The Indian Railways is all set to recruit 2 lakhs workers over the next few years. The recruitment drive is aimed to strengthen the safety measures in railways. Indian Railways, World’s fourth largest rail network carries millions of passenger’s every day to various destinations. Off lately, the safety measures of railways are not up to mark and noticed many train accidents in last three years.
According to the reports, there have been 115 train accidents on an average every year, and nearly 640 people died over last three years. At present, there are 13 lakh workers in the Indian Railways which can rise to 15 % in the next few years.
The train derailment in Auraiya district of Uttar Pradesh that killed at least 21 people and injured around 100 passengers after an illegal dumper crossed the railway fence and hit the Delhi-bound Kaifiyat Express blamed the negligence of railway staff.
A top rail official said, “The national transporter will invest Rs 15,000crore in the current fiscal to fix the snags on its network. This amount is separate from the money spent on modernization. This will purely be dedicated to track renewal. “Existing stock of 40,000 ICF coaches (90 per cent of total coaches) cannot be discarded and, hence, is being retrofitted to add the anti-climbing feature. All new coaches that are being manufactured are the safer LHB coaches with German design,” the official said.
There are 16% vacant safety posts mostly in the lower levels; making is it very difficult for patrolling and maintenance of the 64,000-km-long network of tracks due to lack of staff. The official also added the recruitment drive in the coming days will fill posts in safety and maintenance category. The gangmen/track men will be trained as per international standards. Gangmen are the person involved in laying and maintaining railway tracks.
Railways are also planning to get 100 track inspection vehicles and also runs pilot run of the sensor to highlight any cracks in the tracks. A fund named Rashtriya Rail Sanraksha Kosh (RRSK) is created for financing critical safety related works.