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

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

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
RAILWAY BOARD

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

New Delhi, dated 06, March 2017

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

Sir.

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

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

Yours faithfully,
sd/-
for Secretary/
Railway Board

Source: NFIR

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NFIR: Meeting of the Committee constituted to suggest implementation of the National Pension System Employees

NFIR: Meeting of the Committee constituted to suggest implementation of the National Pension System Employees

No.IV/NPS/PFRDA BILL/Part-I

Dated: 18/03/2017

The General Secretaries
of Affiliated Unions of NFIR.

Brother,

Sub: Meeting of the Committee constituted to suggest implementation of the National Pension System Employees -reg.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(d) In the Railways, the employer deducts l0% of wages from employee’s salary towards subscription and contributes equal amount. No Railway employee knows what their actual amount is, as no written statement is furnished by the employer. The JCM (Staff Side) is not concerned about the role of PFRDA – NSDL- etc., as every Railway employee wants to know what is his/her amount (subscription plus contribution). It should be ensured that Railways should give atleast annually, the statement of accumulated amount to the employee so that on the date of his retirement, he/she will know whether entire money was credited to PFRDA and equally he/she will know what would be 60% of the total pension wealth. The present defective system needs to be streamlined.

The above is for information of affiliates.

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

Source: NFIR

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

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

No.IV/I/Pt.III

07.March, 2017

The General Secretaries of
Affiliated Unions of NFIR

Brother,

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

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

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

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

a) Replacement of GP 4600 with 4800

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

c) Allotment of GP 4600 to Loco (Mail)

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

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

f) Track Maintainers upgradation (written commitment of Board)

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

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

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

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

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

Source: NFIR

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NFIR: Agenda Points for Next NC JCM Standing Committee Meeting

NFIR: Agenda Points for Next NC JCM Standing Committee Meeting

No.IV/NFIR/SCM/Pt.VI

Dated: 05/03/2017

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

Dear Brother.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Source: NFIR

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NFIR: Comprehensive transfer policy – exemption from 5 years condition

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

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

Dated: 23/02/2017

No. II/14/Part VII

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

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

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

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

(a) Transfers sought on mutual exchange basis,

(b) Transfers sought on spouse ground,

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

(d) Physically handicapped Railway servants.

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

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

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

DA,/As above

Source: NFIR

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

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

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

No.I/8 Part I

Dated: 14th Feb 2017

The Secretary (E)
Railway Board
New Delhi

Dear Sir,

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

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

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

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

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

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

 Source: NFIR

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Induction training of Engineering Degree/Diploma Holder Compassionate appointees

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

NFIR
National Federation of Indian Railwaymen

 No.II/1-A/Pt.20

Dated: 08/02/2017

The Secretary (E),
Railway Board,
New Delhi

Kind attention D.G./Personnel

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

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

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

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

Source: NFIR

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

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

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

No. IV/MACPS/09/Part 10

Dated: 07/02/2017

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

Dear Sir,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Source: NFIR

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Pay element in the case of Loco Inspectors – 30% addition to 7th CPC pay matrix for retirement benefits

Pay element in the case of Loco Inspectors – 30% addition to 7th CPC pay matrix for refirement benefits

NFIR

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

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

No-IV/RSAC/Conf./Pt. VII

Dated: 08/02/2017

The Secretary (E),
Railway Board,
New Delhi

Dear Sir,
Sub: Pay element in the case of Loco Inspectors – 30% addition to 7th CPC pay matrix for retirement benefits – reg.

Ref: (i) NFIR’s demand in the Board PNM meeting held on 22nd & 23rd December, 2016 for continuance of 55% & 30% pay element on 7th CPC pay matrix levels.

(ii)Railway Board’ s letter No.E(P&A)II-2015/RS-25 dated 24/01/2017.

Pursuant to NFIR’s references and discussions held in the Railway Board PNM meeting on 22nd and 23rd December, 2016, the Railway Board vide letter dated 24/01/2017 has issued instructions to the GMs of Zonal Railways to reckon add-on pay element of 55% on 7th CPC pay matrix levels for calculation of emoluments for the purpose of retirement benefits and 30% for other purposes to the running staff as per IREM provisions and extant instructions.

In the above context, NFIR brings to the notice of the Railway Board that in terms of the extant instructions (Railway Board’s letter No.E(P&A)II/83/RS-10(IV) dated 25/11/1992) contained in para 5.5 of Board’s letter dated 25/11/1992, the running staff deployed as Loco Inspectors are entitled for 30% addition to their basic pay for the purpose of pensionary benefits. Those Loco Inspectors retired/retiring w.e.f. January 2016 are required to be granted retirement benefits with 30% add on to their pay in the 7th CPC pay matrix level, but, however in the absence of Railway Board’s instructions, some Zonal Railways are entertaining doubts and denying benefit of 30%o on revised pay matrix.

NFIR, therefore, requests the Railway Board to issue suitable clarification to the Zonal Railways to ensure 30% addition to the 7th CPC pay matrix of Loco Inspectors for payment of retiral benefits similar to running staff for whom 55% addition is allowed. A copy of the instruction issued may be endorsed to the Federation.

Yours faithfully,
(Dr M.Raghavaiah)
General Secretary

Source: NFIR

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Applicability of Railway Services (Revised Pay) Rules, 2008 for persons re-employed in Railway service after retirement from Defence Forces

Treatment of Military Service Pay(MSP) while fixing the pay of ex-servicemen re-employed on the Railways: Railway Board

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
RAILWAY BOARD
No.E(G)2013/EM 1-5

New Delhi, dated 16/01/2017

The General Secretary,
N.F.I.R.,
3, Chelmsford Road,
New Delhi – 110055.

Dear Sir,

Sub:  Applicability of Railway Services (Revised Pay) Rules, 2008 for persons re-employed in Railway service after retirement from Defence Forces – reg.

The undersigned is directed to refer to NFIR’s letter-(No.II/35/Pt. XIII dated 23/11/2016 on the above subject and to state that as decided in the meeting with representatives of NFIR in the meeting held in ED/IR’s room on 27/9/2016, reference has been made to DOP&T for seeking clarification, duly incorporating the-views of NFIR (copy enclosed). Their reply in the matter is awaited despite a reminder dated 4/1/2017.

Instructions have also been issued to GMs/Zonal Railways, Production Units etc. vide letter [No. E(G)/2013/EM 1-5 dated 15/12/2016] (copy enclosed) for strictly complying with the instructions contained in Board’s  letter No. E(G)2013/EM 1-4 dated 24/7/2013 regarding treatment of Military Service Pay (MSP) while fixing the pay of ex-servicemen re-employed on the Railways.

DA: As above

Yours faithfully,
sd/-
for Secretary Railway Board

Source: NFIR

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Exemption from passing the Typewriting Test – Implementation of instructions of DOPT

Exemption from passing the Typewriting Test – Implementation of instructions of DOPT

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

No.E(NG)I-2015/CFP/7

New Delhi, dated 16.01.2017

The General Managers (P)
All Zonal Railways & Production Umts.
(As per standard list)

Sub: Exemption from passing the Typewriting Test – Implementation of instructions of DOP&T issued vide their letter dated 22.04.2015.

Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, Department of Personnel & Training, in their O.M. No.14020/2/91-Estt(D) dated 29.09.1992 had issued certain instructions/guidelines regarding exemption from passing the Typewriting Test. The same has been reiterated vide their O.M. No.14020/1/2014-Estt.(D) dated 22.04.2015.

2. Both the Federations viz. AIRF and NFIR have also raised this demand in the PNM forum. Accordingly, matter has been deliberated in consultation with concerned directorates and it has been decided by the Board to adopt the stipulations made in DOP&T’s OMs ibid (copies enclosed) mutatis mutandis to persons appointed/promoted as Junior Clerks, Accounts Clerk against promotion quota, sports persons recruited against sports quota, those appointed on compassionate grounds, under Scouts & Guide and cultural quota, re-deployed medically unfit Railway servants on alternative posts re-deployed surplus staff and also physically handicapped railway servants, as per prevailing rules. The procedure of conducting of the typing test whether it is on manual type writer or on Personal Computer as contained in Board’s letter No.E(NG)I-2004/CFP/8 dated 04.02.2011 will remain unaltered.

3. The above instructions will take effect from the date of issue of this letter. Cases already decided in the past need not be re-opened.

Please acknowledge receipt.

(MK Meena)
Deputy Director Estt. (N)
Railway Board

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Pay element relating to Running Staff after the recommendations of 7th CPC

Pay element relating to Running Staff after the recommendations of 7th CPC

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
RAILWAY BOARD
No.E(P&A)II-2015/RS-25

New Delhi, dated: 24.01.2017

The General Manager,
All Indian Railways
and Production Units.

Sub: Pay element relating to Running Staff after the recommendations of Seventh CPC.

It has come to notice that on some of the zonal railways add-on pay element of 55% is not being reckoned for calculation of emoluments for the purpose of retirement benefits for the running staff on the basic pay fixed in the 7th CPC pay structure. As per Rule 924 (iii) of IREM-I that is still valid, 55% of Basic Pay is recokoned as add-on pay element for calculation of pension and DCRG of the Running Sitff. It is therefore advised that calculation of retirement benefits of the running staff may be made as per extant Rule 924 (iii) of IREM-I on the revised basic pay in the 7th CPC.

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

(Dhruv Singh)
Executive Director
Pay Commission-I
Railway Board

Source: NFIR

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Grant HRA at the Rate of 30%, 20% & 10% of 7th CPC Pay – NFIR

General Budget 2017-18 – NFIR’s proposals for consideration

NFIR
National Federation of Indian Railwaymen
3, Chemlmsford Road, New Delhi – 110 055
Affiliated to:
Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC)
International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF)

No.IV/Budget/Part III

23.01.2017

Shri Arun Jaitley,
Hon’ble Minister of Finance,
North Block, New Delhi.

Dear Sir,
Sub: General Budget 2017-18 – NFIR’s proposals for consideration

The National Federation of Indian Railwaymen (NFIR) requests the Hon’ble Finance Minister to consider its proposals listed below for inclusion in the General Budget 2017-18 to be presented in Parliament in February, 2017.

1. The Income Tax exemption limit for Central Government Employees may be raised to atleast Rupees Six Lakhs

2. The Income Tax exemption limit for senior citizens may be raised to Rs.7.5 lakhs and for those Senior Citizens above 75 years age, the exemption be allowed up to Rs.10 lakhs.

3. Transport Allowance presently paid to the Central Government Employees may be exempted from the purview of Income Tax.

4. Fixed Medical Allowance to the retired Central Government Employees may be revised to not less than Rs.2,000/- Per month.

5. Grant House Rent Allowance at the rate of 30%, 20% & 10% of 7th CPC Pay to the Central Government Employees working at Cities/Towns classified as ‘X’ ‘Y’ & ‘Z’ respectively with back date.

6. Contract Labour performing jobs of perennial nature be granted wages at par with the regular employees performing similar jobs.

7. Child Care Leave for women employees be revised upwardly.

8. Pension parity be granted all those pre 1.1.2016 Pensioners of Central Government.

Proposals – Railway Specific

9. Additional funds be allocated for augmenting Railway Training Institutes and Railway Community Halls, Recreation Clubs etc’.

10. More funds may be provided for construction of new quarters in the Railways and for maintenance of Railway colonies.

11. Training Allowance for Trainers in Railways Training Institules may be enhanced to 30% of pay in lieu of the existing 15%.

12. Separate Rest Rooms for Women Railway Employees at different locations be sanctioned to enable them to stay when they visit on railway duties.

13. Additional Road Mobile Medical Vans may be approved for providing medical treatment to the railway employees and their families living at remote places and jungle stations.

sd/-
(Dr. M.Raghavaiah)
General Secretary

Source: NFIR

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Grant of financial up gradation under MACP Scheme to Accounts Stock Verifies

Grant of financial up gradation under MACP Scheme to Accounts Stock Verifies

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
(Railway Board)

S. No. PC-V1/373
No. PC-V/2009/ACP/2

RBE No.156./2016
No. PC-V/2009/ACP/2

New Delhi, dated 19.12.2016

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

Sub: Grant of financial up gradation under MACP Scheme to Accounts Stock Verifies- reg.

The issue regarding grant of MACPS benefit to Accounts Stock Verifiers (ASVs) by not reckoning their appointment from Accounts Assistant to Account Stock Verifier’s post has been raised in PNM forum by NFIR as item No.16/2013. This also has also been raised by AIRF in PNM forum as item No.32/2016. The matter has been examined in consultation with Estt. and Finance Dte. of Railway Board and it has been observed that the situation involved in the case appointment from one cadre to another cadre in a post carrying same Grade Pay without benefit of pay fixation. In view of this, it has been decided that while regulating MACPS benefits to such staff the appointment from Accounts Assistant to Accounts Stock Verifier should not construed as promotion and, therefore, may not be reckoned for the purpose of MACPS benefit.

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

3. Hindi version is enclosed.

(N. Singh)
Dy. Director, Pay Commission-V
Railway Board

Signed Copy

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Implementation of recommendations of VI CPC – merger of grades-revised classification and mode of filling up of non-gazetted posts-scheme for filling up vacancies after 31/12/2015

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. II/2/Part VII

Dated: 09/01/2017

The Secretary (E),
Railway Board,
New Delhi

Dear Sir,

Sub: Implementation of recommendations of VI CPC – merger of grades-revised classification and mode of filling up of non-gazetted posts-scheme for filling up vacancies after 31/12/2015-reg.

Ref: (i) NFIR’s letter No. II/2/Part VII dated 19/01/2016.
(ii) Railway Board’s letter No. E(NG)I-2008/PM1/15 dated 09/02/2016.

Pursuant to Federation’s communication vide letter of even number dated 19/01/2016 on the subject wherein Board was requested to issue instructions extending the validity of the revised classification beyond 31/12/2015, the Railway Board vide letter dated 09/02/2016 though extended the currency of the instructions, but however a restriction has been clamped that the said extension shall be upto 31/12/2016. The said extension period has again expired on 31/12/2016, consequently the processing of promotion of staff has been halted on Zonal Railways etc., from 1st January 2017 onwards.

NFIR, therefore, urges upon the Railway Board to extend the scheme beyond 31/12/2016 for ensuring promotions against vacancies.

Federation may be kept advised of the action taken.

Yours faithfully,

Sd/-
(Dr. M. Raghavaia)
General Secretary

Source: NFIR India

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Option for pay fixation in the 7th CPC Pay Matrix level to the Railway employees promoted during the period 01.01.2016 to 31.12.2016

Option for pay fixation in the 7th CPC Pay Matrix level to the Railway employees promoted during the period 01.01.2016 to 31.12.2016

No. IV/NFIR/7th CPC(Imp)/2016/R.B./Part I

Dated : 06/01/2017

The Secretary (E),
Railway Board,
New Delhi

Dear Sir,

Sub : Option for pay fixation in the 7th CPC Pay Matrix level to the Railway employees promoted during the period 01/01/2016 to 31/12/2016-reg

The Railway Board vide RBE No. 90/2016 issued notification on 28th July 2016 on the basis of Ministry of Finance (Department of Expenditure) Resolution No. 1-2/2016-IC and Notification No. GSR 721 (E) dated 25th July 2016 for granting pay in the revised pay matrix to the Railway employees of various categories w.e.f. 01/01/2016. Options have also been allowed to be exercised by the staff (in those cases of staff who have been promoted during the period from 01/01/2016 and the date of notification for opting for switching over to revised Pay Matrix to a later date.

In this connection, NFIR desires to convey that there are cases of Railway employees who have been granted promotion after the date of notification i.e. 25th & 28th July 2016. All these employees have been demanding that should be allowed to exercise option for revised Pay Matrix from the date subsequent to the date of Railway Board’s notification. Representations have also been received that such of those staff who have been promoted in between 01/01/2016 and 31/12/2016, be also given opportunity of exercising option for switching over to 7th CPC Pay Matrix.

The Federation is ofthe view that the staff representations as above are genuine and required to be considered favourably

NFIR therefore, requests the Railway Board to consider the above points and accord approval, for providing option opportunity to those who got promotion in between 01/01/2016 to 31st December 2016.

Yours faithfully

(Dr. M. Raghavaiah)
General Secretary

Source : NFIR

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Appointment of retired Railway employees as facilitators for issuing of unreserved tickets through ATVMs – removal of upper age limit restriction

NFIR
National Federation ofIndian Railwaymen

No. II/91/Part 2

Dated: 28/12/2016

The Secretary (E),
Railway Board,
New Delhi

Dear Sir,
Sub: Appointment of retired Railway employees as facilitators for issuing of unreserved tickets through ATVMs – removal of upper age limit restriction – requested.

Ref: Railway Board’s letter No. 2011/TG-I/10/ATVMs/Facilitators dated 23/11/2011

Federation invites kind attention of the Railway Board to letter dated 23/11/2011 wherein instructions were issued to engage retired Railway employees to work as facilitators on Central & Western Railways for issuing unreserved tickets through ATVMs.
Under the scheme, the retired Railway employees upto the age of 62 years were allowed to work as facilitators. This scheme was given validity for a temporary period of six months, but however if considered necessary, it could be extended with the concurrence of FA & CAO and personal approval of General Manager by another six months i.e. upto a maximum of one year period. In terms of further instructions of RailwayBoard vide Board’s letter dated 18/05/2012 (C.C. No. 33 of 2012) while the scheme was extended upto 31/03/2013, the scheme mandated that only retired Railway employees of any department could be employed as facilitator upto the maximum age limit of 65 years. The scheme has further been extended by the Railway Board vide Commercial Circular No. 27 of 2013, but however, with the proviso that only retired Railway employees upto the age of 65 years should be appointed as facilitators.

In this connection, the Federation conveys that similar JTBS, SDBA and YTSK Schemes have also been in vogue for issuing reserved/unreserved tickets and under these schemes, the minimum age limit is 18 years, while there is no upper age limit for availing services.

Similarly, retired Railway employees have been allowed to act as Enquiry Officers under D & A Rules upto the age of 70 years with further provision that this age limit is extendable further on case to case basis till completion of D&AR Enquiry. The retired Railway employees/Officers are paid Fixed Honorarium for providing services as Enquiry Officer.

The retired Railway employees, engaged as facilitators and work upto 65 years of age are not able to justify their contribution and expertise due to lack of continuity whereas the retired Railway employees engaged in other schemes continue without any age restriction and are able to provide satisfactory service. To ensure success of ATVM Scheme and to make the facility available for 24×7 to the commuters/passengers the experienced retired Railway employees who possess knowledge of commercial working and the local conditions, the upper age restriction is required to be removed, thereby their experience and talent can be availed for efficient working on ATVMs.

NFIR, therefore, requests the Railway Board to kindly consider the above valid points and issue instructions, withdrawing the upper age limit of 65 years in respect of the retired Railway employees deployed on ATVMs. A copy of the instructions issued may be endorsed to the Federation.

Yours faithfully,

(Dr. M. Raghavaiah)

Source: NFIR

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Grant of pay fixation under 7th CPC Pay Matrix level to the RRB empanelled candidates who have completed training – case of SSEs

7th CPC Pay Matrix level to the RRB empanelled candidates

Grant of pay fixation under 7th CPC Pay Matrix level to the RRB empanelled candidates who have completed training – case of SSEs (S&T)-reg

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

No. IV/NFIR/7 CPC (Imp)/2016/R.B.

Dated: 28/12/2016

The Secretary (E),
Railway Board,
New Delhi

Dear Sir,

Sub: Grant of pay fixation under 7th CPC Pay Matrix level to the RRB empanelled candidates who have completed training – case of SSEs (S&T)-reg.

Representations have since been received that RRB empanelled candidates for the post of SSE (S&T) have completed the prescribed induction training on 1st June 2016 particularly on North Central Railway, but however, they have not been granted pay fixation in 7th CPC Pay Matrix till date. It has further been represented by the recruitees that similarly recruited candidaies as SSE, P. Way, C&W etc., have already been granted pay fixation 7th CPC Pay Matrix. The discrimination against directly recruited SSEs (S&T) has been causing disappointment and resentment among them, who feel that the Administration has been indifferent towards their entitlements of 7th CPC Pay Matrix.

NFIR, therefore, requests the Railway Board to kindly intervene and issue suitable instructions to the GMs of Zonal Railways (more particularly General Manager, N.C. Railway) for ensuring that all such SSE (S&T) trainees who have completed training are granted 7th CPC pay from the date subsequent to the date of completion of training without loss of time.

Yours faithfully

(Dr. M. Raghavaiah)
General Secretary

Source : NFIR

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7th CPC Report : Revision of Minimum Wage and Multiplying Factor etc., Assurance given by Senior Ministers

7th CPC Report : Revision of Minimum Wage and Multiplying Factor etc., Assurance given by Senior Ministers

No.IVA {JCA (Ny2014/Part III)}

Dated: 27.12.2016

Shri Narendra Modiji,
Hon’ble Prime Minister of India.
South Block,
Raisina Hill,
New Delhi-110001

Respected Sir,
Sub: 7th CPC Report – Revision of Minimum Wage and Multiplying Factor etc., Assurance given by Senior Ministers-reg.

NFIR brings to your kind notice that the National Joint Council of Action (NJCA) – consisting JCM constituent organizations of Central Government employeesthhave deferred the Indefinite Strike action on the assurance of Senior Cabinet Ministers on 30th June 2016 that a High Level Committee will be constituted to consider the demands of JCM (Staff Side) within four months for improving the minimum wage and applying revised multiplier factor for pay fixation in 7ft CPC Pay Matrices to the Central Governmentimployees wtrictr include over 1.3 million Railway employees.

Pursuant to the assurance of Group of Ministers as mentioned above, the decision to go on indefinite strike by Railway employees has been deferred, hoping that there shall be a negotiated settlement on the Charter of demands already submitted to the Cabinet Secretary by the JCM (Staff Side).

NFIR however expresses its deep sense of disappointment over breach of commitment as more than five months passed from the date of assurance given to the Leaders of JCM (Staff Side) by the Group of Ministers (Hon’ble Finance Minister, Home Minister, Railway Minister and Minister of State for Railways). The Railways specific issues on which agreement was reached between the Railway Board and the Federations have also not been implemented till date.

The Railway employees of all categories are greatly disappointed over non-fulfillment of assurances, consequently, there has been a feeling among Rail workforce that the Government is not sensitive towards resolving their genuine grievances and equally not sincere to honour its commitments.

NFIR also beings to your kind notice that even though the successive Railway Ministers have sent proposals to Finance Minister that Railways should be exempted from National Pension System (NPS) in view of complexities, unique nature of working of Railway employees and their arduous working conditions, the Government has not given its approval till now, resultantly, the Railway employees who had joined from 01/01/2004 are extremely agitated as there is no social security to them and their families in the form of guaranteed pension at par with those appointed prior to 0110112004. The unique nature of duties are comparable with Defence Forces Personnel. The death rate of Railway employees in the course of performing duties is 700 per aturum and the average number of staff injured on duty is about 3000 per annum as reported by the High Level Safety Review Committee headed by Dr. Anil Kakodkar.

NFIR further brings to your kind notice that the Indian Railways has the track record of dedicated working on account of unquestionable loyalty, dedication and devotion of Railway employees to Indian Railways. Most of them perform duties at remote places, jungle areas where minimum living facilities are not available. It needs to be appreciated that not a single man day was lost on employees’ account during the past four decades.

NFIR, therefore, requests your kind intervention in ensuring that the Government implements its commitments on revision of minimum wage and multiplier factor for the Central Governrirent employees which include rail workforce. Federation also requests that other issues which are pending before various Committees constituted by the Government may be got finalized on the basis of submissions made by JCM (Staff Side) before those Committees and also before the Cabinet Secretary. NFIR at the same time requests to kindly arrange to issue appropriate directive for solving Railways’ specific issues through negotiated settlement very soon. Also kind attention of Hon’ble Prime Minister is invited to NFIR’s communication vide letter of even number dated 0111112016 and subsequent reference by the PMO to the Secretary, Department of Expenditure (Ministry of Finance) vide PMO ID No. PMOPG//D1201610326695 dated04lIl12016, endorsing copy to the Federation, in this regard.

With regards,

(Dr. M. Raghavaiah)
General Secretary

Copy to Shri Rajnath Singh, Union Home Minister, Government of India, Room No. 104, North Block, Central Secretariat, New Delhi-110001 for necessary action please.

Copy to Shri Arun Jaitley, Hon’ble Finance Minister, Government of lndia, North Block New Delhi- 1 I 000 I for necessary action please.

Copy to Shri Suresh Prabhu, Hon’ble Minister for Railways, Government of India, Rail Bhavan, New Delhi for necessary action please.

Copy to Shri Manoj Sinha, Hon’ble Minister of State for Railways, Government of India, Rail Bhavan, New Delhi for necessary action please.

Source: NFIR

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