Coimbatore: Micro and small industrial units that cater to the railways have sought subsidy to cover the expenses to acquire the International Railway Industry Standard (Iris) certification given by the European Rail Industry Association (Unife).
Industry representatives said the certification is mandatory to export rail components and also for indigenising cutting-edge rail rolling stock that are being imported.
President of Railway Suppliers Association (Rasa) S Surulivel said only if they get Iris certification, they can aspire to export products.
Despite its size, Indian Railways depends on imports for modernization and metro trains. “If Indian industries get Iris certified, we can manufacture the imported items here. This will reduce the expense for railways significantly,” said Rasa secretary M Raveendran, who is also president of the Coimbatore Compressor Industries Association (Cocia).
The Iris registration fee is 395 or around Rs 35,000. The Centre should announce a scheme for micro and small railway
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VISAKHAPATNAM: A new trend has emerged in wake of the Covid-19 pandemic with private hospitals in the beach city now tying up with hotels to prepare meals for patients. Hospital managements said they were eyeing to rope in housekeeping services and contacting hotel management institutes to recruit front and back office executives.
“While the city has good medical facilities and is all set to come up with a full-fledged health city, it city still lacks skilled manpower in the hospital sector. The time has come to hire from or collaborate with experts from each and every sector,” Omni Hospitals CEO, Dr Sukumar Chitturi told TOI.
Hospital and hotel executives said the idea of collaborating with restaurants of reputed hotels was first conceived during the lockdown. Up until then, hospitals were running their own kitchen units through outsourced catering services or procuring meals directly from caterers.
However following the announcement of
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