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Provision For Railway’s Fund In Budget
The amount allocated and utilized for passenger safety, capital and development work, cleanliness and finance and accounting reforms in Railways in the financial year 2016-17 is indicated below :

 

Items Revised Estimate 2016-17 Actual Expenditure 2016-17
Passenger Safety 63063.00 55918.00
Capital & Development Work 121000.00 110015.60
Cleanliness 1080.81 1008.46
Finance & Accounting Reforms 26.68 28.22

 

This Press Release is based on the information given by the Minister of State for Railways Shri Rajen Gohain in a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha on 15.12.2017 (Friday).

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Re-engagement of retired employees in exigencies of services

Re-engagement of retired employees in exigencies of services.

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
(RAILWAY BOARD)

No. E (NG)-11/2007/RC-4/CORE/1

RBE No,193/2017

New Delhi, Dated: (12/12/2017)

The General Manager (P),
All Indian Railways,
(As per standard mailing list).

Sub: Re-engagement of retired employees in exigencies of services.
Ref: No. E(NG)lI/2007/RC-4/CORE/1 dated 16.10.2017 (ROE No. 150/2017)

Attention is invited to Ministry of Railways (Railway Board)’s letter referred to the above subject. In partial modification of the instructions contained in letter ibid, Board have decided to enhance the maximum age limit for re-engagement of retired hands to 65 years from the existing age limit of 62 years. Further, it has also been decided to extend the validity of the scheme of re-engagement of retired employees, 10 01.12.2019 as against the existing validity up to 14.09.2018

(Neeraj Kumar)
Director Estt.(N)- II
Railway Board

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Payment to the Track Maintainers deputed for night patrolling duties for purchase of dry cell

Grant of Dry Cell Allowance @ 150/- p.m for Track Maintainers performing night patrolling duties – Railway Board

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No. 2016/CE-I/GNS/4pt.

New Delhi, dated 07.12.2017

General Managers,
All Indian Railways,

Sub: Payment to the Track Maintainers deputed for night patrolling duties for purchase of dry cell – PNM/NFIR Agenda Item No. 44/2016.

NFIR has raised the issue of revision of amount being given to the Track Maintainers deputed for track patrolling duties during night for purchase of dry cell battery. The matter has been considered by Board (MEW & FC) and it has been decided that all track maintainers deputed for night patrolling shall be paid @ Rs 150 per month alongwith their salary towards purchase of dry cell, wherever rechargeable torches have not been provided.

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

[Rly.no.030-47598, Mob (CUG)-97176111

Source: NFIR

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Exemption of Railways from New Pension Scheme (NPS): NFIR

Exemption of Railways from New Pension Scheme (NPS): NFIR

No. IV/NPS/PFRDA BILL / Part I

Dated : 11/12/2017

Shri Piyush Goyal,
Hon’ble Minister of Railways,
Rail Bhavan,
New Delhi

Respected Sir,

Sub : Exemption of Railways from New Pension Scheme (NPS) – reg.

Ref (i) Hon’ble MR’s D.O. No. 2012/F(E)III/1/4-Pt dated 29th March 2014 to Hon’ble Finance Minister, Government of India.
(ii) Hon’ble MR’s D.O. No. 2012/F(E)III/1/1/4-Pt dated 20th Nov 2015 to the Hon’ble Finance Minister Shri Arun Jaitely.
(iii) NFIR’s letter No. IV/NPS/PFRDA BILL Part I dated 13th Feb.2017 & 26th Oct. 2017.

While enclosing copy of NFIR’s letter sent to you vide dated 26th Oct, 2017, I request you to kindly make special efforts at the level of the Government as well by reaching Hon’ble Prime Minister for the purpose of exempting Railways from the National Pension System (NPS). I also desire to bring to your kind notice that your predecessors Shri Mallikarjun Kharge and Shri Suresh Prabhu have already sent proposals to the Government of India (Ministry of Finance) highlighting the uniqueness of Railways working and the necessity to exempt Railways from the NPS.

 

I trust that you would do the needful for obtaining favourable decision which would motivate all sections of Railway employees to work with grater determination and commitment for providing efficient services.

With regards,

Yours sincerely,

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


No.IV/NPS/PFRDA BILL/Part 1

Dated : 26 Oct,2017

Shri Piyush Goyal,
Ho’ble Minister of Railways,
Rail Bhavan,
New Delhi

Respected Sir,

Sub: Exemption of Railways from New Pension Scheme (NPS) – reg.

Ref:  (i)    Hon’ble MR’s D.O. No. 2012/F(E)111/1/4-Pt dated 29th March 2014 to Hon’ble Finance

Minister, Government of India.

(ii)           Hon’ble MR’s D.O. No. 2012/F(E)111/1/1/4-Pt dated 20th Nov 2015 to the Hon’ble Finance Minister Shri Arun Jaitely.

(iii)          NFIR’s letter No. IV/NPSIPFRDA BILL/Part I dated 13th Feb, 2017.

Federation invites kind attention of the Hon’ble AIR relating to exemption of Railways from New Pension Scheme (NPS), which was agreed upon by the Railway Ministry, consequently the Railway Minister Shri Suresh Prabhu bad sent proposal to the Hon’ble Finance Minister vide letter No. 2012/F(E)III/1/1/4-Pt dated 20th November, 2015, seeking Government’s approval to exempt Railways from New Pension Scheme (NPS) now called “National Pension System“. Shri Mallikarjun Kharge then Railway Minister had also urged upon the Government to exempt Railways from New Pension Scheme (letter No. 2012/F(E)III/1/4-Pt dated 29th March 2014).

 

In this connection, NFIR desires to reiterate that Pension is very sensitive issue so far as Railways is concerned, due to the reason that the Railway employees have been working at remote places, stations located in jungle areas and have been facing all odds foregoing basic necessities of life, similar to the Defence Forces Personnel, safeguarding the Nation’s Borders, and are involved fully in ensuring uninterrupted flow of Railway Traffic. The Railway employees in their day-to-day working face war like situations to ensure that movement of trains is not adversely affected under any circumstances and in the process they get killed on duty as confirmed by the High Level Safety Review Committee (BLSRC) headed by Shri Anil Kakodkar (Chapter 11-2.3).

 

NFIR, therefore urges upon you to kindly reach the Hon’ble Prime Minister and apprise the Railways unique nature of working as already highlighted by previous Railway Ministers and impress the need for granting exemption of Railways from the New Pension Scheme to enable those Railway employees appointed from January, 2004 get covered by the Liberalized Pension Scheme for receiving guaranteed Pension. Federation strongly believes that your kind intervention and Ell&WS-fivi: with the Hon’ble Prime Minister would result positive decision for exempting Railways from New Pension Scheme soon.

With regards,

Yours sincerely,/

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

Source : NFIR

 

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Admissibility of House Rent Allowance during Study Leave

Railway : Admissibility of House Rent Allowance during Study Leave

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
(RAILWAY BOARD)

No. E(P&A)II-2017/HRA-4

New Delhi, dated 05.12.2017.

The General Manager (P),
Eastern Railway,
Kolkata

Sub : Admissibility of House Rent Allowance during Study Leave.
Ref:- Eastern Railway’s letter No.E.77/o/Vol.VIII, dated 06.03.2017.

With reference to Eastern Railway’s letter under reference, it is stated that the matter has been considered in Board’s office and it has been observed that on the identical issue a clarification already stands issued to Southern Railway vide Board’s letter No. E(P&A)II-2002/HRA-2 dt. 19.02.2002 (copy enclosed) clarifying that the period of 120 days mentioned in Board’s letter no. E(P&A)II-82/HRA-2 dated 04.02.1982 had been revised to 180 days in terms of the amendment carried out to Rule 1707 of IREC-II vide Board’s letter no. E(P&A)II/89/HRA-48 dt. 07.08.1992. It was further stated in the letter dt. 19.02.2002 that the employees proceeding on study leave are entitled to House Rent Allowance and Compensatory (City) Allowance for first 180 days of the study leave and continuation of these allowances beyond 180 days is subject to the production of certificates prescribed in Para 1707 (iii) of Indian Railway Establishment Code, Volume-II, 1987 Edition. It may however, be noted that CCA has already been abolished vide Board’s letter no. E(P&A)II-2008/HRA-10 dt. 12.09.2008 (RBE No.110/2008).

2. Thus, necessary action on the above lines may be ensured.

DA: As above.

S/d,
(Salim Md. Ahmed)
Deputy Director / E(P&A)II,
Railway Board

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NFIR: Revision of Over Time Allowance to Railway employees consequent upon revision of pay scales and allowances

NFIR: Revision of Over Time Allowance to Railway employees consequent upon revision of pay scales and allowances

No.I/8/Part II

Dated:11-12-2017

The Secretary (E)
Railway Board
New Delhi

Dear Sir,

Sub: Revision of Over Time Allowance to Railway employees consequent upon revision of pay scales and allowances – reg.

Ref: (i) Railway Board’s letter No.PC-V/2008/A/O/3 (OTA) dated 17-02-2010

(ii) Railway Board’s Letter No.PC-V/2008/A/O/3 (OTA) dated 20-05-2011

(iii) NFIR’s letter No.IV/NFIR/7 CPC (Imp)/2016/Allowance/Part I dated 27-09-2017

(iv) Railway Board’s letter No.Pc-V/2017/A/OTA/1 dated 28-11-2017

Pursuant to acceptance of 7th CPC recommendation by the Government for revision of Over Time Allowance rates. NFIR vide its letter dated 27-09-2017 requested the Railway Board to issue instructions for revising the rates of Over Time Allowance for Railway Employees. In the said communication, the Federation had highlighted that Railways being operational system wherein the staff are duty bound to work beyond rostered/statutory limits when ordered in exigency of service, as their duty hours are governed by statutory acts and they are eligible for Over Time Allowance as part of wages.

In the Federation’s communication dated 27-09-2017, Railway Board’s attention was also invited to Board’s decision vide No.PC-V/2008/A/O/3 (OTA) dated 20-05-2011 for granting payment of Over Time Allowance to the Railway Employees at the revised rates w.e.f 01-01-2006 (as a result of agreement with the Federations on DC/JCM Item No.24/2010).

Federation is surprised to note that in Board’s instructions vide RBE No.175/2017 dated 28-11-2017, the revision of Over Time Allowance rates has been given effect from 01-07-2017 instead from 01-01-2016 ignoring the following:-

The Over Time Allowance is part of wages, which needs to be revised w.e.f 01-01-2016 in terms of statutory provisions.

The Board’s decision dated 28-11-2017 is breach of agreement with the Federations

The Railway Board has unfortunately failed to take into account the fact mentioned in NFIR’s letter dated 27-09-2017.

NFIR, therefore urges upon the Railway Board to review the case for giving effect to the payment of Over Time Allowance at revised rates w.e.f 01-01-2016 to Railway Employees and issue instructions accordingly to GMs.

Yours faithfully,

Sd/-
(Dr.M.Raghavaiah)
General Secretary

Source : NFIR

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7th CPC Rates of Tenure Allowance to officers of Organized Group ‘A’ and ‘B’ Railway Officers (Railway)

7th CPC  Rates of Tenure Allowance to officers of Organized Group ‘A’ and ‘B’ Railway Officers (Railway)

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GOVERNMENT OF INDIA (BHARAT SARKAR)
Ministry of Railways (Rail Mantralaya)
(Railway Board)

PC-VII No. 80
RBE No.: 181/2017

File No. PC-VII/2017/I/7/5/6

New Delhi, dated: 04/12/2017

The General Manager/CAOs(R),
All India Railways & Production Units,
(As per mailing list)

Sub: Implementation of the recommendations of Seventh Central Pay Commission – Revision of the rates of Tenure Allowance to officers of Organized Group ‘A’ Railway Services posted as Deputy Directors, Joint Directors, Directors and Group ‘B’ officers when posted against senior scale post in RDSO.

Kindly refer to Board’s letter No. PC-VI/2008/1/7/5/3 dated 27.03.2009 (S.No. PC-VI/94, RBE No. 58/2009) on the above mentioned subject.

2. Consequent upon the decision taken by the Government on the recommendations of 7th Central Pay Commission, it is decided that on their posting as Deputy Directors, Joint Directors, and Directors in the office of RDSO, the officers of the Organized Group ‘A’ Railway Services wi11 be entitled to draw their basic pay plus Tenure Allowance on the terms and conditions as stipulated below subject to review/modifications, if any, based on DoPT’s guidelines on Deputation (Duty) Allowances.

(i) The Officers of Organized Group ‘A’ Railway Service posted in the RDSO as Deputy Directors, Joint Directors and Directors will be subjected to a prescribed tenure, on the expiry of which they will be reverted to field posts in Zonal Railways / Production Units and Construction Organizations.

(ii) Officers belonging to Organized Group ‘A’ Railway Services posted in RDSO as Deputy Directors/Joint Directors/Directors will be paid Tenure Allowance at the rate of 10% of their basic pay subject to a ceiling of Rs. 9000/-p.m.

(iii) The allowance will not be paid beyond the normal tenure of three years for Deputy Directors, four years for Joint Directors and five years of Directors.

(iv) No Tenure Allowance will be admissible to the officers of the Services posted as Executive Directors and above in RDSO.

(v) This allowance shall not be admissible to those Deputy Directors/Joint Directors/Directors who are given extension or re-employment after superannuation.

(vi) In cases where the tenure posting is a post with a lower Level of pay, the pay of the Officer going to such a post will be filled in the tenure post as per extant rules.

Basic Pay‘ in the revised pay structure means the pay drawn in the prescribed Level in the Pay Matrix but does not include any other type of pay like Special Pay, etc.

3.The existing conditions contained in pa 4 of Board’s letter No. PC-V/98/I/7/3 dated 12.02.2004 would continue to be operative. TADK will not be admissible.

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

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

6.Hindi version is placed below.

S/d,
(Jaya Kumar G)
Deputy Director, Pay Commission-VII
Railway Board

Source: NFIR

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7th CPC Revision of the rates of Railway Board Tenure Allowance to the Officers of Organized Group A Railway Services

7th CPC Revision of the rates of Railway Board Tenure Allowance to the Officers of Organized Group A Railway Services

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA (BHARAT SARKAR)
Ministry of Railways (Rail Mantralaya)
(Railway Board)

PC-VII No. 81
RBE No : 182/2017
New Delhi, dated: 04/12/2017

File No. PC-VII/2017/I/7/5/6

The General Manager/CAOs(R),
All India Railways & Production Units,
(As per mailing list)

Sub : Implementation of the recommendations of Seventh Central Pay Commission – Revision of the rates of Railway Board Tenure Allowance applicable to the officers of Organized Group ‘A’ Railway Services on their appointment as Deputy Directors/Joint Directors/Directors in Railway Board’s office.

The officers of Organized Group ‘A’ Railway Services posted as Deputy Directors, Joint Directors and Directors in the Railway Board are entitled for the payment of Railway Board Tenure Allowance in terms of Board’s letter No. PC-VI/2008/I/7/5/3 dated 14.10.2008 (S.No. PC-VI/36, RBE No. 154/2008).

2.Consequent upon the acceptance of the Report of Seventh Central Pay Commission by the Government, it has been decided that on their posting as Deputy Directors, Joint Directors, and Directors in the office of the Railway Board, the officers of the Organized Group ‘A’ Railway Services will be entitled to draw their basic pay plus Railway Board Tenure Allowance on the terms and conditions as stipulated in para 4 below subject to review/modifications, if any, based on DoPT’s guidelines on Deputation (Duty) Allowances.

3.It is further decided that the officers of the non-Railway organized Group ‘A’ services on their appointment to the posts of Deputy Directors/ Joint Directors/ Directors in the Railway Board Secretariat will be entitled either to get their pay fixed in the applicable cell in Pay Matrix in appropriate level or to draw basic pay plus Tenure Allowances as applicable to Railway organized Group ‘A’ Services officers as stipulated in para 4 below.

4.The terms and conditions for drawing Railway Board Tenure Allowance on posting in Railway Board’s office will be as under :

(i) The Officers of Organized Group ‘A’ Railway Services as well as the Officers of non-Railway Organized Group ‘A’ Services posted in the Railway Board’s Office as Deputy Directors/Joint Directors/Directors will be subjected to a prescribed tenure, on the expiry of which they will be reverted to field posts in Zonal Railways/Production Units/Construction Organizations etc.

(ii) Officers belonging to Organized Group ‘A’ Railway Services posted in Railway Board’s office as Deputy Directors/Joint Directors/Directors will be paid Railway Board Tenure Allowance at the rate of 10% of their basic pay subject to a ceiling of Rs.9000/- p.m.

(iii) The allowance will not be paid beyond the normal tenure of 3 years for Deputy Directors, 4 years for Joint Directors and 5 years for Directors.

(iv) No allowance will be admissible to the officers of the Railway Services posted as Executive Directors and above in the Railway Board’s office.

(v) This allowance shall not be admissible to those Deputy Directors/Joint Directors/Directors who are given extension or re-employment after superannuation.

(vi) In cases where the tenure posting is to a post with a lower Level of pay, the pay of the Officer going to such a post will be filled in the tenure post as per extant rules.

Basic Pay‘ in the revised pay structure means the pay drawn in the prescribed Level in the Pay Matrix but does not include any other type of pay like Special Pay etc.

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

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

7.Hindi version is placed below.

S/d,
(Jaya Kumar G)
Deputy Director, Pay Commission-VII
Railway Board

Source: NFIR

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Comprehensive transfer policy – exemption from 5 years service condition

Comprehensive transfer policy – exemption from 5 years service condition

NFIR

No. II/14/Part VIII

Dated: 04/12/2017

The Secretary (E),
Railway Board,
New Delhi

Dear Sir,

Sub: Comprehensive transfer policy – exemption from 5 years service condition – reg.

Ref: (i) NFIR’s PNM Item No. 18/2016 and ATS given to Federation on 13th November, 2017.

(ii) Railway Board’s letter No. E(NG)I-2005/TR/20 dated 10/02/2017.

(iii) NFIR’s letter No. II/14/Part VII dated 21′ Feb, 2017, 23/02/2017 and 12/04/2017.

(iv) NFIR’s letter No. II/14/Part VIII dated 15/05/2017.

Kind attention of the Railway Board is invited to NFIR’s PNM Item No. 18/2016 on the subject and Board’s letter dated 10/02/2017 wherein relaxation in five years service condition has been granted in certain situations.

Consequent to receipt of representations from the Defence Forces Personnel re-employed in Railways and the widows/widowers appointed on compassionate ground seeking relaxation of five years minimum service condition, Federation vide letters cited under reference had approached the Hon’ble MR and sought approval for exemption from 5 years service condition to enable those re-employed ex-servicemen and widows/widowers to seek inter railway transfer to join their families and look after children. Thereafter a period of more than six months has passed this genuine demand has not been favourably considered. It is also sad to note that negative stand has been taken by Board while conveying “ATS” to the Federation without discussing the PNM Item. Attention is also invited to the General Manager (E), Western Railway’s letter No. EP/1140/0 Vol. IV dated 02/08/2017 to Railway Board on the subject.

NFIR once again urges upon the Railway Board to kindly review extant instructions and issue revised instructions for exempting 5 years minimum service condition for entertaining inter railway transfer requests of ex-servicemen re-employed in Railways and also the widows/widowers/wards of Railway employees appointed on compassionate ground. Federation also proposes that a separate meeting be convened at the level of “Member Staff” to discuss this PNM Item.

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

Source : NFIR

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7th CPC recommendations with regard to upgradation of Grade Pay and merger of commercial categories

7th CPC recommendations with regard to upgradation of Grade Pay and merger of commercial categories

No. II/2/Part VIII

Dated: 03/12/2017

The General Secretaries of
Zonal Unions of NFIR

Dear Brother,

Sub: 7th CPC recommendations with regard to upgradation of Grade Pay and merger of commercial categories-reg.

Ref: (i)   Railway Board’s letter No. 2016/E(LR)I/NM 1-14 dated 27/11/2017.
(ii)   NFIR’s Message No. II/2/Part VIII dated 02/12/2017 to the Zonal Unions.

Please refer NFIR’s message No. II/2/Part VIII dated 02/12/2017 (copy enclosed) on the above subject.

For the appreciation of Zonal Unions, copies of the following are also enclosed.

(a) Record Note of discussions held on 12th July 2017 at 15/- Hrs in the chamber of AM (Staff) with both the Federations.

(b) GS/NFIR’s reply to Railway Board on record note of discussions vide No. II/2/Part VII dated 24/07/2017.

 

According to the record note of discussions dated 12th July, 2017, the existing staff working in the cadres of ECRCs and Commercial Clerks/Inspectors may be merged with the option to interchange them. This indicates that those opt for interchange will be posted according to their option. Yesterday, CRMS contacted the undersigned on phone and I clarified on the doubt.

The above is for information of affiliates.

Encl: As above

Yours fraternally,
S/d,

(Dr. M. Raghavaiah)
General Secretary

Media Centre/NFIR.


No. II/2/Part VII

Dated: 24/07/2017

The Secretary (E),
Railway Board,
New Delhi

Dear Sir,

Sub: Record Note of Discussions held on 12th July 2017 at 15:00 hrs in the Chamber of AM (Staff) with both the Federations viz., AIRF and NFIR on the issue of:

(a) Change in staffing pattern of ASMs (G.P. Rs. 4200) in view of 7th CPC recommendations, and

(b) Change in’ staffing Pattern of TC, CC & ECRC consequent to abolition/upgradation and merger of categories in view of 7th CPC recommendations.

Ref: Railway Board’s letter No. E(NG)I-2016/PM1/12 dated 20/07/2017.

With reference to the record note of discussions, it is suggested that under the heading “NFIR” the name of the General Secretary be printed correctly.

Vide Para 4 of the enclosure to Board’s letter No. E(NG)I-2016/PM1/12 dated 20/07/2017, the Board sought suggestions on both the issues – (a) & (b) above.

Accordingly, the Federation gives its suggestions as below:-

Station Masters’ category:

 The DR quota should be limited to 50%, considering the fact that LDCE being held applying norms prescribed for DR Quota through which cream among the qualified candidates also would become Station Masters’ (GP 4200/Pay Level 6).

The Promotion quota shall be 35% to be filled by those staff mentioned in the Board’s proposal upto the age of 50 years. Those in GP 1800/Pay Level 1 also be made eligible for Promotion quota, however, panel needs to be drawn in the order of seniority among the qualified staff (not to be treated as General Selection).

Commercial:

The Federation confirms the contents of Para 3(a) (b) (c) & (d) while maintaining its stand that the Ticket Checking category should as a whole, remain as separate category.

 

With regard to Para 3, there are precedents wherein the recommendations of previous Pay Commissions accepted by the Government have not been adopted by the Railway Ministry on the ground that Railways working is different. Example:- when the Government had accepted 5th CPC recommendation for classifying the posts in Pay Scale maximum of which was 9000 or above as “Group B”, the Railway Ministry had taken a view that the said decision was not implementable and accordingly not adopted.

Record Note of Discussions held on 12th  july  2o17 at 15:00 hrs.. in the Chamber of AM(Staff) with both the Federations, viz., AIRF and NFIR on the issue of :

(a) Change in staffing pattern of ASMs (C.P.Rs: 4200) in view of 7th CPC recommendations, and;

(b) Change in staffing Pattern of TC, CC & ECRC consequent to abolition/upgradation and merger of categories in view of 7th CPC recommendations.The following officers and representatives of Federations (AIRF & NFIR) attended the meeting-:

AIRF-NFIR

2.Points emerged/observations made on the issue of Change in staffing Points emerged/observations made on the issue of Change in staffing pattern of ASMs (G.P.Rs.42oo) in view of 7th CPC recommendations :

(a) Federations suggested that DR Quota for Station Master should be 50% with the provision that 50% of DR vacancies can be earmarked for GDCE. Federations were advised of the merit of existing 60% DR quota and its applicability.

(b) Federations suggested that LDCE quota should be 15%.

(c) Federations suggested that General Selection Quota should be 35%;

(d) A decision has to be taken whether erstwhile G.P. Rs. 1800 should be included as eligible for LDCE and General Selection for the post of SMs or not.

(e) There was also a demand that age limit should be 50 years for all irrespective of whether candidates were General, SC/ST or OBC. The existing IREM provision contained in para 122 and implication of amending the same was advised to Federations.

3. Points emerged/observations made on the issue of Change in staffing Pattern of TC, CC & ECRC consequent to abolition/upgradation and merger of categories in view of 7th CPC recommendations; however the point needs attention as to whether we are competent to change the recommendations of 7th CPC suo-motu;

(a) The existing staff  working  in the cadres ECRCs and commercial Clerks/inspector may be merged with the option to inter-change them;

 (b) Ticket Checking category as a whole should continue as separate category for the present.

(c) The merger of TC, ECRC and CC may be only for future recruits from prospective effect for which modalities be discussed;

d) 10 +2 qualification proposed for TC and CC should not be insisted for existing staff, who do not have this qualification.

4. Both the Federations will revert back with their suggestions on both the issues.

 Source : NFIR

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Ministry of Railways earmarks seats for Security Personnel of escorting teams in the trains

Ministry of Railways earmarks seats for Security Personnel of escorting teams in the trains

Berth no.63 in S1 Coach of the train earmarked for Security Personnel

To help passenger to contact security personnel onboard a running train, Indian Railways has decided to earmark seats for security personnel of train escort team. In a recent circular issued from Ministry of Railways, provision of one side lower berth (berth no.63) in coach S1 has been earmarked in Sleeper Class coach in the entire train in which this security staff is travelling. If the train is being escorted by GRP, one berth will be earmarked for GRP and in case the train is escorted by RPF, one berth in Sleeper class will be earmarked for RPF. In case no RPF/GRP is escorting the train, no accommodation will be earmarked for them.

In case of any untoward incident or for any security related issues during journey, passengers may contact the security staff at the earmarked accommodation.

PIB

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Departmental Anomaly Committee to settle the anomalies arising out of the implementation of 7th Central Pay Commission’s recommendations

 NFIR

No.IV/DAC/7CPC/2016

Dated: 241/11/2017

The Secretary (E),
Railway Board,
New Delhi

Dear Sir,
Sub: Departmental Anomaly Committee to settle the anomalies arising out of the implementation of 7th Central Pay Commission’s recommendations-reg.

Ref: (i) Railway Board’s letter No. PC-VII/2016/DAC/I dated 05/10/2016, 29/03/2017, 18/04/2017, 03/05/2017, 25/05/2017, 06/06/2017 & 20/11/2017.
(ii) NFIR’s letter No. IV/DAC/7 CPC/2016 dated,09/06/2017 & 16/08/2017.

In continuation of above cited references, the Federation furnishes additional material on Item No. 17 pertaining to Pharmacist category to facilitate the DAC to discuss in the ensuing meeting. Attention is also invited to NFIR’s letter of even number dated 09/06/2017 on this issue of which Item No. 17 of the enclosure is relevant (Annexure-I).

Federation also encloses an Item under heading “grant of Additional Allowance to the remaining categories of Running Staff viz., ALP, Sr. ALP, LP (Shunting), Goods (Guard)”  together with copy of Board’s letter No. PC-VII/2017/R-U/38 dated 20/11/2017 to NFIR for discussion in the second meeting of the DAC (Annexure-II).

So far as the subject “Technical Supervisors of Railways“, is concerned, the DoP&T vide F.No. 11/2/2016-JCA-I(Pt.) dated 30th October 2017 has since advised the Secretary (Staff Side) that this being Railway specific item, the Staff Side may take up at the Department Anomaly Committee of Ministry of Railways. A copy of Note pertaining to Technical Supervisors of Railways is also enclosed which may be clubbed with Item No. (xviii) sent to Railway Board on 08/11/2017 (Annexure-III).

DA/As above

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

 

Annexure I

The Commission has failed to appreciate that the category of pharmacist possessing the upgraded qualification of 4 year Degree (Technical) has not been considered on par with the other categories of staff holding Degree qualification. The study report submitted by the IIM Ahmedabad which forms the basis.of recommended pay scales to all the employees of the Central Government, does not contain the category of  Pharmacist, apparently, the Pharmacist category has not been studied for the purpose of granting appropriate Pay Scale.

In view of the prevailing situation the case of Pharmacist deserves to be review by the Anomaly Committee for grant of atleast GP 4600/- at the time of appointment.

Annexure-II

Grant of Additional Allowance to the remaining categories of Running Staff viz., ALP, Sr. SLP, LP Shunting, Goods (Guard)

Railway Board vide letter No. PC-VII/2017/1/7/5/5 dated 10/08/2017 issued instruction for grant of revised rates of Additional Allowance to the Running Staff viz., Loco Pilot (Goods)/Passenger/Mail-Express/Motorman, Sr. Passenger (Guard) and Guard (Mail/Express) w.e.f. 01st July 2017 without covering the remaining Running Staff belonging to the categories of ALP, Sr. ALP, LP (Shunting), Guard (Goods) etc. In this connection, Federation contends that the remaining Running Staff have been discriminated against wrongly ignoring the fact that there working conditions and responsibilities are akin to those Running Staff who have been granted revised rates of Additional Allowance.

Federation further contends that the ALP, Sr. ALP, LP (Shunting) and Guard (Goods) are also part of Running Staff for all purpose, therefore they also need to be covered for grant of Additional Allowance like other Running Staff to avoid the feeling of de-motivation among them.

NFIR, therefore, requests the Railway Board to review the case afresh and issue instructions for granting Additional Allowance to the ALP, Sr. ALP, LP (Shunting) and Guard (Goods).

Annexure-III

Sub: Seventh CPC pay structure – grave injustice done to Graduate Engineers and Diploma Engineers in Railways – Review urged.

NFIR invites kind attention of the Railway Board to Para 11.40.104 to 11.40.115 of the 7th CPC report (Page No. 747 to 749).

Vide Para 11.40.109 of the 7th CPC report, it has been stated that “the next post in the hierarchical structure for Technical Supervisors is the post of Assistant Engineer. There is a 1:1 ratio between the posts of Assistant Engineer filled by Direct Recruitment and those filled through promotion“.

In this connection, Federation points out that no promotions are presently available for SSEs on the basis of 1:1 ratio. The ground reality is that directly recruited Graduate Engineers to the post of SSE (6th CPC GP 4600/-) continued to remain in the same Grade Pay/Pay Level for not less than 15 to 20 years. Federation also conveys that it would be incorrect to call them “Technical Supervisors” while their official designations are Sr. Section Engineers or Jr. Engineers.

It is further learnt that the 7e Central Pay Commission had relied upon the study report given by Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad for denying the improved pay matrices for Graduate Engineers as well Diploma Engineers. Para 6.16.2 of the study report of IIM, Ahmedabad submitted to the 7th CPC is reproduced below:

“6.16.2 Sector-Wise Career Progression and Promotion Rules:

NFIR-Career-Progression-Promotion-rules

NFIR hopes that the Railway Board admits the truth that never promotions have been granted to the Graduate Engineers on completion of 4-years period to the post of Assistant Engineer and to the post of Divisional Engineer on completion of 4-years in the previous pay level. The IIM’s distorted study report has done grave damage to the career growth of directly recruited Graduate Engineers in Railways. The wrong information given to the 7th CPC with regard to career progression and salary details of Graduate Engineers recruited though RRB in Railways through IIM’s study report has caused severe damage to their career resulting around resentment among them.

It is sad to state that the Pay Commission has deviated its own principle as enumerated vide Para 4.1.19 of its report, which is reproduced below:-

“Historically the qualification and skill set required as well as roles and responsibilities discharged at various levels in the overall hierarchy have been central to the basis for pay grading. The rationalization index has been applied keeping this principle in mind”.

It is surprising to note that the Railway Ministry (as recorded vide Para 11.40.1 12 of the 7th CPC report) had strongly defended the continuation of existing arrangements on functional grounds, ignoring the reality that the Railway Ministry in the year 2010 had proposed replacement of GP 46001- with GP 4800/- for improving the career growth of SSEs etc. The Railway Board also failed to mention before 7th CPC of its decision to upgrade Apex Level (GP 4600/-) posts to Group ‘B’ Gazetted (which is yet to be finalized). A.serious anomaly has arisen as a result of misleading facts placed by Railway Ministry before 7th CPC and also the totally incorrect study report of IIM, Ahmedabad presented to the 7th CPC as sought by the Commission.

NFIR, therefore, urges upon the Railway Ministry to review de-novo the entire issue and rectify all aberrations and anomalies arisen consequent upon the denial of improved pay structure and status to the Graduate Engineers as well as Diploma Engineers in Railways and also accord approval for time bound promotions to them.

Source: NFIR

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Clarification regarding calculation of quantum of Annual Increment in pay in case of Running Staff

Clarification regarding calculation of quantum of Annual Increment in pay in case of Running Staff.

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
(RAILWAY BOARD)

No. PC-VI/2016/Z/4

Dated: 04.10.2017

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

 

Sub: Clarification regarding calculation of quantum of Annual Increment in pay in case of Running Staff.

Ref.: M/o Finance’s OM No. 332469/2016-E IIIA dated 01.02.2017;

The undersigned is directed to refer to this Ministry’s OM of even no. dated 30.08.2016 wherein an issue raised by one of the Staff Federations vide PNM Agenda Item No.10/2016 was referred to M/o Finance for examination. The Federation had demanded that the basic pay for the purpose of calculation of increment in the 6th CPC should include Pay element of Running Allowance for the Running staff. This meant that increment of Running Staff should be calculated @3 % of {Basic pay + pay element (presently 30% of Basic Pay)}.

2. This issue was examined in Pay Commission Dte. of Railway Board and a copy of reply sent to one of the Zonal Railways is enclosed as Annex-I.

3. As regards the queries raised by M/o Finance vide 011/1 dated 01.02.2017, it is clarified that a portion of Basic Pay of the Running Staff is treated as a “Pay element of running allowance” which itself falls outside the definition. of Basic Pay as defined in FR(9) (21)(a)(i) but falls in the broader definition of the term “pay” as in FR(9) (21)(a)(iii). The pay element at specified rates is counted for specified purposes only. As per Rule No. 25 of “The Rules for payment of Running and other Allowances to the Running Staff on Railways, 1981″ read with para 3.23 of Railway Board’s letter No.E(P&A)II-80/RS- 10 dated 17.07.1981 (Annex-11), the pay element i.e. 30% of the Basic Pay of Running Staff will be reckoned as pay for specified purposes (not for all) such as Dearness Allowances, House Rent Allowance, entitlement to Passes, PTOs etc. It is pertinent to mention here that pay element is not reckoned as pay for Transport Allowance, Night Duty Allowance etc.

3.1   In accordance with para 2 of Board’s letter No. E(P&A) II-2005/RS-34 dated 26.12.2008 (RBE No.202/2008) (Annex-III}, pay element in the Running n Allowance for running staff would be 30% of the basic pay under Railway Service (Revised Pay) Rules,2008 for computation of specified benefits excluding retirement benefits. For the purpose of computation of retirement benefits of running staff, an additional quantum of 55% of the basic pay under RS(RP) Rules,2008 would be reckoned.

S/d,
(U.K. Tiwari)
Deputy Director,
Pay Commission-VI
Railway Board.

Ph. No. 011-47845224

Kind Attn:  Sh. Ashok Kumar
Under Secretary (DMA),
Department  of Expenditure,
Ministry  of Finance, North Block, New Delhi.

Source: NFIR

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Revised rates of stipend to Special Class Railway Apprentices

7th CPC Revised rates of stipend to Special Class Railway Apprentices: Railway Board Order

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
(Railway Board)

S.No. PC-VII/ 66

RBE No.144/2017

No. PC-V/2017/PS/1 (SCRA)

New Delhi, dated 06/11/2017

The General Manager
All Indian Railways & PUs
(As per mailing list)

Sub: Revised rates of stipend to Special Class Railway Apprentices.

Ref: Railway Board’s letter No.PC-V/2008IPSIZ(SCRA) dated 25.11.2008

Consequent upon the promulgation of Railway Services (Revised Pay) Rules, 2016, on the basis of the recommendations of the Seventh Central Pay Commission, the issue of revision of the rates of stipend to Special Class Railway Apprentices has been under consideration. The President is pleased to decide the following revised rates of stipend for SCRAs:

2. These orders will take effect from 01.08.201 6.

3. The apprentices will draw the revised rates of Dearness Allowance appropriate to the revised rates of stipend.
4. This issues with the concurrence of the Finance Directorate of the Ministry of Railways.

5. Hindi version is enclosed.

(N. P Singh)
(Dy. Director/Pay Commission-V
Railway Board

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Railways: Provisions in respect of the Contract Workers on IR

Provisions in respect of the Contract Workers on Indian Railway

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
(RAILWAY BOARD)

No. E(LL)/2015/PNM/AIRF/1 New Delhi,
Dated 17.11.2017

The General Manager (P),
All Indian Railways & PUs.

Sub: Provisions in respect of the Contract Workers on IR.

Ref: Board’s letter of even number dated 20.10.2015

Payment of minimum wages to workers employed on Railways under the various provisions of the Contract Labour (R&A) Act, 1970 has become a pivotal issue in the present economic scenario. A meeting in this regard was held by Chief Labour Commissioner (Centre) on 15.11.2017 wherein the following issues, inter alia, were discussed:

(i) Whether new rates of minimum wages w.e.f. 01.04.2017 are being paid to the contract workers;

(ii) Mode of payment to contract workers through bank/cheque/cash;

(iii) Whether provident fund is deducted from the payment made to the contract workers and the same is credited to that PF account;

(iv) Whether medical facilities from ESI are made available to contract workers;

(v) Issue of slips towards payment made to contract worker to bring out transparency in the system.

2. Since the factual report is to be submitted to Ministry of Labour & Employment within 15 days, the Railways are requested to provide the information at the earliest at Fax No. 011 – 23070939.

(M.S. Manju)
Joint Director/E(LL)
Railway Board

Source: Indian Railways

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Denial of pay fixation benefit in the case of Sr. P. Way Supervisors (GP 4200 PB-2) merged with JE/P.Way (GP 4200+PB-2)

Denial of pay fixation benefit in the case of Sr. P. Way Supervisors (GP 4200 PB-2) merged with JE/P.Way (GP 4200+PB-2)

NFIR

No. I/2/Part IV

Dated: 16/10/2017

The Secretary (E),
Railway Board,
New Delhi

Dear Sir,

Sub: Denial of pay fixation benefit in the case of Sr. P. Way Supervisors (GP 4200 PB-2) merged with JE/P.Way (GP 4200+PB-2)

Ref: (i) NFIR’s PNM agenda item No. 53/2016.
(ii) RailwayBoard’s letter No. PC-III/20l6/FE-II/3 dated 08/09/2016.
(iii) NFIR’s letter No. VZlPart trI dated 12/09/2016 & No. 1/2/Part IV dated
05/06/2017.
(iv) Railway Board’s letter No. PC-III/20l6/FE-II/3 dated 05/07/2017.
(v) NFIR’s letter No. I/2Part IV dated 10/07/2017.
(vi) Railway Board’s letter No. PC-III/20l6/FE-II/3 dated 26/07/2017.

The reply sent by the Railway Board vide letter dated 2610712017 is not acceptable to the Federation as the Railway Board has ignored the fact that the Sr. P. Way Supervisors have been made to shoulder higher responsibilities of Jr. Engineer (P. Way) and in such sifuations, pay fixation under erstwhile Rule FR 22 (C) is needed to be extended to the staff. Federation further desires to state that Enbloc merger and upgradation granted by the Railway Board, should not undermine the right of the employee to claim benefit of pay fixation when he is shifted to the higher post with higher responsibilities.

NFIR wanted the Railway Board to cite the rule under which pay fixation is not admissible in these cases, but sadly the Board have not cited any rule position. Relying on Rule 1313 and denying the benefit of pay fixation is highly improper.

This being a PNM subject, the Federation will discuss the issue in the ensuing PNM meeting at the level of MS & FC.

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

Source: NFIR

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Cabinet approves Resolution for adoption of the recommendations of the Railway Convention Committee

Cabinet approves Resolution for adoption of the recommendations of the Railway Convention Committee (2014) as contained in their Sixth Report on “Rate of Dividend payable by the Railways to the General Revenues for the year 2016-17 and other ancillary matters”

The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved the proposal of Ministry of Railways to move a Resolution in both the Houses of Parliament adopting Railway Convention Committee (2014)’s recommendations that for the year 2016-17, purely as a one-time move, the Rate of Dividend payable by Railways to the General Revenues be waived off.

PIB

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Pay element relating to Running Staff/Loco Inspectors after the recommendations of 7th CPC

Pay element relating to Running Staff/Loco Inspectors after the recommendations of 7th CPC

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
(RAILWAY BOARD)

No.E(P&A)II-2015/RS-25

New Delhi,
dated:13.11.2017

The General Manager,
Metro Railway,
Kolkata.

Sub : Pay element relating to Running Staff/Loco Inspectors after the recommendations of Seventh CPC.

Please refer to your letter no. MRTS/E.345/0/12/Pt.IV/Misc dt. 05.05.2017 requesting a clarification about the percentage of pay element to be reckoned for the purpose of computation of pensionary benefits in respect of Loco Inspectors. This issue has also been raised by GS/NFIR in his letter no. IV/RSAC/Conf/Pt. VIII dt. 15.09.2017.

2. Loco Inspectors are entitled to 30% add-on pay element for retirement benefits as per paragraph no. 5.5 of Board’s letter no. E(P&A)II/83/RS-10(iv) dt. 25.11.1992 which has not been amended as yet. It is clarified that the pay element (presently 30% until further orders) has to be reckoned in the revised pay structure of Seventh CPC for calculation of pensionary benefits of Loco Inspectors.

3. In this connection it is noted that many retired Loco Inspectors, even after getting the benefit of 30% add-on pay element at the time of pay fixation as Loco Inspectors, have gone to Courts of Law claiming 55% pay element for pensionary benefits equating themselves to the running staff. It is reiterated that Loco Inspectors are not classified as running staff and therefore are not entitled to 55% pay element for pensionary benefits. This fact may be conveyed to such Loco Inspectors while calculating their pensionary benefits.

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

S/d,
(Salim Md. Ahmed)
Deputy Director/E(P&A)II,
Railway Board

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Railway Minister gives directions for “comprehensive training programme” for all employees

Railway Minister gives directions for “comprehensive training programme” for all employees

Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Railways

14-November, 2017

Railway Minister gives directions for “comprehensive training programme” for all employees of Indian Railways to boost productivity & efficiency.

This comprehensive training programme is being launched under the name “Project Saksham“.

The week-long training in skills and domain knowledge will be imparted to all the employees of Indian Railways.

The focus of all such training is to ‘make a difference’ to the job performance.

Under the direction of Minister of Railways & Coal, Shri Piyush Goyal, a comprehensive plan for imparting training to all employees of Indian Railways is being prepared with a view to upgrade skill & knowledge. This comprehensive training programme named as “Project Saksham” will help boost productivity and efficiency.

Under this plan, all employees in each zone will be put through a week’s training in skills and knowledge relevant to their work area over next one year. A communication to this effect from Chairman Railway Board, Shri Ashwani Lohani, has been sent to all General Managers of zonal railways and railways production unit.

General Managers have been advised that such priority training need should be quickly identified for each category of employees (employees can be grouped into their work areas) based on the needs of respective zone. Identification of training needs and formulation of planned training calendar will be required to be completed by December 31st, 2017, ensuring that each employee is imparted training.

It has been emphasized that while continuous learning and education/training has been an integral philosophy and approach of the Railways, there is a need to do a concentrated capsule of training for all employees in a short period of time to boost their productivity and efficiency. This training programme will fulfill this need.

With growing rail network, new trains, different high quality services designed by the railways and the promise of the government to deliver superior and safe rail services and growing expectation of our passengers and commuters for better amenities and services, it is imperative that the railway employees rise to the occasion to deliver on the promise. Employees can and do deliver only when they have the right skills, knowledge and the mindset to deliver to the new standards of excellence that the organization hold from them all. This training will help achieve these objectives.

This training shall be a five-day on the job training or as classroom training in Railway Training Centre depending on the nature of training. However, the reporting managers of all employees receiving training need to be actively involved in the Pre-training and post training process to ensure that the benefits of training get reflected on the job performance and there is improvement within a short time after the training is imparted. The focus of all such training has to be to ‘make a difference’ to the job performance of all departments and employees and thus Indian Railways.

The training, as per the calendar, must be completed within 9 months. You may personally monitor the completion of the plans and their progress. The zone must also devise a few metrics to monitor the impact of Project Saksham.

This training will not only upgrade skill of each of the employees but also go a long-way in improving the performance of the Indian Railways.

PIB

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Provision of seats for TTEs/Conductors

Provision of seats for TTEs/Conductors

seats-for-railway-tte-conductors

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
(RAILWAY BOARD)

No. 2003/TG-I/20/P/2

New Delhi, Dated: 02.11.2017

The Principal Chief Commercial Managers,
All Zonal Railways

(COMMERCIAL CIRCULAR NO. 72 OF 2017)

Sub: Provision of seats for TTEs/Conductors.

Please refer to this office letter No. 2001-TG-I/13/P dated 03.10.2002 wherein instructions have been issued regarding earmarking of accommodation for TTE/Conductors in Mail/Express trains, Rajdjani Express trains, Shatabdi Express trains, day journey trains and Jan-Shatabdi Express trains. The matter has been further reviewed keeping in view the trains which have been introduced subsequently e,g, Duronto, Humsafar, Suvidha Special trains etc. Moreover, the capacity of 3AC conventional coaches is 64 berths whereas that of LHB 3AC coaches is 72 berths and that of 3E coaches is 78 berths & hence 3E coaches should be considered at par with 3AC coaches. Accordingly, it has been decided to earmark the following accommodation for onboard Ticket Checking Staff & RPF/GRP:-

a. Mail/Express trains with sleeping accommodation and leg-wise manning (Covering normal Mail/Express trains, Mahamana etc.)

(i) Berth No. 5 in A-1 Coach only for Conductor manning 1st AC/ AC 2 tier/First Class coaches.
(ii) Berth No. 7 in B-1/ BE-1 Coach only for TTE manning AC3 tier/3E coaches.
(iii) Berth No. 7 in alternate sleeper class coaches for TTEs manning Sleeper Class coaches.

b. Mail/Express trains with sleeping accommodation and end to end manning (covering Rajdhani/Shatabdi/Duronto type trains)

(i) Berth No. 5 in A-1 Coach for TS manning 1st AC and 2nd AC coaches.
(ii) Berth No. 7 in B-1, B-3, B-5, & B-7 coaches of Dy. TS manning AC-2/3-tier coaches. In case of 3E, similar arrangements should be made in BE-1, BE-4 and BE-7 or G-1, G-3, G-5 & G-7 coaches in case of Garib Rath type trains.

c. Mail/Express trains with sitting accommodation and end to end manning. (Shatabdi type trains)

(i) Seat No.1 in Coach No. C-1, C-3, C-5 & C-7 coaches for TS/Dy. TS.
(ii) Trains superintendent will occupy the seat in the coach adjacent to the executive class coach.

d. Mail/Express trains having sitting accommodation and leg-wise manning (Inter-city type trains)

(i) Seat No.1 in every alternate second class coach for ticket checking staff manning these coaches.
(ii) Seat No.1 in alternate Chair Car coach.
(iii) In case composite coach with sitting and sleeping accommodation is attahced, seat no.1 in the sitting portion of the composite coach should be earmarked, for the ticket checking staff.

e. Accommodation for RPF/GRP: One side lower berth (berth no. 63 in coach S1) may be earmarked in sleeper class coach in the entire train in which this staff is travelling. To make it clearer, if the train is being escorted by GRP, one berth will be earmarked for GRP and in case the train is escorted by RPF, one berth in sleeper class will be earmarked for RPF. In case no RPF/GRP is escorting the train, no accommodation will be earmarked for them.

2. The number of berths/seats to be earmarked in a train for onboard ticket checking staff will be keeping in view the composition of the train. In case the number of staff manning a train on regular basis (working as per roster) is less, the number of berths/seats to be earmarked for onboard ticket checking staff can be reduced and the same can be reviewed also subsequently based on manning on regular basis (working as per roster) subject to maximum yardstick indicated above. In the train also the number of berths/seats to be utilized by the onboard ticket checking staff will be equal to the number of staff and the berths/seats in excess will be released to RAC or other passengers.

sd/-
(Vikram Singh)
Director Passenger Marketing
Railway Board

Source:  http://www.indianrailways.gov.in/

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