GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
Ministry of Railways
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO 697
TO BE ANSWERED ON 20.02.2009
Shortage of Coolies at Stations in Delhi .
SHRI RAJEEV CHANDRASEKHAR
Will the Minister of RAILWAYS be pleased to state:-
(a) whether it is a fact that there is an acute shortage of coolies at all the major stations in Delhi which causes hardship to passengers particularly the elderly and women and that it also leads to exploitation by the available coolies;
(b) if so, the reasons for the shortage;
(c) the approved and actual strength of coolies as on 1st February, 2009 at each of the stations; and
(d) the steps proposed to ensure adequate number of coolies at each station and also to ensure that they do not indulge in overcharging ?
MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
(DR. R. VELU)
(a) to (d): The appointment of Gangmen from among the licensed porters has led to the shortage at the stations of Delhi. The process of engagement of fresh licensed porters to overcome the shortage could not be initiated as a large number of these newly appointed gangmen have submitted representations for restoring their badges to work again as licensed porters. The sanctioned and existing strength of licensed porters at major stations of Delhi is as under:
Name of stations Sanctioned strength Existing strength
New Delhi 1407 648
Delhi Main 830 247
Hazrat Nizammudin 431 316
Delhi Sarai Rohilla 25 16
To ensure availability of licensed porters, redeployment of licensed porters within the division is being resorted to till such time the process of engaging fresh licensed porters could be initiated. The requirement of licensed porters at Delhi main station is being reviewed and rationalized so that the surplus could be redeployed at New Delhi where there is major shortage. To overcome the problem of overcharging and exploitation by licensed porters, regular checks are being conducted at these stations. The badges of licensed porters involved in such activities are being impounded/suspended.