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Railway Safety-Human Failure or System failure?

Railway Safety-Human Failure or System failure?

It is often heard that 80% accidents occur due to human failures but we hold another view that more than 80% accidents occur due to system-failure. We can prove our contention by documentary evidence and across the table discussion but the point is whether Railway Administration is serious about the dialogue and draw a road-map.

Merely issuing circulars and notifications by the Govt. is not going to serve any purpose and reduce accidents. AIRF and other like organizations need to have a serious discussion to decide who is accountable for falling safety measures in the Railways. It is a practice that administration tries to pass the luck on the employees. We hold the view that responsibility for accidents lies squarely with Ministry of Railways and Govt. of India who have not succeeded in developing Railways infrastructure in proper way even after 63 years since independence. After independence only 16000 Kms. of route has been added whereas passenger and goods traffic has increased 11 to 12 times. Manufacturing of wagons and coaches does not commensurate with our GDP growth. Also number of locomotives have not increased proportionately. Road Transport has got better deal than Rail by the Govt. There was absence of an integrated transport policy in this country for a pretty long time the curse of which had to be borne by the poor citizenry whose mode of transport is mainly Rail. Consequently Railways lagged behind. Technical modernization had added a little Phillip to Railways but the shortage of staff to tune of two lakhs has weakened the backbone of the system.

Certainly, the time has come when all should understand their liabilities for Railways and get united to make rail travel safe and secured. Govt. should arrange funds realizing the development of Railways as its own liability. Ministry of Railways should, apart from filling of the vacant posts, create posts for new works and in order to keep Rail Workers free from tension, must care of proper education of their children and their employment as well. Rail workers who are attached with operating services must avoid shortcuts and oft repeated human failure. A serious public awareness movement by the unions amongst Rail workers and Rail users will make it possible for Railways to operate safely and securely. Then only it would be possible for us to serve two crores of our daily commuters as also our goods traffic to reach its destinations properly.

(Shiva Gopal Mishra)

General Secretary/AIRF

1 comment:

  1. In this regard what is the contribution of AIRF ? What is your opinion about Vision 2020?.Being a responsible Trade union it is your duty to give vide publicity and awareness about the policy of Privitisation.


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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

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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.