Re­tired rail­way hands to be en­gaged for track care

The Free Press Journal - - NATION -

The In­dian Rail­ways was not fill­ing up the va­can­cies cre­ated from the re­tire­ments for years as a pol­icy to re­duce the work­force and this has ad­versely af­fected main­te­nance and re­pairs of the rail tracks re­sult­ing in many de­rail­ments.

This re­al­i­sa­tion dawned upon Rail­way Min­is­ter Piyush Goyal in a re­view of the re­cent train mishaps as he in­stantly or­dered to im­me­di­ately con­tact all re­tired gang­men, track men, key men, line men and oth­ers and of­fer them jobs on con­tract to en­gage them in re­pairs of the rail lines, main­te­nance and su­per­vi­sion of the tracks.

He said even those not able to carry out the re­pairs should also be en­gaged as they can cer­tainly su­per­vise the re­pairs of the tracks be­cause of the ex­pe­ri­ence they had gained over the years.

About 60% of the 13 lakh re­tired hands in the Rail­ways are these low-paid work­ers work­ing on the tracks and pro­vid­ing a va­ri­ety of ser­vices to en­sure safety in the run­ning of the trains.

Goyal also or­dered trans­fer of these work­ers in the field from the engi­neer­ing depart­ment to the train op­er­a­tion depart­ment to end the con­stant com­plaint by the engi­neer­ing depart­ment that it is not able to carry out the re­pairs un­til the op­er­a­tion depart­ment stops trains on the route and gives the block for the re­pairs. Now the op­er­a­tion depart­ment re­spon­si­ble for run­ning the trains will be able to timely re­lease the blocks for the track re­pairs and main­te­nance.

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