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Planning of various Signaling and Telecommunication modernization works on IR – Railways

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Planning of various Signaling and Telecommunication modernization works on IR – Railways

(GOVERNMENT OF INDIA)
(MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS)
(RAILWAY BOARD)
******

No.ERB-I/2018/23/43

New Delhi, dated 05.10.2018

ORDER

Ministry of Railways (Railway Board) have decided to constitute a Committee for planning of various Signaling and Telecommunication modernization works on IR. The Committee will consist of the following:-

(i) Shri N. Kashinath, DG(S&T), Railway Board …………. Chairman
(ii)Ashok Jhunjhunwala, Professor/IIT Chennai …………. Special Invitee
(iii) Shri Sunil Gupta, ED/Mobility(S&T), Railway Board …………Member
(iv) Shri Pradeep M Sikdar, ED/Signal Development, Railway Board …. Member
(v) Shri Sandeep Mathur, ED/Coordination/Signal/RDSO …………. Member

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

“To close pending issues for effective planning and smooth implementation of modernization works of Signaling and Telecommunication system.”

3. The tenure of the Committee shall be one year from the date of its constitution.

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

5. Signal Directorate of Railway Boat will be the Nodal directorate for functioning of the Therefore, submission of report of the Committee for consideration of Railway Board, implementation of its recommendations and all related issues including Parl. Questions, RTI cases and other formalities with regard to the Committee, shall be dealt with by Signal Directorate of Railway Board.

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

7. The Terms and Conditions of engagement of the Special Invitee (Prof. Ashok Jhunjhunwala) will follow.

(Vijay Kumar)
Under Secretary (Estt)-I
Railway Board

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Procedure for availing optional scheme of All India Leave Travel Concession (AILTC) facility for officers/staff working in Board’s Office

Procedure for availing optional scheme of All India Leave Travel Concession (AILTC) facility for officers/staff working in Board’s Office.

भारत सरकार Government of India
रेल मंत्रालय Ministry of Railways
(रेलवे बोर्ड) Railway Board

Office Order No. 104 of 2018

Sub : Procedure for availing optional scheme of All India Leave Travel Concession (AILTC) facility for officers/staff working in Board’s Office.

Subsequent to IR employees being given AILTC facility on optional basis in accordance with the CCS (LTC) Rules, 1988 as per Boards Order No. E(W) 2017/PS5-l/3 dated 10.09.2018, all officers/staff working in Boards office are also eligible to avail AILTC.

2. For availing the facility of AILTC, Officer/Staff working in Board’s Office should have rendered four or more years of continuous service on the date of the commencement of the journey. The following guidelines may be adhered to by the applicant for availing AILTC:-

i) Privilege Pass Surrender Certificate (PPSC) may be obtained from ‘G Branch by following the prescribed procedure as contained in Boards letter dated 10.09.2018. However, in the first instance before applying for PPSC, the concerned staff should check his/her eligibility for availing AILTC.

ii) Leave of any type may be applied for and a declaration/advance intimation letter as per proforma enclosed at Annexure-I intending to avail AILTC may be submitted to the concerned Establishment Branch (ERB-I, ERB-II & ERB-V) along with original copy of PPSC issued by ‘G’ Branch.

iii) In case, AILTC advance is required, a separate request may be submitted as per prescri bed proforma enclosed at Annexure-II to the concerned ERB section ( ERB-I, II & V) in addition to submission of self-declaration/advance intimation letter. AILTC advance is to be applied 65 days (in case of Air travel) or 125 days ( in case of train travel) before the proposed date of outward journey and within ten days of the drawal of advance, the concerned employee is to produce tickets, irrespective of the date of commencement of the journey.

iv) LTC advance upto 90% of the estimated fare would be sanctioned.

v) In case, an employee performs journey without intimation and submission of original PPSC to the concerned ERB section, claim for reimbursement under AILTC would not be entertained.

vi) Subsequent to performing the journey related to AILTC, necessary claims for reimbursement /difference of expenditure ( in case of advance) may be submitted directly to respective Cash-I/II/III Sections as per enclosed proforma at Annexure-III for final settlement with all necessary required document.

vii) LTC claim as per Annexure-III is to be submitted within three months of completion of return journey, if no advance has been drawn; else, within one month of completion of return journey, if advance has been drawn.

viii) After undertaking journey, unspent amount of AILTC advance, if any, should be remitted within one month and in one lumpsum.

ix) Travel by Premium trains/Premium Tatkal trains/Suvidha trains are allowed on LTC however, travel in such train is to be by shortest route. Reimbursement of tatkal charges or premium tatkal charges shall also be admissible for the purpose of LTC. Flexi Fare (dynamic fare) applicable in Rajdhani/Shatabdi/Duronto trains is also admissible for the journey(s) performed by these trains on LTC.

x) Those officials entitled for Air travel are required to travel by Air India only at LTC-80 fare or less. Fare indicated at LTC-80 is the maximum permissible ceiling limit for reimbursement; however, efforts should be made to book Air tickets at the cheapest fare possible.

xi) Those employees ( i.e, Pay Level 1 to 8 of Pay Matrix as per 7th CPC) who are not entitled to travel by Air may travel by any airline; however, reimbursement in such cases shall be restricted to the fare of their entitled class of train /transport or actual expense, whichever is less. Further, dynamic fare component in respect of Rajdhani/Shatabdi/Duronto trains shall not be admissible in such cases i.e., where a non­ entitled Government servant travels by air and claims reimbursement for the entitled class of Rajdhani/Shatabdi/Duronto trains.

xii) In all cases, Air ticket is required to be booked either directly through the airlines ( Booking Counters, website of airlines) or by utilizing the service of Authorized Travel Agents viz ‘MIS Balmer Lawrie & Company’, M/s Ashok Travels & Tours’, and IRCTC ( to the extent IRCTC is authorized as per DOP&Ts OM No. 31011/6/2002-Estt(A) dated 2.12.2009) while undertaking LTC journey. Booking of tickets through other agencies is not permitted and no request for relaxation of rules for booking the tickets through any other agencies shall be considered by Boards office.

xiii) ) It may also be noted that Travel on Tour packages is not allowed, except in case of tours conducted by Indian Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC), State Tourism Development Corporation (STDC) and IRCTC. In such cases, only the fare component shall be reimbursable provided ITDC/STDC/IRCTC separately indicate the fare component and certify that the journey was actually performed by the Government servant and his family members for which he/she is claiming the All India Leave Travel Concession.

xiv) All tickets purchased should be submitted in original along with boarding passes duly stamped by Airport authorities (in case of Air travel) at the time of submitting claims after performing journey.

xv) In respect of special relaxation relating to travel by Air ( for those who are not entitled for Air travel under AILTC) on LTC to North East Region, Jammu & Kashmir and Andaman & Nicobar, DOP&Ts OM No. 31011/3/2018-Estt(A-IV) dated 20.09.2018 may be referred to.

3. Role of ‘G-Branch’, ERB-I, II, V, Cash-I, II & III sections and PAO/Office/RB would be as under:-

a) General Branch will issue the Privilege Pass Surrender Certificate (PPSC) for AILTC purpose within 10 days of receiving the request from Applicant as per the instructions contained in E(W)’s above mentioned letter.

b) After receiving the request for optional AILTC as per Annexure-I & II, respective Establishment Branches (ERB-I, ERB-II & ERB-V) would verify/certify the necessary columns in it along with checking the admissibility as to whether the concerned employee is eligible for AILTC as per extant policy instruction and forward it to concerned Cash Section in case LTC advance has been sought.

c) An acknowledgement to the concerned employee may also be made and a copy of guidelines for perusal of employee may be given so as to ensure that the concerned employee is fully aware of the extant rules to be followed while availing optional AILTC and that there is no issue with regard to clearing of AILTC claim. In case AILTC is not admissible for the concerned employee, the same be advised in writing to the employee within three working days of the receipt of the intimation. A copy be also endorsed to the concerned Cash Section for information and record.

d) Concerned Cash section would process the case for LTC advance and reimbursement/claim as per extant rule for AILTC issued by Board’s Office like normal reimbursement of TA/DA, Children Education Allowance (CEA) claim without referring it to Associate Finance. However, if any clarification is required on the extant rules, the nodal branch may be consulted. In respect of AILTC advance/clearing of claim, concerned Cash section are to sanction the amount based on concerned employee’s eligibility for travel in AILTC, fares of shortest route by train and as per fare available under LTC-80 in respect of Air ticket.

e) After clearing of LTC claim, the concerned Cash Section would maintain the details of such claim separately as per CCS(LTC) Rule for maintaining register of LTC claim. Proforma is at Annexure-IV.

f) ERB-II, V and PAO Sections would also be required to make an entry in the service book of concerned employee claiming LTC along with an undertaking of completion of four or more years of service in this regard.

g) ERB-I, II, V, Cash-I, II, Ill & PAO sections may also go through the instructions issued on AI LTC/LTC by E(W) branch & DOP&T before processing the request related to AILTC.

4. All concerned may note that any misuse of AILTC will be viewed seriously and the concerned official would be liable for appropriate action under the relevant rules. Cash section may also randomly get some of the air tickets verified from the airlines concerned with regard to the actual cost of air travel vis-a-vis the cost indicated on the air tickets submitted by the officials.

5. The above issues with the approval of competent authority.

Encl: Annexure- I to IV

No. 2018/0&M/2/15
Dated: 26/09/2018

(H. Moharana)
Joint Secretary/Railway Board

 Source: Indian Railways

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Reckoning service for entitlement of Post Retirement Complimentary Passes

NFIR

No. I/15/Part III

Dated: 03/10/2018

The Secretary (E),
Railway Board,
New Delhi

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

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

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

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

Yours faithfully

(Dr. M. Raghavaiah),
General Secretary

Source: NFIR

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Grant of old pension to the young employees working in the railway

Railway Board requests to Grant old pension to the young employees

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

 No.D-43/19/2017-F(E)III

Dated: 06.09.2018

Sh. Mangat Ram Saini,
National President,
Akhil Bhartiya Railway Mazdoor Sangthan,
125/R, Ram Nagar,
Pathankot-145001,
Mob.-9464000303.

Dear Sir,

Sub: Grant of old pension to the young employees working in the railway. Please refer to your letter dated 12.07.2018 on the above cited subject.

2. In this regard it is stated that the decision to implement the National Pension System (NPS) w.e.f. 01.01.2004 for all recruits, is of the Government of India. The Ministry of Railways being an administrative Ministry in respect of pensionary matters is bound to adhere to the decision taken by the Nodal department, i.e., Department of Financial Services (Ministry of Finance). The Ministry of Railways is not empowered to take any unilateral decision.

(G. Priya udarsani)
Director, Finance (Estt.),
Railway Board.

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Fixing of Remuneration in favour of Re-engaged Retired Employees covered under NPS

Fixing of Remuneration in favour of Re-engaged Retired Employees covered under NPS

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
RAILWAY BOARD

No. 2018/Trans.Cell/S&T/Contractual Staff

New Delhi, dated: 12.09.2018

The General Manager, All Indian Railways/PUs, NF(Con), CORE
The DG/RDSO/Lucknow, DG/NAIR/Vadodara
CAOs, DMW/Patiala, WPO/Patna, COFMOW/NDLS, RWP/Bela, CAO/IROAF

Sub: Fixing of Remuneration in favour of Re-engaged Retired Employees covered under NPS.

Ref: (1) Board’s letter No. E(NG)-11/2007/RC-4/CORE/1 Dated- 16.10.2017.
(2) DRM/TVC’s Letter No. V/G.157/DRM/Re-engagement dated 28.08.2018.

With reference to DRM/TVC’s letter at (2) and Board’s letter at (1) above, Board (MS, FC & CRB) have approved that the remuneration of re-engaged retired employees covered under NPS may be suitably dealt with, on merit on case to case basis.

This issues with the concurrence of Associate Finance of Transformation Cell of Railway Board.

Kindly acknowledge the receipt and ensure compliance.

(Umesh Balonda)
Executive Director/S&T
Transformation Cell

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Meeting of AIRF to discuss promotional prospects of staff, particularly in GP Rs.1800 and Rs.4600

Meeting of AIRF to discuss promotional prospects of staff, particularly in GP Rs.1800 and Rs.4600

All India Railwaymen’s Federation
4, State Entry Road, New Delhi – 110055

No.AIRF/24(C)

Dated: September 26, 2018

The General Secretaries,
All Affiliated Unions

Dear Comrades,

Sub: Meeting of AIRF to discuss promotional prospects of staff, particularly in GP Rs.1800 and Rs.4600

Meeting on the subject cited above was held in the chamber of DG(Personal), Railway Board, today.

After detailed deliberations; the following decisions were arrived:-

(a) There will not be any recruitment in GP Rs.4600 in any category except Medical Department.

(b) The condition of direct recruitment to at least 25% or more in respective categories for holding GDCE will be done away.

(c) Board orders permitting GMs to hold GDCEs up to 50% of DR Quota will be further enhanced up to 75%, keeping in view the serious frustrations in serving employees having higher academic/technical qualifications so as to enhance their promotional prospects on similar parameters of Direct Recruitment in higher categories.

(d) On the issue of career progression of the SSEs, though AIRF insisted for timebound promotion for JEs and SSEs, the administration agreed to pursue the matter, providing 75% upgradation of staff in GP Rs.4600 to Rs. 4800.

Yours faithfully,
sd/-
(Shiva Gopal Mishra)

Source: AIRF

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Minimum educational qualification for recruitment of staff from open market in Level-1 of the pay matrix of 7th CPC

Minimum educational qualification for recruitment of staff from open market in Level-1 of the pay matrix of 7th CPC

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
(RAILWAY BOARD)

No.E(NG)II/2018/RR-I/ 13

The General Manager (P),
All Indian Railways/PUs,
New Delhi.

RBE No.148/2018

Dated:25.09.2018

Sub: Minimum educational qualification for recruitment of staff from open market in Level-1 of the pay matrix of 7th CPC.

Attention is invited to instructions issued vide Board’s letter under RBE No.73/2017 dated 27.07.2017, laying down qualification for recruitment from open market to posts in Pay Band-1 of Rs.5200-20200 having Grade Pay Rs.1800/- (Now Level-1 of the Pay Matrix of the 7th CPC), through all modes, against direct recruitment quota in Civil Engineering, Mechanical, Electrical and S&T Departments as 10th pass plus National Apprenticeship Certificate (NAC) granted by NCVT or 10th pass plus ITI. This laid down educational qualification was, however relaxed vide Board’s letter under RBE No.31/2018 dated 28.02.2018 for the ongoing recruitment process i.e. recruitment notification published under Centralized Employment Notice no. 02/2018 issued by Railway Recruitment Boards.

2. Keeping in view the large scale mechanization of maintenance, modernization and automation, it has been decided to reiterate that future recruitment in technical departments (i.e. Civil, Mechanical, Electrical and S&T Departments) will be made on the basis of the minimum educational qualifications of 10th pass plus National Apprenticeship Certificate (NAC) granted by NCVT or 10th pass plus ITI in terms of instructions issued vide Board’s letter under RBE No.73/2017 dated 27.07.2017.

S/d,
(M.M.Rai)
Jt. Director Estt.(N)II
Railway Board

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Induction of Trackmen into other departments

Induction/transfer of Trackmen into other departments

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
(RAILWAY BOARD)

RBE No. 146/2018

No. E(NG)II/2018/RR-I/13

New Delhi, Dated: 20.09.2018

The General Manager (P),
All Indian Railways/ PU s,
New Delhi.

Sub: Induction of Trackmen into other departments.

Para 179 (XV) of IREM Vol. I (Revised Edition-1989) provides for induction/transfer of Trackmen to Mechanical Engineering and Transportation (Power) Department, Traffic 86 Commercial Department and to the Works side of Engineering Department against 10% quota.

2. It is seen that the Railways have been experiencing difficulty in implementation of these instructions due to reliever(s) not being readily available in the Engineering Department. This has been considered by the Board. In order to ensure viable implementation of these instructions, it has been decided that henceforth 10% of the proposed intake for recruitment in Level-1 (erstwhile Group D) of all those departments where there is provision of induction of Trackmen against 10% quota, will be clubbed to recruit equivalent number of Trackmen in addition to the intake of Trackmen decided for the Engineering Department.

3. Trackmen in Engineering Department should be laterally transferred to those departments whose 10%, vacancies have been clubbed and utilized for recruitment of Other departments will be allowed to induct fresh personnel for the residual 90% of vacancies and also to meet their requirement through fresh personnel to the extent of deficiency not met through lateral transfer.

4. Terms and conditions of transfer of Trackmen to the above departments against this 10% quota as contained in. Para 179 (XV) of IREM Vol. I (Revised Edition-1989) remain unaltered with the reduced age limit of 38 years (reduced vide Board’s letter No. E(NG)I-99/CFP/23(VOLII) dated 14.11.2013).

5. Applications for lateral transfer of Trackmen to other departments should be called for department wise and applicants shortlisted on basis of seniority based on the length of service. Separate applications should be submitted for each such The complete list of applicants should be displayed and also placed on the web page of the division. It is reiterated that for transfer to other departments, a Trackman/Gangman should be suitable in all respects including possessing physical standards prescribed for recruitment to that Department/Workshop.

(M.M. Rai)
Joint Director Estt.(N)II
Railway Board

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

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

NFIR

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

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

Dated: 22-09-2018

The Secretary (E)
Railway Board
New Delhi

Dear Sir,

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

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

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

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

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

Yours faithfully
(Dr.M.Raghavaiah)
General Secretary

Source: NFIR

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Railway Employees: One-way request transfer on out-of-turn basis

Transfer of railway employees with lower priority, on out-of-­turn basis

RBE N0. 139/2018

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
(RAILWAY BOARD)

NO.E(NG)I-2018/TR/14

New Delhi, dated 17.09.2018

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

Sub: One-way request transfer on out-of-turn basis.

References are being received from Zonal Railways seeking Board’s approval for request transfer of railway employees with lower priority, on out-of-­turn basis After careful consideration of the matter. Board have decided that the General Managers themselves may take a decision to allow request transfer of non-gazetted railway employees on out-of-turn basis. Such requests may, however, be considered only in rare cases where NOC has been received from accepting Railway and have been approved by competent authority in the parent Railway. In each such case reasons for giving the approval should be recorded on file It is also stated to use “COMPTRAN” soft-ware to register and monitor all the cases of Inter-Railway Request Transfer as advised under Board’s letter No. ERP/Portal-Transfer/2013 dated 08.08.2018.

Please acknowledge receipt.

Hindi version will follow.

(M.K. Meena)
Deputy Director Estt (N)
Railway Board

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

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

NFIR

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

No.II/1B/2018

Dated: 24/09/2018

The Chairman,
Railway Board,
New Delhi

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Yours faithfully

(Shiva Gopal Mishra)
General Secretary/AIRF

(Dr.M.Raghavaiah)
General Secretary/NFIR

Source: NFIR

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

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

NFIR

No. II/34/2018-Part I

Dated: 19/09/2018

The Chairman,
Railway Board,
New Delhi

Dear Sir,

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

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

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

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

Yours faithfully
(Dr. M. Raghavaiah)
General Secretary

Source: NFIR

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Regarding Payment of Conveyance Allowance to IRMS Doctors

Regarding Payment of Conveyance Allowance to IRMS Doctors

Government of India / Bharat Sarkar

Ministry of Railways / Rail Mantralaya
(Railway Board)
RBE No.125/2018
No. F(E)I/2016/AL-7/1

New Delhi, dated 29.08.2018

The General Managers,

All Indian Railways etc.
(As per Standard Mailing List)

Sub: Payment of Conveyance Allowance to IRMS Doctors-reg.

Payment of Conveyance Allowance to IRMS Doctors for paying domiciliary visits outside duty hours and performing other official duties is governed by Board’s letter No. F(E)I/2009/AL-7/1 dt. 24.07.2009. This order is based on Ministry of Health & Family Welfare’s C.M. No. A-450-12/03/2008­CHS-V, dated 28/04/2009.

Now pursuant to Ministry of Health & Family Welfare’s recent C.M. No.Z15025/DIR/CGHS/Conveyance/JACSD0/2017/744252, dated 02/02/2018 on the subject matter of Conveyance Allowance admissible to CHS Doctors working under CGHS, it is reiterated that the instructions as contained in Board’s letter No. F(E)I/2009/AL-7/1, dt. 24.07.2009 shall be applicable for payment of Conveyance Allowance to IRMS doctors for paying domiciliary visits outside duty hours and performing other official duties.

(Jitendra Kumar)

Dy. Director Finance (Estt.)

Railway Board

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Transfer of Non-gazetted staff – Delegation of powers to Divisional Railway Managers

Transfer of Non-gazetted staff – Delegation of powers to Divisional Railway Managers

RBE.No: 120/2018

Government of India
Ministry of Railways
(Railway Board)

No. E(NG)I-2018/TR/12

New Delhi, dated 24.08.2018

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

Sub: Transfer of Non-gazetted staff from one Department to another Department- Delegation of powers to Divisional Railway Managers

In terms of the provisions contained in Para 231 of IREC Vol.l (Fifth Edition-1985), Divisional Railway Managers may transfer erstwhile group “D” employees Grade Pay 1800/- Level 1 (Peons, Gangmen, Khalasi, unskilled and semiskilled, etc.) from one department to another or from one Division to another.

2. The need to delegate the powers to change of department in the case of Group “C” Railway Servants has also been experienced. In the light of the above, Board have reviewed the matter and have decided to delegate the powers to Divisional Railway Managers further · so that henceforth it shall be within the competence of Divisional Railway Managers to transfer all non-gazetted Railway employees for divisional controlled cadres from one Department to another Department subject to conditions given in Board’s letter No. E(NG)l-2006/TR/18 dated 25.09.2007, being strictly followed.

3. Accordingly, the Indian Railway Establishment Code, Vol.l, (Fifth Edition-1985) is amended as per ACS No. 133 enclosed.

Please acknowledge receipt.

Hindi version will follow.

Deputy Director Estt (N)
Railway Board

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Risk and Hardship Allowance to Mate, Keyman & Patrolman, Extension of Rich and Hardship Allowance to P. Way Artisans including their Helpers and Enhanced Allowance to Gatekeepers at Spl. and A – Class Level Crossing

7th CPC Risk and Hardship Allowance to Mate, Keyman & Patrolman, P. Way Artisans including their Helpers and Gatekeepers at Spl. and A – Class Level: Railway Board Order

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
(RAILWAY BOARD)

F.No. PC-VII/2018/I/7/5/2

New Delhi, dated: 28.08.2018

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Sub – Risk and Hardship Allowance to Mate, Keyman & Patrolman, Extension of Rich and Hardship Allowance to P. Way Artisans including their Helpers and Enhanced Allowance to Gatekeepers at Spl. and A – Class Level Crossing.

The undersigned is directed to refer to Ministry of Finance’s Resolution No.11- 1/2016-IC dated 06.07.2017 communicating the decision of Govt.of India w.r.t. recommendations of 7th CPC on allowances to state that the recommendations of 7th CPC to grant Risk and Hardship allowance at the rate 2700/- p.m. under Cell R3H2 of Risk and Hardship Matrix to Track Maintainers category of Indian Railways has been implemented in this Ministry through order No. PC-VII/2017/I/7/5/4 dated 10.08.2017 (Annexure – I).

2, Now, it has been proposed with the approval, of Railway Board that the following, changes in Lilo Risk and Hardship Allowance may be, introduced in respect of various categories of Indian Railways-

  • Increase Risk and Hardship allowance from Rs.2700/- per mouth (R3H2 categorization) to 6000/- (R2H2) for Mate and Keymen.
  • Increase Risk and Hardship allowance from 2700/-p.m, (R3H2) to 4100/- (R3H1) for Trackmen preforming Patrolling duty.
  • Increase in Level Crossing Gate Allowance from Rs,.1000/- (R3H3) to 4100/- (R3H1) for Gateman, working in Special & ‘A’ Class Gates.
  • Include all P.Way Artisans & their helper also in the R&H Matrix for payment @2700/-(R3H2) as for Trackmen.

2. The assessed additional financial implications of those proposals at Para No. 2 above are approximately Rs.222 crores per annum. The detailed position w.r.t each of these proposals mentioned above are enclosed as Annexure II, Detailed calculation of the additional annual financial implications of the aforementioned proposals is placed at Annexure – III.

3. It is required that MoF may kindly consider for approval of Para 2(a,b,c & d).

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

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Transport Allowance at double the normal rates to persons with disabilities employed in Central Government.

Railways: Disabilities employed in Central Government granting with Transport Allowance at double the normal rates

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAY
(Railway Board)

RBE No.117/2018

No. PC-V/2017/A/TA/1

New Delhi, dated 17/08/2018

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

Sub: Transport Allowance at double the normal rates to persons with disabilities employed in Central Government.

A copy of Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure’s OM No.21/3/2017-E.118 dated 12th July, 2018 on the above subject is enclosed for information and compliance. These instructions shall apply mutatis mutandis on the Railways also.

This issues with concurrence of the Finance Directorate of the Ministry of Railways. Hindi version is enclosed.

DA: As above.

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

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Filling up of vacancies on the Railways

Filling up of vacancies on the Railways.


NFIR


GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
{RAILWAY BOARD}

RBE No. 119/2018

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

New Delhi, dated 20.08.2018

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

Sub: Filling up of vacancies on the Railways.

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

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

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

Please acknowledge receipt.

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

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

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


NFIR


No.11/6/Pt.8

Dated: 21/08/2018

The Secretary (E),
Railway Board,
New Delhi

Dear Sir,

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

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

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

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

Yours faithfully,
(Dr M.Raghavaiah)
General Secretary

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Suicide committed by Shri Bablu Kumar, Trackman, Sholapur (Central Railway)


AIRF


No.AIRF/24(C)

Dated: August 17, 2018

The Chairman,
Railway Board,
New Delhi

Dear Sir,
Sub: Suicide committed by Shri Bablu Kumar, Trackman, Sholapur (Central Railway)
Reference our earlier letter of even number dated 13th August, 2018.

As we had discussed about various problems faced by the staff at the grassroots level, particularly some important and vulnerable cadres, like Trackmen, again one Trackmen, Shri Bablu Kumar, has committed suicide just because he could not be granted leave though he had run from pillar to post, so that, his leave can be sanctioned.

Indifferent attitude of some of the officers is forcing the employees to commit suicide. All the incidents, where employees have committed suicide, need a thorough investigation. It also needs that, the people responsible for forcing employees, where they are committing suicide, should be dealt with firmly.

AIRF is of opinion that, criminal cases under IPC Section 306 should be registered against these officers, only then we can expect some improvement in their behavior. It is quite unfortunate that, nowadays, when Trackmen Cadre is highly educated, they are being treated as slaves. AIRF and its affiliates have always fought against the atrocities against the Trackmen Cadre in the past and will continue to fight for our Trackmen brother and sisters.

I would further request you that some serious efforts should be made so that, frustration developing amongst the Trackmen Cadre could be resolved quickly. AIRF has observed that, main problem being faced by the Trackmen Cadre is their Career Progression, for that we have suggested that Direct Recruitment Quota should be reduced and posts should be filled through LDCE/GDCE to give them proper promotional prospects. We have also suggested that the entire recruitment should be made in the cadre of Trackmen, and after 2/3 years time they should be given option to go to their department of choice. Working conditions of the Trackmen Cadre also need immediate review. Working hours of all the Gatemen, Keymen, Mate and Trackmen need urgent review. Looking the weather conditions, there is urgent need of Higher Dressing Allowance to them.

Trackmen at the gates want that, there should be proper lighting, water and washroom facilities. There is also urgent need to provide them free transit facility in the township where their families stay and their children could get proper education. There are thousands of Trackmen those who have been recruited in the Indian Railways from all over the country, but they mainly belong to Bihar, Eastern Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and some other states. They have only one dream, when they can be sent back to their states.

As we have also advised that, it should be made mandatory that, whenever next panel will be available, these people should be transferred from their present place of posting to the place where they request for their transfer. There can be many more problems also, I hope, if Ministry of Railways address these problems quickly, it will be able to satisfy our Trackmen brothers and sister working over the Indian Railways.

Since as I know that, you have a deep sympathy with the Trackmen Cadre, I hope, something concrete will be done, so that, another Bablu Kumar should not suicide.

With Regards,

Yours faithfully,
sd/-
(Shiva Gopal Mishra)
General Secretary

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Important staff issues upon which discussions held by NFIR

Important staff issues upon which discussions held by NFIR

NFIR

No. II/70/Part III

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

Dear Sir,

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

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

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

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

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

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

Source: NFIR

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