ACTING PRESIDENT of All India Railwaymen’s Federation KL Gupta has criticised the railway authorities for slashing the number of posts of clerical staff in the name of computerisation.
Terming the action as unfortunate, he stressed the need to design a policy to accommodate the redundant staff. Addressing the clerical staff and fourth class employees’ conference at officers’ club here on Friday, Gupta said that the decision of the Railway Board not to create any post for promotion of the clerical staff had also caused resentment among the employees.
Gupta said computerisation could only minimise the burden of the officials, not the clerks and the subordinate staff. The Railways had grown as an industry through the performance of the clerical grade employees but now the view of the Railway Board that these employees were not useful was deplorable.
Delivering his views on this occasion, Diwaker Mishra, Banne Khan, Ravindra Srivastav and others said that computerisation and outsourcing in the Railways had instilled insecurity in the employees. On the one hand the Railway Board was not making optimum use of the productivity of the employees and on other hand, there was lavish expenditure on the purchase of new machines and services of the employees on assignment.
The employees have decided to organise a meeting of supervisors on August 23 to express their anger over the policies of the department.