Workers to be rewarded for "historic" turnaround
In a major incentive to his ministry's 14 lakh employees for their contribution to the "historic" turnaround of the Railways, Lalu Prasad on Friday increased the contribution to the staff benefit fund nine folds from Rs 26 per employee to Rs 226 per employee.
"With their continuous hard work, 14 lakh railwaymen have effected a historic turnaround in the financial position of the railways. In my New Year message to railwaymen I had assured them that to the extent possible their expectations would be met in the current year," Prasad said while presenting the Rail Budget for 2006-07.
He promised to expand facilities in staff quarters and colonies and significantly increase the allocation for this purpose.
Prasad has taken special care for gang-men and key-men and declared sanction of quality shoes, socks, gloves, summer and winter uniforms and necessary implements for them
For the running staff, food at nominal rates would be made available to them as they faced difficulties in arranging food at odd hours and odd places while on duty.