UNION MINISTER FOR RAILWAYS, SHRI ASHWINI VAISHNAW CONFERS ‘ATI VISHISHT RAIL SEVA PURASKAR’
• Eastern Railway Bagged Best Workshop (Rolling Stock) Shield at National Level for Liluah Workshop on the occasion of Ati Vishisht Rail Seva Puraskar-2023
Kolkata, 16 December, 2023:
The Union Minister of Railways, Communications & Electronics and Information Technology, Shri Ashwini Vaishnaw today conferred the ‘Ati Vishisht Rail Seva Puraskar’ (AVRSP) on 100 Railway Employees from various Zones/Divisions, Production Units & Railway PSUs all over the country for their outstanding services. He also presented 21 Shields for promoting best practices among Railway employees. The Awards/Shields were presented at the 68th Railway Week Central Function, organised at Bharat Mandapam at Pragati Maidan in New Delhi. Chairperson & CEO and Members of the Railway Board, General Managers of Zonal Railways, and heads of Production Units of Railways and PSUs of Railways were present on the occasion.
Eastern Railway bagged the Best Workshop ( Rolling Stock) Shield for Liluah Workshop on the occasion of the 68th Railway Week Central Function – Ati Vishisht Rail Seva Puraskar-2023, organized at Bharat Mandapam, Pragati Maidan, New Delhi on 15.12.2023. Shri Ashwini Vaishnaw, Hon’ble Union Minister for Railways handed over the coveted Best Workshop ( Rolling Stock) Shield to Shri Amar Prakash Dwivedi, General Manager / Eastern Railway. Shri Yatish Kumar, Chief Workshop Manager/ Liluah was also present on the occasion.
Besides Eastern Railway awarded with Best Workshop ( Rolling Stock) Shield for Liluah Workshop, two employees of Eastern Railway viz Shri Kartik Singh, Senior Divisional Engineer, and Shri Aman Anand, Loco Pilot (Passenger) were also awarded by the Hon’ble Railway Minister for their exemplary contribution and dedicated service.
Addressing the gathering after conferring the awards, the Union Minister for Railways, Shri Ashwini Vaishnaw congratulated the awardees for their exceptional work and effort. He said the transformation work is going on at full pace in Railways under the leadership of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi. He said “More electrification has been done in 9.5 years than in the past 40 years. Lack of Investment, which was the biggest problem for railways, is now a thing of the past.”
The Union Minister asserted that “People’s expectations with the railways are being fulfilled now. Hon’ble PM often says this is the golden period of railways and you all are the strength behind this. This commitment of all railway employees makes everyone feel proud that we are all doing this for our nation. Railway infrastructure is being developed at record speed and scale. Several new things are happening which is helping achieve a strategic goal.”
Talking about the massive potential savings in logistics costs, Shri Vaishnaw said “Such transportation, if done by road, involves higher costs along with fuel cost. As per an estimate, there will be 3000 Million tonnes of new cargo, and if the railway gets half of it then it will potentially save 16,000 crore litre of fuel and Rs. 1,28,000 crore will be saved through this which will be a big achievement and saving for the nation.”
Elaborating on the economic growth of the nation, the Union Minister said that in 2014, India was in the 10th spot in global economies while in 2004, India was already in the 10th spot and therefore, it was a lost decade. Now, India is at the 5th place and in the coming years, under the leadership and vision of Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, India will soon achieve the 3rd position.
Shri Vaishnaw, Hon’ble Railway Minister further added “We should all change the colonial mindset and by 2027 we will become one of the top three. Railways will play a vital role in India’s growth journey. We are saving huge amounts in logistics costs alone. We are all lucky that we have our Prime Minister who is so emotionally attached to railways. He has so much commitment towards the railways, and all railway employees are part of a very committed, dedicated team which will continue to work towards the development of the nation.”