Nanded, Sep 12: In an overwhelming response to the flood fury caused in Kerala, the workforce of the South Central Railway, has reached out to the affected people of the state by means of voluntarily rendering sizeable financial assistance, while the Nanded zone has stayed in the forefront to transport huge quantity of relief aid material on trains to the state.
Acting on the directives of Railway Minister Piyush Goyal, to provide all assistance to enable Kerala in coming out of the havoc caused by the unprecedented floods, SCR has initiated the 'Mission Join Hands' for Kerala, conceptualised by the General Manager Vinod Kumar Yadav. The two-pronged plan of action covers the entire network on the Zone, with the Divisional Railway Managers of all the six divisions including Secunderabad, Hyderabad, Vijayawada, Guntur, Guntakal and Nanded. Divisions are being assigned the responsibility to continuously monitor the relief measures.
The workforce of the Zone contributed an amount of Rs.7.5-crore from their wages to the Prime Minister's National Relief Fund – Kerala State. A copy of the communiqué on the contribution from the SCR addressed to the Rail Ministry was handed over by Principal Financial Advisor Padmini Radhakrishnan and Principal Chief Personnel Officer NV Ramana Reddy to Vinod Kumar Yadav.
Additional General Manager of the SCR John Thomas has transported a record 630 tonnes of relief aid material free of cost on rail from various locations since August 15 to the destinations catering to the flood affected districts of Kerala.
The Chief Public Relations Officer M Umashankar Kumar handled the task to liaison with the District and State administration of Kerala, which enabled the Zone to assess specific requirements of relief material at various places in Kerala and transport the same accordingly, informed the PRO Rajesh Shinde. (UNI)