The Ministry of Railways in India has issued a letter to all Zonal Railways/PUs regarding refresher and safety courses for Running Staff in both online and offline modes. During the Covid period, the Safety Directorate had issued instructions to start online courses for running staff, with efforts made to start regular classroom courses as soon as possible. The letter also stated that online training can be adopted for the theoretical portion only, while hands-on training and physical demonstrations should be arranged for the practical portion with necessary Covid precautions. With the Covid situation improving, the Ministry has decided to resume physical training while ensuring that train operations are not hindered. The letter also emphasizes the importance of only sending serious matters worth deliberation, signed by an SAG level officer and seen by the PCPO.
Refresher and Safety courses for Running Staff- Online/Offline mode
Government of India (Bharat Sarkar)
Ministry of Railways (Rail Mantralaya)
New Delhi, Dated 08.02.2023
The General Manager,
All Zonal Railways/PUs.
Sub: Refresher and Safety courses for Running Staff- Online/Offline mode.
Ref: (i) Board’s letter No. E(MPP)/2020/3/15 dated 19.06.2020.
(ii) Board’s letter No. 2020/Safety/DM/6/14 dated 24.04.2020.
(iii) NR’s letter no. 844-E/Misc/Online-Offline/ Running Staff /2022 dated 10.08.2022.
During Covid Period, Safety Directorate, vide reference (ii) above, had issued instructions to GMs/All Zonal Railways to start online refresher and other safety courses for running category staff. It was aiso advised that efforts may, however, be made to start the regular class room courses at the earliest and ensure that all running staff are given the refresher and other safety courses as per laid down norms.
- Further, vide reference (i) above, instructions to GMs/All Zonal Railways had been issued, inter —alia, that for safety related trainings. online training may be adopted for the theoretical portion only. For practical portion where hands on training and physical demonstration is required, suitable arrangements needs to be made keeping in view safety aspects.
- Now, Northern Railway. vide reference (iii) above, has requested Railway Board to issue clear instructions/direction on the issue of online/offline refresher training for running staff.
- The matter has been reviewed in Board’s office and it has been decided in consultation with Safety, Traction and Traffic Transportation Directorates that since the Covid situation has normalized now, physical training may be started following necessary Covid related precautions/protocol. It may. however, be ensured by Zonal Railways that while sending staff for physical training, train operations are not hindered.
- It may also be noted that the references of ZRs should atleast be signed by SAG level officer and should be seen by PCPO so that Board receives only serious matters worth deliberations.
D. A. : As above
(A. K. Das)
Joint Director/E (MPP)
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