The Indian Railways is planning to introduce human resource management functions to an IT platform in the department. In this regard, the Indian Railways is adopting a new bidding process for interested IT firms.
The Railways has decided to implement the project on a Build, Own, Operate and Transfer (BOOT) basis. The adoption of BOOT model will spare Railways from making any heavy upfront investments. From a Railways perspective, the cost would be spread over a longer period and subject to satisfactory project implementation. This is the first software project for the Railways to be taken up on a BOOT basis. IT companies like SAP and PeopleSoft have applied for the project. Also IT firms that that have envinced interest in implementing the project include TCS, Infosys, Wipro, Satyam, Siemens, Microsoft, IBM and CapGemini. The project will help the Railways serve its 1.4 million employees and one million pensioners in a better manner. The project would also have specially designed e-learning packages. The project will also identify staff who have not received specific trainings and arrange trainings accordingly. The IT arm of Indian Railways, CRIS, would be implementing the project. The Railways is preparing the bid document and finalising the qualifying criteria and service level agreements for bidders.