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Trackmen found working in senior officials' homes; NR suspends officials

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The Northern Railway today suspended some officials in the wake of allegations that they had employed trackmen as domestic helps in their residences.

Reacting to the report, Chairman said that the railways was fully committed to ensuring that its was not misused.

"We are fully committed in our efforts to see to it that our official or our are not misused," Lohani said while interacting with officers and mediapersons at a railway awards function in

Taking cognizance of a report telecast by a television channel, of immediately directed that the officers concerned be placed under suspension forthwith.

"Northern Railway has placed under suspension all the officials who have been found to be allegedly misusing the services of the railwaymen appointed for maintenance work of tracks and other assets at their homes/establishments," said

Further disciplinary action on the suspended officials would be taken swiftly as per the available documents and evidence, he said.

A TV channel showed how the men who were supposed to be engaged in safety work on the tracks were doing menial jobs at the homes of senior officials, including cleaning, washing and even building fences at railway engineers and section officers' homes.

Soon after taking over, both of Railways Piyush Goyal as well as Lohani had ordered around 30,000 staff used as domestic help back to work.

The TV channel named officials from across railway zones, but it was only Northern Railway which responded to it and took action.

In the story, the trackmen are heard saying that they mark attendance and then come and work at the official residences of their seniors.

The comes on a day that the national transporter is celebrating 165 years of existence.

Goyal and the entire are currently in for the 63rd Railway Week National Awards Function.

Sources in the ministry say that action would be taken across zones after the erring officers are identified.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Mon, April 16 2018. 23:00 IST
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