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Indian Rlys' top officials to be trained abroad

"Top officials are being sent abroad to be trained on the lines of a private company's chief executive officer (CEO)," a senior railway official said.

india Updated: May 31, 2006 22:37 IST

As part of his drive to modernise the railways, Railway Minister Lalu Prasad has decided to send nearly 100 top officials abroad for training in latest techniques and sharpen their managerial skills.

"Top officials are being sent abroad to be trained on the lines of a private company's chief executive officer (CEO)," a senior railway official said.

Indian Railways boasts of being the world's second largest rail network after Russia. It operates over 15,000 trains daily, which includes at least 9,000 passenger trains. Around 14 million people use its 63,000-km network on a daily basis.

Sources close to the minister said here that 25 general managers (GMs) of different railway zones and 60 divisional railway managers (DRMs) would get training abroad. The GM rank officials will receive training in the US, while the DRMs are to be trained in France.

The GM rank officials will be trained for two weeks in a New York-based business school and the DRMs will receive training for a week in the HEC Institute, Paris.

In the first phase, 10 GM rank officials will travel to New York for training in June. Meanwhile, the first batch of 30 DRMs have already left for Paris.

"The training is part of Railway Minister Lalu Prasad's initiative to give world-class exposure to officials," KC Jena, one of the GMs selected for training in New York, said.

"The officials will be trained like CEOs to learn the latest managerial skills, sharpen their vision and update the service facilities," he added.

Lalu Prasad has been credited with the biggest turnaround of Indian Railways as it posted an all time high cash surplus of Rs 13.6 billion in the 2005-06 fiscal.

First Published: May 31, 2006 22:37 IST