Train delays: Mamata warns stern action against culprits

Written by fe Bureaus | Kolkata | Updated: Jan 1 2010, 04:29am hrs
Union railway minister Mamata Banerjee has warned a section of employees, belonging to the opposition union, with a stern action if they are found purposely delaying passenger trains.

"A few railway employees, who are members of a union opposed to us, are deliberately delaying passenger trains. They are being naughty. I appeal to them not to do so," Banerjee said.

Banerjee asked top brass of the South Eastern Railway and Eastern Railway to talk to the respective unions and isolate the 10-12 mischief mongers. She said that she was informed that these employees slowly move trains to and from the carshed to delay their departure.

"At first, I am appealing to them. If this does not give results, then I shall see. Our top priority is passenger security and I cannot compromise with passenger amenity and security," she said.

"I don't discriminate between unions or employees based on their political colour. I maintain good relations with both affiliated unions. I consider myself a railway worker. And I hope everybody will work together to serve the people," she added as she flagged off the countrys first Yuva train.

The first-ever Yuva train, which is targeted mainly at the unemployed youths of the country, will ensure that the youth of low-income groups can travel at low rates between major cities.

The Yuva train fares will be applicable to unemployed persons between the age group of 15 to 45 years. Initially, 60% of the total number of coaches will be earmarked for Yuva category. The remaining will be earmarked for general passengers (non-Yuva).