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Denial of Leave Salary duly reckoning 30% of 7th CPC pay for Running Staff: NFIR

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NFIR

Denial of Leave Salary duly reckoning 30% of 7th CPC pay for Running Staff – reg.

No. IV/RSAC/Conf./Part IX

Dated: 13/02/2018

The Secretary (E),
Railway Board,
New Delhi

Dear Sir,

Sub: Denial of Leave Salary duly reckoning 30% of 7th CPC pay for Running Staff – reg.

The extant instructions provide that the Running Staff are entitled for payment of Leave Salary duly reckoning 30% of pay. It has, however, been represented by our affiliates as well staff that on many Zonal Railways 30% of 7th CPC pay is not being reckoned for the purpose of payment of Leave Salary to the Running Staff. When pointed out, the Zonal Railways stated that Board’s clarification is awaited.

In this connection, NFIR desires to state that Leave Salary is not part of Allowances, therefore, 30% of 7th CPC pay needs to be added to the Basic Pay for the purpose of payment oi Leave Salary to the Running Staff. In view of confusion prevailing on certain Zonal Railways, the Railway Board may consider issuing suitable clarification for reckoning 30% of 7th CPC pay for the purpose of payment of Leave Salary.

NFIR, therefore, requests the Railway Board to issue clarification instructions as suggested above, duly endorsing copy thereof to the Federation, at the earliest.

Yours faithfully

(Dr. M. Raghavaiah)
General Secretary

Source : NFIR

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Loco Running Staff – Rajya Sabha Q&A

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS

RAJYA SABHA

UNSTARRED QUESTION NO. 960
ANSWERED ON 09.02.2018

LOCO RUNNING STAFF

960. SHRI C.P. NARAYANAN:

Will the Minister of RAILWAYS be pleased to state:

(a) the number of loco running staff in Railways at present;

(b) their average work load per week;

(c) the maximum hours of continuous work they have to do in a week;

(d) how much increase in their emoluments have been given during the last three years; and

(e) how do they compare with emoluments of other railway staff?

ANSWER
MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
(SHRI RAJEN GOHAIN)

(a) to (e): A Statement is laid on the Table of the House.

STATEMENT REFERRED TO IN REPLY TO PARTS (a) TO (e) OF UNSTARRED QUESTION NO. 960 BY SHRI C.P. NARAYANAN ANSWERED IN RAJYA SABHA ON 09.02.2018 REGARDING LOCO RUNNING STAFF

(a) As on 01.04.2017, over Zonal Railways, total number of employed staff in loco running category is 87196.
(b) & (c) As per the provision of the Railways Act, 1989 and the Railway Servants (Hours of Work & Period of Rest) Rules, 2005, Loco running staff on the Railways are classified as ‘Continuous’ and as such, their rostered hours of work is 54 hours a week on an average in a two-weekly period of 14 days.

(d) & (e) After the Seventh CPC (Central Pay Commission) recommendations, the basic pay of the non-running staff has been increased by a multiplication factor of 2.57 with effect from 01.01.2016 and then fixed in the appropriate cell of the relevant Level in the Seventh CPC pay matrix, while for the running staff the multiplication factor of 2.945 was used. Further, the actual raise in the pay of the running staff has been ensured at a minimum of 14.29 percent with the Ministry of Finance (MoF) concurrence. This has resulted in an effective multiplication factor of around 3.01 for Running Staff. The running staff also get allowances like Dearness Allowance and House Rent Allowance on the basic pay enhanced by 30%.

Source : Rajya Sabha

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Zonal Railways to discontinue pasting reservation charts on train coaches for 6 months starting from 1st March, 2018

Ministry of Railways

Ministry of Railways directs Zonal Railways to discontinue pasting reservation charts on train coaches for 6 months starting from 1st March, 2018.

16 FEB 2018

Ministry of Railways has directed Zonal Railways to discontinue pasting of reservation charts on the reserved coaches of all trains at all erstwhile A1, A & B category stations as a pilot project for 6 months starting from 1st March, 2018.

Physical/digital charts will continue to be displayed at the platform of the train. At those stations where electronic charts display plasma have been installed and the same are functioning properly, physical reservation charts at such platforms can be stopped.

Earlier, pasting of reservation charts on the reserved coaches of all trains was discontinued at New Delhi, Hazrat Nizamuddin, Mumbai Central, Chennai Central, Howrah and Sealdah Stations of Indian Railways on experimental basis for a period of 3 months.

Link for the names of  Erstwhile A1 & A category railway stations:

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Ministry of Railways Announces one of the World’s Largest Recruitment Drive

Ministry of Railways Announces one of the World’s Largest Recruitment Drive.

Online Applications are invited around 90,000 posts in Group C Level I (Erstwhile Group D) like Track maintainer, Points man, Helper, Gateman, Porter and Group C Level II categories like Assistant Loco Pilots (ALP), Technicians (Fitter, Crane Driver, Blacksmith, Carpenter) through Railway Recruitment Boards websites.

Largest Computer based test in the World is scheduled tentatively in April – May 2018.

Educational Qualifications for various posts are class Xth passed & Industrial Training Institute certificate (ITI).

Selection procedure only includes Computer Based Test without Interviews.

15 FEB 2018

Ministry of Railways has announced one of the world’s largest recruitment processes for 89409 posts in Group C Level I (Erstwhile Group D) & Level II Categories. Online applications have been invited for the Group C Level II posts like Assistant Loco Pilots, Technicians (Fitter, Crane Driver, Blacksmith, and Carpenter) and Group C Level I (Erstwhile Group D) posts like Track maintainer, Points man, Helper, Gateman, Porter. This recruitment drive is open for candidates who have passed Class Xth & ITI for Group C Level I posts & Class Xth & ITI or diploma in engineering or a graduation in engineering for Group C Level II posts like Assistant Loco Pilots, Technicians and aspire to join Indian Railways.

 

Ministry of Railways has published a notification no. CEN 01/2018 for Group C Level II Categories posts for the candidates in the age group of 18-28 years who have passed Class X and have an industrial training certificate (ITI) or diploma in engineering or a graduation in engineering.

 

The notification no. CEN 02/2018 about Group C Level I (Erstwhile Group D) posts for candidates in the age group of 18-31 years and who have passed Class X and have an industrial training certificate (ITI). The notifications have already been uploaded on RRB Websites. The link of the website is as follows:

 

http://www.indianrailways.gov.in/railwayboard/view_section.jsp?lang=0&id=0,4,1244

 

For Group C level II posts, the monthly salary along with allowances as per the Seventh Pay Commission (level 2) Scale (19,900-63,200) will be given to the selected candidates. For Group C Level I (Erstwhile Group D) posts, the monthly salary along with allowances as per the Seventh Pay Commission (level 1) Scale (18,000- 56,900) will be given to the selected candidates. Applications for Group C Level II posts will be accepted till 5th March 2018 & for Group C Level I (Erstwhile Group D) posts will be accepted till 12th March 2018.

 

Free Sleeper Class Railway Pass facility shall be available for SC/ST candidates for Computer Based Aptitude Tests, Physical Efficiency Tests, Document verification during the recruitment stages

IMPORTANT DATES:

Railway Recruitment Group C Level II Notification February 3, 2018
Start of Railway Recruitment Group C Level II 2018 Online Application February 3, 2018
Application Closes March 5, 2018
Computer Based Aptitude Test (CBT) tentatively April- May, 2018
Railway Recruitment Group C Level I 2018 Notification February 10, 2018
Start of Railway Recruitment Group C Level I 2018 Online Application February 10, 2018
Railway Recruitment Group C Level I 2018 Application Form Closes March 12, 2018
Computer Based Aptitude Test (CBT) tentatively During April and May, 2018

VACANCY DETAILS FOR GROUP C Level II POSTS

Railway-VACANCY-GROUP-C-Level-II-POSTS

VACANCY DETAILS FOR GROUP C Level I (Erstwhile Group D) POSTS

Railway-VACANCY-GROUP-C-Level-I-group-D-POSTS

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Skill India Initiative by Ministry of Railways – Training of Apprentices

Skill India Initiative by Ministry of Railways – Training of Apprentices

Targets training of 30 thousand Apprentices in its 16 Zonal Units and 7 Production Units

13 FEB 2018

As part of Skill India initiative, Ministry of Railways has been contributing in a big way to provide training to Apprentices in various disciplines training in categories like Fitter, Turner, Machinist, Welder, Painter, Carpenter, Electrician, Refrigerator and AC Mechanic, Mechanic (Motor Vehicle/Diesel) etc., since long. Ministry of Railways has kept a target of training of 30 thousand Apprentices in its 16 Zonal Units and 7 Production Units.

For the year 2017-18, about 26,000 training slots for Apprenticeship training have been notified. This is in addition to over 4000 persons already undergoing training in various establishments. An Employment Notification has been issued earlier in the week for recruitment of 62,907 staff in Level 1 pay scale and out of these, apprentices trained in Railway establishments will be given preference to the tune of over 12,000 vacancies which is in line with the recent amendments made in the Apprentices Act, 1961

With a large set up of Workshops and Production Units, Indian Railways has been in the forefront of implementation of the Apprentices Act, 1961. Railway Workshops have been imparting Apprentices. A large number of Apprentices were turned out from these Workshops and Production Units every year who were certified and granted the NCVT (National Council for Vocational Training) Certificate, making them employable for jobs in industry as well as for posts in Railways. In this way, the Indian Railways is contributing to Skill India.

Railway recognizes that skill development of the labour force is an important component of development of Human Resources. It is crucial for the industrial development of the country. Skill training imparted through formal institutions alone is not sufficient to make the labour force fully skilled. This needs to be supplemented by training in the actual work place.

Apprentices’ Training consists of Basic Training and On-the-Job Training/Practical Training at workplace. Basic training is an essential component of apprenticeship training for those who have not undergone any institutional training/skill before taking up on-the-job training/practical training. It counts for 20-30% of overall duration of Apprenticeship Training. The component of on-the-job training is performed and undertaken in the establishment itself.

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Meeting of Federations (NFIR) with Member Staff and DG (Personnel) on 7th February 2018

Meeting of Federations (NFIR) with Member Staff and DG (Personnel) on 7th February 2018

NFIR-federations-meeting

Important points requiring priority attention for redressal

(i) PNM and formal meetings are not being held regularly at Railway Board’s level resulting several issues continued unresolved. Appropriate action may be taken for conducting
meetings regularly. Special priority be given to resolve pending PNM items.
(ii) In most of the cases, the replies to Federation’s letters are not sent. Machinery needs to be tightened for ensuring prompt replies to Federation’s letters.
(iii) Agreements reached through formal negotiations are not being honoured resulting serious resentment among staff. A few are cited below as example:-

(a) Replacement GP 4600/- with GP 4800/- (for SSEs, Inspectors/Supervisors etc).
(b) Stepping up of pay of Loco inspectors inducted prior to 01/01/2006.
(c) NFIR’s PNM agreement for stepping up of pay of senior-most SSOs (Accounts) w.e.f.0110112006 to GP 5400/-.
(d) Implementation of ratio l0 :20 :20 : 50 for Track Maintainers in 6th CPC GP 2800/-, 2400/-,1900/- & 1800/- respectively -NFIR’s PNM agreement not implemented.
(e) Manning of coaches by Ticket Checking Staff – restoration of Board’s orders of 2000 (NFIR’s PNM agreement) not implemented yet.
(f) Placement of Loco Pilot Mail/Express in GP 4600/-.
(g) Railway Board’s norms for creation of posts of Helpers, ESMs, SSEs/JEs (Signal) not implemented. PNM agreement on item No. 14/2010 not implemented.

(iv) Running Staff Allowances issues not yet resolved. Federation’s proposal for revision of Kilometrage rates need to be accepted duly retaining pay element of 55 & 30% for retirement and other purposes.

(v) Merger of Technicians Grade-II with Grade-I:- While reaching an agreement on 22nd July 2016 on revision of percentages of Technicians, the Railway Board had assured to process the merger proposal with Ministry of Finance for obtaining clearance. Though 1% years has passed, their been no finality. This may kindly be expedited.

(vi) Upgradation of Apex level Group ‘C’ posts to Group ‘B’ Gazetted(3335 posts):- Although agreed for upgrading the posts, no orders have been issued even after a lapse officious years. This needs to be expedited on top priority.

(vii) Vacancies continued to remain unfilled, leading additional burden on staff. Action be taken to fill all vacancies at the earliest.

(viii) Outsourcing of activities, closure of establishments etc., is being resorted to indiscriminately, without consultations and without realizing the adverse effects on efficiency. These are required to be reviewed.

(ix) Revision of designations:- NFIR’s proposals not yet considered.

(x) Graduate Engineers are extremely agitated over “ZERO” career growth – NFIR’s PNM agenda as well letters may be connected for taking action for career growth of engineers.

(xi) MACPS issues discussed in the PNM meetings are yet to be resolved. Assurance was given for holding meeting at the level of MS &FC, but unfortunately there has been no progress.

NFIR also insisted that ‘Very Good’ bench marking needs to be scrapped in Railways and this subject was discussed with CRB on 05/01/2018, on subsequently, CRB has assured to solve this problem.

(xii) Continuation of LARGENESS:- Expeditious action may kindly be taken for continuance of LARGENESS in the light of Supreme Court’s Order giving free hand to Railway Ministry to re-visit the Scheme and take conscious decision. It needs to be appreciated that the Scheme has been introduced in public interest as well the personal safety of staff working in the safety categories, therefore it should be continued and Board’s letter dated 27/10/2017 may also be withdrawn.

(xiii) Inter Railway request transfer applications:- In the case of ex-servicemen re-employed in Railways, the 5 years minimum service condition needs to be relaxed as demanded by federation vide its PNM agenda item. This subject was also discussed by the Federation with CRB on 05/01/2018, consequently, the CRB has agreed to relax, but however, instructions have not been issued.

(xiv) Induction of Act Apprentices in GP 1800/- in the Safety category posts in exigency:- GMs be empowered to take decision.

(xv) Regularization of Quasi Administrative Staff in the Railways – Discussed in the full board meeting held on 07/02/2014. However decision to restore the policy of 1973/1977 has not yet been taken NFIR’s detailed note on the subject may kindly be considered and approval accorded for absorption of Quasi-staff.

NFIR urges positive action for satisfactory redressal of issues listed above.

(Dr.M.Raghavaiah)
General Secretary

Source: NFIR

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Railways has 13,000 ‘absentee’ employees, will terminate services

 Railways has 13,000 ‘absentee’ employees, will terminate services

 

The railways had launched a drive to improve performance of the organisation and boost the morale of sincere and diligent employees.

The Indian Railways has identified more than 13,000 employees in its ranks who are on “unauthorised” leave for a long time and initiated disciplinary action to terminate their services, it said Friday.

The railways had launched a drive to improve performance of the organisation and boost the morale of sincere and diligent employees. The action is part of that campaign.

“A massive drive to identify long-term absentees in various establishments of Railways has been initiated. As a result of the drive, more than 13,000 employees out of about 13 lakh employees were found to be on unauthorised absence for a long time,” the railways said in a statement.

The establishment has initiated disciplinary action under the rules to terminate the service of such absentees.

“Railways have instructed all officers and supervisors to weed out these employees from the employees’ rolls after following due process,” the statement stated.

Hindi Version

ऐसे रेल कर्मचारी, जो लंबे समय से बिना किसी अनुमति के अनुपस्थित चल रहे हैं, या फिर सरकारी नौकरी के नाम पर बिना उपस्थिति दर्ज कराएं, मौज काट रहे हैं, उनके ऊपर अब रेल मंत्रालय का डंडा चलने वाला है. दरअसल, भारतीय रेलवे ने ऐसे 13,000 कर्मचारियों की पहचान की है जो कि लंबे समय से ‘अनाधिकृत’ रूप से अनुपस्थित चल रहे हैं. इन कर्मचारियों की सेवाएं समाप्त करने की अनुशासनात्मक कार्रवाई शुरू की गई है.

रेलवे के बयान में कहा गया है कि मंत्रालय ने संगठन का प्रदर्शन बेहतर करने और निष्ठावान व मेहनती कर्मचारियों का मनोबल बढ़ाने के लिए एक अभियान शुरू किया था. यह कार्रवाई इसी अभियान का हिस्सा है.

इसके अनुसार, ‘रेलवे के विभिन्न प्रतिष्ठानों में लंबे समय से अनुपस्थित कर्मचारियों की पहचान करने के लिए एक व्यापक अभियान शुरू किया गया. इस अभियान के परिणाम में रेलवे ने अपने लगभग 13 लाख कर्मचारियों में से 13 हजार से भी अधिक ऐसे कर्मचारियों की पहचान की है, जो लंबे समय से अनाधिकृत तौर पर अनुपस्थित हैं.’ इसके अनुसार रेलवे ने इन अनुपस्थित कर्मचारियों की सेवाएं समाप्त करने के लिए नियमों के तहत अनुशासनात्मक कार्रवाई शुरू की है.

रेलवे ने सभी अधिकारियों और पर्यवेक्षकों को उचित प्रक्रिया पर अमल के बाद कर्मचारियों की सूची से इनका नाम हटाने का निर्देश दिया है.

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Railways: Cleanliness and Maintenance of Passenger Rail Coaches

Ministry of Railways
Cleanliness and Maintenance of Passenger Rail Coaches

09 FEB 2018

Every endeavour is made to keep the coaches in properly maintained and clean condition. All efforts are made by the Railways to address the complaints.

Some of the major initiatives taken by Indian Railways towards improvement of cleanliness and maintenance of coaches are as follows :

Cleaning of coaches of trains at both ends including mechanized cleaning.

On Board Housekeeping Service (OBHS) has been provided in more than 970 pairs of trains including Rajdhani, Shatabdi and other important long distance Mail/Express trains for cleaning of coach toilets, doorways, aisles and passenger compartments during the run of the trains.

‘Clean My Coach’ service is provided on demand in nearly 950 pairs of important Superfast/Mail/Express long distance trains having On Board Housekeeping Service.
Clean Train Station (CTS) scheme has also been prescribed for limited mechanized cleaning attention to identified trains including cleaning of toilets during their scheduled stoppages enroute at nominated stations.

Regular maintenance and upkeep of all passenger coaches is carried out during laid down maintenance schedules at the Coaching depots and workshops to ensure that they remain in good condition.

Some special measures like running of model rake trains (like Mahamana Express), upgradation of identified Rajdhani / Shatabdi trains to Swarn Standard, running of Humsafar, Tejas, Antyodaya trains etc. have also been taken to improve travelling experience.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Railways Shri Rajen Gohain in a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha today.

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Discussions of GS/NFIR held with Railway Board on 31/01/2018

Discussions of GS/NFIR held with Railway Board on 31/01/2018

No.II/95/Pt.X

Dated: 01/02/2018

The General Secretaries
of Affiliated Unions of NFIR

 

Brother,

Sub: Discussions of GS/NFIR held with Railway Board on 31/01/2018 – reg.

 

The GS/NFIR discussed with Railway Board on 31st Jan 2018 and reminded the following issues raised by the Federation from time to time:-

 

(i) Action to be expedited in the light of Supreme Court’s order for continuation of LARSGESS with proper safeguards.

 

(ii) Dispensing with ‘Very Good’ benchmark for granting financial upgradation under MACPS in Railways – already inputs given by NFIR.

 

(iii) Stepping up of pay of Loco Inspectors inducted prior to 01/01/2006 agreed with the NFIR on 5th Jan, 2018 in the meeting by CRB.

 

(iv) A venue of promotion for filling the vacancies of Station Managers in the wake of merger of GP 2800 with GP 4200. Federation requested the Railway Board to take speedy action on NFIR’s proposal.

 

(v) Keeping Ticekt Checking as separate category while taking steps in respect of commercial categories as per record note of discussions held with the NFIR.

 

Forwarded to the affiliates for information and conveying appropriately to the staff concerned.

 

Yours fraternally,
sd/-
(Dr M. Raghavaiah)
General Secretary

Source: NFIR

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Grant of financial up gradation under MACPS to SSE-Drawing (formerly Diploma Holder Tracers) appointed against DR quota vacancies as Assistant Draftsman

Grant of financial up gradation under MACPS to SSE-Drawing (formerly Diploma Holder Tracers) appointed against DR quota vacancies as Assistant Draftsman

No. IV/MACPS/09/Pt.II

Dated: 29/01/2018

The Secretary (E)
Railway Board
New Delhi

Dear Sir

Sub: Grant of financial up gradation under MACPS to SSE-Drawing (formerly Diploma Holder Tracers) appointed against DR quota vacancies as Assistant Draftsman-reg.

Ref:

(i) NFIR’s PNM item No.15/52015
(ii) NFIR’s letter No.IV/MACPS/09/Pt.10 dated 7/11/2016.
(iii) Reply receive vide Board’s letter No.PC-V/2015/PNM/NFIR/2 dated 30/05/2017 addressed to GS/NFIR
(iv) NFIR’s letter No.IV/MACPS/09/Pt. 10 dated 19/06/2017.
(v) PCPO/S.C.Rly’s letter No.SCR/P-HQ/510/EE/GM.PNM/SCRES dated 21/11/2017 addressed to Railway Board.

Through the action taken statement provided to the NFIR during the PNM meeting held with the Railway Board on 13/14.11.2017, the Railway Board desired to have copies of NFIR’s letters dated 07/11/2016 & 12/04/2017 for further examination of the matter. Accordingly, the NFIR sends herewith copies of its letters dated 7/11/2016 & 12/04/2017 (with enclosures).

Federation re-iterates that pursuant to the demand raised by our affiliate the SCRF Sangh in the GM/PNM meeting, the PCPO, SCRly vide letter dated 21/11/2017 has sent another letter to the Board seeking clarification. A copy of PCPO/S.C.Rly letter dated 21/11/2017 is also enclosed for ready reference.

NFIR once again reiterates following points and facts for taking decision to concede Federation’s demand on S.C.Railay’s cases.

NFIR once again reiterates following points and facts for taking decision to concede Federation’s demand on S.C.Railway’s cases.

The panel of Diploma Holder Tracers to the post Asst. Draftsman against 50% DR qutoa was formed and implemented on 20th Jan, 1984. Para 5.3 of Railway Board’s letter No.PC III/84/UPG/19 dated 25/06/1985 is not applicable to the candidates as they were the empanelled Asst.Draftsman in the year 1984 itself (against DR quota). This connection of the Federation can be verified from the letter dated 21/11/2017 sent by the South Central Railway to Railway Board.

The group of ten employees selected against DR quota were placed above in the seniority list to those promoted against restructured posts pursuant to Board’s destructing decision.

Federation therefore contents that the SSE/Drawing (Former Diploma Holder Tracers) appointed as Asst Draftsman against DR quota vacancies as per Board’s orders have been wrongly denied the benefit of 3rd MACP in GP 4800/-.

NFIR therefore urges upon the Railway Board to review the decision and issue instructions to the Zones etc., for allowing MACP benefit (3rd MACP in GP 4800) to the Diploma Holder Tracers appointed as Asst Draftsman aganist 50% DR qutoa vacancies, duly treating their entry as “appointment”.  A copy of the instructions issued may be endrosed to the Federation.

DA/As above

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

Source: NFIR

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Upgradation of posts in Railways recommended by 7th CPC – clearance of DoP&T and MoF

NFIR: Upgradation of posts in Railways recommended by 7th CPC – clearance of DoP&T and MoF

No.IV/NFIR/7th CPC/ (Imp)/2016/R.B./Pt.II

Dated: 29/01/2018

The Secretary (E),
Railway Board,
New Delhi

Dear Sir,

Sub: Upgradation of posts in Railways recommended by 7th CPC – clearance of DoP&T and MoF- reg.

Ref: (i)NFIR’s PNM item No.13/2017.

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

(iii)NFIR’s letter No.IV/NFIR/7th CPC(Imp)/2016/R.B. dated 12/09/2016. 30/09/2016, 15/11/2016 & 28/11/2016.

Federation invites kind attention of the Railway Board to the PNM item No.13/2017 relating to upgradation of the following posts in Railways :

nfir-7thCPC-Railways

The subject was discussed in the NFIR’s PNM meeting held with the Railway Board on 13/14.11.2017, consequently the Railway Board had stated as follows:-

“Ministry of Finance to whom the matter was referred to for a decision, as now referred it back to DoP&T. The railways are awaiting decision of the Government on the proposal sent by the Railway Ministry”.

The Federation had however requested the Railway Board to pursue vigorously with the concerned Ministries/Department for obtaining clearance for implementation of the recommendations of 7th CPC in toto. Federation is disappointed to state that though more than two months passed, the subject continues to remain pending, leading to staff resentment against casual approach on 7th CPC recommendation.

NFIR therefore urges on the Railway Board to kindly expedite for obtaining clearance for upgrading the posts in the above categories.

Yours faithfully,

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

 Source: NFIR

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Recruitment of staff in Level – 1 of 7th CPC Pay Matrix on Indian Railways – Criteria for Physical Efficiency Test (PET)

Recruitment of staff in Level – 1 of 7th CPC Pay Matrix on Indian Railways - Criteria for Physical Efficiency Test (PET) regarding

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GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
(RAILWAY BOARD)

No. E(NG)-II/2017/RR-l/10

RBE No. 11/2018
New Delhi, dated: 24.01.2018

The General Manager (P),
All Zonal Railways/Production Units

 

Sub: Recruitment of staff in Level – 1 of 7th CPC Pay Matrix on Indian Railways – Criteria for Physical Efficiency Test (PET) regarding.

 

Ref: This office letter No. E(NG)ll/2012/RR-1/14 elated 12.11.2012 (RBE No. 126/2012)

 

Attention is invited to Board letter under reference prescribing criteria for Physical Efficiency Test (PET) for recruitment of staff for all categories in Level – 1 of 7th CPC Pay Matrix (earlier Grade Pay 1800/-) on Indian Railways.

 

2. The matter has further been reviewed, keeping in view the requirement of the job and it has been decided by Ministry of Railways (Railway Board) to amend the existing criteria for recruitment from open market in all categories in Level-1 , as per norms prescribed below:

 

Male Candidates

(i) Should be able to lift and carry 35 kg of weight for a distance of 100 metres in 2 minutes in one chance without putting the weight the weight down;

 

(ii) Should be able to run for a distance of 1000 metres in 4 minute and 15 seconds 5 minutes and 40 second

Female Candidates

(i) Should be able to lift and carry 35 kg of weight for a distance of 100 metres in 2 minutes in one chance without putting the weight the weight down;

 

(ii) Should be able to run for a distance of 1000 metres in 5 minutes and 40 second

3. The above norms will be applicable in all future recruitment from open market in Level-1. Notification, 1f any, issued may please be amended,Suitably by issuing a corrigendum.

 

4. Please acknowledge receipt.
(Hindi version will follow)

sd/-
(Ravi Shekher)
Dy. Dir. Estt.(N)-II
Railway Board

Authority: www.indianrailways.gov.in

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Railways: Revision of Cloak Room and Locker charges at Railway Stations

Railways: Revision of Cloak Room and Locker charges at Railway Stations

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
(RAILWAY BOARD)

No. 2015/TG-IV/14/P/Lockers

New Delhi, Dt.21.12.2017

The General Managers,
All Zonal Railways.
(Commercial Circular No. 83/2017)

Sub: Revision of Cloak Room and Locker charges at Railway Stations.

Please refer to Board’s letter no: 91/TG-I/10/P/Cloak Room Charges dated 23.01.2013 (CC No. 09/2013) wherein the last revision of Cloak Room and Locker charges were notified.

It has, now, been decided that DRMs shall have full powers for upward revision of the Cloak Room and Locker tariff at stations based on their local conditions after obtaining concurrence of their Associate Finance.

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

sd/-
(Harvinder Singh)
Jt. Director Traffic Comml.(G)
Railway Board

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Ministry of Railways sets Zero scrap balance target for all Zonal Railways

Ministry of Railways
Ministry of Railways sets Zero scrap balance target for all Zonal Railways

​​​​​​​All General Managers of Zonal Railways have been advised to strictly monitor the e-auction of scrap.

Total scrap sales till December 2017 of current financial year has reached to Rs. 1837 crores which is 22% higher than the corresponding sales of Rs. 1503 crores upto December 2016 of the year 2016-17

Earnings from sale of Railway scrap not only augments Railways revenue but also helps in keeping the Railway track, stations, workshops, depots neat and tidy. In this regard, Ministry of Railways has directed all Zonal Railway & Production units to achieve Zero scrap balance by end of March 2018. General Managers of all the Zonal Railways/PUs have been advised to regularly monitor this activity and to intensify supervision at senior officers’ level so as to promptly identify scrap and offer it for e-auction.

With the concerted efforts by all the Railways, total scrap sales till December 2017 of current financial year has reached to Rs. 1837 crores which is 22% higher than the corresponding sales of Rs. 1503 crores upto December 2016 of the year 2016-17.

Indian Railways have been selling its internally generated scrap entirely through online e-auction. Majority of the scrap material comprises of worn-out rails and track fittings released from track renewal/gauge conversion, steel scrap generated in course of overhaul /repairs of rolling stocks, other non-ferrous and miscellaneous scrap.

The e-auction module is part of the IREPS (Indian Railways E-Procurement System) which is a single portal of Indian Railways handling all procurements tenders and e-auctions digitally. All the Zonal Railways and Production Units use this single platform for online sales of scrap. Monthly on an average, 200 e-auctions are conducted by Materials Managers in Divisions and Stores Depots spread all over Indian Railways. Auction schedules and details of saleable materials are published regularly on IREPS website & updated online. The endeavor shall be continued so as to achieve the task of Zero scrap balance by end of March 2018.

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7th CPC: Clarification regarding bunching of stages in the revised pay structure under RS(RP) Rules, 2016

Clarification regarding bunching of stages in the revised pay structure under RS(RP) Rules, 2016

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA (BHARAT SARKAR)
Ministry of Railways (Rail Mantralaya)
(Railway Board)

File No. PC-VII/2016/RSRP/3

New Delhi,
dated : 16.01.2018

The General Manager/CAOs(R),

All India Railways & Production Units, (As per mailing list)

Sub: Clarification regarding bunching of stages in the revised pay structure under RS(RP) Rules, 2016.

Subsequent to issue of clarifications regarding bunching of stages while fixing the pay in 7th CPC Schedules to RS(RP) Rules, 2016 vide Board’s letter No. PC-VII/2016/RSRP/3 dated 27.09.2016 (RBE No. 139/2017), queries have been raised by several Railways on granting benefit of bunching of stages in case(s) where pay of two direct officers (belonging to different allotment year) came out to be fixed at first cell of Level-13 though, difference in their pays as on 31.12.2015 is comprising two stages.

2. In this context, it is intimated that the issue has been referred to Ministry of Finance (copy enclosed) and clarification on the same is awaited.

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


GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
(RAILWAY BOARD)

F.No. PC-VII/2016/RSRP/3

New Delhi,
dated: 15/01/2018

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Sub: Clarification regarding bunching of stages under revised pay structure.

Detailed guidelines on the subject have been issued vide MoF’s OM No. 1-6/2016-IC dated 03.08.2017, which has been adopted in Railways through letter 27.09.2017. Para 7 of MoF’s OM dated 03.08.2017 states clarify inter alia “…..benefit on account of bunching cannot be extended with reference to pay stages lower than the Entry Pay indicated by the 7th CPC (emphasis added) for that level in the Pay Matrix. Extending the benefit of bunching with reference to pay stages below the entry pay will perpetuate the difference in pay on account of differential Entry Pay which was addressed by 7th CPC (emphasis added)”.

2. However, para 8 (iv) of the said OM states “All pay stages lower than the Entry Pay in the 6th CPC structure (emphasis added) as indicated in the Pay Matrix in 7th CPC Report are not to be taken into account for determining the extent of bunching”

3. However, certain cases have come to notice of this Ministry where this crucial difference in terminology in para-7 & para-8 of the OM is leading to confusion/ambiguity as to whether entry pay in 6th CPO alone and not 7th CPC is the deciding factor for determining bunching eligibility. Relying on the terminology adopted in para-8, cases have been noticed where benefit of ‘bunching’ has been given to direct officers of 2002 allotment year w.r.t. their junior of 2003 allotment year. Their pay fixation details are enclosed at Annexure-A. Similar cases involving certain retired officers in Level-13 and Level-14 has also been received. Illustration in this regard is enclosed at Annexure-B.

4. While the over-riding spirit of the clarifications issued by Ministry of Finance’s OM referred to above, was to avoid differential entry pay and was not to provide benefit of bunching at the entry level, this dichotomy in para-7 & para-8 is leading to differing interpretations. Clarifications over the issue may kindly be provided to enable uniform interpretation.

Encl. As above.

S/d,
(S. Balachandra Iyer)
Executive Director, Pay Commission-II
Railway Board

Source: NFIR

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Admissibility of House Rent Allowance in the event of non-acceptance or surrender of railway residential accommodation

Admissibility of House Rent Allowance in the event of non-acceptance or surrender of railway residential accommodation

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
(RAILWAY BOARD)

RBE No. 05/2018
New Delhi, dated : 15.01.2018

No.E(P&A)II-2017/HRA-3

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

Sub : Admissibility of House Rent Allowance in the event of non-acceptance or surrender of railway residential accommodation.

Ref : Board’s letters No.
(i) No. E(P&A)II-87/HRA-15, dated 16-5-1988,
(ii) No. E(P&A)11-95/HRA-3, dated 14-2-1996,
(iii)  No. E(P&A)11-99/HRA-2, dated 12-7-1999 & 16-3-2000,
(iv) No. E(P&A)II-2002/HRA-4, dated 16-10-2002,
(v) No. E(P&A)11-2002/HRA-4, dated 9-5-2003 and,
(vi) No. E(P&A)II-2010/HRA-2, dated 08-12-2010

Attention is invited to Board’s letters quoted above delegating powers to the General Managers and other Heads of Organisations directly controlling allotment of quarters to Railway Servants for sanction of House Rent Allowance in accordance with the prescribed conditions to the categories of Railway Employees specified therein. This delegation of powers was valid upto  31.03.2017.

2.The question of renewing this delegation of powers beyond 31.03.2017 has been engaging the attention of the Board. On the basis of the reports received from the Zonal Railways and Production Units, the matter has been considered and the Board have decided to renew the sanction contained in para 5 of their letter dated 16.5.1988 ibid and as amended/modified from time to time, w.e.f 01.04.2017 upto 31.03.2024 where after the question of renewing this delegation will be considered by the Board and a fresh sanction, if necessary, issued on the basis of reports received from the General Managers etc., directly controlling allotment of quarters, in regard to the position of availability of Railway accommodation under their control.

3. In case at any point of time it transpires that some accommodation is likely to remain vacant/un-occupied due to lack of demand, it should be made compulsory to submit applications for such types where there is surplus accommodation, and consequently, the employees entitled for such types would not be eligible to draw House Rent Allowance.

4.  This delegation is also subject to the over-riding, condition that these orders are liable to be withdrawn/modified at any time during this period, if it is considered necessary by the Board to do so.

5. This has the approval of the President and issues with the concurrence of the Finance Directorate of the Ministry of Railways.

6. Kindly acknowledge receipt.

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

Source: NFIR

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7th CPC: Grant of Extra Work Allowance (abolition of existing Library Allowance)

7th CPC : Grant of Extra Work Allowance (abolition of existing Library Allowance)

 

Government of India
Ministry of Railways
Railway Board

PC-VII No. 87
RBE No. 208/2017
New Delhi, Dated: 02.01.2018

No.E(P&A)I-2017/SP-1/Genl-5

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

 

Sub: Implementation of recommendations of Seventh Central Pay Commission accepted by the Government – Grant of Extra Work Allowance (abolition of existing Library Allowance).

 

Ref:   (i)  Board’s letter No. E(P&A)I-2009/SP-1/Gen1/1 dated 30.04.2010 (Annexure-A-9).

(ii) Ministry of Finance’s OM No. 13-3/2016-E.III(A) dated 20.07.2017.

 

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 abolish  Rajbhasha Allowance (payable as a Special Allowance to Sr.Scale,J.A. Grade and S.A Grade officers entrusted with the administrative control of Hindi works) as a separate allowance. The eligible employees will now be governed by the newly proposed “Extra Work Allowance“, which shall be governed as under:

a. Extra Work Allowance will be paid at uniform rate of 2% (two percent) of the basic pay per month.

 

b. An employee shall receive this allowance for a maximum period of one year, and there should be minimum gap of one year before  same employee is deployed for similar duties again.

 

c. This allowance not be combined i.e. if the same employee  is performing two or more such duties and is eligible for 2% (two percent) allowance for each add-on, then the total Extra Work Allowance payable will remain capped at 2% (two percent) of basic pay.

 

2. These orders shall be effective from 1st July, 2017.

 

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

 

4. Please acknowledge receipt.

S/d,
(Anil Kumar)
Dy.Director/E(P&A)-I
Railway Board.

 Source: NFIR

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Strengthening of Safety Organization at Zonal and Divisional Level – Railway Board

Guidelines for posting of Dy. CSOs in HQ and Sr. DSOs in Division – Railway Board

Government of India
Ministry of Railways
Railway Board

No. 2017/Safety (DM) 19/1
New Delhi, Dated: 20.09.2017

General Managers
All Zonal Railways.

Sub: Strengthening of Safety Organization at Zonal and Divisional Level.

Ref: RB Letter of even no. dated 28.03.2017.

Board issued comprehensive guidelines for posting of Officials in Safety Organisation vide letter under reference. Based on the feedback received from Zonal Railways, it is felt that there is a need to streamline the process of posting officials and strengthen the safety organisation. The following procedure needs to be adopted for posting of Officers in division and HQs.

i. Posting of Dy. CSOs in headquarters.

a) CSO shall be assisted by four Deputy HOD rank officers.

b) Posting of Dy. CSOs in Headquarters shall be done with the approval of PED (Safety).

c) While submitting the proposal to Board for consideration, CSOs, should ensure that the officer is chosen carefully in consultation with the PHOD concerned and with the approval of General Manager.

d) Officer recommended should have a good record of service (very good and above) with minimum 3 years in open line working of that department. Names of at least 2 or 3 suitable officers should be recommended along with their confidential reports for last five years and vigilance clearance.

e) Tenure of the officers should be 3 years from the date of posting. In case it has to be extended beyond 3 years, PED/Safety’s prior approval shall be obtained.

ii. Posting of Sr. DSOs in the Division.

a) General Manager shall decide the Department wise distribution of Sr.DSOs in such a way that not more than 2 officers (excluding the post of CSO) from each of the 5 disciplines may be normally be posted as Dy. CSOs/SrDSOs (i.e. both the Headquarters and Divisional posts taken together) on a particular Zonal Railway.

b) Officer recommended shall have good record of service (very good and above) with minimum 3 years in Open line working of that department and should be free from vigilance cases.

c) Concerned departmental PHOD shall recommend names of two or three officers to be posted as Sr.DSO, Personnel Department should process the posting through CSO along with their confidential reports for last five years and vigilance clearance.

d) CSO will recommend one officer for consideration of General Manager.

e) Tenure of Sr.DSO should be three years from their date of posting. In casetenure has to be extended beyond three years, prior consent of CSO and approval of General Manager needs to be obtained.

On need basis, Zonal Railways shall review the present incumbents and replace them suitably. These guidelines are issued with the approval of the Board (MT and CRB).

(P.Srinivas)
Director Safety-III
Railway Board

Copy to: Chief Safety Officers, All Zonal Railways for information please.

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Indian Railways conceives to deploy “Drone” cameras in all its Zones/Divisions to enhance safety and efficiency in train operations

 Ministry of Railways

 Indian Railways conceives to deploy “Drone” cameras in all its Zones/Divisions to enhance safety and efficiency in train operations.

It will help in various activities especially project monitoring and maintenance of tracks and other railway infrastructure.

West Central Railways has become the first Zonal Railway to procure “Drone” cameras in Indian Railways.

Indian Railways has decided to deploy “Drone” cameras (UAV/NETRA) for various railway activities especially project monitoring and maintenance of tracks and other railway infrastructure. It has been given directions to Zonal Railways to procure such cameras. This is in-line with Railways’ desire to use technology to enhance safety and efficiency in train operations.

Drone” cameras shall be deployed to undertake monitoring activities of relief and rescue operation, project monitoring, progress of important works, conditions of track and inspection related activities. It shall also be used to assess preparedness of Non-Interlocking (NI) works, crowd management during fairs and melas, to identify scrap and also for aerial survey of station yards. It is going to be instrumental in providing real time inputs related to safety and maintenance of tracks and other railway infrastructure.

Under this initiative, West Central Railways with headquarter at Jabalpur (M.P) has become the first Zonal Railway to procure “Drone” cameras in Indian Railways. West Central Railways has already done a trial-run of those cameras last week on its all the three divisions in the following locations.

Jabalpur Division - Narmada Bridge near Bhitoni
Bhopal Division - (i) Nishatpura Yard; (ii) Third Line work between HBJ – Misrod.
Kota Division - (i) Chambal Bridge near Kota; (ii) Dakania Talav Yard near Kota.

WCR further plans to use Drone for project monitoring in 3rd line work of Bina-Katni, Doubling work in Katni-Singrouli, Important Bridge inspections and Mansoon preparedness in deep cutting portions of Ghat Sections of Bhopal and Jabalpur Divisions. Earlier, demonstration of “Drone” camera was done for project monitoring of Railway Electrification work of Jabalpur Yard.

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Revision of Kilometrage rates and other Allowances of Running Staff: NFIR

Revision of Kilometrage rates and other Allowances of Running Staff: NFIR.

No.IV/RSAC/Conf./Part IX

Dated: 05/01/2018

The General Secretaries of
Zonal Unions of NFIR

Brother,
Sub: Revision of Kilometrage rates and other Allowances of Running Staff-reg.

The issue pertaining to revision of Kilometraeg Allowance rates and other related Allowance for Running Staff was discussed on 4th & 5th January, 2018 at Rail Bhavan under the chairmanship of Additional Member (Staff). The NFIR’s note highlighting the position from 01/01/2006 and necessity for upward revision of Kilometrage Allowance rate was discussed. After considering the points brought out by the Staff Side on 4th & 5th January 2018, the Railway Board will respond.

Further development on the subject will be conveyed to affiliates at the earliest.

Yours fraternally,

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

Source : NFIR

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