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पत्रांक: 11पीआर/08/2021प्रेस विज्ञप्तिदिनांक:25.08. 2021
GM NCR conducted weekly safety and punctuality meeting.
In case of breach of safety in train operations, responsibility to be fixed at appropriate level: GM NCR
Inspections should be conducted regularly by officers. Schedule of inspection to be rigorously followed: GM NCR
Public complaints should be addressed promptly: GM NCR
GM also discussed infrastructure and HR related issues.
GM NCR Shri Pramod Kumar holds a meeting with senior officers of the zone today. DRMs of Agra, Prayagraj and Jhansi joined through videoconferencing. During the meeting, GM made it very clear that safety in train operations is of prime importance and each and every case of breach of safety norms, if appears, needs to be properly investigated with responsibility fixation at a much higher level. GM said that it is the responsibility of officers and supervisors to train their field staff and upgrade their capabilities regularly. It has to be ensured by the officers that any modifications in rule or any new rule should reach the field and it should be ensured that the staff has properly understood those.
The meeting started with the Principal Chief Safety Officer Shri Manish Gupta sharing a power point presentation regarding Disaster Management Plan. Shri Gupta said that we have to update and upgrade ourselves to keep ourselves ready for any unforeseen situations. It was discussed that the Railways have imbibed disaster risk management principles as an inherent philosophy with a focus on Prevention, Mitigation, Capacity building, Preparedness and Prompt response. Utmost importance has to be given to the prevention part which lies to the core of train operations. With regards to capacity building, timely training and refresher courses are being done along with regular safety seminars. It was also discussed that maintenance of ARTs and ARMEs should be given due attention so that whenever needed they should be in a ready to mobilize conditions. DRMs also informed that time to time mock drills are being done to evaluate our preparedness.
Discussing further, PCSO told that it is necessary to undertake proper risk mapping and to leverage latest technology available. GM Shri Pramod Kumar instructed that risk mapping should not be a static exercise. All divisions should identify the vulnerable areas in their divisions which are disaster prone and this evaluation should be a dynamic exercise. Use of social media and mobile technologies were also discussed to create awareness generation among masses regarding unsafe practices like trespassing , boarding/deboarding a moving trains among others.
Issue of fire in trains and steps taken for prevention and duties of Railway staff in such cases were also discussed. GM said that staff should be regularly counseled upon these issues through workshops, inspections and seminars. GM also advised that station staff and officers should have time to time coordination meetings with nearby hospitals, police stations so that prompt response may be generated in case of any exigency.
Speaking on the issue of crowd control, GM said that weekly meetings should be held in the divisions to identify upcoming events like any local Mela or other gathering and appropriate planning should be made to keep the safety in train operations in a leading position. GM further said that in case of any unusual, the priority should be to restore the traffic within the shortest time so that train operations should be resumed with little inconvenience to the public.
While discussing the infrastructure issues , it was suggested by the GM that periodic updation of records should be done so that there should be no discrepancy in the paper records and the actual physical conditions as many infrastructure works are going on which has updated station lay outs and building plans.
Among the other issues discussed were asset failures and steps taken to minimize them, position of court cases and measures taken to minimize litigations. Items related to passenger amenities were discussed and GM said that any delay in redressal of public complaints is unacceptable. A proper analysis of public complaints received through Rail Madad should be done and response to be submitted at the earliest.