Over 16 per cent va­can­cies in safety cat­e­gory of Rlys: Data

The Free Press Journal - - NATION - AGEN­CIES

While in­vest­ment in safe­tyre­lated ac­tiv­i­ties in the rail­ways has in­creased by 57 per cent dur­ing the last three years, 16 per cent of the posts re­mained va­cant in the safety cat­e­gory as of April this year, ac­cord­ing to of­fi­cial data.

The cat­e­gory in­cludes posts re­lated to in­spec­tion of tracks, sig­nalling, en­gi­neer­ing, telecom­mu­ni­ca­tion etc., for en­sur­ing safety of the rail net­work.

Cap­i­tal in­vest­ment in this cat­e­gory was Rs 9,925 crore in 2014-2015, it in­creased to Rs 11,133 crore in 2015-2016 and fur­ther rose to Rs 15,603 crore.

How­ever, over 2 lakh posts are ly­ing va­cant in var­i­ous sec­tions in the rail­ways, with a ma­jor­ity of them in the North­ern Zone of the net­work, ac­cord­ing to the data made avail­able by the na­tional trans­porter.

The Delhi-head­quar­tered North­ern Rail­ways (NR) with 27,537 va­can­cies tops the list of rail zones, fol­lowed by Kolkata-head­quar­tered Eastern Rail­way (19,942) and Cen­tral Rail­way (19,651) with its head of­fice in Mumbai.

In safety-re­lated cat­e­gories, va­can­cies against the sanc­tioned strength of Group C and D staff was 17.75 per cent in April 2014, 16.85 per cent in April 2015, 16.44 per cent in 2016 and 16.86 in April 2017.

De­spite the va­cant posts in safety cat­e­gories, the num­ber of derailments de­creased from 78 in 2016-2017 to 37 in the first eight months this year.

From April 1 to Novem­ber 30, a to­tal of 49 con­se­quen­tial train ac­ci­dents took place as com­pared to 104 in 2016-2017 and 107 in 2015-2016, ac­cord­ing to the fig­ures pro­vided by the rail­ways.

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