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Indian Railway Innovation Policy


Indian Railway Innovation Policy UPSC: Relevance

  • GS 3: Indian Economy and issues relating to planning, mobilization, of resources, growth, development and employment


Indian Railway Innovation Policy: Context

  • Recently, Ministry of Railways has launched Indian Railway Innovation Policy – “StartUps for Railways” to leverage innovative technologies developed by Indian companies.


Indian Railway Innovation Policy: Key points

  • This policy document lays down a broad framework for engagement of Ministry of Railways with Innovators for development of technology, products and need based solutions for Indian Railways.
  • The policy will bring scale and efficiency in the field of operation, maintenance and infrastructure creation through participation of very large and untapped start-up ecosystem.
  • Through this platform start-ups will get a good opportunity to connect with Railways.
  • Out of over 100 problem statements received from different divisions of Railways, 11 problem statements like rail fracture, headway reduction etc. have been taken up for phase 1 of this program. These will be presented before the start ups to find innovative solutions.
  • Railway Minister requested the startups to use this opportunity and ensured them of support from Indian Railways in form of 50 percent capital grant, assured market, scale and ecosystem.


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Indian Railway Innovation Policy: Features

  • Grant up to Rs. 1.5 Crore to innovator on equal sharing basis with provision of milestone-wise payment.
  • Complete process from floating of problem statement to development of prototype is online with defined time line to make it transparent and objective.
  • Trials of prototypes will be done in Railways. Enhanced funding will be provided to scale up deployment on successful performance of prototypes.
  •  Selection of Innovator/s will be done by a transparent and fair system which will be dealt through online portal inaugurated today by Minister of Railways.
  •  Developed Intellectual property rights (IPR) will remain with innovator only.
  •  Assured developmental order to innovator.
  •  De-centralization of complete product development process at divisional level to avoid delays.


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