The Stores Department is performing the function of Materials Management to achieve the objective of procuring goods of right quality in right quantity at right time form right vendor at right price. In addition Stores Department is also handling various other activities pertaining to supply chain management and disposal of scrap which are as follows.
- Warehousing of Materials.
- Distribution of Materials to consignees.
- Inventory Management.
- Printing of Tickets, Money Value Books and Forms etc.
- Disposal of Scrap.
The Stores Department procures more than 12,500 stock and around 8000 non-stock items in a year. There are 26 depots on Northern Railway for stocking and distribution of stock items required for day to day maintenance of Electric and Diesel locomotives, Coaches and Wagons , Electric and Diesel multiple units in addition to passenger amenity items.
Northern Railway Stores Department has switched over to Electronic Procurement System for procurement of materials wherein vendors can submit their offer against Electronic Tender from remote places using his digital signature in secured manner as provided in Government of India IT Act 2000. The E-Procurement web site can be accessed at www.ireps.gov.in. Advertised tender notices published in the news papers and due for opening are also available on the Northern Railway web site www.nr.railnet.gov.in , which can be accessed by interested parties. The details of all accepted tenders are also available on IREPS website.
ISO-9001 certification has been obtained for two purchase sections at HQ and General Stores Depots at Shakurbasti, Alambagh and Jagadhari. The process to get ISO certification for other Purchase Sections and Depots is already underway.
Scrap disposal is another activity of Stores Department wherein scrap generated over the Northern Railways is sold through Public Auction and E-Auctions held in General Stores Depot Shakurbasti & Alambagh and Carriage & Wagon Depot Jagadhari. Auction Notices and Auction catalogues are published on Indian Railways and Northern Railway websites www.nr.indianrailways.gov.in and www.nr.railnet.gov.in .