For the first time, in 163 years of Indian Railways, this kind of Brainstorming and Planning Exercise has taken place at such large scale involving all railway employees. The Shivir helped in creating a vision for Indian Railways that every employee relates to and reflected business aspirations and societal commitments of Indian Railways.
At the insistence of the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, Indian Railways organised a 3-day Rail Vikas Shivir (Rail Development Camp) at Surajkund near New Delhi, from November 18-20, 2016 with a view to generate numerous innovative yet practical ideas across most critical areas of Railway operations for substantial progress of this sector.
The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, inaugurated the shivir on November 18, at Surajkund, through video conferencing. Focusing on the ‘transformation’ theme for the Indian Railways, PM emphasised that this is a technology-driven century and innovation is essential. “The century has changed, so the railways should also change. The Railways has to be about both ‘Gati’ (speed) and ‘Pragati’ (progress). There should be new speed, progress and new capacity and it should also gain financial strength,” the Prime Minister said.
This Shivir was significantly different from other Railway conferences in the sense that here not external speakers shared what Railways should do but rather Railway Employees belonging to all levels themselves were also being encouraged to contribute to present new ideas and to be a part of the decision making process. This Shivir helped in creating a vision for Indian Railways that every employee relates to and reflected business aspirations and societal commitments of Indian Railways.
On the third and concluding day of the Rail Vikas Shivir, PM attended the Shivir in Surajkund. He was given thematic presentations on various aspects of the Railways, and he later addressed the Railway employees all across the nation.
More than one lakh new crowdsourced ideas for improving railways were generated and examined by various teams, and all those selected ideas were discussed in the event. The Prime Minister gave away prize to the top three teams and top 5 crowdsourced ideas.
The venue at Surajkund was divided into various areas named after iconic trains services like Rajdhani, Shatabdi, Duronto, Humsafar, Tejas, Gatimaan, Uday, Antyodaya and Jan Shatabdi.