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Indian Railways may allow Private Passenger Trains to use its Tracks once DFCs become operational

Indian Railways may allow Private Passenger Trains to use its Tracks once DFCs become operational

To accelerate its eroding fare revenue, the Indian Railways (IR) plans to allow private passenger trains, luxury trains and container operators to use its existing tracks once the dedicated freight corridors (DFCs) become operational, as it will move 70% of the freight traffic to the new routes.

While one Indian railway official said there is a definite thinking in this direction and a study is already going on for utilisation of the released capacity on the IR network, another railway official confirmed that the carrier is open to all such possibilities. Both officials spoke on the condition of anonymity.

Though private container operators, albeit a few, already use the IR network by paying haulage charges, “private passenger train operators are yet to come in India”, said the first official quoted above.

The Dedicated Freight Corridor Corporation of India (DFCCIL), a special purpose vehicle of the Indian Railways, has been mandated to develop six DFCs across the country, of which the Eastern DFC and the Western DFC are under construction at present, with funding assistance from the World Bank and Japan International Cooperation Agency, respectively.

The total track length of the two DFCs is around 3,300 km. The surveys of the other four DFCs are done, but the work is yet to start.

These DFCs, 80% of which will be built aligned to the existing IR tracks, will carry 70% of the existing freight traffic of the railways which will result in huge released capacity.

“If you do not want to invest in rolling stock, you can lease these spaces to private parties,” said the first official. By December 2020, both the Easter DFC and Western DFC will be operational, though sections of each corridor will be commissioned as and when they are ready.

Once the slow-moving freight traffic moves to DFCs, the speed differential will come down drastically. Right now there is a Gatimaan Express running at 160 km per hour and also others running at 75 km per hour, and goods train at 25 km per hour.

Now, if these goods trains are taken off the IR track, there will be only express trains running at high speed. So, speed difference will be minimum. As a result, the throughput will increase as there could be more number of trains. If there are trains running at same speed, the sectional capacity goes up, said the first official.

A consultant, which is a consortium, is being hired to recommend the possible ways to monetise the released capacity and the revenue potential is expected to be substantial.

Sectional capacity is referred to in terms of paths, which means the number of trains that can be pushed into a section. It is different for each section as some may predominantly have only passenger trains, and capacity released will be lower.

The Indian Railways freight-loading target for 2017-18 is 1,165 mt, a meagre increase of 71.5 mt from the revised estimate for 2016-17. The earnings from goods, contributing around 60% of the transporter’s total traffic receipts, have been estimated to be R1.18 lakh crore for 2017-18 compared with an estimated R1.17 lakh crore in 2016-17. The passenger revenue, meanwhile, at R50,125 crore is a little below last year’s target.

Source: FE

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Meeting of the Committee constituted to suggest measures for streamlining the implementation of the National Pension System (NPS) for Central Government Employees

Meeting of the Committee constituted to suggest measures for streamlining the implementation of the National Pension System (NPS) for Central Government Employees

NFIR
National Federation of Indian Railwaymen
No.IV/NPS/PFRDA BILL/Part-I

Dated :18-03-2017

The General Secretaries
Of Affiliated Unions of NFIR

Brother,

Sub: Meeting of the Committee constituted to suggest measures for streamlining the implementation of the National Pension System (NPS) for Central Government Employees – reg.

A Meeting of the Committee with JCM (Staff Side) under the chairmanship of Secretary (Pension), Department of Pension & Pensioners Welfare was held at sardar patel Bhavan, New Delhi on 17th March 2017 at 15.00hrs. Brief on the discussions is given below:

(i) At the outset, Secretary (Pension) stated that the Committee will try to consider and propose for safeguarding the interests of pensioners appointed on or after 01-01-2004. He said that the purpose of meeting was to elicit views from JCM (Staff Side) and make out report with an attempt to accommodate the views by and large.

(ii) Thereafter, the Additional Secretary (Pension) made a brief presentation highlighting the attempts of the Committee for formulating Rules. Regulations and procedures to be considered by the Government.

(iii) Initiating discussion, the JCM (Staff Side) leaders have reiterated their consistent stand that the Liberalized Pension Scheme needs to be made applicable to those who joined the Government service from 01-01-2004.

2.The JCM (Staff Side) leader Dr.M.Raghavaiah and Standing Committee Member, Shri Guman Singh have participated in the meeting and pointed out as follows:

(a) The Committee should consider for recommending 50% of Last Pay drawn as minimum pension to the retiring NPS subscribers irrespective of their total service.

(b) The Pension Rules of 1972 be incorporated in the proposed draft Rules in an appropriate manner, thereby pension is guaranteed to the families of retired/deceased employees and their dependents.

(c) While 60% of Pension wealth will be paid to the retiring NPS subscriber, the remaining 40% is invested by PFRDA on which retiring employee has no control. What is needed to be ensured is Guarantee for payment of 50% of Last Pat drawn as Pension. Remaining 40% pension wealth may be invested or used by PFRDA on which retiring employee may have no claim.

(d) In the Railways, the employer deducts 10% of wages from employee’s salary towards subscription and contributes equal amount. No Railway employee knows what their actual amount is, as no written statement is furnished by the employer. The JCM (Staff Side) is not concerned about the role of PFRDA -NSDL etc., as every Railway employee wants to know what is his/her amount (subscription plus contribution). It should be ensured that Railways should give at least annually, the statement of accumulated amount to the employee so that on the date of his retirement, he/she will know whether entire money was credited to PFRDA and equally he/she will know what would be 60% of the total pension wealth. The present defective system needs to be streamlined.

The above is for information of affiliates.

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

Source: www.nfir.org.in

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Railways to provide fresh food cooked after every two hours

Railways to provide fresh food cooked after every two hours

New Delhi: Plagued with complaints, Railways plan to provide fresh food cooked at base kitchens in trains after every two hours to the passengers.

Railways, which provides about 11 lakh meals to passengers every day, has separated cooking and distribution of food under the recently launched new catering policy.

“We have decided to provide good quality food to our passengers and for that we have decided to have base kitchens at several places so that fresh food can be picked up at every two-hours of travel,” Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu said at the round table conference on catering here.

Participated by representatives from the food and beverage industry, self-help groups, senior IRCTC and railway officials, the round table conference aims to formulate a roadmap under the new catering policy to provide best catering service at rail premises.

Admitting complaints against food served in trains, Prabhu said, Whenever complaints come we always take prompt action. We had detailed discussion before formulating the policy and today we are having discussion for its smooth implementation.

Taking note of overcharging of food in trains, he said the issue will be taken up at the conference today. We have announced a new catering policy. There were many complaints against catering service. There were complaints against those who have got the catering responsibility under our earlier catering policy, he said.

Seeking participation of private players in food business for setting up base kitchens near stations, Prabhu said, We have decided how to provide good quality food to our passengers. So we decided to have base kitchens at many places across the country. The base kitchens will be mechanised kitchens with less human intervention. It can be done through PPP mode.

He said base kitchens will benefit passengers as fresh food can be picked up in trains in every two hours which even airlines cannot do. On the distribution front, Prabhu also sought participation of reputed caterers.

Delivery of food is important for an effective catering service. Delivery of fresh food in trains can also be done by reputed caterers with proper quality control mechanism, he added.

PTI

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Fixation of Pay of re-employed pensioners – treatment of Military Service Pay (MSP)

Fixation of Pay of re-employed pensioners – treatment of Military Service Pay (MSP) – reg.

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
RAILWAY BOARD

No.E(G) 2013/EM 1-5

New Delhi, dated 06, March 2017

The General Secretary,
National Federation of Indian Railwaymen.
3, Chelmsford Road,
New Delhi.

Sir.

Sub: Fixation of Pay of re-employed pensioners – treatment of Military Service Pay (MSP) – reg.

The undersigned is directed to refer to your letter No.II/35/Part XIII dated 10.01.2017 on the above subject and to state that the illustration given in your letter regarding treatment of Military Service Pay (MSP) while fixing the pay of ex-servicemen re-employed in the Railways has been examined in consultation with the Finance Directorate is not as per the instructions contained in DoP&T’s OM No.3/19/2009 Estt. Pay II dated 08.11.2010 which was circulated to the Railways vide Board’s letter No.E(G) 2013/EM 1-4 dated 24.07.2013 and reiterated vide Board’s letter of even number dated 15.12.2016. The DoP&T’s OM only provides that the MSP part of pension will not be deducted from the pay fixed on re-employment. It does not provide for including MSP in the pay fixed on re-employment.

Yours faithfully,
sd/-
for Secretary/
Railway Board

Source: NFIR

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Brief of meeting held on 17.03.2017 : AIRF

Brief of meeting held on 17.03.2017 : AIRF

All Affiliated Unions

Dear Comrades!
Sub: Brief of the meeting held today with Hon’ble MR

A meeting was held today with Hon’ble Minister for Railways in the Parliament House, on the issue of withdrawal of Railway Board’s orders dated 30.01.2017, in a very cordial manner, wherein Hon’ble MR assured the federations that, he would take decision in this regard at his own. Hon’ble Minister for Railways has also called a meeting in this regard on 21/22 March, 2017.

Though this meeting may go on, you are advised to hold demonstrations, dharnas, gate meetings etc. at the Divisional and Extra Divisional Offices in a befitting manner.

We are also getting reports of 16th March, 2017 agitational programmes from our affiliates in the Railway Zones, which are quite encouraging, and we hope, the same enthusiasm will continue.

Source: AIRF

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Admissibility of HRA in the event of non-acceptance/surrender of Railway residential accommodation

Admissibility of HRA in the event of non-acceptance/surrender of Railway residential accommodation.

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
RAILWAY BOARD

RBE No.23/2017
New Delhi, dated 16.03.2017

No.E(P&A)II-2015/HRA-6

The General Managers(P)/CAOs,
All Indian Railways
and Production Units ect.

Sub: Admissibility of HRA in the event of non-acceptance/surrender of Railway residential accommodation.

A reference from North Western Railway was received for clarification on the issue of admissibility of HRA in the event of non-acceptance/surrender of railway residential accommodation by a railway employee. The matter was examined and considered in this office in the light of policy guidelines n the issue in consultation with the Finance Directorate of Railway Board. In this connection, it is stated that the provisions of letter No.E(P&A)II-87/HRA-15 dated 16.05.1988 still hold good regarding admissibility of House Rent Allowance (HRA) in the event of non-acceptance/surrender of Railway residential accommodation. However, refused by a Railway servant of a quarter of a different class from that for which he is eligible shall not constitute refusal for the purpose of these orders unless he has the option to apply for accommodation of a class next below the one to which he is entitled by virture of his emoluments and he refuses such accommodation when allotted on the basis of his application.

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

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

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Anti-labour steps of the Railway Board (Ministry of Railways)

Anti-labour steps of the Railway Board (Ministry of Railways)

No.AIRF/24(C)

Dated: March 7, 2017

The General Secretaries,
All Affiliated Unions

Dear Comrades!
Sub: Anti-labour steps of the Railway Board (Ministry of Railways)

In the DC/JCM Meeting, held today with the Railway Board, AIRF strongly lodged its protest against anti-labour steps of the Railway Board(Ministry of Railways) in general and encroachment on trade union rights by way of issuing orders dated 30.01.2017, in particular, debarring the Supervisory Staff, belonging to Safety Category, working in Grade Pay of Rs.4200 and above from becoming officebearers of the railway unions.

General Secretary AIRF, while expressing his anguish on the attitude of the Ministry of Railways, also pointed out that, despite already arrived at agreements on the following issues, Railway Board have failed to issue instructions for implementation thereof despite lapse of substantial period of time:-

(i) Upgradation of apex level Group ‘C’ staff to Group ‘B’ Gazetted.
(ii) Placement of the Supervisors in the erstwhile Grade Pay of Rs.4800 in place of GP Rs.4600 .
(iii) Non-implementation of the agreed structure of the Trackmen in the ratio of 10:20:20:50 and
their promotional avenue.
(iv) Stepping-up of pay of the Loco Inspectors.
(v) Issues related to Running Staff, already agreed upon in the Fast Track Committee.
(vi) For financial upgradation under MACPS and regular promotions, existing Benchmark(prior to VII CPC) should continue.
(vi) Regularization of Course Completed Act Apprentices, trained in Railway Establishments, in the Railways, etc. etc.

General Secretary, while expressing serious discontentment over these issues specifically, mentioned that, Ministry of Railways is directly interfering in the functioning of the trade union by issuing dictatorial instructions, which AIRF and the entire Staff Side is not going to tolerate, and that is why, meeting of the DC/JCM is bycotted.

Pursuant to the above, it has been jointly decided by both the recognized federations to launch undernoted agitational programme all over the Indian Railways:-

(a) 16th March, 2017 – Mass agitations, dharnas, demonstrations at the Branch and Depot levels.

(b) 23rd March, 2017 – Mass agitations by holding dharnas, demonstrations, rallies at the Divisional level.

(c) 30th March, 2017 – Massive demonstrations at the Zonal Headquarters, wherein memorandum addressed to Minister of Railways be handed over to the respective GMs, mentioning therein that, if no corrective action is taken by the Ministry of Railways, organized labour shall be at liberty to go for direct action, entire responsibility of which shall squarely rest with the Railway administration.

All of you are requested to take appropriate action accordingly, and report of the same may be forwarded to AIRF for better appreciation.

With Good Wishes of Holi!

Comradely yours,
sd/-
(Shiva Gopal Mishra)
General Secretary

Source: AIRF

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NFIR: Railway Board’s order dated 30.1.2017 curbing workers rights

NFIR: Railway Board’s order dated 30.1.2017 curbing workers rights.

No.IV/I/Pt.III

07.March, 2017

The General Secretaries of
Affiliated Unions of NFIR

Brother,

Subject: Railway Board’s order dated 30.1.2017 curbing workers’ rights.

In the DC/JCM meeting held on 7.3.2017, during Opening Address, both the Federations have taken a stand that the unconstitutional order dated 30.1.2017 preventing Safety (Supervisory) Staff from becoming Office bearers should be withdrawn by the Railway Board immediately to facilitate negotiations to resume.

The President, General Secretary, Working President etc. have conveyed their strong protest against the Board’s letter dated 30.1.2017.

The General Secretary/NFIR had stated that the Railway Board has betrayed the Federations and the Railway Board has equally failed on several counts on written commitments notably:

a) Replacement of GP 4600 with 4800

b) Upgradation from Gr.C to Gr.B (Gaz.)

c) Allotment of GP 4600 to Loco (Mail)

d) Stepping up of pay of Loco Inspectors inducted prior to 1.1.2006

e) Arbitrary reversal of various decisions given in the past (as a result of agreements with the Federations) and without caring to consult federations.

f) Track Maintainers upgradation (written commitment of Board)

In light of Railway Board’s total failure, the Federation (NFIR) conveyed that it is not in a mood to participate in the negotiations of DC/JCM forum and at the same time demanded immediate withdrawal of Board’s order dated 30.1.2017, if the Railway Board sincerely feels that industrial relations are required to be preserved.

With the above observations in the DC/JCM meeting, the leaders left the meeting place. Both the Federations have jointly walked away from the meeting.

Please convey to all employees the above development, as the Railway Board’s order is a direct attack on the rights of workers, whether they are Supervisors or Non-Supervisors and it is a gross violation of Trade Union Act, ID Act etc.

Also convey the “Walk Out” decision of Federations to GMs, CPOs etc.

Yours fraternally,
sd/-
(Dr.M.Raghavaiah)
General Secretary

Source: NFIR

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Biometric attendance for 100,000 locopilots and 30,000 guards in trains

Biometric attendance for 100,000 locopilots and 30,000 guards in trains

NEW DELHI: To efficiently manage crew, Indian Railways is planning to start biometric sign on and sign off for 100,000 locopilots and 30,000 guards which will also lead to effective train operations.

The railways business plan for 2017-18 says that Indian Railways would be migrating in a big way towards biometric attendance of crew which will be far more accurate and will greatly enhance crew availability.

“Efficient management of crew is fundamental to effective train operations as it is a vital and costly input. Crew management on Indian railways has already been computerized through crew management systems rolled out over Indian Railways- with sign-on and sign-off being recorded on the system,” says the plan.

At present 15 percent of the crew is covered under biometric sign on signoff and it is targeted to increase coverage of crew under biometric sign on sign off to over 50 percent during 2017-18.

According to railway ministry, this will ensure that locopilots attend to compulsory 10 hours of duty hours as there have been complaints of data being tempered with. Earlier, the attendance was marked on a duty register maintained at platforms.

Under the biometric attendance, crew will now have to punch at station before joining of duty and sign off at end of duty and the database will be centrally integrated so that they can mark the presence across any station in the country.

Biometric attendance has been started in all central government offices so that employees don’t skip office or leave before stipulated time.

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NFIR: Agenda Points for Next NC JCM Standing Committee Meeting

NFIR: Agenda Points for Next NC JCM Standing Committee Meeting

No.IV/NFIR/SCM/Pt.VI

Dated: 05/03/2017

The Secretary,
JCM (Staff Side),
13-C, Ferozshah Road,
New Delhi

Dear Brother.

Sub: Agenda Items for next meeting of Standing Committee of NC (JCM)-reg.

Ref: Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, DoP&T’s letter No.F.No.3/3/2016-JCA dated 1st March 2017.

Please find enclosed the items to be included in the agenda for meeting.

Yours faithfully,
sd/-
(Dr.M.Raghavaiah)
General Secretary

Sub: Counting full service of Temporary causal labourers for pensionary and retirement benefits in Railways-reg.

The Staff Side had discussed its demand for counting fulI service of temporary status of casual labourers for pensionary and retirement benefits at the level of Railway Ministry. Consequently, the Railway Ministry had agreed and accordingly proposal was sent to the Ministry of Finance and DoP&T seeking clearance. Unfortunately, the MoF/DoP&T have not accorded approval:-

In this connection, the Staff Side brings following key points for consideration.

(a) The Casual Labourers in Railways had attained temporary status on completion of prescribed days of continuous working and got the benefits admissible to temporary Railway/Government employees such as regular Pay Scale, Medical facility etc.,

(b) The Railway Administrations have however taken abnormally long periods to absorb them as regular staff although regular posts were vacant.

(c) The status of casual labourers in railways after acquiring temporary status (termed as Temporary employee) is exactly similar to the substitutes in whose case, the total service from the date of attainment of temporary status is counted for reckoning qualifying service for pensionary benefits.

(d) Various CATs, High Courts and even the Apex Court have given decisions against the differential treatment between the casual labour and substitutes particularly when both attained temporary status and directed to treat them at par so far as reckoning the service from the date of temporary status till the date of regularization for pensionary benefits etc.,

(e) The SLPs filed by the Union of India before the Apex Court in a few cases of casual labourers were dismissed and the Hon’ble Supreme Court had directed the Union of India to calculate Pension and other retiral benefits payable to the retiring/retired employees, taking into account the 100% temporary status service.

The Staff Side, therefore, requests to consider the above valid points and accord approval for counting total temporary status service of Casual Labourers for pensionary benefits in Railways.

Sub: Modified Assured Career Progression Scheme (MACPS) for the Central Government Employees – Arbitrary revision of benchmark from Good to Very Good-reg.

The Staff Side brings to the notice of the Government that after introduction of the Modified Assured Career Progression Scheme (MACPS) w.e.f. 01st June 2009, the JCM (Staff Side) took up the issue relating to the benchmark laid down for granting financial upgradation under the schemd at the level of DoP&T and discussed in the Joint Committee Meetings and National Advisory Committee Meetings held on 17/0712012 ad 2710712012, urging to reconsider the benchmark concept taking into consideration the norms laid down for promotion of staff. After discussions, the DoP&T vide O.M. No. 35034/3/2008-Estt. (D) (Vol. II) dated 1st November 2010 & 4th October 2012 had issued instructions that the benchmark maintained for filling the vacancy through promotion by selection/non-selection/fitness be adopted for granting financial upgradation.

The Staff Side however, expresses its disappointment over the decision (Resolution No.1-2/2016-IC dated 25th July 2016) of the Ministry of Finance (Department of Expenditure) introducing the benchmark “Very Good” for granting financial upgradation. The Government could have taken into consideration the bilateral agreement reached with the JCM (Staff Side) and the decision communicated vide DoP&T O.M. dated lst November 2010 and 4th October 2012 for continuance of the standard prescribed already for granting MACP. Ignoring the said decision and introducing the benchmark concept of “Very Good” is an unjustified action when bilateral agreement had already been reached with the JCM (Staff Side).

The Staff Side therefore urges to review for cancellation of upgraded bench mark decision.

Source: NFIR

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Aadhaar Must for Booking Online Train Tickets – How to enable?

Aadhaar Must for Booking Online Train Tickets – How to enable?

The Indian Railways is planning to move further Aadhaar based train ticket booking system through online to prevent touts. Now, IRCTC requested to all passengers who are all registered with this portal, entry their passenger detail with Aadhaar number.

Aadhaar verification is going to be mandatory to avail Senior Citizen concession in Railway booking soon, Please provide Aadhaar ID to add and verify Senior Citizen Passenger details through IRCTC Web portal. You can add the passengers list with Aadhaar number. Aadhaar verification is available only for Senior Citizens and not for all.

How to enable Aadhaar Authentication Service for Senior Citizen Passengers through IRCTC.

Steps to Authenticate Aadhaar Details
1. Login using your IRCTC User ID and Password on IRCTC eTicketing website.
2. Click “Master List” link under “My Profile” menu.

 

3. While adding new senior citizen passengers in the Master list, provide correct and complete details i.e. Name, Date of Birth, Gender as mentioned in the Aadhaar Card. Thereafter, select Senior Citizen concession option as Yes/No, ID card type as Aadhaar ID and provide Aadhaar number.

 4. Ensure that correct details as per Aadhaar Card have been submitted.
5. Click on “Add Passenger” button to Add Senior Citizen passenger and authenticate Aadhaar details.
6. Passengers will be added in the Master list with Verification Status as “Pending”.
7. To check the verification status of Aadhaar details, use “Click here to check pending Aadhaar verification status” option provided in the section.

 8. Verification status of Senior Citizen passengers who have authenticated their Aadhaar details successfully will be “Verified” and for failed authentications verification status will “Not Verified”.
9. Senior Citizen passengers already available in the Master list without Aadhaar verification can also be verified by using “Edit” option and submitting complete details including Aadhaar number.

Steps to Select Aadhaar verified Senior Citizen passengers during Ticketing Booking
1. After successful verification of Aadhaar details, Senior Citizen passengers can be selected from Master List and added to the Passenger Details while booking ticket.

 2. To add Aadhaar verified Senior Citizen passengers in the Passenger details page, use “Select Passenger From Your Master List” link. A pop up with complete details of Passengers in the Master List will be displayed. Passengers selected from this page will be added to the Passenger entry form.

 

Source: 90Paisa Blog

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Revision in the rate of Ration Money Allowance in respect of Non-gazetted RPF/RPSF personnel 28.02.2017

Revision in the rate of Ration Money Allowance in respect of Non-gazetted RPF/RPSF personnel 28.02.2017

MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
(RAILWAY BOARD)

No.E(P&A)I-2005/All/RPF/2

RBE No.17/2017
New Delhi, dataed 28.02.2017.

The General Managers
All Indian Railways and Production Units.

Sub: Revision in the rate of Ration Money Allowance in respect of Non-gazetted RPF/RPSF personnel.

In terms of Board’s letter of even number dated 19.06.2015, non-gazetted RPF/RPSF personnel were entitled for Ration Money Allowance at par with Central Para Military Force (CPMF)/Central Armed Police Force (CAPF) Personnel i.e. @ Rs.95.52/- per day/per head w.e.f. 01.04.2014.

2. It has now been decided to revise the rate of Ration Money Allowance from existing rate of Rs.95.52 per head per day to Rs.97.85 per head per day from 01.04.2015 to 31.12.2015.

3. Accordingly, sanction of the Ministry of Railways is hereby accorded post-facto to revise the rate of Ration Money Allowance from Rs.95.52 per head per day to Rs.97.85 per head per day from 01.04.2015 to 31.12.2015.

4. The other terms and conditions as stipulated in para 4 of Board’s letter of even number dated 10.06.2009 remain unchanged.

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

6. Please acknowledge receipt.

(Anil Kumar)
Dy.Director Estt. (P&A)-I
Railway Board

Signed copy

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Promotion from GP Rs.1800 (Level-1) to GP Rs.1900 (Level-2) against 16-2/3% quota – Minimum eligibility Condition of service for selection

Promotion from GP Rs.1800 (Level-1) to GP Rs.1900 (Level-2) against 16-2/3% quota – Minimum eligibility Condition of service for selection

RB ESTT.No.18/2017

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

No.E(NG)I-2016/CFP/5

New Delhi, dated 01.03.2017

The General Managers(P)
All Zonal Railways &
Production Units etc.
(As Per Standard List)

Sub: Promotion from GP Rs.1800 (Level-1) to GP Rs.1900 (Level-2) against 16-2/3% quota – Minimum eligibility Condition of service for selection.

As the Railways are aware, in terms of Board’s letter No.E(NG)1-96/CFP/27 dated 10.10.2000, 16-2/3% of the Posts in the lowest grade of Commercial Clerks, Ticket Collectors, Trains Clerks, Offices Clerks and other categories of Clerks like stores clerks, etc. are filled by promotion of Matriculate erstwhile Group ‘D’ employees with a minimum of two years service in the concerned seniority units entirely on merit on the basis of a competitive examination.

2. A question has now arisen as to whether any relaxation in two years of service condition is to be given to SC/ST candidates to appear in the selection for promotion from GP Rs.1800 (Level-1) to GP Rs.1900 (Level-2) against 16-2/3% quota being filled up on the basis of merit.

3. Accordingly, it is clarified that SC/ST employees in GP Rs.1800 (Level-1) will be eligible for consideration in the selection for promotion to GP Rs.1900 (Level-2) and above against 16-2/3% promotion quota, only on completion of two years regular service in the concerned seniority unit.

Please acknowledge receipt.

Hindi version shall follow.

(M.K.Meena)
Deputy Director Estt.(N)
Railway Board

RBE-Promotion-from-GP-Rs.1800

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Policy letter on Cashless Treatment Scheme in Emergency situations (CTSE) in empanelled hospitals for retired Railway employees and their dependent family members

Policy letter on CTSE situations in empanelled hospitals for retired Railway Employees and their dependent family members

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA (BHARAT SARKAR)
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS (RAIL MANTRALAYA)
(RAILWAY BOARD)

No.2016/F(E)III/1(1)/7

New Delhi, Dated: 16.02.2017.

TheGMs/FA&CAOs,
All Zonal Railways/Production Units/RDSO.
(As per mailing list)

Subject: Policy letter on Cashless Treatment Scheme in Emergency situations (CTSE) in empanelled hospitals for retired Railway employees and their dependent family members.

Please refer to Board’s letter No.2014/H/28/1/smartcard/Part A dated 14.07.2016 on the above subject vide which broad outlines of the Cashless Treatment Scheme in Emergency situations (CTSE) were circulated to all Zonal Railways and Production Units. The Scheme has been launched as a ‘pilot scheme’ in four (4) Metro cities (Delhi-NCR, Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai) and their suburbs for one year (the period of one year of pilot scheme shall start only after the website starts working and not from the date of issue of Board’s letter No. 2014/H/28/1/smart card/Part A dated 14.07.2016).

2. In respect of above, option of CTSE, may be taken from retirees,who intend to settle in the four Metro cities mentioned in para 1 above, in addition to RELHS, at the time of filling of pension papers. Also, this form may be included in the list of ‘forms to be submitted by a retiring Railway servant. The CTSE option may be taken in Annexure 3 of the Board’s letter dated 14.07.2016, a copy of which is enclosed.

3. This issues with the approval of Executive Director Finance (Estt.).

(SANJAY PRASHAR)
Deputy Director Finance (Estt.)III,
Railway Board.

D.A.: One

Signed Copy

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NFIR: Comprehensive transfer policy – exemption from 5 years condition

NFIR
National Federation of Indian Railwaymen
3, CHELMSFORD ROAD, NEW DELHI – 110055

Affiliated to :
Indian NationalTrade Union Congress (INTUC)
lnternational Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF)

Dated: 23/02/2017

No. II/14/Part VII

Shri Suresh Prabhu,
Honoble Minister for Railways,
Rail Mantrlaya,
Rail Bhavan,
New Delhi
Respected Sir,

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

Ref: (i) Railway Board’s letter No. E(NG)I-2005/TR/20 dated,10/02/2016.
(ii) NFIR’s letter No. II/14/Part VII dated 21st Feb 2017.

At the outset, NFIR thanks the Railway Ministry for granting exemption from 5 years minimum service condition to consider the request transfers in the following situations vide Railway Board’s letter dated 10/02/2016.

(a) Transfers sought on mutual exchange basis,

(b) Transfers sought on spouse ground,

(c) Railway servants who are care-givers to a disabled child and

(d) Physically handicapped Railway servants.

The Federation brings to your kind notice that the Defence Forces Personnel after having served for safeguarding the Nation’s Borders for decades, have retired and thereafter they are being recruited through Railway Recruitment Boards/Railway Recruitment Cells in the Railways. These Personnel during their service in the Defence Forces were far away from their families for decades. After recruitment in Railwals also, they are away from their family members and children due to their postings at different places. Consequently, they are facing lot of hardships in managing two establishments. Their case therefore, deserves to be considered by
relaxing 5 years minimum service condition, so that they can seek transfer nearer to their place of residence and can peacefully perform their duties while leading family life.

NFIR, therefore, requests the Hon’ble MR to kindly accord approval for relaxing minimum 5 years service condition in the case of former Defence Forces Personnel re-employed in Railways also to enable them to go on transfer nearer to their places and join their families. A copy of Federation’s letter dated 21st Feb 2017 on the subject, already sent to Railway Board is also enclosed.

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

DA,/As above

Source: NFIR

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Payment of Over Time arrears to the staff promoted to higher Grade Pay posts under cadre restructuring w.e.f 01.11.2013 – Case of AC Escorting staff of South western Railway

NFIR letter to Railway Board regarding Payment of Over Time arrears to the staff promoted to higher Grade Pay posts under cadre restructuring w.e.f 01-11-2013

N F I R
National Federation of Indian Railwaymen
3 Chelmsford Road, New Delhi – 110055

No.I/8 Part I

Dated: 14th Feb 2017

The Secretary (E)
Railway Board
New Delhi

Dear Sir,

Sub: Payment of Over Time arrears to the staff promoted to higher Grade Pay posts under cadre restructuring w.e.f 01-11-2013 – Case of AC Escorting staff of South western Railway – reg.

The Railway Board have granted upgradation under cadre restructuring for Technicians category w.e.f 01-11-2013 vide Board’s letter dated 08-10-2013. Implementation of these orders has taken fairly long time so much so on some Zonal Railways, the benefit of upgradation was practically implemented in the year 2015, giving effect from 01-11-2013.

In the above context, the Federation brings to the notice of the Railway Board that on South Western Railway the Technicians Gr I performing the AC escorting duties have been paid Over Time wages on the basis of their rate of pay at the given time. These Technicians-I were however granted upgradation benefit as Sr Technicians (GP 4200 PB-2) w.e.f. 01-11-2013, consequently they have demanded that they be paid difference of OT arrears for the period from 01-11-2013 on the basis of their revised pay in the St.Technicians Grade Pay 4200 (PB-2). The demand of these staff is genuine and covered under the rules. But the S.W.Rly has not taken action to arrange difference of OT amount duly taking into account the rate of pay of Sr.Technician with retrospective effect.

NFIR therefore requests the Railway Board to kindly issue instructions to GM/SW Rly., to arrange to ensure payment of OT arrears to the eligible staff in the above situations. Federation also requests that instructions may be issued to GMs of other Zonal Railways also to arrange to pay OT arrears wherever due.

Also, kindly connect its letters of even number dated 27-06-2016 and 10-08-2016 and provide action taken status on the said letters early.

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

 Source: NFIR

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Induction training of Engineering Degree/Diploma Holder Compassionate appointees

Induction training of Engineering Degree/Diploma Holder Compassionate appointees – training period duration – reg.

NFIR
National Federation of Indian Railwaymen

 No.II/1-A/Pt.20

Dated: 08/02/2017

The Secretary (E),
Railway Board,
New Delhi

Kind attention D.G./Personnel

Dear Sir,
Sub: Induction training of Engineering Degree/Diploma Holder Compassionate appointees – training period duration – reg.

It has been brough to NFIR’s notice that the candidates selected on compassionate ground for the post of Technicians III (Pay Matrix level 2) are being subjected to 3 years induction training although they possess Engineering Degree/Diploma qualification. Federation feels sad to mention that such technically qualified candidates are not even treated at par with the ITI certificate holders/act apprentices who are imparted only 6 months training prior to their absorption as Technician III, GP 1900/revised pay matrix level 2.

NFIR, therefore, requests the Railway Board to kindly review the extant policy and issue instructions to the Zonal railways, PUs, etc., (particularly South Western Railway) to offer the post commensurating with their technical qualification in higher grades pay/revised pay matrices on compassionate ground. When they are found suitable for Technician III post only, their, training period be limited 6 months as in vogue in the case of ITI certificate holders/act apprentices. Revised instructions on these lines may kindly be issued soon.

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

Source: NFIR

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Reckoning GP 4200/- PB-2 as entry grade pay for granting financial upgradation under MACPS to the Pharmacist category

NFIR
National Federation of Indian Railwaymen
3, CHELMSFORD ROAD, NEW DELHI – 110 055

Affiliated to :
Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC)
International Transport Workers Federation (ITF)

No. IV/MACPS/09/Part 10

Dated: 07/02/2017

The Secretary (E),
Railway Board,
New Delhi.

Dear Sir,

Sub: Reckoning GP 4200/- PB-2 as entry grade pay for granting financial upgradation under MACPS to the Pharmacist category – reg.

Ref: (i) NFIR’s letter No. IV/MACPS/09/Part 10 dated 30/08/2016 and
22/12/2016.

(ii) Railway Board’s reply vide No. PC-V/2011/M/NFIR dated
24/01/2017
Federation does not agree with the view taken by the Railway Board by misinterpretation of the contents of DoP&T’s OM dated 4th Feb 1992. In this connection, Federation once again cites below the facts which have been ignored by the Board while considering the demand:

  • It is true that vide para 2 of the said OM, while the DoP&T has laid down criteria for assessing the suitability of the incumbents of the posts due to revision of pay scales/upgradation, at the same time in sub-para 2 of the same OM, it has been clarified that  where the upgradation involves replacement scale without higher responsibilities or higher qualification but with higher eligibility of service, in such situation suitability may not be assessed.
  • It has been further clarified that those who fulfill the criteria of qualifying service, should be appointed to the upgraded post from the date on which they complete the qualifying service.
  • The condition stipulated in sub-para 2 of DoP&T’s OM dated 4th Feb 1992 has been fulfilled by the Pharmacists who though recruited in GP 2800 have been appointed to GP 4200 (6th CPC) on completion of 2 years service in GP 2800/- (PB-1).

The plea taken by the Railway Board that the said OM of DoP&T is applicable for assessing the suitability of the incumbents, is therefore, misconceived, illogical and unjustified. On the other hand, the case of Pharmacists for granting MACP benefit is required to be dealt applying the provisions contained in the DoP&T’s OM dated 4th Feb,1992.

NFIR, therefore, requests the Railway instructions to the Zones etc., allowing MACP endorsed to the Federation.

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

Copy to the Executive Director,PC-I, Railway Board, DFCC Building, Metro Bhavan, Pragati Maidan, New Delhi for information and necessary action please.

Copy to the General Secretaries of the Affiliated Unions of NFIR.

Source: NFIR

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AIRF: Regularization of the Act Apprentices in the Railways

AIRF: Regularization of the Act Apprentices in the Railways

No.AIRF/134

Dated: February 9, 2017

The General Secretaries,
All Affiliated Unions,

Dear Comrades!
Sub: Regularization of the Act Apprentices in the Railways

During the course of discussion, in a Joint Meeting held yesterday, i.e., on 08.02.2017, Chairman Railway Board indicated that, Act Apprentices, would be regularized in the Railways, against 20% Quota, by holding their exam separately through the RRCs.

This is for your information.

Comradely yours,
sd/-
(Shiva Gopal Mishra)
General Secretary

Source: AIRF

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Revision of rates of stipend to apprentices and trainees on Railways

Revision of rates of stipend to apprentices and trainees on Railways

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
(Railway Board)

S.No.PC-VII/14

No. PC-V/2016/PS/1(Stipend)

RBE No. 08/2017

New Delhi, dated 02-02-2017.

The General Managers
All Indian Railways and PUs
(As per mailing list)

Sub: Revision of rates of stipend to apprentices and trainees on Railways.

Ref: Railway Board’s letter No. PC-V/2008/PS/1 (Stipend) dated 15-12-2008

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 in the rates of stipend to apprentices and trainees (non-gazetted) on Railways was under consideration. Now, the President is pleased to revise the rates of stipend to the apprentices and trainees as per the schedule attached herein.

2. It is likely that some of the existing categories of apprentices on certain Railways may not have designations identical to what appears in the enclosed Schedule. In such cases, the Railway administration, in consultation with FA & CAO, should identify the designation/category of the apprentice concerned with similar case appearing in the Schedule and determine the rate of stipend applicable thereto. Wherever such identification is not possible, specific cases may be reported to the Board with verbatim comments of the FA & CAO.

3. In case, the period of training as indicated in these orders is at variance with the actual practice in respect of one or more categories, the matter should be referred to the Railway Board for decision.

4. The apprentices and trainees will draw the revised rates of Dearness Allowance appropriate to the revised rates of stipend.

5. The revised rates of stipend will take effect from 01.08.2016.

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

7. Hindi version is enclosed.

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

Source: NFIR

S.No. Category Training period Grade Pay in VI CPC Pay structure (?) Corresponding Revised Pay level in the 7th
CPC Pay Matrix
Revised rates of stipend in the corresponding Pay
level (2)
S & T Department
1. Telephone Operator Less than one year 1900 2 19900
2. Signal Maintainer One year 1900 2 19900
3. Signal Maintainer Eighteen months 2400 4 21700 (22400 in the second year)
4. Telecommunication Maintainer Grade III One year 1900 2 19900
5. Wireless Maintainer Grade III One year 1900 2 19900
6 Jr. Engineer (Signal) (Diploma holder) 12 months (52 weeks) 4200 6 35400
7. Sr. Section Engineer (Signal) (Degree holder) One year 4600 7 44900
8. Jr. Engineer (Telecom) (Diploma holder) 12 months (52 weeks) 4200 6 35400
9. Sr. Section Engineer (Telecom) (Degree holder) 12 months (52 weeks) 4600 7 44900
10. Jr. Engineer (Workshop) (Diploma holder) 12 months (52 weeks) 4200 6 35400
11. Sr. Section Engineer (Workshop) One year 4600 7 44900
Civil Engineering Department
12. Jr. Engineer (Works) (Diploma holder) One year 4200 6 35400
13. Sr. Section Engineer (Works) (Degree holder) Upto one year 4600 7 44900
14. Jr. Engineer (Permanent Way) (Diploma holder) One year 4200 6 35400
15. Sr. Section Engineer (Permanent Way) (Degree holder) Upto one year 4600 7 44900
16. Jr. Engineer (Bridge) Two years 4200 6 29200 (30100 in the second year)
17. Sr. Section Engineer (Bridge) (Degree holder) One year 4600 7 44900
18. Jr. Engineer (Engg. WS)/ JE (TM/TT) One year 4200 6 35400
19. Sr. Section Engineer (Eng WS)/SSE (TM/TT) One year 4600 7 44900
S.No. Category Training period Grade Pay in VI CPC Pay structure (?) Corresponding Revised Pay level in the 7th
CPC Pay Matrix
Revised rates of stipend in the corresponding Pay
level (2)
20. Design Assistant (Degree holder) Upto one year 4200 6 35400
Mechanical & Electrical Departments
21. Jr. Engg. (W.S) One year 4200 6 35400
22. Sr. Section Engineer (W.S) One year 4600 7 44900
23. Sr. Section Engineer (Electrical) One year 4600 7 44900
24. Jr. Engineer (Electrical) 12 months (52 weeks) 4200 6 35400
25. Sr. Section Engineer (Degree holder) One year 4600 7 44900
26. Jr. Engineer (Diploma holder) 12 months (52 weeks) 4200 6 35400
27. Motorman One year 4200 6 35400
28. Assistant Loco Pilot (Elec.) 17 weeks 1900 2 19900
29. Assistant Loco Pilot (Diesel) 17 weeks 1900 2 19900
Drawing Office
30. Jr. Engineer (Drawing/Design) (Mech. Elect. and S

& T Deptt.) (Diploma holder)

52 weeks 4200 6 35400
31. Jr. Engineer (Drawing / Design) (Civil Engg. Deptt.)

(Diploma holder)

52 weeks 4200 6 35400
32. Sr. Section Engineer (Drawing/Design) (Degree

holder)

One year 4600 7 44900
C.M.T (Mechanical Department)
33. Chemical & Metallurgical Assistant One year 4200 6 35400
Artisans
34. Technicial Gr. III (with Metric qualification) Three years 1900 2 18000 (18500 in 2nd year and 19100 in 3rd

year

35. Technician Gr. III (with ITI qualification or

Apprenticeship qualification in non-Railway Estt.)

Six months 1900 2 19900

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