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Comprehensive transfer policy – exemption from 5 years service condition

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Comprehensive transfer policy – exemption from 5 years service condition

NFIR

No. II/14/Part VIII

Dated: 04/12/2017

The Secretary (E),
Railway Board,
New Delhi

Dear Sir,

Sub: Comprehensive transfer policy – exemption from 5 years service condition – reg.

Ref: (i) NFIR’s PNM Item No. 18/2016 and ATS given to Federation on 13th November, 2017.

(ii) Railway Board’s letter No. E(NG)I-2005/TR/20 dated 10/02/2017.

(iii) NFIR’s letter No. II/14/Part VII dated 21′ Feb, 2017, 23/02/2017 and 12/04/2017.

(iv) NFIR’s letter No. II/14/Part VIII dated 15/05/2017.

Kind attention of the Railway Board is invited to NFIR’s PNM Item No. 18/2016 on the subject and Board’s letter dated 10/02/2017 wherein relaxation in five years service condition has been granted in certain situations.

Consequent to receipt of representations from the Defence Forces Personnel re-employed in Railways and the widows/widowers appointed on compassionate ground seeking relaxation of five years minimum service condition, Federation vide letters cited under reference had approached the Hon’ble MR and sought approval for exemption from 5 years service condition to enable those re-employed ex-servicemen and widows/widowers to seek inter railway transfer to join their families and look after children. Thereafter a period of more than six months has passed this genuine demand has not been favourably considered. It is also sad to note that negative stand has been taken by Board while conveying “ATS” to the Federation without discussing the PNM Item. Attention is also invited to the General Manager (E), Western Railway’s letter No. EP/1140/0 Vol. IV dated 02/08/2017 to Railway Board on the subject.

NFIR once again urges upon the Railway Board to kindly review extant instructions and issue revised instructions for exempting 5 years minimum service condition for entertaining inter railway transfer requests of ex-servicemen re-employed in Railways and also the widows/widowers/wards of Railway employees appointed on compassionate ground. Federation also proposes that a separate meeting be convened at the level of “Member Staff” to discuss this PNM Item.

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

Source : NFIR

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7th CPC recommendations with regard to upgradation of Grade Pay and merger of commercial categories

7th CPC recommendations with regard to upgradation of Grade Pay and merger of commercial categories

No. II/2/Part VIII

Dated: 03/12/2017

The General Secretaries of
Zonal Unions of NFIR

Dear Brother,

Sub: 7th CPC recommendations with regard to upgradation of Grade Pay and merger of commercial categories-reg.

Ref: (i)   Railway Board’s letter No. 2016/E(LR)I/NM 1-14 dated 27/11/2017.
(ii)   NFIR’s Message No. II/2/Part VIII dated 02/12/2017 to the Zonal Unions.

Please refer NFIR’s message No. II/2/Part VIII dated 02/12/2017 (copy enclosed) on the above subject.

For the appreciation of Zonal Unions, copies of the following are also enclosed.

(a) Record Note of discussions held on 12th July 2017 at 15/- Hrs in the chamber of AM (Staff) with both the Federations.

(b) GS/NFIR’s reply to Railway Board on record note of discussions vide No. II/2/Part VII dated 24/07/2017.

 

According to the record note of discussions dated 12th July, 2017, the existing staff working in the cadres of ECRCs and Commercial Clerks/Inspectors may be merged with the option to interchange them. This indicates that those opt for interchange will be posted according to their option. Yesterday, CRMS contacted the undersigned on phone and I clarified on the doubt.

The above is for information of affiliates.

Encl: As above

Yours fraternally,
S/d,

(Dr. M. Raghavaiah)
General Secretary

Media Centre/NFIR.


No. II/2/Part VII

Dated: 24/07/2017

The Secretary (E),
Railway Board,
New Delhi

Dear Sir,

Sub: Record Note of Discussions held on 12th July 2017 at 15:00 hrs in the Chamber of AM (Staff) with both the Federations viz., AIRF and NFIR on the issue of:

(a) Change in staffing pattern of ASMs (G.P. Rs. 4200) in view of 7th CPC recommendations, and

(b) Change in’ staffing Pattern of TC, CC & ECRC consequent to abolition/upgradation and merger of categories in view of 7th CPC recommendations.

Ref: Railway Board’s letter No. E(NG)I-2016/PM1/12 dated 20/07/2017.

With reference to the record note of discussions, it is suggested that under the heading “NFIR” the name of the General Secretary be printed correctly.

Vide Para 4 of the enclosure to Board’s letter No. E(NG)I-2016/PM1/12 dated 20/07/2017, the Board sought suggestions on both the issues – (a) & (b) above.

Accordingly, the Federation gives its suggestions as below:-

Station Masters’ category:

 The DR quota should be limited to 50%, considering the fact that LDCE being held applying norms prescribed for DR Quota through which cream among the qualified candidates also would become Station Masters’ (GP 4200/Pay Level 6).

The Promotion quota shall be 35% to be filled by those staff mentioned in the Board’s proposal upto the age of 50 years. Those in GP 1800/Pay Level 1 also be made eligible for Promotion quota, however, panel needs to be drawn in the order of seniority among the qualified staff (not to be treated as General Selection).

Commercial:

The Federation confirms the contents of Para 3(a) (b) (c) & (d) while maintaining its stand that the Ticket Checking category should as a whole, remain as separate category.

 

With regard to Para 3, there are precedents wherein the recommendations of previous Pay Commissions accepted by the Government have not been adopted by the Railway Ministry on the ground that Railways working is different. Example:- when the Government had accepted 5th CPC recommendation for classifying the posts in Pay Scale maximum of which was 9000 or above as “Group B”, the Railway Ministry had taken a view that the said decision was not implementable and accordingly not adopted.

Record Note of Discussions held on 12th  july  2o17 at 15:00 hrs.. in the Chamber of AM(Staff) with both the Federations, viz., AIRF and NFIR on the issue of :

(a) Change in staffing pattern of ASMs (C.P.Rs: 4200) in view of 7th CPC recommendations, and;

(b) Change in staffing Pattern of TC, CC & ECRC consequent to abolition/upgradation and merger of categories in view of 7th CPC recommendations.The following officers and representatives of Federations (AIRF & NFIR) attended the meeting-:

AIRF-NFIR

2.Points emerged/observations made on the issue of Change in staffing Points emerged/observations made on the issue of Change in staffing pattern of ASMs (G.P.Rs.42oo) in view of 7th CPC recommendations :

(a) Federations suggested that DR Quota for Station Master should be 50% with the provision that 50% of DR vacancies can be earmarked for GDCE. Federations were advised of the merit of existing 60% DR quota and its applicability.

(b) Federations suggested that LDCE quota should be 15%.

(c) Federations suggested that General Selection Quota should be 35%;

(d) A decision has to be taken whether erstwhile G.P. Rs. 1800 should be included as eligible for LDCE and General Selection for the post of SMs or not.

(e) There was also a demand that age limit should be 50 years for all irrespective of whether candidates were General, SC/ST or OBC. The existing IREM provision contained in para 122 and implication of amending the same was advised to Federations.

3. Points emerged/observations made on the issue of Change in staffing Pattern of TC, CC & ECRC consequent to abolition/upgradation and merger of categories in view of 7th CPC recommendations; however the point needs attention as to whether we are competent to change the recommendations of 7th CPC suo-motu;

(a) The existing staff  working  in the cadres ECRCs and commercial Clerks/inspector may be merged with the option to inter-change them;

 (b) Ticket Checking category as a whole should continue as separate category for the present.

(c) The merger of TC, ECRC and CC may be only for future recruits from prospective effect for which modalities be discussed;

d) 10 +2 qualification proposed for TC and CC should not be insisted for existing staff, who do not have this qualification.

4. Both the Federations will revert back with their suggestions on both the issues.

 Source : NFIR

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Ministry of Railways earmarks seats for Security Personnel of escorting teams in the trains

Ministry of Railways earmarks seats for Security Personnel of escorting teams in the trains

Berth no.63 in S1 Coach of the train earmarked for Security Personnel

To help passenger to contact security personnel onboard a running train, Indian Railways has decided to earmark seats for security personnel of train escort team. In a recent circular issued from Ministry of Railways, provision of one side lower berth (berth no.63) in coach S1 has been earmarked in Sleeper Class coach in the entire train in which this security staff is travelling. If the train is being escorted by GRP, one berth will be earmarked for GRP and in case the train is escorted by RPF, one berth in Sleeper class will be earmarked for RPF. In case no RPF/GRP is escorting the train, no accommodation will be earmarked for them.

In case of any untoward incident or for any security related issues during journey, passengers may contact the security staff at the earmarked accommodation.

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Departmental Anomaly Committee to settle the anomalies arising out of the implementation of 7th Central Pay Commission’s recommendations

 NFIR

No.IV/DAC/7CPC/2016

Dated: 241/11/2017

The Secretary (E),
Railway Board,
New Delhi

Dear Sir,
Sub: Departmental Anomaly Committee to settle the anomalies arising out of the implementation of 7th Central Pay Commission’s recommendations-reg.

Ref: (i) Railway Board’s letter No. PC-VII/2016/DAC/I dated 05/10/2016, 29/03/2017, 18/04/2017, 03/05/2017, 25/05/2017, 06/06/2017 & 20/11/2017.
(ii) NFIR’s letter No. IV/DAC/7 CPC/2016 dated,09/06/2017 & 16/08/2017.

In continuation of above cited references, the Federation furnishes additional material on Item No. 17 pertaining to Pharmacist category to facilitate the DAC to discuss in the ensuing meeting. Attention is also invited to NFIR’s letter of even number dated 09/06/2017 on this issue of which Item No. 17 of the enclosure is relevant (Annexure-I).

Federation also encloses an Item under heading “grant of Additional Allowance to the remaining categories of Running Staff viz., ALP, Sr. ALP, LP (Shunting), Goods (Guard)”  together with copy of Board’s letter No. PC-VII/2017/R-U/38 dated 20/11/2017 to NFIR for discussion in the second meeting of the DAC (Annexure-II).

So far as the subject “Technical Supervisors of Railways“, is concerned, the DoP&T vide F.No. 11/2/2016-JCA-I(Pt.) dated 30th October 2017 has since advised the Secretary (Staff Side) that this being Railway specific item, the Staff Side may take up at the Department Anomaly Committee of Ministry of Railways. A copy of Note pertaining to Technical Supervisors of Railways is also enclosed which may be clubbed with Item No. (xviii) sent to Railway Board on 08/11/2017 (Annexure-III).

DA/As above

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

 

Annexure I

The Commission has failed to appreciate that the category of pharmacist possessing the upgraded qualification of 4 year Degree (Technical) has not been considered on par with the other categories of staff holding Degree qualification. The study report submitted by the IIM Ahmedabad which forms the basis.of recommended pay scales to all the employees of the Central Government, does not contain the category of  Pharmacist, apparently, the Pharmacist category has not been studied for the purpose of granting appropriate Pay Scale.

In view of the prevailing situation the case of Pharmacist deserves to be review by the Anomaly Committee for grant of atleast GP 4600/- at the time of appointment.

Annexure-II

Grant of Additional Allowance to the remaining categories of Running Staff viz., ALP, Sr. SLP, LP Shunting, Goods (Guard)

Railway Board vide letter No. PC-VII/2017/1/7/5/5 dated 10/08/2017 issued instruction for grant of revised rates of Additional Allowance to the Running Staff viz., Loco Pilot (Goods)/Passenger/Mail-Express/Motorman, Sr. Passenger (Guard) and Guard (Mail/Express) w.e.f. 01st July 2017 without covering the remaining Running Staff belonging to the categories of ALP, Sr. ALP, LP (Shunting), Guard (Goods) etc. In this connection, Federation contends that the remaining Running Staff have been discriminated against wrongly ignoring the fact that there working conditions and responsibilities are akin to those Running Staff who have been granted revised rates of Additional Allowance.

Federation further contends that the ALP, Sr. ALP, LP (Shunting) and Guard (Goods) are also part of Running Staff for all purpose, therefore they also need to be covered for grant of Additional Allowance like other Running Staff to avoid the feeling of de-motivation among them.

NFIR, therefore, requests the Railway Board to review the case afresh and issue instructions for granting Additional Allowance to the ALP, Sr. ALP, LP (Shunting) and Guard (Goods).

Annexure-III

Sub: Seventh CPC pay structure – grave injustice done to Graduate Engineers and Diploma Engineers in Railways – Review urged.

NFIR invites kind attention of the Railway Board to Para 11.40.104 to 11.40.115 of the 7th CPC report (Page No. 747 to 749).

Vide Para 11.40.109 of the 7th CPC report, it has been stated that “the next post in the hierarchical structure for Technical Supervisors is the post of Assistant Engineer. There is a 1:1 ratio between the posts of Assistant Engineer filled by Direct Recruitment and those filled through promotion“.

In this connection, Federation points out that no promotions are presently available for SSEs on the basis of 1:1 ratio. The ground reality is that directly recruited Graduate Engineers to the post of SSE (6th CPC GP 4600/-) continued to remain in the same Grade Pay/Pay Level for not less than 15 to 20 years. Federation also conveys that it would be incorrect to call them “Technical Supervisors” while their official designations are Sr. Section Engineers or Jr. Engineers.

It is further learnt that the 7e Central Pay Commission had relied upon the study report given by Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad for denying the improved pay matrices for Graduate Engineers as well Diploma Engineers. Para 6.16.2 of the study report of IIM, Ahmedabad submitted to the 7th CPC is reproduced below:

“6.16.2 Sector-Wise Career Progression and Promotion Rules:

NFIR-Career-Progression-Promotion-rules

NFIR hopes that the Railway Board admits the truth that never promotions have been granted to the Graduate Engineers on completion of 4-years period to the post of Assistant Engineer and to the post of Divisional Engineer on completion of 4-years in the previous pay level. The IIM’s distorted study report has done grave damage to the career growth of directly recruited Graduate Engineers in Railways. The wrong information given to the 7th CPC with regard to career progression and salary details of Graduate Engineers recruited though RRB in Railways through IIM’s study report has caused severe damage to their career resulting around resentment among them.

It is sad to state that the Pay Commission has deviated its own principle as enumerated vide Para 4.1.19 of its report, which is reproduced below:-

“Historically the qualification and skill set required as well as roles and responsibilities discharged at various levels in the overall hierarchy have been central to the basis for pay grading. The rationalization index has been applied keeping this principle in mind”.

It is surprising to note that the Railway Ministry (as recorded vide Para 11.40.1 12 of the 7th CPC report) had strongly defended the continuation of existing arrangements on functional grounds, ignoring the reality that the Railway Ministry in the year 2010 had proposed replacement of GP 46001- with GP 4800/- for improving the career growth of SSEs etc. The Railway Board also failed to mention before 7th CPC of its decision to upgrade Apex Level (GP 4600/-) posts to Group ‘B’ Gazetted (which is yet to be finalized). A.serious anomaly has arisen as a result of misleading facts placed by Railway Ministry before 7th CPC and also the totally incorrect study report of IIM, Ahmedabad presented to the 7th CPC as sought by the Commission.

NFIR, therefore, urges upon the Railway Ministry to review de-novo the entire issue and rectify all aberrations and anomalies arisen consequent upon the denial of improved pay structure and status to the Graduate Engineers as well as Diploma Engineers in Railways and also accord approval for time bound promotions to them.

Source: NFIR

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Clarification regarding calculation of quantum of Annual Increment in pay in case of Running Staff

Clarification regarding calculation of quantum of Annual Increment in pay in case of Running Staff.

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
(RAILWAY BOARD)

No. PC-VI/2016/Z/4

Dated: 04.10.2017

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

 

Sub: Clarification regarding calculation of quantum of Annual Increment in pay in case of Running Staff.

Ref.: M/o Finance’s OM No. 332469/2016-E IIIA dated 01.02.2017;

The undersigned is directed to refer to this Ministry’s OM of even no. dated 30.08.2016 wherein an issue raised by one of the Staff Federations vide PNM Agenda Item No.10/2016 was referred to M/o Finance for examination. The Federation had demanded that the basic pay for the purpose of calculation of increment in the 6th CPC should include Pay element of Running Allowance for the Running staff. This meant that increment of Running Staff should be calculated @3 % of {Basic pay + pay element (presently 30% of Basic Pay)}.

2. This issue was examined in Pay Commission Dte. of Railway Board and a copy of reply sent to one of the Zonal Railways is enclosed as Annex-I.

3. As regards the queries raised by M/o Finance vide 011/1 dated 01.02.2017, it is clarified that a portion of Basic Pay of the Running Staff is treated as a “Pay element of running allowance” which itself falls outside the definition. of Basic Pay as defined in FR(9) (21)(a)(i) but falls in the broader definition of the term “pay” as in FR(9) (21)(a)(iii). The pay element at specified rates is counted for specified purposes only. As per Rule No. 25 of “The Rules for payment of Running and other Allowances to the Running Staff on Railways, 1981″ read with para 3.23 of Railway Board’s letter No.E(P&A)II-80/RS- 10 dated 17.07.1981 (Annex-11), the pay element i.e. 30% of the Basic Pay of Running Staff will be reckoned as pay for specified purposes (not for all) such as Dearness Allowances, House Rent Allowance, entitlement to Passes, PTOs etc. It is pertinent to mention here that pay element is not reckoned as pay for Transport Allowance, Night Duty Allowance etc.

3.1   In accordance with para 2 of Board’s letter No. E(P&A) II-2005/RS-34 dated 26.12.2008 (RBE No.202/2008) (Annex-III}, pay element in the Running n Allowance for running staff would be 30% of the basic pay under Railway Service (Revised Pay) Rules,2008 for computation of specified benefits excluding retirement benefits. For the purpose of computation of retirement benefits of running staff, an additional quantum of 55% of the basic pay under RS(RP) Rules,2008 would be reckoned.

S/d,
(U.K. Tiwari)
Deputy Director,
Pay Commission-VI
Railway Board.

Ph. No. 011-47845224

Kind Attn:  Sh. Ashok Kumar
Under Secretary (DMA),
Department  of Expenditure,
Ministry  of Finance, North Block, New Delhi.

Source: NFIR

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Revised rates of stipend to Special Class Railway Apprentices

7th CPC Revised rates of stipend to Special Class Railway Apprentices: Railway Board Order

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
(Railway Board)

S.No. PC-VII/ 66

RBE No.144/2017

No. PC-V/2017/PS/1 (SCRA)

New Delhi, dated 06/11/2017

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

Sub: Revised rates of stipend to Special Class Railway Apprentices.

Ref: Railway Board’s letter No.PC-V/2008IPSIZ(SCRA) dated 25.11.2008

Consequent upon the promulgation of Railway Services (Revised Pay) Rules, 2016, on the basis of the recommendations of the Seventh Central Pay Commission, the issue of revision of the rates of stipend to Special Class Railway Apprentices has been under consideration. The President is pleased to decide the following revised rates of stipend for SCRAs:

2. These orders will take effect from 01.08.201 6.

3. The apprentices will draw the revised rates of Dearness Allowance appropriate to the revised rates of stipend.
4. This issues with the concurrence of the Finance Directorate of the Ministry of Railways.

5. Hindi version is enclosed.

(N. P Singh)
(Dy. Director/Pay Commission-V
Railway Board

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Railways: Provisions in respect of the Contract Workers on IR

Provisions in respect of the Contract Workers on Indian Railway

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
(RAILWAY BOARD)

No. E(LL)/2015/PNM/AIRF/1 New Delhi,
Dated 17.11.2017

The General Manager (P),
All Indian Railways & PUs.

Sub: Provisions in respect of the Contract Workers on IR.

Ref: Board’s letter of even number dated 20.10.2015

Payment of minimum wages to workers employed on Railways under the various provisions of the Contract Labour (R&A) Act, 1970 has become a pivotal issue in the present economic scenario. A meeting in this regard was held by Chief Labour Commissioner (Centre) on 15.11.2017 wherein the following issues, inter alia, were discussed:

(i) Whether new rates of minimum wages w.e.f. 01.04.2017 are being paid to the contract workers;

(ii) Mode of payment to contract workers through bank/cheque/cash;

(iii) Whether provident fund is deducted from the payment made to the contract workers and the same is credited to that PF account;

(iv) Whether medical facilities from ESI are made available to contract workers;

(v) Issue of slips towards payment made to contract worker to bring out transparency in the system.

2. Since the factual report is to be submitted to Ministry of Labour & Employment within 15 days, the Railways are requested to provide the information at the earliest at Fax No. 011 – 23070939.

(M.S. Manju)
Joint Director/E(LL)
Railway Board

Source: Indian Railways

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Cabinet approves Resolution for adoption of the recommendations of the Railway Convention Committee

Cabinet approves Resolution for adoption of the recommendations of the Railway Convention Committee (2014) as contained in their Sixth Report on “Rate of Dividend payable by the Railways to the General Revenues for the year 2016-17 and other ancillary matters”

The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved the proposal of Ministry of Railways to move a Resolution in both the Houses of Parliament adopting Railway Convention Committee (2014)’s recommendations that for the year 2016-17, purely as a one-time move, the Rate of Dividend payable by Railways to the General Revenues be waived off.

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Pay element relating to Running Staff/Loco Inspectors after the recommendations of 7th CPC

Pay element relating to Running Staff/Loco Inspectors after the recommendations of 7th CPC

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
(RAILWAY BOARD)

No.E(P&A)II-2015/RS-25

New Delhi,
dated:13.11.2017

The General Manager,
Metro Railway,
Kolkata.

Sub : Pay element relating to Running Staff/Loco Inspectors after the recommendations of Seventh CPC.

Please refer to your letter no. MRTS/E.345/0/12/Pt.IV/Misc dt. 05.05.2017 requesting a clarification about the percentage of pay element to be reckoned for the purpose of computation of pensionary benefits in respect of Loco Inspectors. This issue has also been raised by GS/NFIR in his letter no. IV/RSAC/Conf/Pt. VIII dt. 15.09.2017.

2. Loco Inspectors are entitled to 30% add-on pay element for retirement benefits as per paragraph no. 5.5 of Board’s letter no. E(P&A)II/83/RS-10(iv) dt. 25.11.1992 which has not been amended as yet. It is clarified that the pay element (presently 30% until further orders) has to be reckoned in the revised pay structure of Seventh CPC for calculation of pensionary benefits of Loco Inspectors.

3. In this connection it is noted that many retired Loco Inspectors, even after getting the benefit of 30% add-on pay element at the time of pay fixation as Loco Inspectors, have gone to Courts of Law claiming 55% pay element for pensionary benefits equating themselves to the running staff. It is reiterated that Loco Inspectors are not classified as running staff and therefore are not entitled to 55% pay element for pensionary benefits. This fact may be conveyed to such Loco Inspectors while calculating their pensionary benefits.

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

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

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Provision of seats for TTEs/Conductors

Provision of seats for TTEs/Conductors

seats-for-railway-tte-conductors

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
(RAILWAY BOARD)

No. 2003/TG-I/20/P/2

New Delhi, Dated: 02.11.2017

The Principal Chief Commercial Managers,
All Zonal Railways

(COMMERCIAL CIRCULAR NO. 72 OF 2017)

Sub: Provision of seats for TTEs/Conductors.

Please refer to this office letter No. 2001-TG-I/13/P dated 03.10.2002 wherein instructions have been issued regarding earmarking of accommodation for TTE/Conductors in Mail/Express trains, Rajdjani Express trains, Shatabdi Express trains, day journey trains and Jan-Shatabdi Express trains. The matter has been further reviewed keeping in view the trains which have been introduced subsequently e,g, Duronto, Humsafar, Suvidha Special trains etc. Moreover, the capacity of 3AC conventional coaches is 64 berths whereas that of LHB 3AC coaches is 72 berths and that of 3E coaches is 78 berths & hence 3E coaches should be considered at par with 3AC coaches. Accordingly, it has been decided to earmark the following accommodation for onboard Ticket Checking Staff & RPF/GRP:-

a. Mail/Express trains with sleeping accommodation and leg-wise manning (Covering normal Mail/Express trains, Mahamana etc.)

(i) Berth No. 5 in A-1 Coach only for Conductor manning 1st AC/ AC 2 tier/First Class coaches.
(ii) Berth No. 7 in B-1/ BE-1 Coach only for TTE manning AC3 tier/3E coaches.
(iii) Berth No. 7 in alternate sleeper class coaches for TTEs manning Sleeper Class coaches.

b. Mail/Express trains with sleeping accommodation and end to end manning (covering Rajdhani/Shatabdi/Duronto type trains)

(i) Berth No. 5 in A-1 Coach for TS manning 1st AC and 2nd AC coaches.
(ii) Berth No. 7 in B-1, B-3, B-5, & B-7 coaches of Dy. TS manning AC-2/3-tier coaches. In case of 3E, similar arrangements should be made in BE-1, BE-4 and BE-7 or G-1, G-3, G-5 & G-7 coaches in case of Garib Rath type trains.

c. Mail/Express trains with sitting accommodation and end to end manning. (Shatabdi type trains)

(i) Seat No.1 in Coach No. C-1, C-3, C-5 & C-7 coaches for TS/Dy. TS.
(ii) Trains superintendent will occupy the seat in the coach adjacent to the executive class coach.

d. Mail/Express trains having sitting accommodation and leg-wise manning (Inter-city type trains)

(i) Seat No.1 in every alternate second class coach for ticket checking staff manning these coaches.
(ii) Seat No.1 in alternate Chair Car coach.
(iii) In case composite coach with sitting and sleeping accommodation is attahced, seat no.1 in the sitting portion of the composite coach should be earmarked, for the ticket checking staff.

e. Accommodation for RPF/GRP: One side lower berth (berth no. 63 in coach S1) may be earmarked in sleeper class coach in the entire train in which this staff is travelling. To make it clearer, if the train is being escorted by GRP, one berth will be earmarked for GRP and in case the train is escorted by RPF, one berth in sleeper class will be earmarked for RPF. In case no RPF/GRP is escorting the train, no accommodation will be earmarked for them.

2. The number of berths/seats to be earmarked in a train for onboard ticket checking staff will be keeping in view the composition of the train. In case the number of staff manning a train on regular basis (working as per roster) is less, the number of berths/seats to be earmarked for onboard ticket checking staff can be reduced and the same can be reviewed also subsequently based on manning on regular basis (working as per roster) subject to maximum yardstick indicated above. In the train also the number of berths/seats to be utilized by the onboard ticket checking staff will be equal to the number of staff and the berths/seats in excess will be released to RAC or other passengers.

sd/-
(Vikram Singh)
Director Passenger Marketing
Railway Board

Source:  http://www.indianrailways.gov.in/

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Revised rates of stipend to Special Class Railway Apprentices

Revised rates of stipend to Special Class Railway Apprentices

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
(Railway Board)

S. No. PC-VII/ 66

RBE No. 144/2017

No. PC-V/2017/PS/1 (SCRA)

New Delhi, dated 06-10-2017

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

Sub: Revised rates of stipend to Special Class Railway Apprentices.

Ref: Railway Board’s letter No.PC-V/2008/PS12(SCRA) dated 25.11.2008

Consequent upon the promulgation of Railway Services (Revised Pay) Rules, 2016, on the basis of the recommendations of the Seventh Central Pay Commission, the issue of revision of the rates of stipend to Special Class Railway Apprentices has been under consideration. The President is pleased to decide the following revised rates of stipend for SCRAs:-

Year Existing rate of stipend (Rs.) Amount on
fixation (2.57
times of
stipend)
(Rs.)
(3)
Increment © 3%
of previous rate
of stipend at cot.
(5)
(Rs.)
(4)
Proposed rate of
stipend (Rounded
off to next
hundred) (Rs.)

 (5)
(1) (2)
1st year 9100 23387 23400
2nd year 9100 23400
3rd year 9400 702 24200
4th year (first six months) 9400 24200
4th year (last six months) 9700 726 25000

2. These orders will take effect from 01.8.2016.2. These orders will take effect from 01.8.2016.

3. The apprentices will draw the revised rates of Dearness Allowance appropriate to the revised rates of stipend.

4. This issues with the concurrence of the Finance Directorate of the Ministry of Railways.5. Hindi version is enclosed.

(N. P Singh)
Dy. Director/ Pay Commission-V
Railway Board

Source : AIRF

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7th Central Pay Commission : Additional House Rent Allowance (HRA) for Railway Employees serving in the states of North Eastern Region, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep Islands and Ladakh

7th Central Pay Commission : Additional House Rent Allowance (HRA) for Railway Employees serving in the states of North Eastern Region, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep Islands and Ladakh.

 

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
(RAILWAY BOARD)

RBE No.165/2017
New Delhi, dated 08.11.2017

S.No.PC-VII/75
No.E(P&A)II-2017/HRA-9

The General Managers/CAOs,
All Indian Railways & Production Units.

Sub:-Implementation of the recommendations of 7th Central Pay Commission-Additional House Rent Allowance (HRA) for Railway Employees serving in the states of North Eastern Region, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep Islands and Ladakh.

Consequent upon revision of the rates of House Rent Allowance (HRA) granted to the Railway employees on implementation of the recommendations of 7th Central Pay Commission vide Board’s letter No.E(P&A)II-2017/HRA-7, dated 19-07-2017 (RBE No.71/2017), in modification of Board’s letter No.E(P&A)II/83/HRA-29, dated 30.06.1984 and Board’s letter No.E(P&A)II-2008/HRA-14, dated 25.02.2009 (RBE No.41/2009) on the subject mentioned above, additional HRA shall be granted to the Railway employees posted to states of North Eastern Region, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep Islands and Ladakh, who leave their families behind at their old duty station at revised rates as per Board’s letter No. E(P&A)II-2017/HRA-7, dated 19-07-2017.

2.These orders will not be applicable to such employees who were transferred out of North Eastern Region, Andaman & Nicobar Islands and Lakshadweep Islands and Ladakh before 01.07.2017.

3.These orders shall take effect from 1st July, 2017.

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

S/d,
(Salim Md. Ahmed)
Dy.Director/E(P&A)-II
Railway Board.

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7th Central Pay Commission as accepted by the Government Health and Malaria Allowance

7th Central Pay Commission as accepted by the Government Health and Malaria Allowance

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

PC-VII No. 7 0

RBE No. 159/2017

New Delhi, dated 27.10.2017

No. E(P&A)I-2017 /SP-1/Genl-2

The General Managers and Principal Financial Advisers,
All Indian Railways & Production Units.

Sub: Implementation of recommendations of Seventh Central Pay Commission as accepted by the Government- Health and Malaria Allowance.

Consequent upon the decisions taken by the government on the recommendations of the Seventh Central Pay Commission relating to revision of allowances, the President is pleased to revise the rates of Health and Malaria Allowance, granted to Health and Malaria Inspectors (Health Inspectors) in Indian Railways. The allowance will be paid as per cell R3H3 of the Risk and Hardship Matrix. The rate of this allowance will be Rs. 1000/- per month upto level 8 in Pay Matrix (VII CPC) and – 1200/per month for level 9 and above in Pay Matrix(VII CPC).

2. The rate of this allowance will further increase by 25 percent each time DA rises by 50 percent.

3. The revised rates of allowance shall be admissible with effect from 1st July, 2017.

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

5. Please acknowledge receipt.

No. E(P&A)I-2017 /SP-1/Genl-2

(Anil Kumar)
Dy. Director/E(P&A)-1
Railway Board
New Delhi, dated 27 .10.2017

Source: AIRF

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Revision of Kilometrage rates and other Allowances for Running Staff in the wake of implementation of 7th CPC pay structure

Revision of Kilometrage rates and other Allowances for Running Staff in the wake of implementation of 7th CPC pay structure

No.IV/RSAC/Conf./Part VIII

Dated: 31/10/2017

The Secretary (E),
Railway Board,
New Delhi

Dear Sir,

Sub: Revision of Kilometrage rates and other Allowances for Running Staff in the wake of implementation of VII CPC pay structure-reg.

Ref: (i) Railway Board’s OM No. E(P&A)II-2014/Misc. 3/7th CPC dated 20/10/2014.

(ii) GS/NFIR’s letter No. IV/NFIR/7th CPC/Corres/Pt. V dated 15/04/2015 to Railway Board.

NFIR at the outset, conveys to Railway Board that the delay in granting upward revision of Kilometrage rates for Running staff has been causing serious disappointment and resentment among the entire category.

In this connection, NFIR invites the attention of Railway Board to the discussions held between the Federation and Board on 24th June 2015 on the issue relating to enhancement of Kilometrage Allowance rates (on the basis of Running Allowance Committee Formula) demanded by NFIR with effect from 01/01/2006. A note sheet was also given by the Railway Board to the Federation during discussion and according to the said note sheet, the Kilometrage rates were to be revised with effect from 01/01/2006, adding Rs.72.44 to the rate then existed. It was also discussed on the need for further revision of the said Kilometrage rates w.e.f. 01/09/2008, 01/01/2011 and 01/01/2014 (in view of DA factor). These matters are yet to be satisfactorily finalized inspite of discussions held on 24th June 2015.

NFIR gives again the valid points as listed below for the purpose of revising the kilometrage rates without delay:-

It is a known fact to the Railway Board that the TA factor needs to be taken into account for revising rates of Kilometrage Allowance in the case of Running Staff as per RAC formula.

The TA rate was fixed at Rs. 340/- in the year 2008 as a result of implementation of 6th CPC recommendation and the said TA was raised to Rs. 510/- due to DA linkage and now with the recommendations of 7th CPC, the TA rate has been revised to Rs. 800/-. with effect from 01.07.2017.

But the Kilometrage Allowance rate for Running Staff was fixed at Rs.169/- in the year 2008 assuming TA rate as Rs.210/- and not with the TA rate of Rs.340/- as recommended by 6th CPC, It needs to be admitted that the assumed TA rate Rs.210/- has now been raised to Rs.800/-, which works out to 3.8 times. Therefore the rate fixed in 2009 at Rs.169 should be revised by 3.8 times which works out to Rs.642/-.

Apart from the above, the rise in pay element quantum on implementation of new pay matrix needs to be reflected in the Running Allowance rate, as 30% of Pay element its also a component to decide the rate. When the 30% pay element was calculated at the minimum of pay level-6 i.e 35400, it works out to Rs.10620/-. The 30% pay element calculated on the 6th CPC minimum pay of Rs.9300 + GP 4200 works out to Rs.4050 i.e. 30% pay element component has risen to Rs.6570/-. This amount has to be divided by average KM 5100 (National Average of LP/Passenger as assumed by Railway Board) and it comes to Rs.129. So the amount Rs.642 on account of TA raise and Rs.129/- on account of raising 30% pay element – taken together, the rates comes to Rs.771/-.

NFIR however conveys that the National Average Kilometrage for Loco pilot (Passenger) recommended by the Running Allowance committee, 1980 was 3950 which was revised arbitrarily by Railway Board to 5100 to deny the benefit to Running Staff at that point of time. The Running Allowance Committee, 1980 had also recommended that TA of 21 days must be factored in. As per our statistics, at present, the National Average kilometrage of Loco Pilot (Passenger) stands at 4000 KM, that of passenger Guard at 4600 KM & and that of Assistant Loco pilot at 4000 KM.

Had the Running Allowance rate arrived at in the year 2008 been based on the recommended TA rate of Rs.340, there is some meaning on the argument of multiplying the present rate by a factor of 1.5 (as per the VII CPC recommendations)

In any case, the 7th CPC as well the Government have left this issue to the Railway Board to discuss with the Federations for reaching an agreement for revision of Kilometrage Allowance rates, therefore the 7th CPC recommendation to multiply with 1.5 or 2.25 is not at all relevant, with regard to Running Staff Kilometrage Allowance rates.

Hence, Federation gives the calculation as below:-

KMA rates of LP/Passenger

Mean Pay of L6- (35400+112400)/2 = 73900

30% of Mean Pay = 22170

21 days TA i.e, 800 x 21 = 16800

As per the RAC formula

[(30% Mean Pay + 21 days TA)/Average KM)] x 100 = [(22170 + 16800)/4000)]x100 = Rs.974/- per 100 kms.

KMA rates of Passenger Guard

Mean Pay of L6- (35400+112400)/2 = 73900

30% of Mean Pay = 22170

21 days Ta i.e, 800 x 21 = 16800

As per the RAC formula

[(30% Mean Pay + 21 days TA)/Average KM)] x 100 = [(22170 + 16800)/4600)]x100 = Rs.847/- per 100 kms.

KMA rates of Assistant Loco Pilot

Mean Pay of L2- (19900+63200)/2 = 41550

30% of Mean Pay = 12465

21 days Ta i.e, 800 x 21 = 16800

As per the RAC formula

[(30% Mean Pay + 21 days TA)/Average KM)] x 100 = [(12465 + 16800)/4000)]x100 = Rs.731/- per 100 kms.

Taking the factors as explained above, the NFIR urges that the kilometrage rate for Running Staff (Loco pilot/passenger) should be revised to not less than Rs.974/-. that of passenger Guard to Rs.847/- & that of ALP to Rs.731/- duly retaining the pay element of 55 & 30% (as has been continued since the last more than three decades when the pay scales of 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th CPC have been implemented).

Federation therefore, requests the Railways Boards to take action to revise the kilometrage rates as suggested above with retrospective effect.

Yours faithfully,

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

Source: NFIR

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Adoption of clarification issued by Ministry of Finance regarding modifications of Level-13 of Pay Matrix

Adoption of clarification issued by Ministry of Finance regarding modifications of Level-13 of Pay Matrix

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

S.No.72/PC-VII

RBE No: 161/2017

New Delhi, dated: 31/10/2017

File No. PC-VII/2017/RSRP/1

The General Manager/CAOs(R),

All Indian Railways & Production Units,

(As per mailing list)

Sub :- Adoption of clarification issued by Ministry of Finance regarding modifications of Level-13 of Pay Matrix.

Modifications to Railway Services (Revised Pay) Rules, 2016 were notified vide Gazette Notification No. G.S.R 882(E) dated 14.07.2017 thereby making changes in Level-13 of the Pay Matrix.

2.Now, Ministry of Finance (Department of Expenditure) vide their O.M No. 4-6/2017-IC/E-III(A) dated 28.09.2107 (copy enclosed) has issued detailed clarifications addressing the following issues arising out of the modification to Level-13 of the Pay Matrix:

(i) Issue No. 1 – Whether pay in the Level-13 is to be fixed by multiplying by a factor of 2.57 or 2.67

(ii) Issue No. 2 – Pay re-fixed in the modified Level-13 working out lower than the pay fixed in the earlier Level-13.

(iii) Issue No. 3 – Re-exercise of option for coming over to the Revised pay structure in case of Level-13.

3. The clarifications issued by Ministry of Finance (Department of Expenditure) vide their O.M dated 28.09.2017 will be applicable mutatis mutundis in Railways with respect to RS(RP) Rules, 2016 and amendment notified on 14.07.2017. However, the period for any recovery or waving off recovery will be upto 31.07.2017 as the amendments to the RS(RP) Rules, 2016 were notified in July, 2017. Similarly, the time period for re-exercise of options, if any, as mentioned in para-15 of the enclosed O.M will count from the date of issue of this letter.

4.The cases of employees who retired on or after 01.01.2016 and upto 31.07.2017 and if covered under para 12 of Ministry of Finance’s OM dated 28.09.2017, shall be processed as per Rule 90 of Railway Services (Pension) Rules, 1993.

5.Hindi version will follow.

S/d,
(Jaya Kumar G)
Deputy Director, Pay Commission-VII
Railway Board

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7th CPC- revision of Pension of Pre-2016 retired medical officers

7th CPC- revision of Pension of Pre-2016 retired medical officers

PC VII No:69/2017

RBE.No.:154/2017

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

No.2016/F(E)III/1(1)/7

New Delhi, Dated 24-10-2017

The GMs/Principal Financial Advisers
All Zonal Railways/Production Units
(As Per mailing list)

Subject: Implementation of Government’s decision on the recommendations of the 7th CPC- revision of Pension of Pre-2016 retired medical officers.

A Copy of Department of Pension and Pensioners Welfare (DOP&PW)’s O.M.No.38/37/2016-P&PW(A) (iii) dated 11th September, 2017 on the above subject is enclosed for information and compliance. These instructions shall apply mutatis mutandis on the Railways also.

2. The Railway Board’s instructions corresponding to the DOP&PW’s instructions referred to in their aforesaid O.M.dated 11th September,2017 are given under:

S.No DOP&PW’s instructions Railways Board’s corresponding instructions
1 O.M.No.38/37/08-P&PW(A)(II) dated 04.08.2016 Letter No.2016/F(E)III/1(1)/7 dated 10.08.2016
2 O.M.No.38/37/08-P&PW(A) dated 12.05.2017 Letter No.2016/F(E)III/1(1)/7 dated 22.05.2017

S/d,
(G.Priya Sudarsani)
Joint Director, Finance (Estt.)
Railway Board

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Provision of cooking facilities and other amenities in the Rest Rooms for Ticket Checking Staff on Indian Railways

Provision of cooking facilities and other amenities in the Rest Rooms for Ticket Checking Staff on Indian Railways.

TICKET-CHECKING-STAFF-INDIAN-RAILWAYS

NFIR

No. II/73/Part I

Dated: 13/10/2017

The Secretary (E),
Railway Board,
New Delhi

Dear Sir,

Sub: Provision of cooking facilities and other amenities in the Rest Rooms for Ticket Checking Staff on Indian Railways – reg.

Ref: (i) NFIR’s PNM Item No. 13/2011.
(ii) Railway Board’s D.O. No. 2010/TG-V 103/Part II dated 04/2016 addressed to GMs of Zonal Railways.
(iii) NFIR’s letter No. II/73/Part I dared 10/04/2017.
(iv) NFIR’s letter No. II/73/Part I dated 01/05/2017.

Federation reproduces below the extract of the minutes of PNM meeting held between NFIR and Railway Board on22nd /23rd December, 2016 against agenda Item No. 13/2011.

Comprehensive instructions already exists in Board’s letter dated 08/02/2011 regarding provision of adequate facilities for Ticket Checking Staff in TTEs Rest Houses and have been reiterated from time to time. A D.O. Letter has also been written to the CCMs on 28/04/2016 to make good the deficiencies. It was decided that Zonal Railways should conduct survey to assess the number of TTEs willing to avail of the cooking facilities. Federation pointed out that there are certain problems in Rest Rooms located in Delhi area. Official agreed to take up the issue with NR for ensuring requisite facilities“.

Federation is pained to state that although a period of over ten months has passed, neither progress has been apprised to the Federation nor copy of any communication sent to the General Manager, Northern Railway to look into the problems in the Rest Rooms in Delhi area is made available. Federation had also highlighted the deficiencies prevailing in the TTEs Rest Room at Hazrat Nizamuddin Railway Station, but unfortunately no action has been taken so far.

While enclosing copy of Federation’s letter dated 01/05/2017, NFIR once again urges upon the Railway Board to take immediate action on the subject matter for ensuring repairs/maintenance of TTEs Rest Rooms with adequate facilities. A copy of the instructions issued may be endorsed to the Federation.

DA/As above

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

Source: NFIR

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Revision Of Pension of Pre-2016 Pensioner as per 7th CPC

Revision Of Pension of Pre-2016 Pensioner as per 7th CPC

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
RAILWAYS BOARD

RBA No.145/2017

No.2016/AC-II/21/8

New Delhi,dated 11-10-2017

General Managers
All Zonal Railways and Production Units

Sub: Revision Of Pension of Pre-2016 Pensioner as per 7th CPC

Ref: 1. Board’s letter No.2016/F(E)III/1(1)/7 dated 22.5.2017 (RBE No.49/2017) & 11.07/2017 (RBE No.66/2017)

2. Board’s letters of even No. dated 9.6.2017, 19.7.2017 & 25.07.2017 *RBA No.68/2017, 98/2017 & 103/2017)

3. Board (FC) D.O.letter No.2016/AC-II/21/8/PT-III dated 05.09.2017

Instructions have been issued regarding revision of pre-2016 pensioners/family pensioners in line with 7th CPC recommendations vide Railway Board’s letter under reference above. These instructions envisage ‘suo moto’ revision in pension for all pre-2016 retirees. Till date 151982 pensioners PPO have been revised.

It may be appreciated that against the 14 lakh pensioners cases on Indian Railways, the pace of pension revision is slow. In the recently held review meeting, additional secretary (Expenditure) has also emphasized that adequate priority may be given to this area of work. Finance Secretary also expressed that exercise of pension revision may be completed in a time-bound manner. In this connection, Financial Commissioner, vide his DO letter No.2016/AC-II/21/8/PT-III dated 5.9.2017 has also advised that the exercise of revision may be carried out on a parallel track alongwith ARPAN to expedite the process.

As a welfare measure, it should be ensured to step up with pace for revision of pension. The work flow of pension revision envisages close coordination between the personnel and the accounts Department and hence, it is advised that PCPO and PFA to monitor the progress of revision of pension cases at their level to ensure that pension revision exercise is completed at the earliest.

Ravindra Gupta
Member Staff
Railway Board.

Source: NFIR

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Grant of Dearness Allowance to Central Government employees – Revised Rates effective from 01.07.2017

Grant of Dearness Allowance to Central Government employees – Revised Rates effective from 01.07.2017

Dearness-Allowance-Central-Government-RAILWAY-employees

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA (BHARAT SARKAR)
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS (RAIL MANTRALA Y A)
(RAILWAY BOARD)

S.No. 60/PC-VII
File No. PC-VII/2016/1/7/2/1

RBE No.: 137 /2017

New Delhi, dated: 06.10.2017

The General Manager/CAOs(R),
All India Railways & Production Units,
(As per mailing list)

 

Sub: Grant of Dearness Allowance to Central Government employees – Revised Rates effective from 01.07.2017.

The undersigned is directed to refer to this Ministry’s letter RBE No 30/2017 dated 31.03.2017 (F. No. PC-VII/2016/I/7/2/1) on the subject mentioned above and to say that the President is pleased to decide that the Dearness Allowance payable to Railway employees shall be enhanced from the existing rate of 4% to 5% of the basic pay with effect from 1st July, 2017.

2.The term ‘basic pay’ in the revised pay structure means the pay drawn in the prescribed Level in the Pay Matrix as per 7th CPC recommendations accepted by the Government, but does not include any other type of pay like special pay, etc.

3.The Dearness Allowance will continue to be distinct element of remuneration and will not be treated as pay within the ambit of Rule 1303 (FR 9(21 )), Indian Railway Establishment Code, Volume -II (Sixth Edition- 1987)- Second Reprint 2005.

4.The payment on account of Dearness Allowance involving fractions of 50 paise and above may be rounded to the next higher rupee and the fractions of less than 50 paise may be ignored.

5.The payment of arrears of Dearness Allowance shall not be made before the date of disbursement of salary of September, 2017.

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

S/d,
(Jaya Kumar G)
Deputy Director, Pay Commission – VII
Railway Board

Source: Indian Railways

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NFIR: Risk and Hardship Allowance – Railway Department

NFIR: Risk and Hardship Allowance – Railway Department

NFIR

No. 1/5(g)/Part V

Dated: 03/10/2017

The Secretary (E),
Railway Board,
New Delhi

 Dear Sir,

Sub: Risk and Hardship Allowance – coverage of Safety category Staff such as Pointsmen, Gate Keepers, Operating Staff working in Yard etc., Electrical Staff in TRD, Staff of AC Coaches, EMUs, Electrical Workshops & staff working in General Services (Power and Train lighting) and Staff of S&T Department in Railways-reg.

Ref:   (i)  Railway Board’s letters No. PC-VII/2017/I/7/5/4 dated 10/08/2017.

         (ii)  NFIR’ s letter No. I/5(g)/Part V dated 29/08/2017.

Kind attention of Railway Board is invited to Federation’s letter dated 29/08/2017 wherein it was requested to take action for covering the remaining categories of P. Way staff such as Black Smiths, Welders etc., for payment of Risk & Hardship Allowance as their duties/responsibilities are also risky and hardships prone due to the fact that they are required to work physically on the P. Way tracks and that the 7th CPC has unfortunately failed to consider the role of these staff in laying/maintenance of Railway tracks. However, decision for payment of Risk & Hardship Allowance in favour of these P. Way staff working (Black Smith, Welders etc.,) is yet to be taken by Board. A copy of Federation’s letter dated 29/08/2017 on the subject is enclosed for ready reference.

Further to above, Federation finds that the jobs performed by Pointsmen, Traffic Gate Keepers, Traffic Assistants (Operating Department – working in Yards, stations etc.,), Staff of TRD/OHE, AC Coaches, EMU Car Sheds, Electrical Workshops, General Services and S&T Staff are also risky consequently they are prone to accidents and health hazards. These categories have not been covered for Risk & Hardship Allowance under the Risk & Hardship Matrix (Cell R3H2) due to the reason that the 7th CPC had failed to give weightage to the nature of duties and responsibilities being performed by these staff. The Railway Board also has not taken initiative to highlight the Risk and Hardship conditions before the Committee on Allowances headed by the Finance Secretary, Government of India.

NFIR, therefore, requests the Railway Board to kindly arrange to initiate action for covering P. Way Staff such as Black Smiths, Welders, Helpers, Pointsmen, Traffic. Gate Keepers, Traffic Assistants (Operating Department), Electrical Staff working in TRD/OHE, AC Coaches, EMU Car Sheds, Electrical Workshops, General Services and S&T Staff under Risk and Hardship Matrix (Cell R3H2) for payment of Risk & Hardship Allowance @ Rs. 2700/- p.m. Action taken in the matter may kindly be apprised to the Federation soon.

Yours faithfully,
S/d,

(Dr.M.Raghavaiah)
General Secretary

 Source: NFIR

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