New Delhi: A toll-free number and app will soon be launched to deal with mental health issues of railway employees, AIRF General Secretary Shiva Gopal Mishra said on Thursday.
The All India Railwaymen’s Federation (AIRF), the largest railway association for employees of the national carrier, on Thursday identified 125 first responders across the country who will be the zonal railway contact persons for employees who want to talk about stress mental.
The union also held a “Wellness” seminar on employee mental health on Thursday.
These speakers include representatives of railway operating staff, members of the International Transport Forum and AIRF organizers, among others.
“For this, a toll-free number will also be launched soon, through which we can also directly advise employees and their families. Soon we will print posters and other awareness-raising materials.
“Today, when a railway employee goes to work, he leaves with great joy, but when he comes back, he remains irritable, so it may be due to working hours or because of problems in the workplace. “, Mishra said during the seminar. .
He also said that when railway workers continued to work during the coronavirus pandemic, their whole family was upset, anticipating bad news every day.
“In such a situation, not only the railway employees but the whole family lived under stress. There were incidents like suicide in many places. That is the reason why the AIRF decided that we will now also work on the mental health of employees,” he said.
Chairman of the Board of Railways, VK Tripathi, said that while medicine is good, it is important for railway workers to examine the causes of stress themselves.
“I believe that a railway employee’s work is very sensitive, so if he stays under the slightest type of stress, it will definitely affect his work. We must also consider eliminating the causes of stress at the advance, because this yoga and meditation should also be embraced,” he said.