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3 - Ackworth Committee Report

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  26 October 2011

Roopa Srinivasan
Affiliation:
Indian Railways Accounts Service
Manish Tiwari
Affiliation:
Indian Railways Accounts Service
Sandeep Silas
Affiliation:
Indian Railways Accounts Service
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Unanimous Recommendations

1. We propose great changes in the constitution, status and functions of the Railway Board. We recommend that at the head of the Railway Department there shall be a Member of Council in constant touch with railway affairs; and we suggest that with this object there shall be created a new Department of Communications responsible for railways, ports and inland navigation, road transport (so far as the Central Government deals with this subject) and posts and telegraphs. We think the Member in charge of Communications must be an experienced administrator and able to represent his Department both in the legislature and with the public. We do not think he need be expected to be a technical expert.

2. We recommend that, on the one hand, the reconstituted Railway Department should delegate considerably increased power of day-to-day management to the local railway administrations, and on the other hand should be relieved from control by the India Office and by the Government of India except on large questions of finance and general policy.

3. We recommend that the Finance Department should cease to control the internal finance of the railways; that the railways should have a separate budget of their own, be responsible for earning and expending their own income, and for providing such net revenue as is required to meet the interest on the debt incurred or to be presented to the 42 Our Indian Railway Legislative Assembly, not by the Finance Member of Council, but by the Member in charge of Railways.

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Our Indian Railway
Themes in India's Railway History
, pp. 41 - 49
Publisher: Foundation Books
Print publication year: 2006

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