Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Shri M V Srinivasan

A letter from Shri M V Srinivasan to my Chief Operations Manager has driven me down the memory lane. Shri Srinivasan was the Chief Freight Transportation Superintendent, Chief Operations Manager and thereafter General Manager of Western Railway 15-20 years ago. I remember his heart ailment when he was the CFTS and the real sense of personal relief which I had felt on his recovery. On his becoming General Manager of Western Railway, we the people of 'Sinu's gang' (I hope he considered me one of his) were very delighted.

I do not have many memories of his tenure as Member Traffic, because we did not come to know what was going on in the Railway Board sitting in a small place as Ratlam. But I always used to get his post card on my official Birthday - 6th September. I did not reply those cards; though Shri M V Srinivasan tracked me on my various postings and did not miss sending card. Meanwhile, it seems I got lost in his address book due to frequent changes in my places and zones of working.

Shri M V Srinivasan, or kaptan (Captain) as we used to refer to him, always remains in my memory as a reminder to me that a man of simple nature can also rise to the top. Shri M V Shri M V Srinivasan is my ideal in many respects.

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

The Zonal Railway Users Consultative Committee Meeting

The Zonal Railway Users Consultative Committee Meeting (ZRUCC) is a big exercise in public relations for a Zonal Railway in India. The meeting is chaired by the General Manager of the Zone and is attended by the members of various Railway User Forums, nominees of the Minister and the concerned Members of Parliament. From the Railways side the various Departmental Heads are supposed to put forth the Railways viewpoint.We had the first meeting of the recently constituted body today at Allahabad.
It is always better to listen to the members. Many of the complaints are well known. But on certain matters we really get enlightenment. I had one such enlightenment by way of demands put forth for Railway services on the recently converted Broad Gauge sections. We may not be able to fulfill all or even the most; but a genuine exercise can be attempted.
Members hold the mike for as long time as they can. They are good speakers and like their own voice.
Today we had the election of The ZRUCC representative for the National body - NRUCC. And what a keen election! Out of 16 members present 5 stood for the lone post and the gentleman who won secured 6 votes. The person was visibly very happy. In the society, membership of such a body is a big status symbol.
One member - an MP from Rajasthan came in extremely attractive dress. Have a look at him.