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Railways to send 100 non-gazetted employees for first pleasure trip abroad

For the first time workers of South Central Railways flew to Singapore and Malaysia for a six-day vacation

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

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Indian Railways' first non-working foreign tour is underway, not for senior officers but for gangmen, trackmen and other non-gazetted employees.

In a first for the national transporter, 100 non-gazetted workers of flew to and for a six-day vacation on January 28, said a statement.

While 25 per cent expenditure of the tour is being borne by the employees, 75 per cent is from the (SBF), M. Umashankar Kumar, SCR chief officer, said in a statement.

"The 100 strong group of employees... comprised of Group C and D category employees, with preference given to employees from lower cadres and those nearing retirement. Allocation of a number of slots for each Division, Workshop and Headquarters was given on the basis of their sanctioned strength," he said.

Secunderabad-based SCR has taken the lead in "optimising welfare activities for its non-gazetted workforce, by organising the first-of-its-kind on Indian Railways", he said.

The itinerary covers tourist sites such as Universal Studios, Sentosa and Night Safari in and includes the Kuala Lumpur City Tour, Petronas Towers, Batu Caves and Highlands in

SBF funds are allocated by for various welfare activities of non-gazetted employees working in the national transporter.

They are usually used for scholarships for lower grade employees, to benefit the girl child, camps for children and other such socially relevant causes, an said.

The SCR had sent a proposal for the tour in December last year for its employees.

Less than a month later, the group was on its way to foreign shores.

First Published: Tue, January 30 2018. 17:27 IST