Kapurthala, June 24
DC Sharma, Member (Traction & Rolling Stock), Railway Board, on Friday visited Rail Coach Factory, Kapurthala, where on his arrival, he was greeted by General Manager Ashesh Agrawal and other senior officers.
On arrival at the RCF, Sharma inspected the coach manufacturing processes in the workshop. He examined various types of coaches being made by the RCF. He also flagged off the third rake of three-phase MEMU coaches (the first prototype had been flagged off on November 27, 2021).
He also inaugurated the jig for manufacturing shell of Vande Bharat coaches at Shell Assembly Shop. He praised RCF infrastructure for speedy manufacturing of coaches and also gave valuable tips in the process. Besides, he also praised the good maintenance and house-keeping of the material for rail coaches in the RCF.
Later, Sharma held a meeting with GM and senior officers on core issues pertaining to production output and manufacturing of new types of coaches and assured of giving full support from the Railway Board. He appreciated the RCF for the record production of 1,862 coaches in 2021-22. For this achievement and showing high quality in coach manufacturing, he announced a cash prize of Rs 2 lakh for RCF.
He stressed upon the RCF to increase its coach production capabilities so that the cost of coach production could be reduced. He also held a meeting with members of various unions/associations of the factory in which he stressed upon the importance of cordial relations between unions and administration and at the same time reaching out to them to cooperate in increasing the production of coaches.
Sharma appreciated RCF’s contribution in making Indian Railways attuned to world standards and stressed upon RCF to work hard to conserve its apex position in designing and manufacturing. He applauded RCF for attaining silver category certification in International Railway Industry Standard (IRIS), making it the only rail unit of India to be part of only 118 rail companies worldwide to have acquired the coveted silver performance certification.
The IRIS is a globally recognised system for the evaluation of business management systems, tailored to the specific needs of the rail sector. He advised RCF to follow the best practices to enhance its production as he said the Railway Board was keen to provide all assistance to it.
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