TINSUKIA: The NFR Mazdoor Union (NFRMU) has expressed serious concern over the Railway Board’s decision to transfer all non-safety vacant posts to ‘Pool of Surrendered Posts’ for creation of safety posts even as a substantial number of posts have been created since 2017 against the persistent demand of NFRMU to fill up the vacant posts. The Railways has allegedly ignored and deliberately kept these posts unfilled. What irked NFRMU was setting of targets against five divisions of NFR, advising the five Divisional Managers to surrender the vacant non-safety posts before the financial year 2019-20, thereby blocking the employment of non-safety category of posts.
The General Manager NFR, in a letter to Divisional Managers of Tinsukia, Katihar, Alipurduar, Rangia, and Lumding vide no E/59/111/POSP/2018-19 (MPP), expressed dissatisfaction for not having achieved the target fixed. According to figures available, a number of posts so far surrendered in all divisions are 1,767 with the shortfall of 2,428 creating 1,018 posts against the targeted number 4,195. In Tinsukia division alone the number of posts created was 84 against the surrender posts numbering 161 with a target of 885 posts. However, a Railway official said that the posts which were surrendered had been lying vacant for quite some time and were no longer required as per current need and had been utilized for the creation of safety posts as well as areas where workload had increased on account of new assets like doubling, electrification.