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Prabhu ropes in Vinod Rai to infuse transparency in Railways

Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu today said he has asked former Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) Vinod Rai to suggest ways and means to infuse transparency in the 150 year-old transporter.

Rai is widely credited with unearthing the 2G spectrum allocation scam and the coal scam before retiring as CAG in May 2013.

“A decision has already been put in place that takes away the power to approve tenders from the minister based on Sreedharan’s recommendation. Now, the minister has asked Vinod Rai to look at (bringing in) complete transparency in railways,” a top Railways Ministry official said briefing the media asking not to be named.

Prabhu had promised turning around the operational and financial position of Indian Railways immediately after assuming charge of as rail minister last month. He had begun by setting up a single member committee under E Sreedharan, former Managing Director of Delhi Metro (DMRC), to reform business practices.

The railways is often criticized for lacking transparency in systems and operational processes including tendering for award of works. Sreedharan has, in his report, criticised the government and the Railways and questioned the process of delegating more powers to General Managers (GM) even as top posts lie vacant. Prabhu is likely to set up a similar one-,man committee under Vinod Rai to suggest more measures for reforms.

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