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Grant of Children Education Allowance to the railway employees implementation of Board’s decision – problems

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Need Uniform Format to Claim Children Education Allowance – NFIR

NFIR writes to Railway Board to issue proper unifrom format to claims for reimbursement of CEA to avoid delay…

NFIR
National Federation of Indian Railwaymen
3, Chelmsford Road, New Delhi – 110 055

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

No.I/13(a)

Dated: 04/06/2018

Sub: Grant of Children Education Allowance to the railway employees implementation of Board’s decision – problems – reg.

Ref: Railway Board’s RBE No.147/2017 letter No.E(W)2017/ED-2/3 dated 12/10/2017.

Pursuant to Government decision on the recommendation of 7th Central Pay Commission, the DoP&T vide No.A-27012/02/2017-Estt.(AL) dated 16/08//2017 had issued instructions revising the amount for reimbursement of Children Education Allowance and Hostel Subsidy. The Railway Board vide RBE No.147/2017 dated l2th Oct, 2017 has issued corresponding instructions to the General Managers for ensuring payment of Children Education Allowance & Hostel Subsidy at revised rates from 01/07/2017.

On Zonal Railways, the staff are facing much inconvenience on account of non-issuance of proper proforma/format for preferring claims, consequently the reimbursement is delayed and claims continued to remain pending due to queries being raised at different levels. It is further learnt that the Eastern Railway, South Eastern Railway and Central Railway have issued proforma/format which are however not common. Other Zonal Railways have not at all issued proforma for preferring the claims. It has however been found that the Eastern Railway Administration has not only circulated format, but also issued JPO.

NFIR is of the view that it would be necessary to bring reimbursement to avoid delay as well staff grievances.

NFIR therefore requests the Railway Board to arrange to issue proper format to enable the employees to prefer claims without hassles together with certificate from the Heads of the Institutions. Such uniform format will be advantageous to the Railway Administration as well to staff who are entitled for reimbursement of Children Education allowance/Hostel Subsidy.

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

Source: NFIR

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Revision of hourly rates of Incentive Bonus and Bonus Factor of Workshop/PUs in respect of staff governed under CRJ Pattern/GIS

Revision of hourly rates of Incentive Bonus and Bonus Factor of Workshop/PUs in respect of staff governed under CRJ Pattern/GIS.

NFIR

(RAILWAY BOARD)

No. PC-VII/2017/R-U/28

New Delhi, dated: 05/09/2017

To
The General Secretary,
National Federation of Indian Railwaymen’
3, Chelmsford Road,
New Delhi – 110055.

Sub: Revision of hourly rates of Incentive Bonus and Bonus Factor of Workshop/PUs in respect of staff governed under CRJ Pattern/GIS.

Please refer to your letter Nos. I/11/1 dated 08.08.2017 and dated 24.08.2017 wherein it has been brought to notice that in order dated 06.07.2017, in terms of reference the committee to examine the issue related to revision of hourly,rates of Incentive Bonus and Bonus Factors of Workshops/PUs under CRJ Pattern/GIS, level in the pay matrix and name of certain categories are not in order. In this context, it is stated that this has been taken on record and necessary rectification shall be done as under in para 2 of the order dated 06.07.2017 when Committee meets:

Item
No.
Name of the Category Level in Pay Matrix
1. Sr. Technician Level 6
2. Technician-I Level 4

For secretary, Railway Board

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NFIR: Comprehensive transfer policy – exemption from 5 years condition

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

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

Dated: 23/02/2017

No. II/14/Part VII

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

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

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

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

(a) Transfers sought on mutual exchange basis,

(b) Transfers sought on spouse ground,

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

(d) Physically handicapped Railway servants.

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

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

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

DA,/As above

Source: NFIR

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Claims regarding payment of Travelling Allowance to the staff promoted under cadre restructuring w.e.f 01/11/2013 – case of North Western Railway

Claims regarding payment of Travelling Allowance to the staff promoted under cadre restructuring w.e.f 01/11/2013 – case of North Western Railway

NFIR
National Federation of Indian Railwaymen

No. I/5(F)

Dated: 2310512016

The Secretary (E),
Railway Board,
New Delhi

Dear Sir,

Sub: Claims regarding payment of Travelling Allowance to the Staff promoted under cadre restructuring w.e.f. 0l/11/2013- case of North Western Railway-reg.

Ref: (i) GM(P)AJ.W. Rly’s letterNo.600E/Bills/HQ/NWREU/7/2015 dated 25/01/2016.
(ii) NFIR’s letter No. I/5(F) dated 01/03/2016.

(iii) Railway Board’s letter No. F(E)I/2016/AL-28/17 dated 22/04/2016.

On going through the reply sent by the Board vide letter dated 22/04/2016, Federation is disappointed to note that the issue raised by NFIR vide its letter dated 01/03/2016, has not been gone into thoroughly with reference to the rules on the subject lPara1202 of IREM Vol. I and Para 1602 (2) of IREC Vol. II] and the stipulations mentioned in the footnote where following provision has been made in case of late authorization/drawal of increments by the employees from retrospective effect.

Note: In the case of late authorization/drawal of increments with retrospective effect, other than where increments were withheld or where the increments take an officer above the stage ‘ of efficiency bar, there is no objection to the supplementary claims relating to Travelling Allowance, if any being admitted, on the basis of the enhanced pay including the increments.”

These stipulations however have not been taken into account by the Board while sending negative reply to the Federation.

Incidentally, Federation desires to mention that the issue was raised by the General Secretary, NFIR in the PNM meeting held on 19th/20th May 2016 outside the agenda. It is also worth-mentioning that the benefit of cadre restructuring to be given effect from 0l/1112013 was actually granted after lot of delay due to various administrative reasons, therefore claims of staff for payment of Travelling Allowance at the enhanced rates effective from 01/11/2013 need to be considered as provided under the rules.

NFIR, therefore, requests the Railway Board to kindly review and issue suitable instructions to all Zones etc., on the subject. A copy of instructions issued may be endorsed to the Federation.

Yours faithfully,

(Dr. M. Raghavaiah)
General Secretary

Copy to the General Secretaries of affiliated Unions of NFIR.
Media Centre/NFIR.

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Entitlement of various types of residential accommodations based on the revised Pay Scales recommended by 6th CPC

NFIR
National Federation of Indian Railwaymen

No. II/23/Part II

Dated: 13/05/2016

The Secretary (E),
Railway Board,
New Delhi

Dear Sir,

Sub: Entitlement of various types of residential accommodations based on the revised Pay Scales recommended by 6th CPC-reg.
Ref: (i) NFIR’s PNM Item No. II/2014.

(ii) NFIR’s letter No. II/23/Part II dated 08/04/2016.

During the course of discussions on item No. I l/2014 in the PNM meeting held with the Railway Board on 08th/09th October 2015, the Official Side stated that as per entitlement of Government accommodation applicable to Central Government employees as notified by the .Ministry of Urban Development the entitlement of employees having Grade Pay Rs. 1800/- is also a Type-I quarter. It was further stated that modification of the entitlement of employees in Grade Pay 1800/- from Type-I to Type-II is not in conformity with MOUD’s Notification on the matter.

In order to examine the issue in detail and to respond further, Federation desires to have a copy of Notification issued by the Ministry of Urban Development.

NFIR, therefore, requests the Railway Board to provide copy of the notification of MOUD early.

Yours faithfully,
(Dr. M. Raghavaiah)

Copy to the General Secretaries of affiliated Unions of NFIR.
Media Centre/NFIR.
File No. II/20l4 (PNM).

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Grant of full sets of Post Retirement Complimentary Passes (PRCP) to staff retired in GP 1800

Grant of full sets of Post Retirement Complimentary Passes (PRCP) to staff retired in GP 1800/-

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
(RAILWAY BOARD)

No.E(W)2010/PS 5-8/4

New Delhi, dated 11.03.2016

General Secretary
National Federation of Indian Railwaymen
3, Chelmsford Road
New Delhi – 110 055.

Sub: Grant of full sets of post Retirement Complimentary Passes (PRCP) to staff retired in GP 1800/- (erstwhile Group “D”)

Ref: NFIR’s letter No.I/15/Part III dated 04.01.2016.

Dear Sir,

With reference to above cited letter, it is stated that the crux of Board’s letter of even number dated 17.07.2012 was that employees retiring from Group “C” posts with GP 1800/- would be automatically eligible for two sets of PRCP. On the other hand, the crux of Board’s letter No.E(W)2012/PS5-1/5 dated 05.08.2014 was that employees who were never granted the status of Group “C” and retired as Group “D” cannot be extended two sets of PRCP. These two letters are, thus not contradictory to each other, and the latter only supplyements the former and brings out the position that only those who retired as Group “C” staff are entitled to 2 sets of PRCP and not those who retired as Group “D” staff in the same GP of Rs.1800/-, before upgradation of these posts.

2. Further,the issue for grant of 2 sets of PRCP to all those employees who retired in the G.P. of Rs.1800/-, irrespective of classification as Group “C” was raised in DC/JCM Meeting (Item No.18/2012) and PNM Forum. The demand was examined in consultation with Finance & Pay Commission Directorates and also at Board’s level. However, the same was not found feasible of acceptance in view of financial and other implications.

Yours Faithfully,

Sd/-

For Secretary/Railway Board

Source: NFIR

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Impact of the recommendations of 7th Pay Commission – NFIR

Impact of the recommendations of 7th Pay Commission – NFIR

 

NFIR
National Federation of Indian Railwaymen
3, Chelmsford Road, New Delhi – 110 055

 

No. IV/NFIR/7th CPC/CORRES(R.B)

Dated : 4.1.2016

The Addl: Member (Budget),
Railway Board,
New Delhi

 

Dear Sir,
Sub: Impact of the recommendations of 7th CPC- reg.

 

Ref: AM(B) note No. 2015-B-265 dated 23/12/2015 addressed to GS/NFIR.

 

With reference to the note received from AM(B) dated 23/12/2015 on the subject relating to the implementation of the recommendations of 7th CPC on Railways, the Federation at the outset conveys as follows:-

 

During discussions with the Hon’ble MR and the Board (CRB, FC, MS) on 23rd December 2015, the NFIR General Secretary has expressed that there is all-round unhappiness on 7th CPC recommendations as in many cases the ‘Take Home Pay’ is either very marginal or less than what is received by the employee now. The Federation also disputed the estimated financial implications (Rs.28,500 crores) and said that the estimated expenditure has been exaggerated. It was also brought to the notice of the MR the retrograde recommendations of 7th CPC, while the case of Railway employees of various categories was not dealt adequately and the Railway Ministry has unfortunately not apprised the inadequacies of Grades Pay and Pay Band of 6th CPC to the Chairman, 7th CPC.

 

2. As desired vide note dated 23/12/2015, the Federation furnishes the followins details as Annexures to this letter.

 

(a) Table -I gives the position of 6th CPC minimum pay in Pay Band & Grade pay (PB-1 to PB-3) as on 01/01/2016.

(b) Table -I (a) explains the 7th CPC minimum pay from Level-l to Level-12 of the Pay Matrix.

 

[A comparison of Table-I with Table-I(a) reveals that the net benefit is marginal at Level-1, minus at Level-2. However, there may be substantial increase from Level-7 and above. If Income Tax deduction takes place, the increase will fall.]

 

(c) Table-II indicates 6th CPC minimum pay in GP + Pay Band without HRA.

 

Table-II (a) gives 7th CPC minimum pay without HRA (staff in occupation of Railway quarters are not entitled for HRA).

 

[A comparison of Table-II with Table-II (a) shows minus ‘Take Home Pay’ for employees of Level-I to Level-6 of Pay Matrix and equally marginal increase to those in Level-7, 8 & 9 of pay Matrix. Again in Level-10 the ‘Take Home Pay’ will be less than the present amount’. Overall position will be either “minus” or “marginal increase”. The Income Tax deduction would further worsen.]

 

(d) Table-III shows the approximate 6th CPC pay of employees after drawal of 10 annual increments.

 

Table III(a) provides information pertainingto7th CPC Pay (approx) for staff in Level-1 to Level-12 (Pay Matrix).

 

[A comparison between Table-III and Table-III(a) reveals that there will be marginal increase to those in Level-1 to Level-6. Although there will be an increase of more than 2400 to those in Level-7 to Level-12, the Income Tax deduction would reduce their ‘Net Take Home Pay.’

 

(e) Table-IV gives position of 6th CPC Pay of staff (without HRA + 10 annual increments – approx) as on 01/0112016

 

Table-IV(a) explains 7th CPC Pay without HRA as on 01/01/2016.

 

[A comparison of Table-IV with Table-IV (a) reveals that those in 7th CPC Pay Matrix Level-1 to Level-12 will draw minus salary. With Income Tax deduction, the position may be more worse.]

 

Note: (i) In the case of employees living in Railway Quarters (nearly 40%) the financial
(ii) The unfilled vacancies are approximately over two lakhs since the last two years. The implications of HRA will be Zero. The costs of these posts have already been saved by the Indian Railways.

Encls: Annexure I to Annexure IV

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

Source: NFIR

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MACP Anomalies: Railway Board’s meeting with Federations

MACP Anomalies: Railway Board’s meeting with Federations

Government of India
Ministry of Railway
(Railway Board)

No.2014/E(LR)II/1/4

New Delhi. dated: 19.08.2015

The General Secretary,

All India Railwaymen’s Federation,

4,State Entry Road,

New Delhi-110055

General Secretary,

National Federation of Indian Railwaymen,

3, Chelmsford Road,

New Delhi-110055.

Subject: Grievances of Staff – MACP Anomalies.

Ref.: Board’s letter No. 2013/E(LR)II/1/17 dated 18.02.2014.

In the above connection, a meeting of the Federations with Board (MS and FC) has been fixed for 27.08.2015 at 11.00 hrs. in the Committee Room (Room No. 237). A list of issues to be discussed is enclosed.

2. President and General Secretary of the Federations are requested to kindly make it convenient to attend the above meeting

 

Yours faithfully,
(Naveen Kumar)
Dy. Director, E(LR)-I

Enclosure to Railway Board’s letter No.2014/E(LR)II/1/4 Dated 19.08.2015

 

List of issues to be discussed

(1) Financial up-gradation under MCPS to the directly Graduate Engineer – Considering entry Grade Pay as Rs. 4600/- for the purpose of MACP to all the directly recruited Engineering Graduates in Design/Drawing Cadre and other Cadres

 

(2) Third financial up-gradation under MACPS on completion of 20 years of service from the first promotion or 10 year after second promotion or 30 years after regular appointment – whichever is earlier?

 

(3) Grant of financial up-gradation under MACP Scheme in the promotional hierarchy (instead of Grade Pay hierarchy) – as per judgment of various Courts’

 

(4) MACPS benefits to railway employees – cases of employees joining another unit/organization on request.

 

(5) provision of all benefits on financial upgrading under MACPS – including entitlements for travel & treatment in hospital etc.

 

(6) Non-grant of benefit of financial up-gradation under MACPS to the staff on North Western Railway.

 

(7) Grant of Financial Up- gradation under MACPS to the staff who are in the same Grade Pay for more than 20 Years.

 

(8) Abolition of pay Scale and Introduction of up-graded Pay Scale with revised designation – Senior Section Engineers (Drawing) – Clarification on entry Grade Pay.

 

(9) Non-grant of financial up gradation under MACP Scheme to the Stock Versifiers working in Zonal Railways/Production Units. ‘

 

(10) Grant of financial Up-gradation under MACP Scheme – Wrongful clarification issued by the Railway Board.

 

(11) Wrong implementation of MACP Scheme in IT Cadre/ Granting of financial benefit under MACP Scheme to EDP Staff.

 

(12) Grant of Transport Allowance to the employees availing the facility of Workmen Trains.

 

Source: NFIR

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Dearness Allowance increase is likely to be 118% of pay from July 2015

Dearness Allowance w.e.f. 01/07/2015-reg-NFIR View

Dearness Allowance increase is likely to be 118% of pay from July 2015

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

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

No. I/5(A)/Part. I Dated: 01/05/2015
The General Secretaries of
Affiliated Unions of NFIR

Dear Brother,

Sub: Dearness Allowance w.e.f. 01/07/2015 -reg.

The All India Consumer Price Index for March 2015 was 254 and if it remains as it is for next three (3) months or if it rises to 256, the average is expected to be 253. Consequently, the Dearness Allowance increase is likely to be 118% of pay from July 2015.

The above is for information of affiliates. You are aware that the Government normally announces DA. revision in September, to be given effect from July.

Yours fraternally,

sd/-

(Dr. M. Raghavaiah)
General Secretary

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Task Force to give suggestions to improve productivity in Railway Operations, manufacturing and other departments on Indian Railways -reg.

Task Force to give suggestions to improve productivity in Railway Operations, manufacturing and other departments on Indian Railways -reg. 

NFIR
National Federation of Indian Railwaymen

3, CHELMSFORD ROAD, NEWDELHT- 110055
Affiliated to :
lndian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC)
lntemational Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF)

 

No. IV/NFIR/HLC/FINANCIAL HEALTH/IR
Dated: 05/01/2015

The Secretary (E),
Railway Board,
New Delhi

kind attention: Shri Vijay Kumar, EDME(INFRA).

Dear Sir.
Sub: Task Force to give suggestions to improve productivity in Railway Operations, manufacturing and other departments on Indian Railways -reg.

Ref: Railway Board’s letter No. 2014/INFRA/TF/IPRO dated 24/12/2014 and 31/12/2014.

We convey our suggestions vide Annexure to this letter to enable the Task Force to give serious consideration.

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

DA/As above

Copy forwarded to the Executive Director/IR, Railway Board, New Delhi for information and necessary action.
Copy to the General Secretaries of Affiliated Unions of NFIR.
Media Centre/NFIR
Copy to File No. IV/NFIR/SR/2014/HLRRC.
Copy to File No. IV/NFIR/FDI/IR.

“Annexure”

1. Railway Operations

1.1 Special priority should be given for ensuring “throughput” so as to avoid detention to trains, thereby path on Railway tracks will be available for running additional services and at the same time rolling stock could be utilized to optimum level and equally expenditure on fuel can be brought down considerably.

1.2 Almost all passenger carrying trains are presently kept at signals due to non- availability of platforms. Additional platforms should be constructed or new terminals be opened for prompt reception and despatch of trains. Presently due to detention at signals, image of Railways is adversely affected and equally man hours and engine hours are wasted. These are required to be addressed.

1.3 Unnecessary movement of empty wagons be avoided and at the same time empties be supplied promptly for meeting the demands. At present on some Zones, empty wagons are run for hundreds of kilometres for the purpose of loading. A thorough review is needed.

1.4 The existing wagon capacity should be utilised for loading at least up to the extant of 80% against present “loaded to total of 65%”.

1.5 The Zonal Railways which have potential to increase the freight loading, should be provided the required assistance.

1.6 A thorough study needs to be done with regard to Zonal Railways where Operating Ratio is poor and steps taken for improving the efficiency levels.

2. Stores

2.1 Supply of raw materials/spare parts should be ensured in order to prevent cannibalization.

2.2 Quality material, spare parts should procured for quality performance of assets instead of resorting to lowest tender system.

2.3 Procurement of machinery and assets may be resorted to only when the same are really required for the system.

3. Civil Engineering Works

3.1 Priority should be given for doubling and laying of third and fourth lines wherever the Tracks are over saturated. There is no need to have “Bullet Train” as such a project would cost heavily to the Nation and the Railways.

3.2 The funds allotted for construction of new lines may be frozen and study be conducted to assess whether such lines are really required at this juncture.

4. Human Resources Development

4.1 The employees belonging to safety categories (Running etc.,) are to be utilized for the duties of the post they are expected to perform, instead of posting them for performing other miscellaneous duties.

4.2 For maintenance of new services/assets, new posts should be created without delay and without insisting on matching surrender. Whenever new services are introduced, the required number of posts should be created simultaneously for manning these services.

4.3 Staff belonging to Safety and Operational categories should be imparted periodical training/refresher courses for upgrading their skills in the areas of working.

4.4 Adequate resting and Running Room facilities should be ensured for availing adequate rest by the staff so that they could take up duties without wastage of man hours. Outstation detention be minimised so that staff can reach back their Head Quarters, avail rest and get ready for working.

4.5 Disciplined, work oriented and dedicated staff & supervisors should be motivated in the form of incentive for achieving good results.

4.6 Management-staff relations should be ensured through frequent interactions/meetings, sharing each others concern/view points with the aim of building oneness at all levels for achieving extraordinary results.

4.7 Working of RRBs should be reviewed for ensuring that panels are made available for promptly filling vacancies in Running and Safety categories. A mechanism should be evolved for ensuring that these vacancies are filled up atleast within seven days of their occurrence.

4.8 Pursuant to the inputs given by the NFIR to the Railway Board regarding scrapping of New Pension Scheme in Railways, a d.o. letter on 29th March 2014 was sent by the former Railway Minister to the Union Finance Minister seeking exemption of railway employees from the purview of New Pension Scheme and to cover them under Liberalized Pension Scheme. This needs to be pursued further for securing approval. The decision on this would encourage new entrants to work for the system with greater commitment.

4.9 The existing system of obtaining Railway Board’s approval relating to certain staff issues needs to be reviewed for delegating powers to the GMs/DRMs.

5. Medical

5.1 Powers for recognition of Referral Hospitals for referring the cases for specialised medical treatment may be delegated to the GMs of Zones/PUs.

5.2 Contracterization of cleanliness activities in trains and station premises has failed as complaints from rail passengers continue. Earlier CMEs/CMDs were managing these activities with the support of departmental staff. Thorough review of the existing policy is required to be done on priority. Reports also reveal that there are instances of Contractors giving work to sub-contractors and workers deserting the work resulting departmental staff thrusted this additional burden. These are required to be addressed.

5.3 Dual control of Health Inspectors between Medical and Commercial Departments has been a failure.

There is strong justification to create new Department/structure with the nomenclature Public Health Department from the existing strength with proper hierarchy at divisional, Zonal and Railway Board’s levels to oversee and ensure cleanliness and also to fulfil the obligations of Food Safety Act, since adopted by the Railway Ministry.

6. Catering in Railways

Travelling public have been bitterly complaining against the Railways on supply of sub-standard food items by the contractors.

The Departmental Catering should be strengthened and the catering staff (formerly in Railways) presently working under IRCTC should be posted back to the Railways.

7. Bed rolls supply and AC staff escorting trains At first place, the activities of bed rolls supply and AC Staff escorting trains should not have been entrusted to private vendors and the jobs should have been retained with the department as outsourcing these activities is leading to lack of security of travelling public and is giving scope to anti-social elements, unauthorised hawkers to entrain the coaches and helpless Ticket Checking Staff have not been able to control mainly due to unbearable workload being handled by them.

8. Miscellaneous

8.1 The existing defective policies in respect of ticket fare needs to be reviewed. For example a platform ticket costs Rs. 5/- whereas minimum fare for a journey of 20 km has been fixed at Rs. 2/-.

8.2 The Railway projects where the expected rate of return is less than 23% may be shelved in the interest of Railways.

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