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    Default IIM-A study praising Lalu’s Railway turnaround was paid for by Lalu’s Ministry


    IIM-A study praising Lalu’s Railway turnaround was paid for by Lalu’s Ministry

    Responding to an RTI application filed by The Sunday Express, Ministry reveals: For 26-page report on ‘turnaround,’ IIM-A was paid Rs 4 lakh plus research expenses plus overheads; author was hosted by Railways across the country. It was IIM-A which rolled out the red carpet for Lalu after which Harvard, MIT came knocking


    NEW DELHI, JUNE 23:The “critical appraisal” by the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, on the “turnaround” of Indian Railways, which sang paeans to Railway Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav’s “astute understanding

    The amount: Rs 4 lakh plus service tax plus “expenses of research assistance, computer usage and overheads at IIM-A/Ahmedabad.” The author of the study, IIM-A professor G Raghuram, was also provided “rail travel (complimentary passes)/air travel, accommodation (rest house), local hospitality, data covering and analysis support.”

    This fact has been revealed by the Ministry in a reply to an application filed by The Sunday Express under the Right to Information Act this month. Raghuram’s report doesn’t mention this sponsorship.

    The Ministry says that the Railway Staff College, with IIM-A, conducted the study and the “deliverable” is a “case study along with teaching note to be used as training material.”

    Significantly, this report was ready in September 2006 — the study began in May that year — and IIM-A rolled out the red carpet for Lalu on September 18 when he visited the campus, catapulted to the status of a “management guru.”

    It was after Lalu’s appearance at IIM-Ahmedabad that delegations from Harvard Business School, Wharton University, Boston University, American Defense Institute, U.S. Financial Services Industry Study Group, MIT’s Sloan business school visited Indian Railways to hear the “turnaround story.”

    “There are many studies we do at the institute where the subject pays for the cost,” Raghuram told The Sunday Express. “The payments are made to cover the costs and the faculty’s time. Even in this case, the payment made was not huge.”

    When asked about the propriety of asking a subject for funding when the study is a “critical appraisal” of the subject, Raghuram said: “A study sponsored by a subject does not necessarily compromise its objectivity. As academics, we also don’t want the objectivity of a study to be influenced. I had been wanting to see the new initiatives introduced in the Railways. For that, I proposed to the Railways that I wanted to conduct a study, to which they responded favourably.”

    The 26-page IIM-A study, which has over 45 pages of annexures, praises the “style of the Minister”, his “non-interference” in dealing with the Railway Board, his “direct approach” while communicating with zonal General Managers, “caring attitude towards staff and unions”, his image-building through the media. And even his ability to identify the right people as reflected by the choice of his OSD Sudhir Kumar.

    For the record, between May 4 and July 14 in 2006, Raghuram traveled to Lucknow, Kolkata, Dangoaposi, Noamundi, Tatanagar, Bellary (Hospet), Toranagallu, Bannihatti, Ranajitpura, Yashwantnagar, Tunga Bhadra Dam Weigh Bridge, Kariganuru, Hubli and Chennai. He also held meetings with top railway officials from the ministry and PSUs like SAIL, NTPC and CONCOR in New Delhi. The Sunday Express: “A study sponsored by a subject does not necessarily compromise its objectivity. As academics, we also don’t want the objectivity of a study to be influenced. I had been wanting to see the new initiatives introduced in the Railways. For that, I proposed to the Railways that I wanted to conduct a study, to which they responded favorably.”

    WHAT THE IIM-A REPORT SAID

    “It was a commonsense-based approach, showing an astute understanding of market reality, asset base of IR and the expertise and capability of the IR’s management and systems... He followed this up with the principles of leveraging the assets, empowerment and delegation. He has demonstrated that good economics is good politics.”

    “He had a positive approach in dealing with the staff and unions. The unions wanted a doubling of the contribution to the staff welfare fund. He offered them more. When he saw that gangmen were not provided footwear as part of their equipment, he ensured the same.”

    “When concerns were raised about downsizing, he came out with his Hindi one-liner which translated to, ‘Downsizing may make IR thinner, but not necessarily healthier.’ His pitch was, ‘regenerate competitiveness and leverage resources rather than restructure and downsize’. He believed in instilling hope and excitement rather than fear and anxiety.”

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    Default Re: IIM-A study praising Lalu’s Railway turnaround was paid for by Lalu’s Ministry


    Here is a counter-point


    Was Indian Railways a loss Making Organisation?
    [Posted by Pritish Chandra Mazumdar. a retired Indian Railways Officer(IRSME)]

    Now and then, particularly when Mr. Laloo Prasad Yadav took over the Indian Railways charge as Railway Minister, some regional and national news paper started to propagate the incorrect message about Indian Railways buttering the minister concerned. Such latest news they published (Bengali and English news paper) is: Indian Railways were running on loss so far and Mr. Laloo made it profit maker with thousands of crores surplus. It is not understood where from this type of unauthentic information the news paper reporters got and what is the authorized source of generation of such desperate incorrect information.

    Let us look back and just go through the statistical statements and financial accounts since 1950 to 1997 – 98. There was no year in the past since 1950 as the loosing year except in 1970 – 71 and 1980 – 81 when the losses were19.84 crores and 197.87 crores respectively and the operating ratio in 1970 – 71 and 1980 – 81 were 84.13% and 96.07% respectively. In the last four years from 1994 – 95, 1995 -96, 1996 – 97 and 1997 – 98 the excess were Rs 2,445.40 crores, Rs. 2,870.63 crores, Rs.2,117.06 crores and Rs. 1,535.22 crores respectively. These figures are available in the Annual Reports and Accounts of Indian Railways. It was also seen in the same report that in 1950 – 51 and 1960 – 61 the excess were Rs. 15.05 crores and Rs. 32.01 crores when operating ratio was 81.00% and 78.75% respectively.

    I personally was involved directly with the railways for about 40 years and as such I got opportunity to share all ups and downs of the railways since 1964. But fortunately, I never saw minister like Mr. Laloo who increased expenditure desperately breaking all rules and policies of the railways like violation of reduction of manpower @ 3% per year, introducing free pass for traveling in trains to PORTERS who are not railway employees and take over-charges than that of actual rate of railways from every passengers taking their assistance for carrying luggage. Besides, additional recurring expenditure was forced upon the railways after creation of new seven railway zones for new infrastructure and additional posts of man power from General Manager to downwards, creating additional recruitment of Railway Protection Forces etc.

    Over and above these huge additional expenditure, he did not raise passengers’ fare during his tenure of office. I travelled in trains and found that nothing passengers’ amenities and facilities were offered after his claim of huge surplus in revenues rather he introduced unhygienic earthen pot for tea and passengers drastically rejected those earthen pot. These earthen cups cost also more than conventional synthetic tea-cup and glass. From the above we can realize that Indian Railways were never running on loss except those two years mentioned above.

    Then why reporters are buttering Mr. Laloo publishing incorrect information? This is a question of billion dollars These reporters never referred any authentic reference of railways except Ministers’ verbal press reporting –cum-advertisement with photo session posing as managent guru. What I feel is that actual financial health of Indian Railways will be unearthed after Laloo’s departure from Rail-Mnistership, if not another scam of fodder and other court cases during his Chief Ministership may engulf him. Thus the myth of loss making railway should happily be ignored as the reason might be the his political rival ex-rail minister. <!-- google_ad_section_end -->

    Review on Indian Railways by pcmajumdar - MouthShut.com

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    Default Re: IIM-A study praising Lalu’s Railway turnaround was paid for by Lalu’s Ministry


    Please also read this related thread: http://www.rtiindia.org/forum/1466-b...tml#post105954
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