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Cabinet nods to MoU’s signed by Railways with Russia and Japan

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The Union cabinet apprised the MoU signed by the Railway ministry with Japan and Russia for technical cooperation in the railway sector.


  • An MoC was signed between the Ministry of Railways and the Japan’s Ministry of Land, RailwayInfrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) for technical cooperation in the railways
  • An MoU was signed by Indian Railways’ Research Design and Standards Organisation (RDSO) with Japanese Railway Technical Research Institute (RTRI) on December 11,2015
  • MoR and Joint Stock Company “Russian Railways” signed an MoU on December 24, 2015

Importance of MoU with Japan

  • The MoC with MLIT enables technical cooperation in railway safety, rolling stock including train set, railway electrification, train control system and signaling and telecommunication
  • Whereas the MoU with RTRI encompasses safety in train operation, advanced techniques of maintenance and environment friendly technologies

Importance of MoU With Russia

  • MoU with Russian Railways covers High Speed Rail (HSR) in India and satellite and geo-information technologies

Points to note

  • The MoU will facilitate a exchange of technical ideas and experts in various fields and also sharing of latest technologies and developments in the Railway sector
  • It will also enable to conduct various training and seminars/workshops focusing on specific technology areas and other interactions for knowledge sharing
  • The agreements will hold for a period of three years and subjected to further extension of 2 years
  • Railway Minister- Suresh Prabu