Railway Budget 2012 – 2013 : Staff Amenities and Encouragement to Sports Persons
The Railways proposes to introduce a wellness programme for railway employees at their work places for early detection of risk factors, prevention and early treatment of diseases caused due to high blood pressure and sugar levels, obesity and other life style related ailments. To minimise incidence of human error especially amongst the skilled and technical staff including loco pilots, cabin men and gang men, the Minister for Railways underlined the importance of ensuring proper rest period for them. National Institute of Design has been requested to design appropriate outfits for various categories of workforce.
Indian Railways has been a leading patron of sports in the country. The Railways have decided to institute a Rail Khel Ratna Award that would be given to 10 sports persons based on their current performance. The awardees would be provided world class training to improve their skills. The Railway Sports Promotion Board would be provided the necessary wherewithal to administer promotion of sports in a highly professional manner for ensuring excellent performance by railway sports-persons.