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Thu 23rd of November 2017


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Achievements and Initiatives of Ministry of Railways

1. Rail Cloud Project:

  • RailCloud is a virtual server with an inbuilt security system that will enable faster connectivity at a reduced cost. Rail Cloud works on popular Cloud Computing system.

  • RailCloud has been developed by rail PSU RailTel as part of Railways strategic IT initiative, IR - OneICT.

  • It is aimed at optimising server the resources and its management.

  • Most Important works are done through Cloud Computing. Cloud Computing is the emerging technology for faster and on demand commensurate deployment of Server resources which result in reduced cost.

Potential benefits to Railways after implementation of RailCloud are:

  • Faster and on-demand deployment of application

  • Optimum use of Servers and storage

  • Utilization of existing infrastructure as part of Cloud

  • Rapid scalability and elasticity

  • IT Security enhancement and Standardization

  • Cost reduction

  • Better user experience

2. NIVARAN-Grievance Portal (First IT Application on Rail Cloud)

  • ‘NIVARAN-Grievance Portal’ is the first IT application to be launched on the RailCloud.

  • It serves as a platform for resolution of service-related grievances and of serving and former railway employees.

  • The existing application hosted on a conventional server was migrated on RailCloud.

  • It will save significant revenue and improve user experience at same time.

3. Cashless Treatment Scheme in Emergency (CTSE) Scheme:

  • To provide immediate care to its retired employees in ‘Golden Hour’ Railway Board has decided to roll out a “Cashless treatment Scheme in Emergency’ (CTSE), in empanelled hospitals, for retired employees and their dependent family members.

  • A web based system of communication between private hospitals and railway authorities has been developed wherein identity of the beneficiary shall be established using biometrics stored in Aadhar (UIDAI) server, eligibility shall be determined using Railway Data Base and emergency shall be verified by Railway Medical Officer based on private hospital’s clinical report.

  • The whole system is online and even the bill processing shall be online.

  • This scheme shall provide help and succour to the retired railway employees at the time of need and at the same time will have a morale boosting effect on the serving employees.

  • The Scheme fulfils both the avowed objectives of the GOI; utilizing IT tools to cut the red-tape and promoting cashless transactions.


Prelims Question of the Day

With reference to 'Natural Rate of Unemployment', consider the following statements.

1. It is the level of unemployment in an economy that is just consistent with a stable rate of Inflation.

2. It is the unemployment that prevails when all markets in the economy are in equilibrium.


(a)1 and 2

(b)2 only

(c)1 only

(d)None of the above

Mains Question of the Day

1.GS-No party in power can afford to ignore Directive Principles of State Policy. Comment.(200 Words)

2.Political Science - Explain the role of non state actors, like IMF, World Bank, European Union and MNCs, in modulating and transforming the broad dynamics of international relations. (250 Words).

3.SOCIOLOGY - What is the impact of Globalization on the structure and mobilization of the working class in India? (250 Words).

Sociology - Thinkers