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Priti Kumari, the 33-year-old Girl from Bihar is slated to become the first motor-woman on Western Railway in a few months

Western Railway gets its first motor-woman

MUMBAI: Priti Kumari is excited these days. The 33-year-old from Bihar is slated to become the first motorwoman on Western Railway in a few months;
she will also be the first woman in the history of Indian Railways to be given direct entry to the post, making her slightly different from Asia’s first motor-woman Surekha Yadav of Central Railway-who had to work her way up from the post of assistant loco pilot.

Kumari is, nevertheless, awed by what Yadav has done. The mother of six-year-old Aditi Arya says she would “definitely” like to meet Yadav. “I had read about Yadav but didn’t know I would be the first at WR,” she said, her eyes lighting up. “I want to meet Yadav, it is my wish. But I am happy that the name of a post in WR is going to change because of me,” Kumari added.

Kumari married when she was in the final year of college and had no work experience. She had a diploma in electronics engineering but, as she waited for results, she became pregnant and family took priority. But what helped was her family background; her mother was a social worker in an educational mission and her father worked at a private college. They drilled into her the importance of education and working.

Sitting at the Mahalaxmi EMU car shed in a bright pink and blue salwar kameez-sindoor in the parting of her hair, bindi in place and armed with shiny bangles-Kumari looked like any other Indian housewife. But that was till she started speaking about her future.

Kumari is now undergoing a year’s training with 46 male colleagues and will be ready for her first suburban train by next August. The training is divided between theory and practical sessions.

“I have always wanted to work but was looking for a hatke (different) job. There is no praise when the jobs are not different. I saw the advertisement in Employment News and gave it a shot. I applied for two posts in the railways (for a junior engineer’s post in Allahabad and the one here). My in-laws, too, pushed me to work as I had studied so much,” she said.

Her husband, Devkant Darbey, is a sergeant in the Indian Air Force and is now posted in Nashik. Her daughter is back home in her mother’s care.

Kumari is living with her relatives in Dahisar. “I miss my daughter but I know right now I won’t be able to look after her well as I don’t know much about the city and am still settling down. Besides, her studies will suffer,” she said.

For the last one month, Mumbai has been all about work-learning all about signalling, trouble-shooting, traction motors and electricals and not much sight-seeing. Weekends see her in Nashik or her husband comes down here. But in the coming days, she intends to make some trips to Mahalaxmi and Siddhivinayak temples and the Elephanta Caves.

But WR’s first motorwoman still does not have a cellphone. “That can wait. I can make do with the PCO for now,” she said.

Two other women have been selected by WR for the same post. They are expected to join training soon.

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PME Due Date

Master Circular No. 25

Copy of Railway Board’s letter No. 69/H/3/11 dated 06.12.1974

Subject: Implementation of the Recommendations of the Visual Sub-Committee.

6. Periodical re-examination of serving Railway Employees:

6.l. In order to ensure the continued ability of Railway employees in Classes A l, A 2, A 3, B l and B 2 to discharge their duties with safety, they will be required to appear for re-examination at the following stated intervals throughout their service as indicated below:

6.1.1. Classes A l, A 2 and A 3 —At the termination of every period of three years, calculated from the date of appointment until they attain the age of 45 years, and thereafter annually until the conclusion of their service.

Note: (l) The staff in categories A l, A 2 and A 3 should be sent for special medical examination in the interest of safety under the following circumstances unless they have been under the treatment of a Railway Medical Officer.

(a) Having undergone any treatment or operation for eye trouble irrespective of the duration of sickness.

(b) Absence from duty for a period in excess of 90 days.

(2) If any employee in medical category A has been periodically medically examined at any time within one year prior to his attaining the age of 45, his next medical examination should be held one year from the due date of the last medical examination and subsequent medical examination annually thereafter.

If, however, such an employee has been medically examined, at any time earlier, than one year prior to his attaining the age of 45, his next medical examination should be held on the date he attains the age of 45 and subsequent medical examination annually thereafter.

Ammendment: It was ammended in 1993 as below

Age Group PME Due

Age 00-45 every 4yrs

Age 45-55 every 2yrs

Age 55-60 every year
As per Rly Bd's Guideline of Medical Exam issued vide LNo. 88/H/5/12 dated 24-01-1993

a) PME would be done at the termination of every period of 4 years from date of appointment / Initial medical Exam till the date of attainment of age of 45 years, every 2 years upto 55 years & there after annual till retirement.
b) Employees who has been periodically examined at any time within 2years prior to his attaining the age of 45years would be examined after 2years from the date of last PME & subsequent PME for every 2years upto 55years age.Of

NRMU 4 you

6.1.2. Classes B-1 and B-2—On attaining the age of 45 years, and thereafter at the termination of every period of five years.