Rail Dept transfers six juniors on disciplinary grounds
By Buddhika Samaraweera
The Department of Railways, following a disciplinary inquiry, has transferred six junior staff members of the Slave Island Railway Station, who withdrew from duties on 12 March, 2021 without informing the Department.
They have been transferred to Kondavil, Chilaw, Polgahawela, Rambukkana, Wewurukannala and Baseline railway stations.
The junior officers had abruptly withdrawn from their duties on 12 March without issuing notice even to the Station Master of the Slave Island Railway Station. General Secretary of the Sri Lanka Station Masters’ Union, Kasun Chamara, said that an employee on duty at the railway crossing on Uttarananda Mawatha in Colombo had also withdrawn from his duties.
He said, vehicles carrying the President, the Prime Minister, diplomats and other dignitaries had travelled through the railway crossing on Uttarananda Mawatha. In such a situation, he said, their lives could have been in danger if the signal system had failed due to some technical fault that day.
He also stated that gate No. 2, of the Slave Island Railway Station, had been vandalised on the same day and several train operations had been delayed due to the damage.