Locomotive pilots of the Indian Railways are urging Rail Minister Suresh Prabhu to improve the condition of crew cabins and amongst other demands provide basic facilities such as bottled drinking water and AC cabins for the crew members and reduced summer working hours.
The letter that was sent by L Mony and MN Prasad, president and secretary-general of the Loco Pilots Association, reads:
It points at the “poor” working conditions and how it goes against the declared “National Policy on Safety, Health and Environment at Workplace”.
The situation is so bad that the even the basic facility like providing water closets in locos, which was talking about in Rail Budget 2013-14, has not yet materialised.
They are not even allowed to take wash-room breaks and have to call in ‘sick’ to be able to use the toilets, and that too only after the train stops at the next station.
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To drive their point home, they have also mentioned in the letter how “Loco running staffs are one of the vital categories for safe and punctual running of trains” and how “even minor lapses and human errors on their part are visited with severe punishments.”