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Mayur Shelke – the true hero

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Mumbai: It was minutes after 5 pm on Saturday 17 April 2021. The Vangani Station in Maharashtra wore a deserted look when suddenly a blind mother lost control and her little child slipped from the platform and fell on the railway track.

The mother was helpless….a train was closing in at 90 kms per hour – thats when  Mayur Shelke, a railway pointsman, came running like a superman and without an iota of thought about his own life, he dashed and saved the child’s life. His act of bravery and courage will be written in golden letters for posterity.

India’s Minister of Railways Piyush Goyal said in a statement that the nation is “Very proud of Mayur Shelke, Railwayman from the Vangani Railway Station in Mumbai who has done an exceptionally courageous act, risked his own life & saved a child’s life”.

50 COVID-19 isolation coaches with 800 beds ready at Shakur Basti Station in Delhi

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New Delhi: 50 COVID-19 isolation coaches with 800 beds ready at Shakur Basti Station & 25 coaches will be available at Anand Vihar Station in Delhi.

This was announced on Sunday 18 April by Piyush Goyal, Union Minister of Railways. He also underscored Railways can setup more than 3 lakh isolation beds across the country on States’ demand.

Stating that Railways is leaving no stone unturned in the battle against COVID-19, the Railways Minister has announced that Oxygen express trains will be run using green corridors to get Liquid Medical Oxygen (LMO) and Oxygen Cylinders across the key Corridors in bulk and rapidly to patients.

Isolation coaches has started functioning at Nandurbar, Maharashtra with COVID-19 patients being admitted.

Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra state governments had approached Ministry of Railways to explore whether Liquid Medical Oxygen (LMO) tankers could be moved by Railways.

LMO has to be transported through Roll On Roll Off (RO RO) service with road tankers placed on flat wagons.

Due to restrictions of height of Road Over Bridges (ROBs) and Over Head Equipment (OHE) at certain locations, out of the various specifications of road tankers, the model of road tanker T 1618 with height of 3320 mm was found feasible to be placed on flat wagons (DBKM) with height of 1290 mm.

On 17 April, a meeting was held between Railway Board officials and with State Transport Commissioners and representatives of industry on “Issues related to transportation of Liquid Medical Oxygen.

It was decided that the tankers would be organized by Transport Commissioner, Maharashtra. These empty tankers would be moved from Kalamboli/Boisar, Railway stations in and near Mumbai, and sent to Vizag and Jamshedpur/Rourkela/Bokaro, for loading of liquid medical oxygen tankers from there.

instructions have been issued to Zonal Railways to ensure readiness to receive the trailers and load them back. Ramps have to be built at Vizag, Angul and Bhilai and the existing ramp at Kalamboli is to be strengthened. The Kalamboli ramp would be made ready by Monday 19 April. Ramps at other locations would also be ready in a couple of days by the time the tankers reach those locations.

Cancellation of train Services in the wake of COVID-19

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New Delhi: In continuation of the measures taken in the wake of COVID-19, it has been decided by Railway Board to go for the cancellation of all passenger train services on Indian Railways and Konkan Railway till 2400 hours of 31 March 2020.

All originating long-distance Mail/Express and Intercity trains (including premium trains) and all originating passenger trains shall remain cancelled till 2400 hours of 31 March 2020.

Suburban trains and trains of Metro Railway, Kolkata shall be continued at bare minimum level until 2400 hours of 22 March 2020. Thereafter, all suburban trains and trains of Metro Railway, Kolkata shall be totally cancelled from 2400 hours of 22 March 2020 to 2400 hours of 31 March 2020.

Trains which had commenced their journey prior to 0400 hours of 22 March 2020 will run up to their destinations.

Freight operations shall continue

Zonal Railways have been advised by Railway Board to ensure strict adherence to all related instructions.

Information regarding cancellations will be communicated to passengers through SMS.

Reservation in Promotion: Railways will promote staff on provisional basis to ensure safety

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Indian RailwaysNew Delhi: Due to a contempt petition linked with the reservation in promotion case, the Indian Railways has decided to promote its staff on provisional basis to ensure safety aspects in train operations but this would be subject to the final outcome of a connected case in Supreme Court.

The Railways have decided to ensure all promotions are done as per General Seniority. For promotions that would now be done on provisional basis, the zone of consideration will not be exceeded, no jumping of candidates will be allowed and seniority will not be violated in any case. Besides, all SC/ST candidates coming in the purview of General Seniority shall be considered against the available Roster Points even of they were acquiring UR points in the past.

A Northern Railway circular addressed to all branch offices on 12 January says that in any case if Roster Points are consumed and the number of SC and ST candidates still appears as per the zone of consideration in the General Seniority, they shall be adjusted against UR Roster Points on temporary basis to be adjusted against future SC/ST vacanices. Once SC/ST Roster points are available in future these UR points will be vacated and SC/ST candidates will be adjusted againts newly available points. Moreover in case there is no SC/ST candidate available in the zone of consideration but vacancies are available the vacancies shall be kept shortfall for future adjustment.

The branch offices have been asked by the DRM to accelerate the time bound programme for implementation of these instructions.

Earlier a Railway Board circular of 30 September 2016, had underscored the instructions issued by the Solicitor General of India, who had stated that “in the matter of making any promotion of a reserved category officer or employee, the Department concerned would not rely upon or male the basis of such promotion to an unreserved post based on the circular of 10.08.2010 and 01.09.2010 and that any violation thereof will bring about a definite contempt.

The Railway Board through its circular RBE 117/2016 advised that the RBE of 01.09.2010 was being held in abeyance with immediate effect till further orders and all further promotions of reserved category persons to unreserved posts will now be made by ignoring Railway Board’s RBE no 126/2010 of 01.09.2010 which in turn was based upon the Department of Personne and Training official memo of 10.08.2010. However all promotions order, the Railway Board said in its circular of 7 October 2016, shall be subject to the outcome of the main SLPs and the contempt petition. Hence the Railway Board ordered that keeping in view its RBE 117/2016, till further instructions promotion orders should not be issued, if even a single person of Reserved Category is given promotion against an unreserved post, till disposal of the reservation in promotion case in Supreme Court.