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Some motormen earn up to Rs 1 lakh a month

Motormen on Mumbai’s suburban trains are reportedly paid better than their bosses.

mumbai Updated: Jan 22, 2010 00:58 IST
Rajendra Aklekar

Motormen on Mumbai’s suburban trains are reportedly paid better than their bosses.

According to records for latest salaries, there are five motormen on CR and five on WR, whose monthly payments have exceeded Rs 1 lakh and a large number of them earn between Rs 70,000 and 90,000. Besides regular duty, they get paid more per shift.

So, if a motorman decides to continue the shift and work longer, he gets more money.

Devendra Yadav, president of the joint action forum of Central and Western Railway, refuted this. “The big money that you see is not the salary, but various arrears and dues kept pending by the administration and given collectively.”

The average scheduled working hours of motormen is 6.25 hours per day and their average monthly pay structure, including allowances and overtime are approximately Rs. 60,000.

This, despite the basic qualification for recruitment being only a diploma in electrical/mechanical electronics or Bachelor’s degree in Physics.

“They get four 30-hour rest time slots or five 22-hour rest slots as per prevailing rules, which ensures that they get adequate rest. There is no question of they not getting rest,” said a WR official said.