Minister of Railways inaugurates 1st Indian Railways human resources round table conference

New Delhi: Minister of Railways Mr Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu inaugurated Indian Railways’ 1st HR Round Table Conference here today. Chairman, Railway Board, Mr AK Mital, Member Staff Mr Pradeep Kumar, other Railway Board Members and senior officials were also present on the occasion.

Indian Railways is the biggest civilian employer in the country spanning the length and breadth of the sub-continent within strength of over 13 lakh employees.  The employees are spread over 10 departments in 17 Zones, 6 Production Units and 68 Divisions.  The service of the Indian Railways are 24X7 and the work content varies from high precision engineering to customer interface and train operations with many departments working in a coordinated manner.  Improving the productivity of the human resources through inter-change of ideas with various stakeholders and HR practitioners and academics is the aim of the Conference.

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The Conference was organized around three themes: stakeholders expectations from HR; the future of work – HR role; and creativity within constraints.

Each theme was in form of a Roundtable discussion amongst HR experts and leaders of industry including:

  1. Ms. Naina Lal Kidwai, CEO HSBC India
  2. Mr. Dinesh K. Sarraf, CMD ONGC
  3. Mr. A.K. Balyan, Ex. MD & CEO Petronet LNG Ltd.
  4. Dr. Santrupt Misra, CEO Carbon Black Business & Director Group HR, Aditya Birla,
  5. Mr. Pankaj Bansal, Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer, PeopleStrong,
  6. Mr. T.K. Srirang, Sr. GM, HR Head, ICICI Bank
  7. Mr. S. Roy Choudhury, Director HR, Vodafone India Ltd.
  8. Mr. Ayaskant Sarangi, Sr. Vice President, Human Resources, Wipro Technologies
  9. Mr. Sunil Kumar Maheshwari, Professor, IIM, Ahmedabad
  10. Dr. P. Dwarakanath, Advisor, HR Max India Ltd.
  11. Mr. S. Roy, Director HR, NTPC
  12. Mr. S.Y. Siddiqui, Chief Mentor, Maruti Suzuki India Ltd.
  13. Mr. Yogi Sriram, HR Head, L&T

On the occasion, Minister for Railways Mr Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu said that Railway is a large organisation & for every big organisation, it is necessary to revisit the basic issues, introspect them and bring a change to be competitive, versatile & efficient. People in the organisation has to take a decision of change. Organisational change can happen only if the shortcomings are realised.

Chairman Railway Board Mr AK Mital said that in all other organization the cost of employees is around 30% whereas in Indian Railways it is 60% of the operation cost. The need of the hour is to increase the earning so that the cost of employees will go down which will be possible only when efficiency & output of each & every employees will improve.

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