RAILWAY STAFF will now be granted sickness leave during the festive season only on the presentation of medical certificate issued by the railway doctors.
As per the directives of the Divisional Railway Manager (DRM) SK Chaudhary, the staff will not be allowed to take sickness leave during the time of heavy rush on the presentation of private medical certificate (PMC), instead they have to present the certificate approved by railway doctors.
This has been done to help check the number of absentees who try to take leave by presenting medical certificate and pretend to be sick.
This policy has been introduced for the first time in the Allahabad division.
"During the festive season there is tendency among the running staff to go on medical leave and this is the time when the passengers have more travelling demand.
Thus to help check the number of absentees during the time of heavy rush, the step has been taken at the divisional level", said the DRM.
With this, only genuine cases will be granted leave, he said.
As there will be proper strength of staff members, the measure will also help provide better services to the passengers specially during rush time and thus make their journey comfortable, claimed Chaudhary.
The policy in this regard has been formulated by the Railway Board and it is at the discretion of the DRM to implement the policy, said the DRM, adding that "The policy has proved to be effective in the Allahabad division and we have been able to check the number of absentees to a considerable extent."
Presently the order is effective from October 1 to November 15, disclosed the DRM.