Lahore : “Pakistan Railways is coming out of its 125 years old shell and we are on the road to modernization and digitization. As a step towards good governance and better service delivery, today Pakistan Railways has signed MOU with NADRA for issuance of digitized secure employee card,” Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafique told media in a press talk at Railways headquarters in a MOU signing ceremony.
According to terms agreed by both the parties, In first phase the information pertaining to employee including date of appointment, retirement, personal information, designation, Pay scale and family chart would be verified and registered by NADRA before issuance of digitized employee card.
In next phase the same card would be issued to the family members of the employees. The digital employee card would hold all the necessary information of an employee which will be verified duly by NADRA and Pakistan Railways, MIS tracking would provide details of service related data. “This breakthrough step would bring a visible change in Human resource management of this huge department with approximately 76,000 employees and 96,000 sanctioned strength. The record of all Railways personal would be available on a single click.” said the minister. Pakistan Railways currently have thousands of employees on its pay roll, to redress the structural flaws and past maladministration, Pakistan Railways has already started work on restructuring which is in its last phase and would be completed in February next year.
Pakistan Railways would avail services of NADRA for various automation and digitization projects in future. Before this Pakistan Railways Information technology department has introduced e-ticketing system, its mobile app users are over 1.5 lacs in number, it has sold over 52 crore mobile tickets till date and every month its users are increasing.
Complete digitization, developing common digital platform, integrated information of employees would bring transparency in the system, terminate ghost categories and manage employees, thereby reduce the management cost, save time and bring efficiency in service delivery.
The MoU was signed by Col Nouman, DG NADRA Punjab and Director IT Pakistan Railways Fahad Rehman. Mr Qaiser Iqbal and Zahid Ranjha, represented NADRA and CEO Pakistan Railways Javed Anwar, Advisor to Minister on Railways Anjum Perveiz also attended the ceremony.