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Reckoning service for entitlement of Post Retirement Complimentary Passes

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NFIR

No. I/15/Part III

Dated: 03/10/2018

The Secretary (E),
Railway Board,
New Delhi

Dear Sir,
Sub: Reckoning service for entitlement of Post Retirement Complimentary Passes-reg.

Ref: (i) NFIR’s PNM Item No. 06/2016.
(ii) Board’s letter No. E(W)2006/PS5-1/28 dated 18/04/2007 & 08/05/2008.
(iii) Board’s letter No. E(W)2013/PS5-1/7 dated 16/12/2013.
(iv) Board’s letter No. E(W)2013/PS5-1/28 dated 12/03/2014.
(v) Board’s letter No. E(W)2016/PS5-8/2 dated 19/04/2018.
(vi) NFIR’s letter No. I/15/Part III dated 06/07/2018 & 17/08/2018.

Kind attention of Railway Board is invited to Federation’s demand contained in Agenda Item No. 06/2016, wherein it was requested to restore previous instructions issued under Railway Board’s letter dated 18/04/2007 facilitating the benefit of Post Retirement Complimentary Passes to ex-servicemen working in the Railways duly respecting the announcement of Hon’ble MR on the floor of the House during the course of presentation of Rail Budget 2007-2008. Though the Railway Board have issued instructions vide letter dated 19/04/2018, unfortunately these are not being implemented on Zonal Railways etc., on the pretext that such staff have not completed 20 years service or more in the Railways. In this connection, Federation vide its letter dated 17/08/2018, cited the specific case of North Western Railway, unfortunately no instructions have been issued though discussions were held by General Secretary, NFIR with ED(IR) on 3rd July, 2018. Thereafter a period of over two months has passed, unfortunately instructions duly modifying Board’s letter dated 19/04/2018 are yet to be issued.

NFIR, therefore, requests the Railway Board to issue clarification duly amplifying the instructions issued vide letter dated 19/04/2018 to facilitate the ex-servicemen or Central Government employees joined Railways, to avail the benefit of Post Retirement Complimentary Passes on the basis of length of service in Railways and in the previous Central Government Organization. A copy of the instructions issued may be endorsed to the Federation.

Yours faithfully

(Dr. M. Raghavaiah),
General Secretary

Source: NFIR

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Availability of option for fixation of pay on MACPS from the date of next increment (DNI) in the lower post and method of fixation of pay from DNI, if opted for, in context of CCS(RP) Rules, 2016

Availability of option for fixation of pay on MACPS from the date of next increment (DNI) in the lower post and method of fixation of pay from DNI, if opted for, in context of CCS(RP) Rules, 2016

No. IV/MACPS/09/Part 11

Dated: 03/10/2018

The Secretary (E),
Railway Board,
New Delhi

Dear Sir,

Sub: Availability of option for fixation of pay on MACPS from the date of next increment (DNI) in the lower post and method of fixation of pay from DNI, if opted for, in context of CCS(RP) Rules, 2016-reg.

Ref: DoP&T O.M. No.35034/1/2017-Estt D dated 20/09/2018 to all Ministries/Departments etc.

A copy of O.M. No. 35034/1/2017-Estt D dated 20/09/2018 issued by the DoP&T on the subject is enclosed. In the said O.M., the DoP&T has stated that their earlier O.Ms dated 27/07/2017 and 28/08/2018 clarifying availability of option for fixation of pay and the date of next increment (DNI) in the lower post and method of fixation of pay from DNI, if opted for, in the context of CCS (RP) Rules, 2016, are applicable in the case of MACP also.

NFIR, therefore, requests Railway Board to issue corresponding instructions in favour of Railway employees duly endorsing copy to the Federation.

DA/As above

Yours faithfully

(Dr. M. Raghavaiah)
General Secretary

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7th Pay Commission Incentive Bonus to Railway Employees – NFIR

7th Pay Commission Incentive Bonus to Railway Employees

NFIR

No. I/1 1/Part I

Dated: 26/09/2018

The General Secretaries of Affiliated Unions of NFIR Dear Brother,

Sub: Need for revision of hourly rate of Incentive Bonus and Bonus Factor of Workshops/Production Units following implementation of 7th CPC – 3rd meeting of the Committee held on 26/09/2018.

The demand of NFIR vide PNM Item No. 12/2017 was discussed in the Board PNM meeting held on 13th /14th November, 2017. The NFIR’ s Agenda provides detailed background of Incentive Bonus rates from time to time and the need for upward revision of the rates in the wake of implementation of 7th CPC Pay Matrices for Workshops and PU employees on Indian Railways.

3rd Meeting of Committee for recommendation of hourly rates of incentive bonus and bonus factors of Workshops/PUs has been held this day 26th September, 2018 at Rail Bhavan, New Delhi. GS/NFIR assisted by Shri Gobinath SSE/ICF, Perambur have participated in the meeting. During discussion, NFIR has reiterated its point of view demanding revision of rates in accordance with the formula adopted in 1999 and confirmed by the Railway Board to the Ministry of Finance on 19th July, 2005. NFIR also expressed its strong resentment over abnormal delay in finalizing revision of rates and equally upward revision of Incentive Allowance to SSEs to 30% of Pay as the SSEs are presently paid the amount very less in comparison with other lower pay level staff.

After lengthy discussion, the Official Side of Railway Board responded that a draft proposal will be provided to the Staff Side soon i.e. in a fortnight and thereafter another round of discussion may be held to finalize the rates duly taking into account the points brought out by NFIR.

The above is for information of affiliated Unions. A copy of the minutes of second meeting of the Committee held on 04th July, 2018 is also enclosed.

Yours fraternally

(Dr. M. Raghavaiah)

General Secretary

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Source: NFIR

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Denial of payment of Breakdown Allowance to the staff working in GP 2000/Level 3 of 7th CPC

Denial of payment of Breakdown Allowance to the staff working in GP 2000/Level 3 of 7th CPC

NFIR

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

No.I/5(g)/Pt.V

Dated: 22-09-2018

The Secretary (E)
Railway Board
New Delhi

Dear Sir,

Sub: Denial of payment of Breakdown Allowance to the staff working in GP 2000/Level 3 of 7th CPC – reg.

Ref: (i) Railway Board’s letter No.E(P&A)II-2017/BDA-1 30-08-2017 (RBE No.106/2017)
(ii) NFIR’s letter No.I/5(g)/Part V dated 11-04-2018
(iii) Railway Board’s letter No.E(P&A)II-2017/BDA-1 dated 14-09-2018 (RBE No.138/2018)

Pursuant to NFIR’s reference vide letter dated 11-04-2018 relating to admissibility of payment of Breakdown Allowance to the staff working in GP 2000/Level-3 of 7th CPC who were left erroneously in Board’s order dated 30th August,2017 (RBE No.106/2017), Railway Board vide letter dated 14-09-2018 (RBE No.138/2018) have issued clarification for grant of Breakdown Allowance to the Technicians Grade-III though drawing pay in higher pay level under MACPS at the rates prescribed for the post held by the employee. Federation however noticed that the said instructions are not in conformity with the Federation’s demand to grant Breakdown Allowance to the Staff working in GP 2000/Level-3 at the pay received in the same Grade Pay/Pay Level.

In this connection, Federation desires to state that the Breakdown Allowance is treated as Compensatory Allowance and is attached to the extra-ordinary duties performed by such staff. The Board’s clarification dated 14-09-2018 limiting the payment of Breakdown Allowance to the post held by the staff i.e. substantive pay in GP 1900, is unjustified and needs to be corrected suitably to render justice to the staff of Technical Categories.

NFIR, therefore, urges the Railway Board to consider the above points and issue amendment to the clarification to letter dated 14-09-2018 soon duly endorsing copy to the Federation.

Yours faithfully
(Dr.M.Raghavaiah)
General Secretary

Source: NFIR

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Grant of regular absorption of staff working in Quasi Administrative Offices/Units in the erstwhile Group ‘D’ posts

Non-redressal of issues discussed by the Federations – Grant of regular absorption of staff working in Quasi Administrative Offices/Units in the erstwhile Group ‘D’ posts

NFIR

National Federation of Indian Railwaymen
3, Chelmsford Road, New Delhi – 110055
Affiliated to:
Indian Natinal Trade Union Congress (INTUC)
International Transport Workers’Federation (ITF)

No.II/1B/2018

Dated: 24/09/2018

The Chairman,
Railway Board,
New Delhi

Dear Sir,
Sub: Non-redressal of issues discussed by the Federations – Grant of regular absorption of staff working in Quasi Administrative Offices/Units in the erstwhile Group ‘D’ posts – reg.

Ref: Federations Joint letters No.II/IB dated 09/05/2016 & I5/05/20I7 to CRB.

Federations have repeatedly been inviting kind attention of the Railway Board at all levels including at the level of Hon’ble MR, CRB to the DC/JCM item No.27/2006, urging decision for absorption of staff working in the Quasi Administrative Office/Units against erstwhile Group ‘D’ vacancies since long.

The subject was also discussed by NFIR and AIRF in full Board meetings held on 07/02/2014, 01/10/2015 and 04/02/2016. Federations are deeply disappointed that though years passed, the issue is still pending unresolved. The Federations Joint communications to the Railway Board Chairman vide letters dated 09/05/2016 and 15/05/2017 have unfortunately not yielded positive result.

The Federations have re-iterated through joint letter dated 09/05/201, the justification for restoration of the earlier policy formulated in the year 1973 & 1977 to facilitate regular absorption of staff working in Quasi Administrative Offices/Units. The Federations had sent another letter dated 15/05/2017 requesting to arrange a meeting at the level of Hon’ble MR and CRB, unfortunately no meeting has been convened as yet. Federations desire to state that 12 valid points were conveyed to the Railway Board on the legal opinion tendered by the Learned ASG relating in this particular case, but however there has been no positive response yet. Federations once again enclose a copy of 12 points for consideration at the level of Railway Ministry which we feel are sufficient to keep the policy alive. The subject was also highlighted by the Federations during. Standing Committee Meetings held between the Federations and the Railway Board (MS, DG/P etc.) on 7th Feb, 2018, 4th April, 2018 without any positive result which is unfortunate

The Federations also reiterate that the decision of Railway Board vide dated 10/06/1997 was arbitrary as the same was issued without consultations with us which amounts to breach of agreement reached with the Federations during previous periods.

We therefore requests the CRB again to kindly intervene and see that a meeting takes place at your level early to settle this long pending issue besides other issues where agreements have been reached but not implemented so far. Alternatively we suggest a special meeting with Hon’ble Railway Minister early.

Yours faithfully

(Shiva Gopal Mishra)
General Secretary/AIRF

(Dr.M.Raghavaiah)
General Secretary/NFIR

Source: NFIR

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Incidents of violent attacks on Railway employees in the course of performing their duties

Incidents of violent attacks on Railway employees in the course of performing their duties

NFIR

No. II/34/2018-Part I

Dated: 19/09/2018

The Chairman,
Railway Board,
New Delhi

Dear Sir,

Sub: Incidents of violent attacks on Railway employees in the course of performing their duties-reg.

Of late, it is noticed that the Railway employees are becoming targets of physical attacks by the unruly people/antisocial elements. In this connection, NFIR cites the case of recent physical attack on Travelling Ticket Examiner of S.C. Railway (Secunderabad Division) by a group of people who are habituated of travelling unauthorizedly and threatening on duty staff. It has further been reported that three persons have attacked the Gate Keeper (Track Maintainer) at Level Crossing Gate on Northern Railway and chopped off his left arm on 17th September, 2018. Similar attacks on staff were also reported from different places and no adequate action has been taken by the concerned Law & Order Authorities to deter the miscreants.

The Railway Staff who perform duties in the field and at remote places are developing constant fear of criminal attacks on them by the miscreants. In order to maintain the morale of staff, it would be necessary to urge upon the concerned high level authorities who are accountable for maintaining Law & Order situation to take effective measures. So far as Level Crossing Gates are concerned, provision of CCTV cameras may be considered seriously to facilitate detecting the culprits for further action.

NFIR, therefore, requests the Railway Board to kindly see that concrete steps are taken to protect the Railway Staff working in the field and in the remote sections of the Railway system. Federation may please be kept advised of action being taken by the Railway Board early.

Yours faithfully
(Dr. M. Raghavaiah)
General Secretary

Source: NFIR

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Revision of rates of stipend to apprentices and trainees on Railways

7th CPC: Revision of rates of stipend to apprentices and trainees on Railways

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
(Railway Board)

S.No. PC-VII/ 117
No. PC-V/20016/PS/1(Stipend)
RBE No. 133/2018

New Delhi, dated 11-9-2018

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

Sub: Revision of rates of stipend to apprentices and trainees on Railways.

Consequent upon the revision in training period of few categories of Traffic and Commercial Departments, item Nos. 39, 41, 42, 45, 46, 47 of the Schedule of Board’s letter of even number dated 02-02-2017 (RBE No. 08/2017) stands modified as under:

S.No. Category Training
period
Grade Pay
in VI CPC
Pay
Structure
(Rs.)
Corresp- onding Revised Pay level in the 7th CPC Pay
Matrix
Revised rates
of stipend in
the
corresponding
Pay level
(Rs.)
Traffic and Commercial Departments
39. Commercial Apprentices 80 days 4200 6 35400
41. Ticket Examiner 26 days 1900 2 19900
42. Train Clerks 18 days 1900 2 19900
45. Goods Guards 30 days 2800 5 29200
46. Traffic Apprentices for absorption in scales as Station Masters, Asstt. Yard Masters, Traffic Inspectors & Section Controllers 300 days 4200 6 35400
47. Enquiry-cum-Reservation Clerk 26 days 2800 5 29200

2. The above revised rates of stipend are applicable to those batches that undergo the modified training modules as indicated against the category.

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

4. Hindi version is enclosed.

(Subhankar Dutta)
Deputy Director, Pay Commission-V
Railway Board

Source : NFIR

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Revision of flat rate of license fee (Standard Rent) for residential accommodation in Railways w.e.f. 01/07/2010, 01/07/2013, and 01/07/2016

Revision of flat rate of license fee (Standard Rent) for residential accommodation in Railways w.e.f. 01/07/2010, 01/07/2013, and 01/07/2016

NFIR

National Federation of Indian Railwaymen

No.II/23/Part III

Dated: 11/09/2018

The Secretary (E),
Railway Board.
New Delhi

Dear Sir,

Sub: Revision of flat rate of license fee (Standard Rent) for residential accommodation in Railways w.e.f. 01/07/2010, 01/07/2013, and 01/07/2016-reg.

Ref: (i) Railway Board’s letter No. F(X)I-2002/11/2 dated 26/2/2017.
(ii) NFIR’s letter No. II/23/Part III dated 12/03/2018.
(iii) Railway Board’s reply vide No. F(X)I-2002/11/2 dated 09/05/2018 addressed to GS/NFIR.
(iv) NFIR’s PNM Agenda Item No.18 sent to Railway Board on 26/06/2018.

Federation desires to invite kind attention of Railway Board to the letter dated 26/12/2017 wherein instructions have been issued for revision of flat rate of license fee (Standard Rent) for residential accommodation in Railways with retrospective effect i.e. 01/07/2010, 01/07/2013, and 01/07/2016. Federation expresses its anguish over non-appreciation of ground reality highlighted by the Federation vide its letter dated 12/03/2018 for taking remedial action and instead, sent reply vide letter dated 09/05/2018 that the revision in the flat rate of license fee is based on the pattern of Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs. Due to this negative approach, the Federation was compelled to raise the issue vide PNM Agenda Item No. 18 (sent to Railway Board on 26/06/2018), but unfortunately, instructions have not been modified yet.

Besides above, the Federation desires to convey to the Railway Board that the reports are received from the NFIR affiliated Unions that though outstanding dues towards office rent, electricity, telephone and water charges have already been cleared by the affiliates, the Divisional Administrations have raised bills for payment arrears towards rentals of office accommodation from 01/07/2010 to 30/06/2013, 01/07/2013 to 30/06/2016 and 01/07/2016 to 31/03/2018. While the Board’s instructions dated 26/12/2017 are unjustified, the action of Railway Administration, demanding payment of arrears on account of Office rent of the accommodations in possession of the affiliated Unions is totally wrong.

As the subject has already been taken up by the Federation in the PNM fora at Board’s level, it is urged that the instructions dated26/12/2017 be kept in abeyance or withdrawn.

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

Source: NFIR

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Compassionate ground appointment to the kith & kin of Railway employees and died in harness as bachelor – need to issue instructions

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NFIR
National Federation of Indian Railwaymen

No. II/1-A/2018

Dated: 07/09/2018

The Secretary (E),
Railway Board,
New Delhi

Dear Sir,

Sub: Compassionate ground appointment to the kith & kin of Railway employees and died in harness as bachelor – need to issue instructions-reg.

Reports are being received by the Federation through our affiliated unions that the
Railway Authorities on certain divisions/zones are reluctant to consider offering appointment on compassionate ground to the kith & kin of railway employee died as bachelor. These cases included the cases of persons appointed under LARSGESS (who unfortunately died as bachelor).

Federation feels that denial of compassionate appointment to the next kith and kin of bachelor employees die in harness is unfair, considering the fact that the bereaved family is required to be provided with bread winner (through compassionate appointment to the kith & kin of deceased staff).

NFIR therefore, requests the Railway Board to kindly review the extant instructions and issue suitable clarification to the Zonal Railways etc., to consider providing compassionate appointment to the kith and kin of deceased bachelor employees (including LARSGESS appointee) in order to provide relief to the families of such employees. A copy of the instructions issued may be endorsed to the Federation.

Yours faithfully.
(Dr.M.Raghavaiah)

Source: NFIR

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Filling up of vacancies on the Railways

Filling up of vacancies on the Railways.


NFIR


GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
{RAILWAY BOARD}

RBE No. 119/2018

No. E(NG)II / 2018/RR-1/22

New Delhi, dated 20.08.2018

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

Sub: Filling up of vacancies on the Railways.

Attention is invited to instructions contained in Board’s letter no. E(NG)II/2007/RR-1/10/Pt.(110865) dated 25.06.2014 specifying the carious factors which must be taken into account while computing vacancies for placing indents. It was inter alia mentioned therin that staff likely to go on transfer to other Railways/Divisions in a particular calendar year must also be accounted for in the pool of vacancies while placing indents with the Recruiting Agencies.

It has been observed that large number of applications for Inter Railway transfers are pending on Railways. Such transferd have a direct bearing on railway working, especially in terms of manspower because of huge gap between outflow and inflow of staff.

It is, therefore, reiterated that while placing indents for fresh recruitment notifications in future the computation done duly of vacancies must be done duly taking.into account all the pending requests of Inter-Railway transfers. For this purpose, requests forwarded to the recipient Railway/Division as on the cut off date of assessment of vacancies should be regarded as pending requests. Action may be taken accordingly henceforth.

Please acknowledge receipt.

(M.M.Rai)
Jt.Director/E(NG)II
Railway Board

Source: NFIR

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Filling up of posts of Multi-Tasking Staff (erstwhile Group ‘D’ post) in Railway Board by absorption basis in Level-I of Pay Matrix (Pre-revised: Pay Band-1 (Rs.5200-20200) and Grade Pay Rs.1800) from the employees of Zonal Railways/Production Unions

Filling up of posts of Multi-Tasking Staff (erstwhile Group ‘D’ post) in Railway Board by absorption basis in Level-I of Pay Matrix (Pre-revised: Pay Band-1 (Rs.5200-20200) and Grade Pay Rs.1800) from the employees of Zonal Railways/Production Unions


NFIR


No.11/6/Pt.8

Dated: 21/08/2018

The Secretary (E),
Railway Board,
New Delhi

Dear Sir,

Sub: Filling up of posts of Multi-Tasking Staff (erstwhile Group ‘D’ post) in Railway Board by absorption basis in Level-I of Pay Matrix (Pre-revised: Pay Band-1 (Rs.5200-20200) and Grade Pay Rs.1800) from the employees of Zonal Railways/Production Unions.

Ref: Railway Board’s letter No.20l8/ERB-515 (4)l0l dated 08/0812018 addressed to
Zonal Railways and Production Units etc.,

With reference to Railway Board’s letter dated 08/08/2018 inviting applications from the staff working in Zonal Railways etc., for filling the vacancies of Multi-Tasking Staff in Rail Bhavan, New Delhi, it is informed that on some Zonal Railways the applications of staff are not entertained on the plea that no replacement is available and on a few Zones, the Board’s circular is not being circulated resulting the staff not able to submit their applications. Staff are disappointed over the negative approach of Zonal Railways and they also fear that the only opportunity now provided for them to join Rail Bhavan, New Delhi will be lost.

NFIR therefore requests the Railway Board to kindly issue clear instructions to the GMs etc., to circulate widely Board’s letter and forward the applications of staff promptly.

Yours faithfully,
(Dr M.Raghavaiah)
General Secretary

Source : NFIR

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NJCA MEETING: Revival of Indefinite Strike – AIRF & NFIR yet to take a decision

Revival of Indefinite Strike – AIRF & NFIR yet to take a decision

Railway Federations (AIRF & NFIR) are yet to take a decision regarding revival of indefinite strike

NJCA MEETING  18-08-2018

CONFEDERATION, NFPE AND AIDEF INSISTED REVIVAL OF INDEFINITE STRIKE – AUTHORIZED NJCA CHAIRMAN AND CONVENER (RAILWAY FEDERATIONS – AIRF & NFIR) TO TAKE FINAL DECISION REGARDING INDEFINITE STRIKE .

NJCA meeting was held on 18-08-2018. Government has ignored the ultimatum given by NJCA and has not given any cognizance to NJCA’s Resolution adopted on 03-07-2018 and the letter dated 03-07-2018 addressed to Cabinet Secretary.

Government has betrayed NJCA and entire Central Government employees and Pensioners. Therefore, the Representatives of Confederation, NFPE and AIDEF insisted to revive the indefinite strike and start preparations for the strike immediately, as all employees are eagerly waiting for such a decision from NJCA.

Railway Federations (AIRF & NFIR) are yet to take a decision regarding revival of indefinite strike. After discussion it was decided to authorize the Chairman & Convener of NJCA (Railway Federations – AIRF & NFIR) to take final decision and convey the same to Government and also to all constituent organizations of NJCA.

As NJCA could not take any final decision regarding strike, Confederation shall go ahead with its decision to organize one day nationwide strike on 15th November 2018. In the mean time all Central Trade Unions (other than BMS) and independent Federations (including Confederation) are holding a National Convention at New Delhi on 28th September 2018. If any decision for strike is taken in that convention, the date of the Confederation’s strike will be changed to synchronize with the date(s) of the Central Trade Unions and independent Federations, as already decided in the June 10th Hyderabad National Convention.

M.Krishnan
Secretary General
Confederation
Mob & Whatsapp:
9447068125
e-mail:
mkrishnan6854@gmail.com

Source: Confederation

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Grant of financial upgradation under ACP & MACP Schemes for the Central Government Civilian Employees including Railway employees

NFIR

Grant of financial upgradation under ACP & MACP schemes for the central Government Civilian Employees including Railway employees

MACP

No. IV/MACPs/09/part II

Dated: 21/08/2018

The Secretary / DoP&T
(Department of personnel PG & pension),
Department of personnel & Training,
North Block,
New Delhi.

Dear Sir,

Sub: Grant of financial upgradation under ACP & MACP schemes for the central Government Civilian Employees including Railway employees – reg.

Ref: (i)  Dop&T oM No.35034/1/97-Estt (D) dated 09/08/1999.
(ii) Dop&T oM No.35034/3/2008-Estt (D) dated 19/05/2009.

NFIR invites kind attention to the OM dated 09/08/1999 wherein the Government of India (DoP&T) had introduced ‘Assured career Progression Scheme‘ (ACPs) for the central Government civilian Employees pursuant to the recommendation of 5th central pay commission. The ACP Scheme was made effective in the Central Government departments from 1999. The ACP Scheme remained functional until 31/08/2008 (as clarified by the DoP&T vide para 9 its OM dated 19/05/2009) due to the fact that the ‘Modified Assured Carrer Progression Scheme‘ was introduced by the DoP&T, replacing ACPS w.e.f. 01/09/2008, pursuant to the recommendations of 6th CPC.

The Federation has however been receiving representations from the Central Government civilian Employees, mainly railway employees from all corners of the country to make the MACP Scheme operational w.e.f. 01/01/2006
01/01/2006 instead from 0l/09/2008, pursuant to the order dated 08th December, 2017 passed by the Hon’ble Supreme Court in Civil Appeal Diary No.3744 of 2016. In this connection, NFIR places following facts for consideration:-

  • on perusal of the order of the Apex court, it is found that the Hon’ble Apex court has held that the MACP is a part of pay structure recommended by the 6th CPC, the same cannot be considerd as allowance which had been given effect from 01/09/2008. The said order has also cited the Resolution dated 30/08/2008 of the Government which was referred in the notification issued by the Ministry of Finance wherein MACP has been defined part of ‘Pay structure‘ and not as ‘Allowance‘ and therefore should be given effect from 01/01/2006.
  • The order dated 8th Dec 2017 passed by the Apex court has already been implemented by the Ministry of Defence, giving effect to the MACPs w.e.f.01/01/2006 through an OM dated 25/07/2018.
  • DoP&T may kindly take note that in para 6.5.2 & 6.5.4 of the report of 6th CPC, the Commission had recommended for implementation of the revised pay structure consisting of Pay Band and Grade Pay w.e.f. 01/01/2006 while the revised allowances were given effect from prospective date i.e. 01/09/2008.
  • Ministry of Finance vide Gazette of India, Extraordinary Notification of Resolution No. 1/1/2008-IC dated 29/08/2008 had implemented revised pay structure (Pay Band & Grade Pay) w.e.f. 01/01/2006 whereas the implementation of MACPS was made effective from 0110912008, Accordingly, Ministry of Railways also implemented revised Pay structure w.e.f. 01/01/2006 vide its order dated 04/09/2008 while the rates of Non Practicing Allowance (NPA) were revised w.e.f. 01/01/2006 vide Board’s order dated 22/09/2008. Therefore, the MACPS which is part of Pay structure as decided by Apex Court should be given effect from 01/01/2006 in railways and all other Central Government departments.
  • Another important fact which cannot be ignored is, that the Apex Court had held that the benefit of ACP granted to an employee is part of the Pay structure which not only affects the pay but also pension of the employee, therefore, decided that the ACP is not allowance but a part of pay. At the same time, the Hon’ble Supreme Court further held that there can be no dispute that grant of ACP is part of pay structure and that the resolution dated 30/08/2008 relating to implementation of 6th CPC recommendations on pay structure, pay bands, grade pay etc have been given effect from 0110112006 and also added that this is the decision of the Cabinet which could not have been modified by issuing executive instructions.
  • NFIR suggests that while issuing modified instructions, in compliance with Apex Court order, the DoP&T may allow option opportunity to all those beneficiaries of ACPS as well MACPS to exercise their option for financial upgradation from the dates advantageous to them so as to avoid further grievances.
  • Summing up, NFIR urges upon the DoP&T to kindly consider the above points and issue modified instructions for granting financial upgradation under MACPS with effect from 01/01/2006 as was done by the Ministry of Defence. A copy of the instructions issued may be endorsed to this Federation.

Yours faithfully,

(Dr.M.Raghavaiah)
General Secretary

Source: NFIR

 

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Revision of rates of Daily Allowance (T.A.) to Railway employees on tour – Reimbursement of Hotel charges when no rest house facility made available

Revision of rates of Daily Allowance (T.A.) to Railway employees on tour – Reimbursement of Hotel charges when no rest house facility made available

NFIR

No. I/5 (F)

Dated: 20/08/2018

The Secretary (E),
Railway Board.
New Delhi

Dear Sir,

Sub: Revision of rates of Daily Allowance (T.A.) to Railway employees on tour – Reimbursement of Hotel charges when no rest house facility made available-reg.

Ref: (i) Railway Board’s letter No. F(E)1/2017/AL-28/40 dated 08/08/2017(PC-VII-31 & RBE No. 84/2017).
(ii) Railway Board’s letter No. F(E)I/2017/AL-28/41 dated 24/08/2017(PC-VII-45 & RBE No. 103/2017).
(iii) NFIR’s letter No.1/5 (F) dated 22/06/2018.
(iv) Railway Board’s letter No.F(E)l/2017/AL-28/40 dated 31/07/2018.

While appreciating the prompt reply of the Railway Board not agreeing with the proposal made by the Federation through its letter dated 22/6/2018, NFIR reiterates again the following facts:

• There are many places where there is no rest house at all,
• Wherever there are rest houses for subordinate staff, their accommodation is totally inadequate and the employees do not get even Cot/Bed,
• The condition of rest houses is very bad so much so, the bed sheets, pillow covers etc., are not even washed regularly (i.e. the condition is unhygienic),
• Mattresses in the rest houses are very dirty and not fit for use.

The Railway Board’s contention for denying the legitimate entitlement, citing 7th CPC recommendation and Government of India’s approval thereon is not only illogical but also highly improper. It needs to be appreciated that when employee is ordered to undertake tour on duty, he is rightly entitled for facilities as well Daily Allowance / Travelling Allowance. The case cited by NFIR is that in those cases where the staff proceed on duty to other places where the rest house facility is not available or condition of rest house is so bad that no human being can live, in such situations the reimbursement of hotel charges has to be ensured by the employer. Therefore the simple reply in one paragraph given by the Railway Board not agreeing the legitimate demand of NFIR is unacceptable to the Federation and we surmise that the Railway Board never wanted to take the ground situation into consideration for extending legitimate benefit to the staff. It is also unfortunate that while the Central Government has allowed reimbursement charges towards hotel accommodation to its employees when they undertake tour on duty, the Railway Board is unwilling to adopt Government of India’s rules probably with an intention to deny the legitimate benefit%to railwaymen deliberately.

Federation therefore urges upon the Railway Board to review the matter with judicious intention and issue instructions to the GMs etc., for ensuring reimbursement of accommodation/rest house/hotel charges in those cases where the resting facilities or either inadequate or not provided or not available.

Yours Faithfully

(Dr. M. Raghavaiah)
General Secretary

Source: NFIR

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Important staff issues upon which discussions held by NFIR

Important staff issues upon which discussions held by NFIR

NFIR

No. II/70/Part III

The Financial Commissioner (Railways),
Railway Board,
New Delhi

Dear Sir,

Sub: Important staff issues upon which discussions held by NFIR-reg.

During discussions in your chamber on 31st July,2018, the following subjects were brought to your kind notice for consideration and favourable descision:-

Appendix-II A qualified staff of Accounts Department – diversion of DR quota vacancies of JAA for promotion of qualified staff as one time dispensation (NFIR’s letter No. II/70/Part III dated 25/06/2018).

  • Grant of Incentive to the Accounts Stock Verifiers who have been posted from the cadre of Junior Accounts Assistant on passing Appendix – IV-A (IREM) Examination – NFIR’s PNM Item No.22/2012.
  • Implementation of cadre restructuring in IT cadre with effect from 01/11/2013 on the sanctioned strength (as has been done in all other categories (NFIR’s letter No. I/8/CRC/ 12 /IT dated 01/05/2017).
  • Stagnation faced by directly recruited JAAs of 1999 year batch in principal Financial Adviser’s Office/SC – South Central Railway – NFIR’s letter No. II/70/Part III dated 11/09/2017.
  • Implementation of cadre restructuring in Gazetted set up of IT cadre on Indian Railways – (NFIR’s latest letter No. I/80/CRC/ITI dated 01/06/2018).

Federation requests to kindly see that approval is accorded soon. A line in reply is solicited.

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

Source: NFIR

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Representation of NFIR regarding upgradation of pay structure of JEs/SSEs

Representation of NFIR regarding upgradation of pay structure of JEs/SSEs

NFIR

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
(RAILWAY BOARD)

No. PC-VII/20151R-U19 (Part.)

New Delhi, dated: 06/08/2018

To
The General Secretary,
National Federation of Indian Railwaymen
3, Chelmsford Road,  New Delhi – 55.

Sub: Representation of NFIR regarding upgradation of pay structure of JEs/SSEs.

Ref: NFIR’s letter No. IV/NFIR/7 CPC(Imp)2017/R.B – Part. II dated 23.07.2018.

Please refer to NFIR’s representation dated 23.07.2018 addressed to Hon’ble MR requesting intervention of Hon’ble for obtaining approval of Ministry of Finance (MoF) for upgradation GP-4600 to GP-4800.

2. With respect to above, it is stated that Railway Board have been making persistent efforts with various levels for obtaining approval of proposal sent MoF vide Board’s OM dated 08.02.2017 proposing revision of pay structure of Sr.Supervisors in Group ‘C’ of all departments (other than Account Department) to upgrade 75% of such Supervisor posts from Level-7 (erstwhile GP-4600) to Level-8 (erstwhile GP – 4800) and to bring parity in the pay scales of Group 13 Officers Accounts/Non-Accounts department.

3. It has already been intimated to NFIR through ATS on PNM-NFIR Item Nos. 3 & 10/2018 that a D.O. letter dated 20.04.2017 was sent from Hon’ble MR to Hon’ble FM for expediting approval on above proposal. Thereafter, a reminder dated 15.05.2018 from EDPC-­II to JS(Pers)/MoF was also sent in this connection. Recently, a D.O. letter dated 13.07.2018 (Annex-I) from Board (CRB) to Finance Secretary has also been sent requesting them to expedite approval on Board’s proposal dated 08.02.2017.

For Secretary,
Railway Board

Source: NFIR

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Request for issue of clarification in respect of Rule (vii) of Schedule-II (Pass on Privilege Account) of Railway Servants (Pass) Rules, 1986 (Second Edition – 1993)

Request for issue of clarification in respect of Rule (vii) of Schedule-II (Pass on Privilege Account) of Railway Servants (Pass) Rules, 1986 (Second Edition – 1993)

NFIR

Government of India
Ministry of Railway
(Railway Board)

No.E(W)2018/PS5-2111

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

Dated 07.08.2018

Sub:- Request for issue of clarification in respect of Rule vii) of Schedule-II (Pass on Privilege Account) of Railway Servants (Pass) Rules, 1986 (Second Edition- 1993).

Ref :- (i) NFIR’s letter No.1/15/Part-111 dated 30.07.2018.
(ii) Board’s letter of even number dated 26.03.2018.
(iii) Board’s letter of even number dated 27.03.2018.

Dear Sir,

With reference to your above cited letter on the subject issue, it is stated that in response to your earlier references dated 13.10.2017 & 16.05.2017, instructions already stand issued vide Board’s letter under Ref.(ii), interalia, stating that Rules 3(vii)(a), 3(vii)(b), 3(vii)(c) are independent provisions which is explicit by the use of the word “or” between them. A copy of the same also stands provided to you vide Board’s letter under Ref.(iii) (copy enclosed).

Yours faithfully,
for Secretary/Railway Board

Source: NFIR

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NFIR: General Departmental Competitive Examination – Consolidated instructions

General Departmental Competitive Examination – Consolidated instructions

RBE No./12,/2018

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA.
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
(RAILWAY BOARD)

No.E(NG)I/2018/PM 1/23

New Delhi, dated August 2, 2018

The General Managers All Zonal Railways & Production Units
(as per standard list)

Sub: General Departmental Competitive Examination – Consolidated instructions – reg.

The scheme of GDCE for filling up 25% of the Direct Recruitment quota vacancies in certain Group ‘C’ categories which have Direct Recruitment quota of 25% or more (except the categories of Law Assistants, Catering Supervisors and the Accounts Department) was introduced vide Boards’ letter No. E(NG)I/92/PM 2/16 dated 20.08.1993 (RBE No.129/93), initially for a period” of one year. The currency of the scheme has since been extended from tirr- time and was last extended up to 31.03.2020. [Boards’ letter No. E(NG)I/ 201 1/2 dated 10.04.2018] (RBE No.57/2018). A number of instructions on tp,81′ u have been issued from time to time, which have been consolidated ,i)and summarized as under:

  1. General Instructions:

Powers have been delegated to GMs to increase percentage of GDCE from 25% to 50% of Direct Recruitment quota vac individual cases as per needs. [Boards’ letter No. E(NG)17 2001/PM 212 dated 21.01.2002] (RBE No.09/2002).

2.5 All regular employees possessing prescribed educational qualification for Direct Recruitment working in gad owe than the grades/pay scale for which GDCE is being conducted Arele to appear in GDCE selection for all categories. [Boards letter N0(NG /2008/PM 1/6 Pt. dated 24.07.2017] (RBE No.72/2017) and [Boards letterNo. E(NG)I/ 1992/PM 2/16 dt 20.08.1993] (RBE No 12993).

2.6 All regular employees possessing prescribed educational qualification for Direct Recruitment working in same grade/pay scale for which GDCE is being conducted are eigible to appear in selection for GDCE from Non-Safety to Safety category posts as well as Safety to Safety category posts. [Boards’ letter No E(NG)1/2008 /PM 1/6 Pt dated 24072017] (RBE No.72/2 and [Boards’ letter No E(NG)1/ 1992/PM 2/16 dt 20.08.1993] (RBE NQ 1 9/95).

2.7 Reservation Quotas prescribed for SC/ST will be applicable for GDCE.

[Boards’ letter No. E(NG)I/ 1992/PM 2/ 16 dt 20.08,1993] (RBE No.129/93).

2.8 Maximum age limit for General, candidates is 40 years and for SC/ST it is 45 years. [Boards’ letter No. E(NG)I/ 1992/PM 2/16 dt 20.08.1993] (RBE No.129/93).

2.5 Regular Group ‘C’ and Group ‘D’ staff of the Production Units who fulfill the stipulated eligibility conditions are also permitted to appear in GDCE whenever conducted by the Zonal Railways for filling up the vacancies in different Group ‘C’ categories. The Zonal Railways should therefore, ensure that copies of notifications of selection under GDCE whenever issued by them are invariably endorsed to all the Production Units, so as to enable the employees of the Production Units also to apply for such selections, through proper channel, along with eligible employees of the Zonal Railway concerned. [Boards’ letter No. E(NG)I/2001/PM 2/12 dated 21.01.2002] (RBE No.09/2002).

  1. Examination Process:

Examination for all posts is to be conducted in single stage only in view of small number of Railway employees appearing against the same. [Boards’ letter No. E(NG)I/2008/PM 1/6 dated 10.06.2015] (RBE No.60/2015). GDCE will comprise of a written test followed by viva-voce* and the panels will be formed strictly in the order of merit.

(* Viva-voce stands deleted vide Boards’ letter No. E(NG)I/2000/PM 1/41 dated 07.08.2003).

3.1 The standard of examination shall be like that of Direct Recruitment to avoid any dilution of the cadre. If suitable candidates do not become available in adequate number as a result of GDCE, the shortfall will be made good by direct recruitment through Railway Recruitment Board.

3.2 The GDC Examination is to be conducted by the RRCs.

3.3 The date for GDCE is to be fixed by Railway Recruitment Cells (RRCs) of the Railway in consultation with CPOs and Chairman of respective RRBs.

3.4 Question Papers for GDCE is to be provided by respective RRBs, but evaluation shall be done by RRCs on the basis of answer keys provided by the former. However, instead of 3 sets of Question Papers, only one set of the same will be provided by RRBs to RRCs for GDCE. All other recruitment related activities will be performed by Chairman of respective RRCs. [Boards’ letter No. E(NG)I/2008/PM 1/6 dated 20.10.2014] (RBE No.113/2014).

3.5 Zone of consideration for GDCE will encompass staff belonging to all the Departments! Branches in a Division/ Workshop/ Headquarter-Office/ Extra Divisional Office/ Production Unit as the case may be subject to their applying through proper channel in response to the notification for GDCE. [Boards’ letter No. E(NG)I!1992/PM 2/16 dated 20.08.1993] (RBE No.129/1993).

  1. Wherever, the vacancies remain unfilled in Promotion Quota, the same may be carried forward to LDCE/GDCE, if any, and unfilled vacancies of LDCE/GDCE may be carried forward to direct recruitment quota for the next year/next selection. In case there is no LDCE/GDCE for that post, the unfilled vacancies may be diverted to direct recruitment quota of the upcoming year. [Boards’ letter No. E(NOI/ 2010 / PM 1/ 16 dated 10.09.2014] (RBE No.97/2014).
  2. The channel of GDCE and LDCE can be availed by the young, talented and qualified staff working in lower grades for fast track progression to higher grades.
  3. It has been noticed that a large number of vacancies in the Railways remain unfilled and the Railways are not making timely use of the scheme of GDCE and LDCE for filling up vacancies, which is adversely affecting the motivation of the employees.
  4. It is reiterated that Railways should ensure making use of these schemes liberally to fill up the vacancies timely by chalking out suitable action plan for the same.

Hindi version will follow.

( P.M. Meena )
Dy. Director -11/Estt.(NG)I
Railway Board

Source: NFIR

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Implementation of Pass Rules and grant of travel facility on privilege pass as per the choice of pass holder – Railway Board’s clarification

Implementation of Pass Rules and grant of travel facility on privilege pass as per the choice of pass holder: Clarification requested

Registration No. : RTU/Nnn/31/2012

NFIR

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

Affiliated to :
Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC)
International Transport Workers’ Federation (lTF)
No.I/15/Part III

Dated: 30/07/2018

The Secretary (E),
Railway Board,
New Delhi

Dear Sir,

Sub: Implementation of Pass Rules and grant of travel facility on privilege pass as per the choice of pass holder – Railway Board’s clarification-requested.

NFIR invites attention of the Railway Board to the provisions contained in Advance Correction Slip No. 32 to the Railway Servants (Pass) Rules, 1986 (2nd Edition 1993) where in Rule 3 (vi) which are as under :-

“Privilege pass shall be issued for journey from the starting station to the destination station as desired by the Railway servant, via shortest route, provided that a longer route may be permitted on the Privilege Pass in the following circumstances:-

a) Two alternative routes are available for a destination, for example – Bombay to Calcutta via Nagpur or via Allahabad and Bombay to Delhi by the Central Railway or by the Western Railway – such pass may be permitted by either route irrespective of the distance involved;

or

b) If the distance to destination via a longer route preferred by the Railway servant does not exceed by fifteen percent of the distance via the direct route such pass may be issued even if a double journey over a small portion is involved (for example – ex Chittaranjan to Kancharapara via Howrah or ex-Lucknow to a station on the Southern/ South Central Railway via Bombay VT), provided the distance does not exceed the distance via the shortest route by more than 15% to take advantage of terminal facilities as in Bombay VT – Kalyan or Madras – Arakkonam sections;

or

c) If the longer route to destination is quicker than the direct route irrespective of distance involved.”

Federation has received staff representations (also retired staff) that when entitlement and choice is available between (a), (b) & (c) as per ACS No.32, the authorities have been reluctant in issuing the privilege/complimentary passes by wrongly interpreting to the effect that clauses 3(vi) (b) and (c) are independent provisions as they have been separated by the word ‘or’ between them, thereby, the provision in Rule 3(vi) (a) is also independent.

Federation contends that the interpretation as above is not correct in view of the fact that the three provisions are meant to allow staff to avail either 3(vi) (a) or (b) or (c) as per their convenience. The incorrect interpretation by the Railway authorities has resulted deprival of right to employee to take journey on his privilege pass, Similarly, the retired staff are also denied, the privilege of travel as per their choice route on their post retirement complimentary passes.

NFIR, therefore, requests the Railway Board to issue suitable clarification to the Zonal Railways etc., to enable the staff to avail privilege/complimentary passes and take journey as per their choice in terms of provisions contained in ACS No.32. copy of clarificatory instructions may be endorsed to the Federation.

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

Source: NFIR

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Grant of two additional increments at revised rates to Nursing Personnel pursuant of revision of pay (7th CPC)

Grant of two additional increments at revised rates to Nursing Personnel pursuant of revision of pay (7th CPC).

NFIR

No. I/11/Part I

Dated: 30/07/2018

The Secretary (E), Railway Board,
New Delhi

Dear Sir,

Sub: Grant of two additional increments at revised rates to Nursing Personnel pursuant of revision of pay (7th CPC)-reg.

Ref: (i) NFIR’s PNM Item No. 11/2008.

(ii) Railway Board’s letter No. PC-VI/2010/I/7/5/1 dated 14/03/2012.

The Railway Board vide letter dated 14/03/2012 had issued instructions to the Zonal Railways etc to grant two additional increments to the Nursing Staff possessing B.Sc. Degree as additional qualification in terms of para 160(2) (iii) of IREM Vol-I,1989 Edition, on the basis of pay drawn in 6th CPC Pay Band. These instructions were issued as a result of demand raised by NFIR vide PNM Item No. 11/2008.

Federation has since received representations from the Nursing staff of some Zonal Railways that the payment of two additional increments, based on the revised rates of 7th CPC is not yet ensured w.e.f. 01/01/2016, (the date of implementation of 7th CPC pay matrix) and payment continued at the old rates of 6th CPC Pay Band. The non-revision of additional increments rate has been causing hardships to the staff and grievances continued from Nursing Personnel.

NFIR, therefore, requests the Railway Board to kindly issue suitable clarification to all Zonal Railways/Production Units to grant two additional increments (3% each on 7th CPC Pay) from 01-01-2016 to the Nursing Personnel. A copy of instructions issued may please be endorsed to Federation.

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

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