Hours after taking charge as the new Railways Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw ordered officials and staffers in his office to work in two shifts.
The first shift will start at 7 am and end at 4 pm while the second shift will start at 3 pm and end at 12 am in midnight, an order by his office said on Thursday.
According to DJ Narain, ADG PR, Ministry of Railways, the order has been issued only for MR cells (minister’s office) and not private or Railway staff, with immediate effect,” Narain said.
The 50-year-old bureaucrat-turned-politician from Odisha was inducted into the cabinet in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Cabinet reshuffle exercise nearly two years after he was elected to the Rajya Sabha on a Bharatiya Janata Party ticket.
Vaishnaw, who is known to work till midnight, was allocated the ministry of railways, the ministry of communications, and the ministry of electronics and information technology.
Vaishnaw, an engineer by training, worked as an Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer for over 15 years after getting masters degree from the Indian Institute of Technology (Kanpur). He later went to Wharton University in the USA to pursue an MBA and after some time after completing the course quit government service so that he could quickly pay off the loans.
On his return, after working for top firms, he set up his own automotive components manufacturing units in Gujarat and at one point, even lived out of a container , as I wanted that factory to come out in record time.