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Staff crunch hits NCR safety wing

SAFETY WING of the North Central Railway (NCR) is facing an acute shortage of manpower. As many as 2,236 posts in group C and D cadre are lying vacant in the safety wing of the Allahabad division out of the sanctioned posts of 16,321. NCR sources say this is seriously affecting the services of the wing having a direct bearing on railway passengers' safety.
None | By SHIVANI Chaturvedi, Allahabad
PUBLISHED ON JUL 26, 2006 12:06 AM IST

SAFETY WING of the North Central Railway (NCR) is facing an acute shortage of manpower. As many as 2,236 posts in group C and D cadre are lying vacant in the safety wing of the Allahabad division out of the sanctioned posts of 16,321.

NCR sources say this is seriously affecting the services of the wing having a direct bearing on railway passengers' safety.

The sources inform that at present 169 posts of station master/assistant station master/deputy station officer are vacant. The sanctioned posts in this category are 905. Besides these, the sanctioned posts of guard are 959 out of which 168 posts are lying vacant as on today.

As many as 290 post of driver/motorman are vacant against 1426 posts sanctioned under the category. Similarly 1225 posts have been sanctioned of diesel assistant but out of these a whopping 314 posts are lying vacant, said sources.

What's more, 390 posts of gang man, responsible for maintenance of tracks, are vacant at present against  5,296 sanctioned posts.

Besides, for carriage and wagon inspector 246 posts have been sanctioned while only 186 employees under this category are working at present. For carriage and wagon fitter the sanctioned posts are 1,218 but 179 of them are vacant at present.      

The NCR sources inform that planning of indent for staff is not being done timely which in turn results in delay in the recruitment process.

Not only this, police verification of the selected candidates is not done timely, which again causes delay in the recruitment, said sources.

On being contacted, Chief Public Relation Officer, NCR, BP Pandey, conceded the staff crunch being faced in the safety wing, but said, "for the promotional quota category, written examination has been conducted and interview will soon take place. All efforts are being made to fill up the vacant posts as soon as possible."

He said that where selection is done by the Railway Recruitment Board, NCR has sent the indent specifying their needs to the Board for all the categories of Group C and D posts. The Board has sent the drivers' panel and they are going under training at present. For guards, the examination has already been conducted, added the CPRO.

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