Trackman Leaving The Railway Track And Maintaining The Officer’s House


Jhansi. The railways emphasizes on passenger safety, but the trackmen guarding the railway tracks are involved in the maintenance of the officers’ homes. Even after there is a shortage of eight hundred trackmen (track maintainers) in the division, the temptation of the officers to get them to work in offices and bungalows is not ending. Last year, the Railway Minister had directed to send trackmen posted in bungalows and offices on the track with immediate effect. But, even now more than three hundred trackmen are seen in bungalows and different depot offices of the division.
The maintenance work of railway tracks is headed by the Railway Path Inspector (PWI). Due to the ever increasing traffic on the track, it is becoming difficult for PWI to maintain it. One reason for this is the lack of trackmen in his gang. It is necessary to have at least 12 trackmen in a gang on a single track and 24 trackmen on a double track, only then the tracks can be maintained in a better way. At least five thousand trackmen are required in Jhansi railway division according to kilometer, while only 4180 are deployed. In this number also more than three hundred trackmen are working in the bungalows of the officers, supervisors and other high officials of the engineering department and in different depot offices of the division.
In September last year, the Railway Minister had issued instructions to engage all the trackmen in the maintenance of the tracks, but even after this order, all the trackmen have not been sent on the tracks. Close to three hundred are now in offices and bungalows. While the salary of these employees is being recorded in the papers at their work place.
All the trackmen of the division are posted in different gangs. Everyone is working according to their duty.
Manoj Kumar Singh, Public Relations Officer.

Jhansi. The railways emphasizes on passenger safety, but the trackmen guarding the railway tracks are involved in the maintenance of the officers’ homes. Even after there is a shortage of eight hundred trackmen (track maintainers) in the division, the temptation of getting them to work in offices and bungalows is not ending. Last year, the Railway Minister had directed to send trackmen posted in bungalows and offices on the track with immediate effect. But, even now more than three hundred trackmen are seen in bungalows and different depot offices of the division.

The maintenance work of railway tracks is headed by the Railway Path Inspector (PWI). Due to the ever increasing traffic on the track, it is becoming difficult for PWI to maintain it. One reason for this is the lack of trackmen in his gang. It is necessary to have at least 12 trackmen in a gang on single track and 24 trackmen on double track, only then tracks can be maintained in a better way. At least five thousand trackmen are required in Jhansi railway division according to kilometer, while only 4180 are deployed. In this number also more than three hundred trackmen are working in the bungalows of the officers, supervisors and other high officials of the engineering department and in different depot offices of the division.

In September last year, the Railway Minister had issued instructions to engage all the trackmen in the maintenance of the tracks, but even after this order, all the trackmen have not been sent on the tracks. Close to three hundred are now occupied in offices and bungalows. While the salary of these employees is being recorded in the papers at their work place.

All the trackmen of the division are posted in different gangs. Everyone is working according to their duty.

Manoj Kumar Singh, Public Relations Officer.

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( News Source – Amar Ujala )

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