The Indian Railways plans to distribute 4G connections along-with handsets to all of the 13.5 lakh employees on rolls, but the staff of the Colonial-era transporter is not interested in having these.
Indeed, the proposal has set the cat among the pigeons, with the Unions having red flagged the plan on grounds that the top management of the 165-year old state-owned transporter was attempting to “foist a 24X7 surveillance system on employees through technological tools”. .
“Through the use of technology, the top rail management wants to set up a watchman to monitor the work of the field staff. This will be hurtful to the pride of the dedicated rail staff. They are not cattle that can be cultivated, trained or motivated. We will not accept this plan”, said M Raghuviah of the National Federation of Indian Railway Men (NFIR).
Shiv Gopal Mishra of the All India Railway Men Federation (AIRF) echoed similar sentiments: “Where is the need for such things? The money (on purchase of 4G phones) can be better spent on more pressing needs such as the purchase of modern devices to detect track flaws”. Read More