Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Western Railway Mazdoor Sangh, National Federation of Indian Railwaymen demand special status for railwaymen


VADODARA: The Western Railway Mazdoor Sangh (WRMS) and the National Federation of Indian Railwaymen (NFIR) have demanded special status from the Seventh Central Pay Commission.

The railway unions have made this demand on the lines made by army and other defence forces.

"The army and the other defence forces had made noise about special status and the central government has agreed to give them a special status in the form of 'One Rank, One Pay'. We, too, are demanding justice from the Seventh Central Pay Commission for the neglected railwaymen by giving special status to us because we fight a war on all the 365 days of the year," WRMS general secretary and vice-president of NFIR J G Mahurkar said on Monday.

On Monday, the railway unions also submitted a memorandum to the divisional railway manager of Vadodara railway division demanding immediate resolutions of the issues that they face at the divisional level.

"Various central pay commissions in the last 40 years have been unfair to the railway employees as far as remuneration and career growth are concerned. We have been equated with other categories of other central government departments although such a comparison is not fair," Mahurkar said.

According to Mahurkar, the railway employees, against all odds and working conditions which are not conducive to increasing productivity, work hard in the largest transport industry of the world.

"The new government, which will now takeover will have to apply its mind seriously, to improve the quality of service and freight and passenger earnings by taking suitable steps to generate funds. The Indian Railways is in a very bad shape as far as finances and growth is concerned," he said.

"With constant downsizing despite increased workload, the railway employees fight war everyday to run 13,000 mail or express trains and 7,000 freight trains round the clock ensuring safety of passengers," said Mahurkar adding that the new government needs to address these issues on a priority basis.

At the divisional level, WRMS took out a rally at Pratapnagar headquarters of Vadodara railway division demanding that harassment of the ticket checking staff should be stopped and steps be taken for cadre restructuring.

"The ticket checking staff of the division is harassed even though their performance is satisfactory as far as earnings are concerned," he said.

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