Pune: The All India Railwaymen's Federation (ARMF) has warned the railway authorities to not go for privatisation of railways, otherwise they will go on strike. The federation demanded filling up of around 2 lakh vacancies for smooth railway service.
Rakhal Das Gupta, President, ARMF and Shiva Gopal Mishra, General Secretary of ARMF spoke to the media on Tuesday.
ARMF has conducted a session for railway employees in the Central railway and Pune division. Around 10,000 workers participated in the general open session.
“There have been many challenges in the railways. The railway is going in the hand of private sector. We are opposing the privatisation of railways. Around 2.5 lakh passengers travel from Pune and 95 per cent passengers are the common man. If the railways is working for the benefit of consumers, we are supporting it. But, if you are giving all work to private companies we cannot support it. The privatisation is not good for railways. If the privatisation will not stop we will go on strike,” said Shiva Gopal Mishra.
“The railway accidents will never stop because railways has no resources and manpower. The railway priority is to maintain the railway track and around 72,000 posts of maintenance workers are shortage in the railways. We met the new railway minister and asked him to fill up the vacant posts. He assured us and we are waiting for final approval,” he said.
Along with Rakhal Das Gupta and Shiva Gopal Mishra, JR Bhosale, Treasurer, Nitin Pradhan, President, National Railwaymen's Union (Maharashtra), Sunil Kamthan, Divisional Secretary and Nishi Kapahi, Women's coordinator Asia Pacific of International Transport.