Banarhat (BNQ): Opposing the proposal of merging the two stores of the SSE/P-Way in NFR Alipurduar division, the INTUC-backed NF Railway Employees’ Union today staged a demonstration outside the Banarhat SSE/P-Way office. Union members also submitted a memorandum to the Principal Chief Engineer, Malegaon via the senior section engineer of Banarhat railway opposing the move to shift the Banarhat store to Hasimara. The union’s Malbazar branch secretary Sanjay Ray, Dilip Kumar Sil from Hasimara branch and Umesh Kaman from Banarhat branch were among those who submitted the memorandum.
Union central committee secretary Sujit Kumar Mishra said the railway administration has issued an order to merge the stores of two units, but the move will affect efficiency of work. He said if the stores are merged, things will become tedious and time consuming as materials will be required to be brought from one unit to another.
“We want the railways to operate smoothly. Each unit must have its own store so that track maintenance and other emergency works can be completed in time,” Mishra noted.
Dilip Kumar Sil seconded Mishra and said the administration’s decision will negatively affect railway security while impeding the work process.
“It may also lead to a cut in workforce. We want the stores to be kept intact with the stations,” he added.