Railways keymen, who walk 8 km everyday inspecting every crack and every nut and bolt to detect defects on tracks and ensure their repair in time for trains to pass, have pleaded with the railway board to reduce their ‘beat length’ to 3 km, which, they say, will improve safety.
The National Federation of Indian Railwaymen (NFIR) have written to the board stating that the 2.2 lakh keymen on the payroll of the national transporter, who are considered railways’ last line of defence against safety issues actually walk double their beat length – to and fro – carrying equipment and other necessities which weigh around 14 kg. Read More
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