No.AIRF/561 Dated: April 12, 2021
Shri Piyush Goyal Ji,
Hon’ble Minister for Railways,
Ministry of Railways,
Sub: Immediate vaccination of all the Frontline Staff in the Railways, irrespective of their age – Reg.
As you are aware, a pandemic like situation is arising throughout the country due to unabated surge in Covid-19 cases, especially in Maharashtra, Punjab, Delhi, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Chhattisgarh States. In such a challenging and unprecedented situation, it is imperative that, all the Frontline Staff of the Railways are to be given a protective shield in the form vaccination to keep the wheels of the Nation moving uninterruptedly.
Even though, Frontline Staff are ever prepared to perform their official duties in various Railway Zones, a request was made to the Railway Board long back for vaccination of all the Frontline Staff, but so far no instructions have been issued by the Health Ministry/Ministry of Railways in this regard. Instructions are to be given to the State Governments, who are the custodians of the vaccine and Vaccinations Centres to provide doses of vaccine in Railway Hospital, so that, all the Frontline Staff, viz., Loco Pilots, Guards, Ticket Checking Staff, Commercial Staff, AC Staff, Electrical Staff, Signal and Telecom Staff, Station Masters, Pointsmen, Trackmen and the staff of Loco Sheds and Diesel Sheds, Workshops, Production Units, Openline Staff, are safeguarded.
As there is no respite and cases are increasing day-by-day, an immediate action by the Health Ministry, for issue of instructions to the State Governments to arrange supply vaccine to all the Railway Hospitals and Railway Health Units across the Nation with the instructions to vaccinate all the Frontline Railway Staff without age restriction, is required. Vaccination is to be provided to all the Frontline Staff of the Railways without any age restriction for uninterrupted moving of the wheels of the Nation, so that, supply of the Essential Commodities and Train Services is not affected in any part of the country.
With Kind Regards,
√Copy to: Chairman-Cum-CEO, Railway Board – For necessary action please.
√Copy to: DG(RHS), Railway Board – For necessary action please.
√Copy to: GSs, All Affiliated Unions – For information.