TINSUKIA: Though the government adopted all precautionary steps to contain the spreading of Coronavirus, the Railways failed to show desirable concern towards its staff despite an appeal from the NFR Mazdoor Union (NFRMU), alleged Pulak Gogoi, central organizational secretary of NFRMU.
In a communiqué to the press, Gogoi, who is also the zonal convenor of the Tinsukia Division, strongly criticized the Railway authority for its lackadaisical attitude towards 46,500 employees of NFR and their families. The running staff of the Railways, like TTE and coach attendants, is most susceptible to the infection from traveling passengers. Since nationwide alert has been sounded following an outbreak of coronavirus, the Railway authorities took no initiative to safeguard its employees, Gogoi alleged, adding that the authority did not provide any gadgets like mask and hand sanitizers for the safety of personnel engaged in 7 divisions, including workshops- Tinsukia Division (5600), Dibrugarh Workshop (1200), Lumding (10000), Rangia (6000), Alipurduar (6500), Katihar (15000) and Bongaigaon Workshop (2200).
The Railway authority should immediately provide a sufficient quantity of masks and hand gloves, the NFRMU demanded.