Here’s another addition to the dos and don’ts for railway staff to enhance passenger safety. The operational staff of the railways have been strictly barred from using WhatsApp while on duty. Railway officials have identified the messaging app as a ‘major distraction’ while managing train operations and hence sent out instructions not to use it during working hours.
The circular has been issued by the Delhi division of Indian Railways to its entire operational staff, including drivers, guards, TTEs and even station managers. Anyone found violating the orders shall be dealt with strictly, it said.
A senior railway official said similar orders will be issued in all divisions since it pertained to railway safety. “It was noted that several staff associated with the safety department or the operational staff were indulging in WhatsApp and Youtube during working hours. This caused major distraction and thus compromised passenger safety. They have been told not to use these apps and entertainment medium and perform their duty with greater efficiency and alertness,” an official said. Read More…
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