Employment of Civil Security Personnel
Nimal Siripala De Silva – Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation states that action will be taken to employ civil security personnel at unguarded railway gates due to the strike of unguarded railway gate watches.
This was stated by the Minister at a discussion held on 2016.11.02 at the Auditorium of the Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation with Police Officers, Heads of Civil Security Force, Representatives of the Department of Labour, Representatives of the General Treasury and Railway Officers including the General Manager of Railways.
The Minister further expressed here that there are 676 unguarded railway gates and 175 of gate watches (25%) are on strike. The Minister thanked the 75% of gate watches who are not on strike.
These gate watches originally joined the service as volunteers. Later, the police intervened to provide a monthly financial provision of Rs.22500 from the treasury to the residents by the unguarded gates to be employed at the gates. The Minister also said that such employees are not at all the employees of the Department of Railways and, there are no financial provisions to recruit them to the Department of Railways.
However, the Minister stated that there are committee recommendations to employ civil security personnel in the absence of unguarded gate watches in accordance with the recommendations of the Cabinet of Ministers on the issue concerned. And also, the Minister said that measures will be taken to establish automated electric signal systems for 200 unguarded gates within two years. And also, the Minister further said the users of these cross gates nowadays should pay extra attention for their safety.
The Minister expressed that he has no intention to cripple the strike and, this action was taken for the safety of the people.
The Minister also stated that “ we have advised the police to employ the unemployed or the civil security personnel of the respective areas if the strikers continue to strike.”
Officers of the Ministry including Hon Ashok Abesinghe – Hon. Deputy Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation and Mr. Nihal Soomaweera - Secretary to the Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation also took part in the occasion.