Indian Railways’ first non-working foreign tour is under way — not for senior officers but for gangmen, trackmen and other non-gazetted employees.
In a first for the national transporter, 100 non-gazetted workers of South Central Railway flew to Singapore and Malaysia for a six-day vacation on January 28, said a statement.
“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 number of slots for each Division, Workshop and Headquarters was given on the basis of their sanctioned strength,” he said.
Secunderabad-based South Central Railway has taken the lead in “optimising welfare activities for its non-gazetted workforce, by organising the first-of-its-kind Employees Overseas Camp on Indian Railways”, he said.
The itinerary covers tourist sites such as Universal Studios, Sentosa and Night Safari in Singapore and includes the Kuala Lumpur City Tour, Petronas Towers, Batu Caves and Genting Highlands in Malaysia.
They are usually used for scholarships for lower grade employees, to benefit the girl child, camps for children and other such socially relevant causes, an official said.
The South Central Railway had sent a proposal for the tour in December last year for its employees. Less than a month later, the group was on its way to foreign shores.