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Declaration Form For Covid-19 Status Dropped By Western Railways

The declaration form had a controversial clause at the end stating that the employee could get persecuted if false information was given regarding their Covid-19 status.

Declaration Form For Covid-19 Status Dropped By Western Railways
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Since July 3, the Western Railway (WR) introduced a declaration form for its employees, at the carriage repair shop at Lower Parel. The employees were asked to sign an undertaking about their Covid-19 status and to disclose if they are experiencing any coronavirus symptoms, as per a report in Mumbai Mirror. 

The report further said that the declaration form had a controversial clause at the end. The clause stated that if the employee does not sign an undertaking or is found to have provided false information of their Covid-19 status, they could be prosecuted under laws including the Indian Penal Code, the Disaster Management Act and the Factories Act. 

The report had stated that at least 300 Railway Union members had claimed to sign the form and many had expressed their concern over the clause. The Union members also claimed in the report that they could not guarantee if they have come across any person who later tested positive. 

However, on Thursday, as per a Mumbai Mirror report, the WR has dropped its declaration form. While the form is on hold, the WR administration has ensured to increase strict monitoring and checks at the workshop. Only employees called to work can enter the workshop campus, show the SMS about their schedule and get their temperature checked. 

Mumbai is currently the most affected city in the country since the spread of the novel coronavirus that started in the month of March. Currently, there are over 23,000 active cases in the city. The carriage repair workshop where the declaration form was introduced, itself is located in the G-South ward, which has more than 800 active cases of Covid-19.



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