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Minimum educational qualification for open market recruitment to the post of Pharmacist Gr.III in the Medical Department on the railways

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Minimum educational qualification for open market recruitment to the post of Pharmacist Gr.III in the Medical Department on the railways
Government of India (Bharat Sarkar)
Ministry of Railways (Rail Mantralaya)
(Railway Board)

 

RBE No.54/2018.

No.E(NG)II/2001/RR-1/45

New Delhi, Dated:05/04/2018.

The General Manager (P),

All Zonal Railways/Production Units/

Chairmen, Railway Recruitment Boards (RRBs).

Sub: Minimum educational qualification for open market recruitment to the post of Pharmacist Gr.III in the Medical Department on the railways.

Ref: Railway Board’s letter No. E(NG)11/2001/RR-1/45 dated 22.05.2015 (RB No. 49/2015).

Attention is invited to instructions under reference prescribing, inter-alia, minimum educational qualification for open market recruitment to the post of Pharmacist, Grade-III in Level-5 (Pay Band -1 of Rs.5200-20200 having Grade Pay of Rs.2800) as under:-

“10+2 in Science or its equivalent with 02 (two) years Diploma in Pharmacy and registration with Pharmacy Council of India or registration with State Pharmacy Council”.

2. The review of qualification for the above post has been under consideration of this Ministry, pursuant to the issue raised by both the recognized Federations. Accordingly, it has been examined in consultation with Health and Pay Commission Directorate of this Ministry and it has been decided by the Board that the qualification for the post of Pharmacist, Grade III in Level-5 will be as under:-

“10+2 in Science or its equivalent with Diploma in Pharmacy from recognized institution and registered as Pharmacist under the Pharmacy Act, 1948

OR



Bachelor degree in Pharmacy (B. Pharma) from a recognized University or equivalent and Registered as a Pharmacist under the Pharmacy Act, 1948″

3. These instructions will be applicable from the date of issue of this letter. Cases already under process will continue to be dealt in terms of earlier instructions.

4. Please acknowledge receipt.

S/d,
(Ravi Shekhar)
Jt. Director Estt. (N)-II
Railway Board

Signed copy

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Non-payment of Over Time Allowance to the staffworking on Track Machines on South East Central Railway

Non-payment of Over Time Allowance to the staffworking on Track Machines on South East Central Railway.

NFIR
National Federation of Indian Railwaymen

No. I/8/Part I

Dated: 10/04/2017

The Secretary (E),
Railway Board,
New Delhi

Dear Sir,
Sub: Non-payment of Over Time Allowance to the staffworking on Track Machines on South East Central Railway-reg.
Ref: (i) CPO, SEC Rly’s letter No. P-HQ/RUL/118/2/6234 dated 24/25-02-2015 & P-HQ/RUL/118/2/767 dated 15/05/2015.

(ii) Railway Board’s letter No. E(LL)/98/HER/9 dated 09/04/2015.
(iii) NFIR’s letter No. i/8 Part I dated 06/06/2016.
(iv) Railway Board’s letter No. 98/E(LL)HER/9 dated 24/03/2017.
Federation is disappointed to note the contents of Railway Board’s letter dated 24/03/2017 wherein Board has clarified to the GM (PyS.E.C. Railway that the principle of averaging for payment of OT Allowance to the Track Machine Staff to be given effect from 1010712013, the date of issuance of Board’s letter. Federation is constrained to state that the Board has completely ignored the rule position contained in letter dated 06/07/2000,10/07/2013 & 16/06/2016 and issued wrong clarification. Federation also feels sad to convey that mere copy has been endorsed to NFIR, without mentioning NFIR’s reference to Railway Board.

So far as clarification issued by Board is concerned, the Federation does not agree with the same in the light of the following facts/merits.

i) The Railway Board vide letter No. E(LL)98-HER/9 dated 0610712000 had introduced duty roster in respect of Staff working on Track Machines and laid down rostered hours of work for three weeks at a stretch followed by rest for a continuous period of one week at the Headquarters in consultation with the Ministry of labour. These instructions further stipulated that the individuals shall not be employed for more than 12 hours on any day and in respect of Overtime payment, the staff will be governed by the extant instructions under HOER i.e. principle of averaging.

ii) Subsequently Railway Board vide letters dated 09/09/2009 & 30/10/2012 had conveyed continuance of three weeks’ roster at a stretch followed by continuous rest of one week at the Headquarters (valid upto September, 2015).

iii) On raising the issue relating to non-payment of Overtime to the Track Machine staff working on Zones by the NFIR at Board’s level, Railway Board vide letter dated 10/07/2013 had again issued instructions that the Track Machine Staff when deployed for 3 weeks continuously followed by one week rest, the payment of overtime be regulated by the principle of averaging on four weekly basis whenever working hours exceed 192 hours and keeping in view the provisions of Board’s letter dated 11/06/1974.

iv) Railway Board vide letter dated 1610612016 has again reiterated for  implementation of instructions envisaged in Board’s letter dated 6/7/2000.

v) It needs to be appreciated that Board’s instructions dated 06/07/2000 have neither been modified nor superseded. Therefore, payment of Overtime to the staff working on Track Machines is required to be regulated in terms of Board’s instructions dated 06/07/2000 from that date and not from the date of issue of Board’s letter dated 10/07/2013.

The facts mentioned above clearly establish the entitlement of overtime payment with effect from 06/07/2000 and not prospectively. Accordingly, the Track Machine Staff of South East Central Railway who have been denied Overtime payment from August 2010 by the Zonal Railway due to mis- interpretation of Rules are rightly entitled from August,2010.

NFIR therefore, requests the Railway Board to review its clarification dated 24/03/2017 and, issue fresh clarification to the Zonal Railways in general and South East Central Railway in particular for implementing instructions dated 06/07/2000 and allowing overtime payment retrospectively. A copy of the instructions issued may be endorsed to the Federation.
Source: NFIR

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Procrastination of staff issues – non-fulfillment of commitments by the Railway Board – serious unrest prevailing among railway employees-intervention requested

No. II/95/Part X

Dated: 28/03/2017

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

Dear Sir,

Sub: Procrastination of staff issues – non-fulfillment of commitments by the Railway Board – serious unrest prevailing among railway employees-intervention requested.

Federation is constrained to bring to your kind notice that the staff in almost all categories are the dissatisfied lot due to non-redressal of their genuine grievances at Railway Board’s level as also non-fulfillment of commitments made in the formal meetings held with the Railway Board. The staff issues dealt in the fora of PNM, DC/JCM as well in separate meetings are continued in a stalemate position for years together without finality.

In the above context, NFIR places below the real position to impress upon the CRB that the Railway Board’s failures have been causing dissatisfaction and agony among employees in general and those in safety categories in particular:

 

(a) Non-fulfillment of assurances/commitments:-

  • 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.
  • Replacement of 6th CPC GP 4200/- PB-2 with GP 4600/- PB-2 for Loco Pilots (Mail/Exp).
  • Stepping up of pay of Loco Inspectors inducted prior 01/01/2006 on remaining 6 1/2 Zones in Indian Railways. (Although SLPs have been dismissed by Apex Court, the Railway Board have twisted the matter and allowed stepping up of pay to the petitioners before Court, stating that the benefit allowed as” personam”. (This is a clear case of blatant violation of agreement reached with Federations). NFIR’s letter No. 11/95/Pt. X dated 24/01/2017 to CRB and letter dated 06/02/2017 may kindly be perused. GS/NFIR met Hon’ble MR and apprised the facts. The Hon’ble MR agreed that agreement should be honoured when Member Staff was present during discussion. The Railway Board’s negative attitude has been contributing unrest among Loco Running Staff.
  • Upgradation of Apex Group ‘C’ posts to Group ‘B’ (Gaz) – 3335 posts.
  • Implementation of 10: 20: 20: 50 ratio for Track Maintainers in VI CPC GP 2800, 2400, 1900 and 1800 respectively (7th CPC Pay Matrix levels 5, 4, 2 & 1).

(b) Agreed decisions not implemented:

  • Manning of coaches by Ticket Checking Staff – Restoration of Board’s orders of 2000.
  • Cadre restructuring of IT cadre staff.
  • Implementation of norms for creation of posts of SSE (Signal) JE (Signal), Maintainer (Signal) etc.,
  • Merger of Senior Technicians (Signal) with JE (Signal) – NFIR PNM Item No. 14/2010.
  • Induction of Course Completed Act Apprentices in Safety category vacancies in GP 1800/Pay Matrix Level I
  • Absorption of staff of Quasi Administrative units in Railways – Restoration of policy decision of 1973 & 1977 which was arbitrarily cancelled in the year 1997 without prior consultations with the Federations. It needs to be appreciated that quasi staff are not outsiders and IREM provisions confirm Federation’s contention.

(c) NFIR’s pending PNM Items:

  • Items pending since over five years = 22
  • Items pending since over three years = 27
  • Items pending sine over two years = 12
    Total = 61

(d) DC/JCM – pending items:

  • Items pending since over five years = 45
  • Items pending since over six years = 09
  • Items pending since over seven years = 31
    Total = 85

(e) Issues deliberated in the meetings of Fast Track Committee and Joint Committee (on Running Staff kilometrage rates etc.,) are continued to remain unresolved.

(f) MACPS issues numbering over 30 are pending with Railway Board since more than 3 years.

(g) Non-filling of vacancies (safety and other than safety categories) is causing deterioration of efficiency levels and health of existing staff who are heavily over burdened with work pressure.

NFIR therefore requests the CRB to kindly intervene for rectifying the matters to restore confidence among staff who are extremely unhappy on non-redressal of grievances and non-implementation of agreements.
Federation also conveys that further delay in sorting out the issues and implementing agreements may lead to wide spread agitation in Railways.

Yours faithfully

(Dr. M. Raghavaiah)
General Secretary

Source: http://www.nfirindia.com

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Revised classification and mode of filling up of non-gazetted posts – Scheme for filling up of vacancies after 31.12.2016

Revised classification and mode of filling up of non-gazetted posts – Scheme for filling up of vacancies after 31.12.2016

RBE No.20/2017

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
RAILWAY BOARD

No.E(NG)I-2008/PM1/15

New Delhi,dated 03.03.2017

The General Managers (P)
All Indian Railways & PUs.
(As per standard list)

Sub: Revised classification and mode of filling up of non-gazetted posts – Scheme for filling up of vacancies after 31.12.2016.

Ref: Board’s letters of even no dated 03.09.2009, 07.06.2010, 21.11.2011, 23.05.2012, 15.1.2013, 24.05.2013, 03.01.2014, 16.06.2014, 31.12.2014 & 09.02.2016 on the above subject.

Attention is drawn to Board’s order issued on 03.09.2009, consequent upon implementation of 6th CPC recommendations, regarding mode of filling up of Non-gazetted posts consequent upon merger of grades. The above scheme of such mode of filling up of non-gazetted posts has since been extended from time to time, last validity being till 31.12.2016.

2. 7th CPC, in its report in para 5.1.45 has recommended that benchmark for performance appraisal for MACP as well as for regular promotion be enchanced from Good to Very Good. While recommendation for MACP has been accepted by Government and instructions in this regard have been issued vide Board’s letter No.PC-V/2016/MACPS/1 dated 19.12.2016 (RBE No.155/2016), the issue regarding benchmark for regular promotion is still examination in consultation with DoP&T.

3. Accordingly, it has been decided by the Board that till such time instructions for benchmark for regular promotion are issued, the existing methodology and benchmarks for Promotion, as enumerated in the Board’s letters referred to above, may continue till further orders.

Please acknowledge receipt of this letter.

(P.M.Meena)
Deputy Director-II/E(NG)
Railway Board

Signed Copy

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Revision in the rate of Ration Money Allowance in respect of Non-gazetted RPF/RPSF personnel 28.02.2017

Revision in the rate of Ration Money Allowance in respect of Non-gazetted RPF/RPSF personnel 28.02.2017

MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
(RAILWAY BOARD)

No.E(P&A)I-2005/All/RPF/2

RBE No.17/2017
New Delhi, dataed 28.02.2017.

The General Managers
All Indian Railways and Production Units.

Sub: Revision in the rate of Ration Money Allowance in respect of Non-gazetted RPF/RPSF personnel.

In terms of Board’s letter of even number dated 19.06.2015, non-gazetted RPF/RPSF personnel were entitled for Ration Money Allowance at par with Central Para Military Force (CPMF)/Central Armed Police Force (CAPF) Personnel i.e. @ Rs.95.52/- per day/per head w.e.f. 01.04.2014.

2. It has now been decided to revise the rate of Ration Money Allowance from existing rate of Rs.95.52 per head per day to Rs.97.85 per head per day from 01.04.2015 to 31.12.2015.

3. Accordingly, sanction of the Ministry of Railways is hereby accorded post-facto to revise the rate of Ration Money Allowance from Rs.95.52 per head per day to Rs.97.85 per head per day from 01.04.2015 to 31.12.2015.

4. The other terms and conditions as stipulated in para 4 of Board’s letter of even number dated 10.06.2009 remain unchanged.

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

6. Please acknowledge receipt.

(Anil Kumar)
Dy.Director Estt. (P&A)-I
Railway Board

Signed copy

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Special benefit in cases of death and disability in service – Revision of Disability Pension/Family pension

Special benefit in cases of death and disability in service – Revision of Disability Pension/Family pensionRailway Board announcement of Revision of Disability Pension/Family pension

RBE No.53/2016

 

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

No. F(E)III/2008/PN1/20

                                             New Delhi,  Dated : 24.05.2016.

The   GMs/FA&CAOs,

All India Railways/Production Units,

(As per mailing list)

Subject : Special benefit  in  cases  of  death  and  disability   in service-Revision of Disability  Pension/Family Pension of Pre-2006  disability pensioners/family pensioners-regarding.

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A  copy of  Department of Pension  and Pensioners’ Welfare (DOP&PW)’s  O.M. No.45/3/2008-P&PW(F) dated 29th April, 2016 on the above subject is enclosed for information and compliance.  These instructions shall apply mutatis mutandis on the Railways   also. CCS (Extraordinary Pension)  Rules, 1972, corresponds to Railway Services (Extra Ordinary Pension) Rules, 1993.  The Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure’s O.M.1/1/2008-IC dated 30.08.2008 mentioned  in  the DOP&PAW’s  O.M, dated 29.04.2016 has been adopted on Railways vide this office’s letter No. PC-Vl/2008/1/RSRP/1dated 11.09.2008.

2.  A concordance of DOP&PW’s instructions referred to in the enclosed O.M. and Railway Board’s corresponding instructions is given below:

S.No.  DOP&PW’s instructions Railway Board’s corresponding instructions.
1. O.M. No. 38/37/08-P&PW(A) dated 30.07.2015 Letter No. F(E)III/2008/PN1/12 dated 31.07.2015
2. O.M.   No. 45/3/2008-P&PW(F)

dated 20.11.2014

Letter No. F(E)III/2008/PN1/20 dated 10.12.2014
3. O.M. No.  38/37/08-P&PW(A) dated 28:01.2013 Letter No. F(E)III/2008/PN1/12 dated 11.02.2013
4. O.M.   No.  45/3/2008-P&PW(F)

dated 30.09.2010

Letter No. F(E)III/2008/PN1/20 dated 19.10.2010
5. O.M.  No.  45/3/2008-(P) dated 18.11.2008 Letter No. F(E)III/2008/PN1/20 dated 25.11.2008
6. O.M. No. 38/37/08-P&PW(A) dated 01.09.2008  Letter No. F(E)III/2008/PN1/12  dated 08.09.2008
7. O.M.  No. 45/22/97-P&PW(C) dated 03.02.2000  Letter No. F(E)III/2000/PN1/16 dated 08.03.2000

3. Please acknowledge receipt.

(Sanjay   Prashar)
Deputy  Director,   Finance (Estt.)III,
Railway  Board. 

Source: Railway Board Circular RBE No.53/2016 No.F(E)III/2008/PN1/20 dated 24.05.2016

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Clarification about Educational Qualification of Ex-Servicemen Candidates

Clarification about Educational Qualification of Ex-Servicemen CandidatesRailway Board clarification about the Educational Qualification of Ex-servicemen for post of Senior Section Engineer – Diploma with endorsement in the same as equivalent to Engineering degree is not a valid Certificate

Ministry of Railways has issued a Circular regarding educational qualifications of Ex-servicemen for post of Senior Section Engineer

Government of India (Bharat Sarkar)
Ministry of Railways (Rail Mantralaya)
(Railway Board)

 

RBE No.56/2016

No. E(NG)II/2014/RR-l/3.

New Delhi, Dated 27/05/2016

The General Manager (P),

All Zonal Railways/Production Units

Chairmen/Railway Recruitment Boards.

Sub: Clarification about educational qualification of Ex-servicemen candidates – reg.

References have been received from various Railway establishments seeking clarification regarding acceptance or otherwise of certificates pertaining to qualification submitted by Ex-servicemen for post of Senior Section Engineer which contained following endorsement:-

“Diploma in Engineering in appropriate discipline plus total 10 years of technical experience in the appropriate field is recognized as equivalent to Degree in Engineering. It is considered valid for the purpose of selection to Gazetted posts and services under the Central or State Government.”

2. This endorsement in Diploma certificates of Ex-servicemen candidates have been made on the basis of certain notification of Ministry of Education and Social Welfare (Department of Education Technical) contained in letter No. F-18-19/75/T-2 dated 26/5/1977.

3. The matter has been examined in consultation with Air Headquarter/New Delhi, Ministry of Defence and Ministry of Human Resource Development. It has now been informed by M/o HRD that notification dated 26/5/1977 has been declared fictitious by Hon’ble Central Administrative Tribunal, Chandigarh in OA No. 343/PB/2013 in their order dated 15/12/2015 in the matter of Shri Om Prakash Kangotra and others Vs Union of India & others.

4. In above light, it has been decided that aforesaid certificates need not be accepted, wherein, Degree in Engineering has been notified as prescribed qualification for recruitment on the Railways.

Please acknowledge receipt.

(Hindi version will follow)

{This disposes of North Western Railway’s letters No. 742-E/R&T/Mech./Gr.C/Vol.lV dated 11/1/2016 and 16/2/2016, RRB/Bhopal’s letter No.RRB/BPL/Panel/139 dated 16/4/2013 and

RRB/Ahmedabad’s letter No. RRB/ADl/E/R&T/01/2012/SEs dated 24/6/2013}.

(Neeraj Kumar)
Director Estt. (N)-II
Railway Board



Download Railway Board circular RBE No.56/2016 No. E(NG)II/2014/RR-l/3, dated 27.05.2016

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DMRC Staff say their demand for Salary Restructuring not yet been met

DMRC Staff say their demand for Salary Restructuring not yet been met

New Delhi: The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation has hit rough waters with its employees resorting to protests once again. The protesting non-executive employees of the corporation have now begun a hunger strike as they claim their demands for salary restructuring are going unheard by the administration.

As many as 3,600 employees, mainly technicians, are taking turns to protest at Jantar Mantar and at the seven metro depots. They are not ruling out train services being affected as 32 of those on hunger strike have already been hospitalized. Members of the staff council are likely to meet the administration on Monday to reach a common consensus.

They demand that the salaries of technicians be revised from Rs 8,000 – 14,140 to Rs 10,170 – 18,500. For senior technicians, they have demanded a hike in pay-scale from Rs 10,170 – 18,500 to Rs 14,000 – 26,950 and for head technicians from Rs 14,000 – 26,950 to Rs 16,000 – 30,770.

According to General Secretary, DMRC Employees Union, Kuldeep Maan, the employees fear that once the Seventh Pay Commission is implemented, their problems with the corporation would be quashed. “We have been victims of DMRC’s exploitation since 2007. Our protest has been on for long now but nothing has happened. On November 3, we decided to extend the protest to Jantar Mantar and November 5 onwards employees began their hunger strike,” he said.

To register his protest for the cause Kishan went a step ahead and resigned from his membership of the employees’ council. “So far, 32 of the many employees on hunger strike have been hospitalised. If the administration does now blink an eye many more will be taken ill and then we won’t be responsible if metro operations are hit,” said another protesting member. The administration had called for a meeting once, but it bore no fruitful conclusions, he added.

Responding to the report, the DMRC said, “It is an internal matter of the organization and the Human Resource department has taken up the issues of these employees.”

The employees fear that once the Seventh Pay Commission is implemented, their problems with the corporation would be quashed

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Railway News: Payment of Cash instead of Food to non-gazetted railway employees

All non-gazetted staff called for breakdown duties are eligible for payment of cash when supply of free food is not possible

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
(RAILWAY BOARD)
RBE No.134/2015

No.E(P&A)II-2015/F.E.2/2

New Delhi, dated 27.10.2015

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

Sub: Payment of cash in lieu of free food, in exceptional circumstances to the non-gazetted staff engaged in Breakdown duties.

Ref:- PNM/ NFIR Item No. 10/2015.

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National Federation of Indian Railwaymen have raised the issue regarding payment of Diet Allowance to staff attending Breakdown duties. The issue was discussed in the PNM Meeting and it has been decided to reiterate the relevant provisions of para 1420 of IREC-II. All non-gazetted staff called for breakdown duties are eligible for supply of free food, departmentally or otherwise, during the period they are engaged in breakdown duties, however where it is not possible to make arrangements for supply of free food, in exceptional circumstances, cash in lieu thereof may be paid to the non-gazetted staff including Gangmen and Trolleymen engaged in breakdown duties, at the rates fixed by the General Manager in consultation with· FA&CAO.

2. Cash compensation in lieu of free food however shall not be admissible to gazetted staff who are called out in connection with .accidents/breakdown.

3. Kindly acknowledge receipt.

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

Download Railway Board Order RBE No.134/2015 No.E(P&A)II-2015/F.E.2/2 dated 27.10.2015

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Reckoning of GP 4600 as entry Grade Pay for Graduate Engineers (Drawing) for the purpose of MACPS

Reckoning of GP 4600 as entry Grade Pay for Graduate Engineers (Drawing) for the purpose of MACPS

National Federation of Indian Railwaymen
3, CHELMSFORD ROAD, NEW DELHI – 110 055

No. IV/MACPS/09/Part 9
Dated: 16/09/2015
The Secretary (E),
Railway Board,
New Delhi

Dear Sir,

Sub: Reckoning of GP 4600 (PB-2) as entry Grade Pay for Graduate Engineers (Drawing) for the purpose of MACPS-reg.

Ref: (i) NFIR’s PNM item no. 18/2011.
(ii Railway Board’s letter No. PC-V/2009/ACP/2 dated 20/06/2011 (RBE No. 93/2011)
(iii) Discussions held by NFIR with the MS/FC in the meeting held on 19/05/2015

The issue of placement of Graduate Engineers (Drawing) joined railways prior to 01/09/1998 came up for discussion in the separate meeting held between the Federations and the Board (MS/PC) on 19/05/2015. During the meeting following key points were emerged:-

In a Production Unit like ICF, there are 11 Graduate Engineers. These were recruited prior to 1998 in the pre-revised Scale of Pay of Rs. 5500-9000.
These Engineers were promoted to the pre-revised Scale of Pay of Rs. 6500-10,500 through normal promotion and a few through LDCE.
Since LDCE quota for promotion to pre-revised Scale of Rs. 6500-10,500 was very limited, only a couple of persons were accommodated and the remaining persons were promoted through normal promotion against promotion quota.
Federation also desires to highlight a peculiar case of Shri Karthikeyan. N of ICF. He was working as JE-II in the pre-revised Scale of Rs. 5000-8000 (required entry qualification is Diploma in Engineering only) during the period 1992 to 1996. Since he was holding Engineering Degree he was subsequently recruited against DR Quota in the V CPC Pay scale of Rs. 5500-9000 on 11/12/1996. However he was treated as holder of entry Grade Pay Rs. 4200/- only from the date of his appointment.

2. Although in the meeting held on 19/05/2015 with the Railway Board (MS & PC) the discussions were inconclusive, the Federation did mention that those Drawing cadre staff recruited with the entry qualification of B. Tech were allotted incorrectly the Pay Scale of 5500-9000 (6th CPC/GP 4200/) instead granting them the 5‘“ CPC Pay Scale of 6500-10,500 (6th CPC GP 4600/-). To remedy this anomalous situation, it was suggested that in the case those Engineering Graduates (Drawing), they be reckoned as holders of entry GP 4600/- – PB-2 for the limited purpose of MACP duly appropriately modifying the Board’s letter dated 20th June 2011 for covering all such cases.

As another meeting date has not yet been fixed, the issue continues to remain unresolved. It is also relevant to place on record that while some Engineering Graduates benefited on account of induction against LDCE quota, the similarly placed Engineering Graduates who got appointed against promotion quota vacancies of Rs. 6500-10,500 (5th CPC) have not been covered for the purpose of MACP on the pretext that they were not inducted in pay scale of Rs. 6500-10,500 against LDCE Quota. This anomalous situation needs to be rectified for ensuring equal treatment to all the Engineering Graduates of Drawing cadre whether reached pay scale of Rs. 6500-10500 through promotion or through LDCE quota.

NFIR, therefore, requests the Railway Board to reconsider their decision and see that all Engineering Graduates of Drawing cadre are granted MACP duly treating them as holders of entry Grade Pay of Rs. 4600/- (PB-2).

Yours faithfully,

(Dr. M. Raghavaih)
General Secretary

Source: NFIR

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Wi fi internet connectivity in superfast trains

Wi fi internet connectivity in superfast trains

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
RAJYA SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO-2328

ANSWERED ON-12.12.2014

Wi fi internet connectivity in superfast trains

2328 . SHRIMATI AMBIKA SONI

(a) the progress of providing wi-fi internet connectivity in all superfast trains in the Indian Railways;

(b) the number of superfast trains to be covered with wi-fi by the end of the Financial Year and the details thereof;

(c) by what time, all the trains in superfast category will be covered; and

(d) the estimated cost to be incurred for the above project?

ANSWER

MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS

(SHRI MANOJ SINHA)

(a)Railways have provided Wi-Fi facility in Howrah-New Delhi, Howrah Rajdhani Express (3 rakes) as a pilot project in April 2013 using satellite communication technology for continuous connectivity. A work of provision of Wi-Fi facility in 50 rakes of Rajdhani, Shatabdi and Duranto category trains has been included in Works Programme 2013-14. Initially, as phase I, one Rajdhani Express train and Shatabdi Express (Total 5 rakes) are planned.

(b)By the end of current Financial Year, agency to execute the work in 5 rakes will be finalised.

(c)Currently there is no plan to provide Wi-Fi facility in all trains in Superfast category.

(d)The estimate approximate cost on providing Wi-Fi facility in 50 rakes of Rajdhani/Shatabdi and Duranto Category train is 98.6 crores.

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Revision of Passenger Fare & Freight Rate will Come into Effect from 25.6.2014

Revision of Passenger Fare & Freight Rate will Come into Effect from 25.6.2014

The Railway passenger fare and freight rate revision was done as part of interim budget presented by the previous government. But the implementation of revised rates was withdrawn by previous regime because of the elections. Meeting the annual expenditure would not be possible unless the revised rates as finalized by previous government is implemented, hence order of withdrawing implementation of revised fare and freight has been withdrawn. Accordingly, the revised passenger fare and freight rates & freight structure rationalization will come into effect from 25th June 2014 (i.e. w.e.f. 0000 hours of 25th June 2014).

In nutshell, following are the changes to be effective from 25th June 2014 (i.e. w.e.f. 0000 hours of 25th June 2014).

FREIGHT :

A flat 5% increase in freight rates and an additional increase of 1.4% on account of FAC (Fuel adjustment Component) which was due since April 2014. The overall increase in freight rates will be 6.5% approx .for major commodities.
Withdrawal of short lead concession in charging of freight for all traffic booked upto 100 kms. Minimum distance for charge has been increased from existing 100 kms to 125 kms.
The number of Low Rated Classes have been reduced from 4 to 3. Certain concessions in case of some of these commodities has also been withdrawn.

PASSENGER :

A flat 10% increase in all classes. There will be no increase upto minimum distance for charge. In addition there will be an increase of 4.2% in fares on account of FAC which is due from April 2014.
Second Class Monthly Season Ticket (MST) fares of Suburban and Non-suburban shall be charged on the basis of 30 single journeys instead of approximately 15 single journeys.  Fares of First Class Monthly Season Tickets will be charged @ 4 times the Second Class Monthly Season Tickets (MST) Fares as is done presently.  Revised fare shall also be applicable as per the existing method of computation on Quarterly Season Tickets (QST), Half Yearly Season Tickets (HST) and Yearly Season Tickets (YST), etc.  these revisions have been shown in the Season Ticket Fare Tables.

Other Charges:

There shall be no change in charges for reservation fee, superfast surcharge etc.  Such charges, wherever applicable, shall continue to be levied additionally as per existing instructions.
Service tax will continue to be levied as applicable as per instructions issued in this regard.
The revised fares will also apply to tickets issued in advance for journeys to commence on or after 25.06.2014.
In the case of tickets already issued at pre-revised rates, the difference in fares and other charges on or after 25.06.2014 will be recovered either by TTEs on the trains or by the Booking/Reservation Offices before the commencement of journey by passengers.

Source : PIB

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Implementation of LARSGESS – Coverage of scheme to Track Maintainers working in GP Rs 1900/- Letter to the Secretary(E) RB/NDLS

Implementation of LARSGESS – Coverage of scheme to Track Maintainers working in GP Rs 1900/- Letter to the Secretary(E) RB/NDLS

NFIR
National Federation of Indian Railwaymen

3,CHELMSFORD ROAD, NEW DELHI – 110 055
Affiliated to :
Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC)
International Transport Worker’s Federation (ITF)

No. II/34/Pt.9

Dated: 28/11/2013
The Secretary (E),
Railway Board,
NEW DELHI

Dear Sir,

Sub: Implementation of LARSGESS -coverage of Scheme to Track Maintainers working in GP Rs 1900 reg

Ref: Railway Board’s letter No. 2010/CE-1(spl)GNS/15(Pt) dated 17/08/2012.

NFIR wishes to invite attention of Railway Board to the instructions issued vide letter dated 17/08/2012, quoted under reference, wherein while reorganising staffing pattern of Trackmen, (now known as Track Maintainers) distribution of posts in different Grades pay with the prescribed percentages has been laid down. The Railway Board, in the said letter, fixing percentage, has earmarked as many as 20% of the strength of Track Maintainers in Grade Pay Rs 1900/- (in Grade III). However, the Railway Board has not issued orders for covering those in GP Rs. 1900/- under LARSGESS, facilitating retirement on completion of 20 years of service. Due to this, the Track Maintainers with Grade Pay Rs. 1800/- are declining promotions.

2. In this connection, NFIR wishes to point out that there is no change in the nature of duties of Track Maintainer GR III as they perform same duties of Track Maintainers Gr IV and hence the provisions applicable for Gr Pay Rs 1800/- should be extended to Gr Pay Rs 1900/- also.

Federation, therefore, urges upon the Railway Board to issue suitable
instructions duly extending benefit of LARSGESS to Track Maintainers Gr III (GP Rs 1900/-) to save staff from hardship, duly endorsing copy thereof to NFIR.

Yours faithfully,

(M.Raghavaiah)
General Secretary

Source: NFIR

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Implementation of the judgment of the Hon’able Supreme Court in respect of 3rd MACP to accounts staff-AIRF to Railway Board

Implementation of the judgment of the Hon’able Supreme Court in respect of 3rd MACP to accounts staff-AIRF to Railway Board

 

Implement the decision of Hon’ble Supreme Court in respect of 3rd MACP to accounts staff-AIRF to Railway Board
All India Railwaymen’s Fedaration

No.AIRF/227(213)

Dated: October 30, 2013

The Secretary(E),
Railway Board,
New Delhi

Dear Sir,

Sub: Implementation of the judgment of the Hon’able Supreme Court

Ref: (i) AIRF’s letter No.AIRF/227(213) dated 26.08.2013
(ii) Board’s letter No.PC-V/2011/M/3/AIRF dated 07.10.2013

Apropos above, the reply of the Railway Board, contained in their letter under reference, is highly disappointing and unacceptable to us. Mere reiteration of Board’s earlier letter cannot justify the stand of the administration, as the Hon’ble Supreme Court dismissed the Special Leave Petition filed by the administration. The apex court held in the said judgment that, if any restructuring of posts takes place, it does not amount to promotion. Accordingly, the office of the FA&CAO/S&W/PER/SR vide Memorandum P.535/S&W/PER/ADMN/FIX/MACP dated 17.09.2012 accorded financial upgradation of Grade Pay of Rs.5400 to Shri V. Venkataraman, Accounts Assistant/FA&CAO/S&VV/ PER/SR. This clearly indicates that the upgradation from Jr. Accounts Asstt. to Accounts Asstt. in terms of restructuring of the posts in the ratio of 20:80 does not amount to promotion.

According to Article 141 of the Constitution of India, policy decision, delivered on the particular subject by the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India, is binding upon the Government of India.

The Board are, therefore, again urged to re-examine the issue In the light of the facts appraised above and grant the benefit of the 3rd MACP(GP Rs.5400) to all the eligible Supervisory Staff whose initial appointment was CG-II/Accounts Clerk.

An early action in the matter shall be highly appreciated.

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

Source: AIRF
[http://www.airfindia.com/AIRF%202013/Implementation%20of%20judgment%20of%20Hon’ble%20SC%20-%20Accounts%20Staff.pdf]

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Major Concessions granted to different categories of persons on Indian Railways

Major Concessions granted to different categories of persons on Indian Railways

The details of major concessions granted to different categories of persons on Indian Railways alongwith class and element of concession is given below:

S. No. CATEGORY OF PERSONS
PERCENTAGE OF CONCESSION*
I
Disabled Passengers
1 Orthopaedically Handicapped/ Paraplegic persons who cannot travel without escort – for any purpose
  • 75% in Second, Sleeper, First Class, AC-3 tier, AC Chair Car.
  • 50% in First AC and AC-2 tier.
  • 25% in AC-3 tier & AC Chair Car of Rajdhani/Shatabdi  trains.
  • 50% in First and Second class Monthly season ticket & Quarterly season ticket.
  • One escort is also eligible for same element of concession
2 Mentally retarded persons who cannot travel without escort – for any purpose
3 Blind persons travelling alone or with an escort – for any purpose
4 Deaf & Dumb persons (both afflictions together in the same person) travelling alone or with   an escort – for any purpose.
  • 50% in Second, Sleeper and First Class.
  • 50% in First and Second class Monthly season ticket & Quarterly season ticket.
  • One escort is also eligible for same element of concession.
II
Patients
5 Cancer patients travelling alone or with an escort for treatment/periodic check-up.
  • 75% in Second, First class & AC chair car
  • 100% in Sleeper & AC-3 tier
  • 50% in First AC & AC-2 tier.
  • one escort eligible for same element of concession (except in Sleeper & AC-3 tier where escort gets 75%).
6 Thalassemia patients travelling alone or with escort for treatment/periodic check-up
  • 75% in Second, Sleeper, First Class, AC-3 tier, AC chair Car.
  • 50% in First AC and AC-2 tier.
  • One escort is also eligible for same element of concession.
7 Heart patients travelling alone or with an escort for heart surgery
8 Kidney patients travelling alone or with an escort for kidney transplant Operation/Dialysis
9 Haemophilia Patients – severe & moderate form of disease – travelling alone or with an escort for treatment/periodical check up.
  • 75% in Second, Sleeper, First Class, AC-3 tier, AC Chair Car.
  • One escort is also eligible for same element of concession.
10 Tuberculosis./Lupas Valgaris  patients travelling alone or with an escort for treatment/periodical
  • 75% in Second, Sleeper and First Class.
  • One escort is also eligible for check-up same element of concession.
11 Non-infectious Leprosy patients –  for treatment/periodical check-up.
  • 75% in Second, Sleeper and First Class.
12 AIDS patients – for treatment /check-up at nominated ART Centres.
  •  50% in second Class.
13 Ostomy patients – travelling for any purpose.
  • 50% in First and Second class Monthly season ticket & Quarterly season ticket.
14 Sickle cell Anaemia patients- for treatment/periodical check-up
  • 50% in Sleeper, AC Chair car, AC 3-tier and AC 2-tier
15 Aplastic Anaemia patients- for treatment/periodical check-up
  • 50% in Sleeper, AC Chair car, AC 3-tier and AC 2-tier
III Senior Citizens
16 Men- 60 years and above.
Women- 58 years and above.
– travelling for any purpose.
  • 40% in all classes.
  • 50% in all classes.
  • Also in Rajdhani/  Shatabdi/ Jan Shatabdi/ Duronto trains.
IV
Awardees
17 Recipients of age 60 years and above, of :-
(i) President’s Police Medal for Distinguished Service,
(ii) Indian Police Award for Meritorious service.
– travelling for any purpose
  • 50% for men.
  • 60% for women.
  • In all classes & in  Rajdhani/Shatabdi/Jan Shatabdi trains.
18 Shram Awardees – Industrial Workers awarded the Prime Minister’s Shram Award for Productivity and Innovation – travelling for any purpose. 75% in Second and Sleeper class.
19 National Awardee Teachers – honoured with National Award by the President of India for exemplary service in the field of education – travelling for any purpose.  50% in Second and Sleeper class.
20 Either of parents accompanying the Child Recipients of National  Bravery Award – travelling for any purpose. 50% in Second and Sleeper class.
V
War Widows
21 War Widows – travelling for any purpose. 75% in Second and Sleeper class.
22 Widows of I.P.K.F. Personnel killed in action in Sri Lanka – travelling for any purpose. 75% in Second and Sleeper class.
23 Widows of Policemen & Paramilitary personnel killed in action against Terrorists and Extremists – travelling for any purpose. 75% in Second and Sleeper class.
24 Widows of defence personnel killed in action against terrorists & extremists – travelling for any purpose. 75% in Second and Sleeper class.
25 Widows of Martyrs of Operation Vijay in Kargil in 1999 -travelling for any purpose.
75% in Second and Sleeper class.
VI
Students
26 Students going to hometown & educational tours
– General Category –
– SC/ST Category -
  • 50% in Second and Sleeper class.
  • 50% in First and Second class Monthly season ticket & Quarterly season ticket.
  • 75% in Second and Sleeper class.
  • 75% in Monthly season ticket & Quarterly season ticket.
-Girls upto Graduation /professional/vocational courses.
Boys upto 12th standard (including students of Madrasa) between home & school
Free second class Monthly  season ticket
27 Students of Govt. schools in rural areas – for study tour – once a year.
75% in Second class.
28 Entrance exam – Girls of Govt. schools in rural areas – for national level for medical, engineering, etc. entrance exam
75% in Second class.
29 Concession to students appearing in main written examination conducted by UPSC & Central Staff Selection Commissions.
50% in Second class.
30 Foreign students studying in India – travelling to attend camps/seminars organised by Govt. of India and also visit to places of historical & other importance during vacations.
50% in Second and Sleeper class.
31 Research scholars upto the age of 35 years – for journeys in connection with research work.
50% in Second and Sleeper class.
32 Students and non-students participating in Work Camps
25% in Second and Sleeper class.
33 Cadets and Marine Engineers apprentices undergoing Navigational/ Engineering training for Mercantile Marine – for travel between home and training ship.
50% in Second and Sleeper class.
VII
Youths
34 Youths attending National Integration Camps of :-
(a) National Youth Project
(b) Manav Uththan Sewa Samiti
50% in Second and Sleeper class.
40% in Second and Sleeper class.
35 Unemployed youths : –
(i) to attend interview for job Statutory Bodies, Municipal class. Corporation, Govt Under-taking, University or Public Sector  Body.)
(ii) to attend interviews for jobs in Central & State Govt.
50% in Second and Sleeper
100% in Second class.
36 Bharat Scouts & Guides – for scouting duty.
50% in Second and Sleeper class.
VIII Kisans
37 Kisans and Industrial Labourers – for visit to agricultural/industrial exhibitions. 25% in Second and Sleeper class.
38 Kisans travelling by Govt sponsored Special trains 33% in Second and Sleeper  class.
39 Kisans & Milk Producers – visit to National level Institutes for learning/Training
50% in Second and Sleeper class.
40 Delegates for attending Annual Conferences of :
(i) Bharat Krishak Samaj and
(ii) Sarvodaya Samaj, Wardha.
50% in Second and Sleeper class.
IX
Artists & Sportspersons
41 Artistes – for performance.
  • 75% in Second & Sleeper Class.
  • 50% in First, AC Chair Car, AC-3 tier & AC-2 tier.
  • 50% in Rajdhani/ Shatabdi/Jan Shatabdi AC Chair Car, AC-3 tier & AC-2 tier.
42 Film technicians – travelling for film production related work.
  • 75% in Sleeper
  • 50% in First, AC Chair car, AC-3 Tier & AC-2 tier
  • In Rajdhani/Shatabdi/Jan Shatabdi also.
43 Sportsmen participating in : ·
(i) All India and State tournaments.
(ii) National tournaments.
  • 75% in Second and Sleeper class.
  • 50% in First class.
  • 75% in second, Sleeper and First class.
44 Persons taking part in Mountaineering Expeditions organised by IMF.
  • 75% in Second and Sleeper  class.
  • 50% in First class.
45 Press Correspondents accredited to Headquarters of Central & State Governments/Union Territories/ Districts – for press work.
Spouse/companion/dependent children (upto 18 yrs)
  • 50% in all classes and in all inclusive fares of Rajdhani/ Shatabdi/Jan Shatabdi  trains.
  • 50% concession twice every financial year.
X
Medical Professionals
46 Doctors – Allopathic – travelling for any purpose.
  • 10% in all classes and in Rajdhani/ Shatabdi/Jan Shatabdi trains
47 Nurses & Midwives – for leave and duty.
25% in Second and Sleeper class.
XI Others (Conference, Camps, Tours etc)
48 Delegates for attending Annual Conferences of certain All India bodies of social/cultural/educational importance.
25% in Second and Sleeper class.
49 Bharat Sewa Dal, Bangalore – for attending camps/meetings/rallies/ trekking programmes.
25% in Second and Sleeper class.
50 Volunteers of Service Civil International – for social service.
25% in Second and Sleeper class.
51 Teachers of Primary, Secondary and Higher Secondary Schools – for educational tours.
25% in Second and Sleeper class.
52 Members of St. John Ambulance Brigade and Relief Welfare Ambulance Corps, Calcutta – for ambulance camps/competitions.
25% in Second and Sleeper class.
XII
Izzat MST
53 Izzat MST to persons with monthly income not exceeding 1500/-, working in unorganised sectors – for journeys upto maximum 150 Kms. Rs. 25/-

All concessions are applicable in Basic Mail/Express fares, unless otherwise stated.

Source: http://www.indianrailways.gov.in
[http://www.indianrailways.gov.in/railwayboard/uploads/directorate/traffic_comm/Concession_list_different_persons.pdf]

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Railways: Revision of minimum rates of wages and variable dearness allowance

Railways: Revision of minimum rates of wages and variable dearness allowance

 

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
(RAILWAY BOARD)

No. 2011/E (LL)AT/MW/1

New Delhi dated: 24.10.2013

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

Sub: Revision of minimum rates of wages dearness allowance.

A copy each of orders No. (i) No. 1/11/(3)/2013-LS.II, (ii) No.1/11(4)/2013-LS-II, (iii) No.1/11/(5)/2013-LS.II, (iv) No.1/11/(6)2013-LS,ll and (v) No.1/11/(7)2013-LS.II dated 19.09.2013 revising the rates of variable dearness allowance for contract workers engaged in

(i) Construction or maintenance of roads or in Building operations etc., (ii) stones mines for Stone breaking & Stone Crushing, (iii) loading and unloading operations in railway goods sheds, parcel offices of Railways, (iv) Employment of sweeping and cleaning excluding activities prohibited under the Employment of Manual Scavengers and Construction of Dry Latrines (Prohibition) Act, 1993 and, (v) employment of watch and ward respectively is sent herewith, for information and strict compliance. The rates are appticabte w.e.f.  01.10.2013

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

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

Please acknowledge the receipt.

(Madan Lal)
Director Estt. (LL)

D.A.: As above(13 pages)

To view the revised rate of wages & DA for various categories of worker, please click the link: https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B40Q65NF2_7UamMzNVJpa0N5OG8/edit?usp=sharing

Source: NFIR

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Revision of monitory ceiling limit for stationary and mobile commercial staff

Revision of monitory ceiling limit for stationary and mobile commercial staff


Ministry of Railways

(Railway Board)

COMMERCIAL CIRCULAR NO. 65 OF 2013

No.TCII/2870/06

N.Delhi, dated 17.10.2013

The General Managers (Comml.),
All Zonal Railways.

Sub: Revision of monitory ceiling limit for stationary and mobile commercial staff.

Ref: Rly. Board’s telemaxes of even number dated 19.04.06, 02.05.06 & 03.10.2006

In continuation of above mentioned instructions regarding declaration of private cash of Staff before taking up duty, Ministry of Railways have decided to increase the monetary ceiling from Rs. 500/- to Rs. 750/- for stationary staff and from Rs. 1500/- to Rs. 2,000/- for mobile staff with immediate effect. Necessary instructions may be issued to all concerned immediately.

(Vaidehi Gopal)
Joint Director Traffic Commercial(G)
Railway Board.

Source: NFIR

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Implementation of LARSGESS amongst Railway emproyees in Gp Rs 1800/-

Implementation of LARSGESS amongst Railway employees in Gp Rs 1800/-
No.II/34/Pt.9

Dated: 23/10/2013

The Secretary (E),
Railway Board,
NEW DELHI

Dear Sir,

Sub: Implementation of LARSGESS amongst Railway emproyees in GP Rs 1800/-

Federation wishes to bring to the notice of Rairway Board grievance railway employees working on Delhi Division/Northern Railway safety categories (Loco Pilots) and eligible to avail benefit under LARSGESS whose wards had appeared in the Aptitude test of December 2011 cycle but unfortunately could not qualify. It has been reported to NFIR that when the staff represented for 2nd chance pursuant to instructions of Railway Board vide letter no. E(P&A)I-2010/RT-2 dated 29/03/2011, as applicable in written test, Administration did not allow. This is grossly unjustified. A copy of representation submitted by the staff is enclosed for reference.

NFIR, therefore, requests Railway Board to consider and issue suitable instructions to all zones for considering cases of cycle of December 2011 and onwards for granting 2nd chance to clear aptitude test, as a special case. A copy of the instructions issued may be endorsed to the Federation.

Yours faithfully,

(M.Raghavaiah)
General Secretary

Source: NFIR

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7th Central Pay Commission – Terms of Reference -Staff Side (JCM) views – reg.

7th Central Pay Commission – Terms of Reference -Staff Side (JCM) views – reg.

National Federation of Indian Railwaymen
3, CHELMSFORD ROAD, NEW DELHI-11o o55
Affiliated to:
lndian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC)
lnternational Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF)

20.10.2013

No.IV/NFIR/7th CPC/2013-Pt.1.

Shri Guman Singh,
President, NFIR
At Jaipur.

Shri R.P. Bhatnagar,
Working President,
At Dadar, Mumbai.

Dear Brother,

Sub: 7th Central Pay Commission – Terms of Reference -Staff Side (JCM) views – reg.

A meeting has since been convened under the Chairmanship of Secretary, Dop&T at 1500 hours on 24th October, 2013 in Committee Room No, 190, North Block, New Delhi on the possible terms of reference of the 7th Central Pay Commission whereby Staff Side views may be discussed.

It is therefore requested to reach New Delhi on the morning 24th October, 2013 at JCM’s Office – 13-C, Firozshah Road, New Delhi and also to participate in the meeting scheduled to be held at
scheduled to be held at 1500 hrs. on 24.10’2013 in committee Room No. 190, North Block, New Delhi.

Yours fraternally,

(M.Raghavaiah)
General Secretary

Source: NFIR

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Strike Ballot decision on NFIR’s charter of Demands-reg

Strike Ballot decision on NFIR’s charter of Demands-reg

NFIR
3, Chelmsford Road, New Delhi – 110 055

No. II/95.Pt. IV

Dated: 20/10/2013

The General Secretaries of
affiliated Unions of NFIR

Dear Brother,

Sub: Strike Ballot decision on NFIR’s charter of Demands-reg.

Ref: Resolutions passed in the Working Committee Meetings of NFIR held on 30/31 May 2013 and 6/7 September 2013.

Affiliates are aware that after lengthy deliberations in the Working Committee Meetings hetd in May at New Delhi and September 2013, at Bhilai, it was decided to proceed ahead for launching indefinite strike in the Railways after conducting Strike Ballot from 28th to 30th November 2013 on the charter of demands and taking into consideration the Strike Ballot results.

2. During this year, more particularly since June,2013 onwards, NFIR affiliates have intensified various forms of struggles, with participation of lakhs of employees in support of NFIR Charter of Demands, simultaneously the resolutions passed in the NFIR Working Committee Meetings for launching indefinite strike were conveyed to the Prime Minister of lndia besides other ministries seeking initiative for negotiated settlement on demands to avert strike in the Railways.

3. There have been references from the Prime Minister’s Office to the Ministry of Railways on NFIR’s Charter of Demands. Consequently, as directed by Railway Minister. a Special Meeting was held between NFIR and Railway Board (CRB. MS. FC etc) on 23rd August 2013 and in the said meeting, the issues were discussed thread here. The minutes of the special meeting issued by the Railway Board on 2nd September 2013 have already been circulated to the affiliated Unions vide NFIR’s letter No. IV/NFIR/WC/209 / IV/NFIR/NSC/2013 dated 03/09/2013.

4. On 25th September 2013, the Prime Minister of lndia has decided to constitute 7th Central pay Commission. This was one of the major demands projected in NFIR’s Charter of Demands.

5. So far as Railwaymen’s related demands are concerned, the Railway Ministry have issued orders for:

(a) abolition of written test for the wards of safety category staff for appointment under LARSGESS.

(b) merging Senior P. Way, Supervisors with JE/P. Way with spread effect for promotion as SSE/P. Way (GP Rs. 4600/-),

(c) implementing cadre restructuring agreement for upgradation of various Group ‘C’ categories of staff (of course with certain deviations),

(d) granting additional increment under rule S13 (erstwhile FR-22C) for certain specified categories of staff where promotions are granted in the identical grade pay shouldering higher responsibilities and

(e) the Railway Minister has approved for upgradation of 3335 apex Group ‘c’ posts to Group ‘B’ (cazetted) and proposal has since been sent to the Ministry of Finance for clearance.

6. In the Special Meeting held on 27th September 2013 between Railway Board (MS&FC) and the Federations, the demand for implementation of joint committee report in toto for career growth of Track Maintainers was again discussed and the Federation has also reminded the Board
of an agreement already arrived at in the CRC meeting. After discussion, it was agreed to revise the ratio of Track Maintainers as 6:12:22:60 in GP Rs 2800, 2400, l900 & 1800 respectively.
Orders to this effect are expected to be issued soon. However, NFIR’s insistence for implementation of l0:20:20:50 ratio shall continue.

7. Affiliates may also take note that the Railway Ministry’s proposals on the following issues are pending with the Finance Ministry. These issues were again discussed in the Special Meeting chaired by CRB on 23/8/2013 and status on these itemns have already been conveyed vide NFIR’s letter dated 3/9/2013.

(i) Merger of Technicians II with Technician I – Grade pay of Rs. 2800/-.

(ii) Revision of entry Grade Pay as Rs.4200/- to the station Master category.

(iii) Replacement of Grade Pay of Rs. 4600/- with GP Rs. 4800/- (pB-2),

(iv) Revision of Grade Pay of Loo pilots (Mail/Exp) as Rs. 4600/- (pB-2).

(v) Allotment of entry Grade Pay Rs. 5400/- to Group ‘B’ ‘Gazetted.

(vi) Placement of JA Grade officers of Railways in pB-4

(vii) Additional Allowance to Running staff.

GS/NFIR has since written letter to the Hon’ble Prime Minister vide No.II/95/pt. IV dated 28/9/2013 requesting intervention for early clearance of above proposals by finance ministry as the same are pending since long.

8. Apart from the above, parity in pay structure to the stenographers category in Railways was also discussed with the Board (CRB, FC & MS) on 23/8/2013. Assurance was given for expediting the matter and accordingly, processing of the case in the Railway Board has since
been initiated.

9. However the issue relating to guaranteed pension to those appointed on and after 1.1.2004 is continued unresolved while the parliament passed bill on “National Pension System”. We have to continue struggle for securing guaranteed Pension, family pension etc., to the employees at par with those on rolls prior to 1.1.2004. We would also take up the issue before VII Central pay Commission.

Taking into account the developments explained above, it has been decided to defer the decision for conducting Strike Ballot from 28th to 30th November, 2013 for the present. It has also been decided to review the situation in the NFIR’s National convention scheduled to be held from 10th to l2th December,2013 at Vishakaptnam and decide further course of action for realisation of the remaining demands.

The affiliates are, therefore, advised to take action accordingly and convey to the employees through posters/pamphlets, news/electronic med ia etc.,

Yours faithfully,

(M.Raghavaiah)
General Secretary

Source: NFIR

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