The Southern Railway Women's Welfare Organisation (SRWWO) organised a mass contact programme in the capital to build healthy relationship with rail users, especially women, on Tuesday as part of observing International Women's Day.

Devika Rajeevan, vice-president of SRWWO, Thiruvananthapuram Division, accompanied by other members visited Thiruvananthapuram Central and interacted with women commuters to know about their problems on the trains and railway stations and their priorities.

The day was also observed in the Palakkad Railway Division. S.K. Raina, Divisional Railway Manager, Palakkad, in his address said the condition of women in South India, especially in Kerala, was much better compared to North Indian states like Bihar and Uttar Pradesh.

Mr. Raina said 200 of the 600 women in the Palakkad division were working in the divisional office and that their number would be increased soon. Kathikayani, pointsman working at Vaniambalam station, who is retiring from service this month, was honoured at the function.

V. Kalarani, Senior Medical Officer, Palakkad Railway Hospital, spoke about the health hazard faced by the women and gave tips to overcome such hazards. Sita Ram Sinku, Additional Divisional Railway Manager; K. Mahalingam, Chief Medical Superintendent; N. Govinda Karnavar, Senior Divisional Personnel Officer; C. Latha, Hindi officer and chairman of Railway Empowerment Committee, Palakkad division; and Chitralatha Hema, secretary, spoke.

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