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Deplorable condition of Railway Quarters on Indian Railways etc

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NFIR

Railway-Quarters

Registration No. : RTU/Nnn/31/2012

No. II/23/Part III

Dated: 19/05/2018

The General Secretaries of
Affiliated Unions of NFIR

Brother,

Sub: Deplorable condition of Railway Quarters on Indian Railways etc-reg.

During NFIR’s PNM meeting held with the Railway Board on 13/l4-11-2017, Federation raised the issue of the condition of Railway Quarters outside agenda and stated that the condition of quarters continue to remain deplorable. Federation further said that the deteriorated condition of Railway quarters and the Railway colonies is on account of non-allotment of adequate funds and non-availability of artisan and other support staff under the JEs/SSEs (Works). Federation also stated that the deterioration of conditions has been causing severe hardships to the staff and their families living in the quarters.

Railway Board during NFIR’s PNM meeting held on 10/11-5-2018 conveyed following position through Action Taken Statement delivered to the Federation in the meeting:-

“Railway is carrying out repairs and maintenance of quarters along with constructions of new quarters on regular basis and this is ongoing process. Efforts are being made to repair more number of quarters each year with more fund allocation under demand No. 11 (500). For repair and maintenance of residential buildings, Rs. 1790 Cr. (RE) were allotted in year 2017-18 under Demand No. 11 (500). In the year 2018-19, this amount has been increased to Rs. 1899 crores. A Committee was constituted on comprehensive Housing Policy to examine, inter-alia, upkeep and maintenance of colonies as well. The Committee submitted its report on 3110112018. Based on the recommendation of Committee, Board inter-alia has approved the following for implementation in phased
manner:-

(i) For upkeep and maintenance of Railway colonies, setting up of IT based call centres at location of maintenance redressal.
(ii) Setting up of a separate wing for maintenance of infrastructure not related directly with operations. Delhi Division is to undertake this project on pilot basis.

(iii) Fixing of periodicity and scale/schedule of Renovation and maintenance in line with CPWD (CPWD Portal) and practices.

(iv) Specification of Fixtures and Replacement items also need to be in line with CPWD Practice.

(v) Expenditure in PU 32 is to be maximized to 85%. Further PU 32 is to be splitted as under:-

a. PU32A for Type I & II.
b. PU32B for Type III and IV and
c. PU32C for Type V and above houses.

Instructions in this regard have been issued to all Zonal Railways.

Further, as per the full Board’s decision taken in the meeting held on 05/10/2017 on maintenance of service buildings and colonies, all Zonal Railways have been asked to adopt user compliance for satisfactory completion of works in service buildings and colonies and to outsource maintenance work for selected colonies.

It may be seen from the above that substantial efforts are being made by Railways to improve the maintenance of Railway colonies and in the years to come the outcome of these steps will be visible”.

Above position is conveyed to the affiliates for offering views to the Federation soon,taking into account ground reality and holding discussions with the concerned staff and authorities.

Yours fraternally,
(Dr. M.Raghavaiah)
General Secretary

Media Centre/NFIR.
File No. NFIR/PNM/110.

Source: NFIR

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Revision of rates of damage for unauthorized occupation of Railway accommodation

Revision of rates of damage for unauthorized occupation of Railway accommodation

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
(RAILWAY BOARD)

No. F(X)I-99/11/1

New Delhi, dated 10.05.2018

The General Managers,
All Indian Railways including Production Units,
(As per Standard Lists No.s I, II, III)

Sub : Revision of rates of damage for unauthorized occupation of Railway accommodation.

Ref.: (i) Board’s letter No.2018 /Trans. Cell/Process Reforms/Estt. dated 05.04.2018.

(ii) Ministry of Urban Development, Directorate of Estates’ O.M. No. 18011/1/2015-Pol.III dated 07.09.2016.

Transformation Cell in Board’s office vide their letter No.2018/TransCell/ Process Reforms/Estt dated 05.04.2018 on the subject “Process Reform- Comprehensive Housing Policy” referring to ‘Conclave Sampark, Samanvay, Samvad held on December 16, 2017′, has directed all GMs/CAOs/DGs that full Board in its meeting held on 4th April, 2018 considered the issue of improvement in housing policy and approved among other items, implementation of telescopic penal charges in case of unauthorized retention of railway quarters in the line of GPRA (MoUD). Accordingly, it has further been advised that GMs/CAOs/DGs may evolve their comprehensive guidelines for uniform implementation at their end.

2. The flat rates of licence fee (Standard Rent) for residential accommodation over the Indian Railways were last revised w.e.f. 01.07.2010, 01.07.2013 and 01.07.2016 vide Board’s letter No.F(X)I-2002/11/2 dated 26.12.2017 circulated to all Zonal Railways, Production Units etc .

3. All Zonal Railways and Production Units etc. may take necessary action accordingly.

S/d,

(Rohit Parmar)
Director, Finance (Exp.)II
Railway Board

Source : AIRF

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Small Family Norms in House Building Advance Rules 2017 as per the 7th Central Pay Commission Recommendations

NFIR: Small Family Norms in House Building Advance Rules-2017 as per the 7th Central Pay Commission Recommendations

House Building Advance Rules 2017 as per the 7th Central Pay Commission

Government of India (Bharat Sarkar)
Ministry of Railway (Rail Mantralaya)
(Railway Board)

PC-VII No.:102/2018
RBE No.63/2018

New Delhi, Dated 27-04-2018

No.F(E)Spl./2008/ADV.3/6 (7th CPC)

The General Managers and PFAs
All Indian Railways & Production Units
(As per Standard List)

Subject: Small Family Norms in House Building Advance Rules-2017 as per the 7th Central Pay Commission Recommendations.

A copy of Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs (Housing-III section)’s OM No.I.17011/11(4)/2016-H-III dated 31.01.2018 pertaining to small family norms in HBA rules-2017 is sent herewith for applying mutatis-mutandis to Railway Employees. As per the said OM, interest rebate avaliable to HBA beneficiaries for promoting small family norms shall cease to exist with effect from 01.07.2017. Ministry of finance’s OM dated 07.07.2017 cited in the aforesaid MoH&UA’s OM dated 31.01.2018 has already been circulated by pay commission directorate vide Board’s letter No.PC-V/2017/A/FPA/1 dated 28.07.2017 (RBE No.77/2017)

Encl: as above

S/d,
(G.Priya Sudarsan)
Joint Director Finance (Estt.)
Railway Board

I-17011/11(4)/2016-H.III
Government of India
Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs
Housing -III Section

Nirman Bhawan, New Delhi
Dated: 31.01.2018

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Small Familly Norms in House Building Advance Rules-2017 as per the recommendations of 7th CPC- reg.

The undersigned is directed to invite attention to Ministry of Finance’s OM No.12(4)/2016-EIII.A dated 7th July 2017 on the above mentioned subject and to say that interest rebate available to HBA beneficiaries for promoting small family norms shall cease to exist with effect from 01.07.2017

S/d,
(shallendra Vikram singh)
Director (IFD)
Tel: 011-23062798

Source: NFIR

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Restructuring of certain Group ‘C’ cadres – promotion benefit to the staff vacancies exited as on 01/11/2013

NFIR

No. 1/8/CRC/09/Vol.11

Dated: 08/05/2018

The Secretary (E),
Railway Board,
New Delhi

Dear Sir,
Sub: Restructuring of certain Group ‘C’ cadres – promotion benefit to the staff vacancies exited as on 01/11/2013-reg.

Ref: (i) NFIR’s PNM Item No. 4/2014.
(ii) NFIR’s letter No. 1/8/CRC/09/Vol. 10 dated 03/06/20t6.
(iii) NFIR’s letter No. 1/8/CRC/09Vol. 11dated 04/09/2017.
(iv) Railway Board’s lette rNo.PC-lII/2014/FE-II/2 dated 11/09/2017.

In the NFIR’s PNM meeting held with the Railway Board on 13/14-11/2017, the Official Side gave position relating to the number of vacancies which existed as on 01/11/2013 and claimed that more than 95% normal vacancies which existed as on 01/11/2013 pertain to the same year i.e. 2013. In response Federation agreed to make back reference based on the facts and position provided by the Official Side.

In this connection, Federation desires to state that on many Zonal Railways vacancies pertaining to the year 2012 continued unfilled. Similarly, Federation takes note that in the year 2011 also, a total of 258 posts which is around 0.46% have also been lying unfilled. This position is sufficient to strengthen Federation’s demand to consider for granting proforma benefit to the staff w.e.f. 01/11/2013 who got promoted against these vacancies subsequently.

NFIR, therefore, once again urges upon the Railway Board to consider Federation’s demand and issue instructions to the Zones etc., to grant proforma benefit to the staff who have been promoted against vacancies existed prior to 01/11/2013. A copy of the instructions issued may be endorsed to the Federation.

Yours faithfully,
(Dr.M.Raghavaiah)

Source: NFIR

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Railways: Relieving of staff on transfer on mutual exchange basis

Relieving of staff on transfer on mutual exchange basis

RBE No. 65/2018

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
(RAILWAY BOARD)

No.E(NG)I-2017/TR/24

New Delhi, dated 09.05.2018

The General Manager(P)s,
All Zonal Railways & Production Units.
(As per standard list).

Sub : Relieving of staff on transfer on mutual exchange basis.

Instructions were issued vide Board’s letter of even number dated 15.09.2017 ( R.B.E. No. 130/2017) advising Zonal Railways and Production Units to spare staff awaiting mutual transfer where the requests had been accepted by both the Railways/Production Units. Detailed guidelines were subsequently issued under Board’s letter of even number dated 22.09.2017 (R.B.E. No. 131/2017) regulating the process of mutual transfer stipulating time limit for each step involved therein.

2. In partial modification of instructions contained in Board’s letter No. ERP/Portalm-Transfer/2013 dated 30.042014 stipulating that once the mutual transfer order is issued the senior person should be relieved first, it has now been decided by the CRB that all mutual transfer cases where NOC has been given by both the Railways/Units i.e. accepting and relieving, both the employees should be spared immediately within a week, without either unit waiting for the reliever.

3. A photocopy of Service Record and unvetted LPC should be given to the employee for submission at the new Division. Original Service Records/LPC should also be sent positively within 15 days.

Please acknowledge receipt.

Hindi version will follow.

S/d,
(M.K. Meena)
Deputy Director Estt (N) Railway Board

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Inter Railway mutual transfer of Railway Staff working in GP 1800/Level 1 (7th CPC)

Inter Railway mutual transfer of Railway Staff working in GP 1800/Level 1 (7th CPC)-reg.

mutual-transfer-7thCPC

No. II/14/2018

Dated: 08/05/2018

The Secretary (E),
Railway Board,
New Delhi

Dear Sir,
Sub: Inter Railway mutual transfer of Railway Staff working in GP 1800/Level 1 (7th CPC)-reg.

Ref: (i) NFIR’s letter No. II/14/Pt. dated 27/02/2017 addressed to GM, N.F.Railway and GM, S.C. Railway.
(ii) GM (P), N.F. Rly’s letter No. E/283/60/M/C&W/IRMT/PSK dated 25/05/2017.
(iii) NFIR’s letter No. II/14/Part VIII dated 19/06/2017.
(iv) Railway Board’s reply to GS/NFIR vide Board’s letter No. E(NG)I-2017/TR/19 dated 02/08/2017.
(v) Railway Board’s letter No. E(NG)I-2017/TR/24 dated 22/09/2017.

Federation vide its letter dated 19/06/2017 brought to the kind notice of Railway Board, a specific case of inter railway mutual transfer of Railway Staff working in erstwhile GP I 800/Pay Level 1 and requested to issue modified instructions for approving mutual transfer request of Railway employees working in lowest entry pay scale even though working in different Departments/Units.

Responding to Federation’s letter, the Railway Board vide letter dated 02/08/2017 addressed to General Secretary, NFIR conveyed that the General Managers of Zonal Railways have been authorized to decide the cadre of the employees seeking mutual transfer and further stated that the individual cases may be taken up by the affiliates of the Federation at Zonal level to be sorted out in consultation with the respective Zonal Railway. Subsequently, Railway Board vide instructions dated 15/09/2017 (RBE No. 130/2017) directed the General Managers of Zonal Railways and Production Units that all cases of mutual transfer which have been accepted by the Zones/Units should be implemented within the next 15 days and all employees involved in such transfer should be spared by 30th September, 2017. Thereafter Railway Board vide letter dated 22/09/2017 (RBE No. 131/2017) issued yet another instructions simplifying the procedure for mutual transfer particularly in respect of divisionally controlled posts as well head quarter controlled posts and fixed a timeline.

It has since been represented by the staff of various categories working in Pay Level-1 (lowest scale of Pay) through our affiliated Unions that while issuing instructions and simplifying the procedure, the Railway Board in its letter dated 22/09/2017 has fixed a condition vide note placed below Item No. 2 (b) (iii) which is reproduced below:-

Note : Mutual Exchange is between two employees of the same grade and cadre. This must be verified by the Personnel Department at every stage of processing of applications.

Reports received by the Federation reveal that the Divisions/Zones etc., have not been entertaining the inter-divisional/inter-railway mutual transfer request of staff working in the lowest grade pay in different Departments are not being accepted citing the condition of note laid down in Board’s letter dated 22/09/2017. Federation feels sad to convey that the Board’s instructions have failed to simplify the procedure and on the other hand complicated the matters.

NFIR, therefore, once again urges upon the Railway Board to issue clarificatory instructions on the subject to the Zonal Railways etc., to accept the inter-divisional/inter-railway mutual transfer requests of staff working in the lowest Pay Level-1 without any restriction relating to their working in the category/cadre/department as this being lowest post to be filled by open market recruitment.

A copy of the instructions issued may be endorsed to the Federation.

Yours faithfully,

S/d,
(Dr. M. Raghavaiah)
General Secretary

Source : NFIR

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Minimum educational qualification for open market recruitment to the post of Pharmacist Gr.III in the Medical Department on the Railways

Minimum educational qualification for open market recruitment to the post of Pharmacist Gr.III in the Medical Department on the Railways

No.II/1/2018

Dated: 08/05/2018

The Secretary (E),
Railway Board,
New Delhi

Dear Sir,

Sub: Minimum educational qualification for open market recruitment to the post of Pharmacist Gr.III in the Medical Department on the Railways.

Ref: Railway Board’s letter No.E(NG)II/2001/RR-1/45 dated 22/05/2015 (RBE No.49/2015) and 05/04/2018 (RBE No.54/2018)

Federation desires to bring to the notice of Railway Board that the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (CGHS Division) vide Notification dated 11th March, 2015, circulated in the Gazette of India published weekly (March 8 – March 14-2015, at New Delhi), issued recruitment rules with the approval of the President. citing following educational and other qualification for direct recruitment of Pharmacists from open market in supercession of all previous instructions to be followed by the other Central Ministries and the Central Government Health Scheme Organization:-

(i) 12th Class Pass with Science subjects (Physics, Chemistry and Biology), or equivalent from a recognized Board or University.

(ii) Diploma in Pharmacy from recognized institution and registered as Pharmacist under the Pharmacy Act, 1948; and

(iii) Two years’ experience as Pharmacist in any recognized Hospital or Pharmacy after duly registered as Pharmacist under the Pharmacy Act, 1948; and

OR

(i) Bachelor Degree in Pharmacy (B. Pharm.) from a recognized University or equivalent; and

(ii) Registered as a Pharmacist under the Pharmacy Act, 1948.

Federation is surprised to note that the Railway Board vide letter No. E(NG)II/2001/RR-1/45 dated 22/05/2015 (RBE No. 49/2015) had issued instructions after reviewing the minimum educational qualification for direct recruitment to the posts of various categories in the Medical Department on the Railways in consultation with the Health Directorate of Railway Ministry decided to prescribe the qualification for recruitment of Pharmacists Gr. III (PB-1/GP 2800) as mentioned below of course without discussing with the Federation.

“10+2 in Science or its equivalent with 02 (two) years Diploma in Pharmacy and registration with Pharmacy Council of India or registration with State Pharmacy Council”
Federation has also come across instructions issued by the Railway Board vide letter No.E(NG)II/2001/RR-1/45 dated 05/04/2018 (RBE No.54/2018) wherein the minimum educational qualification for recruitment of Pharmacists Gr.III from open market in the Medical Department on the Railways have been reviewed arbitraily, without consultations with the Federations. The revised educational qualification for recruitment to the post of Pharmacist Gr.III in Railways is as follows:-

“10+2 in Science or its equivalent with Diploma in Pharmacy from recognized institution and registered as Pharmacist under the Pharmacy Act, 1948.

OR

Bachelor Degree in Pharmacy (B.Pharma) from a recognized University or equivalent and Registered as a Pharmacist under the Pharmacy Act 1948.”

Federation is surprised to note that the Railway Board while reviewing the educational qualification for the post of Pharmacist has totally ignored the Gazette Notification issued by the Government of India as published by the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, the nodal Ministry and issued its own instructions. This action of the Railway Board in therefore not justified.

In this context, Federation desires to mention that in the Board’s letter dated 05/04/2018 (in Para 2) it has been discussed by the Board with both the recognized Federations. In this context, NFIR desires to clarify that the NFIR has never agreed for review of qualification for the post of Pharmacists Gr. III only. On the other hand Federation had urged the Railway Ministry to consider upgradation of the posts with respect to upgrading the Pay Scale/Pay Level which commensurate with the Pay Scales/Structure given to the other categories having Degree qualification, accordingly the Pharmacist after review of educational qualification should have been placed in erstwhile GP 4600/Level-7. In this connection, our letter No. IV/NFIR/7th CPC/CORRES/Pt. V dated 27/05/2015 and 28/05/2015 addressed to the Secretary, 7th CPC and the Secretary (E), Railway Board demanding improvement in the entry qualification with improved Pay Scale commensurating with the improved and upgraded educational and technical qualification for the post of Pharmacist may be connected. However, copies of Federation’s letters dated 27/05/2015 and 28/05/2015 are enclosed for ready reference.

NFIR, therefore, requests the Railway Board to withdraw its instructions issued vide letter dated 05/04/2018 (RBE No. 54/2018) and convene a meeting with the Federation to discuss the subject matter for finding an amicable solution.

Federation may be replied of the action taken on this letter.

DA/As above

Yours faithfully,

S/d,
(Dr. M. Raghavaiah)
General Secretary

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NFIR – Reduction of Duty Hours and revision of classification of Engineering & Traffic Gate-man as “Continuous”

NFIR – Reduction of Duty Hours and revision of classification of Engineering & Traffic Gate-man as “Continuous”

No.IV/HOER/3/2006 (DC)/HPC

Dated: 08/05/2018

The Secretary (E),
Railway Board,
New Delhi

Dear Sir,
Sub: Reduction of Duty Hours and revision of classification of Engineering & Traffic Gate-man as “Continuous”-reg.

Ref:
(i) NFIR’s PNM Item No.31/2015 & 34/2016.
(ii) NFIR’s letter No.IV/HOER/4 dated 04/05/2017 & 2/05/2017

Through the Action Taken Statement (during NFIR’s PNM meeting held with the Railway Board on 13/14-11-2017) it was conveyed that instructions have been issued vide letter No. 2012/E(LL)/HER/23 dated 30/09/2016 to conduct job analysis on duty hours of Gate Keepers.

In this connection, Federation invites kind attention of the Railway Board to its PNM Agenda Item No.31/2015 wherein NFIR demanded that duty hours of all safety category staff in EI category, specially the Gate Keeper should be reduced irrespective of the distance of quarter/residence of the employee from the work place (Para 5.5.5 of the recommendations of High Power Committee/R&S refers). Federation also highlighted Para 5.5.6 of the same report wherein the HPC (R&S) had recommended that on high density routes where the number of trains in each direction are more than 72 (on double line sections) or more than 24 (on singly line sections) no safety category staff (excepting the shunting staff) should be classified as EI category.

Federation conveys that the instructions issued by the Railway Board vide letter dated 30th September, 2016 asking the Zonal Railway Administration to conduct “factual job analysis” for deciding classification/duty hours of Gate Keepers, is not enough as there has been no positive results though over 1 1/2 years have passed.

Apart from above, Federation vide its letters dated 04/05/2017 & 24/05/2017 brought cases of Gate Keepers (Engineering) who are forced to perform 12 hours duty continuously day or night. Federation however feels sad to mention that there has been no response from the Railway Board so far.

NFIR, therefore once again urges upon the Railway Board to look into the genuine demand for reduction of duty and revision of classification of Engineering and Traffic Gate Keepers as “continuous” under HOER and issue instructions to the Zonal Railways accordingly as recommended by the HPC/R&S. A copy of instructions issued may be endrosed to the Federation.

Yours faithfully,
S/d,
(Dr. M. Raghavaiah)
General Secretary

Source: NFIR

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Air Travel entitlements for journeys on tour or training revision of instructions

Air Travel entitlements for journeys on tour or training revision of instructions reg

Government of India / Bharat Sarkar
Ministry of Railways / Rail Mantralaya
(Railway Board)

No.F(E)I/2017/AL-28/41

RBE No.67/2018

New Delhi, dated 10.05.2018

General Manager,
All Indian Railways, PUs etc.
(As per Standard Mailing List)

 

Sub: Air Travel entitlements for journeys on tour or training revision of instructions reg.

 In continuation to Board’s letter of even number dated 24.04.2018 (RBE No 61/2018), it has been decided that regular SAG officers, on tour may travel by ‘J’ / Business Class by Air within the country also

2. This has the approval of competent authority.

3. Please acknowledge receipt.

S/d,
(Jitendra Kumar)
Dy. Director Finance (Estt.)
Railway Board.

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NFIR: TA/DA, PF, Pass, Medical and accommodation facilities to the contract Para-Medical Staff working in Railways

NFIR: TA/DA, PF, Pass, Medical and accommodation facilities to the contract Para-Medical Staff working in Railways

No.II/57/Part I

Dated: 08/05/2018

The Secretary (E),
Railway Board,
New Delhi

Dear Sir,

Sub: TA/DA, PF, Pass, Medical and accommodation facilities to the contract Para-Medical Staff working in Railways-reg.

Federation is thankful to the Railway Board for issuing instructions vide letter No. 2017/Trans/01/Policy/Pt. I dated 12/04/2018 to revise the remuneration of Para-Medical Staff on contracts basis working in the Railway Health Units/Hospitals on Indian Railways.

Federation however feels that the Para-Medical Staff, working on contract basis deserve to be granted following facilities which are presently denied to them:-

  • No TA/DA is paid to these staff when they are sent on duty to other places,
  • No Provident Fund is deducted from their monthly remuneration and credited to respective EPFO,
  • These staff are not granted the facility of Pass/PTo, Medical, accommodation etc., though they have been performing duties similar to the regular Para-Medical Railway Staff. They are also not provided periodic rest other than Sunday while they have been performing duties of 12 hours in a day.

Federation also contends that the Para-Medical Staff working on contract basis are entitled for above facilities in terms of the extant provisions of Contract Labour R&A Act, 1970.

NFIR, therefor, requests the Railway Board to kindly consider above points and issue instructions to the GMs of Zonal Railways to grant facilities to the Para-Medical Staff working on contract basis and mitigate their hardships.

A copy of instructions issued may also be endorsed to the Federation.

Yours faithfully,

S/d,
(Dr.M.Raghavaiah)
General Secretary

Source: NFIR

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Cadre Control/Manpower Management of Mechanical & Electrical Staff involved in Diesel Maintenance & Operation and EMU/MEMU/TL/AC Maintenance and Operation

Cadre Control/Manpower Management of Mechanical & Electrical Staff involved in Diesel Maintenance & Operation and EMU/MEMU/TL/AC Maintenance and Operation

Government of India
Ministry of Railways
(Railway Board)

No.2018/O&M/8/1

New Delhi, Dated 1st May 2018

The General Managers,
All Indian Railways.

Sub: Cadre Control/Manpower Management of Mechanical & Electrical Staff involved in Diesel Maintenance & Operation and EMU/MEMU/TL/AC Maintenance and Operation.

This is in supersession of all orders issued earlier on this subject.

2. Board has revisited the issue of complete separation of Traction and Coaching verticals at divisional level and decided the following.

a) The cadre control of Non-Gazetted staff diesel maintenance and operations would be under MTR and the cadre control of Non-Gazetted staff of MEMU/EMU/TL/AC would be under MRS.

b) The Administrative control of the officers manning diesel maintenance and operations would be with MTR and the administrative control of the officers of electrical coaching, including MEMU/EMU, TL/AC etc. would be under MRS.

c) Cadre control of Electrical Divisions, if there is a separate Sr.DME/DME for O&F wing, he would continue to look after the power wing till a Sr.DEE/DEE (OP/TRO) is posted and technically report to PCEE. If there is only one Sr.DME looking after both C&W and Operations, then diesel operations shall be placed under DME/AME and kept under administrative control of Sr.DEE/DEE of the division and the Sr.DME would look after Breakdown and C&W and would continue to report to PCME..

e) In Divisions, where the post of Sr.DEE/DEE (OP/TRO) is available, work of Diesel operations shall be transferred to Sr.DEE/DEE (OP/TRO) and the post of Sr.DME/DME (Power/O&F) would be re-designated as Sr.DME/DME (Freight) or Sr.DME/DME (EnHM) or as considered necessary in the mechanical cadre by the General Manager.

f) In electrified Divisions where the post of Sr.DME/DME(Power) and Sr.DME/DME(Freight) are both available, the post of Sr.DME/DME(Power/O&F) can be used as Sr.DME/DME (EnHM) or as considered necessary in the mechanical cadre…

g) In all divisions, the entire paraphernalia of TL & AC be placed under one DEE/AEE who would report to Sr.DME/C&W. On similar analogy one post of DME or AME (Power) along with the running staff looking after operation would report to the Sr.DEE looking after operations. while dual reporting should generally be avoided, however concerned DRM’s shall take a final call in the overall administrative interest whenever there is only one DEE/AEE or DME/AME.

h) The ministerial staff under Sr.DME/DME Power would be suitably redistributed by the DRM between the Sr.DEE (OP/TRO) and Sr.DME(EnHM) or Freight or as the case may be.

i) The same strategy as at 2(e) above shall be followed in non-electrified Divisions once Sr.DEE(OP/TRO) is posted.

3. The breakdown staff is generally provided by C&W and in few cases by Diesel sheds. While this arrangement shall continue and can be streamlined subsequently, the work of breakdown/accident relief should be assigned by the DRM’s normally to a Sr.DME from the coaching side while implementing this order. PCME shall also continue to remain the technical head for breakdown/accident relief works.

5. The implementation of the above all over IR be completed in the next 15 days. Any minor issues that emerge subsequently should be sorted out at the level of GM’s without making any reference to Board.

6. The above issues with the approval of CRB.

S/d,
(H.Moharana)
Joint Secretary/Railway Board

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Admissibility of HRA in the event of non-acceptance or surrender of Railway Residential Accommodation

Admissibility of HRA in the event of non-acceptance or surrender of Railway Residential Accommodation

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
(Railway Board)

No. E(P&A)II/2017/HRA-3

New Delhi, dated 09.05.2018

The General Secretary
NFIR
3, Chelmsford Road,
New Delhi-110055

Sir,

Sub :- Admissibility of HRA in the event of non-acceptance or surrender of Railway Residential Accommodation – reg.

The undersigned is directed to refer to NFIR’s letter No.1/5 (c) Part II, dt. 16.01.2018 on the above subject and to state that the previous delegation of powers to GMs and other Heads of Organisations had expired on 31.03.2017 and it was incumbent on this office to review/renew the same.

The delegation of powers to GMs and others Head of Organizations was sanctioned in the year 1988 vide Board’s letter dt. 16.05.1988 (RBE No. 98/88). Since then it is being renewed continuously, the last (before issuing Board’s letter dt 15.01.2018) being reviewed in 2010 vide Board, letter dt. 08.12.2010 (RBE No.176/2010).

As regards the PNM/NFIR item No. 40/2012 it is stated that the issue raised in the item was to grant of HRA to the employee who have vacated the quarters w.e.f the date from which the employee had vacated the quarter which is different from the issue for which Federations have demanded to issue corrigendum. The PNM/NFIR item No.40/2012 is still under consideration in PNM forum and not finalized yet.

Yours faithfully,
S/d,
for Secretary / Railway Board

Source : NFIR

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Amount Fixed for Reimbursement of CEA Rs.2250 per month

Amount fixed for reimbursement of Children Education allowance will be Rs. 2250/- per month

No.A-27023/3/2014/2017-Estt.(AL)

Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, P.G. and Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training

 Old JNU Compus, New Delhi,
Dated: 9th May, 2018

Sub:- Clarification in respect of Children Education Allowance and Hostel Subsidy reg.

The undersigned is directed to refer to Ministry of Railways O.M. No.E(W)2014/ED-2/3 dated 18.04.2018 on the subject mentioned above and to say that the amount fixed for reimbursement of Children Education allowance will be Rs. 2250/- per month. This amount of Rs. 2250 is fixed irrespective of the actual expenses incurred by the Govt. Servant.

sd/-

(Sandeep Saxena)

Under Secretary to the Govt. of India

Source: AIRF

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Clarification regarding making dual charge arrangement under 7th CPC

Railways : Clarification regarding making dual charge arrangement under 7th CPC

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA (Bharat Sarkar)
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS (Rail Mantralaya)
(RAILWAY BOARD)

No.F(E)Spl./2009/FR/1/3(Part)

New Delhi, Dated 27-04-2018

The General Secretary
National Federation of Indian Railwaymen
3,Chemsford Road, New Delhi – 110 055.

Subject: Clarification regarding making dual charge arrangement under 7th CPC- reg.

Ref: NFIR’s letter No.1/5(g)/Part VI dated 16.04.2018.

The undersigned is directed to refer to your letter under reference and to advise that the matter is under active correspondence with DoP&T for laying down of detailed guidelines for grant of additional post allowance in place of the erstwhile dual charge allowance.

Yours sincerely
S/d,
For secretary/Railway Board

Source: NFIR

 

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Railway: Cases of promotion taking place in the pre-revised pay structure between 01-01-2006 and the date of notification of RS(RP)Rules, 2008 and the subsequent merger of the pre-revised pay scales of the promotional and the feeder posts in a common Grade fixation of pay clarifications

Railway – Cases of promotion taking place in the pre-revised pay structure between 01-01-2006 and the date of notification of RS(RP)Rules, 2008

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
(RAILWAY BOARD)

NO.PC-VI/2015/IC/1

New Delhi, Dated: 27-04-2018

The General Manager (P)
All Zonal Railwways/Production Units

[NCR, EGR, SCR, NFR, WCR, SER, WR, NWR, NER, ER, CR, SECR, SWR, SR, ECR, NR, RCF, DLW, CLW, DMW, RWF, ICF, RDSO, METRO RL4]

Sub: Cases of promotion taking place in the pre-revised pay structure between 01-01-2006 and the date of notification of RS(RP)Rules, 2008 and the subsequent merger of the pre-revised pay scales of the promotional and the feeder posts in a common Grade fixation of pay clarifications.

Ref: Railway Board’s letter No.PC-VI/2015/IC/1 dated 08-04-2016(RBE No.33/2016)Circulating Ministry of Finance’s O.M.No.F-2-1/2015-E.III(A) dated 16-10-2015

Attention is invited to Board’s letter dated 08-04-2016 (RBE No.33/2016) by which instructions contained in M/o Finance’s OM dated 16-10-2015 have been applied mutatis mutandis on Indian Railways. In the M/o Finance’s OM dated 16-10-2015, the cut-off date for applicability of instructions contained has been mentioned as 29-08-2008 at one place and 29-09-2008 at another place of para 5 of the said OM. This seems to have caused confusion in some Railway/Units and some requests for clarifications have been made to Board’s office on the issue.

2. The date of notification of CCS (RP) Rules,2008 was 29-08-2008 and therefore, as per M/O Finance OM dated 16-10-2015, the pay fixation benefit was available in cases of promotion occurring between 01-01-2006 till 29-08-2008 where feeder and promotional grades were subsequently merged in 6th CPC. The date 29-09-2008 mentioned in para 5 of M/o Finance’s OM NO.F-2-1/2015-E.III(A) dated 16-10-2015 is therefore evidently a typographical error which should logically be read as 29-08-2008. In any case, the cut -off date for applicability of provisions contained in letter dated 08-04-2016 (RBE NO.33/2016) in context of Railway employees is 04-09-2008 (i.e dated of notification of RS(RP)Rules,2008) as has already been explicitly clarified by Ministry Of Finance vide their OM No.530744/E III-A/2017 dated 20-11-2017 to this office. It was based on this clarification that Board’s letter No.PC-VI/2015/IC/1 (RBE No.196/2017) was issued on 29-12-2017.

S/d,

(S.Balachandra Iyer)
Executive Director/Pay Commission-II
Railway Board.

Source: NFIR

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Ayurvedic / Homeopathic dispensaries under Staff Benefit Fund (SBF)

Ayurvedic / Homeopathic dispensaries under Staff Benefit Fund (SBF)

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
RAILWAY BOARD

No.E(W)2016/ISM/9

New Delhi,
dated 01.05.2018

The General Managers(P),
All Indian Railways
& Production Units.

Sub: Ayurvedic / Homeopathic dispensaries under Staff Benefit Fund (SBF)

Ref: This Ministry’s letter of even number dated 07.07.2017.

Please refer to Railway Board’s letter of even number dated 07.07.2017 enhancing the monthly honorarium for Ayurvedic/Homeopathic Consultants and monthly subsidy on medicines on the Ayurvedic/Homeopathic dispensaries being run by the Staff Benefit Fund Committees.

2, In continuation of these instructions, sanction of the Ministry of Railways is hereby communicated for revision of monthly honorarium for Ayurvedic / Homeopathic dispensers as per following:-

8 hours duration Rs. 11,250/-
4 hours duration Rs.7,500/-

3. Annual allotment for Indigenous System of Medic under SBF (under which Homeopathic and Ayurvedic dispensaries function) at Rs.36 capita, if found inadequate to meet the increase in requirement of funds on account of the above revision in the honorarium, the additional expenditure (necessitated due to revision) under these orders would also be met through re-appropriation from the head “Medical Services” as additional ad hoc contribution to the SBF, and accordingly, the Medical Budget would be suitably augmented from Revenues. Hence PCPOs would advise CMDs about the additional funds required on this account so that the same could be reflected in the budgetary estimates.

4. The aforesaid revision will take effect from 07.07.2017

This issues in consultation with the Health Directorate and with Finance Directorate of the Ministry of Railway,

S/d,
(ALOK KUMAR)
Executive Director Estt (IR)
Railway Board.

Source: NFIRIndia.com

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7th CPC Risk and Hardship Allowance for Fire-Fighting Staff

7th CPC Risk and Hardship Allowance for Fire-Fighting Staff

Risk-Hardship-Allowance-Fire-Fighting-Staff

No.II-27012/59/2017-PF-I(CF No.3410146)
Government of India
Ministry of Home Affairs
Police-II Division
(PF-I Desk)

North Block, New Delhi,
Dated, the 2nd January, 2018

Office Memorandum

Sub: Implementation of recommendations of the Seventh Central Pay Commission regarding grant of Risk and Hardship Allowance for Fire-Fighting Staff

Consequent upon the acceptance of the recommendations of the Seventh Central Pay Commission by the Government, vide Ministry of Finance’s Resolution No.11-1/2016-IC dated 6th July, 2017, the President is pleased to sanction Risk and Hardship Allowance for Fire-fighting staff of CISF, at the following rates:-

Level in Pay Matrix Cell Name Rate per month (Rs.)
Level 9 and above R2H3 3,400
Level 8 and below R2H3 2,700

2. The above rates shall increase by 25 percent whenever the Dearness Allowance payable on the revised pay structure goes up by 50 percent.

3. These orders shall take effect from 1st July, 2017.

4. This issues as per Ministry of Finance (Dept. of Expenditure) Resolution dated 6th July 2017, as vetted by the Integrated Finance Division of this Ministry, vide Dy No.3410146/Fin.II/17 dated 2.1.2018.

sd/-
(Joginder Prasad)
Under Secretary to the Govt of India

Source: www.cisf.gov.in

 

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Training period of wards of deceased/medically decategorised Railway employees appointed on compassioate grounds as Technician Gr. III in (erstwhile GP 1900/Pay Level-2 of 7th CP)

NFIR

No.II/-A/Part 20

Dated: 25/04/2018

The Secretary (E),
Railway Board,
New Delhi

Dear Sir,

Sub: Training period of wards of deceased/medically decategorised Railway employees appointed on compassioate grounds as Technician Gr. III in (erstwhile GP 1900/Pay Level-2 of 7th CP)-reg.

Ref: NFIR’s letter No.II/1-A/Part 20 dated 31/01/2018.

Federation vide its letter dated 31/01/2018 brought to the notice of the Railway Board, the grievance of Apprentice Technicians who happened to be the wards of deceased/medically decategorised Railway employees appointed on compassionate grounds (non-ITI/non-Act Apprenticeship Training) who are being subjected to three years training for appointment to the post of Technician Grade III in erstwhile GP 1900/Pay Leave-2. A period of about three months has passed, unfortunately, there has been no communication to the Federation on action taken on the subject matter.

While enclosing copy of Federation’s letter dated 31/01/2018, NFIR once again requests the Railway Board to consider the justified points raised for reduction of training period of three years in the case of non-ITI/non-Act Apprentice wards/widows of Railway employees appointed on compassionate ground to a reasonable period.

Action taken on Federation’s proposal may please be communicated to the Federation soon.

Yours faithfully,
S/d,
(Dr. M. Raghavaiah)
General Secretary

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6th CPC- Dearness Allowance applicable w.e.f. from 01.01.2018 to Railway employees

6th CPC- Dearness Allowance applicable w.e.f. from 01.01.2018 to Railway employees

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
(RAILWAY BOARD)

RBE No.58/2018

New Delhi, dated 12.04.2018

S.No. PC-VI/385

No. PC-VI/2008/I/7/2/1

The GMs/CPO(R),
All Zonal Railways & Production Units,
(as per mailing list)

Sub: Rate of Dearness Allowance applicable w.e.f. from 01.01.2018 to Railway employees continuing to draw their pay in the pre-revised pay scale/ grade pay as per 6th Central Pay Commission.

Please refer to this Ministry’s letter of even number dated 17.11.2017 (S.No. PC-VI/379, RBE No.169/2017) revising the rates of Dearness Allowance w.e.f. 01.07.2017 in respect of railway employees continuing to draw their pay in the pre-revised pay scale/ grade pay as per 6 Central Pay Commission.

2. The rate of DA admissible to railway employees of above category shall be enhanced from the existing rate of 139% to 142% w.e.f. 01 01.2018.

3. The provisions contained in Paras 3,4 & 5 of, this Ministry’s letter of even number dated 09.09.2008 (S.No. PC-VI/3, RBE.No. 106/2008) shall continue to be applicable while regulating Dearness Allowance under these orders.

4. This issues with the concurrence of the Finance Directorate of the Ministry of Railways.

S/d,

(U.K.Tiwari)
Dy. Director Pay Commission-VI
Railway Board

Authority: M.oF’s OM No.1/3/2008-E.II(B)dated 28.3.2018).

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Benchmark for promotion to administrative grades in Railway Services

Benchmark for promotion to administrative grades in Railway Services

Government of India (Bharat Sarkar)
Ministry of Railways(Rail Mantralaya)
Railway Board.

No.2017/SCC/03/09

New Delhi, Dated : 16.04.2018

To
The General Manager/equivalent
(All Indian Railways, PUSs, RDSO, NAIR, Directors/Training Institutes).

Subject : Benchmark for promotion to administrative grades in Railway Services.

Reference : Board’s letter No.2017/SCC/03/09 dated 01.09.17 and 23.11.17.

Board, vide letter dated 01.09.17 and 23,11.17, issued instructions regarding interpretation of the benchmark for promotion to various grades in terms of numerical grading. After considering several issues relating to interpretation of benchmark, Board have now decided to follow the following revised interpretation of benchmark in respect of APARs with numerical grading :

Grade Benchmark  as per instructions dated 15.12.15 Interpretation of benchmark consequent to introduction of APARs with numerical grading
HAG Very Good Plus – two ‘Outstanding’ and three ‘Very Good’ grading in the last five years. However, minimum ‘Very Good’ in each of the last five APARs Bench mark will continue to be ‘Very Good plus’ i.e. minimum two ‘Outstanding’ and three ‘Very Good’ grading or equivalent in the last five APARs under consideration classifying the numerical grading in terms of ‘Outstanding’, ‘Very Good’ and ‘Good’ as per Board’s instructions dated 21.07.17. A minimum grading of ‘Very Good’ is also required in each of the five APARs.
SAGand

NFSG

Very Good – The minimum performance benchmark will be ‘Very Good’ in each of the last five APARs. Bench mark will continue to be Very Good i.e. minimum grading of ‘Very Good’ in each of the last five APARs under consideration classifying the numerical grading in terms of ‘Outstanding’, ‘Very Good’ and ‘Good’ as per Board’s instructions dated 21.07.17.
JAG Good – should have earned two ‘Very Good’ and three ‘Good’ grading or equivalent in the last five APARs Bench mark will be ‘Good plus’ which will be defined as two ‘Very Good’ and three ‘Good’ APARs in the last five APARs under consideration classifying the numerical grading in terms of ‘Outstanding’, ‘Very Good’ and ‘Good’ as per Board’s instructions dated 21.07.17. A minimum grading of ‘Good’ is also required in each of the five APARs,

2. DPC should not be guided merely by the overall grading, that may be recorded in the APARs but should make its own assessment on the basis of entries in the APARs, as at times the overall grading in a APAR may be inconsistent with the grading under various parameters or attributes.

3. Railways/PUs etc. are also advised that empanelment /promotion of officers made on the basis of instructions dated 01.09.17 need not be revisited unless the same has adversely affected their promotion. Above mentioned decision should be brought to the notice of all officers working in respective Railways/PUs/CTIs.

S/d,
(SC Krishna)
Under Secretary (Conf)
Railway Board

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