How Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu, a CA, is trying to make railways more efficient & profitable

By Shantanu Nandan Sharma, ET Bureau

Professor KK Goyal of Vadodara-based National Academy of Indian Railways (NAIR) shows this movie clip to a group of accounting probationers after bombarding them with numbers pertaining to the Indian Railways (IR) that run into 12 digits.

For the probationers, this train scene from the timeless 1972 film Pakeezah turns into a refresher before getting into the next round of numbers and accounting processes.

In another class, professor Deepa Chawla quizzes her students, all from the Indian Railway Accounts Service, to analyse numbers that she writes on the blackboard. She is teaching what traffic accounting is all about, and how the cash collected from a platform ticket makes a long journey from the ticket counter to the Nagpur branch of the Reserve Bank of India.

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