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Locomotive drivers complain to NHRC about ‘cruel’ working conditions

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New Delhi: Demanding for better working conditions the locomotive drivers have approached the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC).

As per reports a total of 69,000 locomotive drivers of 19,000 trains in the country have complained to the NHRC about the ‘inhumane and cruel’ working conditions, which does not permit them to take break even for a minute or attend nature’s call.

Put on 12-hr shifts, these drivers say that the job is leading to huge mental and physical stress.

The Indian Railway Loco Running Men’s Organization (IRLRO) has approached NHRC and the matter is pending for hearing.

However, the railway management believes it is not possible to give a break to the drivers during their shift timings as it may go against the passengers’ safety.
Halting a train to answer nature’s call or to have refreshments may cause unnecessary delay in the journey.

“It’s only Indian Railways which do not give breaks to its drivers. Loco drivers hardly get weekoffs after long shifts. In Delhi Metro, drivers are allowed to take a 40-minute break after every three-hour work. Even airline pilots are also allowed to take an adequate break,” SK Pandhi, working president of IRLRO is quoted in media.

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