Seeking cooperation of states for infrastructure development, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu today said the Indian Railways would give top priority to customer satisfaction and better passenger amenities.
Pointing out railway connectivity is an important factor in the development process of a region, Prabhu said Indian Railways is earnest about creating adequate rail infrastructure like new lines, gauge conversions, station developments, new trains, passenger facility and amenities in the East Coast Region.
Prabhu was speaking after inaugurating the 61st National Level Railway Week Award Function- 2016 here. This yearu2019s ‘Railways National Programme’ is dedicated to East Coast Railway (ECoR) region and its people.
The Ministry of Railways celebrated its most momentous National level Award Function marking Railway Week this year at Bhubaneswar.
“Top most priority be given to safety, security and punctuality and on-board services,” the minister said.
He asked all Zonal Railways and Railway Board Members to brace up to meet the challenges faced by Indian Railways.
Prabhu pointed out customer satisfaction remained top priority for the Railways.
The Railway Minister urged state governments to co-operate with Railways in infrastructural Development in their respective States.
“Infrastructural development through Partnership will result in the benefit of the people as well as the country,” he pointed out.
The week is celebrated to commemorate the introduction of first train service on the Indian soil on April 16, 1853 between Boribunder (Mumbai) to Thane.
The Indian Railways celebrates Railway Week from April 10 to 16 every year.
Among others, Minister of State for Railways Manoj Sinha was present as Guest of Honour.
Chairman, Railway Board A K Mital, Railway Board Members and General Managers of all the Zonal Railways and the Production units and other senior railway officials also attended the function.
Altogether 143 Railway Employees and Officers were awarded on this occasion for their outstanding performance. 25 Shields were also given to different Zonal Railways, Production Units for their better performance and achievements where East Coast Railway bagged Pt. Govind Ballabh Pant Shield for overall performance.