Rlys asks staff to cut down on wasteful expenditure

As the first step, the Railway Board has asked officials to do away with the practice of welcoming any senior officer with bouquets.

A notification has been issued by the Board and communicated to all the zonal offices.

The East Central Railway (ECR) in Bihar, which controls five divisions - Danapur, Mughalsarai, Sonepur, Samastipur and Dhanbad - received a similar communique wherein it has been suggested by the Board to cut down wasteful expenses and use the funds to serve passengers.

The Board has also asked its officers not to print New Year greeting cards.

"According to an estimate, around Rs 100 crore was being spent annually on bouquets, printing greetings cards (for New Year) and calendars. At least this amount will be saved," said a source.

In railway functions, apart from the chief guest, host of other guests were also welcomed by bouquets.

"Roughly, Rs 10,000 to Rs 15,000 was spent on bouquets alone in a major function. Even for small functions, the expenses on flowers would range from Rs 5,000 to Rs 8,000," the source said.

"The advisory is a welcome step. Now, the officers have been asked to extend New Year's greetings through e-mails, instead of printed greeting cards. Presenting bouquets was also an unnecessary drain on the exchequer. Necessary instructions have been issued after receiving notification from the Railway Board," said Rajesh Kumar, chief public relations officer of ECR.

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