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Railways closes ‘Dak Messengers’ in bid to cut costs

The order issued on Friday states the railway board, zones and PSUs will only communicate via video conferencing adding that practice of using Dak Messengers should be stopped immediately.

india Updated: Jul 26, 2020 05:50 IST
HT Correspondent| Posted by Susmita Pakrasi
HT Correspondent| Posted by Susmita Pakrasi
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Indian Railways.
Indian Railways. (REUTERS)

The Indian Railways has issued an order to end the practice of using ‘Dak Messengers’ or personal messengers for sending any official communication and move towards video conferencing only in a bid to save cost.

The order issued on Friday states the railway board, zones and PSUs will only communicate via video conferencing adding that practice of using Dak Messengers should be stopped immediately.

“As a measure to reduce cost and improve savings on establishment related expenditure, the Board has desired that all discussions amongst officials of Railways PSU /Railway Board should invariably be held over video conferencing accordingly booking of personal messenger/Dak messenger should be stopped immediately. Compliance of the above should be ensured, as it would lead significant savings in allowances, stationery, Fax etc.,” the order dated July 24 to the zones stated. The railway ministry has said the move is aimed at cutting the national carrier’s costs.

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