Although the Yarl Devi resumed operations from Omanthai to Kilinochchi with much fanfare last Saturday (14), the service staff including station masters have not been provided with even the most basic facilities needed for a satisfactory service, S.V. Vithanage, President of the All Ceylon Railway Workers’ Union charged.
Highlighting the plight of station masters and engine drivers working in the four stations, Pulliyankulam, Mankulam, Murikandy and Kilinochchi, he said they lack the much-needed facilities.
The staff do not have residential facilities, which is a great hindrance for their work. Moreover, they do not have dining hall, toilet and even safe deposit facilities to keep money received from ticket sales, Vithanage alleged, claiming the station masters are compelled to keep the money from ticket sales in their pockets.
Pointing out that the ticket sales money is public property, he said, its safety should be ensured, and warned the situation could also pose a threat to the personal safety of station masters.