Owning up of responsibility by the responsible person.
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I am a voluntarily retired railway officer. I have seen it from the inside and from the outside. Railways works with fifedoms, and one of these is the traffic/operating department in the railways. They have no right to run their fifedom in an engineering organization, being non engineers!
The recent accident over Northern Railway and the subsequent investigation once again reveals the inherent biases in decision making. When the UTKAL train accident happened, the Chairman Railway Board resigned (Stores Officer), General Manager Northern Railway goes on leave (Electrical engineer), Division Railway Manager/Delhi (Civil engineer) goes on leave.
When it comes to running railways the traffic/operating department runs it, and when heads are to roll, it is to be of the engineers!
It is also a fortnight that the CRS has submitted the report on the Utkal Accident. Whom does it blame -- ASM (Traffic) and Section Controller (Traffic). The role of the engineers is clear from the TOI report excerpt of CRS report-- "By the language of the memo, it appears PWI (junior engineer) is begging for a 20-minute block to the ASM for attending to urgent repair work." http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/rail-staff-laxity-led-to-utkal-express-mishap-probe-report/articleshow/60787975.cms
If the traffic employees are to blame, and not engineering --- Why is it that no traffic officer has been taken to task!
Railways is an engineering organization! Make it engineering, if you want to address it problems!
Conflict of Interest Declaration: I have on the receiving end of the traffic departments fifedom, hence I feel I have the right to fight against it. Like most railway officers I cannot hide behind the excuse -- "Apne kaam se kam rakho! Tumhe kya pari hai!" (Keep yourself to your work, why are you concerned). In my incident too, despite all private agreements, no traffic employee was taken up!
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