K. Kasirajan, Travelling Ticket Inspector in Tirunelveli, would be doubly happy on Friday, his birthday. On reaching office, he will have a pleasant surprise — a birthday greeting from none other than Union Minister for Railways Suresh Prabhu.
Kasirajan is not the only one to be greeted by Minister. All the employees and officials of one of the biggest organisations in the world would get greetings signed by Mr. Prabhu on their birthdays.
“This is one of the several initiatives the Railway Board has taken to encourage the railway men, even as several austerity measures have been proposed to make the organisation profitable,” an official said.
In the greeting, a print out of which would be handed over to the employee by their immediate boss, the Railway Minister wished him and said the birthday was a reminder that the best in him was yet to come.
Stating that railway men are the biggest asset to the organisation, he hints at the proposed transformational journey and says “We are setting direction for a long and difficult road ahead.”
However, exuding confidence in overcoming the challenges, Mr. Prabhu says with faith, courage and dedication, no dream is too big.
The Minister further says, “I hope that in realising this dream, you turn the challenges into opportunities, consider your weakness as motivation and polish your strengths into your uniqueness.”
Indian Railway has built a huge data base of the railway employees, including that of various railway units, in its portal, Comptran.
The employees whose personal or railway closed user group mobile numbers are registered in the database would get the greetings in the form of a short message service (SMS). And those whose numbers are not available, will get it in the form of a printout, the official said.
It will be in the form of an SMS or a greeting letter signed by Suresh Prabhu