Blow a whistle, be safe! Whistleblower staff can report top officials for lapses in safety
 Source : NewsBharati  Date : 06-Feb-2018

New Delhi, February 6: In a move to make things completely feasible and comfortable for people, the officials of railway department have decided to launch a staff website where they can report their senior officials if they face any issues related to safety. The whistleblower website will enable the officers to have an eye on safety and allow the complainant to remain anonymous.


 

The website is developed by Center for Railway Information System (CRIS) and will also be monitored by the Railway Ministry’s safety department headed by the Chairman of Railway Board, Ashwani Lohani. Focussing on making it a universal mechanism, the department has decided to start the website from March.

Whether it’s a gateman sleeping during duty hours or engineers not following maintenance protocol, all the information disclosed by whistleblowers will be closely monitored. The aim is to turn every Railway employee into the eyes and ears of the administration to ensure the safety of passengers. The website will allow every employee irrespective of their designation to inform on their peers and seniors for bypassing safety procedures.

Safety is the prime concern of the Indian Railways currently. During the Union Budget 2018, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley announced a capital expenditure allocation of Rs 1.48 lakh crore, which is the highest ever. The finance minister also announced that Wi-Fi, CCTVs will be provided in every station and escalators will be provided in stations with more than 25,000 footfall. In the coming year, there will be a focus on upgradation of signalling and use of fog safety devices.