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Brief Responsibilities of Directorate:

  • Inspection of wagons against orders by Railway Board & private organisations
  • Inspection of safety items for Indian Railways & also for private organisations having bearing on safety of train running.
  •  Facilitating Indian Railways by making available vendors for critical & safety items/subassemblies.
  • Vendor Development for Items allotted to QA Mech.
  • Quality audit of Railway Units as ordered by Railway board from time to time.





1.0 Achievements of QA (Mech.):






(Up to Sept’21)

Value of Goods Inspected (in Rs Crore)





Vendor Approved





Up gradation of vendors 





Quality audit





Super Checks 







2.0 Major Steps towards Increasing Transparency:

2.1 Unified Vendor Approval Module (U-VAM):

  • A Common Web Portal U-VAM for vendor approval launched on 04.05.2021 for all vendor approving agencies like CLW, CORE, DLW, ICF, MCF, RCF & RDSO.   
  • Online payment, submission & scrutiny of documents, approval and automatic inclusion in Vendor Directory.
  • Specification, Drawings, STRs etc for all items are uploaded and available to vendor free of cost without registration.
  • All Online Status and Vendor interaction on web portal only.

2.2 Ease of RDSO Vendor Registration:

  • Decontrol of RDSO items:  Only 407 Main items need RDSO’s approval in 30 September 2021 (as per U-VAM) as against 676 items in Jan 2019.
  • Vendor Registration Process: Completely online since Nov 2017.
  • Self-Certified digitally signed documents for vendor registration application (since Jul 2020)
  • Digital Inspection Certificates and Dispatch Memos: Digitization of RDSO IC and DM since 26th Feb’2020 through Inspection Module Portal on IREPS.
  • IRMS Software- For apply online inspection request to RDSO by vendors.
  • OCS Software- For online communication of Vendors/ZRs with RDSO.
  • Online Appointment Software- For making online prior appointment by vendor with RDSO officials.
  • Online Wagon Portal- For wagon inspection & generation of IC/DM. Updating/ monitoring of wagon production from different wagon builders.

2.3 Process Reforms for Increasing Vendor Base:

  • Similar items grouped into sub items for easy registration:
    Approved Vendors encouraged to register for remaining items of group also to enable getting limited quantity order from railways.
  • Faster registration as Limited Developmental Vendor:

For specified items where vendors < 5 or < 5 Class 1 Indigenous Vendors, can develop prototype after getting limited Qty Railway order.

  • To encourage “Make In India Policy”, Specifications being reviewed to remove any restrictive conditions to indigenous companies and to remove reference to international specifications, where possible.
  • Incentive to vendors for registration of those items where vendors < 5:
  1. Reduced Vendor Registration- Reduced Vendor Registration Fee of Rs 10,000/- for MSE and Rs 50,000/- for others is charged against the items where RDSO approved vendors are <5. 
  2. Zero Sample Testing Fees- No sample testing fee is charged from vendor for those items where vendors <= 5.
  • Transparency in sample testing: Witnessing or recording critical stages of sample testing during re-testing

2.4 Vendor Outreach and participation-

  • 259 advertisements in prominent newspapers inviting vendors. 
  • 65 physical Vendor meets held in Tier 2 cities and Industrial Hubs in association with CII, Assocham, FICCI and Local Industry Associations.
  • 60 interactive virtual vendor meets since August 2020, with wide publicity and schedule posted in RDSO website.
  • Exhibitions by IR Divisions for display of items promoting vendor development.

2.5 Other Facilities for Vendor-

  • Vendor Lounge: A Modern Vendor Lounge with facilities like Fax, WiFi, Computer with Printer, Tea/Coffee & Drinking Water etc all Free of Cost for Vendors has been developed at Lucknow.
  • Similar Vendor Lounges have also been set up at Mumbai & Kolkata.


Source : WELCOME TO RDSO CMS Team Last Reviewed on: 08-10-2021  

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