Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu today launched the digital contract, a system of digitisation of railways’ supply chain across all zones, to ensure greater transparency and ease of doing business.
The system digitises processes like bill submission, inspection, dispatches, receipt, bill passing, payments and warranty monitoring and enables use of analytics for increasing supply chain efficiencies in real time.
Describing the launch of the digital contract as a “good beginning”, he said that they have decided to embrace greater possibilities of digitisation and there are many areas to work on it.
Railways has a vast supply chain to maintain, sustain and build its huge asset base, to run the system and provide transportation service which is safe, secure and efficient.
Prabhu said supply chain integration into digitisation system is a very important issue and railways has embarked on the most ambitious project of making it transparent and more efficient.
The minister said though procurement, tendering work contract and even disposal of scraps are also on digital platform, there will be always room for improvement. On the future course of action, he said that railways is currently working on enterprise resource planning for bringing all operations on one platform through digitisation.
He further notified that all functions will be digitised and over a period of time they will be integrated.
By Baishakhi Dutta