35,000 station masters threaten to strike over non-compliance with demands

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35,000 station masters threaten to strike over non-compliance with demands

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  • Train traffic across the country could be affected as around 35,000 stationmasters have threatened a one-day strike
  • Station masters play an important role in the operation of local and long-distance trains in control booths and in public relations at stations
  • During a strike on August 11, 1997, all trains at all signals were stopped for 2 minutes and it took almost 3-4 days for things to return to normal.

(By Aashish Dixit)

Mumbai: Train traffic across the country could be affected as around 35,000 stationmasters have threatened to go on a one-day strike over failure to meet demands. Their demands include the reinstatement of the night duty allowance which was discontinued from September 2020, the immediate filling of vacancies for station masters, the granting of security and stress allowance to station masters , cancellation of new pension scheme and establishment of old pension schemes etc. said Dharamweer Singh Arora, Zone Chairman, All India Station Masters Association.
He added, “We communicated our demands through peaceful activities. We wore black badges for a week in October 2020 to keep trains running smoothly. The station masters also staged a one-day hunger strike on October 31, 2020. But even after peaceful protests, no action was taken, so we are forced into such a strike.”

Why this strike can affect the circulation of trains?

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Station masters play an important role in the operation of local and long-distance trains in control booths and in public relations at stations. For any train departing and stopping or deviating to accept on the platforms whether it is a regional train, an express courier or a freight train, unless the station master gives the signals ( free line), the train cannot be started. Similarly, in stations, the supervision of public facilities, cleanliness, arrival, departure of trains designating the platforms, all these activities are carried out by the station masters.

Station master AK Pandey of Dadar station said: “During a strike on August 11, 1997, all trains at all signals were stopped for 2 minutes, and it took nearly 3 to 4 days to for things to return to normal.Mumbai division was the most affected as all local,postal and express trains were held.So to avoid such effect on train movements,discussion should be held with the Board of Railways to solve the problem.


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