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RMS pile-up may cost students dear

ARE YOU waiting for your admit card to arrive? It may be lying unsorted with the Railway Mail Service (RMS) at the Kanpur Central Railway station. The reason: Staff shortage.

india Updated: May 27, 2006 00:25 IST

ARE YOU waiting for your admit card to arrive? It may be lying unsorted with the Railway Mail Service (RMS) at the Kanpur Central Railway station. The reason: Staff shortage.

Though in all 45,000 letters are lying unsorted, the worst part is that five sacks of admit cards of students seeking to take various competitive examinations are also lying unsorted. These are to reach thousands of students and the delay may jeopardize their career. If the present state of affairs is any indication, it will take another two days for the admit cards to be sorted.

Because of the callous attitude of RMS officials, thousands of city students who are to take the competitive exam this Sunday (May 28) will miss their chance.

“As per the laws of postal department, letters are to be sorted each day without any break,” said an official.

However, the big question is who is going to own up the responsibility of putting at stake career of thousands of students.

A senior official of the RMS on condition of anonymity said, “The staff shortage in RMS is prevailing for the past several days.”

The matter had been reported to postal superintendent JK Rahul but no initiative had been taken to mitigate the crisis, the official added.

About 40,000 un-sorted letters were lying with the RMS for nearly a week. A stock of another 5000 letters were added to the already piling stock of unsorted letters on Friday and it took the tally to 45,000 letters. The stock is expected to pile-up further as the authorities have made no alternate arrangement.

Apart from being short of staff, the RMS sorting room lacks proper lighting arrangement. There are no tubelights in the sorting room and work goes on under the glare of bulbs.

First Published: May 27, 2006 00:25 IST