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Advance Payment of September 2017 Salary to Railway Staff

Advance Payment of September 2017 Salary to Railway Staff

A.I.R.F.
All India Railwaymen’s Federation
4, State Entry Road, NEW DELHI – 110055

No. AIRF/24(C)

Dated: 13/09/2017

The DG(P)
Railway Board
New Delhi

Sub: Advance Payment of September 2017 Salary to Railway Staff

As you are aware that Pooja festival are starting from 28th September, 2017.

It would, therefore, be in all appropriateness that necessary orders from Railway Board should go to all the Zonal Railways for making advance payment of September, 2017 Salary to the Railway staff so that they can enjoy the Pooja festival.

Yours faithfully,

Sd/-
(Shiva Gopal Mishra)

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Restoration of -1S pay scale – Treatment of Mutual Transfer from one railway to other as “inter- division transfer”- Brief of today’s meeting with Cabinet Secretary

Issue of restoration of -1S Pay Scale in 7th CPC &  treatment of mutual transfer in Railways have been resolved: AIRF

A.I.R.F.

All India Railwaymen’s Federation

No. AIRF/24(C)

Dated : September 6, 2017

The General Secretaries,
All Affiliated Unions,

Dear Comrades!

Sub: (i)Restoration of -1S pay scale

           (ii) Treatment of Mutual Transfer from one railway to other as “inter- division transfer”

           (iii) Brief of today’s meeting with Cabinet Secretary

Two very important issues, being persuaded by AIRF at the Railway Board level, have been resolved, one is -1S grade, which had been abolished by the VII CPC, has been restored, and the other issue regarding mutual transfer from one railway to other will be treated as inter-division transfer and need not to take NOC from the Zonal Railway Headquarters. Divisions at their own level will issue NOC, lot of time consumed for this purpose will be saved.

Comrades! Today I met the Cabinet Secretary (Government of India) and raised the issue of “Very Good” benchmark along with other issues of National Pension System (NPS), Minimum Wage and Fitment Formula and non-holding of JCM Meetings.

The Cabinet Secretary’s views were positive and he stated that he has already communicated to Chairman Railway Board and Secretary (DoP&T) that benchmark for MACPS cannot be more than the benchmark prevalent for promotion/ selection.

He also stated that the issue of National Pension System (NPS) is under active consideration of the Government of India and he will try to derive the best formula to resolve the problems arrived out of NPS

With Fraternal Greetings
Comradely yours

Sd/-

(Shiva Gopal Mishra)
General Secretary

 

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AIRF: Productivity Linked Bonus for the financial year 2016-17 to Railwaymen

AIRF: Productivity Linked Bonus for the financial year 2016-17 to Railwaymen

AIRF

 No.AIRF/387

Dated: September 7, 2017

The Chairman,
Railway Board,
New Delhi

Dear Sir,

Sub: Productivity Linked Bonus for the financial year 2016-17 to Railwaymen

Ref.: Meeting with the AM(Staff), Railway Board held on 04.08.2017

Productivity Linked Bonus for the financial year 2016-17 to Railwaymen

 

Please refer to our discussion held in the chamber of AM(Staff), Railway Board, on the above subject matter on 4th August, 2017. All India Railwaymen’s Federation (AIRF) has already explained in detail its viewpoint in respect of calculation formula for payment of PLB to Railwaymen.

You may recall that, PLB has been an outcome of the bilateral agreement between Ministry of Railways and Staff Side Federations, which was arrived at on 22.11.1979. The formula for calculation of PLB, that was formulated as a result of above-mentioned agreement, is sacrosanct, on the basis of which payment of PLB is being made to entitled railway employees every year till last financial year.

AIRF is totally against any deviation in the well settled formula devised to calculate PLB payable to railway employees under the said agreement.

It is, therefore, urged that, payment of PLB for financial year 2016-17 should be made on the basis of established formula as mentioned above and there should not be any effort to make any amendment in the same as also number of days, calculated last year for payment of PLB, should not be reduced, else this will lead to unwarranted impairment in industrial peace.

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Minutes of the First Meeting of Departmental Anomaly Committee to settle the anomalies arising out of the implementation of 7th CPC

Minutes of the First Meeting of Departmental Anomaly Committee to settle the anomalies arising out of the implementation of 7th CPC.

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
(RAILWAY BOARD)

NO. PC-VII/2016/DAC/1

New Delhi, dated : 25.8.2017

The General Secretary,
All India Railwaymen’s Federation
4, State Entry Road
New Delhi- 110055.
The General Secretary,
National Federation of
Indian Railwaymen,
3-Chemsford Road,
News Delhi – 110055.
Room No.256-E, Rail Bhawan.

Dear Sirs,

Sub: First Meeting of Departmental Anomaly Committee to settle the anomalies arising out of the implementation of 7th CPC.

Ref: Draft Minutes circulated vide letter dated 21.07.2017.

The minutes of the first meeting of Departmental Anomaly Committee held on 20.06.2017, finalised in consulation withe the Federations are enclosed.

Yours sincerly,

For Seceretary Railway Board

 

Minutes of the First Meeting of Departmental Anomaly Committee held on 20.06.2017

The first meeting of Departmental Anomaly Commitee (DAC) was held on 20.06.2017 at 11 A.M.in Room No.402. The Followaing attended the meeting.

Official Side

i) Shri Manoi Pande, AM (Staff)
ii) Shri Tanveer Ahmed, EDF (E)
iii) Shri Dhruv Singh, EDPC-I
iv) Shri Alok Kumar, ED E(IR)
v) Shri S. Balachandra iyer, EDPC-II

The Federations:

AIRF NFIR
1. Shri Rakhal Das Gupta, President 1. Shri Guman Singh, President
2. Shri Shiv Gopal Mishra, General Secretary 2. Dr. M.Raghavaiah, General Secretary
3. Shri J R Bhosle, Treasurer 3. Dr. R.P. Bhatnagar, Working President

2. Shri Manoj Pande, AM (Staff), Chairman/DAC welcomed all the representatives to the meeting and started that the purpose of the meeting is to address the anomalalies arising out of the implementation of 7th CPC as defined in DoPT’S OM dated 16th August, 2016 and circulated vide Ministry of Railways letter no.PC-VII/2016/DAC/1 dated 29-03.2017 and PC-VII/2016/DAC/1 dated 25.5.2017. As advised through these letters, anomaly will include the following cases:

(a) Where the official Side and Staff Side are of the opinion that any recommendation is in contravention of the principle or the policy enunciated by the Seventh Central Pay Commission itself without the Commission assigning any reason;

(b) where the maximum of the level in the Pay Matrix corresponsing to the applicable Grade pay in the Pay Band under pre-revided structure, as notified vide CCS(RP) Rules, 2016 is less than the amount an employees is entitled to be fixed at, as per the formula for fixation of pay contained in the Said Rules;

(c) Where the Officail Side and the Staff Side of the opinion that the vertical and horizontal relatives have been disturbed as a result of the 7th Central Pay Commission to give rise to anomalous situation.

3. It was also stated by AM(Staff) that both the federations were requested to submit the agenda items which have been abserved as anomalies within the provisons of anomalies as defined in the aforesaid letters. As agenda was given only by NFIR, on the NFIR agenda items remarks were circulated to the participants of the meeting.

4. Dr. M. Raghaviiah, General Secretary, NFIR staied in his introduction speech that the definition of anomaly should be interpreted liberally. The official side and the staff side should jointly workout a consensus to identify the issues coming wiihin the definition of ‘anomaly’ to ensure that Railway employees are given justice’ He said that careful examination and ground realities would reveal that anomalies arisen in Railways specific categories are needed to he addressed judiciously. He also brought out following issues/suggestions.

  • During the implementation of 6th CPC after due discussions Ministry of Railways sent a detailed proposal in respect of various anomalies especially in respect of pay structure of Technical Supervisors to Ministry of Finance and DoP&T. However, Ministry of Railways failed to place these proposals before 7th CPC.
  • Till the implementation of 6th CPC recommendations the pay structure of Technical Supervisors were placed on a higher pedestal on comparison With pay structure of the corresponding categories of Accounts Department. With the implementation of 6th CPC pay structure the relatives in the case of the Technical Supervisors category of Indian Railways got disturbed and 7th CPC also did not address this core issue which is affecting thousands of employees.
  • Various proposals/references sent to the Ministry of Finance and Department of Personnel and Training are not getting addressed and thereby the issues remain unresolved. As such Ministry of Railways may try find out an in house mechanism for addressing these issues. In support of this, past precedent of 1997 was quoted.
  • Certain factual inaccuracies have crept into the 7th CPC Report which need to be addressed. For example, though there was demand from the federations to raise the entry qualification in respect of Assistant Loco to Diploma as recommended by Dr.Anil Kakodar, Chairman, HLSRC, wheras, the 7th CPC had wrongly quoted in its report that Federations have demanded Degree qualification. He cited para 11.40.63 of the 7th CPC report and wanted DAC to take note of this for appropriate action.

5. W.r.t the points raised by Dr. Raghavaiah, the Offical Side clarified that all the factual position and historical background were brought before 7th CPC w.r.t the anomalies existing in respect of the pay structure of Technical supervisors.

6. Shri Shiv Gopal Mishra, General Secretary/AIRF took up the issue regarding upgradation of pay structure in respect of Accounts, and CMA cadre as per the recommendations of 7th Pay Commission and stated that there has been no action on implementing these recommendations.

7. As regards, AIRF’s is Sue regarding upgradation of pay structure of various categories of Indian Railways, it was stated by Official Side that while approving the recommendations of 7th CPC, Ministry of Finance in its resolution dated 25.07.2016 decided to refer the recommendations of 7th CPC to upgrade the pay structure of thirteen categories in various Ministries including Accounts and CMA cadres of Indian Railways to DoP&T for taking a comprehensive view. In pursuance of the decision of Ministry of Finance the issue was referred to DoP&T enclosing all the communications made by Ministry of Railways with 7th CPC and implementation Cell in this regard. DoP&T after due consideration, in the first week of April 2017 returned these proposals stating that in terms of Transaction of Business Rule (TBR) the upgradation of pay structure is an issue coming under the domain of Department of Expenditure and accordingly advised to refer the issue to Department of Expenditure for taking a decision. The matter is under submission to Board for sending to Department of Expenditure. While acknowledging the 7th CPC recommendation and the Federation’s demand in this case, the Official Side also pointed out that historical relatives across cadres have to be kept in mind.

8. The 28 point agenda given by NFIR was briefly taken up for discussion. The comments of the Nodal Directorate on these issues were shared to all the delegates in the meeting. It is observed that certain issue such as item no. 20 (Perfusionist in Railways) item no. 18 (Dietician in Railways) already stand resolved. However, point wise detailed discussion of the agenda was not taken up for study to enable the Federation to respond to these comments.

9. Before concluding, It was started by the Official Side that various anomalous issues and demands such as non-replacement of -1S Scale, ambiguity in 14.29% increase in pay fixation in the case of Running Staff category, Upgradation of pay structure of Railway Dressers, clarifications on FR (22) options and “bunching” increments, improvement in Technical Supervisors’ and Group ‘B’officers pay’scales have already been taken up with Ministry of Finance for redresial.

The meeting ended with a note of thanks to the Chair.

(Jaya Kumar G)
Deputy Director, pay Commission-VII
Railway Board

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Shri Shivagopal Mishra extended thanks to the Government for restoring 34 allowances

Shri Shivagopal Mishra extended thanks to the Government for restoring 34 allowances

SHRI MISHRA ALSO THANKED THE GOVERNMENT FOR RESTORING 34 ALLOWANCES, PARTICULARLY FROM THE RAILWAYS 12 ALLOWANCES

A.I.R.F

Press Release

General Secretary, All India Railwaymen’s Federation and Secretary, Staff Side(JCM), Shri Shiva Gopal Mishra, welcomed decision of the Union Cabinet for restoring rates of House Rent Allowance @ 10%,20% and 30% to the Central Government Employees covered from levels 1 to 3, “however, demand of the Staff Side(JCM) for similar rate of HRA to other Group `C staff should also have been acceded to”, he added.

Shri Mishra applauded the decision of the Central Government for amending 50% DA barrier for increasing HRA @ 09%, 18% and 27% when DA exceeds 25% as also @ 10%, 20% and 30% on Dearness Allowance exceeding 50%. He further added that, “similar principle could have been adopted on other allowances which are DA indexed”.

Shri Mishra also thanked the government for restoring 34 allowances, particularly from the Railways 12 allowances, including Breakdown Allowance, Nursing Allowance, Trip Allowance, Additional Allowance, Cycle Allowance as also Special Allowance to Trackmen, Section Controllers and Loco Pilot (Goods) and Sr. Passenger Guards on enhanced rates.

Shri Mishra, however, emphasized that, main demand of the Central Government Employees for increasing Minimum Wage and Fitment Formula as well as Guaranteed Minimum Pension for the Central Government Employees, appointed on or after 01.01.2004, should also be considered by the government sympathetically and orders to this effect be issued at an earliest in view of the widespread anxiety and discontentment prevailing among the Central Government Employees.

He appreciated the government for increasing the rate of Fixed Medical Allowance from Rs.500 p.m. to Rs.1000 p.m.

Shri Mishra further said that, Staff Side(JCM) is thankful to the government for increasing various allowances for Nursing Staff and extending Patient Care Allowance to Ministerial Staff working in the hospitals, and at the same time hopeful for increasing the same for other categories of staff also.

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STANDING COMMITTEE MEMBERS, STAFF SIDE NATIONAL COUNCIL JCM, REPRESENTING CONFEDERATION DISAGREE AND DISOWN THE STATEMENT OF SRI. SHIV GOPAL MISRA, SECRETARY, STAFF SIDE, NATIONAL COUNCIL JCM

Confederation Of Central Government Employees & Workers

DATED – 30.06.2017

STANDING COMMITTEE MEMBERS, STAFF SIDE NATIONAL COUNCIL JCM, REPRESENTING CONFEDERATION DISAGREE AND DISOWN THE STATEMENT OF SRI. SHIV GOPAL MISRA, SECRETARY, STAFF SIDE, NATIONAL COUNCIL JCM

It was extremely unfortunate that the Staff Side Secretary through his press statement issued yesterday has chosen to praise the Modi Government over the decisions it had taken on various demands of the Central Govt. employees. The said statement was issued apparently without causing any consultation either formally or informally with the other members of the Staff Side, in any case not at all in consultation with the signatories of this statement.  We, being the members of the Standing Committee, emphatically disagree and distance ourselves from the position taken by him in the Press Statement.

There had been no justification for the 7th CPC to reduce the rate of HRA by an imagined factor of 0.8. Neither during the discussions, the staff side had with the committee headed by the Expenditure Secretary, nor in the press release issued after the Cabinet meeting, the Govt. had advanced  any logic for their decision to restore the rate of HRA only for those who draw pay at the level of Rs.18000. There had been no appreciation of any of the concerns or issues raised by the staff side and whatever decisions so far taken by the Govt. was inconsonance with the views and recommendations of the top echelons of the bureaucracy,  be in the matter of allowances, minimum wage, fitment factor, rejection  of option no.1 for the pensioners or withdrawal of  NPS. There is no justification, whatsoever, for denial of arrears of HRA with effect from 01.01.2016.

The highly defective computation of minimum wage by the 7th CPC and the consequent denial of a reasonable wage structure, withdrawal of existing allowances and benefits, virtual abrogation of the time bound promotion to the lower category of employees; rejection of option No. 1 to pensioners, refusal to grant atleast a  minimum guaranteed pension under NPS, denial of arrears of HRA from 01.01.2016  require the  strongest condemnation.

The fact that decisions taken by the Govt. on 7thCPC issues are clear reflections of Modi Government’s. anti- labour attitude ought to have been, what the staff side secretary conveyed through his press release. His statement has, as stated earlier sadly reflects the total disconnect between the common Central Govt. employees and JCM staff side leadership.
Had it been the statement on behalf of the AIRF, we would not have issued this denouncement  at all, as we consider that it is the prerogative of each organisation to view things in their perspective and formulate their  opinions.

 

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AIRF: 7th CPC Allowance Brief of the meeting held today with the Cabinet Secretary

AIRF: 7th CPC Allowance Brief of the meeting held today with the Cabinet Secretary

AIRF

 

No.AIRF/405(VII CPC)(Allowances)

Dated: June 15, 2017

The General Secretaries,
All Affiliated Unions,

 

Dear Comrades!
Sub: Brief of the meeting held today with the Cabinet Secretary

Today I met the Cabinet Secretary, Government of India, and shown our anguish regarding non-settlement of demands of the Central Government Employees, particularly non-approval of the allowances by the Cabinet.

The Cabinet Secretary assured that, all the things are in the process and most probably would be placed in the next Cabinet meeting.

Normally, Union Cabinet meets on every Wednesday, but this time 21st June, 2017 being “Yoga Day”, this may defer for one or two days, so according to the assurance given by the Cabinet Secretary, we hope that the matter of the allowances would be settled within this month.

We have also come to know from the reliable sources that the Committee on National Pension System(NPS) has also submitted its report and some serious discussion is on for its implementation.

The Cabinet Secretary also assured that he has discussed the issue of “Very Good” benchmark with the CRB as well as Secretary(DoP&T), where he has advised them that the benchmark should be the same as prevalent in the case of promotion; the same should be for MACP also.

This is for your information.

Yours faithfully,
sd/-
(Shiva Gopal Mishra)
General Secretary

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First meeting of Departmental Anomaly Committee (DAC) to settle the anomalies arising out of the implementation of 7th CPC – Change in date of meeting

First meeting of Departmental Anomaly Committee (DAC) to settle the anomalies arising out of the implementation of 7th CPC – Change in date of meeting

7th CPC Pay Anomaly: First Meeting of Railways Departmental Anomaly Committee to held on 20.06.2017

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
(RAILWAY BOARD)
No.PC-VII/2016/DAC/1

New Delhi, dated: 12/06/2017

The General Secretary,
All India Railwaymen’s Federation
4, State Entry Road,
New Delhi-110055

The General Secretary,
National Federation of Indian Railwaymen,
3-Chemsford Road,
New Delhi-110055

Dear Sir,

Sub : First meeting of Departmental Anomaly Committee (DAC) to settle the anomalies arising out of the implementation of 7th CPC – Change in date of meeting.

I am directed to bring to your kind consideration to Board’s letter No.PC/VII/2016/DAC/I dated 06.06.2016 wherein it was decided to hold first meeting of DAC on 23.06.2017. However, the date and time of holding the first meeting of DAC has now been revised to 20.06.2017, 11.00 AM in consultation with federation. Venue of the Meeting will remain same.

Yours Sincerely,
sd/-
For Secretary Railway Board

Source: NFIR/AIRF

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Recommendations of 7th CPC on benchmark for the purpose of MACPS – Clarification

Recommendations of 7th CPC on benchmark for the purpose of MACPS: AIRF writes to Railway Board on clarification

A.I.R.F.
All India Railwaymen’s Federation

D.O. No.AIRF/MACPS

Dated : 22.05.2017

Sub: Recommendations of 7th CPC on benchmark for the purpose of MACPS – Clarification reg.

Ref.: Railway Board’s letter No.PC-V/2016/MACPS/1 dated 19.05.2017

This issue has been discussed with you on several occasions individually as well as jointly, where I mentioned that, the Cabinet Secretary has agreed to us that, the Railways being working under different working conditions, and for operation of the trains, a flow process system is in vogue, that is the reason, in the selections for various posts and categories; benchmarking system had been introduced after VI CPC when DoP&T issued instructions that, financial upgradation under MACPS should be based on “Very Good” benchmark. Even DoP&T agreed that the same benchmark should be used for MACPS which is in vogue for selection in case of the Railway employees.

Now, it is a matter of utter surprise that, on the reference as well as reply from the DoP&T, the Railways had issued instructions for “Very Good” benchmark for financial upgradation under MACPS. This issue is very sensitive and will definitely create lots of agitations because, in the MACPS benchmark of “Very Good” will be considered for consecutive three years. In most of the cases employees will be deprived of from MACPS. Since Railways are working in a flow process system, wherein, instead of individual contribution, joint contribution of the employees has their weightage.

We sincerely hope that, you will kindly intervene in the matter and as has been advised by the Cabinet Secretary, the same benchmark, which is prevalent for selection should be in vogue in case of MACPS also.

With Kind regards!

Yours sincerely,
Sd/-,
(Shiva Gopal Mishra)
General Secretary

Shri A.K.Mittal,
Chairman,
Railway Board,
New Delhi.

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Recommendations of 7th CPC on benchmark for the purpose of MACPS clarification

Recommendations of 7th CPC on benchmark for the purpose of MACPS clarification

7thCPC-MACP

Government of India
Ministry of Railways
(Railway Board)

No. PC-V/2016/MACPS/1

New Delhi,
Dated :19.05.2017

The General Secretary,
NFIR,
3, Chelmsford Road,
New Delhi – 55

The General Secretary,
AIRF,
4,State Entry Road,
New Delhi – 55

Sirs,

Sub:- Recommendations of 7th CPC on benchmark for the purpose of MACPS – clarification reg.

The undersigned is directed to refer to NFIR’s letter No.IV/MACPS/09/Part 10, dt. 23.01.2017 and AIRF’s letter No.AIRF/MACPS (848), dt. 17.03.2017 on the above subject.The matter has been consulted with DoPT, the nodal department of Govt. on the subject and DoPT have stated that 7th CPC in para 5.1.45 of its report recommended that the benchmark, in the interest of improving performance level, be enhanced from ‘Good’ to ‘Very Good’. In addition, introduction of more stringent criteria such as clearing of departmental examinations or mandatory training before grant of MACP can also be considered by the Government. This recommendation of the Pay Commission has been accepted by the Cabinet. Hence, withdrawal of DoPT’s OM dt. 28.09.2016 is not feasible.

As DoPT is nodal department of Govt. for the purpose of MACPS, this Ministry is not in position to deviate from the instructions issued by them.

Yours faithfully,

S/d
for Secretary, Railway Board

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Meeting of Departmental Anomaly Committee to settle the anomalies arising out of the implementation of 7th CPC

7th CPC Anomalies – Meeting of Departmental Anomaly Committee

7thCPC-Departmental-Anomaly-Committee

Sub:- Meeting of Departmental Anomaly Committee to settle the anomalies arising out of the implementation of 7th CPC

I am directed to bring to your kind attention that Departmental Anomaly Committee for Railways consisting of representatives of official side and the staff side to settle the anomalies arising out Of the 7th Central Pay Commission’s recommendations was constituted vide Railway Board’s letter dated 5.10.2016. Subsequently, the definition of anomaly has also been modified vide Board’s letter dated 29.03.2016.

2 Now, it is proposed hold the first meeting of the Departmental Anomaly Committee to discuss the various anomalies arising out of the implementation of 7th CPC’s recommendations, It is requested to advice a convenient date of time for holding the meeting along with the tentative agenda/anomalies coming within the definition of anomaly already circulated vide Railway Board’s letter dated 29.032016 to be discussed in the said meeting.

On receipt of the suggestions the final agenda and the schedule of the meeting will be advised.

Source: AIRF

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AIRF: Meeting of the Committee on Allowances will be held on 06.04.2017

AIRF: Meeting of the Committee on Allowances will be held on 06.04.2017

No.AIRF/Committee on Allowance

Dated: April 3, 2017

The General Secretaries,
All Affiliated Unions,
Dear Comrades!

Sub: Meeting of the Committee on Allowances

It has been informed by the Secretary, Staff Side(JCM), Com. S.G.Mishra, that, meeting of the Committee on Allowances will be held on 06.04.2017.
Probably this may the conclusive meeting.

As all of you are aware that, after 28th March, 2018, lots of efforts have been made by the Secretary, Staff Side(JCM), to pursue the Government of India regarding resolution of long pending demands of the CGEs with the Cabinet Secretary, Hon’ble MR and various Secretaries of the Government of India, Members of various committees.

For General Secy/AIRF

Source: AIRF

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7th CPC Allowance Committee Report – Minister once again replied in Parliament on 22.3.2017

7th CPC Allowance Committee Report – Minister once again replied in Parliament on 22.3.2017

DoPT Minister replied in Lok Sabha on 22nd March 2017 regarding the status of the Committee on Allowances.

Minister of State in the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions and Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office Shri DR. JITENDRA SINGH said in a written reply to various questions regarding the report of allowance committee in Parliament on 22.3.2017 as follows…

“Several representations have been received from various employees’ associations on allowances by the Committee on Allowances. Joint Consultative Machinery (JCM) has also requested to resolve the pending issues including allowances as soon as possible.

To examine the recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission on Allowances (other than Dearness Allowance), a Committee of Secretaries under the Chairmanship of Finance Secretary and Secretary, Expenditure has been set up by the Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure on 22.07.2016.

In the 13 meetings held so far, the Committee has interacted with National Council (Staff Side), Joint Consultative Machinery (JCM) and the representatives of All India Railwaymen Federation (AIRF), National Federation of Indian Railwaymen (NFIR), All India Train Controllers Association (AITCA), All India Guards Council (AIGC), Federation of National Postal Organization, National Federation of Postal Employees, Bhartiya Postal Employees Federation, Bhartiya Postal Employees Association (Group-C), Joint Action Council of Service Doctors Organization (JACSDO), All India GDMO Association (AIGDMOA), Delhi Administration Doctors Welfare Association (DADWA), Faculty Association (Maulana Azad Medical College and associated hospitals), Faculty Welfare Association (Lady Hardinge Medical College), Safdarjung Hospital Medical Officers Association, All India Government Nurses Federation (AIGNF), Railway Nurses of India, All India ESIC Nurses Federation, PGI Nurses Welfare Association, Trained Nurses Association of India (TNAI), National Federation of Atomic Energy (NFAEE).

The Committee has not yet submitted its report to the Government. Decisions on implementing the Report will be taken after the Report is submitted by the Committee.

Authoirty: Lok Sabha

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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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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

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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

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MODI GOVERNMENT SURGICAL STRIKE ON RAILWAYS AND DEFENCE EMPLOYEES

MODI GOVT’S SURGICAL STRIKE ON RAILWAYS AND DEFENCE EMPLOYEES

The BJP- led NDA Government has intensified it’s policy attack on Railways and Defence establishments and employees.

ATTACK ON RAILWAYS.

After the Narendra Modi Government coming to power 100% Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) is allowed in Railways. A committee headed by Sri Bibek Deb Roy , Member , NITI Ayog (National Institute for Transformation of India Ayog) was appointed for restructuring of Railways. The committee recommended complete privatisation of Railways. AIRF in its resolution adopted in the 92nd Annual Conference held at Allahabad from 8th to 10th December 2016, stated as follows:

NDA Government assumed power on 26th May 2016. The General Body meeting of AIRF held on 3rd and 4th July 2016 at Chennai, decided to defer the strike decision to provide time to the new Government to settle and resolve grievances. But the same Government by a notification dated 22nd August 2014, decided to induct 100% FDI in Indian Railways, Defence establishments etc. The Government appointed a high level Railway Restructuring Committee, on 22nd September 2014, headed by Sri Bibek Deb Roy, for restructuring Railways. The same committee had drawn a road map for privatisation and went ahead gradually, despite all out protest by AIRF.

The merger of the Railway Budget with the General Budget was one of the key recommendations on Bibek Deb Roy committee, as an important step towards privatisation of Railways. Government has implemented the decision from this year onwards, on top priority basis. It is also reported in the media that Government has decided to privatise heritage and tourist Railways like Kalka – Shimla, Siliguri – Darjeeling and Nilgiri (Ootty) railways. BIBEK DEB ROY COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATIONS ARE THE BEGIN ING OF THE END OF THE GOVT OWNED INDIAN RAILWAYS.

To add insult to injury, the Railway Board has issued orders curtailing the basic trade union rights of Railway employees. AIRF circular issued on 2nd February 2017 reads as follows:
“In continuation of our earlier letter of even no. dated 1st February 2017, you are advised to observe “Black Day” on 6th February 2017 wearing black badges/ribbons, right from branch to zonal levels, at all important offices of your Railway administrations, DEMANDING WITHDRAWAL OF RAILWAY BOARD’S LETTER DATED 31.01.2017, WHEREIN THE BOARD HAVE DECIDED TO DEBAR SUPERVISORS (IN ERSTWHILE GRADE PAY OF 4200) WORKING IN SAFETY CATEGORIES FROM TRADE UNION“.

AIRF statement also said that the order is in violation of 87th ILO Convention and Indian Trade Union Act.

Railway order says that those supervisors working in safety categories cannot become office bearers of unions/Associations/Federations, but can only remain as members with effect from 01.04.2017.

The above is the present situation in Indian Railways and all the Railway unions/Associations/Federations are conducting various protest programmes (other than strike as dominant organisations are yet to take such a decision) against the policy offensives of the NDA Govt. Recently on 1st & 2nd February 2017, Dakshin Railway Employees Union (DREU) , All India Loco Running Staff Association (AILRSA), All India Station Masters Association (AISMA) , All India Guard Council , Indian Railway Technical Supervisors Association etc. (other than AIRF and NFIR) had organised a massive National Convention and also Parliament March at New Delhi , demanding no privatisation and modifications in the 7th CPC recommendations.

ATTACK ON DEFENCE SECTOR
The situation in Defence sector is also not different. All India Defence Employees Federation (AIDEF) in its circular dated 04.02.2017, has conveyed the following developments to its rank and file:

“The ordnance factories are under severe attack due to the policies being adopted by the BJP – led NDA Government. Instead of developing and strengthening the ordnance factories, the Govt. is disowning the same and is planning fully to proceed to weaken the ordnance factories. Licences are being given to private companies for defence manufacturing including for those products which are being manufactured in the ordnance factories.”

In a meeting of Senior Officers held on 5th January 2017, the Secretary, Ministry of Defence made the following comments
“You have to reduce the cost, otherwise you will not get workload in future, you have to compete with the private sector for getting workload. Two years is the period for ordnance factories.”

Recently Sri Manohar Parikar, Defence Minister , who visited AFK Pune , in the meeting held with unions has stated that ” Factories which are manufacturing clothing and leather items are not required in the Government. These items can easily be procured from private sector.”

The proposal of corporatisation (which is a step towards privatisation) is also under consideration with Prime Minister’s Office (PMO). Govt has constituted another committee to identify low technology/noncore items. It is seen from the press reports that a committee constituted by Defence Minister under the chairmanship of one retired IIM Professor has recommended for creation of a new independent organisation outside the Ministry of Defence to undertake defence procurement. It is understood that a new organisation tentatively called the “DEFENCE ACQUISITION AUTHORITY” will be fully responsible for the entire process of acquisition.

All these policy decisions of the Government will have serious impact on the existence of ordnance factories and on the job security of defence civilian employees. AIDEF has decided to convene a meeting of ordnance factory unions to take a serious stock of the situation and formulate an action plan to fight back.

THIS GOVT WILL UNDERSTAND THE LANGUAGE OF STRIKE ONLY. CONFEDERATION IS ON THE RIGHT PATH.
Confederation of Central Government Employees & Workers, representing about thirteen lakhs Central Government Employees, which always stood in the forefront of the struggle against neo-liberal reforms and anti-people, anti -worker policies of the Govt. and also which conducted series of agitational programmes including strikes against the policy offensives of the Government, extends full support and solidarity to the Railway and Defence employees in their struggle for existence.

Confederation calls upon the entire Central Govt. employees to make the 16th March 2016 one day strike a thundering success. Let us be ready for an indefinite strike, if situation warrants.

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Meeting with Honorable Minister for Railways on 03.02.2017

Meeting with Honorable Minister for Railways on 03.02.2017 – Feedback

Though the CRB has assured that, shortly needful will be done in the matter, but it is advised to all of you that we should continue our agitations till this letter of the Railway Board is withdrawn.

A.I.R.F
All India Railwaymen’s Federation
(Estd, 1924)

4, State Entry Road,
New Delhi – 110055

No.AIRF/24(C)

Dated: February 3, 2017

The General Secretaries,
All Affiliated Unions,

Dear Comrades!

Sub: Meeting with Hon’ble Minister for Railways

Today I met Hon’ble Minister for Railways, Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu and handed him over a copy of our Protest Letter, No.AIRF/24(C) dated February 2, 2017, against Railway Board’s letter No.2017/E(LR)III/Ref./RB/1 dated 30.01.2017, wherein Supervisors(Grade Pay of Rs.4200 and above) working in Safety Categories have been debarred from become office-bearers of the unions/federation after 31.03.2017.

I explained him that, on the one hand railway administrations wants all sorts of cooperation from the federation, on the other they are issuing such a letter wherein they are directly interfering in the unions/federation affairs.

Hon’ble MR immediately called the CRB and advised him that this issue should be resolved without any further loss of time.

In our letter as well as during the course of discussions I demanded immediate withdrawal of Railway Board’s letter supra dated 30.01.2017, which is illegal and against 87th ILO Convention and having no ground for debarring the supervisors from the trade union in the name of safety.

Though the CRB has assured that, shortly needful will be done in the matter, but it is advised to all of you that we should continue our agitations till this letter of the Railway Board is withdrawn.

With Fraternal Greetings!

Yours faithfully,
sd/-
(Shiv Gopal Mishra)
General Secretary

Source: AIRF

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AIRF: Performance on negotiation with 7th Pay Commission, efforts for getting Gratuity for NPS covered Employees

Com. Shiva Gopal Mishra/General Secretary/AIRF Message to its cadres explaining AIRF Performance on negotiation with 7th Pay Commission, efforts for getting Gratuity for NPS covered Employees

AIRF General Secretary briefs about AIRF achievements.
Shiva Gopal Mishra
(General Secretary)

A.I.R.F
All India Railwaymen’s Federation
(Estd, 1924)
4, State Entry Road,
New Delhi-110055

Message

All of you are well aware that, All India Railwaymen’s Federation (AIRF) is the most reputed and oldest federation of the Railwaymen in India; which started its journey in the year 1924.

Prior to AIRF having been formed in 1924; there were a number of Railway Unions existing on different clusters of the Railways under the British Rule. It was realized by the entities that, despite their best efforts they were struggling to safeguard and protect the rights of the Indian Railwaymen from discrimination and exploitation. The British Rulers were highly discriminating the Indian Workers and their policies were highly loaded in favour of the Anglo-Indian Workers. Thus, ignorance of the safety, security, disparity in wages, medical facilities and uncongenial working conditions to our fellow brothers working in different British Railway clusters, compelled them to create a largest and strongest platform to fight against these atrocities and to protect their interests and induce self-respect at the working place. Collective decision and concerted efforts paved the way for formation of prestigious, strong, massive and meticulous organization to work for the well being of the Railwaymen 24x7x65.

All India Railwaymen’s Federation has a history and saga of sacrifices of its workers while fighting 1960, 1968 and 1974 strikes.

Friends! You are also aware that, recently the 92nd Annual Conference of AIRF was held at Allahabad from 8-10 November, 2016, wherein a number of issues related to staff grievances and demands of the Railwaymen were deliberated and discussed and future line of action was drawn.

It may also be appreciated that, although there are number of organizations at the All India level, it is AIRF that stood tall for the Railwaymen’s demands against the anti-workers policies of the government and forced the Government of India to constitute the 7th CPC.

Dear Friends! Though 7th CPC’s recommendations have since been announced and implemented also, but I am personally aggrieved and pained that, the Pay Commission and the Government ignored many genuine demands of the Railway employees. One of our main demands was restoration of the Old Pension Scheme for the employees who joined on or after 01.01.2004 and the other was Minimum Wage as Rs. 26,000 to the staff at the lowest level. In the recommendations of the 7th CPC both the demands were ignored. Apart from this, many other demands were also either partly or fully ignored in the recommendations of the 7th CPC. I have personally taken note of the demands/issues and not only lodged our strong protest to the government, but pursued them to form the committees to review these demands. In this context we also met a Group of Union Ministers and apprised them of the gravity and genuineness of our demands and got assurance from them that these would be duly taken care of. We have also held meetings with the Cabinet Secretary, Secretary(DoP&T), Secretary(Exp.) etc. of the Government of India, to extract maximum benefits for all of you, but up till now nothing fruitful has emerged.

On this occasion I would like to congratulate all of you that, despite all odds, the long pending demands of enhancing the limit of monthly wages for payment of PLB from Rs.3500 to Rs.7000 was acceded to with the consistent efforts of AIRF w.e.f 01.04.2014, and the payment of PLB along with arrears of 2014-15 has since been made to all the fellow Railwaymen. You may also appreciate that, the orders for payment of Retirement Gratuity and Death Gratuity for all the NPS contributors has as well issued by the DoP&T on regular persuasions by us.

Further to this, one of our major demands for Merger of Technician Gr. II to Gr.I has also been acceded to by the Ministry of Railway in another way by upgrading substantial number of posts to the grade of Sr. Technician and Highly Skilled Technician Gr. I. It is also a landmark achievement, but still a number of grievances and demands are yet to be resolved, as such, the 92nd Annual Conference of AIRF unanimously decided to hold “All Indian Protest Day” on 14th December, 2016 throughout the Indian Railways.

Friends! At this stage I would also like to mention that, during the last sort span of period I was not keeping good health and remained hospitalized also for recovery from the ailment. As of now I am feeling perfectly well and energetic and assure you that I am for the AIRF and the cadre only. My life is for my fellow Railwaymen; with their good wishes I am with them.

As the year 2017 is approaching, I want to take this as opportunity to extend my heartfelt greetings to all of you and your families. You all are essential part to the success of our great federation, I would like to thank you all personally for showing immense faith and confidence.

I further like to appeal all of you to work hard for the betterment of the Railways. So long, the organization is strong, we are also strong. Thus, it is our prime duty to take proper care of duties and responsibilities towards our organization, society and to the nation.

I am sure that, all of you will give priority to organize the Youth and Women because without them AIRF cannot be strong. We should also keep in our mind Mission Future. I personally assure you that, you will always find me with you in your hour of need.

Please accept my best wishes for the New Year. I am sure that, you will work with great gusto and motivation to take-up the future challenges.

With fraternal greetings!
Comradely yours,
(Shiva Gopal Mishra)
General Secretary

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Revised classification and mode of filling-up of non-gazetted posts – Scheme for filling-up of vacancies

A.I.R.F.
All India Railwaymen’s Federation

4, STATE ENTRY ROAD,
NEW DELHI 110055
INDIA

No.AIRF/Revised Classification(525)

Dated: December 15, 2016

The Member Staff,
Railway Board,
New Delhi

Dear Sir,

Sub: Revised classification and mode of filling-up of non-gazetted posts –  Scheme for filling-up of vacancies – Reg.

Ref: RailwayBoard’s letter No.E(NG)I-2008/PM1/15 dated 09.02.2016 (RBE No.15/2016)

The scheme of filling-up of higher grade non-gazetted posts, both “selection and non-selection“, on the basis of benchmarking, is invogue on the Indian Railways for quite some time and is working well, facilitating smooth and hassle-free promotions of the non-gazetted staff. This scheme has, therefore, proved its worth and the delay in the name of selection has virtualy been weeded-out on its implementation.

AIRF had, therefore, requested to continue this scheme as “open – ended” forever rather than extending its currency from time to time in installments.

We would, therefore, seek your personal intervention in the matter, so that timely instructions are issued to all the railway administrations to keep this scheme opened forever as the present currency is going to be expired on 31st December, 2016.

An early action in the matter shall be highly appreciated.

Yours faithfully,

Sd/-
(S.K. Tyagi)
Asstt. General Secretary

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