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Acquiring of requisite qualifications by Trainees in -IS Pay Band and others


Acquiring of requisite qualifications by Trainees in -IS Pay Band and others – Railways

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

No. E(NG)II/2017/RC-1/23

New Delhi, dated 05.11.2018

The General Secretary,
All India Railwaymen Federation
New Delhi

Sub: Acquiring of requisite qualifications by Trainees in -IS Pay Band and others
Ref: Railway Board’s letter of even No. dated 19.7.2018

Federations had been requested vide above reference albeit on a slightly different matter to impress upon the candidates who did not have the requisite minimum educational qualification for appointment in the Railways but were appointed in -IS Pay Band to acquire the requisite qualification in a reasonable period. Reports received shows that while many candidates have been able to acquire such qualifications, there remain some such ‘Trainees’ who are yet to acquire these qualifications.

Federations may appreciate that acquiring of minimum educational qualification is necessary for the career prospects of such Trainees’ and is an important aspect of human resource development. Therefore, a request is again made to impress upon such ‘Trainees’ make sincere efforts and acquire the requisite minimum qualification. It may be mentioned that there are many Open Schools which provide such opportunities.

2. While on the subject, it is also mentioned that a large number of compassionate ground appointees are taken into Railway service initially as trainee artisans who, after completion of 3 years prescribed period of training, are absorbed in regular technician category but they do not have any formal Certificate. It is suggested that it may be worthwhile to encourage such employees to appear in the NCVT examination conducted by the respective RDATs along with the Act Apprentices. This will enable them to have a formal qualification recognized outside also. Needless to say that this will be purely informal and their regularization as Technician-III shall not be incumbent upon passing such examination.

Your suggestions in this regard are welcome.

(Manoj Pande)
Additional Member (Staff)
Railway Board


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AIRF requests Railway Board about Safety of the Railway employees

AIRF requests Railway Board about Safety of the Railway employees


Dated: 5th November, 2018

The Chairman,
Railway Board,
New Delhi

Dear Sir,

Sub: Safety of the Railway employees

This is in reference to my discussion held today with you, wherein I have requested you to review immediately Removal Cases of the Railway employees of Kharagpur Division of S.E. Railway, under para 14(ii), as also to do urgently to save Railwaymen from run-over, forced to work under unsafe conditions without taking block, as happened today between Sandila and Umartali Stations in Northern Railway.


In this connection, your kind attention is invited towards my earlier letters, D.O.No.AIRF/24(C) dated 13th and 17th August, 2018, vide which your kind attention was drawn towards the unpleasant incidents of commitment of suicide by Shri Harrison John, Loco Pilot, Jabalpur Division(West Central Railway) and Shri Bablu Kumar, Trackman, Sholapur (Central Railway).


We had requested your goodself to take necessary steps to ensure that no Railwayman commits suicide in frustration and sense of disappointment. It is quite unfortunate that, there is no visible improvement in the situation up till now, and another case of suicide has been noticed, wherein Shri G.K. Kishori, Asstt. Loco Pilot, Kharagpur, South Eastern Railway, has committed suicide on 3rd November, 2018, out of serious frustration, which is highly condemnable as well.


Co-workers of Late Shri G.K. Kishori had resorted to agitation owing to failure of his superiors to timely address the problem of the said deceased employee and they need not be subjected to any punitive action.


It may be recalled that, on the consistent and regular persuasions, Railway Board had issued instructions, on your intervention, to invoke Clause 14(ii) in exceptional cases only where D&AR enquiry is not practicable and safety of the state is under threat.


Through this letter we want to emphasize here that, urgent necessary steps should be taken by counseling the concerned officials, so that, no Railway employee is compelled to commit suicide and lose his/her precious life as the entire family of such Railway employee is put under serious distress.

We had also requested that, keeping in view various attacks on the Railway employees on duty as also run-over cases of Railway employees due to negligence and overlooking of prescribed procedure and rules need to be given serious thought, so as to avoid recurrence of such unpleasant incidents.


It is also requested that, “Rakshak” should immediately be supplied, as well as you have promised; working on the track without protection must be banned, and if Trackmen are forced to work under unsafe conditions, the deterrent punishment should be given to the guilty supervisors and officers responsible.


While communicating our serious concern over such incidents, AIRF once again emphasizes that necessary steps be taken with all seriousness, so that, no such cases occur in future.

Yours faithfully

(Shiva Gopal Mishra)
General Secretary

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Clarification by Railway Board: Reckoning of 30% pay element for the purpose of payment towards leave encashment upto 10 days to running staff

Clarification by Railway Board: Reckoning of 30% pay element for the purpose of payment towards leave encashment upto 10 days to running staff


RBE No. 10 /2015.

New Delhi, dated 12.02.2015

The General Managers,
All Indian Railways & Prod. Units etc.
(As per mailing lists No.I&II).

Sub: Reckoning of 30% pay element for the purpose of payment towards leave encashment upto 10 days to running staff.

Board have issued instructions vide letter No. F(E)III/2008/LE-I/I dated 29-10-2008 on encashment of leave while in service.

2. Some of the Zonal Railways had sought clarification whether 30% pay element is to be reckoned for the purpose of leave encashment upto 10 days of LAP to the running staff.

3. The matter has been considered by the Board and it is clarified that in the case of Running Staff, the calculation of leave encashment upto 10 days wil be done in the same manner as in the case of leave salary in terms of Rule 25(i)(k) of “The Rules for the payment of Running and other Allowances to the Running staff on Railways, 1981″

4. An illustration of the above is shown below:

(i) Basic Pay in general = Basic in Pay Band + Grade Pay = BP

(ii) Basic Pay of running staff = 130% of BP = (A)

(iii) DA rate in general = DA%

(iv) DA for running staff = DA% of (A) =(B)

(v) Leave encashment for 1 day = (A + B)/30

5. Other terms and conditions on encashment of leave will remain the same.

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

 7. Please acknowledge receipt.

Railway Board



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AIRF to observe December 05, 2014 as National Protest Day against anti working class policies of Government.

Observance of “National Protest Day” — 5th December, 2014

(Estd. 1924)

4, State Entry Road,
New Delhi-110055


Dated: November 25, 2014

The General Secretaries, All Affiliated Unions,
Dear Corns.,

Sub: Observance of “National Protest Day” — 5th December, 2014

As you are aware that, in the “National Convention” of the Central Trade Unions, held on 15th September, 2014 in the Constitution Club, New Delhi, it was unanimously decided to observe “National Protest Day” on 5th December, 2014 by holding demonstrations, dharnas, rallies etc. across the country to mount pressure on the Government of India against anti-workers and anti-labout policies of the government, viz. skyrocketing price hike, unemployment, privatization/outsourcing, disinvestment in the PSUs, unlawful contractorisation, amendment in Labour Laws, FDI in the Railways, Defence and Insurance Sectors, National Pension Scheme(NPS), etc. etc.

Subsequently, the 90th Annual Convention of the All India Railwaymen’s Federation, held in Hubli from 18¬20 November, 2015, had decided to fully support the decision of the aforementioned National Convention of the Central Trade Unions.

You are, therefore, advised to direct the rank and file to ensure proper implementation of above-cited decision of the 90th Annual Convention of the AIRF to observe “National Protest Day” on 5th December, 2014 by joining in mass in your respective state capitals to strengthen the solidarity among the working class.

Reports of your participation should be sent to this office at an earliest.

With warm greetings!

Comradely yours,
(Shiva Gopal Mishra)
General Secretary

Source- Airf

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Implementation of the judgment of the Hon’able Supreme Court in respect of 3rd MACP to accounts staff-AIRF to Railway Board

Implementation of the judgment of the Hon’able Supreme Court in respect of 3rd MACP to accounts staff-AIRF to Railway Board


Implement the decision of Hon’ble Supreme Court in respect of 3rd MACP to accounts staff-AIRF to Railway Board
All India Railwaymen’s Fedaration


Dated: October 30, 2013

The Secretary(E),
Railway Board,
New Delhi

Dear Sir,

Sub: Implementation of the judgment of the Hon’able Supreme Court

Ref: (i) AIRF’s letter No.AIRF/227(213) dated 26.08.2013
(ii) Board’s letter No.PC-V/2011/M/3/AIRF dated 07.10.2013

Apropos above, the reply of the Railway Board, contained in their letter under reference, is highly disappointing and unacceptable to us. Mere reiteration of Board’s earlier letter cannot justify the stand of the administration, as the Hon’ble Supreme Court dismissed the Special Leave Petition filed by the administration. The apex court held in the said judgment that, if any restructuring of posts takes place, it does not amount to promotion. Accordingly, the office of the FA&CAO/S&W/PER/SR vide Memorandum P.535/S&W/PER/ADMN/FIX/MACP dated 17.09.2012 accorded financial upgradation of Grade Pay of Rs.5400 to Shri V. Venkataraman, Accounts Assistant/FA&CAO/S&VV/ PER/SR. This clearly indicates that the upgradation from Jr. Accounts Asstt. to Accounts Asstt. in terms of restructuring of the posts in the ratio of 20:80 does not amount to promotion.

According to Article 141 of the Constitution of India, policy decision, delivered on the particular subject by the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India, is binding upon the Government of India.

The Board are, therefore, again urged to re-examine the issue In the light of the facts appraised above and grant the benefit of the 3rd MACP(GP Rs.5400) to all the eligible Supervisory Staff whose initial appointment was CG-II/Accounts Clerk.

An early action in the matter shall be highly appreciated.

Yours faithfully,
(Shiva Gopal Mishra)
General Secretary

Source: AIRF

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The 88th Annual Conference of the All India Railwaymen’s Federation, held at Visakhapatnam on 18-20 December, 2012, decided that, if the following burning grievances of the Railwaymen are not resolved in a time-bound programme, AIRF would be compelled to conduct strike ballot as a first step for a decisive struggle:-

1. Filling-up all vacant posts.

2. Sanction additional posts in commensurate with increase in the number of trains and workload.

3. Stop outsourcing of perennial nature jobs, violating the provision of Contract Labour (Regulation & Abolition) Act, 1970.

4. Scrap New Pension Scheme and cover all the staff with pension and family pension scheme as available to staff appointed prior to 01.01.2004.

5. Implement recommendations of Cade Restructuring Committee.

6. Remove all the anomalies of the 6th CPC as agreed upon in the meeting of Departmental Anomaly Committee and resolve all the anomalies pending before National Anomaly Committee.

7. Recommendations of the Joint Committee constituted to study the Career Progression and Package for Trackmen has been diluted arbitrarily. The recommendation should be implemented in to to.

8. Merger of grades of Technician Gr. II and Gr. I duly grant GP of Rs.2800.

9. Provision of GP of Rs.4800 in place of Rs.4600 to all Senior Supervisors.

10. Upgradation of 15% apex level Group `C’ posts to Group `B’.

11. Grievances of the Running Staff, such as granting of Running Allowance w.e.f. 01.01.2006 duly improving ALK, reduction in Duty Hours, Provision of Additional Allowance to Running Staff working in Goods Trains and also to Traffic Running Staff working as Goods Guards and Passenger Guards, improvements in the condition of Running Rooms etc.

12. Upgrade all categories of staff in Grade Pay of Rs.2400 to Rs.2800.13. Parity of grade pay to Stenographers between the field staff and the staff working in Secretariat.

14. Reckoning of 100% Casual Labour Service rendered as Qualifying Service for seniority and pensionary benefits is still pending in spite of Hon’ble Supreme Court judgment.

15. Stepping up of pay of seniors who are drawing less pay than the juniors consequent on fixation of pay due to implementation of VI CPC recommendations between the direct recruits and promotees.

16. Stepping up of pay of senior employee on par with junior employee consequent on modification of ACP Scheme as MACP is pending with the Railway Board.

17. Safety Related Voluntary Retirement Scheme has been modified as LARSGESS permitting the Railway employees in Safety Categories to give Voluntary Retirement so as to enable their wards getting appointed. Lot of conditions were imposed diluting the intention of this scheme by introducing Written Examination.

Large number of wards of the employees who have applied for appointment under LARSGESS in 2010 cycle have failed in the PET. Later, PET was abolished for the wards appearing under LARSGESS 2012.

AIRF has demanded waival of PET for failed candidates of LARSGESS 2010 and requested the Board to issue necessary orders to Zonal Railways for absorbing them in the Railways. The matter is yet to be resolved at Board’s level.

18. Granting of one increment for the employees in the categories like MCMs, Loco Running Staff, SMs, P. Way Supervisors etc. when they get horizontal promotions without reckoning the same as “Promotion” for the purpose of granting financial upgradation under MACP.

19. The demand of recruitment of wards of Railwaymen as Substitutes has not been implemented by the GMs of the Zonal Railways due to several restrictions imposed in the orders of the Railway oard.

20. Welfare Schemes announced in the Railway Budget, such as opening of Nursing Colleges, Medical and Engineering Colleges, Polytechnics, Kendriya Vidyalas for the children of the Railwaymen, extension of medical facilities and pass to both dependant father and mother of Railway employees etc. are yet to be implemented by the Board. The announcement of the scheme – “House to All” has also not seen the light of the day.

21. Entitlement of Privilege Passes to travel by “Duronto Express” trains is yet to be finalized.

22. As per decision taken in the DC/JCM Meeting, 5% of the sanctioned strength of the Section Officers in the pre-revised scale of Rs.6500-10500 was earmarked to non-qualifying Appendix III Accounts Assistants. Consequent upon implementation of VI CPC recommendations, the same was revised to 1% of the combined strength of SOs & SO(A)s , reducing the percentage. The demand of increasing the same to 5% on the combined strength of SOs and SSO(A)s is still pending with the Railway Board.

23. Grievances of AC Mechanics and AC Attendants deputed to work on trains is yet to be resolved by the Board.

24. Running Allowance should be paid to medically de-categorized Running Staff kept on supernumerary posts.

25. Even though technical categories working in Electrical, Mechanical, Civil Engineering(Works), erstwhile Mistries and supervisors have been merged in the cadre of JE, in the Civil Engineering the Senior P. Way Supervisors are rotting in their category without merger with JE category. This issue is pending with the Railway Board.

26. Even though several times the issue of absorption of quasi-administrative offices staff was discussed, no orders have been issued so far for the absorption of quasi-administrative offices staff in the Railways.

27. Improvement in the conditions of Railway Hospitals and filling up of all the vacancies of Doctors, Nurses and Paramedical Staff. Provide medical facilities to the staff posted at roadside stations and ganghuts.

28. Increase the amount of Fixed Medical Allowance and issue Smart Card to all RELHS beneficiaries.

29. Grant parity in pension and family pension to the staff/family retired prior to 01.01.2006.

30. Revise the rates of Patient Care Allowance and Risk Allowance and grant Patient Care Allowance to the staff of Medical Department working in Kitchen, Store, Watching duties etc.

31. Exempt Transport Allowance and Special Duty Allowance for the purview of Income Tax deduction.32. Raise the ceiling limit of Rs.3500 for the purpose of payment of PLB.

33. Raise the ceiling of Income Tax deduction from Rs.2.00 lakh to Rs.3.00 lakh, as recommended by the Standing Committee on Finance.

34. Repair quarters, roads, drains and do not compel staff to stay in inhabitable quarters and pay House Rent Allowance to such staff.

35. Limit duty hours of the staff to a maximum of 7 hours a day.

36. Scrap classification of duty hours as “Essential Intermittent” and “Excluded”.

37. Pay T.A., O.T., N.D.A., National Holiday Pay etc. regularly.

38. Increase the rate of Special Duty Allowance by 25% with retrospective effect from 01.01.2011.


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Strike: AIRF together CGE Association planning to repeat history after 39 years

Strike: AIRF together CGE Association planning to repeat history after 39 years

Railmen threaten with major stir, after 39 years

 If the government does not intervene, this could be first major strike after one called by George Fernandes in 1974


Unhappy with the government’s continued indifference to a slew of demands, the All India Railwaymen’s Federation (AIRF), one of the largest central government employees’ unions, has decided to start the process of calling an indefinite railways strike.

And, if the said process comes to a successful conclusion, the country will be faced with the first major strike after the one called by George Fernandes as the AIRF president in 1974, following which the Emergency was declared.

“The reluctant attitude of the government of India and ministry of railways has forced the AIRF to take the decision to launch the campaign for preparation of the strike under the leadership of comrade Umraomal Purohit, the president of AIRF,” a press release from the AIRF issued in June 29 said.

“We are in consultation with other central government employees associations and once everyone comes on board we will call for general body council meeting where the decision to go on strike will be taken,” Shiva Gopal Mishra, the general secretary, AIRF, told Governance Now.

The entire process, according to Mishra, could take three to four months, and in case the government does not intervene, the said strike could take place in October this year.

The AIRF had listed its demands in its 88th annual general meeting (AGM) held in Vishakhapatnam in December last year and sent it to the government. “It’s been months since the list of demand was sent for action, but to no avail,” said Mishra.

The demand included among others: filling up all the vacant posts; stop outsourcing of perennial jobs, scrap the new pension schemes; implementation of the cadre restructuring committee; upgrade in the technician’s grade, improvement of pay scales of running staff and clearance of arrears.

The 88th AGM held by the AIRF in Visakhapatnam, December last year had flagged off following concerns of the railways employees.

Vacant posts: Despite representations at all levels, more than 2.5 lakh posts in different categories of the Indian Railways are lying vacant for an indefinite period.

Additional Posts: To meet the public demand, new trains are being introduced and new assets are being created, but additional posts are not being created on the plea of matching saving not being available. All these have put extra burden to all the categories of staff.

Outsourcing of Jobs: Perennial nature jobs in thousands are being outsourced, violating the provisions of the Contract Labour (Regulation & Abolition) Act, 1970. Contract labours are being exploited in the matter of wages, working hours etc, and they have no service security.

New Pension Scheme: New Pension Scheme has been introduced from January 2004 despite opposition from the AIRF. This has reduced the wages of the persons appointed on or after January 1, 2004 by 10% than their counterparts appointed earlier.

Grievance Mechanism: All grievance mechanisms have been made ineffective. Meetings are not being held at regular intervals and whenever held, even the agreed decisions are not being implemented.

Cadre Restructuring: The reports of cadre restructuring committee have not been implemented.

Medical facilities: Medical facilities are too inadequate. There is acute shortage of medical and paramedical staff. Staff is being compelled to seek outside medical assistance, however medical reimbursement is being denied.

Welfare Schemes: Various welfare schemes announced by the earlier minister for Railways for the benefit of railway employees, their wards and families, have also not seen the light of the day.


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