Rahul meets loco pilots at New Delhi Rly station; assures to take up issues with govt

New Delhi, July 5 (UNI) Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha, Rahul Gandhi on Friday met the loco pilots at the New Delhi Railway Station here and listened to their grievances and assured to take up their demands with the government.

During his visit to New Delhi Railway station, Gandhi met around 50 loco pilots from all over India, who presented their issues in front of him. The loco pilots mainly complained of inadequate rest, Congress party said in its post on X.

According to the party, they said that they had to run the trains over long distance and are often pressed into duty without sufficient breaks causing stress and lapses in concentration which are major cause of accidents.

While sharing their grievances, the loco pilots said that the Railways Act 1989 and other rules already provide for 30 + 16 hours of rest per week, which is not being implemented.

Besides rest, the loco pilots also said that their other demand was that two consecutive night duty should be followed by one night of rest and trains should have basic amenities for drivers, the party statement said.

According to the party, over the past four years, the railways recruitment board has not recruited even a single loco pilot despite tens of thousands of vacancies. The pilots expressed their fear that this deliberate move is a plan by the Modi government to privatise the Railways.

Meanwhile, Rahul Gandhi assured the loco pilots that he has been consistently raising the issue of railway privatization and lack of recruitment.

He listened to their concerns and fully supported their demand for adequate rest and expressed hope that this would significantly reduce accidents. As Leader of the Opposition, he promised to take up their demands with the government, the Congress said.

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