Indian Railways to fill up 1 lakh vacancies in the safety department
New Delhi: The Indian Railways in a major step towards railway safety has decided to fill up over 1 lakh vacancies in the safety related departments. The major posts will be of,
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- Loco running staff
- Station master
- Technology supervisor
- Control and yard staff
- Signal inspector
The announcement by the Indian Railways came after what seemed like a train of tragedies surrounding the railways.
Quite recently, Utkal Express and Kaifiyat Express faced derailments on August 20th and 23rd killing few and injuring many.
From the years 1960 to 2016, around 13,929 train accidents have been reported by the Indian Railways.
There were about 2.1 lakh vacancies reported by the Indian Railways back in 2012 out of which 90,000 vacancies were for the safety-related jobs which is essential to get the train running.
NITI Aayog conducted a study which states that since 2012, 6 out of 10 train accidents have happened due to negligence of the railway staff.
As of today, 7,00,000 staff works in the safety-related departments of the Indian Railways.
Newly appointed Railway Board Chairman, Ashwani Lohani, said that the focus of the Indian Railways will be on safety of the passengers as well as the staff.
A senior Railway Ministry official said that to ensure safety of the passengers new measures are being taken like introduction of modern coaches, safety fund, and new technology.