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819 27-04-2020
Maligaon
Railways ramps up in-house production of masks and sanitizers

Indian Railways is making all out efforts to supplement the health care initiatives of Government of India. In this direction Indian Railways is producing Masks and Hand Sanitizer in-house in its all Zonal Railways, Production Units and PSUs. As these items are of great necessity during the current crucial period. This is in addition to the various other measures taken to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

NFR also produced more than 800 ltrs of hand sanitizer and nearly 20000 masks for use by its o­n-duty staff. Masks are being made by staff who are working from their respective home due to lockdown and hand sanitizer are being produced in various depot. Masks are being made by staff in various locations like Agartala, Alipurduar, Lumding, Silchar, Katihar, Tinsukia, Rangiya etc. Till 1st April 2020 Indian Railways has in house produced total 287704 nos. of masks and 25806 litres of hand sanitizer in all its Zonal Railways and Production Units.

Operation and maintenance staffs of NFR are working round the clock, since freight operations of Indian Railways are running 24 X 7 to maintain supplies of essentials items and other goods throughout the nation. To ensure safety of these staff and boost their morale, following is being ensured at all workplaces:

i.Masks and hand sanitizers are being made available to all staff coming o­n duty. These are also being ensured for contract labourers.

ii.Soap, water and washing facilities are being provided at all work places. With local innovations hands free washing facilities have been provided at all vulnerable locations.

iii.Social distancing is being ensured. Awareness in this regard is being regularly spread amongst all staff like trackmen, locomotive pilots etc.

It may be mentioned here that NFR is carrying essential items not o­nly for entire N.E. region of the country but also for parts of Bihar and West Bengal to ensure that common people of those areas don’t face any scarcity of food items. Already more than 200 food-grains loaded rakes of freight trains have been operated by NFR since start of the nationwide lockdown. Therefore, ensuring safety and precaution of o­n-duty officials are of great importance to continue with the transportation of such essential items and Indian Railways is taking every possible step in that direction.


(Subhanan Chanda)
CPRO/N.F. Railway




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