NEW DELHI, Oct. 21 -- The Indian Railways has decided to cut down the staff strength of its board from 200 to 150 by transferring about five director-level officials and above to zonal railways in a long pending move to enhance efficiency, officials aware of the development said on Sunday.

The transfers would be completed within a month, said a senior official with the railway ministry, adding that the move will not affect top-level members of the board. "It was one of the top suggestions of railway minister Piyush Goyal and was to be done on priority. In a review meeting, it was noted to review a deployment of railway staff. It was felt there were too many officers within the railway board looking at the same thing. The officers will be s...