South Eastern Railway celebrated the 63rd Railway Week Award Function at Rabindra Sadan, Kolkata this afternoon (19-4-2018) with great enthusiasm and gaiety.
Sri S.N.Agrawal, General Manager, South Eastern Railway graced the occasion as Chief Guest while Shri Anirban Datta, Addl.General Manager/SER along with Principal Head of Departments attended the function. Divisional Railway Manager of Kharagpur, Adra, Chakradharpur & Ranchi and the representatives of different Associations including a large number of staff and officers were also present on the occasion. As many as 100 selected railway staff & officers were felicitated with Merit Certificates, Cash Awards and Efficiency Badges in recognition of their outstanding services and devotion to duty during the year 2017-18. The Overall Efficiency Shield was awarded to Chakradharpur Division for the best all round performance. Kharagpur, Adra and Ranchi divisions also received other category of shields for their outstanding performance. Bokaro Steel City Station of Adra Division has been adjudged as the Best Kept Station.
Sri S N Agrawal, General Manager complimented the railway men for their utmost efforts to achieve this commendable performance. He appealed to the employees to make all out efforts to achieve the satisfaction of passengers and freight customers & advised them to be extremely cautious in matters relating to safety and security of passengers.
Sri Agrawal stated that South Eastern Railway has made a mark in revenue earning freight loading. South Eastern Railway during the financial year 2017-18 has loaded 150.76 million tonnes of freight which is 2.05% more than the last year (2016-17). General Manager also added that as a result of this record freight loading, South Eastern Railway generated freight earnings of Rs 12007.35 crores in 2017-18 which is 10.16% more than the previous financial year.
In the Passenger sector, South Eastern Railway earned Rs 1568.56 crores in 2017-18 as against Rs. 1501.60 crores earned from passenger traffic in 2016-17, achieving a growth of 4.46%. SER generated a surplus of Rs 6456.20 crores in 2017-18. Sri S N Agrawal stated that this level of operational efficiency and financial prudence has resulted in an improved operating ratio of 75.92%. GM/SER added that in 2017-18 SER has achieved 95.66% punctuality in mail/express trains which is second highest in Indian Railways. This apart GM spoke about timely completion of railway projects, elimination of unmanned level crossings and safety & security of passengers which got paramount importance. SER’s sports performance, welfare activities, cleanliness both at stations and in trains, various passenger friendly initiatives etc. were highlighted in the address of the General Manager.
A colourful cultural programme was also organised by the cultural team of Divisions & Headquarters of SER on this occasion.