Indian Railways – First Incentive Travel

Indian Railways – South Central Railway (SCR) sends 100-employees, non-gazetted workers, for first-ever overseas incentive travel and pleasure trip to Singapore and Malaysia for a six-day vacation

Bindiya | Luxxury MICE Travel | 15 April 2018

Corporate Incentive Travel for Indian Railways

Indian Railways Gangmen on track
Indian Railways Gangmen on track

Indian Railways call its first ever Corporate Incentive Travel initiative – a non- working overseas holiday tour, not for its senior officers but for employees from lower cadres and those nearing retirement, like the gangmen, trackmen and other non-gazetted employees. Deliberately, the Group C and D category employees were given the preference. Impressive initiative!

Secunderabad-based SCR took the initiative and the lead in “optimising welfare activities for its non-gazetted workforce, by organising the first-of-its-kind ‘Employees Overseas Camp’ on Indian Railways”, M. Umashankar Kumar, SCR Chief Public Relations officer, Indian Railways said. While 25% expenditure of the tour is being borne by the employees themselves, 75% is from the Staff Benefit Fund (SBF). He shared that the allocation of number of slots for each Division, Workshop and Headquarters was given on the basis of their sanctioned strength.

The SBF funds are allocated by Railway Board for various welfare activities of non-gazetted employees working in the national transporter (Indian Railways). They are usually used for scholarships for lower grade employees, to benefit girl child, camps for children and other such socially relevant/CSR causes, the officer said.

The incentive travel itinerary includes a 6-day travel to Singapore and Malaysia, with sightseeing options that include Universal Studios, Sentosa and Night Safari in Singapore and the Kuala Lumpur City Tour, Petronas Towers, Batu Caves and Genting Highlands in Malaysia. A short-haul flight for the aged and a relatively relaxed itinerary, will deliver interesting once-in-a-lifetime memories and make-up for great grandparents stories to grandchildren.

The SCR moved the employee incentive travel proposal in December 2017. And in just a month thereafter, the group was on its way overseas. Only to get back super-happy and recharged. Surely, best examples and case studies of incentive travel leading to high motivation and morale, at its best, true.

(With Inputs from and stories from media)