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Railway Board constitutes committee for revision of Incentive Bonus

Railway Board constitutes committee for revision of Incentive Bonus

Ministry of Railways constituted a committee to examine the issues related to revision of hourly rates of Incentive Bonus and Bonus Factors of Workshops/PUs staff under CRJ Pattern/GIS.

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
RAILWAY BOARD

No.ERB-1/2017/23/39

New Delhi, dated 06/07/2017

ORDER

Ministry of Railways (Railway Board) have decided to constitute a Committee to examine the issues related to revision of hourly rates of Incentive Bonus and Bonus Factors of workshops/PUs staff under CRJ Pattern/GIS. The Committee will consist of the following:-

(i) Executive Director/ME(W), Railway Board – Convener
(ii) Executive Director/PC-II, Railway Board – Member
(iii) Executive Director/F(C), Railway Board – Member

2. The Terms of reference of the Committee will be as under:-

(i) To examine, review, evolve and recommend changes that are desirable and feasible regarding the principles that should govern the payment of Incentive Bonus and Bonus Factors to Workshops/PUs staff under CRJ Pattern/GIS under 7th CPC revised pay structure in respect of the following categories of employees:-

1. SSE/SEs in level 7 supervising the work of staff working on the shop floor.
2. Jr. Engineers(s) in Level 6
3. Sr. Technician in Level 5
4. Tech Gr.I in Level 4
5. Tech. Gr.II in Level 3
6. Tech. Gr.III in Level 2
7. Semi Skilled/Unskilled in Level 1
8. Unskilled in -1S (pre-revised scale).

3. The Committee should submit its report within six months from the date of its construction.

4. The headquarters of the Committee will be at New Delhi.

5. PC-VII Branch of Railway Board will be the nodal Branch for functioning of the Committee. Therefore, all related works/issues including Parl. Questions, RTI cases, their execution and other formalities with regard to the Committee should be dealt with by PC-VII Branch.

6. The Convener and Members of the Committee will draw TA/DA as per extant rules.

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(M.M.Ravi)
Deputy Secretary (Estt.)
Railway Board

Source: AIRF

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Validation of Duty/Privilege/Post Retirement Complimentary Passes (PRCP) in Hamsafar Express trains, Gatimaan Express trains and all other Special trains including Suvidha Express, Special Trains on special charges etc

RBE No. 68/2017
Government of India
Ministry of Railways
(Railway Board)

No. E(W)2016/PS- 5-1/10

New Delhi, dated 12.07.2017

The General Managers (Commercial & Personnel)
All Zonal Railways Railways &
Production Units.

Sub:- Validation of Duty/Privilege/Post Retirement Complimentary Passes (PRCP) in Hamsafar Express trains, Gatimaan Express trains and all other Special trains including Suvidha Express, Special Trains on special charges, etc.

On a demand raised in PREM Group Meeting, a proposal for standardization of travel entitlement on Passes has been under consideration.

2. After due deliberations, Board have decided to allow booking of berths/seats by serving/retired Railway Servants on Duty/Privilege/Post Retirement Complimentary Passes, as follows:-

(i) The accommodation in Hamsafar Express trains for Duty/Privilege/PRCP shall be earmarked as at par with that being earmarked in Rajdhani/Duronto Express trains.

(ii) In Gatimaan Express train, the accommodation for Duty/Privilege/PRCP shall be earmarked as at par with that being earmarked in Shatabdi Express trains.

(iii) In all other special trains including Suvidha Express, Special Trains on special charges, etc., the accommodation shall be earmarked on the lines of Rajdhani/Duronto/Shatabdi Express trains depending upon the type of coaches being attached in that train to the extent of 1AC-4, EC4, 2A-6, 3A-16, CC-4, SL-20 and 2S-20.

2. Booking of tickets in above categories of trains will be allowed on the basis of extant stamping on passes for travel by Rajdhani/Shatabdi/Duronto Express trains with a minor modification that now the word “Rajdhani/Shatabdi/Duronto Express type trains” shall be stamped. No additional stamping containing the name of any other train is to be made on the passes. The Pass Issuing Authorities should ensure that stamping on the passes is strictly in compliance with the Pass Rules and duly authenticated.

3. This information may be brought to the notice of all concerned.

4. CRIS will make necessary modifications in the software immediately under intimation to Board and all Zonal Railways.

5. This issues with the concurrence of the Finance and Commercial Directorates of the Ministry of Railways.

6. Receipt of the letter may be acknowledged.

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(Vikram Singh)
Director (Passenger Marketing)
Railway Board

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(Sunil Kumar)
Director Establishment (Welfare)
Railway Board

Source Link:  www.indianrailways.gov.in

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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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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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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,
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For Secretary Railway Board

Source: NFIR/AIRF

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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,

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(Dr. M. Raghavaiah)

General Secretary

Source: NFIR

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Introduction of Special Leave connected to inquiry of Sexual Harassment

Introduction of Special Leave connected to inquiry of Sexual Harassment

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
RAILWAY BOARD

RBE No.51/2017

E(P&A)I-2017/CPC/LE-3

New Delhi, dated 29.05.2017

The General Managers and FA&CAOs
All Indian Railways & Production Units.

Sub: Introduction of Special Leave connected to inquiry of Sexual Harassment.

Consequent upon the decision taken by the Govemment, the President is pleased to decide that the following rule may be inserted in the Railway Service (Liberalised Leave) Rules, 1949 in respect of female railway employees:-

Special Leave connected to inquiry of sexual harassment – Leave upto a period of 90 days may be granted to an aggrieved female Railway Servant on the recommendation of the Internal Committee or the Local Committee, as the case may be, during the pendency of inquiry under Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013 and the leave granted to the aggrieved female Railway Servant under this rule shall not be debited against the leave account.

2. This rule takes effect from the date, the notification was published by the Department of Personnel and Training viz. 15th March, 2017.

3. The provisions of the Railway Service (Liberalised Leave) Rules, 1949 are contained in Chapter-5 of Indian Railway Establishment Code (IREC), Volume-I, 1985 Edition (Reprint Edition-2008). In view of this, in exercise of the powers conferred by the proviso to Article 309 of the Constitution, the president is pleased to direct that a new para 551(F) may be inserted in Chapter-5 of the Indian Railway Establishment Code, Volume – l, 1985 Edition (Reprint Edition-2008) as per enclosed Advance Correction Slip -132.

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

5. Please acknowledge receipt.

DA:- Correction Slip.

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(Anil Kumar)
Railway Board

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Extension of time limit for forwarding of 7th CPC Anomalies for consideration in the Departmental Anomaly Committee

Extension of time limit for forwarding of 7th CPC Anomalies for consideration in the Departmental Anomaly Committee

7thCPC-extension-time-limit

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
(RAILWAY BOARD)

No. PC-VII/2016/DAC/1

New Delhi, dated 25/05/2017

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 Sirs,

Sub:- Extension of time limit for forwarding of 7th CPC Anomalies for consideration in the Departmental Anomaly Committee – regarding.

The undersigned is directed to say that in partial modification of this Ministry’s letter of even no. dated 05.10.2016, the time limits for receipt and disposal of anomalies, as mentioned in paragraph 4 of the letter are amended as under

(i) The time limit for receipt of anomalies is extended by three months from the date of expiry of receiving anomalies: i.e. from 04.04.2017 to 04.07.2017; and

(ii) The time limit for disposal of anomalies is extended by three months from the date of expiry of one year for the date of expiry of one year from the date of its constitution i.e. from 04.10.2017 to 04.01.2018.

Yours faithfully,

For Secretary, Railway Board

Signed Copy

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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
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(Dr M. Raghavaiah)
General Secretary

Source : NFIR

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Permission to leave office early to Muslim Railway employees during the Holy month of Ramzan

Permission to leave office early to Muslim Railway employees during the Holy month of Ramzan

Government of India
Ministry of Railways
(Railway Board)

CIRCULAR

During the Holy month of Ramzan, the time of Iftar coincides with setting of the sun, which takes place quite early.

It has, therefore, been decided that those Muslim Railway employees who observer fast and are required to travel a long distance to their residence for Iftar, may be allowed to leave office early, wherever feasible.

No. 2017/G/35/1

Dated : 30.05.2017

Sd/-
(P.S.Meena)
Director (General Admin.)
Railway Board

Source : NFIR

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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

Source : NFIR

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Payment of Over Time Allowance to the JEs (AC) performing running/ maintenance duties on Rajdhani/Shatabdi Trains

NFIR

Dated: 24.05.2017

No. I/8/Part I

The Secretary (E),
Railway Board,
New Delhi

Dear Sir,

Sub: Payment of Over Time Allowance to the JEs (AC) performing running/ maintenance duties on Rajdhani/Shatabdi Trains-reg.

Ref:  General Manager (Personnel), Eastern Railway’s letter No. E.740/0/Migo (Policy) dated 04/05/2017 to Railway Board.

On Eastern Railway, the Jr. Engineers (AC) GP 4200/- (6th CPC)/Pay Level 6 (7th CPC) are deployed to man Rajdhani/Shatabdi Trains along with the team of staff for ensuring safe and efficient maintenance standards. Unfortunately, these JEs are denied payment of Over Time Allowance since the last over three months, while the staff work under them on running maintenance are granted Over Time Allowance.

In the above context, the General Manager (P), Eastern Railway has addressed a letter to Railway Board vide No. E. 740/0/Misc (Policy) dated 04/05/2017 seeking Railway Board’s approval for allowing payment of OTA to the Electrical JEs escorting the Rajdhani/Shatabdi Express Trains and discharging duties.

The Federation wants the Railway Board to appreciate that the role of Electrical JEs on Rajdhani/Shatabdi trains are not to be compared with other Supervisors so far as nature of duties are concerned as these JEs while discharging their duties of leading the team on Rajdhani/Shatabdi Trains, are always engaged and confined to their work under severe stress and tension to ensure safety, punctuality and efficient running and maintenance on the entire train formation to the comfort of passengers, thus they are not free to adjust their duties while on board, unlike those Supervisors who perform stationary duties. The CEE, Eastern Railway has also confirmed this view as mentioned in Eastern Railway’s letter dated 04th May 2017.

NFIR further states that the Board’s letter No. E(LL)70/HER/16 dated 04th January 1972 classifying Electrical Chargemen in scale Rs. 250-380 (AS) or above as Supervisor under HOER is not relevant to the category of Electrical JEs who perform duties on running trains i.e. Rajdhani and Shatabdi and whose duties are totally different to that of those Supervisors of GP 4200/Level 6 (7th CPC) performing duties in the Sheds/Depots.

NFIR, therefore, requests the Railway Board to accord approval for payment of OT Allowance to Electrical JEs escorting Rajdhani/Shatabdi Express Trains for ensuring running maintenance and accordingly issue instructions to the General Manager, Eastern Railway etc., to ensure payment of Over Time Allowance.

DA/As above

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


Eastern Railway
(Personnel Department)
17, N. S. Road, Kolkata -700 001

No. E.740/0/AAisc (Policy)

Kolkata,
Dated :04.05.2017

Director Estt.(LL)
Ministry of Railways (Railway Board) Govt. of India
New Delhi.

Sub: Grant of Overtime Allowance to Supervisors.

A doubt has been arisen regarding the entitlement of Overtime Allowance (OTA) tothe category of Junior Engineers in GP Rs. 4200 (Level-6) working under Electrical Department deployed in Rajdhani/Shatabdi Exp. along with maintenance &. AC staff. The matter has been considered in consultation with Electrical Department of this Railway (CEE/ER), keeping in view the extant guidelines mentioned as under:

1.In terms of extant provisions laid down in RS (Hours of work and period of rest) Rules, 2005, Railway servants classified as “Supervisors” and “Excluded” under Hours of Employment Regulations are holding a position of responsibility and are employed mainly in a supervisory character and comparatively free to adjust their hours of duty & work during such hours and are thus not entitled to overtime allowance.

2.As per Board’s letter no. E(LL)70/HER/16 dated 04/01/1972, the category of Electrical Chargeman in Rs. 250-380 (AS) or above, in-charge of electrical examination and maintenance units has been classified as ‘Supervisor’ under HOER.

3.However, the CEE/ER is of view that nature of the duty of an Electrical JEs, as escorting Supervisors, is in no way comparable to those who are working as such on stationary duties because while discharging the duties of leading the team in a train like Rajdhani/Shatabdi Exp, they are always engaged and confined with their work under severe stress and tension to run train maintaining safety, punctuality and requisite passengers’ comfort and thus, not free to adjust their duty hours while on board. Hence they should be entitled to “Single (BARE) Rate Overtime”.

4.As the issue involves pan Indian Railways implications, Board is requested to examine the entitlement to OTA to Electrical JEs deployed in Rajdhani/Shatabdi Exp. to be calculated’ as per Para 2(c) of RBE No. 29/2010 in its true perspective and communicate the decision in this regard.

This issues with the approval of CPO (Admn.) and Accounts and in consultation with associated Accounts.

S/d,
U.Lahiri,
Dy.Chief Personnel officer/R,
for General Manager (p)
Phone No.24103 (Rly.)

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

Source : NFIR

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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: AIRF writes to Railway Board on clarification

A.I.R.F.
All India Railwaymen’s Federation

D.O. No.AIRF/MACPS

Dated : 22.05.2017

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

Ref.: Railway Board’s letter No.PC-V/2016/MACPS/1 dated 19.05.2017

This issue has been discussed with you on several occasions individually as well as jointly, where I mentioned that, the Cabinet Secretary has agreed to us that, the Railways being working under different working conditions, and for operation of the trains, a flow process system is in vogue, that is the reason, in the selections for various posts and categories; benchmarking system had been introduced after VI CPC when DoP&T issued instructions that, financial upgradation under MACPS should be based on “Very Good” benchmark. Even DoP&T agreed that the same benchmark should be used for MACPS which is in vogue for selection in case of the Railway employees.

Now, it is a matter of utter surprise that, on the reference as well as reply from the DoP&T, the Railways had issued instructions for “Very Good” benchmark for financial upgradation under MACPS. This issue is very sensitive and will definitely create lots of agitations because, in the MACPS benchmark of “Very Good” will be considered for consecutive three years. In most of the cases employees will be deprived of from MACPS. Since Railways are working in a flow process system, wherein, instead of individual contribution, joint contribution of the employees has their weightage.

We sincerely hope that, you will kindly intervene in the matter and as has been advised by the Cabinet Secretary, the same benchmark, which is prevalent for selection should be in vogue in case of MACPS also.

With Kind regards!

Yours sincerely,
Sd/-,
(Shiva Gopal Mishra)
General Secretary

Shri A.K.Mittal,
Chairman,
Railway Board,
New Delhi.

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Grant of financial upgradation under MACP Scheme in the promotional hierarchy-instead of Grade Pay hierarchy

MACP on Promotional Hierarchy instead of Grade Pay: Less advantageous in some cases (Clerical & Steno): Railway Board unveils with example

GOVERNMENT of INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
(Railway Board)

No. PC-V/M/4/NFIR/pt

New Delhi,
dated :19.05.2017

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

Sir,

Sub:-Board’s item No.3-Grant of financial upgradation under MACP Scheme in the promotional hierarchy-(instead of Grade Pay hierarchy) {item(s) to be discussed with Board (MS &FC)}.

The undersigned is directed to refer to NFIR’s letter No.IV/MACPS/09/Part 10, dated 10.04.2017 on the above subject and to state that Board’s reply dt. 17.04.2017 is based on the factual position relating to financial upgradiation being granted presently which has been ascertained from Northern Railway.

Meanwhile an another Railway i.e. Western Railway vide their letter dt. 06.03.2017 has also apprised that Accounts Clerk and Stenographers are getting GP Rs.4600/- and GP Rs.4800/- as 3rd MACPS respectively whereas under the ACP Scheme no further financial upgradation beyond GP of Rs. 4200/- for Accounts Clerks and Rs.4600 for Stenographer would be admissible. Thus, the Federation’s contention that ACP is more advantageous than MACP Scheme for certain categories of employees is contrary to the factual position.

Further, the submissions made by the Federation seems based on theoretical premise and the same is contrary to the situation factually obtaining on Zonal Railways. As such, the Federations’ allegation that Staff are put in disadvantageous position on account of financial upgradation allowed in pay structure hierarchy under MACPS is not found validate. As requested, a copy of supporting order in respect of Office Clerk/Accounts Clerk Cadre is furnished herewith.

In view of the above, Federation is requested to appreciate the factual position. DA: As above.

Yours faithfully,
Sd/-

for Secretary,
Railway Board

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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

Source : NFIR

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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

Source : NFIR

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