E-pass facility introduced by Western Railway for its employees

“E-pass” which is the first module of Human Resource Management System (HRMS) has been introduced over Western Railway (WR) with effect from 24th August, 2020 for serving employees.

  • According to a press release issued by Shri Sumit Thakur, CPRO, WR, E-pass facility has been introduced over Western Rly which is the paperless version of Privilege Pass/Privilege Ticket Order (PTO) issued to Railway employees and their families. 
  • The groundwork for mapping of staff with pass issuing authority and pass entries has been completed by all Divisions/ Units of Western Railway. 
  • To avail this facility, the employees are required to download the HRMS App & login using the ID & Password created by the Railways. 
  • The e- pass generated can be downloaded and the employees can book the tickets o­nline, as per their convenience. 
  • Till now, the railway employees did not have the facility of booking o­nline.
  • It will benefit the employees immensely as they neither have to approach their respective offices to get the passes nor to the PRS counters to book their tickets. 
  • In the initial phase, this e-pass facility is being extended for serving employees. 
  • The e-pass facility has been introduced in Divisions as well as at Headquarters. 
  • The physical issuance of passes will be discontinued from 1st November, 2020. 
  • This new initiative will strengthen the ‘Digital India’ movement and facilitate in bringing transparency and efficiency.

About E-pass facility:

Recently, the Chairman Railway Board has launched E-pass module of Human Resource Management System (HRMS) developed by CRIS.

  • The E-Pass module has been developed by CRIS under the HRMS project and will be rolled out over Indian Railways in phased manner. 
  • With this facility Railway employees are neither supposed to come to office for applying for Pass nor have to wait for a pass being issued. 
  • Employees will be able to apply for a pass online from anywhere and get the E-Pass generated  online. 
  • Complete process of application and generation of Pass is mobile friendly. 
  • Ticket booking on pass may also be done online on IRCTC site apart from earlier facility of counter booking from PRS/UTS counter.
  • This facility will help Railway employees in using their pass hassle free and simultaneously make working of all officials involved in issuance of Pass smooth.
  • HRMS project is a comprehensive plan for digitization of complete HR process of Indian Railway. 
  • Total 21 modules has been planned in HRMS. 
  • Basic data entry of around 97% railway employees has been completed in Employee master and E-Service record modules of HRMS which had been launched last year.
  • Also, CRIS is going to launch Office order modules and settlement modules of HRMS very shortly.

Source: Western Railway-Press Release | Image Credit: Western Railway