New Delhi, 13th of July
Railway Minister, Suresh Prabhu yesterday introduced the IT cloud computing service to the railway department. This significant move encompassed Rail Cloud Project and Vivaran-Grievenace Portal which promises to reduce costs and improve efficiency for the passengers as well as for railway employees.
According to Mr. Prabhu these cloud solutions would also allow railways to reduce costs and integrate large sets of data on servers in a secure manner.
Mr. Prabhu added that, “Efforts are being made to bring the entire Railway system on integrated digital platform. RailCloud is another step towards digitization of railways”. The phase-I of the digitization was sanctioned at the cost of Rs. 53.55 crore rupees.
Mr Prabhu then also went on to launch a Cashless Treatment Scheme in Emergency (CTSE) for railway employees. He handed over the 1st CTSE card to a railway employee to start a new chapter in the digital future of Indian railway.
The purpose of this scheme is to provide emergency relief to retired employees through immediate care. This project would be a web based system of communication between private hospitals and railway authorities during the hour of need to railway employees.
The portal would allow relevant authorities to identify an individual using biometrics stored in Aadhar server, which in turn allows railway authority to proceed with verification and determine eligibility immediately.
The railway digital system can ideally boost the morale of railway employees by serving them efficiently during their most difficult hours. The scheme is a larger part of government initiatives which aims to utilize IT tools to cut red-tape and promote a more transparent digital economy.
This significant moved was witnessed and welcomed by many dignitaries who were present at the launch. Minister of State for Railways Rajen Gohain, Chairman Railway Board and other senior Railway officers were present during the ceremony.