In a step towards women empowerment, the Indian Railways has handed over the Gandhi Nagar railway station to an all women crew, a railway official said.
The station is fully operated by 28 women employees, including ticket checkers, RPF, operations staff and reservation and booking supervisors, North Western Railway spokesperson Tarun Jain said.
GandhiNagar Jaipur #Rajasthan becomes country’s first all #Women non suburban railway Station. Operation, commercial, RPF and other activities are done 24X7 by women staffs.
Government of Rajasthan has also supported by posting GRP and lady traffic police officials at this Stn. pic.twitter.com/oS0KwfheyW
— Ministry of Railways (@RailMinIndia) February 19, 2018
"The Gandhi Nagar railway station in the Pink city links major train routes including Jaipur-Delhi. Around 50 trains pass through the station, of which 25 make a halt for 7000 passengers at this station every day," Jain said.
Station master Angela Stella, who completed one year in the Indian railways was excited and happy with the new responsibility. “I have never thought I would be handling a station which would be all-women within one year of my job. I will abide by all the safety norms and apply standard operating practice while working,” Stella said.
NWR general manager T P Singh congratulated the women on the inaugural function on Monday afternoon. “Women have always proved that they are equal to men. Thus, it is a pleasure for me to announce that Gandi Nagar is the first railway station of the country with an all-women crew. It is a challenging job and I hope all women employees deployed here will meet the expectations of the passengers,” said Singh
Employees working at this station are well trained, CCTV cameras and sanitary napkin vending machines were installed before handing it over to the staff, he added.