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For The First Time, Indian Railways Grants 100 Junior Employees International Holiday

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| January 31 , 2018 , 13:59 IST

The Indian Railways has, for the first time, sent its junior employees on a non-working trip to Singapore and Malaysia. The highlight of the trip is that there is not a single senior employee or officers who hold higher positions not included in the tour.

Only the trackman and other non-gazetted employees who do a thankless job were included in the trip.

SCR's chief public relations officer M. Umashankar Kumar said in a statement that around 100 non-gazetted workers flew on a 6 days trip on Tuesday, January 28. While 25 percent expenditure of the tour is being borne by the employees, 75 percent is from the Staff Benefit Funds (SBF).

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He said "The 100 strong group of employees... comprised of Group C and D category employees, with preference given to employees from lower cadres and those nearing retirement. Allocation of the number of slots for each Division, Workshop and Headquarters was given on the basis of their sanctioned strength."

Kumar added, "the Railways optimising welfare activities for its non-gazetted workforce, by organising the first-of-its-kind Employees Overseas Camp on Indian Railways.”

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The proposal of the tour was made in December by SCR last year and within a month the proposal was accepted and the tour was administrated with sending 100 employees on the trip.

Places and activities like, Universal Studios, Sentosa and Night Safari in Singapore and includes the Kuala Lumpur City Tour, Petronas Towers, Batu Caves and Genting Highlands in Malaysia are the parts of the 6-days trip.

Staff Benefit Fund is allocated by Railway Board for various welfare activities of non-gazetted employees working for the national transporter. These are basically allocated as a scholarship for their children and for the marriage of their daughters.