Bhubaneswar, July 23: Several women employees of East Coast Railway (ECoR) have played an important role in fight against Covid-19.
These women warriors are playing a cohesive role in protecting, safeguarding and transporting the passengers. They have displayed great devotion to their duty in these testing times and their performance has been remarkable.
Several women are working as loco pilots, station masters, guards, token porters, gang women, technicians, ticket collectors and RPF personnel.
During the countrywide lockdown, Railways had to suspend all its passenger services from Match 22. However, goods and parcel trains kept running during this period for transporting essential goods and commodities across the country.
Subsequently Sharmik special trains and special trains were also resumed to carry stranded passengers from different places and to cater to the emergent needs of the people. These women warriors of ECoR remained at the forefront for running of these trains and helping in train operation.
“At one end they are working as loco pilots, station masters and guards and are involved in direct train running duties, at other end they are working as gang women, supervisor, helper, technician, electricians, carriage staff, gate keeper and taking on the most arduous jobs of track, wagon, overhead equipment, coach maintenance, signal maintenance and attending other emergency breakdown jobs round the clock. These women maintenance employees are working tirelessly to ensure safe running of trains,” said an official.
Besides several other women are also working as RPF personnel and cleanliness staff and are directly involved in ensuring Covid safety protocols at stations.
“Women have also been working in train escort, station patrolling and for food distribution to the needy during lockdown. They are working round the clock for safety and security of the passengers,” added the official.