committee are Deepak Parekh, Chairman, HDFC Bank, M.S. Verma, former Chairman, State Bank of India, G. Raghuram, Professor, Indian Institute of Maagement (IIM), Ahmedabad, Rajiv Lall, MD, IDFC, Vinayak Chatterjee, Chairman, Feedback, Infrastructure Services Limited and Ranjan Jain, Adviser (Infrastructure), Railway Board
The committee will function at Delhi and is expected to submit its report in December 2011, Mr Trivedi added.