New Delhi: The High Power Committee (Running & Safety) headed by Shri D.P.Tripathi, former Secretary to the Government of India, Ministry of Food Processing has submitted its final report to Shri Arunendra Kumar, Chairman, Railway Board. Other three Members of the Committee which was constituted by the Ministry of Railways were Shri V.K.Manglik, former General Manager, West Central Railway, Shri Amar Nath, former General Manager, Chittaranjan Locomotive Works and Shri M.S.Khan, former Additional Member/Budget, Railway Board,
The Committee was constituted to look into pending demands of Labour Federation regarding working hours of Running Staff (Guards and Drivers) and review of Safety Categories staff over Indian Railways. The Committee conducted wide ranging consultation with Railway Administrations, Federations and staff all over Indian Railways and prepared a comprehensive report as per terms of reference. The Ministry of Railways shall be examining the report for implementation of the recommendations of the Committee.
Panel recommends better facilities for Loco Drivers, Guards
The Committee set up by railways to review duty hours of running staff and other safety related issues, has recommended upgrading of existing facilities for guards and loco drivers.
There were complaints that running staff (guards and drivers) get little time for rest and are always overburdened with work schedule.
The committee conducted wide ranging consultation with railway administrations, federations and staff from across the country and prepared a comprehensive report. The Railway Ministry will examine the report for implementation of the recommendations of the panel, a Railway Ministry official said.