Northern Indian Railways hiked porterage charges from June 1, 2010. The new rates will make porter services pricier at Delhi railway stations. At Group I stations, porterage is increased to INR 40/- for up to 40 kg from INR 25/-. For the same weight, passengers at Group II stations have to shell out INR 25/- instead of INR 14/-. These rates are applicable for 20-minute service. After that, passengers have to pay waiting charge at the rate of INR 40/- per 30 minutes instead of INR 25/- at Group I stations whereas INR 25/- per 30 minutes instead of INR 14/- at Group II stations. (Data Source:http:/www.newkerala.com/news/fullnews-121923.html)
At this rate, hourly earning of a porter amounts to INR 120/-. How many regular skilled employees get this handsome hourly salary? For instance, a web content writer gets just USD 1.00 (INR 45-46/-) for a 500-word article that requires at least three hours if topic is simple. A writer, a skilled worker, thus, earns just INR 15/- per hour. Is it fair?
New Delhi railway station has 16 platforms. Moving between these platforms will take different amount of time. For instance, walking from platform 1 to platform 2 will hardly take 2-3 minutes whereas walking from platform 1 to platform 10 will take at least 10 minutes or more depending on crowd. So, is INR 40/- for even five minutes job justifiable?