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Competency and skills of railway staff of all categories attached to different departments in Tiruchi Railway Division are to be enhanced through comprehensive in-service training on a mass scale with the ambitious aim of improving the overall performance.

The exercise has already commenced at the Tiruchi divisional level in accordance with the directive from the Railway Board, New Delhi, to all top brass of the railway zones and production units across the railway network.

Separate modules and course contents would be prepared for every department so as to cater to the needs and requirements of employees of various categories. The modules would be in conformity with the nature of duties carried out by the staff of the respective department.

The comprehensive training is being imparted under ‘Project Saksham’ – an ambitious programme put in place by the Railway Ministry aimed at enhancing the competency and skills of all categories of employees.

Necessary directions have been given to the Divisional Railway Managers from the Southern Railway zonal authorities to conduct five-day in-service training in batches for all categories of railway employees in their respective division. Southern Railway zone accounts for six railway divisions – Chennai, Tiruchi, Madurai, Salem, Palakkad and Thiruvananthapuram.

Railway officials told The Hindu that the mass training under ‘Project Saksham’ had already been kick-started for the staff of the mechanical department of Tiruchi division.

The in-service training for technicians had commenced from Saturday. It would also be conducted for Loco Pilots in batches in the days to come.

Training for the around 1,200 mechanical department staff of Tiruchi Division alone would be held at Tiruchi and Villupuram, said the officials. Similar training under the same project had also commenced for the health inspectors attached to the medical department as well as for those serving in the Traffic Department, a senior railway official said.

The training modules would be prepared department-wise according to the needs and requirements of the staff since the railways is a huge organisation encompassing various departments including mechanical, electrical, civil, signal and telecommunication, medical, traffic and security, said the sources.

Officials said the Railway Board had also issued instructions to organise similar training for employees working in diesel loco sheds and railway workshops as well.

Officials said instructions had been given to complete the mass training programmes before September 30 of next years


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