Ahmedabad: Critics of Railways Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav may accuse him of messing up the development of Bihar during his party's rule in that state but he has brought positive changes in Indian Railways prompting Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, to conduct a case study and teach it to its students.
Professor G Raghuram of IIM-A, who is conducting a case study on the changing face of Indian Railways after Lalu Yadav took over the ministry, said "the changes brought by the officer on Special Duty Sudhir Kumar, who was appointed by Yadav and enjoys the minister's backing have tremendously improved the management of Indian Railways".
The professor plans to teach his case study to students of IIM-A. "I would remove the diagnostic analysis from the case study and present it to students to have their own analysis," he added.
"Rail Raghu" is the name given to the professor in the IIM-A as he has closely monitored Railways for the last 30 years and also done his PHD on IR.
"For outsiders, it is very difficult to penetrate the rigid management of Indian Railways. However, the minister and his OSD have done that with flying colours," Raghuram said.
The professor, who has studied working of many railways ministers, said Lalu and his OSD have managed to increase net profit of the Railways by Rs 2,500 to Rs 3,000 crore after they took over the management.