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News Entry# 419843
Sep 29 (12:42) Western Railways start staggered office timings from today, employees will be working in two shifts (mumbaimirror.indiatimes.com)
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Will be the first government organisation to implement long-awaited rule; employees to work in two shifts: from 8 am and 2 pmIf coronavirus isn’t bad enough, travelling in Mumbai’s packed public transport during the pandemic makes it much worse. Throughout the lockdown, the Maharashtra government and other Central agencies have been talking about staggering the office timings. The Western Railway (WR) will finally become the first government organisation to implement staggered office timing starting today.The WR’s Mumbai Division that has around 22,000 employees under its belt, will begin staggered office timings for its staff from today. According to the office note issued by the Divisional Railway Manager’s office, employees will be working in two shifts. The first shift will be from 8 am to 2 pm and the second from 2 pm to 8 pm.Confirming the same, GVL Satyakumar, Divisional Railway Manager (Mumbai), WR, said: “Internally, we will begin staggered office...
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timing from September 28 in two shifts. We have also opened up new offices and more are in the pipeline so that people need not travel much and can attend in these revised timings”.Collective fatigue in a time of pandemicIt’s been over six months since most of us have been working from home and workingAroster has been prepared for the same wherein as per Unlock 4 guidelines the percentage of staff members attending office daily has been increased to 30 per cent from the earlier 15 per cent. As occupancy cannot exceed 30 per cent, employees will be called in thrice a week. The remaining 22 hours per week will be fulfilled by working from home. WR has started new office locations at Virar and SantacruzSources said that the roster has been prepared after speaking to the controlling officers from each department and also the staff regarding shift timings. “We will implement this for two weeks. After this, we shall review it based on inputs received from HODs and staff before taking it forward,” said another senior WR official.WR have started new office locations at Virar and Santacruz and in the coming days they will also open offices in four more locations. This will mainly ensure that railway staff working in Mumbai Division of WR, can go to the nearest office location rather than travelling all the way till Mumbai Central.Sonu Sood gets a new larger-than-life character inspired by his philanthropic work in Kandireega sequelOn Sunday, Sonu Sood with wife, Sonali, zoomed off to Hyderabad. They landed to find 20 people waiting for them at the airport. Activists have welcomed the move. Nandini Dias, an activist who started the initiative called WorkToLiveToWork and CEO of Lodestar UM, said, “My effort to urge corporate India and the government to shift to staggered timing started after noticing the number of deaths on the suburban railway network due to the tremendous load on the limited infrastructure. I am delighted to know that Railways have realised the seriousness of the issue and moved to flexi-time.”During this lockdown, there have been two instances on WR, when people tried to barge inside the railway stations to catch the local trains. This happened at Nallasopara and Virar where people, tired of queuing up at bus depots of MSRTC since 4.30 am to catch buses, broke the barricades and entered. The RPF also identified a few of them from CCTV cameras and registered complaints.After these two incidents, the railway passenger associations too raised their concern and demanded staggered office timings with the state government. The state government hasn’t done much in taking a decision of staggered office timing but has been increasing the categories of people who can travel in local trains; thus taking the current number of people who are being issued QR Code passes to travel by local trains to 5 lakh.Mahim beach makeover gets MCZMA go-aheadBut no major constructions or pathways would be allowedHowever, there have been cases of people impersonating as ‘essential workers’ and have obtained QR Code passes and ID cards. Kailash Verma of Mumbai Rail Pravasi Sangh said, “We have been asking the state government to start staggered office timings for a long time now. At least by October, they should declare staggered office timings.”
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