Delhi High Court has issued a series of directions to the Railway Board for protecting the staff members from the possible exposure to coronavirus.
While issuing notice to the Central Government, The Division Bench of Justice Siddharth Mridul and Justice Talwant Singh has directed the Railway Board to ask all the Zonal Railways to comply with the court's directions on maintaining the safety of the railway staff.
The present petition was filed by Loco Running Staff Association, inviting the attention of this Court to the abject and unnecessary confusion, that has been created amongst the Zonal Railways, in the aftermath of the letter No.2016/ML/467/1 dated 20.03.2020, issued by the Ministry of Railways, Railway Board.
In that letter, the Railway Board had given the nod for continuing the Breath Analyser Test (BAT) and Biometric Verification of the running staff.
The Petitioner is concerned by the fact that the decision of the Railway Board poses a threat of exposing the members of the Loco Running Staff Association to contraction of coronavirus.
While granting 3 weeks to the Centre to file its reply, the court has imposed an interim stay on the operation of the said letter.
The court highlighted that the Railways will not subject the Loco Running Staff to either the Breath Analyzer Test or the Bio-metric Verification, during signing on/off duties, till the next date of hearing.
In addition to this, the court has asked the Railways to implement the following directions with immediate effect:
While extending the scope of the protection required to be taken, the court also issued the following directions to prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) in all workplaces including Running Rooms: