Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu
- Union Minister for Railways
Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu
- Union Minister for Railways
Implement disabled friendly measures in Indian railways
I've been groped and manhandled three separate times by porters. They were helping me board the train because Indian trains are not wheelchair accessible. I am a disabled woman living in Mumbai who loves to travel. I have had to wear a diaper because I couldn’t use the train bathroom. And when I needed to change that diaper, I had no privacy and had to wait for hours for the lights to go off at night The railways treat the disabled as a piece of luggage. This needs to stop! Sign my petition and join me in asking the railway minister and the Prime Minister to implement disabled friendly measures in Indian railways. According to The Disability Rights bill, there need to be facilities available for those with disabilities. The Railway Ministry has been talking of making trains disabled friendly but in reality, we are still humiliated every single time because of poor implementation. My fight is to ensure human dignity for the disabled. I am asking the authorities for some basic things everyone takes for granted- Accessible bathrooms with proper space inside the bathroom, clean and higher toilets, low sinks so we can easily wash our hands. Accessible coaches for the disabled in all trains, ideally one for each class. Enough space between berths so it is easy to fit a standard size wheelchair between the berths and we can shift onto our seats when needed. Curtains around the berths for when we need to change. Often, I've needed to change my clothes and the berths are too small for me to role around to change my clothes, as well as have no privacy. Proper infrastructure to cross railroads if needed to change platforms. Beside these infrastructure related demands, I also want an attitudinal shift in the way the disabled are treated: Sensitise people to let those with disabilities board first as the general public normally does not care about our well being. Everyone is in a rush to get to their seats. Sensitise abled-bodied persons to not board the handicapped compartment, especially in local trains. We often see that in the local train, those who are not disabled will climb in. That isn't fair. Train the drivers and TCs to halt the train till a handicapped passenger has finished boarding, especially for local trains. The local train only stops for two minutes and with all the crowd, it is very difficult to board. I want to sit down with PM Narendra Modi or the Railway Minister Mr. Suresh Prabhu and talk to them about the difficulties faced by those whom are disabled. Sign my petition and ask PM Modi and Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu to implement measures to make the Indian railways disabled friendly.
Stand against Brutal killing of Rahul Singh by Railway officials
I need your support because I know we all and our children travel in trains and i want to ensure that nobody has to go through the pain, sadness and troubles that Rahul's family is facing today due to brutality of Railway officials. Rahul Singh S/O Sanjay Singh, A resident of village bhokhri, district kaimour, bihar working in Delhi was returning home by Chambal Express in S2 coach on birth no 36 on 24 August 2017, At Jhansi railway station TT T.S.Sharma, Railway protection force SI Sudhir kumar pandey, Constable Rajkumari Gurjar boarded the train with other railway policepersons and started illigal recovery of money from the passangers. Rahul, for the sake of proof, statred video recording the incident which came into the eyes of the officials and they got offended. They started beating him brutally and Rahul was forcefully made to lick sputum (थूक कर चटवाया गया) as per the vitness Kuldeep Sharma, who is an advocate in allahabad high court. Kuldeep came in rescue of Rahul but he was threatened by the policepersons.At last after snatching gold chain, braslet and mobile phone, Rahul was thrown out of the running train where he died and things were doctored to make the incident look as suicide case. Kuldeep sharma, the vitness of incident, reached mahoba GRP to lodge an FIR against the officials but was straightly denied but he tweeted the whole incident to Railway minister Suresh Prabhu after intervention of whom an FIR was registered the next day in Allahabad GRP from Kuldeep Sharma's Side. I salute Kuldeep Sir's courage to take stand against the policepersons, now its our turn to raise the voice to punish these culprits. Plz...Don't ignore just think of the pain her wife is going thru having rahul's 4 month unborn baby in her womb. I urge Prime Minister Narendra Modi Sir, Suresh Prabhu sir to take action against culprits under the section 302 of IPC. Thanks.
Introduce Student Concession fares in Delhi Metro and reduced burden of Student travel
Metro fares in Delhi has increased between 25% and 67% from 10th May 2017 and the next hike in fare slabs up by Rs.10 is likely in October. The minimum fare now will be Rs 10, up from Rs 8; the maximum Rs 50 against the existing Rs 30 based on the recommendations of Delhi Metro Rail Corporation Board. Many students travel by metro rail in Delhi; Students studying in 11th & 12th Standard attend coaching centres and travelling late evenings prefer metro rail and Students studying in colleges and evening colleges prefer to travel by metro rail. For safe travel during late hours after attending classes, girl students prefer to travel by metro. Why student concessional fare? Student concessional fares reduce the burden of travel cost on students. Metro rail travel is safe and fast travel for students traveling far distances and late hours. Students can use the time saved for study. The present hike in fare has increased the travel cost burden approx. by Rs.500 to Rs.1200 per month for students travelling by metro rail. Student Concessional fare in Developed Countries In Australia, student cards are issued to school students and college students studying full-time courses in Colleges/Universities. Student concessional fares are at 30% reduced rates. The concessional fare reduces the cost of education expense for the students. Solution To reduce the cost burden on students and as a step towards motivation of students, DMRCL should introduce Student Card with 30% and 50% concessional fares for students and girl students, respectively. DMRCL should actively promote the 'Beti Bachao Beti Padao' initiative by offering concessional fares to girl students. This petition will be delivered to: •Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi •Minister of Railways Shri Suresh Prabhu •Minister of Urban Development Shri Venkaiah Naidu •Managing Director, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation Limited Dr. Mangu Singh
Get government to build Kopari Bridge in Thane to ease daily traffic snarls & save fuel
Kopari Bidge is a bridge on railway line on Eastern Express Way. It's a narrow 2-lane bridge coming after 3-4 lane expressway on both directions i.e. to/from Mumbai. During peak hours, it results in minimum of 20-30 minutes or more to cross this bridge i.e. small stretch of 1 kilometer. The impact of this narrow lanes and is so huge and results in traffic jam of 2-3 kms during peak hours. Mulund Toll plaza also adds to woes during peak hour. Impact: 1. At least 45 minutes added to commute time, which is our precious family time. Assuming 50000 vehicles stuck in traffic of 1.2 lakhs pass on every day, we are wasting 75000 hrs assuming 2 people in vehicle. 2. Wastage of fuel for which we and country are paying for so heavily. There are 120,000 vehicles pass though bridge (Mulund Toll Data). So average waiting time, wastage of fuel of lakh+ vehicles is huge. Assuming min 50,000 people stuck in traffic at Kopari Bridge waste 1 litre @ avg 70/liter (assuming a blend of petrol and diesel cars), we are wasting Rs 100 crores a year. Impact on GDP which is Rs 60000 crore nation wide is huge due to Kopari Bridge. 3. Impact to environment is huge too which can not be easily calculated. But lakhs of vehicles crawling is definitely going to cause huge impact to environment. We have heard that this bridge needs to be prepared along with Railway Ministry as it's on railway line. That's why we added the Railway Minister in this petition as well. We have heard that this bridge was sanctioned 10 years back when budget to make it was Rs 10 crores. But inordinate delay resulted in budget of Rs 300 crores now. Just because we are not acting fast, we are increasing cost and resulting in huge loss of time and money to commuters. We heard that work on this project was to start last year i.e. Oct 2016 which has not happened. We need a widening of this bridge to add at least 2 lanes each side to ensure the problem is taken care of. If we dont see action we will be compelled to take PIL route in this regard.
Local Train Problem for Vasai Virar Citizens
It is becoming very difficult for people from Vasai Virar region to catch Virar Local trains during the morning & evening peak hours due to the heavy rush. Sometimes people fall down & get seriously injured also. There are also cases of people falling down from over crowded trains & losing their lives. So requesting you to increase the frequency of Local Trains (Virar) during the peak hours. Start more local trains from Virar, Vasai & Bhayander during the morning peak hours. Also start more Virar local trains from Dadar, Bandra, Andheri & Borivili during the evening peak hours since most of the people working in the suburbs find it very difficult to catch the overcrowded Virar Trains coming from Churchgate. Also requesting you to change the timings of outstation trains so that they don't run during peak hours. These trains sometimes disrupt & delay the regular schedule of the local trains & create more crowding problems. People from Vasai Virar region do not have any other regular public mode of transport to reach Mumbai. They are totally dependent on the local trains. Due to overcrowding, people travelling by Virar Trains are totally stressed out when they reach their office in the morning & the same thing happens when they come back home late in the evening. So keeping the above things in mind, we request you to find a long lasting solution to our problem at the earliest so that we all can travel safely & comfortably.
Accord Justice to Railway Engineers
To Shri Narendra Modi ji, Hon’ble Prime Minister of India, Govt. of India, New Delhi. Sub: Humble request to accord justice to Railway Engineers. Respected Sir, All India Railway Engineers Federation (AIREF), the sole apex body representing about eighty thousand Junior Engineers, Senior Section Engineers, CMS , DMS and SE (IT) of Indian Railways through Zonal Railway & PU Engineers Associations extends heartiest congratulation to you for feeling proud for taking pledge to serve countrymen as “Pradhan Sevak” and we Railway Engineers congratulate our Hon’ble Prime Minister on the republic day of India for making it great historical event with the great vision for India. AIREF requests your goodself to kindly spare few minutes from your busy schedule to go through this memorandum. The country has expressed its obligation for this ‘dynamic reforms’ launched to carry the country from a level of grave declining to a height of destination and ensure India to take a global leadership. Your voice “Come & Make in India” has inspired the engineers of the country to put their best efforts to make India as No-1 among all countries of the world in the technical aspects. We, the railway engineers also feel proud to be awarded by you the new task in adopting new technology and modern innovation in Railway Communication sector to run “Bullet Trains”, especially altogether in a “new and congenial environment prevailing in the country to carry faster the growth and development in every sector of our public life including, Railways, which carries ‘a Lion’s share of this national responsibility’ as a part of your dream “DIGITAL INDIA”. Sir, when engineers of the country are energized with your calls to develop the technology in the country, at that time railway engineers, who dedicate every thing they have to breath life into Railway System are frustrated with humiliation made by railway administration. The diploma & degree engineers are recruited as Railway Engineers (Junior Engineers and Senior Section Engineers) in Indian Railways. We, the railway engineers work in all technical departments including Civil, Mechanical, Electrical, Signal & Telecommunications, Drawing & Design, Store, C&M laboratories, Information Technology, etc. and play a crucial role in safe and efficient running of trains including construction/production, design, repair & maintenance of tracks, bridges, buildings. rolling stock, locomotives, coaches, electrical services, OHE, signals, telecommunications. Thus, we are considered as “Backbone of Railways”. Due to continuous upgradation of technology, we have to constantly upgrade our knowledge for efficient execution of works and to guide and train the workforce to meet the challenge ahead. Thus, we control, guide and execute the works of about nine lakhs technical staff which is more than 50% of total railway employees. We also carry additional responsibility in timely transportation of essential commodities and relief materials during the period of Natural Calamity and also in moving Army personnel and arm required during the period of external aggression. But, due to erroneous policies made by Railway Ministry, we have been frustrated. Many experienced engineers have left Railways and young talented engineers do not prefer to join Railways. It has been affecting seriously the safety & economy of Railways. The following main injustices have demoralized us. Injustice 1: As per India Gazette Notification No-605 dtd. 09.04.2009 (Annexure-1), Junior Engineers of all other departments of central government have been given Group-B status. But Ministry of Railways implemented it partially vide RBE No- 05/2010 dtd.08.01.2010 (Annexure-2). Thus, Group-D staff have been upgraded to Group-C and equated with us. This partial implementation creates discontentment towards discharge of duty satisfactorily. It will endanger safety of Railways in future. Also we loose social status at par with engineers of other departments, who have been upgraded to Group-B as per above Gazette Notification. Due to this wrong policy, a qualified engineer is now placed at bottom most cadre of the central government with upgraded Group-D staff. Our upgradation to Group-B will put no financial burden on Railways rather it will create better working atmosphere. Injustice 2: Due to adoption of oldest act i.e. Trade Union Act – 1926, we have been clubbed with Group-D staff in same platform. Hence, our grievances had never been represented properly at appropriate levels, for which we have been degraded by successive pay commissions. Comparisons in tabulated form are enclosed for your kind information (Annexure-3). But unfortunately, these cases were never put up in National Anomaly Committees constituted during 5th and 6th Pay commissions by labour federations or Railway Administration. Injustice 3: At present, both a diploma holder in nursing and a degree holder in engineering join Railways in same grade pay i.e. Rs. 4600/-. The nurse gets two assured promotions during service period, where as the degree engineer does not get a single promotion (Annexure-4). This is worst ever humiliation to a qualified engineer. The above main injustices have been done with us on account of absence of a Democratic service platform of our own to put forth our genuine cause rightly, at right time to the best appreciation of the administration in the Railways. We have been clubbed with labour unions/federations, which are the representatives of labours/workers and not engineers. These unions have never represented engineers properly for which injustices made against us have never been put up before National Anomaly Committee. The matter has come under intensive examinations and debates over the years by High Power Committees and law makers who are of unanimously opinion that the Railway Engineers should be accorded separate recognition to represent their problems at appropriate level, beyond the purview of the two existing Railway Labor Unions and anomalies prevailing in the pay scales, as compared to that of the engineers working in other departments of Government of India and under state Governments need to be rectified with due attentions for re-determining their service status, promotion prospectus etc . Railway Safety Review Committee (Justice Khanna Committee) has categorically recommended debarring us from Railway Labor Unions and to give us separate recognition in view of our separate nature of duties, responsibilities, mode of recruitment and training etc. Similarly, Justice K. N. Wanchoo Committee has also recommended in favour of us. 2nd Indian National Labour Commission 2002 has also recommended to keep supervisory category separate from workers (Annexure-5). Unfortunately, the recommendations were not accepted by Ministry of Railways for the want of modification of this oldest trade union act (Annexure-6), which was prepared during British rule. A clarification received from the Minister of Defence in his letter 4th July 2009 addressed to Sri Guru Das Gupta, Hon’ble Member of Parliament loudly justified the reasons for not entertaining employees of supervisory category (engineers) under labour unions for purpose of administrative conveniences (Annexure-7). Ministry of Defence could modify the old trade union act for betterment of department, even constitution is being amended as per requirement but the reluctance of Ministry of Railways appears to be unjustified. This is also against social justice by clubbing engineers in trade union activities. Indian Railways is the biggest technical organization in the country having around eighty thousands engineers, but it does not have separate recognized platform for us. All other departments of central government and all state governments have recognized their Engineers’ Associations. Railway Protection Force (RPF) has been given separate recognized platform during year 1997. Recently Railway Ministry has recognized two caste based associations i.e. All India SC & ST Railway Employees Association and All India OBC Railway Employees Association to participate in PREM group in addition to both trade federations and RPF. More over, Class-III staff & Class-IV staff associations of Railway Board within Ministry of Railways are also recognized separately though there is very less staff strength in Railway Board in comparison to zones. These both associations are also excluded from two recognized trade unions/federations. AIREF has shown its aggravation by staging several demonstrations/Rallies at New Delhi and railway zonal headquarters. Several hon’ble ministers and Members of Parliaments have been recommending our demands to the Ministry of Railways time to time. But, Ministry of Railways has given conventional replies to safeguard labour unions declining to modify the oldest Act. The labour unions are putting pressure on administration not to recognize and not to give Group-B status, otherwise their membership strength will get reduced and also they will not be able to interfere in our daily works. For benefit of particular labour unions, the fate of Railways should not be sacrificed. Prayer: Sir, for any development or upgradation/adoption of technology within the Railways such as running of Bullet Trains, we, the railway engineers play the frontline role. But due to non-recognition of our platform i.e. AIREF, we are not permitted to share our experiences/views directly with the administration. Under the aforementioned circumstances and in view of the wider opinions and recommendations by different Expert Committees and law makers (Annexure-5), we request your good self to direct the Railway Ministry to accept the following main demands for betterment of Railways. 1) The AIREF be recognized to provide opportunity to about eighty thousand of its members to represent their genuine cause, outside of the Railway Labor Unions in the lager interest of better administration and safe functioning of Railways & its economy. 2) Group-B status to all Railway Engineers as per India Gazette Notification No-605 dtd. 09.04.2009 with Gazetted status & redesignation as “Assistant Engineers” to senior Section Engineers. 3) The minimum grade pay to Junior Engineers and Senior Section Engineers be determined at Rs. 5400/- (PB-3) and Rs.6600/- (PB-3). 4) We may be provided with time bound promotions at par with the facilities enjoyed by the Engineers in other departments of central government. Even after 161 years of formation of Railways and 67 years of independence, the qualified engineers are considered as organized labours in Railways by virtue of the oldest Trade Union Act-1926. After being sworn in as Prime Minister, you have directed to scratch all old Rules and Acts. Keeping faith on your direction, we are hopeful that this oldest act made during British period i.e. Trade Union Act -1926 would be modified at the earliest to encourage the railway engineers to put their best efforts for betterment of Railways and not to choose to leave Railways. AIREF also requests to you to kindly spare few time from your busy schedule to discuss with our delegates on betterment of Railways as per your convenience. AIREF extends its sincere thanks to you for sparing valuable time to go through this memorandum. Considering that prayers to great hearts has never gone vain, Yours sincerely, (Er. Ashok Kumar Tyagi) Secretary General /AIREF Cell: 9450079541 Address:1090, Esai Tola Khati Baba, Jhansi (UP)
Demanding for Suburban rail in Bengaluru.
Bengaluru..!! The Silicon Valley and IT hub of India. Thousands of employees from different parts of the country are working here in Bengaluru in IT, BT and other sectors. As a result of this there has been a huge contribution of tax to the central government from the state of Karnataka. As there are huge number of employees in the city, road traffic has been a big challenge from a very long time. With current traffic density, one can cover maximum of 5 kilometers per hour and an average most of them commute 30 kilometers too and fro, rounding to 5-6 hours of valuable time. Considering the above points, the state government had approached our central government to bring Suburban rail to Bengaluru city to provide connectivity to different parts of the city and to overcome road traffic. Sources in the state government told Times of India that Karnataka had sent its feedback, citing it cannot agree to the Railways' proposition of a 20:20:60 financial sharing pattern. According to the proposed pattern, while the central government gives 20% of the funds for the suburban rail, another 20% will have to be provided by the state government, with the remaining 60% being generated through loans from financial institutions, using state government assets and guarantees. "Effectively, this meant that the state government will have to take on the financial burden of up to 80%. This is very difficult to agree to," said an urban development department official. Suburban train has been a successful concept in all other metropolitan cities except Namma Bengaluru. The government of Mumbai has provided relief to commuters through Suburban trains and has taken initiative to improve the same, a recent news article reads that "45,000 crores is being invested in Mumbai for Suburban trains", why not in Namma Bengaluru? Requesting railway ministry to make use of the existing infrastructure to implement suburban rail system in the city. Considering great tax contribution from Karnataka,We urge the central government to re-investigate the budget and do needful to the state government in public interest. I request you to sign and share this petition to see better Bengaluru. Thank You.
Pune to Chandrapur Train
Daily More people commute between Chandrapur to Pune and they used private transport which is costly as well as risk to life. Here is proposed Start railway may be on weekly basis on trial between Pune to Chandrapur and back If not separate train attached boggies to sevagram which can be left to near by separating route between Pune and Mumbai then can be picked up by local passenger. It will earn following benefits Indian railway will earn profit for sure More people will have ease of travel Direct connectivity to Chandrapur Students from Chandrapur and near by remote area can easily commute to Pune with affordable travel charges People won't have to pay double travel cost during festival time
Pune Ahmednagar Daily Intercity Shuttle Railway
Dear Sir, We at Ahmednagar Pune Intercity Railway Working Committee would like to request you to please start Daily Ahmednagar Pune Intercity Railway and also the work of COD line at Daund to save engine changing time. We the citizens of Ahmednagar and Pune for Passenger conveyance would request for the following which will help in increasing the railway traffic and income and also increase travel facilities of the passengers. Our demand is for Daily Shuttle Train from Ahmednagar at 06.00 hrs towards Pune and at 18.30 hrs from Pune towards Ahmednagar. 1) Twenty Thousand Passengers travel daily between Ahmednagar and Pune and during weekend this number goes upto Thirty thousand plus. 2) Ahmednagar to Pune by road it takes upto 3 hrs till Wagholi and then another 45 minutes to 1 hour to enter inthe city. 3) Only from Ahmednagar to Pune 400 buses move from ST Stand, these do not include the Travel buses and most of them are always full. 4) Due to heavy vehicle there are daily accidents on the roads. 5) Today road between Pune and Ahmednagar is four laning but is insufficient for the current scenario only which causes traffic jams at bottle neck points and wastage of fuel 6) If we start Ahmednagar Pune Daily intercity train, it will help in saving the fuel, pollution and accidents also will reduce. 7) As quoted earlier even the present four laning is insufficient and in near future we will require additional four laning, comparing to the accusation and development cost we have ready infrastructure of railway Line where we have to make planning only for daily shuttle train. 8) In the present scenario this train if it leaves from Ahmednagar at 6.00 hrs can reach Pune by 9.30 hrs and from Pune at 18.30 hrs will reach Ahmednagar at 22.00 hrs. After COD line time can be reduced by 45 minutes. 9) Around 2000 plus passenger can avail this UP Down facility daily. 10) This will also help the Armed Forces, Railway Parcels and help in increasing the commercial income of railways. COD LINE NECESSITY Please find attached details regarding unnecessary expenses incurred by Railway, especially Central Railway - Sholapur Division at Daund Junction. From Ahmednagar to Pune COD Line has been approved and survey has also been done but in spite of that there is no quick action or progress regarding the same. We would like to mention that daily 34 passenger trains and 10 Mail trains have to take halt of about 30 minutes for changing engine while going towards Pune or up towards Ahmednagar by railway via Daund. 1) 3 staffs are required for engine changing.2) All the 3 staffs are required for 3 shifts3) 30 Litres of Diesel is utilised/wasted during the engine change process for one train, this means 1500 litres of diesel per day and 5,47,500 litres per year which accumulates to Rs. 3 crores approximately which is wastage of our Nations Treasury.4) 9 staff daily and considering their average salary it goes around 40 to 50 lakhs per year.5) Around 34 passenger trains halt for 30 minutes and considering average 500 passengers in Train so daily 8500 man hours of passengers are wasted which is loss of National Talent and man power. If the COD line work is taken in action immediately we can save the above man hours, diesel, loss to treasury and also robbery which occurs at Daund Junction. We the working committee hereby appeal the honorable minister of railways to look in the matter and take necessary steps for the passenger benefits. Looking forward for a fast track action for the same. Thanking you in anticipation. Kind Regards, Er. Harjeetsingh Wadhwa President Er. Arshad Shaikh Secretary Nitin Thorat Vice President CA Kiran Bhandari - Treasurer Shri Bhagwan Fulsaunder EX Mayor Milind Bendale Journalist Shri Damodar Batheja Shri Sanjay Sapkal Dr. Sanjay Asnani Er. Vipul Shah Er. Sunil Chhajed Er. Prashant Munot Prof. Sanjay Late Shri Sayyed Shabir Ali Shri S.b.Runwal Shri Ashok Kanade Shri Ajay Dighe Shri Jasmeetsingh Wadhwa Shri Santosh Bade Shri Dhanesh Kothari All Residents, Passengers, Activist Ahmednagar.
Name Udhampur Railway Station in the memory of Martyr Capt Tushar Mahajan
When asked about ambition in life, he would gladly announce his plan of becoming a part of the Indian Army and neutralize forces that work against the country. And this he definitely did, without caring if it was day or night, a month or a year, the summer or the winter!!! On February 21, 2016 Capt Tushar Mahajan of the elite 9 Para, SF attained martyrdom while fighting terrorists in Pampore of Kashmir’s Pulwama district. Our son was just 26. The extraordinary valour and courage demonstrated by our young son is inspirational. Keeping that in mind, it is also important to accept the fact that there is nothing more powerful than time. This is our sincere plead to Shri. Suresh Prabhu, Hon’ble Minister of Railways, to name the Railway Station of Udhampur after this brave heart. We are aware that it wouldn’t bring back our son but it will help in keeping his story alive as a constant reminder for people across the length and breadth of India who visit this town in Jammu and Kashmir of how selflessly a young man laid down his life for them, the motherland. And that he didn’t give it a second thought but fought for the pride of his nation by taking several bullets so bravely. Kindly join us in advocating this and honour Tushar’s supreme sacrifice. Let us make an effort to ensure that he doesn’t go down unnoticed in the annals of history. His story deserves to be told as he is a motivation for not only the present generation but for endless generations to follow who can derive inspiration from his sacrifice. And that our children are nurtured with the supreme fact that INDIA is our pride. Proud parents of Capt Tushar Mahajan