Brief of the meeting held today with Hon’ble MR
Dated: September 21, 2017
The General Secretaries,
All Affiliated Unions,
Sub: Brief of the meeting held today with Hon’ble MR
Today I met the Hon’ble Minister for Railways, Shri Piyush Goyal on his invitation.
The meeting was arranged by the DG(P), Railway Board, and both the federations were called. From AIRF, Working President AIRF, Com. N. Kanniah, and Asstt. General Secretary AIRF, Com. S.K. Tyagi, were present in the meeting as they were available.
Hon’ble MR appreciated AIRF as well as its leadership and also assured that he would put all his efforts for the betterment of the railwaymen, and for that he said that, he has started with improvement in medical facilities and would also like that Railway Schools and Colleges should also improved for better education of the wards of the railway employees.
I, on behalf of AIRF, handed him over a copy of our letter, particularly on safety, and shown our anguish about the shortage of materials and manpower. He said that, on 7th September, 2017, the first decision he had taken that shortage, particularly of the rails, he has given instructions to all the zonal railways that, in case there is shortage of rail in maintenance, that should be diverted from the Construction. Moreover, immediate steps should be taken to purchase the rail to the extent rail cannot be supplied by the SAIL.
On the issue of manpower, he said that, he would hold a meeting along with the CRB, DG(P) and the Staff Side and will definitely take a decision for the betterment of the Railways.
He further mentioned that, meeting with the federations has been delayed because of sickness of his mother and it was delayed by a day because yesterday we got approved 78 days’ PLB to railwaymen from the Union Cabinet, so I have to give some good news.
The meeting was concluded on a very happy note with the hope that mutual cooperation will continue.
This is for your information.
(Shiva Gopal Mishra)