New Delhi (NVI): In a first, the Ministry of Railways organized a virtual retirement function amid the Covid-19 pandemic for 2,320 superannuating officials connecting all its zones, divisions, production units on a virtual platform.
The virtual function was organised for the Railways officers and staff who superannuated on July 31, the Ministry said in a release.
The event was attended by Minister of Railways Piyush Goyal, Minister of State for Railways, Suresh C Angadi, Secretary, Railway Board, Sushant Kumar Mishra and senior officers of Railways.
On the occasion, Piyush Goyal said, “It is a day of Happiness and Sadness. It is a happy occasion because the employees have served long period in different areas, capacities, responsibilities. Your contribution for Railways to make it a better Railways and the role you have played in making Railways for future-ready shall be remembered. In past few years, Railways have shown improvement in their style of working.”
“In COVID phase, freight trains, parcel trains, Shramik Special trains were moved. Railways have put in best efforts to serve the nation during the pandemic. Railway employees are no less than Corona warriors. I would like to compliment the staff for putting best efforts during the fight against COVID,” he added.
Goyal also urged the retirees to continue to perform small acts that can bring discernible changes in society like rainwater harvesting, production of manure from wet waste, thinking of innovative ways to increase production of farmers’ harvest.
He also suggested that all the officers/staff who retired from Railways have the vast experience of working in the Government sector. “They may further inform and educate the common people about Government of India’s policies and programmes so a common man may benefit and become self sufficient. It may be one of the big contributions for making their life better,” he said.
Addressing retirees, Suresh C. Angadi said, “It is a great pleasure to be with you all. Railways and the country can never forget the services which Railway staff has rendered tirelessly. Your advice/suggestion is always welcome to motivate the young staff. I wish to God to give strength and good keep up. A Railwaymen is always a Railwaymen.”