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Catering Policy 2017: NFIR

Catering Policy 2017: NFIR

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No.II/80(i) / Catg. /Policy/2017

Dated: 21/06/2017

The Secretary (E),
Railway Board,
New Delhi

Dear Sir,
Sub: Catering Policy 2017-reg.
Ref: (i) Railway Board’s letter No. 2016/TG-IIV6001/Pt. dated 27/02/2017
(Commercial Circular No.20/2017
(ii) Railway Board’s letter No. E(NG)I-2003/TR/10 Pt. dated 27/06/2011.

The Railway Board have since issued catering policy 2017 vide Commercial Circular No. 20/2017 bearing letter No. 2016/TG-III/6001/Pt. dated 27/02/2017.

In this connection, NFIR conveys that pursuant to implementation of catering policy 2010, the Railway Board had consulted the Federation on the issues relating to service conditions of catering. staff and formal meetings were held at the level of AM (T&C) and decisions taken by an agreement with the Federations.

It is surprising to note that the Railway Board have not consulted the Federation while finalizing revised policy as replacement to catering policy 2010. The Departmental Catering Staff are in panicky as they feel that their future will get doomed. It needs to be appreciated that in the course of implementation of catering policy 2010, those Departmental Catering Staff deployed under IRCTC were taken back to Departmental Catering again by the respective Zonal Railways. Now, the revised policy has been brought into force and the Departmental Catering Units wherever exist are being outsourced/contractorized which would again dislocate the Departmental Catering Staff. Chronological events since the year 2013 would prove that Departmental catering staff have been subjected to hardships.
NFIR, therefore, urges upon the Railway Board to convene a meeting at the level of AM(T&C) early to discuss staff related issues arisen consequent to the attempts for implementation of catering policy 2017 for protecting the legitimate interests of Departrnental Catering Staff. Pending discussions and decision, it is also requested that the Catering Units presently manned by Departmental Catering staff on Zonal Railways may be allowed to continue without disturbance.

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

Source: NFIR

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Extension of age limit of retired Railway Doctors as Contact Medical Practitioners upto the age of 70 years

Extension of age limit of retired Railway Doctors as Contact Medical Practitioners upto the age of 70 years

No. 11/13 (B)

Dated: 20.06.2017

The Director General (Personnel),
Railway Board,
New Delhi

The Director General (RHS),
Railway Board,
New Delhi

Dear Sir,

Sub: Extension of age limit of retired Railway Doctors as Contact Medical Practitioners upto the age of 70 years-reg.

Ref:  NFIR’s letter No. 11/13 (B) dated 10/05/2016, 23/05/2016, 22/08/2016, 25/11/201614/02/2017 & 10/04/2017.

Kind attention is invited to Federation’s letters cited above and my discussions with DG(P) wherein the Federation had requested that the retired Railway Doctors may be allowed to be reappointed upto the age of 70 years on the specific recommendation of concerned CMD for such appointment against a vacant post. As a result of discussions, the DG (P) said that the Board would consider processing the case for permitting the retired Railway Doctors for reappointment subject to the upper age limit being 68 years.

It is, however, learnt that there has been no progress towards revising the existing age limit of 65 years upwardly. Federation, therefore, once again requests to kindly arrange to take necessary action for allowing the reappointment of retired Railway Doctors on the specific approval of concerned CMD atleast upto the age of 68 years.

Yours fraternally,

(Dr. M. Raghavaiah)
General Secretary

Source : NFIR

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Filling up 50% of DR Quota vacancies through GDCE – Eligibility to staff in same Grade Pay/Pay Scale

Filling up 50% of DR Quota vacancies through GDCE – Eligibility to staff in same Grade Pay/Pay Scale

Dated: 21.06.2017

No. II/6/Part 7

The General Secretaries of,
Affiliated Unions of NFIR

MESSAGE

Brother,

Sub: Filling up 50% of DR Quota vacancies through GDCE – Eligibility to staff in same Grade Pay/Pay Scale-reg.

Ref:    (i) Railway Board’s letter No. E(NG)I-92/PM2/16 dated 20/08/1993.

  • Railway Board’s letter No. E(NG)I-2001/PM2/12 dated 21/01/2002.
  • Railway Board’s letter No. E(NG)I-2011/13M1/2 dated 12/09/2014 & 16/09/2014.
  • NFIR’s letter No. II/6/Part 7 dated 27/05/2017 addressed to Rly., Bd.

NFIR vide its letter dated 27/05/2017 demanded the Railway Board to modify the GDCE Scheme in order to see that the employees working in the same Grade Pay may apply for the post to be filled through GDCE of same Grade Pay/Pay Level.

Discussions were held on the subject on 20th June 2017 with the Board (AM/Staff). Federation feels happy to report that there was broad agreement and those staff working in same Grade Pay will be allowed to appear in the GDCE for the same Grade Pay/Pay Level against safety category posts.

Yours fraternally,

(Dr. M. Raghavaiah)
General Secretary

Media Centre/NFIR.

Source : NFIR

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Important subjects discussed with Railway Board (AM/Staff) this date (20th June 2017)

Important subjects discussed with Railway Board (AM/Staff) this date (20th June 2017)

No. IV/MACPS/09/Part 10

 Dated: 20.06.2017

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

The General Secretaries of Affiliated Unions of NFIR

Brother,

Sub: Important subjects discussed with Railway Board (AM/Staff) this date (20th June 2017)-reg.

MACPS ‘Very Good’ Benchmarking should be scrapped:

After discussion, it was agreed to send a cogent communication about the Railway employees’ working system for exempting Railways from the revised ‘Very Good’ benchmarking. In this context, NFIR’s letter No. IV/NFIR/7 CPC (Imp)/2016/DoP&T dated 23/08/2016 addressed to Cabinet Secretary and letter No. IV/MACPS/09/Part 10 dated 09/01/2017 addressed to Railway Board may be connected.

7th CPC Pay Matrices and Option for Pay Fixation for those who were granted increment on 1st July or those promoted in between 01/01/2016 and the date of notification:

The Railway Board have clarified that instructions already exist for granting option. NFIR, however, pointed out that on several Zones, the Option opportunity has been denied as the Zonal Railways as well as Divisions have not understood the provisions contained in Board’s instructions and demanded that illustrations be issued by the Railway Board through clarificatory instructions.

After discussion it was agreed to.

Yours fraternally

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

Source : NFIR

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Railway Board Order: Revision of minimum rates of wages and variable dearness allowance w.e.f. 01.04.2017

Revision of minimum rates of wages and variable dearness allowance w.e.f. 01.04.2017: Railway Board Order RBE No.50/2017

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GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
(RAILWAY BOARD)

RBE No. 50/2017

No. 2016/E (LL)/AT/MW/1

New Delhi dated: 05.06.2017

The General Managers, Zonal Railways, Production Units.
Metro Railway, Kolkata, CORE, Allahabad
The General Managers,(Construction), All Indian Railways
The Director General, RDSO, Lucknow
The DG/Railway Staff College, Vadodara
The Directors, IRICEN, IRIEEN, IRISET, IRIMEE, IRITM
The CAO, COFMOW, Tilak Bridge, New Delhi
The CAO, Rail Coach Factory / Raebareli, Kishan Ganj, Delhi-7
The CAO, Rail Wheel Plant, Bela

Sub: Revision of minimum rates of wages and variable dearness allowance w.e.f. 01.04.2017

A copy each of Orders No.(i)1/l3(7)/2017-LS.II, (ii) 1/13/(6)/2017-LS.II, (iii) 1/13/(5)2017-LS.II, (iv) 1/13/(4)/2017-LS.II (v) 1/13/(3)2017-LS.II and (vi)1/13/(1)/2017-LS-II dated 20.04.2017 revising the rates of variable dearness allowance for contract workers engaged in (i) Loading and unloading in goods sheds, parcel offices of Railways, and other goods-sheds, godowns, warehouses and other similar employments (ii) Watch and Ward (Without arms) (iii) Employment of sweeping and cleaning excluding activities prohibited under the Employment of Manual Scavengers and Construction of Dry Latrines (Prohibition) Act, 1993 (iv) Stone mines (v) Construction or Maintenance of Roads or runways or in Building Operations including Laying Down Underground electric, wireless, Radio, Television, Telephone, Telegraph and Overseas Communication Cables and Similar other Underground cabling work, Electric lines, Water supply lines and Sewerage Pipe Lines and (vi) Agriculture respectively is sent herewith for information and strict compliance . The rates are applicable w.e.f. 01.04.2017.

2. Railways, being Principal Employer are required to ensure that the contractors are complying with the provisions of the Contract Labour (R&A) Act, 1970 and Minimum wages Act,”1948- strictly and arranging prescribed minimum wages to the contract labourers.

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

Please acknowledge receipt.

(Manju)
Jt. Director Establishment

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First meeting of Departmental Anomaly Committee (DAC) to settle the anomalies arising out of the implementation of 7th CPC – Change in date of meeting

First meeting of Departmental Anomaly Committee (DAC) to settle the anomalies arising out of the implementation of 7th CPC – Change in date of meeting

7th CPC Pay Anomaly: First Meeting of Railways Departmental Anomaly Committee to held on 20.06.2017

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
(RAILWAY BOARD)
No.PC-VII/2016/DAC/1

New Delhi, dated: 12/06/2017

The General Secretary,
All India Railwaymen’s Federation
4, State Entry Road,
New Delhi-110055

The General Secretary,
National Federation of Indian Railwaymen,
3-Chemsford Road,
New Delhi-110055

Dear Sir,

Sub : First meeting of Departmental Anomaly Committee (DAC) to settle the anomalies arising out of the implementation of 7th CPC – Change in date of meeting.

I am directed to bring to your kind consideration to Board’s letter No.PC/VII/2016/DAC/I dated 06.06.2016 wherein it was decided to hold first meeting of DAC on 23.06.2017. However, the date and time of holding the first meeting of DAC has now been revised to 20.06.2017, 11.00 AM in consultation with federation. Venue of the Meeting will remain same.

Yours Sincerely,
sd/-
For Secretary Railway Board

Source: NFIR/AIRF

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Pay fixation to Running Staff while granting financial upgradation in the identical Grade Pay (VI CPC) under MACPS – Reckoning Special Running Staff Allowance for pay fixation

Pay fixation to Running Staff while granting financial upgradation in the identical Grade Pay (VI CPC) under MACPS – Reckoning Special Running Staff Allowance for pay fixation

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
(Railway Board)

New Delhi,
Dated :06.06.2017

No PC-V/2011/M/4/NF IR
The General Secretary NFIR

3, Chelmsford Road,
New Delhi-110055

Sir,

Sub:-Pay fixation to Running Staff while granting financial upgradation in the identical Grade Pay (VI CPC) under MACPS – Reckoning Special Running Staff Allowance for pay fixation-reg.

The undersigned is directed to refer to NFIR s letter No. IV/MACPS/Part 10, dt. 16.05.2017 on the above subject and to state that tile instructions for fixation of pay at the time of grant of financial upgradation under MACPS are contained in Para-4 of the Annexure to Board’s letter dt. 10.06.09 (RBE NoA 01/2009) which stipulates as under:-

“Benefit of pay fixation available at the time Df regular promotion shall also be allowed at the time of financial upgraiation under the Scheme. Therefore, the pay shall be raised by 3% of the total pay in the Pay Band and the Grade Pay drawn before such upgradation. There shall, however, be no further fixation of pay at the time of regular promotion if it is in the same Grade pay as granted under MACPS”.

In view of the above, nodal Branches for 6th  & 7th CPC viz. PC-VI and PC-VII, have been consulted. They have advised that the Additional Allowance/Special Running Staff Allowance is not reckoned for fixation of pay on promotion. As such it is not feasible to reckon the same for pay fixation purpose while granting financial upgradation under MACP Scheme.

Yours faithfully,

S/d,
for Secretary/Railway Board

Source: NFIR

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Grant of Advances – 7th Central Pay Commission recommendations – Discontinuance of Natural Calamity Advance

Grant of Advances – Seventh Central Pay Commission recommendations – Discontinuance of Natural Calamity Advance.

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GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
RAILWAY BOARD

No.E(G) 2017 / AD 1-1

RBE No. 52/2017

New Delhi, dated 30.05.2017

The General Managers & FA&CAOs,
All Indian Railways &
Production Units etc.
(as per standard mailing list)

Sub: Grant of Advances – Seventh Central Pay Commission recommendations – Discontinuance of Natural Calamity Advance.

The Seventh Central Pay Commission vide Para 9.1.4 had recommended that all the interest-free advances being granted to the Central Government employees should be abolished. The Government’s decision in this regard has been conveyed by the Ministry of Finance vide their OM No.12(1)E.II(A)/2016 dated 07.10.2016. According to the instructions contained therein, the Natural Calamity Advance in addition to six other advances has been abolished.

2.The Government’s decision in respect of abolition of advance of Natural Calamity Advance has been considered by the Ministry of Railways in consultation with Finance Directorate. It has been decided to abolish Natural Calamity advance w.e.f. 07.10.2016. The cases where the advances have already been sanctioned need not be reopened.

3.The provisions in respect of Natural Calamity Advance are contained in paras 1123 and 1123(A) of Indian Railway Establishment Manual (IREM) Volume-I. In view of the above, it is directed that paras 1123 and 1123 (A) of IREM may be amended as in the enclosed Advance Correction Slip No.238.

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

5.Please acknowledge receipt.

DA: Correction Slip.

S/d,
(D.Joseph)
Dy.Dir./E(G) III
Railway Board

ADVANCE CORRECTION SLIP TO THE INDIAN RAILWAY ESTABLISHMENT

MANUAL VOLUME-I

Advance Correction Slip No.238.

The following amendments may be made to Para 1123 and 1123(A) of the Indian Railway Establishment Manual, Volume-I

Para 1123 and 1123(A) may be substituted as under:

Para 1123 and 1123(A) Natural Calamity Advance

The provisions stand deleted as the advance in this regard has been abolished by the Seventh Pay Commission.

(Authority : Railway Board’s letter No.E(G)2017/AD 1-1 dated 30/05/2017)

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Retention of Railway accommodation by Railway officers/staff on their deputation to Railway PSUs

Retention of Railway accommodation by Railway officers/staff on their deputation to Railway PSUs.

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

No.E(G)2008 QR-1-15

New Delhi,
Dated :31.05.2017

The General Managers,
All Indian Railways and PUs,
(As per standard list).

Sub: Retention of Railway accommodation by Railway officers/staff on their deputation to Railway PSUs.

The instructions issued vide Board’s letter No.E(G)2008 QR 1-15 dated 18.12.2014 in regard to retention of Railway accommodation at their previous place of posting by officials on deputation to Railway PSUs have been reviewed.

2.Now in exercise of the power to make reasonable relaxations in public interest for a class/group of employees, in all or any of the existing provisions regarding house allotment/retention, considering the shortage of houses/ accommodation in Delhi/NCR area, the Board have decided in the first phase Railway officers/staff in occupation of Railway accomodation in areas other than Delhi/NCR on their deputation to Railway PSUs may be permitted to retain their Railway accommodation at the place of previous posting further beyond 30.06.2016 for a period up to 30.06.2019.

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

4. Please acknowledge receipt

S/d,
(Sanjay Guari)
Deputy Director Establishment (Genl.)
Railway Board

Source: NFIR

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Incorrect fixation of pay for Pharmacist – NFIR

Incorrect fixation of pay for Pharmacist – NFIR

Incorrect fixation of pay in the Non-Functional Grade (GP 4200/-) in the ease of Pharmacist working in the Medical Department on Indian Railways

Incorrect fixation of pay for Pharmacist - NFIR

No.1/2/Part IV

Dated: 05/06/2017

The Secretary (E),
Railway Baoard,
New Delhi

Dear Sir,
Sub:
Incorrect fixation of pay in the Non-Functional Grade (GP 4200/-) in the ease of Pharmacist working in the Medical Department on Indian Railways-reg.

Ref: Railway Board’s clarification vide No. PC-V/2009/ACP/2 dated 20/04/2011.

Representations are being received from the staff that the Zonal Units have been interpreting wrongly the Board’s instructions on the subject of pay fixation when the staff working as Pharmacists are placed in NFG (GP 4200/-) on completion of 2 years service in GP 2800/- i.e. in the entry grade.

In this connection, Federation cite the instructions issued by the CPO/Southern Railway vide  letter dated 15/05/2017 (copy enclosed) wherein the Divisions have been advised to the placement of
Pharmacist in NFG (GP 4200/-) as placement only and to fix their pay in the initial Pay Band plus Grade Pay (PB-2 + GP 4200/-) only. This action on the part of Southenl Railway is unjustified in view of the fact that instructions exist vide Railway Board’s letter No.PC-V/2009/ACP/2 dated 20/04/2011 to treat the placement of Pharmacist on completion of 2 years in the entry grade pay (GP 2800/-) to NFG/GP 4200/- as one financial upgradation, therefore the Pharmacists are entitled for one increment benefit on being placed in GP 4200/-.

While issuing instructions vide letter dated 15/05/2017, the CPO/Southern Railway has wrongly  relied on Board’s instructions contained in RBE 109/2010 dated inspite of Board’s  clarification vide letter dated 20/04/2011. Due to wrong decision of Southern Railway, recoveries have  started on the Divisions of Southern Railway.

NFIR therefore, requests the Railway Board to issue immediate clarification to all Zonal  Railways etc., in general and GM/Southern Railway in particular to allow 3% increase in pay fixation of  Pharmacists when they are placed in GP 4200/-, having completed 2 years service in GP 2800 (PB I).  A copy of the instructions issued may be to the endorsed to the Federation.

Yours faithfully,

sd/-
(Dr. M. Raghavaiah)

General Secretary

Source: NFIR

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Replacement of 6th CPC GP i.r.o. Sr. SE & Loco Pilots, Stepping up of Pay i.r.o. Loco Inspectors, Upgradation of Post: Discussed in Meeting with Chairman,Railway Board on 29.05.2017

Replacement of 6th CPC GP i.r.o. Sr. SE & Loco Pilots, Stepping up of Pay i.r.o. Loco Inspectors, Upgradation of Post: Discussed in Meeting with Chairman,Railway Board on 29.05.2017

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

Meeting with CRB

(29.05.2017)

(a) Agreed decisions not implemented:

(i) Replacement of 6th CPC GP Rs. 4600 (PB-2) with GP 4800 (PB-2) for Sr. Section Engineers and other Inspectorial/Supervisory Officials in the Railways.

(ii) Replacement of 6th CPC GP 4200/- PB-2 (with GP 4600/- PB-2) in respect of Loco Pilots (Mail/Exp).

(iii) Stepping up of pay of Loco Inspectors inducted to prior 01/01/2006 on remaining 6 1/2 Zones in Indian Railways.

(iv) Upgradation of Apex Group ‘C’ posts to Group ‘B’ (Gaz).

(b) Contentious issues:

(i) Induction of Course Completed Act Apprentices in the railways in Safety category vacancies in GP 1800/-.

(ii) Absorption of staff working in Quasi Administrative units/offices in Railways – Restoration of policy decisions of 1973 & 1977 (which were arbitrarily cancelled in the year 1997).

(iii) Inter Railway request transfer cases of former Defence Forces Personnel re-employed in Railways and also applications of widows/widowers – Exemption from 5 years minimum service condition – GS/NFIR’s letter No. II/14/Part VII dated 23/02/2017 to Hon’ble MR.

(c) Vacancies in Railways:

Staff over-burdened due to heavy vacancy position, particularly in safety and public image categories system suffering badly.

National Federation of Indian Railwaymen (N.F.I.R.)
3, CHELMSFORD ROAD, NEW DELHI – 110055

No. II/95/Pt.X

Dated 30/05/2017

President & General Secretary/NFIR met CRB on 29/05/2017 and discussed the above issues & urged upon him to intervene for satisfactory redressal.

C/-II/14/Pt.VIII, II/94/Pt.III/1B, IV/RSAC/Pt.VIII.
C/-10/2012 (DC), 16/2009 (DC).
C/- 36/1998 (PNM)

Media Centre/NFIR
sd/-
(Dr M. Raghavaiah)
General Secretary

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

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

NFIR

No. II/95/Part X

Dated: 27/05/2017

The Chairman,
Railway Board,
New Delhi

Dear Sir,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Yours faithfully

(Dr.M.Raghavaiah)
General Secretary

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Filling up 50% of DR Quota vacancies through GDCE – Eligibility to staff in same Grade Pay/Pay Scale: NFIR

Filling up 50% of DR Quota vacancies through GDCE – Eligibility to staff in same Grade Pay/Pay Scale: NFIR

N F I R
National Federation of Indian Railwaymen
3, CHELMSFORD ROAD, NEW DELHI – 110 055

No. II/6/Part 7

Dated: 27/05/2017

The Secretary (E),
Railway Board,
New Delhi

Dear Sir,

Sub: Filling up 50% of DR Quota vacancies through GDCE – Eligibility to staff in same Grade Pay/Pay Scale-reg.

Ref: (i) Railway Board’s letter No. E(NG)I-92/PM2/ 16 dated 20/08/1993.
(ii) Railway Board’s letter No. E(NG)I-2001/PM2/ 12 dated 21/01/2002.
(iii) Railway Board’s letter No. E(NG)I-201 1/PM1/2 dated 12/09/2014
16/09/2014.

The extant instructions provide opportunity to the staff who fulfill the conditions of educational qualification etc., laid down for direct recruitment, to appear for GDCE against 50% DR Quota vacancies for pursuing their career. The policy decision of Railway Board Vide letters cited under reference does not give opportunity to the staff of same Grade Pay/Pay Scale to apply for GDCE and face examination for the same Grade Pay/Pay Scale post as the provision allows only those in the lower Grade Pay/Pay Matrices Level.

The above subject was also discussed informally with the Director General (Personnel) on 26th May 2017.

NFIR is of the view that the staff of the same Grade Pay/Pay Matrices should also be made eligible to volunteer and appear for GDCE as is allowed in the case of those working in the lower Grade Pay/Pay Matrix Level. NFIR, therefore, requests the Railway Board to kindly review the extant instructions and modify the same to facilitate those who are in the same Grade Pay avail the opportunity of GDCE. It is also requested that GDCE be made as a regular scheme for filling 50% DR Quota vacancies annually by the Zonal Railways etc., to facilitate talented and highly educated staff to avail the scheme for improving their career.

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

Source: NFIR

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Upgradation of the posts of Sr. SO (A/cs)/Sr. TIA/Sr. ISA in the Railways as recommended by 7 CPC – clearance of DoP&T

Upgradation of the posts of Sr. SO (A/cs)/Sr. TIA/Sr. ISA in the Railways as recommended by 7 CPC – clearance of DoP&T

NFIR

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

Dated: 26.05.2017

Special attention: Executive Director/PC-II

The Secretary (E),
Railway Board,
New Delhi

Dear Sir,

Sub: Upgradation of the posts of Sr. SO (A/cs)/Sr. TIA/Sr. ISA in the Railways as recommended by 7 CPC – clearance of DoP&T-reg.

Ref: (i) NFIR’s PNM Item No. 15/2013.

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

NFIR’s letter No. IV/NFIR/7 CPC (Imp)/2016/R.B. dated 12/09/2016 & 15/11/2016 & 26/11/2016 addressed to Board.

Federation invites kind attention of the Railway Board to the correspondence cited under reference. Federation also invites Board’s attention to DoP&T’s ID Note No. 1198678/18- Estt/11405 dated 2nd February 2017 to the Ministry of Railways (EDPC-II).

In this connection, Federation re-iterates that the Ministry of Finance vide resolution dated 25th July 2016 had referred the 7th CPC specific recommendation (Para No. 11.40.83, 11.40.124 of. 7th CPC) to DoP&T for examination. Sadly, the DoP&T has given reply stating that the revision of pay scales and pay structure does not come under the administrative domain of DoP&T and has advised the Railway Ministry to consult Department of Expenditure of Ministry of Finance for the purpose.

NFIR also vide letter dated 26/11/2016 had sought copies of the references made by the Railway Ministry on the subject but unfortunately till date the copies have not been made available. Federation also desires to know the Board’s initiative for ensuring implementation of 7th CPC recommendation.

NFIR, therefore, once again requests the Railway Board to kindly make available copies of the references made to DoP&T/MoF. The Federation further requests that appropriate communication may be sent to the DoP&T/MoF seeking approval for implementation of 7th CPC recommendation relating to upgradation of CMA, CMS, ACM & SSO (Accounts).

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

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Recommendations of 7th CPC on benchmark for the purpose of MACPS clarification

Recommendations of 7th CPC on benchmark for the purpose of MACPS clarification

7thCPC-MACP

Government of India
Ministry of Railways
(Railway Board)

No. PC-V/2016/MACPS/1

New Delhi,
Dated :19.05.2017

The General Secretary,
NFIR,
3, Chelmsford Road,
New Delhi – 55

The General Secretary,
AIRF,
4,State Entry Road,
New Delhi – 55

Sirs,

Sub:- Recommendations of 7th CPC on benchmark for the purpose of MACPS – clarification reg.

The undersigned is directed to refer to NFIR’s letter No.IV/MACPS/09/Part 10, dt. 23.01.2017 and AIRF’s letter No.AIRF/MACPS (848), dt. 17.03.2017 on the above subject.The matter has been consulted with DoPT, the nodal department of Govt. on the subject and DoPT have stated that 7th CPC in para 5.1.45 of its report recommended that the benchmark, in the interest of improving performance level, be enhanced from ‘Good’ to ‘Very Good’. In addition, introduction of more stringent criteria such as clearing of departmental examinations or mandatory training before grant of MACP can also be considered by the Government. This recommendation of the Pay Commission has been accepted by the Cabinet. Hence, withdrawal of DoPT’s OM dt. 28.09.2016 is not feasible.

As DoPT is nodal department of Govt. for the purpose of MACPS, this Ministry is not in position to deviate from the instructions issued by them.

Yours faithfully,

S/d
for Secretary, Railway Board

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Career Progression of Track Maintainers in Railways – full implementation of the report of Joint Committee

Career Progression of Track Maintainers in Railways – full implementation of the report of Joint Committee-reg.

No. IV/Committee/Track Maintainer/Part III                         

Dated: 18/05/2017

The Member Staff,
Railway Board,
New Delhi

Dear Sir,

Sub: Career Progression of Track Maintainers in Railways – full implementation of the report of Joint Committee-reg.

Ref: (i) NFIR’s PNM Item No. 1/2015.

  • Railway Board’s letter No. 2010/CE-1(Spl)/GNS/15 (Pt.) dated 17/08/2012, E(NG)I-2012/PM5/1 dated 13/08/2013, No. 2012/CE-1/GNS/20 dated 01/04/2014 & No. E(NG) I-2012/PM/1 dated 14/10/2014.
  • NFIR’s letter No. IV/Committee/Track Maintainer/Pt. III dated 12/04/2016, 10/08/2016, 01/11/2016 & 28/11/2016.

During NFIR’s PNM meeting held with the Railway Board on 22/23-12-2016, while discussing the subject matter, Official Side conveyed that the matter has been examined in the Pay Commission Directorate and full facts of the case have been put up for decision on modalities of implementation to Civil Engineering Directorate.

In this connection, Federation reminds the Railway Board that the subject relating to revision of percentages in the Track Maintainer category to 10 : 20 : 20 : 50 in VI CPC GP 2800, 2400, 1900 & 1800 respectively was discussed between the Federations and the Board (MS & FC) on 27/09/2013 when Shri Subodh Jain, Member Staff/Member Engineering was present. During the meeting, it was agreed to revise the percentage distribution of the Track Maintainers in the ratio of 6 : 12 : 22 : 60 in lieu of existing 3 : 6 : 20 : 71 and further upward revision would again be decided later on. In the further meeting held between the Federations and the full Board on 07/02/2014 an agreement was reached (vide Item No. 4) and in this connection extract of minutes of meeting is re­produced below:-

“It was agreed that the percentage distribution of posts in the ratio of 6 : 12 : 20 : 60 as per minutes of the separate meeting held on 27/09/2013 would be implemented for which matching surrender would not necessarily be from the Trackmen cadre only. Further, improvement in cadre structure could be considered after reasonable period of residency has elapsed. However, the matching surrender shall be needed”.

Federation is disappointed to notice that the Railway Board instead of fulfilling its commitment has conveyed (citing DC/JCM Item No. 15/2012) that the “Board had decided to keep the existing percentage distribution of posts of Track Maintainer as 6 : 12 : 22 : 60 in the Track Maintainer category Grade-I, II, III & IV respectively” without caring to give cognizance to its commitment dated 27/09/2013 and 07/02/2014. The Board’s status report amounts to breach of agreement.

NFIR, therefore, requests the Railway Board (MS) to kindly see that the commitment given to the Federations is fulfilled duly revising the percentage distribution of Track Maintainers to 10 : 20 : 20 : 50 in VI CPC GP 2800/-, 2400/-, 1900/- & 1800/- respectively with retrospective effect. Federation also demands meeting at the level of CRB.

Yours faithfully,

S/d,
(Dr. M. Raghavaiah)

General Secretary

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NFIR’s Charter of Demands – SPAD Definition to be reviewed to prevent harassment and victimization of Running and Safety categories’ Staff (Item No. 30 of Charter of Demands)

No. II/34/Part 16

 Dated: 18/05/2017

The Chairman,
Railway Board,
New Delhi

Dear Sir,

Sub: NFIR’s Charter of Demands – SPAD Definition to be reviewed to prevent harassment and victimization of Running and Safety categories’ Staff (Item No. 30 of Charter of Demands)-reg.

Ref: (i) NFIR’s letter No. IV/NFIR/WCM/209 dated 01/06/2013.

  • Railway Board’s letter No. 2013/E(LR)-11/1/15 dated 02/09/2013 to

    GS/NFIR.

  • NFIR’s letter No. II/34/Part XIII dated 10/02/2016.

While enclosing copy of its letter No. II/34/Part XIII dated 10/02/2016, on the subject, the Federation conveys its disappointment over non-responsive attitude of Railway Board on Federation’s communication.

  1. In this connection, Federation desires to bring to the kind notice of the Board (CRB) that the subject matter has also been dealt by the High Power Committee (R&S) constituted by the Railway Board to review the duty hours of Running and other safety related categories of staff and the HPC (R&S) gave recommendations vide Para 9.12 of its report as under:-

“Existing instructions of minimum punishment to staff for SPAD cases should be reviewed to ensure that the decision takes into account the gravity of the offence (repercussions of the SPAD) and also the Loco Pilot’s past record [Para 4.3.1.3 (1)]”.

  1. Federation however is surprised to note that the Railway Board had taken arbitrary decisions vide minutes of the meeting of the full Board held on 06/10/2015 & 08/12/2015 which were circulated vide No. E(LL)/2015/HPC/2/Pt. MS dated 01/02/2016 without caring to consult
  2. Further to above, Federation conveys following points in support of our contention that there is urgent need to define `SPAD’ so as to ensure that conclusions are arrived yet judiciously.
  • SPAD (Signal Passing At Danger) is an unusual occurrence and can happen on account of human failure or the failure of machine/equipment.
  • Even the human failures could be due to the failure of brake or signalling system or incorrect operation of signal.

To monitor the SPAD cases DATA LOGGERS have been provided. It is also an admitted fact that reduction in the distance of Relay after the stop signal from 13 mtrs to 03 mtrs has been contributing for increase in the number of SPAD cases.

Though there is a provision in General Rules (GRS) that if a train stops at main line, the speed should be reduced to 50 Kmph at outer most facing point to reduce SPAD, the Loco Pilots are however afraid of adhering to the speed limit to avoid loss of punctuality in trains.

  1. To minimize/eliminate the incidents of SPAD, Federation therefore suggests following measures:-
  • The Home Signal of the station may be kept at an ‘adequate distance’ to reduce unusual

    The adequate distance may be taken as the distance sufficient to ensure safety.

  • A Rectangular Safety Board be placed at about 100/150 mtrs before the Home Signal. The Board could be white with orange inclined alternative reflecting strips with printing thereon with the caption “Loco Pilot to stop at this board and draw ahead up to Home Signal if Home Signal is at ON”.

Reports received by the Federation reveal that more than 80% of SPAD cases takes place when the Loco Pilot just passes the distance of 100 mtrs or below. These type of cases do not have financial or any other negative consequences whatsoever but the Loco Pilots are imposed with the penalty of removal from service which does not at all commensurate with the repercussion of such incidents. The authorities while imposing severe punishments do not care realize the truth as to how the Loco Pilot and family members would survive on account of loss of job. The quantum of punishment on alleged SPAD is also justifiably questionable, considering the fact that even a hard core criminal when sent to jail gets three times meal in the jail whereas the Loco Pilot and his family suffers without livelihood due to imposition of draconian penalty.

Keeping total position in view, Federation suggests that in place of “imposition of the penalty” of ‘removal from service’ on the Loco Pilots, it would be appropriate that the Loco Pilot concerned be taken off from the running duties and placed under “grounding from running duties pending enquiry”. Thereafter, on completion of enquiry, opportunity be given for submitting appeal to the Branch Officer to consider the case whether the Loco Pilot be taken back on running duty. NFIR also reminds that the issue of SPAD cases was discussed with the Board (CRB, MS, FC, AMS) on 21/07/2016 informally, but however without any fruitful decision.

NFIR, therefore, requests the Railway Board to consider the above points and take a view to define SPAD to save the Running Staff from unnecessary victimization. Federation proposes separate meeting to discuss the issue threadbare. Federation hopes to get a reference in this matter soon.

DA/As above

Yours faithfully,
S/d,
(Dr. M. Rag avaiah)

General Secretary


No. 11/34/Part XIII

     Dated: 10/02/2016

The Secretary (E),
Railway Board,
New Delhi

Dear Sir,

Sub: NFIR’s Charter of Demands – SPAD definition to be reviewed to prevent harassment and victimization of Running Staff and Staff belonging to Safety categories (Item No. 30 of demands)-reg.

Ref:    (i) NFIR’s letter No. IV/NFIR/WC/209 dated 01/06/2013.

(ii) Railway  Board’s letter     No.   2013/E(LR)-11/1/15 dated  02/09/2013 addressed to the GS/NFIR.

Federation invites attention of the Railway Board to the minutes of the meeting held by Railway Board (CRB, MS & FC) with NFIR on 23/08/2013 wherein NFIR’s 34 Point Charter of Demands was discussed. The Railway Board while conveying comments on the 34 Point Charter of Demands vide letter cited under reference had advised following position in respect of demand No. 30 on the subject:-

“Definition of SPAD is not laid down as such. Any passing of ‘stop’ signal (except permissible signals and those permitted under certain rules such as Automatic signals) at danger by a loco without authority is treated as SPAD irrespective of distance travelled by Loco after passing a signal at danger. Safety Directorate is of the view that the same should continue.

However, Railways were asked to give their suggestions with regard to review of punishment norms issue by Railway Board including those for SPAD.

Replies received from Railways are being compiled and changes proposed, if any, will be put up for perusal and approval of Board”.

Thereafter, a period of more than two years has passed, the position relating to changes proposed and the decision of Railway Board thereon is yet to be communicated to the Federation.

NFIR, therefore, requests the Railway Board to apprise the Federation the proposed changes and the decision taken by the Board at an early date. The Federation also requests to make available the suggestions received from railway early.

Yours faithful
S/d,

(Dr. M. Raghavaiah)
General Secretary

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Denial of option for pay fixation in the 7th CPC Pay Matrix to the staff inducted from the post of Diesel/Electric Loco Technician to the post of Assistant Loco Pilot against 50% quota vacancies-review requested

Denial of option for pay fixation in the 7th CPC Pay Matrix to the staff inducted from the post of Diesel/Electric Loco Technician to the post of Assistant Loco Pilot against 50% quota vacancies-review requested

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

Dated: 17/05/2017

The Secretary (E),
Railway Board,
New Delhi

Dear Sir,

Sub: Denial of option for pay fixation in the 7th CPC Pay Matrix to the staff inducted from the post of Diesel/Electric Loco Technician to the post of Assistant Loco Pilot against 50% quota vacancies-review requested.

Ref: Railway Board’s letter No. PC-VII/2017/R-U/18 dated 01/05/2017.

With reference to the reply of Railway Board vide letter cited above, the Federation conveys as follows:-

  • It may be appreciated that because of staff representations on account of negative response of lower level administration, NFIR has chosen to reach Railway Board. The reply of Board to the Federation may not resolve the staff grievance unless and until Board sends NFIR’s letter copy to GMs etc., together with its reply copy sent to Federation also.
  • For proper appreciation, Federation encloses copy of Sr. DFM/GTL (S.C. Railway) reply to DPO/GTL (A/IG/7PCSRs/Certification dated 07/03/2017) together with copy of DRM/P/GTL O.O. No. 502/Loco-Rng/2016 dated 09/05/2016. From these papers, it could be noticed that option for pay fixation has been denied.

NFIR, therefore, requests the Railway Board to issue clarificatory instructions to GMs etc., on the subject, duly enclosing copy of Federation’s letter and Board’s reply thereon to mitigate the problems and ensure proper implementation in order to avoid staff grievances on such matters.

Encl: As above

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

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Observance of Demands Week – 24th to 27th May 2017 on pending demands of Central Governments Employees

Observance of Demands Week – 24th to 27th May 2017 on pending demands of Central Governments Employees

No. II/95/Part X

Dated: 18/05/2017

The General Secretaries of Affiliated Unions of NFIR

Brother,

Sub: Observance of Demands Week – 24th to 27th May 2017 on pending demands of Central Governments Employees-reg.

The Central Government Employees Confederation (CGEC) has given a call to all Central Government Employees as well INTUC affiliated Unions to observe Demands Week from 24th to 27th May 2017 by launching demonstrations and rallies against anti-worker policies of the Central Government and Government’s failure to implement its assurances on revision of minimum wage and multiplying factor.

The affiliates of NFIR must have downloaded the message of Mr. N.S. Pillai, General Secretary, CGEC relating to programme of action.

The affiliates are therefore advised to organize Lunch Hour demonstrations and protest meetings during the week and send Memorandum on issues to the Prime Minister, Finance Minister etc. Press Conferences and Media briefings and Government’s betrayal on its commitments should be highlighted.

Copy of the report on protest actions during the observance of Demands Week may be sent to the Federation’s Office promptly.

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

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Restructuring of IT Cadre on Zonal Railways/PUs/RDSO etc

Restructuring of IT Cadre on Zonal Railways/PUs/RDSO etc.

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
RAILWAY BOARD

RBA No. 45/2017

No.2016/AC-II(CC)/37/9

New Delhi, Dated :18/04/2017

The General Managers,
All Indian Railways/PUs etc.

Sub: Restructuring of IT Cadre on Zonal Railways/PUs/RDSO etc.

A Committee comprising of Executive Directors of Railway Board was constituted to review the existing Cadre restructuring of EDP Centres on Zonal Railways, Production Units & RDSO etc. and suggest changes in the light of the increasing computerization and growing emphasis on Centralized Enterprise wide applications across all departments and suggest whether a separate cadre is required for managing EDP Centres and suggest reviewed structure long with job requirements and essential qualifications and also suggest whether any special training field should be made mandatory for them in order to contribute more effectively in their assigned task.

The Executive Directors Committee have examined all the issues in consultation with both the Federations (AIRF/NFIR ) . The Ministry of Railways have considered the Report of the Committee. As a result of the review undertaken on the basis of functional, operational and administrative requirements , it has been decided with the approval of railways that Group ‘C’ categories of Senior Engineer (IT) and Junior Engineer (IT) of IT Cadre be restructured in the percentage of 67:33 respectively in accordance with the percentage of restructuring implemented for other technical categories of all Engineering Departments including Workshops Technical categories vide Board’s letter No.PC-III/2013/CRC/4 dated 08.10.2013 (RBE No 102/2013). However, while implementing re ucturing , the following instructions should be carefully and strictly adhered to:

Date of effect The restructuring of post of Senior Engineer(Information Technology) and Junior Engineer (Information Technology) will be with reference to the cadre strength in operation as on 01.04.2017. The staff who will be placed in Higher Grade pay as a result of implementation of these orders will draw pay in Higher grades w.e.f. 01.04.2017. The benefit of restructuring will be restricted to the persons who are working in a particular cadre on the cut-off-date i.e 04.2017. therefore, posts not in operation would be treated as deemed to have been surrendered, and the resultant saving equivalent to the surrendered posts will be credited to the vacancy bank.2.

Applicability

  • These orders will be applicable to the permanent regular cadre operated as Revenue posts.
  • These orders will not be applicable to ex-cadre & work-charged posts which will continue to be based on worth of charge.

3.Pay Fixation

The pay of staff promoted against the additional higher grade posts as a result of restructuring (including chain/resultant vacancies) will be fixed as per Rule 13 of RS(RP) Rules,2016 with the benefit of one increment @ 3% of basic pay, with the usual option of pay fixation as per extant rules.

4.The existing classification and filling up of the vacancies

(i) The existing classification of the posts as ‘selection’ and/or ‘non-selection’ , as the case may be remains unchanged . However, for the purpose of implementation of these orders if any individual Railway servant becomes due for promotion to a post classified as a ‘selection post’ the existing selection procedure will stand modified in such a case to the extent that the selection will be based only on scrutiny of service records and confidential reports without holding any written and/or viva-voce test. This modified selection procedure has been decided upon by the Ministry of Railways as a onetime exception by special dispensation, in view of the number involved with the objective of expediting the implementation of these orders. Similarly, for posts classified as ‘non-selection’ at the time of this restructuring, the promotion will be based only on scrutiny of service records and confidential reports.

(ii) Normal vacancies existing on 01.04.2017 (except, direct recruitment quota) and those arising on that date from this cadre restructuring including/chain/resultant vacancies should be filled in the following sequence:

  • From panels approved on or before 01-04-2017And current on that date;
  • and the balance in the manner indicat ra 4 (i) above.

(iii)Such selections which have riot tien finalized by 01.04.2017 should becancelled/abandoned.

(iv) Employees who retire/resign or expire in between the period from the date of effect of these orders to the date of of these orders, will be eligible for the fixation benefits and arreatx under these orders w.e.f. 01.04.2017, if they are otherwise eligible for the said benefit.

(v) Extant instructions for D&A/Vigilance clearance will be applicable for effecting benefit of restructuring these orders with reference to date of effect of these orders.

5.Minimum years of service in each grade

While implementing the restructuring orders, instructions regarding minimum period of service required for promotion issued from time to time should be followed.

6.Basic functions, duties and responsibilities

Since IT Cadre is being restructured on functional,operational and administrative considerations , the posts being placed in higher scales of pay as a result of restructuring should include the duties and responsibilities of greater importance.

7.Provision of reservation

The extant provisions in this regard should be followed.

8. Refusal of promotion

Such of the staff as had refused promotion before issuance of these orders and stood debarred for promotion may hence be considered for promotion , in relaxation of the extant provisions as a onetime exception, if they indicate in writing that they are willing to be considered for such promotion against the vacancies existing on 01.04.2017 and arising due to restructuring on the date. The relaxation will not be applicable to vacancies arising after the date of effect i.e 01.04.2017.: 3 :

9. Matching Savings

  • Entire scheme of restructuring is to be a self-financing and expenditure neutral proposition. Financial implications should be worked out taking into account mid-value of pay structure (level) as per pay matrix notified vide Part ‘A’ of Ministry of Railways Gazette Notification dated 28.07.2016 (RBE No. 90/2016).
  • Since the benefit of restructuring will be restricted to the persons who are working in IT cadre on the cut-off date i.e. 01-04-2017, the posts not in operation would be treated as deemed to have been surrendered and the resultant saving equivalent to the surrendered posts will be credited to vacancy bank and thus the cadre restructuring would be expenditure neutral proposition. Where the money value due to such surrender proves inadequate for financing the restructuring,„exercise, the required matching surrender may be arranged at the Divisional/Zonal ‘level. There would be no cadre restructuring without matching savings by surrender of post
  • The percentage distribution of posts as per these orders is to be based upon the operational cadre strength as on 01.04.2017.

10. Annual Review

Annual review of Group ‘C’ staff of IT cadre will be undertaken w.e.f. 01.04.2018, taking into account the cadre strength as on 01.04.2018.

This issues in consultation with the Establishment and Pay Commission Directorate and with concurrence of the associate Finance Directorate of this Ministry.

sd/-

(V.Pr. kash)
Joint Director (Accounts)
Railway Board.

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