Railways minister Nurul Islam Sujan said on Thursday that the ministry would shortly appoint up to 12,000 employees against vacant posts of the Bangladesh Railway.
‘We will issue recruitment notices by this month and we hope that the looming manpower crisis will be resolved within next two to three years,’ he told journalists at Railway Bhaban in Dhaka after inaugurating a project to build environment-friendly public toilets at Airport Railway Station in the capital.
WaterAid Bangladesh will fund the toilet construction works and the maintenance cost will be met from the fees paid by the users.
The minister mentioned that Bangladesh Railway keeps 137 railway stations closed due to severe manpower crisis.
According to railways ministry’s annual report for fiscal year 2018-19, it has around 25,570 appointed workers against its 40,275 sanctioned posts.
Nurul Islam also said that in railway department the most important task is to maintain schedule which cannot be met due to the absence of double lines.
Trains accidents are also taking place for this reason, he said.
Railways ministry and WaterAid Bangladesh signed an agreement under which WaterAid will construct safe and hygienic public toilets from February 2021 to January 2022.
Two existing toilets at Dhaka (Kamalapur) Railway Station will also be renovated under the initiative while WaterAid will also support the horizontal learning among railway staff so that they can use toilet management expertise and technical competencies in expending the service to other stations, said BR officers.
About the initiative, minister Nurul Islam said that station managers not private companies should engage themselves in managing toilets at stations.
He expressed his hope that new experience would be implemented in 50 more stations in next one year.
WaterAid Bangladesh country director Hasin Jahan stressed proper management of public toilets and building awareness among travellers for a better situation.
The programme was attended, among others, by railways ministry secretary Selim Reza, BR director general Dhirendra Nath Mazumder, National Institute of Local Government director general Saleh Ahmed Mujaffor and water, sanitary and hygiene specialist Santanu Lahiri.
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