Dec 24, 2013

Over One Million Railway workers ready to go on all India Strike


Close to 40 years after the 20-day railway strike led by George Fernandes in 1974, a majority of the over one million rail workers seem ready to go on an all-India strike to push their long-pending demands, such as filling up vacancies, scrapping the new pension scheme, and putting a stop to outsourcing on contract basis.

Early estimates

In a strike ballot held on December 20 and 21, over 90 per cent railway workers voted in favour of a strike, according to early estimates of the ballot’s outcome.

The voting pattern in South Central Railway, North Western Railway, South Western Railway, Central Railway, Rail Coach Factory, Kapurthala; and Integral Coach Factory, Chennai, indicates strong support for the strike call with over 90 per cent voters stamping a ‘yes’, say early estimates.

The final numbers could, however, be muted, after taking into account absentee votes, sources said.

The Southern Railway declared that 87 per cent of voters supported an indefinite strike call.

The news of an indefinite strike call may prove to be another headache for the UPA Government, which faced a drubbing in the recent Assembly polls to five States, and is preparing to face general elections next year.

Over a million railway workers were supposed to vote last Friday and Saturday across the country to decide on a strike, according to the All India Railwaymen Federation (AIRF), the largest railway union. The Indian Railways is the largest employer with over 13 lakh on its rolls and moves more than 2.2 crore people and two million tonnes of cargo every day. Staff cost is the single largest expenditure head for the Railways.

For long, the AIRF has been demanding that over one lakh vacancies be filled. It has also been demanding that the Railway Ministry provide defined pension benefits to officials who joined after January 1, 2004 — just like the Home Ministry ensured a defined benefit scheme for Defence personnel and paramilitary forces, including those who joined after 2004.

The union has listed 36 demands that include more bonus, cadre restructuring, higher transport allowance, better working conditions for train-running staff and setting up the Seventh Pay Commission.

Tough call

After the voting pattern emerges, the AIRF will write to the Railway Board asking it to meet the union’s demands. Since rail strikes cause a huge disruption to the economy, a decision to go on strike is tough, which is why the union opted for a ballot.

The 1974 strike was said to have been crushed by the Indira Gandhi Government, leading to widespread victimisation and thousands losing their jobs. Since then, there have been two strike ballots, but no strikes.

Source - The Hindu

DRDO selects RailTel as Choicest Partner for Bandwidth, Network & Systems Integration

New Delhi: Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has selected RailTel Corporation of India Limited (RailTel) as its choicest partner for Bandwidth, Network and System Integration in various Telecom and IT Solutions. As part of the award of contract, the expected deliverables are supply, installation, configuration, commissioning and handing over of a Centralised Internet Access Gateway set up for DRDO in addition to augmentation of 20Mbps MPLS-VPN bandwidth at 55 locations across the country and 1 Gbps MPLS and 1 Gbps Internet bandwidth at DRDO HQ, New Delhi.

RailTel’s connectivity is in addition to the present backbone of DRONA Network (DRDO’s Rapid Online Network Access) – a private network which was designed & implemented on ISDN telephone lines in the year 2000 to facilitate Web Portals, Web Mail, Transactional Systems, Video Conferencing, Data Centre operations. This network was long augmented on BSNL consisting of 155 Mbps / 34 Mbps / 2 Mbps point to point leased line bandwidth to various DRDO Labs engaged in developing Defence Technologies covering various disciplines like aeronautics, armaments, electronics, combat vehicles, engineering systems, instrumentation, missiles, advanced computing and simulation, special materials, naval systems, life sciences, training, information systems and agriculture, with over 7000 scientists and 25000 other scientific, technical and supporting personnel accessing the DRONA network.

Being a part of Ministry of Defence, Information Security is of primary concern of DRDO. DRDO hence selected RailTel as its network partner which shall now support DRDO with the state-of-the-art Secure, Resilient and Robust OFC based Telecom Network at 55 locations. Under this network, DRDO shall re-classify the Laboratories into Main Router Centres (MRCs), Sub-MRCs and Sub Router Centres (SRCs), in which the MRCs will be connected in a mix of Star and Mesh Topology, with HQ as the Central Hub, SRCs which constitute the regional labs under an MRC are connected to the respective MRC in a Star topology, in which case, the network has an extended star topology.

Source - rail news.

14,600 Additional Berths in 12 Express Trains by Attaching Additional Coaches

South Central Railway will temporarily augment the following Twelve Express Trains with additional Coaches to clear the extra rush / waitlisted passengers as per the details mentioned below:-

1. Train No. 12220 Secunderabad - LTT Mumbai AC Duronto Express (Tuesdays & Fridays)will be augmented with one AC III Tier Coachfrom 24th December, 2013to 29th January, 2014.

2. Train No. 12219 LTT Mumbai - Secunderabad AC Duronto Express (Wednesdays & Saturdays) will be augmented with one AC III Tier Coachfrom 25th December, 2013to 30thJanuary, 2014.

3. Train. No. 17210 Kakinada Town – Bangalore Seshadri Express will be augmented with o­ne additional AC III Tier Coach from 22nd December, 2013to 20th January, 2014.

4. Train No. 17209 Bangalore – Kakinada Town Seshadri Express will be augmented with o­ne additional AC III Tier Coach from 23rd December, 2013 to 21st January, 2014.

5. Train. No. 12764 Secunderabad – Tirupati Padmavathi Express (Mon, Thu, Fri, Sat & Sun) will be augmented with o­ne additional AC II Tier Coach from 22nd December, 2013 to20th January, 2014.

6. Train No. 12763 Tirupati – Secunderabad Padmavathi Express (Mon, Tue, Fri, Sat & Sun)will be augmented with o­ne additional AC II Tier Coach from 23rd December, 2013 to 21stJanuary, 2014.

7. Train. No. 12732 Secunderabad - Tirupati Bi-Weekly Express (Tuesdays & Wednesdays)will be augmented with o­ne additional AC II Tier Coach from 24th December, 2013 to 15thJanuary, 2014.

8. Train No. 12731 Tirupati – Secunderabad Bi-Weekly Express (Wednesdays & Thursdays)will be augmented with o­ne additional AC II Tier Coach from 25th December, 2013 to 16thJanuary, 2014.

9. Train. No. 17016 Secunderabad – Bhubaneshwar Visakha Express will be augmented with o­ne additional Sleeper Class Coach from 22nd December, 2013 to20th January, 2014.

10. Train No. 17015 Bhubaneshwar – Secunderabad Visakha Express will be augmented with o­ne additional Sleeper Class Coach from 24th December, 2013 to 22nd January, 2014.

11. Train No. 07037 H S Nanded – Bikaner Weekly Special Train (Tuesday) will be augmented with one AC III Tier Coachand one Sleeper Class Coach o­n 24thDec, 2013.

12. Train No. 07038 Bikaner - H S Nanded Weekly Special Train (Tuesday) will be augmented with one AC III Tier Coach and one Sleeper Class Coach o­n 26thDec, 2013.

These extra Coaches will make available 14,600 additional berths to clear extra rush and wait listed passengers.

SOURCE - (K.Sambasiva Rao), Chief Public Relations Officer

GM / SCR Inspects Secunderabad Railway Station to Review the Facilities to Passengers and Security Measures

Shri P.K. Srivastava, GM SCR seen inspecting the Jan Ahaar Unit at Secunderabad Railway Station (23.12.13.)

Shri P.K. Srivastava, General Manager, South Central Railway inspected Secunderabad Railway Station today (23rd December, 2013). He was accompanied by Shri S. K. Mishra, Divisional Railway Manager and other officials of Secunderabad Division during the inspection. 

During his inspection, Shri P.K. Srivastava focused o­n improving the facilities to the passengers and strengthening the security arrangements at the station. He inspected in detail various amenities provided to the passengers including catering and drinking water supply arrangements in the station. He studied the platform utilisation pattern of the station. Shri Srivastava also inspected working of CCTV Surveillance System, display of Reservation Charts, announcements through PA System, working of digital arrival / departure Boards, booking office, Pay & Use Toilets, etc., in the station.

While talking to the Media Personnel, Shri Srivastava said that efforts would be taken to improve the security to women passengers by drawing the services of more number of Home Guards and by posting additional Railway Protection Force Personnel in MMTS Stations and o­n MMTS Trains. He informed that Punctuality of MMTS trains has been improved a lot and a close watch would be kept to further improve the same. SCR would expand GPRS / GPS based information system o­n running of trains to disseminate real time information to the commuters, he added.

Shri P.K. Srivastava, GM SCR seen discussing with the Divisional Officers o­n improving amenities at Secunderabad Railway Station (23.12.13.)

Shri P.K. Srivastava, GM SCR seen inspecting the Police RPF Assistqance Booth at Secunderabad Railway Station (23.12.13.)

Shri P.K. Srivastava, GM SCR seen inspecting the display of Reservation Chart at Secunderabad Railway Station (23.12.13.)

Shri P.K. Srivastava, GM SCR seen inspecting the pay and use tiolets at Secunderabad Railway Station (23.12.13.)

(K.Sambasiva Rao)
Chief Public Relations Officer

One Pantry Car in 19406/19405 Ahmedabad – Yesvantpur Express

In a step to provide enhanced facilities during train journing to its esteemed passengers , Western Railway has decided to augment o­ne Pantry car in 19406/19405 Ahmedabad – Yesvantpur Express o­n permanent basis . Now the train will run with 16 coaches.
(Sharat Chandrayan)
Chief Public Relations Officer


For the convenience of the passengers and to clear the extra rush, Railways has decided to run a special train from Jaipur to Yeshvantpur .

Train no. 06552 Jaipur – Yesvantpur Weekly Special train will depart from Jaipur o­n Tuesday, 24thDecember,2013 at 22.05 hrs and will arrive Yesvantpur at 03.30 hrs o­n Friday, 27th December,2013.

Train no 06552 Jaipur – Yesvantpur Weekly Special train will reach Chittorgarh at 04.30 hrs, Neemach at 05.30 hrs, Ratlam at 08.40 hrs, Meghnagar at 10.19 hrs, Dahod at 10.50 hrs, Vadodara at 12.50 hrs, Bharuch at 13.55 hrs, Surat at 15.00 hrs, Vapi at 16.35 hrs and Vasai Road at 20.50 hrs o­n 25thDecember,2013 over Western Railway.
Source - (Sharat Chandrayan)
Chief Public Relations Officer





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