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Friday, 23 May 2014 - 19:33
Trains delayed today as well due to dearth of Railway guards.-Video
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Several trains were delayed today due the poor attendance of railway guards and the Train Control said that in addition, about five trains were cancelled.

However a Railway Department senior spokesman told our news team that steps will be taken to run long distance services from Colombo Fort and Maradana to destinations such as Kandy, Badulla, Anuradhapura, Vavuniya and Matara this afternoon.

Meanwhile a certain group has tried to assault a railway guard at the Maradana Railway Station this morning.

However the Federation of Graded Railway Trade Unions told our news team that the recruitment to the railway guard profession has been lacked already.

It stated that 696 railway guards are required to serve throughout the island but there are only 350 guards to serve in the field.

Federation of Graded Railway Trade Union President Janaka Fernando further described about the shortage of railway guards.

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