Indian Railways’ oldest living retiree turns 100
- Indian Railways' oldest living rail guard turned 100 on November 21
- Keshav Bapat worked at the Central Railway from 1951 to 1978
- The railway officials doubled his pension as a goodwill gesture on his 100th birthday
The Indian Railways celebrated the 100th birthday of the oldest railway guard alive on Saturday, PTI reported on Monday.
Keshav Narhar Bapat, who turned 100 on November 21, was greeted by the officials of Central Railways on achieving this feat.
“He turned 100 years old on November 21 and the Central Railway has now decided to double his pension amount from this month as a ‘goodwill gesture’,” CR's chief public relations officer Shivaji Sutar said on Monday, according to PTI.
Bapat had joined the Great Indian Peninsular Railway (GIPR) in 1951 as a railway guard and went on to work there till 1978, the year he retired.
The GIPR was renamed into Central Railway the same year he joined it.
"When our personnel department officials reached Bapats home to wish and greet him on his 100th birthday, his family members were surprised and thanked us for the visit," Sutar said.
Bapat is a World War 2 veteran, who served in many campaigns, according to railway records. He took the railway job after taking a voluntary retirement from the army.