Transforming Awards: A New Eco-System for the Indian Railways

The Ministry of Railways in India has revised the award eco-system for Railway Week, which is celebrated from 10th to 16th April each year. The National Railways Award has been renamed as ‘अति विशिष्‍ट रेल सेवा पुरस्‍कार’ and the number of awardees is limited to a maximum of 100.

Cash component has been withdrawn except in posthumous cases, where it would be INR 50,000 per case. A silver medal and merit certificate will be presented to the awardees, and the list of awardees will be notified on 16th April every year. The new award system has a schedule that needs to be followed.

Transforming of Awards

भारत सरकार GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
रेल मंत्रालय MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
(रेलवे बोर्ड) (RAILWAY BOARD)

No.2023/O&M/12/4

Dated:- 11.04.2023

General Managers,
All Indian Railways/PUs
DG/NAIR & DG/RDSO
CAO/PLW, Patiala, CAO/WPO, Patna & CAO/RWP, Bela

Sub: Transforming of Awards

Every year, Railway Week is celebrated from 10th to 16th April. During the Central Function, Award is presented to selected Officers/staff for their exemplary, outstanding and meritorious performance.

  1. The entire award eco-system conferred by Ministry of Railways (Railway Board) has been revised and the following has been decided w.r.t. Award at Ministry of Railways level given during Railway Week from the year 2023 onwards:

(1) Award at Ministry of Railways level

a) National Railways Award is renamed as ‘अति विशिष्‍ट रेल सेवा पुरस्‍कार‘.

b) Number of awardees is restricted to maximum 100 numbers.

c) Cash component is withdrawn except in posthumous cases, which would be 50,000/- per case.

d) Silver Medal & Merit Certificate will be presented to the awardees.

e) List of awardees will be notified on 16th April of every year.

f) Following timelines shall be adhered to as per the following schedule:

ActivityFor year 2023From year 2024 onwards
Notificationon 1stJan
Last date of self-nomination31st Jan
Shortlisting & forwarding to Board by Zonal/PU level committee30th Apr28thFeb
Shortlisting by Board ‘s committee15th May31st Mar
Notification of list of Awardees31th May16th Apr

Management System (HRMS) portal from year 2024 onwards.

h) Details of screening committees will be made available in public domain.

i) Existing system of presentation of rollover shields to Zonal Railways for excellence in particular field will continue.

j) Zone/PU-wise quota has been worked out based on man-on-roll. Accordingly, quota of nominations for अति विशिष्‍ट रेल सेवा पुरस्‍कार to be forwarded to Board’s Office by various Zonal/PUs/Others Unit shall be as under:

RlysQuotaRlysQuotaRlysQuotaRlysQuotaRlysQuota
CR24NER12SER20CLW2RCF2
ER26NFR14SECR12BLW2MCF1
ECR21NFR (C)SWR9PLW1CORE1
ECoR12NWR12WR23RWP1RDSO1
NR33SR20WCR14RWF1NAIR1
NCR16SCR20METRO1ICF2WPO1

(2) Award at Zonal/PU level

a) GM Award is renamed as ‘विशिष्‍ट रेल सेवा पुरस्‍कार’.
b) Number of awardees is restricted to maximum 100 numbers or 0.1% of the workforce, whichever is less.
c) Cash component is withdrawn.
d) Only Merit Certificate will be presented to the awardees.
e) List of awardees will be notified after 3 days of notification of awardees of ‘अति विशिष्‍ट रेल सेवा पुरस्‍कार’.
f) Following timelines shall be adhered to as per the following schedule from 2024 onwards:

ActivityTimeline
Notificationon 1st Jan
Last date of self-nomination31st Jan
Shortlisting by Zonal/PU level screening committee15th Mar
Notification of list of Awardeesafter 3 days of notification of awardees अति विशिष्‍ट रेल सेवा पुरस्‍कार

g) e-self nomination will be allowed through Human Resource Management System (HRMS) portal from year 2024 onwards.

h) Details of screening committees will be made available in public domain.

i) Presentation of Annual awards at the level of Head of Department will be discontinued with immediate effect.

j) System of presentation of department-wise rollover shields for excellence in particular field will continue.

(3) Award at Divisional level

a) DRM Award is renamed as ‘विशिष्‍ट रेल सेवा पुरस्‍कार‘.
b) Number of awardees is restricted to maximum 100 numbers or 0.1% of the workforce, whichever is less.
c) Cash component is withdrawn.
d) Only Merit Certificate will be presented to the awardees.
e) List of awardees will be notified after 3 days of notification of awardees of रेल सेवा पुरस्‍कार
f) Following timelines shall be adhered to as per the following schedule from 2024 onwards:

ActivityTimeline
Notificationon 1stJan
Last date of self-nomination31st Jan
Shortlisting    by    divisional      level    screening committee15m Mar
Notification of list of Awardeesafter 3 days of notification of awardees of  विशिष्‍ट रेल सेवा पुरस्‍कार

g) e-self nomination will be allowed through Human Resource Management System (HRMS) portal from year 2024 onwards.
h) Details of screening committees will be made available in public domain.

  1. Accordingly, nominations of Officers/Staff for grant of अति विशिष्‍ट रेल सेवा पुरस्‍कार, 2023 from ZRs/PUs/Other Units as per the quota mentioned above (in Annexure-11-IV) is invited for further consideration by Board as per the guidelines indicated at Annexure-I Schedule, venue and other details for actual presentation function would be communicated separately.
  2. The receipt of this letter may be acknowledged through email and Name,” Designation, Telephone (P&T and CUG) and Email ID of coordinating officer of the Railway for अति विशिष्‍ट रेल सेवा पुरस्‍कार be intimated to US/O&M, Railway Board at neenakandpal.rb[at]gov.in
  3. Last date for forwarding the soft copy of nominations viz 30.04.2023 be strictly adhered to.

Encl:-4

(Sandeep Mathur)
Secretary/Railway Board

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