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Loco pilot has not been hired for two years; Trains canceled due to lack of personnel

12 trains in Kannur> Palakkad and Thiruvananthapuram divisions needed to be canceled for 2 days. Authorities have suspended the hiring of loco pilots on the Southern Railway beneath the guise of Covid. There are 50 vacancies in Palakkad division alone.
There are 158 locomotive pilot posts in Palakkad (40), Shornur (64) and Kozhikode (54). Presently there are solely 108 individuals. Of those, 30 per cent will likely be on trip, relaxation and 10 per cent on coaching. There are barely 65 individuals on each day obligation. Thirty-one individuals have been on depart because of the Covid, which created a critical scenario the place companies needed to be suspended. The scenario is comparable within the Thiruvananthapuram division.

The emptiness of passenger locopilots has not been stuffed for 2 years as a result of cancellation of passenger trains throughout the closure. Freight throughout this era elevated by about 50 per cent. However the Items Loco didn’t improve the variety of pilots in proportion to this.
After Covid deregulated, locomotive pilots on freight trains have been deployed on passenger trains. This elevated the workload. Complaints are robust that he’s not getting sufficient relaxation and relaxation. Railways have additionally been criticized for canceling passenger trains and operating freight trains.

Regardless of the concessions, the unreserved trains have been allowed after a protracted wrestle. Particular trains have been renamed however most of them are operated on reservation ticket solely. General coaches for season ticket holders are additionally few and much between.

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