South Central Railway took another step forward in its journey of progressive transformation with the introduction of modern technology for the comfort of train guards who play a key role in train operations. Shri Vinod Kumar Yadav, General Manager, South Central Railway inaugurated and handed over the newly introduced tablet PC’s and modern trolley bags to Guards for the first time on South Central Railway today i.e., 8th November, 2018 at Secunderabad Railway Station. Shri N. Madhusudhana Rao, Principal Chief Operations Manager, SCR; Shri Amit Varadan, Divisional Railway Manager, Secunderabad Division and other railway officials were present on the occasion.
Shri Vinod Kumar Yadav handed over the Tablet PC & Trolley Bag to the working Guard of Train No.12285 Secunderabad-Hazart Nizamuddin Duronto Express today along with other five senior most Guards of Secunderabad Division. Speaking on the occasion, the General Manager stated that the introduction of Tablet PC and Trolley Bag will unburden the Guards and help them for smooth working. The informative material provided in the Tablet PCs which are loaded with Working Time Table, General and Service Rules, Accident Manual etc., are very user friendly and facilitate the staff from refereeing to big bundle of books carried every time. The Trolley bags will be easy to carry, less weight and also now Guards will save lot of time as they need to wait for their Line box to be delivered by Box boys.
On receiving the newly introduced kit Shri B. Umamaheshwar Rao, Mail/Express Guard expressed happiness on the contents of the kit which will be easy to carry in place of earlier cumbersome line boxes. The Tablet PCs containing informative material will be definitely useful for ready reference while working opined Shri H. Kamalakar Rao, Mail/Express Guard who received it before working by Secunderabad-Hazrat Nizamuddin Duronto Express today. Shri D. Ranga Rao, Guard stated that there will be drastical reduction in waiting time as such they need to wait for Line boxes to be brought by box boys earlier.
Guard is an important safety category staff of Railways who functions as in-charge of the Passenger and Freight carrying trains. He carries vital safety items and rule books along with him while on duty. Traditionally these safety items are be carried in a metallic box weighing about 27 Kgs. Due to heavy weight, these boxes are handled at all guard change points using Box Boys. This is a tedious activity and expensive as well since it requires deployment of Box Boys. In order to transform this aspect of train working, Secunderabad Division took a lead to develop Light weight easy to handle Trolley bags weighing 6.2 Kgs as a replacement of 27 Kgs heavy metallic line box without reducing any of the safety items.
Shri N. Madhusudhana Rao, Principal Chief Operations Manager, took the initiative in introduction of the new Kit as per the Railway Board’s Transformation policy for supplying of Tablet PC’s and superior quality trolley bags to eliminate line boxes of Guards.
A total of 236 Trolley bags have been procured in the first phase to supply for the first time on South Central Railway by Secunderabad Division. The trolley bag contains one Tablet PC-preloaded with PDF copy of working time table and rules book, one HS Lamp; 2 Red and 1 Green Flags; one Tail Lamp; one Tail Board with pouch; First-aid-Box in plastic pouch; 10 detonators in a tin box with a certificate; 2 pad locks; carriage keys; universal key for opening and closing Guard’s compartment of SLR; two plastic sticks are provided for flags and one plastic folder to keep 4 to 5 foils of rough journal, Guards Certificate and Complaint book. Each bag costs around 17,500/- inclusive of above material.