Project Saksham: All You Need To Know


Railways in India is the lifeline of the country. Its robustness is mandatory for the smooth functioning of the mass transportation and commutes in India. To improvise the functioning of Railways, the Ministry of Railways have decided to launch a project named Saksham. Saksham is a Hindi word which translates to capable. The plan and the nature of the scheme are being prepared under the guidance of Shri Piyush Goyal, Minister of Railways and Coal. It is an extensive training program to train all the employees of Indian Railways with the idea of upskilling them and enhancing their knowledge and learning. This indeed is an applaudable step towards increasing the efficiency of Indian Railways.

According to this plan, all the employees of every zone will have to go through a week’s training concerning their field of work in the upcoming year. A direct information letter has been sent by Shri Ashwani Lohani, Chairman Railway Board to all the railway production units and general managers of zonal railways.

The managers need to identify the kind of training that each category of employees has to go through. They have to be grouped as per their work to identify their training needs. Planning a training calendar is also required before 31st December 2017 to ensure that no employee is left out.

As discussed it would be a five-day training in the working hours or even as classroom-type training in the Railway Training Centre according to the type of training. The respective Managers need to have a close vigil over the employees going through the training and need to be involved in the pre and post-training process. This is to ensure that the training received by the employees is being implemented in their jobs, to ensure quick improvement in the working styles of the employees. It is their performance which will affect the performance of the entire Railways. The training span is of nine months and should be completed within the stipulated time. The zone should monitor the consequences and impact of this project.

Apart from this indigenous training, some Railway officers will be leaving for Japan to get training about the Shinkansen bullet train and other advancements in the field of Railways.

The project is expected to start on 12th January 2018 and will continue until the 12th of September. However, the dates are subject to change. But keeping in mind that 12th January marks the 155th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekanand, it is likely to be 12th of January.

Under this scheme, around 13 lakh employees of Indian Railways will be trained which not only involve the clerks but also cover up the lower grade workers such as sweepers and peons.

With the introduction of modern facilities in trains, digitalization in Railways, it highly requires trained workers who can provide better services and satisfy the mounting expectations of passengers. This training shall give them the right mindset and right skills to perform their job with more experience and professionalism. The productivity of the Railways is definitely going to increase with this training programme.

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