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ECoREA for implementation of Rly safety recommendations




 East Coast Railway Engineers Association (ECoREA) staged dharna in front of General Manager office here and DRM offices at Khurda Road, Sambalpur and Waltair today under the banner of All India Railway Engineers Federation (AIREF) to protest the delay in implementing recommendation of different commissions on railway safety.

At the end of the dharna yesterday, they submitted a memorandum to General Manager for Railway Minister and Chairman Railway Board. More than 250 engineers from headquarters and Mancheswar Workshop attended the demonstration at Bhubaneswar.

The memorandum said, “Train accidents could be reduced if the recommendations of several safety committees would be implemented immediately. In 1962, Justice Kunzru committee recommended to debar railway engineers from labour unions for which they could discharge their duties efficiently and railway safety could be improved.

It further said the same recommendation was validated by several safety committees in different years --Justice Wangchoo (1968), Sikri (1978) and Khanna (1998).

The Association said even this year in January, in-house committee Task Force on Safety repeated the same recommendation.

“But yet Railway Board has not implemented this repeated recommendation for which railway accidents are being increased,” said AIREF president Sanjib Kumar.

ECoREA president Bobin Mohanty said though Railway Board had started implementing recommendation of Task Force on Safety partially, the target date has been postponed twice from March 31 this year to December 31, 2017.

“It indicates the lack of seriousness of Railway Board towards safety. We strongly demand to implement as soon as without postponing further considering the importance of safety of passengers,” he added.

General secretary of ECoREA BP Dash said that after 6th Pay Commission, all engineers of other Central govt departments were upgraded from group-C to group-B as per

DOPT order but Railway Board did not implement same.

“Even on December 8 DOPT again published same order after 7th Pay Commission. But the Railway Board has not implemented the recommendations,” he said.

Mohanty said a graduate engineer joins as Senior Section Engineer and retires in the same post without a single assured promotion.

As a result they get demoralised, he added.

Sanjib Kumar sought the personal intervention of Railway Minister and Chairman Railway Board in this regard.






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