TINSUKIA: The divisional convener of NFRMU Tinsukia division, Pulak Gogoi alleged that the Tinsukia Railway division had forcibly engaged staff to work in Dibrugarh without providing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and sanitizing the coaches in the wake of COVID-19 outbreak.
In a strong-worded letter to the senior Divisional Mechanical Engineer, Gogoi stated that it had become a serious health issue for the staff and their family members as all the staff were called together to work and forced to work in coaches, thereby making them most vulnerable to novel coronavirus attack. He suggested that only skeletal gang should be utilized for work so that the workplace did not become a social gathering. Besides, staff should be allowed to work at one go without splitting to work in two halves.
In an another letter to DRM, Tinsukia division, Gogoi, while appreciating the Railway administration for complying NFRMU’s demands to supply personal safety equipment to engineering staff, regretted that no initiative was taken by the authority concerned for sanitization of railway stations and railway colonies in the present COVID-19 scenario in Assam. On priority basis, he urged the DRM to supply protective accessories to station staff, including gatemen, and arrangement to be made for disbursement of contingency cash to the station masters in order to keep the premises clean.