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Railways permits m-Aadhar as one of the prescribed proofs of Identity for Rail Travel Purpose

Ministry of Railways

13-September, 2017 16:34 IST

Ministry of Railways permits m-Aadhar as one of the prescribed proofs of Identity for Rail Travel Purpose.

Ministry of Railways has decided to permit m- Aadhar (Aadhar card on mobile app namely m- Aadhar launched by UIDAI) as one of the prescribed proofs of Identity for Rail Travel purpose in any reserved class.

m- Aadhar is a mobile app launched by UIDAI on which a person can download his/her Aadhar Card. It can be done only on the mobile number to which Aadhar has been linked. For showing Aadhar, the person has to open the app and enter his/ her password to show the Aadhar Card.

m- Aadhar when shown by the passenger on his/her mobile after entering the password should be accepted as proof of identity for undertaking journey in any reserved class over Indian Railways.

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Payment on account of discontinued allowances – Daily officiating Allowance

Payment on account of discontinued allowances – Daily officiating Allowance.

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GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
RAILWAY BOARD

No.E(P&A)I-2011/FE-4/1

The General Managers and principal Financial Advisers,
All Indian Railways & production Units.

PC-VII No.56
RBE No. 120/2017
New Delhi, dated 05.09.2017

Sub: Payment on account of discontinued allowances – Daily officiating Allowance.

Consequent upon the decision taken by the government on the recommendations of the seventh central Pay commission, the President is pleased to decide that disbursement of all existing allowances which have not been specifically recommended for continuation in terms of the Ministry of Finance’s Resolution dated 6th July, 2017 shall be discontinued from 1st July, 2017. since, the Daily officiating Allowance has not been specifically recommended for continuation in the said Resolution dated 6th July, 2017, it ceases to exist with effect from 1st July 2017.

2.lt shall be the responsibility of the Heads of the Department to ensure that no bill relating to disbursement in respect of Daily officiating Allowance is drawn by the Head of office/Drawing & Disbursing officers under their purview/jurisdiction. Pay and Accounts officers shall ensure that no payment is effected if any such bill relating to the disbursement of the discontinued allowance is submitted to them. If any such bills are recieved, they should be returned to the DDO and intimation thereof shall also be given to the Head of the Department and the chief controller of Accounts.

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

4. Please acknowledge receipt.

(Anil Kumar)
Dy. Director/E{P&A}-I
Railway Board.

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Division/ Railway -wise status of pending pension eases of Normal retirement and Other than normal retirement

Inordinate delay in finalization of pension cases on all units of Indian Railways/Production units. – Railway Board Order after Railway Minister concern

Government of India
Ministry of Railways
Railway Board

No. 2016/AC-II /21/8/Pt-l New
Delhi dated: 28.08.2017

PFAs,
All Zonal Railways / PUs

Sub- Division/ Railway -wise status of pending pension eases of Normal retirement and Other than normal retirement.

Hon’ble Minister for Railways has expressed concern that there has been inordinate delay in finalization of pension cases on all units of Indian Railways/Production units. It is desired that immediate Steps be taken to streamline the system in place. A division/Railway-wise status report on pending pension cases of Normal retirement and Other than normal retirement as on 31.3.2017 has been sought.

It is therefore requested the requisite details may be provided in the following format by mail at jda[at]rb.railnet.gov.in by 31.08.2017.

Railway
Division
Number of pending cases for Settlement of Normal Retirement as on 31.03.2017
Number of pending cases for
Settlement of other
than Normal
Retirement as on 31.03.2017
Reasons for delay

(Vivek P. Tirupathi)
Director Finance/CCN
Railway Board

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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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Recommendation of 7th Central Pay Commission – Decision relating to grant of Risk and Hardship Allowance for Track Maintainers of Indian Railways

7th CPC – Risk and Hardship Allowance Order for Track Maintainers of Indian Railways

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

PC-VII No. 33
RBE No.: 87/2017

File No. PC-VII/2017/I/7/5/4
New Delhi, dated: 10/ 08/2017

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

Sub: – Recommendation of 7th Central Pay Commission – Decision relating to grant of Risk and Hardship Allowance for Track Maintainers of Indian Railways.

Consequent upon the acceptance of recommendation of 7th Central Pay Commission on Allowances, the President is pleased to decide grant of Risk and Hardship Allowance to Track Maintainers – I, II, III & IV of Indian Railways as per cell R3H2 (Rs. 2700 for Level 8 and below and Rs. 3400 for Level 9 and above) of Risk and Hardship Matrix.

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

4. Hindi version is attached herewith.

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

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Functioning of Railway Recruitment Board

Functioning of Railway Recruitment Board 

Presently, there are 21 Railway Recruitment Boards (RRBs) across the country for catering to the requirements of various categories of Group ‘C’ posts of Zonal Railway(s) / Production Unit(s).

During the last three years, a total of 62,773 candidates have been empanelled for various categories of Group ‘C’ posts by all the 21 RRBs. Year-wise break-up is as under-

Year

Total candidates empanelled

2014-15

15191

2015-16

27995

2016-17

19587

Total

62773

Indian Railways is an organization having pan India character. The RRBs have been established based on territorial jurisdiction of the Indian railways and not on the basis of State(s), Zone(s) / Region(s). Candidates are free to apply to any RRB throughout the country in response to the advertisements; RRBs do not make any distinction on the basis of State(s), Region(s) / Area(s) / Locality, Caste(s), Gender(s) or Creed(s). No preference / relaxation is given to candidates belonging to any region.

This Press Release is based on the information given by the Minister of State for Railways Shri Rajen Gohain in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha on 02.08.2017 (Wednesday).

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Minimum educational qualification for recruitment of staff from open market in Level-l of the pay matrix of 7th CPC

Minimum educational qualification for recruitment in 7th CPC Pay Matrix Level l: Railway Board Order

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
(RAILWAY BOARD)

RBE No. 73/2017
No. E(NG)II/2017/RR-1/12 (3192238)

New Delhi, dated 27.07.2017

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

Sub: Minimum educational qualification for recruitment of staff from open market in Level-l of the pay matrix of 7th CPC.

Attention is invited to instructions issued, vide this Ministry’s letter under RBE No. 129/2013 dated 09.12.2013, laying down qualification for recruitment of staff from open market to posts in Pay Band-1 of Rs. 5200-20200 having Grade Pay- 1800/- (now Level-l of the pay matrix of 7th CPC), through all modes, against direct recruitment quota as 10th pass or ITI or equivalent or National Apprenticeship Certificate (NAC) granted by NCVT.

2. The qualifications have further been reviewed and it has been decided by Board that the minimum educational qualification for recruitment of staff in Level-l of the pay matrix of 7th CPC (earlier Grade Pay Rs 1800/-) in Civil Engineering, Mechanical, Electrical and S& T departments from open market, through all modes, will henceforth be as under:-

10th pass plus National Apprenticeship Certificate (NAC) granted by NCVT
OR
10th pass plus ITI.

3. For all other departments of the Railways, the minimum educational qualification will continue to be the same as mentioned in para-1 above.

4. Cases already under process will continue to be dealt in terms of earlier instructions.

Please acknowledge receipt.

Director Estt.(N )-II
Railway Board

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Heavy vacancy position on Indian Railways leading to unbearable additional burden and serious staff discontentment – immediate action

Heavy vacancy position on Indian Railways leading to unbearable additional burden and serious staff discontentment –  immediate action

NFIR

No. II/95/Part X

Dated: 27/05/2017

The Chairman,
Railway Board,
New Delhi

Dear Sir,

Sub: Heavy vacancy position on Indian Railways leading to unbearable additional burden and serious staff discontentment – immediate action – requested

NFIR brings to your kind notice that due to accumulation of vacancies in lakhs in safety as well other than safety categories, the systems are suffering very badly and employees are heavily over burdened. Serious discontentment and unrest is prevailing among staff as they are heavily over burdened with the additional workload on account of non-filling of vacancies.

Non-creation of additional posts for maintenance of newly created assets has further aggravated the situation. New stations are opened for traffic on some Zonal Railways, but sadly new posts of Operating Staff (Station Master, Points Men etc.,) have not been created. Likewise, new Railway Lines have been opened for traffic but unfortunately safety category posts have not been sanctioned and above all, safety category vacancies continued unfilled. On some stations, no pointsmen are available while at some stations, the station masters are managing with single Points Man, facing heavy stress while performing train passing duties.

Complaints have also been received that periodic rests are denied to staff on some Zones,leave refused due to shortage of staff and at the same time shortcut methods are being resorted to for denying payment of Over Time Allowance etc.

In C&W, S&T, TRD, TRS and Diesel Organizations, there is heavy shortage of staff as the norms/yard sticks are not being followed, consequently staff are put to sufferings. There is also heavy shortage of Supervisory Staff in the Technical and Operational categories. On some Zones, the shortage of Track Maintainers is so heavy that for patrolling duties, Tiack Maintainers are not available. It is no exaggeration to frankly state that crisis situation has developed on Railways mainly on account of heavy shortage of staff.

NFIR wants to convey to the CRB without mincing words that any delay in filling the vacancies and creating new posts in safety categories for maintaining newly created assets would cause serious setback to the Railways’ efficiency. The Federation further conveys that the Railway employees are very restive, extremely unhappy and angry over the failure of Railway Board in filling the vacancies.

Federation therefore, requests you to kindly take a realistic view and see that approval is given for filling vacancies and creating new posts immediately to save the Railways and equally preserve healthy industrial relations

Yours faithfully

(Dr.M.Raghavaiah)
General Secretary

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Reduction in the residency period for promotion from Helper (G.P Rs.1800, Level-1, Rs.18000-56900) to Technical-III (G.P.Rs.1900, Level-2, Rs.19900-63200)

Railway Order : Reduction in the residency period for promotion from Helper : Railway Order

RBE No.43/2017

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
(RAILWAY BOARD)

NO.E(NG)I-2015/PM1/20

New Delhi, dated 03.05.2017

The General Managers (P)
All Indian Railways & PUs.
(As per standard list)

Sub : Reduction in the residency period for promotion from Helper (G.P Rs.1800, Level-1, Rs.18000-56900) to Technical-III (G.P.Rs.1900, Level-2, Rs.19900-63200)

In terms of extant provision contained in Board’s letter No.E(NG)I-96/PM7/56 dated 2.2.1998, Helpers (G.P.Rs. 1800, Level-1) possessing the qualifications prescribed in the Apprentice Act, with a minimum of three years regular service are eligible to appear in the Selection against 25% qualified staff quota.

2. There has been a demand to reduce the residency period from existing three years to two years, at par with residency period of promotion for other categories. This issue has been raised by AIRF in the PNM forum.

3. Accordingly, the matter has been examined in consultation with the Zonal Railways, PUs & technical directorates of Railway Board and it has been decided . that henceforth residency period for Helpers to appear in selection against 25% qualified staff quota will be two years.

The above instructions will be effective from date of issue of this letter.

Please acknowledge receipt of this letter.

Hindi version shall follow.

(P. M. Meena)
Deputy Director-II/E(NG)I
Railway Board

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NFIR: Measures to improve Safety on Indian Railways

NFIR: Measures to improve Safety on Indian Railways

No. IV/1/Part III

Dated: 29/04/2017

The General Secretaries of
Zonal Unions of NFIR

Brother,

Sub: Measures to improve Safety on Indian Railways-reg.

Ref: Railway Board’s letter No. 2017/E(LR)/Ref/RB/1 dated 30/01/2017.

Please furnish  the following information to the Federation immediately i.e. latest by 1st May 2017:-

  • Total sanctioned strength of Supervisors in Safety categories in GP 4200 & 4600 in the Zone – figures may be given Grade Pay wise.
  • Office Bearers of NFIR Unions who are in Safety/Supervisory posts (GP 4200 & 4600).
  • Percentage of Office Bearers in Safety/Supervisory posts with reference to total sanctioned
  • Percentage of Office Bearers in Safety Supervisory posts with reference to on roll strength
    (separately Grade Pay wise may be given).

Important to note that no names should be furnished as only figures are required for taking further action.

Yours fraternally,
S/d,
(Dr. M. Ragavaiah )
General Secretary

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Indian Railways takes various initiatives to facilitate travel in this summer

Indian Railways takes various initiatives to facilitate travel in this summer

In an endeavor to provide smooth travel experience to the railway travelers, Indian Railways have taken various initiatives for improved passenger experience. Considering the peak season during summers, Indian Railways is poised to offer convenient travel to the passengers without upsetting their plans. To ensure optimal utilization of available accommodation, following initiatives have been undertaken by Indian Railways:-

i) Finalization of first reservation chart at least 4 hours before the scheduled departure of the train.

ii) After preparation of first reservation chart, current ticket booking facility provided through any reserved ticket booking window as well as on internet till preparation of second reservation chart.

iii) Transfer of vacant available accommodation after preparation of second reservation chart to next remote location.

iv) Following facilities are also provided online through IRCTC website:

a) Waitlisted passengers given the option of accommodation in any other train without payment of any difference of fare or grant of refund thereon under VIKALP scheme. This facility can also be availed for e tickets booked prior to 01.04.2017

b) Tickets booked across reserved ticket booking window can be cancelled through IRCTC website or through 139.

c) In case of e tickets, boarding points can be changed through IRCTC website at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure of the train.

d) The facility of online booking of wheel chair provided free of cost to passengers.

e) The facility of online booking of retiring rooms through IRCTC website has been introduced.

f) Disposable bedrolls can be purchased through IRCTC website.

g) E Catering introduced to increase food options available with passengers.

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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

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

New Delhi, dated 16.03.2017.

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

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 on 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, refusal 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 virtue 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 Ministry of Railways.

3. Please acknowledge receipt.

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

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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.

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Indian Railways Measures to Promote Digital Payments

Indian Railways Measures to Promote Digital Payments

In pursuance of this announcement made by Government of India for promotion of Digital & Cashless Economy, Ministry of Railways has initiated some additional following package of incentives and measures. This shall be made effective from 1st January 2017.

1. Ministry of Railways has decided to instruct Yatri Ticket Suvidha Kendras (YTSKs) to install POS machines and accept payments through all banks debit/credit cards for issuing both reserved and unreserved tickets. They are encouraged to accept payments through other modes also like UPI, USSD, e-wallet, Aadhar enabled payments system.

2. Ministry of Railways has decided to instruct Jan Sadharan Ticket Booking Seva (JTBs) are also instructed to accept payments through other modes like UPI, USSD, e-wallets, Aadhar enabled payments system to issue unreserved tickets.

3. Ministry Of Railways have decided to allow 5% Discount for booking of Retiring Room through digital means like using debit/credit cards.

4. Ministry of Railways have decided that 0.5% discount in the base fare of season tickets (Monthly, quarterly, Half yearly, yearly) over suburban section shall be granted in case the payment is made through digital means through debit card, credit card etc.. Other charges like MUTP surcharge, Mela surcharge, service tax etc., if applicable shall be levied separately on the base fare arrived at after giving the 0.5% concession.

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Railway Minister’s English Essay Competition 2016-2017

Railway Minister’s English Essay Competition 2016-2017

Government of India
Ministry of Railways
Railway Board

No.E(G)2016/AW1/198
Rail Bhawan, New Delhi-110001, dated 21.12.2016

The General Managers/OSDS,
All Indian Railways & Production Units,
RDSO/Lucknow, CORE/ Allahabad,
Metro Rly./ Kolkata etc.(As per standard Mailing List)

Sub: Railway Minister’s English Essay Competition 2016-2017.

Railway Minister’s English Essay Competition’ is conducted every year and the following Prizes are awarded along with a certificate:-

Category              1st Prize         2nd Prize
i) Gazetted             Rs.6000/-       Rs.4000/-
ii) Non-Gazetted   Rs.6000/-       Rs.4000/-

2. The essays are required to be written (preferably typed) in English only in double space and on one side of the paper. The essays should be restricted to a word limit of 2000 failing which an entry shall-be disqualified. Every Railway employee whether permanent or temporary, who has put in a minimum of three month’s service is eligible to submit only one essay on any one of the Topics given below. The prizes are distributed during the Annual Railway Award Function held every year.

3. For the purpose of this Competition, Railway Units are required to invite essays from the Officers and Staff and select best 10 percent of the essays, for forwarding to the Board’s Office. The essays are then examined by a Special Committee appointed by the Board.

4. . Winners of Ist Prize of English Essay Competition (Gazetted/Non Gazetted) in the last three years i.e 2013-14, 2014-15 & 2015-16 are not eligible.

5. It has been observed that in the Competition held last year, some of the Railways had not sent any entries. Accordingly, it is requested that due publicity may be given for inviting entries for the year 2016-17 from the Railway employees. The selected essays (in triplicate) duly signed and also mentioning on the cover of the Essay – the name, designation, Railway, category (gazetted/non-gazetted), office address and telephone number may be forwarded to the Ministry. of Railways, latest by 22nd February, 2017, so that assessment of the essays and further necessary action in relation to the prize-winning essays may , be completed well in time. In case no essay has been/is selected by your Railway/Office, a ‘NIL’ statement may please be sent.

(S.PAL)
JOINT DIRECTOR ESTT. (GENL.)

LIST OF TOPICS FOR THE RAILWAY MINISTER’S ENGLISH ESSAY COMPETITION FOR THE YEAR – 2016-2017

1. Role of Social Media in improvement of Railways’ working and its benefits to passengers/users.
2. Digital India and Indian Railways.
3. Swachh Bharat and Swachh Rail.

Source: www.indianrailways.gov.in

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Nomination of Representatives of recognized federations of Indian Railways to attend the meeting on Allowances to be held on 28.11.2016

Nomination of Representatives of recognized federations of Indian Railways to attend the meeting on Allowances to be held on 28.11.2016

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
RAILWAY BOARD

No. PC-VIIl/2016/COS/3

New Delhi Dated: 25.11.2016

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Sub: Nomination of Representatives of recognized federations of Indian Railways to attend the meeting on Allowances to be held on 28.11.2016.

The undersigned is directed to refer Ministry of Finance’s OM dated 21.11.2016 advising this Ministry to nominate names of representatives of recognized Federations/Staff Associations of Indian Railways to present their views on Allowances pertaining to Ministry of Railways in the meeting scheduled to be held on 28.11.2016 at North Block.

2. It is advised that the following representatives would be representing the recognized Staff Federations of Indian Railways in the aforesaid meeting.

(i) Shri Shiv Gopal Mishra, General Secretary, AIRF

(ii) Dr. M. Raghavaiah, General Secretary, NFIR.

3. With regard to the request forwarded by All India Train Controllers Association and All India Guard Council to call them for the aforesaid meeting, it is state that this Ministry is of the view that the request may not be acceded to as both associations are un-recognized and acceding such request will result in similar demands from large number of un-recognized associations in Ministry of Railways. It is also stated that All India Railwaymen’s Federation (AIRF) and National Federation of Indian Railwaymen (NFIR) are only two recognized federations of Indian Railways.

Sd/-
(S. Balachandra Iyer)
Director, Pay Commission
Railway Board

Source: NFIR

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Revision in the procedure of cancellation and refund of value of Rs.10,000/- and above for the PRS counter tickets booked from 09.11.2016 to 11.11.2016

Revision in the procedure of cancellation and refund of value of Rs.10,000/- and above for the PRS counter tickets booked from 09.11.2016 to 11.11.2016

COMMERCIAL CIRCULAR No.561 of 2016

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
RAILWAY BOARD

No. TC-II/2003/2016/refund

New Delhi, 10.1.2016

To Chief Commercial Managers
All zonal Railways

Managing Director/CRIS/Chankyapuri/New Delhi
Managing/Director/IRCTC/New Delhi

Sub: Revision in the procedure of cancellation and refund of value of Rs.10,000/- and above for the PRS counter tickets booked from 09.11.2016 to 11.11.2016.

Ministry of Railways desire that tie procedure for cancellation of tickets and refund of value of Rs.10,000/- and above for the PRS counter tickets booked from 09.11.2016 to 11.11.2016 shall be revised as under:-

(i) Cancellation of such tickets and refund of fare of value Rs.10,000/- and above shall NOT be allowed in cash or through green pay order or by any means involving cash across the counter. The payment shall be only through Cheque / ECS payment.

(ii) Such ticket may be refunded through filing of TDR only on surrendering of original ticket. TDR shall filed within the prescribed time limit for cancellation of ticket across the counter as per Refund Rule e.g. TDR shall be filed only upta half an hour before the scheduled departure of the train for RAC/WL tickets and for confirmed tickets upto 4 hours before the scheduled departure of the train, for which ticket has been issued etc.,

(iii) In such cases TDR and rerund of fare as per refund shall be allowed for waitlisted tickets also only through Cheque / ECS payment.

(iv) This shall be implemented with immediate effect.

This issues with concurrence of Finance (Commercial) and Accounts Directorates of Ministry of Railways.

CRIS may make necessary changes in the software.

Ensue action accordingly and confirm.

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

Authority: www.indianrailways.gov.in

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Railway Budget merger with General Budget will have positive effects

Railway Budget merger with General Budget will have positive effects

Railways today maintained that the merger of its budget with General Budget will have no adverse effect on its functioning and there will be positive outcome as the exchequer support to the national transporter will increase henceforth.

Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu will not present a separate Rail Budget for the fiscal 2017-18 in the coming budget session in Parliament as the government has decided to do away with the year-long tradition of having it separately.

“Merger of Rail Budget has positive implications. It is very simple, no adverse implication and only positive implication,” Railway Board Chairman A K Mittal said at the Edotors conference here.

He said the Railways will no longer pay dividends to the exchequer which is a gain for the organisation.

Railways receieve gross budgetary support from the Finance Ministry and in return pay dividends on it.

“We have paid about Rs 9500 cr as dividends this year but now we do not have to pay dividends any longer after the merger,” Mital said.

Comparing with other transporter sectors, he said investment in railways was much less than the road sector over the years and as a result rail sector was languishing for the lack of infrastructure development.

“The investment in road sector was twice more than the rail sector. But now we hope a holistic approach will be adopted by the government for the whole transport sector including railways, road, waterways and others,” he said.

Asked about the possibilities of announcement of any tie-up with Japan on rail sector during the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ongoing Japan trip, he said “further discussion of Mumbai-Ahmedabad high speed rail project is expected to come up.”

Japan is providing financial and technology support to the Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train project.

On the demonitisation crisis, he was asked whether ticket counters are being used to convert black money to white and he said “Railways is in the buisness of carrying passengers and goods and is not for changing the colour of the money.”

After the demonitisation of Rs 1000 and Rs 500 notes, ticket counters all over the country are witnessing heavy rush as people are using these notes to buy tickets and subsequently cancelling them to encash smaller denomination notes.

“Some people might think of that way. But now the refund will go to their account only,” he said.

Railways has decided to give refund money worth Rs 10,000 or above to the customers bank accounts.

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Permission to Travel by Airlines other than Air India : Railway Board

Permission to Travel by Airlines other than Air India

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

RBE No.122/2016
New Delhi, Dated 17.10.2016

No.F(E)I/2016/AL-28/25
The General Managers,
All Indian Railways etc.
(As per Standard Mailing List)

Sub: Permission to Travel by Airlines other than Air India.

In terms of Board’s letter of riven number dated 16.05.2016 on the subject, certain guidelines were issued regarding grant of permission to travel by airlines other than Air India for official air travel (both domestic and international) by railway officers.

2. However, in some of the cases, the requests seeking relaxation/permission to travel by airlines other than Air India are being received without complete particulars, and requisite documents. Occasionally, even the sector(s) for which permission is sought for travel by private airlines are not indicated.

3. It is therefore requested that the reference seeking relaxation/permission to travel by airlines other than Air India may be made to Railway Board following the guidelines of air travel circulated along with the letter dated 16.05.2016 ,Some of which are reiterated below and additional particulars as indicated below may also be furnished.

(i) The request for relaxation/permission must be submitted to Railway Board at least 10 working days in advance from the date of travel, in the prescribed proforma also indicating the telephone number fax number (if an official email ID and grade / level of the officer travelling.

(ii) Request for post-facto permission should be avoided.

(iii) Those seeking relaxation on ground of non-availability of seats (NAS) must enclose NAS certificate issued by authorized travel agent / a copy of the sector specific snapshot of Air India Website.

(iv) Those seeking relaxation on ground of attending meeting at a particular time, must attach meeting notice and approved tour programme.

4. Hindi version is enclosed.

5. Please acknowledge receipt.

sd/-
(Sonali Chaturvedi)
Dy. Director Finance (Estt.)
Railway Board

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

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Re-engagement of retired staff on daily remuneration basis in Railways: Scheme extended upto 14.09.2017

Re-engagement of retired staff on daily remuneration basis in Railways: Scheme extended upto 14.09.2017

RBE No. 119/2016
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
(RAILWAY BOARD)

No. E(NG)II/2010/RC-4/6
New Delhi, dated 07.10.2016

The General Manager (P)
All Indian Railways/PUs

Sub: Re-engagement of retired staff on daily remuneration basis in exigencies of services.
Attention is invited to this Ministry’s letter of even number dated 31.08.2015 (RBE No. 97 /2015) on the above subject. Keeping in view the acute shortage of staff in various categories of posts and consequent hampering of the Railway’s services, Ministry of Railways (Railway Board) have decided to extend the said scheme, in exigencies of services, for a further period of one year, i.e. up to 14.09.2017, in the same terms & conditions as mentioned in the Board’s letter of even number dated 27.09.2012. While implementing the scheme, General Managers may keep in view the fresh recruitment made in the vacant posts.
This issues with the concurrence of the Finance Directorate of Ministry of Railways (Railway Board).

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

Source: www.indianrailways.gov.in

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