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Grave Injustice done by successive Pay Commissions to the category of Junior Engineers and Senior Engineers in Railways – NFIR

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Grave Injustice done by successive Pay Commissions to the category of Junior Engineers and Senior Engineers in Railways – NFIR

 NFIR

No. IV/NFIR/7 CPC (Imp)20l7/R.B.-Part II

Dated: 19/02/2018

The Chairman,
Railway Board,
New Delhi

Dear Sir,

Sub: Grave injustice done by successive Pay Commissions to the category of Junior Engineers and Senior Engineers in Railways-growing dissatisfaction, discontentment and frustration among Technical Supervisors – kind intervention requested.

The Junior Engineers and Senior Section Engineers in the Railways are field level Supervisors whose contribution for safe and efficient running of the system has been very significant. These Engineers ensure quality and efficiency in the course of performing their duties on Open Line/Construction and as well in Workshops/Production Units. Unfortunately, this core section of Supervisors has not been looked after matching with their duties and responsibilities over a period of time, consequently their pay structure as on date, got relegated to two levels only i.e. Pay Level 6 & 7 (7th CPC).

An honest review into the pay structure existed decades back for these Supervisory Staff and fair comparison with that of 5th, 6th & 7th CPC Pay Structures would establish the truth that these vital field leaders have been subjected to grave injustice, which led to deep sense of frustration among them. The following table reveals how the Junior Engineers and Senior Section Engineers have been put to perpetual injustice not only by the Pay Commissions but also at the hands of Ministry of Railways.

3rd-pay-commission-4th-pay-commission-pay-scale

5th-pay-commission-6th-pay-commission-pay-scale

 7th-pay-commission-pay-scale

 

 NFIR has been fighting for the cause of this neglected category at all fora, demanding review and justice. Though in the year 2006, the Railway Board had agreed for upgradation of 15% apex level Group ‘C’ posts to Group ‘B’ Gazetted, for facilitating promotion-of Senior Supervisors and written commitment was also given by the full Board on 7th February 2014, but sadly till date no positive results have emerged.

Railway Board have also given incorrect picture to the 7th CPC stating that these Engineers get promoted from one grade to the other on completion of every four years service. This incorrect position led the VIIth CPC not to recommend appropriate improved pay structure.

It is disheartening to mention that those technocrats recruited from Open Market through RRBs as Sr. Section Engineer (GP 4600 of 6th CPC/Level 7 of 7th CPC) have no career growth at all, due to non-provision of higher pay levels in the cadre structure, with tie result large percentage of these Engineers stagnated. In this context, NFIR brings to the kind notice of CRB that during 3rd CPC period the apex pay scale of Rs. 840-1040 & 840-1200 was allotted to the Technical Supervisors and these scales were higher than the pay scale of Group ‘B’ Gazetted Officer, but sadly the said position got demolished, causing demoralizing effect on Technical Supervisors who are the core Supervisory force accountable for safety, efficiency, punctuality and productivity.

NFIR has already taken up this issue through its PNM agenda given to Railway Board on 4th January, 2018, while the related subject raised by the Federation is also pending in the Departmental Anomaly Committee (DAC). A copy of NFIR’s PNM Agenda Item No.03 is enclosed for kind perusal.

Incidentally, NFIR also brings to the kind notice of CRB that in the General Managers Conference held at Rail Bhavan on 1lth January, 2010, the General Secretary, NFIR had pointed out to the Hon’ble Railway Minister, the miserable plight of Track Maintainers with no carrer growth at all for them, as a result of implementation of 6th CPC Pay Structure whereby, 94% of Track Maintainers got placed in Recruitment Grade Pay 1800/- while only 6% were placed in Gp 1900/- (benefit of Rs.100/- only p.m. on promotion). The Federation also explained to the Hon’ble Railway Minister in the GMs Conference that vast percentage of Track Maintainers retire/die in the recruitment Grade Pay itself. Responding to NFIR’s point, the Hon’ble Railway Minister had directed the Railway Board to constitute a Joint Committee to examine and propose special package.

The Committee met and reviewed the Track Maintainers cadre structure viz-a-viz working and service conditions and given its report to the Railway Ministry. After having considered the said report, the Railway Ministry had decided to grant cadre restructuring to this category, duly introducing new grade pay GP 2400/- and 2800/- respectively. This decision was taken by the Railway Ministry independently, without approaching Ministry of Finance.

In the case of JEs/SSEs, NFIR strongly feels that total revamping of cadre structure is the need of the hour,considering multifarious duties being performed by the Supervisors who are also buffers in between the management and workers at grass root level. Though the Hon’ble Railway Minister had sought approval of Finance Ministry for placement of 75% of posts of GP 4600/- in GP 4800/- Pay Level 8, there has been no positive result till date. This reveals that the Railway Ministry has failed to deliver justice to these unfortunate Engineers who are the backbone of the system and contributing for improved efficiency of the Railways. It may also be noted that the duty hours of these staff are unlimited, while they shoulder “stores/Materials” responsibilities in addition to their field duties and establishment matters.

In order to mitigate the problems and ensure justice to JEs/SSEs of Indian Railways, NFIR requests the Railway Board (CRB) to kindly get examined the Pay Structure of JEs/SSEs denovo, taking into account the cadre structure from 3rd CPC and onwards for the purpose of granting revised cadre structure. In this context, NFIR proposes the following for early consideration and approval.

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Federation hopes that the Railway Board (CRB) would kindly give personal attention to this issue, so as to mitigate the injustice caused to JEs/SSEs of Indian Railways.

DA/As above

Yours Faithfully,
(Dr.Raghavaiah)

General Secretary

Source: NFIR

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Recruitment of candidates from Open Market in Pay Level-1 of 7th CPC against 20% vacancies reserved for Course Completed Act Apprentices trained by the Railways

Recruitment of candidates from Open Market in Pay Level-1 of 7th CPC against 20% vacancies reserved for Course Completed Act Apprentices trained by the Railways

NFIR

No. II/94/Part I

Dated: 16/02/2018

The Chairman,
Railway Board,
New Delhi

Dear Sir,

Sub: Recruitment of candidates from Open Market in Pay Level-1 of 7th CPC against 20% vacancies reserved for Course Completed Act Apprentices trained by the Railways-reg.

Ref: (i) Railway Board’s instructions contained in RBE No. 71/2016 dated 21/06/2017 & RBE No. 34/2017 dated 12/04/2017.
(ii) NFIR’s letter No. II/94/Part I dated 17/07/2017 to Board (CRB).
(iii) Railway Board’s letter No. E(NG)II/2016/RR-1/8 dated 12/08/2017.

Kind attention is invited to the instructions issued by the Railway Board vide RBE No. 71/2016 dated 21/06/2017 and 34/2017 dated 12/04/2017 wherein decision has been taken to reserve 20% vacancies against direct recruitment quota in Pay Level-1 of 7th CPC pay matrix from amongst Course Completed Act Apprentices trained by the Railways.

In this connection, Federation has come across the Centralized Employment No. CEN 02/2018 (published on 10/02/2018 and Closing date 12/03/2018) wherein the Course Completed Act Apprentice trained in Railway establishments have been allowed to compete along with other outside candidates (Para 12.0 of the notification may be seen) for which respective RRBs have been entrusted the job to recruit the candidates for the Zones to which the requirement is to be catered for. In this connection, Federation conveys that this process is time consuming and the designated RRBs are likely to take more than six months to finalize the panels. The Zonal Railways on receipt of the panels will take further period of about 2-3 months to get the selected and empanelled candidates medically examined for issuing posting orders.

In order to ensure quick availability of candidates, Federation suggests that the quota of 20% vacancies in respect of Railway Act Apprentices may be allowed to be filled by the Zonal Railways directly without linking to RRB/RRC recruitment process.

NFIR, therefore, requests the Railway Board (CRB) to kindly arrange to review the matter and see that instructions to the General Managers are issued for inducting Course Completed Act Apprentices to the extant of 20% vacancies in Pay Level-1 of 7th CPC Pay Matrix without linking to the recruitment process conducted by RRBs/RRCs.

Federation may kindly be kept advised of the action taken in the matter.

 

Yours faithfully,
S/d,
(Dr. M. Raghavaiah)
General Secretary

Source : NFIR

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Denial of Leave Salary duly reckoning 30% of 7th CPC pay for Running Staff: NFIR

NFIR

Denial of Leave Salary duly reckoning 30% of 7th CPC pay for Running Staff – reg.

No. IV/RSAC/Conf./Part IX

Dated: 13/02/2018

The Secretary (E),
Railway Board,
New Delhi

Dear Sir,

Sub: Denial of Leave Salary duly reckoning 30% of 7th CPC pay for Running Staff – reg.

The extant instructions provide that the Running Staff are entitled for payment of Leave Salary duly reckoning 30% of pay. It has, however, been represented by our affiliates as well staff that on many Zonal Railways 30% of 7th CPC pay is not being reckoned for the purpose of payment of Leave Salary to the Running Staff. When pointed out, the Zonal Railways stated that Board’s clarification is awaited.

In this connection, NFIR desires to state that Leave Salary is not part of Allowances, therefore, 30% of 7th CPC pay needs to be added to the Basic Pay for the purpose of payment oi Leave Salary to the Running Staff. In view of confusion prevailing on certain Zonal Railways, the Railway Board may consider issuing suitable clarification for reckoning 30% of 7th CPC pay for the purpose of payment of Leave Salary.

NFIR, therefore, requests the Railway Board to issue clarification instructions as suggested above, duly endorsing copy thereof to the Federation, at the earliest.

Yours faithfully

(Dr. M. Raghavaiah)
General Secretary

Source : NFIR

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Meeting of Federations (NFIR) with Member Staff and DG (Personnel) on 7th February 2018

Meeting of Federations (NFIR) with Member Staff and DG (Personnel) on 7th February 2018

NFIR-federations-meeting

Important points requiring priority attention for redressal

(i) PNM and formal meetings are not being held regularly at Railway Board’s level resulting several issues continued unresolved. Appropriate action may be taken for conducting
meetings regularly. Special priority be given to resolve pending PNM items.
(ii) In most of the cases, the replies to Federation’s letters are not sent. Machinery needs to be tightened for ensuring prompt replies to Federation’s letters.
(iii) Agreements reached through formal negotiations are not being honoured resulting serious resentment among staff. A few are cited below as example:-

(a) Replacement GP 4600/- with GP 4800/- (for SSEs, Inspectors/Supervisors etc).
(b) Stepping up of pay of Loco inspectors inducted prior to 01/01/2006.
(c) NFIR’s PNM agreement for stepping up of pay of senior-most SSOs (Accounts) w.e.f.0110112006 to GP 5400/-.
(d) Implementation of ratio l0 :20 :20 : 50 for Track Maintainers in 6th CPC GP 2800/-, 2400/-,1900/- & 1800/- respectively -NFIR’s PNM agreement not implemented.
(e) Manning of coaches by Ticket Checking Staff – restoration of Board’s orders of 2000 (NFIR’s PNM agreement) not implemented yet.
(f) Placement of Loco Pilot Mail/Express in GP 4600/-.
(g) Railway Board’s norms for creation of posts of Helpers, ESMs, SSEs/JEs (Signal) not implemented. PNM agreement on item No. 14/2010 not implemented.

(iv) Running Staff Allowances issues not yet resolved. Federation’s proposal for revision of Kilometrage rates need to be accepted duly retaining pay element of 55 & 30% for retirement and other purposes.

(v) Merger of Technicians Grade-II with Grade-I:- While reaching an agreement on 22nd July 2016 on revision of percentages of Technicians, the Railway Board had assured to process the merger proposal with Ministry of Finance for obtaining clearance. Though 1% years has passed, their been no finality. This may kindly be expedited.

(vi) Upgradation of Apex level Group ‘C’ posts to Group ‘B’ Gazetted(3335 posts):- Although agreed for upgrading the posts, no orders have been issued even after a lapse officious years. This needs to be expedited on top priority.

(vii) Vacancies continued to remain unfilled, leading additional burden on staff. Action be taken to fill all vacancies at the earliest.

(viii) Outsourcing of activities, closure of establishments etc., is being resorted to indiscriminately, without consultations and without realizing the adverse effects on efficiency. These are required to be reviewed.

(ix) Revision of designations:- NFIR’s proposals not yet considered.

(x) Graduate Engineers are extremely agitated over “ZERO” career growth – NFIR’s PNM agenda as well letters may be connected for taking action for career growth of engineers.

(xi) MACPS issues discussed in the PNM meetings are yet to be resolved. Assurance was given for holding meeting at the level of MS &FC, but unfortunately there has been no progress.

NFIR also insisted that ‘Very Good’ bench marking needs to be scrapped in Railways and this subject was discussed with CRB on 05/01/2018, on subsequently, CRB has assured to solve this problem.

(xii) Continuation of LARGENESS:- Expeditious action may kindly be taken for continuance of LARGENESS in the light of Supreme Court’s Order giving free hand to Railway Ministry to re-visit the Scheme and take conscious decision. It needs to be appreciated that the Scheme has been introduced in public interest as well the personal safety of staff working in the safety categories, therefore it should be continued and Board’s letter dated 27/10/2017 may also be withdrawn.

(xiii) Inter Railway request transfer applications:- In the case of ex-servicemen re-employed in Railways, the 5 years minimum service condition needs to be relaxed as demanded by federation vide its PNM agenda item. This subject was also discussed by the Federation with CRB on 05/01/2018, consequently, the CRB has agreed to relax, but however, instructions have not been issued.

(xiv) Induction of Act Apprentices in GP 1800/- in the Safety category posts in exigency:- GMs be empowered to take decision.

(xv) Regularization of Quasi Administrative Staff in the Railways – Discussed in the full board meeting held on 07/02/2014. However decision to restore the policy of 1973/1977 has not yet been taken NFIR’s detailed note on the subject may kindly be considered and approval accorded for absorption of Quasi-staff.

NFIR urges positive action for satisfactory redressal of issues listed above.

(Dr.M.Raghavaiah)
General Secretary

Source: NFIR

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Discussions of GS/NFIR held with Railway Board on 31/01/2018

Discussions of GS/NFIR held with Railway Board on 31/01/2018

No.II/95/Pt.X

Dated: 01/02/2018

The General Secretaries
of Affiliated Unions of NFIR

 

Brother,

Sub: Discussions of GS/NFIR held with Railway Board on 31/01/2018 – reg.

 

The GS/NFIR discussed with Railway Board on 31st Jan 2018 and reminded the following issues raised by the Federation from time to time:-

 

(i) Action to be expedited in the light of Supreme Court’s order for continuation of LARSGESS with proper safeguards.

 

(ii) Dispensing with ‘Very Good’ benchmark for granting financial upgradation under MACPS in Railways – already inputs given by NFIR.

 

(iii) Stepping up of pay of Loco Inspectors inducted prior to 01/01/2006 agreed with the NFIR on 5th Jan, 2018 in the meeting by CRB.

 

(iv) A venue of promotion for filling the vacancies of Station Managers in the wake of merger of GP 2800 with GP 4200. Federation requested the Railway Board to take speedy action on NFIR’s proposal.

 

(v) Keeping Ticekt Checking as separate category while taking steps in respect of commercial categories as per record note of discussions held with the NFIR.

 

Forwarded to the affiliates for information and conveying appropriately to the staff concerned.

 

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

Source: NFIR

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Extension of benefit of Grade Pay of Rs. 4200 (Non-functional) to staff working in the cadre of Pharmacist in case of transfer on own request

Extension of benefit of Grade Pay of Rs. 4200 (Non-functional) to staff working in the cadre of Pharmacist in case of transfer on own request

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
(RAILWAY BOARD)

PC-VI No. 383
RBE No. 12/2018

No.PC-VI/2009/I/RSRP/10
New Delhi, Dated: 23.01.2018

The General Manager (P),
All Indian Railways & Production Units
(as per mailing list)

 

Sub: Extension of benefit of Grade Pay of Rs. 4200 (Non-functional) to staff working in the cadre of Pharmacist in case of transfer on own request.

 

Pharmacists who join in the entry grade of GP Rs. 2800/- (presently Level 5) are eligible for non-functional upgradation to GP Rs. 4200/- (presently Level 6) after 2 years of regular service in the Grade, in terms of RBE No. 47/2010 dated 30.03.2010 as further clarified vide RBE No. 165/2010 dated 19.11.2010.

 

2. In the case of a Pharmacist who opts for an own request transfer to a different Railway / seniority units on bottom seniority, a query has been raised by North Western Railway as to whether the benefit of counting service in the old seniority unit will apply for the grant of Non-functional Upgradation to GP Rs. 4200/- (Level 6) for the said pharmacists, in the new seniority unit.

 

3. It is pointed out that the specific issue raised in para 2 above is already covered by circular No. E(NG)I-2006/PN1/5 dated 21.03.2006 (circulated as RBE No. 34/2006) and may be dealt in accordance with the terms of the said circular.

sd/-
(S. Balachandra Iyer)
Executive Director, Pay Commission – II
Railway Board

Source: NFIR

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Grant of financial up gradation under MACPS to SSE-Drawing (formerly Diploma Holder Tracers) appointed against DR quota vacancies as Assistant Draftsman

Grant of financial up gradation under MACPS to SSE-Drawing (formerly Diploma Holder Tracers) appointed against DR quota vacancies as Assistant Draftsman

No. IV/MACPS/09/Pt.II

Dated: 29/01/2018

The Secretary (E)
Railway Board
New Delhi

Dear Sir

Sub: Grant of financial up gradation under MACPS to SSE-Drawing (formerly Diploma Holder Tracers) appointed against DR quota vacancies as Assistant Draftsman-reg.

Ref:

(i) NFIR’s PNM item No.15/52015
(ii) NFIR’s letter No.IV/MACPS/09/Pt.10 dated 7/11/2016.
(iii) Reply receive vide Board’s letter No.PC-V/2015/PNM/NFIR/2 dated 30/05/2017 addressed to GS/NFIR
(iv) NFIR’s letter No.IV/MACPS/09/Pt. 10 dated 19/06/2017.
(v) PCPO/S.C.Rly’s letter No.SCR/P-HQ/510/EE/GM.PNM/SCRES dated 21/11/2017 addressed to Railway Board.

Through the action taken statement provided to the NFIR during the PNM meeting held with the Railway Board on 13/14.11.2017, the Railway Board desired to have copies of NFIR’s letters dated 07/11/2016 & 12/04/2017 for further examination of the matter. Accordingly, the NFIR sends herewith copies of its letters dated 7/11/2016 & 12/04/2017 (with enclosures).

Federation re-iterates that pursuant to the demand raised by our affiliate the SCRF Sangh in the GM/PNM meeting, the PCPO, SCRly vide letter dated 21/11/2017 has sent another letter to the Board seeking clarification. A copy of PCPO/S.C.Rly letter dated 21/11/2017 is also enclosed for ready reference.

NFIR once again reiterates following points and facts for taking decision to concede Federation’s demand on S.C.Railay’s cases.

NFIR once again reiterates following points and facts for taking decision to concede Federation’s demand on S.C.Railway’s cases.

The panel of Diploma Holder Tracers to the post Asst. Draftsman against 50% DR qutoa was formed and implemented on 20th Jan, 1984. Para 5.3 of Railway Board’s letter No.PC III/84/UPG/19 dated 25/06/1985 is not applicable to the candidates as they were the empanelled Asst.Draftsman in the year 1984 itself (against DR quota). This connection of the Federation can be verified from the letter dated 21/11/2017 sent by the South Central Railway to Railway Board.

The group of ten employees selected against DR quota were placed above in the seniority list to those promoted against restructured posts pursuant to Board’s destructing decision.

Federation therefore contents that the SSE/Drawing (Former Diploma Holder Tracers) appointed as Asst Draftsman against DR quota vacancies as per Board’s orders have been wrongly denied the benefit of 3rd MACP in GP 4800/-.

NFIR therefore urges upon the Railway Board to review the decision and issue instructions to the Zones etc., for allowing MACP benefit (3rd MACP in GP 4800) to the Diploma Holder Tracers appointed as Asst Draftsman aganist 50% DR qutoa vacancies, duly treating their entry as “appointment”.  A copy of the instructions issued may be endrosed to the Federation.

DA/As above

Yours faithfully,
S/d,
(Dr M. Raghavaiah)
General Secretary

Source: NFIR

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Revision of hourly rates of Incentive Bonus and Bouns Factor of Workshop/PU in respect of staff governed under CRJ pattern/GIS

Revision of hourly rates of Incentive Bonus and Bouns Factor of Workshop/PU in respect of staff governed under CRJ pattern/GIS

No. I/11/Part I

Dated: 29/01/2018

The Secretary (E),
Railway Board,
New Delhi

Dear Sir,

Sub: Revision of hourly rates of Incentive Bonus and Bouns Factor of Workshop/PU in respect of staff governed under CRJ pattern/GIS-reg.

Ref: (i) NFIR’s PNM Item No. 12/2017.
(ii) NFIR’s letter No. I/11/Part I dated 13/07/2017.
(iii) Railway Board’s letter No. PC-VII/2017/R-U/28 dated 31/07/2017.
(iv) NFIR’s letter No. I/11/Part I dated 08/08/2017 & 24/08/2017.

During NFIR’s PNM meeting held with the Railway Board on 13/14.11.2017, the Official Side conveyed that the Internal Meeting of the Committee constituted by the Railway Board vide order dated 06/07/2017 has been fixed for 29/11/2017. Responding to Official Side, Federation requested to expedite action for revising the rateds as the staff are eligible at revised rates w.e.f. 1st July, 2017. The Federation also requested in the meeting that the PCO Allowance be revised to those Groun ‘C’ staff working in Level 8 & 9 also. Federation also conveys that a period of more than two months has passed the progress amde on the subject has not been apprised.

NFIR therefore requests the Railway Board to kindly expedite action for revisio of hourly rates of incentive bonus, allowance and PCO Allowance to the staff of Workshops/Production Units under both CRJ/GIS pattern duly endorsing copy to the Federation.

Federation also suggests that a separate meeting be convened soon for discussing the PNM item.

Your fatihfully,
S/d,
(Dr. M. Raghavaiah)
General Secretary

Source: NFIR

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Upgradation of posts in Railways recommended by 7th CPC – clearance of DoP&T and MoF

NFIR: Upgradation of posts in Railways recommended by 7th CPC – clearance of DoP&T and MoF

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

Dated: 29/01/2018

The Secretary (E),
Railway Board,
New Delhi

Dear Sir,

Sub: Upgradation of posts in Railways recommended by 7th CPC – clearance of DoP&T and MoF- reg.

Ref: (i)NFIR’s PNM item No.13/2017.

(ii)Railway Board’s file No.PC-VII/2016/RSRP/2-RBE No.93/2016 dated 02/08/2016 to GMs etc.,

(iii)NFIR’s letter No.IV/NFIR/7th CPC(Imp)/2016/R.B. dated 12/09/2016. 30/09/2016, 15/11/2016 & 28/11/2016.

Federation invites kind attention of the Railway Board to the PNM item No.13/2017 relating to upgradation of the following posts in Railways :

nfir-7thCPC-Railways

The subject was discussed in the NFIR’s PNM meeting held with the Railway Board on 13/14.11.2017, consequently the Railway Board had stated as follows:-

“Ministry of Finance to whom the matter was referred to for a decision, as now referred it back to DoP&T. The railways are awaiting decision of the Government on the proposal sent by the Railway Ministry”.

The Federation had however requested the Railway Board to pursue vigorously with the concerned Ministries/Department for obtaining clearance for implementation of the recommendations of 7th CPC in toto. Federation is disappointed to state that though more than two months passed, the subject continues to remain pending, leading to staff resentment against casual approach on 7th CPC recommendation.

NFIR therefore urges on the Railway Board to kindly expedite for obtaining clearance for upgrading the posts in the above categories.

Yours faithfully,

S/d,
(Dr M. Raghavaiah),
General Secretary

 Source: NFIR

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7th CPC: Clarification regarding bunching of stages in the revised pay structure under RS(RP) Rules, 2016

Clarification regarding bunching of stages in the revised pay structure under RS(RP) Rules, 2016

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

File No. PC-VII/2016/RSRP/3

New Delhi,
dated : 16.01.2018

The General Manager/CAOs(R),

All India Railways & Production Units, (As per mailing list)

Sub: Clarification regarding bunching of stages in the revised pay structure under RS(RP) Rules, 2016.

Subsequent to issue of clarifications regarding bunching of stages while fixing the pay in 7th CPC Schedules to RS(RP) Rules, 2016 vide Board’s letter No. PC-VII/2016/RSRP/3 dated 27.09.2016 (RBE No. 139/2017), queries have been raised by several Railways on granting benefit of bunching of stages in case(s) where pay of two direct officers (belonging to different allotment year) came out to be fixed at first cell of Level-13 though, difference in their pays as on 31.12.2015 is comprising two stages.

2. In this context, it is intimated that the issue has been referred to Ministry of Finance (copy enclosed) and clarification on the same is awaited.

S/d,
(Jaya Kumar G)
Deputy Director(Pay Commission)VII
Railway Board


GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
(RAILWAY BOARD)

F.No. PC-VII/2016/RSRP/3

New Delhi,
dated: 15/01/2018

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Sub: Clarification regarding bunching of stages under revised pay structure.

Detailed guidelines on the subject have been issued vide MoF’s OM No. 1-6/2016-IC dated 03.08.2017, which has been adopted in Railways through letter 27.09.2017. Para 7 of MoF’s OM dated 03.08.2017 states clarify inter alia “…..benefit on account of bunching cannot be extended with reference to pay stages lower than the Entry Pay indicated by the 7th CPC (emphasis added) for that level in the Pay Matrix. Extending the benefit of bunching with reference to pay stages below the entry pay will perpetuate the difference in pay on account of differential Entry Pay which was addressed by 7th CPC (emphasis added)”.

2. However, para 8 (iv) of the said OM states “All pay stages lower than the Entry Pay in the 6th CPC structure (emphasis added) as indicated in the Pay Matrix in 7th CPC Report are not to be taken into account for determining the extent of bunching”

3. However, certain cases have come to notice of this Ministry where this crucial difference in terminology in para-7 & para-8 of the OM is leading to confusion/ambiguity as to whether entry pay in 6th CPO alone and not 7th CPC is the deciding factor for determining bunching eligibility. Relying on the terminology adopted in para-8, cases have been noticed where benefit of ‘bunching’ has been given to direct officers of 2002 allotment year w.r.t. their junior of 2003 allotment year. Their pay fixation details are enclosed at Annexure-A. Similar cases involving certain retired officers in Level-13 and Level-14 has also been received. Illustration in this regard is enclosed at Annexure-B.

4. While the over-riding spirit of the clarifications issued by Ministry of Finance’s OM referred to above, was to avoid differential entry pay and was not to provide benefit of bunching at the entry level, this dichotomy in para-7 & para-8 is leading to differing interpretations. Clarifications over the issue may kindly be provided to enable uniform interpretation.

Encl. As above.

S/d,
(S. Balachandra Iyer)
Executive Director, Pay Commission-II
Railway Board

Source: NFIR

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Admissibility of House Rent Allowance in the event of non-acceptance or surrender of railway residential accommodation

Admissibility of House Rent Allowance in the event of non-acceptance or surrender of railway residential accommodation

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
(RAILWAY BOARD)

RBE No. 05/2018
New Delhi, dated : 15.01.2018

No.E(P&A)II-2017/HRA-3

The General Managers,
All Indian Railways & Production Units etc.

Sub : Admissibility of House Rent Allowance in the event of non-acceptance or surrender of railway residential accommodation.

Ref : Board’s letters No.
(i) No. E(P&A)II-87/HRA-15, dated 16-5-1988,
(ii) No. E(P&A)11-95/HRA-3, dated 14-2-1996,
(iii)  No. E(P&A)11-99/HRA-2, dated 12-7-1999 & 16-3-2000,
(iv) No. E(P&A)II-2002/HRA-4, dated 16-10-2002,
(v) No. E(P&A)11-2002/HRA-4, dated 9-5-2003 and,
(vi) No. E(P&A)II-2010/HRA-2, dated 08-12-2010

Attention is invited to Board’s letters quoted above delegating powers to the General Managers and other Heads of Organisations directly controlling allotment of quarters to Railway Servants for sanction of House Rent Allowance in accordance with the prescribed conditions to the categories of Railway Employees specified therein. This delegation of powers was valid upto  31.03.2017.

2.The question of renewing this delegation of powers beyond 31.03.2017 has been engaging the attention of the Board. On the basis of the reports received from the Zonal Railways and Production Units, the matter has been considered and the Board have decided to renew the sanction contained in para 5 of their letter dated 16.5.1988 ibid and as amended/modified from time to time, w.e.f 01.04.2017 upto 31.03.2024 where after the question of renewing this delegation will be considered by the Board and a fresh sanction, if necessary, issued on the basis of reports received from the General Managers etc., directly controlling allotment of quarters, in regard to the position of availability of Railway accommodation under their control.

3. In case at any point of time it transpires that some accommodation is likely to remain vacant/un-occupied due to lack of demand, it should be made compulsory to submit applications for such types where there is surplus accommodation, and consequently, the employees entitled for such types would not be eligible to draw House Rent Allowance.

4.  This delegation is also subject to the over-riding, condition that these orders are liable to be withdrawn/modified at any time during this period, if it is considered necessary by the Board to do so.

5. This has the approval of the President and issues with the concurrence of the Finance Directorate of the Ministry of Railways.

6. Kindly acknowledge receipt.

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

Source: NFIR

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7th CPC: Grant of Extra Work Allowance (abolition of existing Library Allowance)

7th CPC : Grant of Extra Work Allowance (abolition of existing Library Allowance)

 

Government of India
Ministry of Railways
Railway Board

PC-VII No. 87
RBE No. 208/2017
New Delhi, Dated: 02.01.2018

No.E(P&A)I-2017/SP-1/Genl-5

The General Managers and Principal Financial Advisers,
All Indian Railways & Production Units.

 

Sub: Implementation of recommendations of Seventh Central Pay Commission accepted by the Government – Grant of Extra Work Allowance (abolition of existing Library Allowance).

 

Ref:   (i)  Board’s letter No. E(P&A)I-2009/SP-1/Gen1/1 dated 30.04.2010 (Annexure-A-9).

(ii) Ministry of Finance’s OM No. 13-3/2016-E.III(A) dated 20.07.2017.

 

Consequent upon the decisions taken by the government on the recommendations of the Seventh Central Pay Commission relating to revision of allowances, the President is pleased to abolish  Rajbhasha Allowance (payable as a Special Allowance to Sr.Scale,J.A. Grade and S.A Grade officers entrusted with the administrative control of Hindi works) as a separate allowance. The eligible employees will now be governed by the newly proposed “Extra Work Allowance“, which shall be governed as under:

a. Extra Work Allowance will be paid at uniform rate of 2% (two percent) of the basic pay per month.

 

b. An employee shall receive this allowance for a maximum period of one year, and there should be minimum gap of one year before  same employee is deployed for similar duties again.

 

c. This allowance not be combined i.e. if the same employee  is performing two or more such duties and is eligible for 2% (two percent) allowance for each add-on, then the total Extra Work Allowance payable will remain capped at 2% (two percent) of basic pay.

 

2. These orders shall be effective from 1st July, 2017.

 

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

 

4. Please acknowledge receipt.

S/d,
(Anil Kumar)
Dy.Director/E(P&A)-I
Railway Board.

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Revision of Pension of pre-2016 Pensioners/Family Pensioners pursuant to Government’s decision on the recommendations of 7th CPC – Concordance Tables for pension revision to the former Running Staff

Revision of Pension of pre-2016 Pensioners/Family Pensioners pursuant to Government’s decision on the recommendations of 7th CPC – Concordance Tables for pension revision to the former Running Staff-reg.

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

Dated: 11/01/2018

The Member Staff,
Railway Board,
New Delhi

Dear Sir,

Sub: Revision of Pension of pre-2016 Pensioners/Family Pensioners pursuant to Government’s decision on the recommendations of 7th CPC – Concordance Tables for pension revision to the former Running Staff-reg.

Ref: Railway Board’s letter No. 2016/F(E)III/1(1)/7 dated 11/07/2017.

Railway Board’s attention is invited to the instructions issued vide Board’s letter dated 11/07/2017 (RBE No. 66/2017) vide which DoP&PW’s orders together with Concordance tables for revision of Pension of pre-2016 Pensioners/Family Pensioners have been circulated. The Concordance Tables circulated by the Board, unfortunately do not cover the pension revision of former Running Staff as no separate tables in favour of them staff have been circulated so far. Reports received by the Federation (NFIR) reveal that the Pension/Family Pension of pre-2016 Running Staff is not being revised by the Zonal Railways due to non-provision of separate Concordance Tables by the Railway Board.

In this connection, NFIR desires to clarify that in case of former Running Staff Pension/Family Pension is required to be calculated taking into account the Basic Pay + 55% add on pay element. A sample calculation sheet of the Pension in the case of pre-2016 Running Staff is enclosed as Annexure to this letter for appreciation and quick action.

NFIR, therefore, requests the Railway Board to communicate the Concordance Tables to the Zonal Railways for revision of Pension/Family Pension of former Running Staff. It is also urged that the Concordance Tables be finalized on the basis of specimen (vide Annexure to this letter) and instructions issued to the GMs of Zonal Railways.

DA/As above

Yours faithfully,

S/d,
(Dr. M. Raghavaiah)
General Secretary


Annexure to NFIR’s letter No. IV/NFIR/7 CPC (Imp)/2016/R.B.-Part II

Running Staff retired on 31/12/2005.      

Basic Pay = Rs. 9525
On 01/01/2006 = Rs. 9525 x 30% = Rs. 2858
Pay on 31/12/2015 = Rs. 9525 + 2858 = 12383 x 2.26     = Rs. 27985
Notional Pay on 31/12/2015 = 27985 + GP 4200/-
Pay on 01/01/2016 = Rs. 27985 x 30% = 8396
Rs. 27985 + 8396 = 36,381 + GP 4200 = 40,581
Rs. 40,581 x 2.57 = 1,04,294/-
Pay element (55%) = Rs. 1,04,294 x 55% = Rs. 57,362
Settlement pay = Rs. 1,04,294 + 57,362 = 1,61,656
Monthly Pension = Rs. 1,61,656 ÷ 2 = 80,828

Source : NFIR

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Special Allowance to Nurses working in Operation Theater/Intensive Care Unit – revision of Allowances

Special Allowance to Nurses working in Operation Theater/Intensive Care Unit – revision of Allowances

No.I/5(g)/Part VI

Dated: 05/01/2018

The Secretary (E),
Railway Board,
New Delhi

Dear Sir,

Sub: Special Allowance to Nurses working in Operation Theater/Intensive Care Unit – revision of Allowances-reg.

Ref: (i) NFIR’s PNM Item No.1-B/2012.

(ii) Railway Board’s OM No. E(P&A)I-2009/SP-1/Gen1/1 dated 09/07/2010 and 08/10/2013.

(iii) NFIR’s letter No.I/5(g) dated 08/11/2012 & no. I/5(g)/Pt.V dated 02/09/2013 and 13/01/2014.

(iv) Ministry of Health & Family Welfare letter no.Z.28015/2012013 – N dated 17th October 2013 copy endorsed to NFIR.

(v) Railway Board’s letter No.E(P&A)I-2012/FE-4/1 dated 23/01/2014.

(vi) NFIR’s letter No.I/5(g)/Part V dated 21/10/2014, 20/10/2015, 30/05/2017 & letter No.I/5(g)/Part VI dated 20/09/2017.

(vii) O.M.No.Z.28015/52/2017-N dated 27th September,2017 issued by the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare to all ministries/departments (Government of India).

(viii) NFIR’s letter No.I/5(g)/Part VI dated 16/10/2017.

(ix) Railway Board’s letter No.E(P&A)I-2017/SP-1/MH-1 dated 27/12/2017.

Federation desires to invite attention of the Railway Board to the letters cited under reference relating to the NFIR’s PNM agenda Item No.1-B/2012.

During NFIR’s PNM meeting held with the Railway Board on 13/14-11-2017, the Official Side through Action Taken Statement on the agenda item conveyed that the advice of Ministry of Health & Family Welfare in the matter was still awaited and reminders have also been sent on 26/04/2017 and 11/10/2017 to ascertain the date of enhancement of the Allowance to Rs. 360/-p.m. from Rs. 120/- p.m.

Federation is surprised to note that though the instructions have since been issued by the Board revising the rate of Special Allowance, renamed as Operation Theater Allowance to the Nursing Personnel working in the specialized areas in the Railway Hospitals under the Ministry of Railways to Rs.540/- p.m. w.e.f. 1st July 2017, vide Board’s letter dated 27/12/2017, unfortunately the said letter does not mention NFIR’s PNM agenda Item. There is, therefore necessity to issue amendment to Board’s letter dated 27/12/2017.

Further to above, Federation desires to mention that the question relating to enhancement of Special Allowance from Rs.120/- p.m. to Rs.360/-p.m. pursuant to implementation of 6th CPC recommendations, is still unanswered and payment not arranged with back date.

NFIR,therefore, requests the Railway Board to issue corrigendum to Board’s letter dated 27-12-2017 for enhancement of Operation Theater Allowance from Rs.120/-p.m to Rs.360/- p.m also with retrospective effect, duly citing NFIR’s PNM agenda item.

Federation may be kept advised of the action taken in the matter.

Yours faithfully,

S/d,
(Dr.M.Raghavaiah)
General Secretary

Source : NFIR

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Revision of Kilometrage rates and other Allowances of Running Staff: NFIR

Revision of Kilometrage rates and other Allowances of Running Staff: NFIR.

No.IV/RSAC/Conf./Part IX

Dated: 05/01/2018

The General Secretaries of
Zonal Unions of NFIR

Brother,
Sub: Revision of Kilometrage rates and other Allowances of Running Staff-reg.

The issue pertaining to revision of Kilometraeg Allowance rates and other related Allowance for Running Staff was discussed on 4th & 5th January, 2018 at Rail Bhavan under the chairmanship of Additional Member (Staff). The NFIR’s note highlighting the position from 01/01/2006 and necessity for upward revision of Kilometrage Allowance rate was discussed. After considering the points brought out by the Staff Side on 4th & 5th January 2018, the Railway Board will respond.

Further development on the subject will be conveyed to affiliates at the earliest.

Yours fraternally,

S/d,
(Dr. M. Raghavaiah)
General Secretary

Source : NFIR

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NFIR New Year Message

NFIR New Year Message

No.IV/NFIR/7 CPC(Imp)/Allowance/2016/Part I

Dated: 25/12/2017

MESSAGE

Dear Brothers/Sisters,

We Will be celebrating New Year Day on January 1, 208 with disappointment and  agony as the Government has done grave injustice by reducing the percentage or various  Allowances and also by not granting the Allowances from 1st January. 2016. Almost all Railway employees in all corners Of Indian Railways have been deprived Of their legitimate Allowances in terms Of percentages existed prior to acceptance Of 7th CPC report.

The Running Staff, Brothers/Sisters, are aware that NFIR has placed cogent case before the Railway Board for hiking Kilometrage rates on the basis of Running Allowance formula and revision of TA rates. Our presentation was admired by the Running Staff. The Railway Board has discussed with NFIR twice on revision of Running Allowance rates and on both the occasions we conveyed the logic for upward revision or mileage rates and also revision of other related Allowances.

It is sad to mention that the decisions reached negotiated settlement concerning various categories of employees are yet to be implemented while we are walking into New Year on 1st January, 2018. As part of celebrations, everyone of us should convey our deep sense Of disappointment and anguish to the Railway Ministry and the Government and at the same time urge the Government to respond to our issues quickly and positively.

Yours fraternally,

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

Source: NFIR

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Request for reckoning the Additional Allowance granted to Loco Pilot (Mail), Loco Pilot (Passenger) & Mail Guard for the purpose of computation of retirement benefits to Running Staff

Request for reckoning the Additional Allowance granted to Loco Pilot (Mail), Loco Pilot (Passenger) & Mail Guard for the purpose of computation of retirement benefits to Running Staff

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
(RAILWAY BOARD)

No.E(P&A)II-2011/F.E.2/2

New Delhi,dated: 11-12-2017

The General Secretary
NFIR,
3,Chelmsford Road
New Delhi – 110055.

Dear Sir,

Sub: Request for reckoning the Additional Allowance granted to Loco Pilot (Mail), Loco Pilot (Passenger) & Mail Guard for the purpose of computation of retirement benefits to Running Staff.

Ref: NFIR’s letter No.IV/RSAC/Conf./Part.VIII dated 13-10-2017.

I am directed to refer to NFIR’s letter dated 13-10-2017 wherein it was requested to send supplementary proposal to the Ministry of Finance duly including the above vital points, seeking clearance and a copy of the reference made to the MoF may also be furnished to the Federation for pursuing the issue further.

As suggested by GS/NFIR, an office Memorandum dated 30-10-2017 has been sent to Ministry of Finance. The copy of the same is sent herewith for your information.

Yours faithfully,

s/d,

For Secretary/Railway Board


Government of India
Ministry of Railways

(Railway Board)

No. E(P&A)II-2011/F.E.2/2

New Delhi, dated 10.10.2017

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Sub: Request for reckoning the Additional Allowance granted to Loco Pilot (Mail). Loco Pilot (Passenger) & Mail Guard for the purpose of computation of retirement benefits to Running Staff

The undersigned is directed to invite attention of the Ministry of Finance to this Ministry’s O.M. of even number dated 14-09-2016 (copy enclosed) followed by reminders dated 22-11-2016 , 1602-2017 & 17-05-2017 on the above subject. In the meanwhile General Secretary of the National Federation of Indian Railwaymen has requested that- “since DA as accrued froM time to time is payable on the Special Running Staff Allowance due to the hardworking conditions and other relevant factors, the Special Running Staff Allowance needed to be included in the pay to be reckoned for calculation of retiral benefits.-

It is requested that the issue raised by the Federation may kindly be considered on priority and decision communicated.

Encl : As above. di-/A

(Dhruv Singh)
Executive Director
Pay Commission – I
Railway Board.

Director (Admn.),
Department of Expenditure,
Ministry of Finance
North Block,
New Delhi


No. IV/RSAC/Conf/Part VIII

Dated: 13/10/2017

The Secretary (E),

Railway Board,
New Delhi

Dear Sir,

Sub: Reckoning of Additional Allowance as pay for all purposes including computation of Retirement Benefits – Running Staff-reg.

Ref: (i) NFIR PNM Item No. 08/2011.

(ii) NFIR’ s letter No. IV/RSAC/Conf/Part VI dated 20/01/2016.

(iii) Director, Pay Commission, Railway Board’s O.M. No. E(P&A)II­2011/FE/2/2 dated 14/09/2016 addressed to Director, Administration/ Department of Expenditure (MoF).

Responding to the O.M. dated 14/09/2016 sent by the Railway Board to the Ministry of Finance, Federation takes note that the proposal sent by the Railway Board is incomplete as full facts have not been apprised. As a matter of fact, the said O.M. does not contain following vital points:

“Since DA as accrued from time to time is payable on the Special Running Staff Allowance due to the hardworking conditions and other relevant factors, the Special Running Staff Allowance needed to be included in the pay to be reckoned for calculation of retiral benefits”.

NFIR, therefore, requests the Railway Board to send supplementary proposal to the Ministry of Finance duly including the above vital points, seeking clearance. A copy of the reference made to the MoF may also be furnished to the Federation for pursuing the issue further.

Yours faithfully,

S/d,
(Dr.M.Raghavaiah)
General Secretary


GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAY
(RAILWAY BOARD)

No. E(P&A)II-2011/F.E./2/2

New Delhi, dated 14/09/2016

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Sub.: Request for reckoning of Additional Allowance granted to Loco Pilot (Mail), Loco Pilot(Passenger) & Mail-Guard for the purpose of computation of Retirement benefits to Running Staff.

Ref: Department of Expenditure’s OM No. 70/EV/2011 dt. 23.08.2011.

The undersigned is directed to state that based on the recommendations of 6th CPC, the Additional Allowance to Loco Pilot (Mail), Loco Pilot (Passenger) and Mail Guard was introduced on the Railways. The rates of Additional Allowance for Loco- Pilot-(Mail), were-Rs. 1000/- p.m whereas for Loco Pilot (Passenger) and Mail Guard were Rs, 500/- p.m.

2. The 7th CPC in para 11.40.62 of their report had recommended as follows :

“It is recommended that the Special Running Staff Allowance should be raised to Rs. 2,250 pm for Loco Pilot Mail/Express, Rs. 1,125 pm to Loco Pilot Passenger/Motormen and Rs. 1,125 for Guard Mail/Express. In addition„ Loco Pilot Goods and Sr. Passenger Guard should be extended this allowance at the rate of Rs. 750 pm. This will incentivize the movement of LP Shunter-I to. LP Goods. As before, Dearness Allowance will be payable. on this allowance. However, it will not count for pensionary benefits.”

3. The Staff side on the Railways has been insisting on reckoning of Additional Allowance (termed as Special Running Staff Allowance in the report of 7th CPC) for the purpose of computation of retirement benefits since its introduction by the 6th CPC. The 6th CPC had recommended that Dearness Allowance shall be payable on this Allowance, yet specific recommendations regarding the additive value of the additional allowance for computation of retirement benefits of running staff had not been made by the Commission.

Earlier also, the matter for reckoning of Additional Allowance for retinal benefits, was referred to the Ministry of Finance vide 0,M. No E(P&A)-11-2008 dated 19/10/2010 (Copy enclosed). However, .Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure had advised vide O.M. No 99/EV/2011 dated 11704/2011 for not reckoning Additional Allowance for the purpose of computation of retirement benefits of the categories of running staff eligible for the allowance, On the insistence of the staff side the matter whether Additional Allowance can be, reckoned for the purpose of computation of retirement benefits of eligible Running Staff again being referred for consideration, it is requested that the matter may once again be, examined and the outcome may please be advised to this office.

S/d,
(S. Balachandra)
Director Pay Commission,
Railway Board,
Director (Admn),

Department of Expenditure,
Ministry of Finance,
North-Block,
New Delhi.

Source : NFIR

 

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Grant of Children Education Allowance to two children in case of first child being totally mentally disabled

Grant of Children Education Allowance to two children in case of first child being totally mentally disabled

No.I/13(a)

Dated: 18/12/2017

Dr.Jitendra Singh,
Hon’ble Minister of State Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions,
North Block,
New Delhi-l10001

 

Respected Sir,
Sub: Grant of Children Education Allowance to two children in case of first child being totally mentally disabled-reg

 

Complaints continued to be received by the Federation from those central Government employees in general and Railway employees in particular, who, unfortunately, have been graced with 1st child (out of three living children) being mentally retarded/disabled and is not able to receive education even at school level due to his/her physical/mental infirmity while other two children of those employees who are normal in all respects and are receiving education at school/college levels, but however, the Children Education Allowance is allowed only in respect of one child. On scrutiny of available instructions and answers to Frequently Asked Questions circulated by the

Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions (Department of Personnel & Training) vide O.M. No.I-11020/1/2014-Estt (AL) dated…….., it is seen that the above cases are not covered for payment of Children Education Allowance to two children, as a result payment of Children Education Allowance to the 3rd ward is denied citing the plea that CEA/Hostel Subsidy is payable only to the eldest surviving children of the employees inspite of valid justification.

 

NFIR however is of the view that the genuine cases of these type have never been brought to the notice of the Government (DoP&T and MoF) for consideration despite the fact that there is sufficient justification to allow CEA/Hostel Subsidy to two children in view of special circumstances as explained in first para above. Federation contends that the stipulation for reimbursement of Children Education Allowance/Hostel Subsidy presently existing, needs to be reviewed and relaxed suitably so that any to surviving children out of three of the Government employee are eligible for grant of Children Education Allowance and Hostel Subsidy particularly in those cases where eldest or second eldest out of the three differently abled/mentally retarded and not in a position to receive education under any circumstances.

 

Federation therefore, requests the Hon’ble Minister to kindly intervene and see that extant instructions are suitably relaxed soon by the DoP&T for allowing re-imbursement of Children Education Allowance/Hostel Subsidy to two school/college going children out of three when one of whom is totally disabled.

 

Action taken in the matter may kindly be advised to the Federation.

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

Source: NFIR

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Payment to the Track Maintainers deputed for night patrolling duties for purchase of dry cell

Grant of Dry Cell Allowance @ 150/- p.m for Track Maintainers performing night patrolling duties – Railway Board

dry-cell-allowance-railways

No. 2016/CE-I/GNS/4pt.

New Delhi, dated 07.12.2017

General Managers,
All Indian Railways,

Sub: Payment to the Track Maintainers deputed for night patrolling duties for purchase of dry cell – PNM/NFIR Agenda Item No. 44/2016.

NFIR has raised the issue of revision of amount being given to the Track Maintainers deputed for track patrolling duties during night for purchase of dry cell battery. The matter has been considered by Board (MEW & FC) and it has been decided that all track maintainers deputed for night patrolling shall be paid @ Rs 150 per month alongwith their salary towards purchase of dry cell, wherever rechargeable torches have not been provided.

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

[Rly.no.030-47598, Mob (CUG)-97176111

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Exemption of Railways from New Pension Scheme (NPS): NFIR

Exemption of Railways from New Pension Scheme (NPS): NFIR

No. IV/NPS/PFRDA BILL / Part I

Dated : 11/12/2017

Shri Piyush Goyal,
Hon’ble Minister of Railways,
Rail Bhavan,
New Delhi

Respected Sir,

Sub : Exemption of Railways from New Pension Scheme (NPS) – reg.

Ref (i) Hon’ble MR’s D.O. No. 2012/F(E)III/1/4-Pt dated 29th March 2014 to Hon’ble Finance Minister, Government of India.
(ii) Hon’ble MR’s D.O. No. 2012/F(E)III/1/1/4-Pt dated 20th Nov 2015 to the Hon’ble Finance Minister Shri Arun Jaitely.
(iii) NFIR’s letter No. IV/NPS/PFRDA BILL Part I dated 13th Feb.2017 & 26th Oct. 2017.

While enclosing copy of NFIR’s letter sent to you vide dated 26th Oct, 2017, I request you to kindly make special efforts at the level of the Government as well by reaching Hon’ble Prime Minister for the purpose of exempting Railways from the National Pension System (NPS). I also desire to bring to your kind notice that your predecessors Shri Mallikarjun Kharge and Shri Suresh Prabhu have already sent proposals to the Government of India (Ministry of Finance) highlighting the uniqueness of Railways working and the necessity to exempt Railways from the NPS.

 

I trust that you would do the needful for obtaining favourable decision which would motivate all sections of Railway employees to work with grater determination and commitment for providing efficient services.

With regards,

Yours sincerely,

S/d,
(Dr.M.Raghavaiah)
General Secretary


No.IV/NPS/PFRDA BILL/Part 1

Dated : 26 Oct,2017

Shri Piyush Goyal,
Ho’ble Minister of Railways,
Rail Bhavan,
New Delhi

Respected Sir,

Sub: Exemption of Railways from New Pension Scheme (NPS) – reg.

Ref:  (i)    Hon’ble MR’s D.O. No. 2012/F(E)111/1/4-Pt dated 29th March 2014 to Hon’ble Finance

Minister, Government of India.

(ii)           Hon’ble MR’s D.O. No. 2012/F(E)111/1/1/4-Pt dated 20th Nov 2015 to the Hon’ble Finance Minister Shri Arun Jaitely.

(iii)          NFIR’s letter No. IV/NPSIPFRDA BILL/Part I dated 13th Feb, 2017.

Federation invites kind attention of the Hon’ble AIR relating to exemption of Railways from New Pension Scheme (NPS), which was agreed upon by the Railway Ministry, consequently the Railway Minister Shri Suresh Prabhu bad sent proposal to the Hon’ble Finance Minister vide letter No. 2012/F(E)III/1/1/4-Pt dated 20th November, 2015, seeking Government’s approval to exempt Railways from New Pension Scheme (NPS) now called “National Pension System“. Shri Mallikarjun Kharge then Railway Minister had also urged upon the Government to exempt Railways from New Pension Scheme (letter No. 2012/F(E)III/1/4-Pt dated 29th March 2014).

 

In this connection, NFIR desires to reiterate that Pension is very sensitive issue so far as Railways is concerned, due to the reason that the Railway employees have been working at remote places, stations located in jungle areas and have been facing all odds foregoing basic necessities of life, similar to the Defence Forces Personnel, safeguarding the Nation’s Borders, and are involved fully in ensuring uninterrupted flow of Railway Traffic. The Railway employees in their day-to-day working face war like situations to ensure that movement of trains is not adversely affected under any circumstances and in the process they get killed on duty as confirmed by the High Level Safety Review Committee (BLSRC) headed by Shri Anil Kakodkar (Chapter 11-2.3).

 

NFIR, therefore urges upon you to kindly reach the Hon’ble Prime Minister and apprise the Railways unique nature of working as already highlighted by previous Railway Ministers and impress the need for granting exemption of Railways from the New Pension Scheme to enable those Railway employees appointed from January, 2004 get covered by the Liberalized Pension Scheme for receiving guaranteed Pension. Federation strongly believes that your kind intervention and Ell&WS-fivi: with the Hon’ble Prime Minister would result positive decision for exempting Railways from New Pension Scheme soon.

With regards,

Yours sincerely,/

S/d,
(Dr. M. Raghavaiah)
General Secretary

Source : NFIR

 

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