New Delhi, Nov 27: Union Minister of State for Railways Manoj Sinha on Tuesday said the station masters are like the Army jawans who secure the border round the clock, they (station masters) ensure a safe and secure journey to the passengers round the clock.
After inaugurating the Sankalp Virat Mahasammelan and 48th Central Biennial General Body Meeting of the All India Station Masters Association here, Mr Sinha hailed the commitment and hard work of the station masters to the efficient functioning of the Indian Railways across the country.
He assured them that all their legitimate demands would be considered favourably.
Mr Sinha recalled the association of many great personalities, including former Prime Minister late Atal Behari Vajpayee, with the AISMA.
“The glory that the Indian Railways have achieved today is because of the dedication and commitment of the railway employees. The station masters are like the army jawans who secure
the border round the clock, while the station masters ensure a safe and secure journey to the passengers round the clock,” he said.
The investment in infrastructural development in the Indian Railways that has taken place during the last four-and-a-half year happened never, the MoS Railways added.
'It is because Prime Minister Narendra Modi considers the railways as one of the prominent growth engines of the nation. However, as the railway network is expanding, the challenges are also increasing and we are boldly facing all the challenges,” he said.
“This shows your commitment to the nation. You are working for the nation, hence the nation has also to recognise and respect your contribution,” Mr Sinha added.
The Minister appreciated the wonderful work that the station masters have done for security, safety and punctuality of the Indian railways.
About 4,000 station masters from all 16 zones of the Indian Railways, including the Konkan Railway, are attending the two-day biennial conference hosted by Delhi Division.
Apart from Mr Sinha, Chairman of the Railway Board Ashwani Lohani and PCO Rajiv Saxena also addressed the station masters.
AISMA president R K Unnikrishnan and Secretary General Dhananjay Chandrate welcomed the Minister at the inaugural session.
Earlier, AISMA secretary general Dhananjay Chandrate said the nation is first and self comes the next for AISMA members. That is why the theme of this conference is “let us give our best to the nation”.
He recalled the previous three conferences held in Mumbai with the theme “Masters for the Nation”, second in Bengaluru with the theme “safety in all circumstances” and the third in Kolkata with the theme “Masters with Development”.
He said despite being a trade union the AISMA believes in positive agitations, which was shown in practice recently when all Station Masters across the nation conducted hunger strike while discharging their duty but eating nothing for 24 hours. (UNI)