In the partial or complete lockdown in the Corona epidemic, the employees of the Indian Railways continued to supply essential materials to the general public uninterrupted. So far 2903 railway employees have died while performing their duty. But the zonal railway officials are adopting an insensitive attitude towards the dependents of the deceased. Due to this, out of the total number of dependents of the deceased, only 1732 have are given jobs on compassionate grounds. The remaining 1171 dependents are making rounds of the zonal headquarters.
Jobs On Compassionate Grounds
Angered by the attitude of the zonal officers, the Railway Board has written a letter to all the zonal general managers and general managers of railway factories and factories on July 14. Railway Board Director (Estt.) M.M. Rai has said that the process of giving jobs on compassionate grounds to the dependents (widow or children) of employees who died in the line of duty due to corona disease should be expedited. There are frequent complaints about the delay in giving jobs. He said that the above process should be streamlined so that the process can be speeded up.
He said that the families of the employees who died due to corona disease are facing a lot of problems. Therefore, the job of providing jobs to the dependents should be completed on priority and in a time bound manner. It may be noted that goods trains continued to operate in complete lockdown last year. Due to this, drivers, guards, station masters, gangmen, section controllers etc. have been most vulnerable to corona disease. So most of the dead are operational workers.
AIRF General Secretary Shiv Gopal Mishra said that the central government should give front line work status to railway employees. Like police, health workers, railway personnel have also been doing duty in Corona. But nothing was in the name of compensation on his death. In the name of funeral, Rs 5000 and Rs 50,000 are as compensation. Its provision is already there. So far nothing is given to the families of the deceased railway workers in the name of pandemic.