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Blog Entry# 2342495
Posted: Jul 05 2017 (07:54)

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Jul 05 2017 (07:08)   Coach Mitra to take care of passenger needs on trains

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Railways to cut manpower; just one person to handle everything from petty repairs to cleaning toilets
Mumbai: From now on, each coach on a long-distance train on the Western Railway will have just one man responsible for all passenger needs. The one-man contact, called the Coach Mitra, will be responsible for everything from distribution of linen, cleaning the toilets, repairs, functioning of air-conditioners to other petty problems, said a Western Railway official.
In a letter to the Western railway authorities, the Railway Board has asked them to minimise the number of railway staff
on board. Trains like Rajdhani Express have nearly 65 staffers, including those for housekeeping, linen distribution, and AC attendants. But post the Coach Mitra scheme, there will be just one person in a coach. Tenders will soon be floated for Coach Mitras, and “this will take nearly two months to be put into service,” said Ravindra Bhakar, Chief PRO, Western Railway.
The railway board letter says housekeeping and cleaning departments should be merged. The Railway official quoted earlier said once the linen is distributed, the person in charge has no other work, except to collect the linen later. As far as the cleaning function goes, one person is responsible for two coaches, or eight toilets.
The move will reduce staff on each train by nearly 15 to 20. While the Coach Mitra will not take complaints of misbehaviour or deal with theft cases, he will contact the train superintendent in such cases. “As of now, the train superintendent is appointed in a few trains like Rajdhani, but we are planning to appoint them in other trains,” said the official. Officials also said Coach Mitras are being trained for petty repairs.
Railway officials, however, are worried that passengers may object to the same person cleaning toilets as well as distributing the linen. “We are conducting a trial in one of the coaches of Rajdhani and as of now, have not received any complaints from passengers. So we are positive about the merging of departments,” said the official.

Jul 05 2017 (07:54)
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* Very good step by IR. After drastic reduction in expense no-2 i.e. fuel cost, IR have started taking steps to solve the biggest expense i.e. staff expense.
* Coach Mitra have to be trained properly to give same or better services to paxs as before
* Using End-of-train telemetry to reduce the requirement of guards is also a commendable beginning.
* These
steps are vital to improve financial condition of IR in long run.

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