GUWAHATI, March 25 - In a bid to reduce hardship and protect the interests of contractual and outsourced staff engaged in providing services such as On Board House Keeping Services (OBHS) in trains, sanitation, pantry cars, stations, offices and other commercial activities, the Railways has decided that such staff will be treated as �on duty� and be paid accordingly till the expiry of suspension of services or the current lockdown or as advised by the Central government in this regard.
This will benefit 800 such employees in the Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) zone.
�This is applicable on contracts awarded on manpower basis. This decision is very important considering the cancellation of passenger carrying trains. NFR is having OBHS services in 60 trains which employ about 800 persons. The Railway Board has issued necessary instructions to all zonal railways to ensure that the contractual staff and outsourced employees are not retrenched due to the suspension of services and the lockdown,� said Subhanan Chanda, Chief Public Relations Officer (CPRO) of NFR.