Rajasthan's Gandhi Nagar railway station at Jaipur becomes the first all-women non-suburban railway station of the nation. The station which will be operated by 40 women railway employees, includes various posts such as ticket checkers, RPF, operations staff and reservation and booking supervisors.
Women in action at Gandhi Nagar Jaipur railway station! Taking a step towards women empowerment, Rajasthan’s Gandhi Nagar Jaipur railway station becomes the first all-women non-suburban railway station of the nation. The station which will be operated by 40 women railway employees, includes various posts such as ticket checkers, RPF, operations staff and reservation and booking supervisors.
According to the spokesperson of North Western Railway Tarun Jain, before handing over the station to the women staff, CCTV cameras, sanitary vending machines were installed at the railway station. In addition to that the spokesperson also mentioned that the Gandhi Nagar Jaipur Railway station, connects to all the major railway routes including Jaipur-Delhi train route. The station sees almost 7,000 passengers each day and out of the 50 trains which pass by, 25 trains halt here, the spokesperson added.
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In a tweet, the Ministry of Railways said that all the station’s operations are being done by the women employees, who will be available 24X7. The tweet also mentioned that the government of Rajasthan has supported the move by posting GRP and lady traffic police at Gandhi Nagar Jaipur railway station.
Considering the impact of social networking these days, a Whatsapp group called “sakhi” has also been created by all the women employees of the station to provide better service.
According to a Times of India report, Station Master Angela Stella, who just completed one year of service in Indian Railways, said that she never imagined that within a year of her service tenure she would be handling an all-women staff railway station. While working, she will abide by all the safety norms and she will also apply standard operating practice, the station master added.
Last month, Mumbai’s Matunga railway station registered its name in the Limca Book of Records 2018 for becoming the first suburban Railway station in India to be run entirely by an all all-women staff. A team of over 30 women was appointed by the central railway, which included various positions like station manager, points person, booking staff, ticket checkers, RPF cops and sweeper, among others.