Agenda points of AIRF’s PNM Meeting with Railway Board

Agenda points of AIRF’s PNM Meeting with Railway Board

All India Railwaymen’s Federation has publihsed complete agneda points of AIRF’s PNM Meeting with Railway Board and the meeting will be scheduled at an earliest.

Item No.1
A. Sub: Provision of Post Retirement Complimentary Passes to the spouse/widow of deceased railway employees appointed on compassionate ground

As per provision existing in current Pass Rules, the employees who have rendered less than 20 years of service in the Railways are not entitled for Post Retirement Complimentary Passes. As such, spouses of the deceased employees appointed on compassionate grounds at the age of above 40 years are not provided with Post Retirement Complimentary Passes. It may be appreciated that the appointment on compassionate grounds is specific to provide relief to dependent family of the deceased railway employee. On account of non-provision of facility of Post Retirement Complimentary Passes to such compassionate ground appointees who were appointed above the age of 40 years face acute hardship after their retirement on superannuation. There are a number of such cases on different zonal railways.

AIRF, therefore, feels that non-provision of Post Retirement Complimentary Passes to compassionate ground appointee for their appointment after attaining age of 40 years and above, as they do not complete 20 years of Qualifying Service up to their superannuation, is great injustice being meted out to them, as such, demands that the facility of Post Retirement Complimentary Passes should be extended to them by computing Railway Service of their spouse/deceased employee with their own service.

B. Sub: Provision of Complimentary Passes and medical facilities to unmarried daughters
after the death of parents Unmarried daughters of the railway employee, in receipt of pension after retirement, are entitled for Family Pension after the death of their parents as per extant rules, considering them fully dependent upon their mother and father. It is, however, noticed that, so far as medical facilities, Complimentary Passes to such unmarried daughters, fully dependent upon their parents, are concerned, the rules are totally silent, as a result of which, such unmarried dependent daughters are denied medical treatment in Railway Hospitals as also facility of Complimentary Passes, which are urgently needed by them.There may be a number of such cases on different zonal railways, and for example, the case of Kumari Nirmala Bhatia, unmarried daughter of Late Shri Mool Chand Bhatia, Ex. Chargeman, Wagon Repair Shop, Kota, West Central Railway, retired on 30.09.1988 and expired on 21.10.2004 and his wife, Smt. Mohini Bhatia, also expired on 13.04.2006 may be quoted, in which case, the facilities of Complimentary Pass and medical treatment are being denied by the Railway Administration. AIRF urges that since the unmarried daughters are already entitled for Family Pension after the death of their parents, considering their total dependency on their mother and father, therefore, the facility of medical treatment and issue of Complimentary Passes should also be extended to them as a helping hand to them in hard days.

Item No.2
Sub: Allotment of higher pay scale to Accounts Staff of Indian Railways with retrospective
effect from 01.01.1996 rectifying the errors of the Ministry of Railway’s letter No.PC-VI/
98/1/11/23 dated 07.03.2003
Ref: AIRF’s letter No.AIRF/5(133) dated 24.05.2013
Serious injustice has been perpetuated to the staff of Accounts Department of the Indian Railways
by denying them proper pay scales w.e.f. 01.01.1996, instead they have been granted the benefit of proper
pay scale w.e.f. 19.02.2003 only. This matter was, therefore, agitated before the Hon’ble CAT, Ernakulam
Bench by the aggrieved employees vide O.A. No.671/2003. The Hon’ble CAT/Ernakulam Bench delivered
judgement in the O.A. aforesaid, the operative portion of which reads as under:-
“In the light of the above O.A. is allowed. The applications are entitled to the benefit of
revised pay scales calculating arrears of pay and allowances w.e.f. 01.01.1996. Annexure A-
3 is quashed to the extent that it declares that the actual benefit would be only w.e.f.
19.02.2003. The respondents are directed to grant the applicants the arrears of revised pay
and allowances for the period from 1.1.1996 to 18.2.2003.”
The Ministry of Railways, Government of India preferred a Writ Petition before the Hon’ble Kerala
High Court vide W.P.(C) No.22276 of 2007, whereupon the Hon’ble Kerala High Court while rejecting the
Writ Petition of the Ministry of Railways, Government of India, passed the orders on 27.03.2013, the
operative portion of which is as follows:-
“The short issue is whether the respondents, who are railway employees, are entitled to
arrears of pay on revision of scales with effect from 01.01.1996. They are refused such
benefit till 18.2.2003 as per annexure-3. That has been interfered with by the Tribunal. We
find no rationale to refuse relief to the railway employees particularly when such relief has
been granted to the employees of the other sector covered by the Pay Commission order.
We find no jurisdictional error or legal infirmity to say that there is any injustice against the
establishment on the basis of the impugned order. No ground made out of interference
under Article 226/227 of the Constitution of India.
The Writ Petition fails and accordingly it is dismissed.”
The Union of India and Others filed an SLP before the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India, which was
also dismissed vide their judgement dated 25.02.2013, and the same is appended below for ready
reference:-
“Delay condoned.
We do not find any legal and valid ground for interference. The Special leave Petition is
dismissed.”
In view of the above, AIRF desires that the Railway Board should grant the benefit of revised pay
scales with retrospective effect from 01.01.1996 instead of 19.02.2003 with all consequential benefits,
including payment of arrears, pension and family pension etc.
Item No.3
Sub: Procedure for selection for promotion from GP Rs.1800 to GP Rs.1900 against
Departmental Promotion Quota
Ref: (i) Railway Board’s letter No.E(NG)I-2011/CFP/10 dated 19.02.2013(RBE No.13/2013)
(ii) AIRF’s letter No.AIRF/341(131) dated 24.05.2013 and AIRF/53/AIRF/78(153) dated
13.06.2013
As per provision, contained in para 189 of IREM(Vol. I), 33 1/3% posts in Grade Pay Rs.1900 of
Commercial Clerk, Ticket Collector, Trains Clerk, Office Clerk etc. are filled up from the staff of different
categories in Grade Pay Rs.1800 and 16 2/3% posts are filled up through the process of LDCE. This
procedure has been continuing in different zonal railways for quite some time, and in many zonal railways,
immediately after implementation of the report of the Class IV Staff Promotion Committee 1957.
Conventionally, different categories of staff of all the departments working in Grade Pay Rs.1800, including
Trackmen, were being allowed to appear in the aforementioned selection. Railway Board’s orders,
contained in their letter number quoted above, have drastically curtailed the scope of promotion of the staff
in Grade Pay Rs.1800 working in different categories of all the departments as also the Trackmen.
It is pertinent to point out here that, there has been serious stagnation in the cadre of Khalasi/
Trackman/Gateman/Watchman/Trolleyman due to very meager chances of advancement, as a result of
which, these categories of staff are stagnating in the Grade Pay of Rs.1800 for 15 to 20 years (except for
benefit under MACP after 10 years). On the other hand, the categories like Peon, Record Sorter etc. have
been declared as redundant and the posts in these categories are being surrendered wherever existing. It
may further be appreciated that a large number of young boys recruited in Grade Pay Rs.1800 as
Trackmen, Helpers in different departments and Operating Staff, who are in possession of higher
educational qualification, have been stagnating, with the result that, serious discontentment has been
brewing among them, which is not conducive for the Indian Railways as well as endangering the Railway
Safety.
In view of the above, the Board are requested to allow continuance of the existing promotional
scope of staff in Grade Pay Rs.1800 to GP Rs.1900 and Rs.2000 against 33 1/3% quota and 16 2/3%
LDCE Quota in all the zonal railways so as to facilitate promotion of the staff of different categories of all
the departments possessing higher educational qualification.
Item No.4
Sub: Reduction in lower age limit of the pensioners/their widows from 65 to 60 years for
entitlement of Companion in lieu of Attendant to 1st Class/1st A Class Post Retirement
Complimentary Passes
As per existing provision of Pass Rules, a companion is permitted to 1st Class/1st A Class Post
Retirement pass holders on attaining the age of 65 years and above. It may be appreciated that the Senior
Citizens of the age 60 years and above are entitled to avail fare concession in the Railways, but in case of
Retired Railway Employees, the lower age limit for entitlement of Companion has been fixed as 65 years,
which is a discriminatory treatment to Senior Citizens.
There has, therefore, been a demand from various Railway Pensioners Associations to reduce the
lower age limit from 65 to 60 years for entitlement of Companion in 1st Class/1st A Class Complementary
Passes issued to Retired Railway Employees, which is quite justified also as per definition of the Senior
Citizens.
AIRF, therefore, demands that the lower age limit of 65 years may be reduced to 60 years for
entitlement of a Companion in 1st Class/1st A Class Complimentary Passes issued to Retired Railway
Employees.
Item No.5
Sub: Grant of 30%HRA to the staff working at Ghatkesar at par with the staff working in
GHMC limits
Ref: AIRF’s letter No.AIRF/159(2) dated 03.01.2013, followed by reminders dated 23.02.2013
and 25.05.2013
The issue of granting 30% HRA to the Railway Staff working at Ghatkesar is pending for quite
some time on account of non-provision of Dependency Certificate issued by the Collector/District
Magistrate of Ranga Reddy District. It is now learnt that the South Central Railway Administration has
forwarded a copy of the Dependency Certificate, issued by the Collector/District Magistrate, Distt. Ranga
Reddy vide dated 02.04.2012, certifying that Ghatkesar, situated within 8 kms. from the periphery of
Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation(GHMC) limits, is dependent upon Hyderabad main city. As per
para 2 of Board’s letter No.PC/65/HRA-12 dated 22.07.1965, the Railway Servants whose place of posting
is within 8 kms from the periphery of Municipal limits of a city are eligible for payment of HRA at the rate
admissible in that particular city/town.
AIRF, therefore, urges that Railway Board’s sanction for payment of HRA @ 30% to Railway Staff
working at Ghatkesar, i.e. at the same rate as applicable to the staff working within GHMC limits for the
period of three years w.e.f 15.05.2010 may be conveyed to South Central Railway Administration.
Item No.6
Sub: Implementation of the already agreed to recommendations of the Joint Committee on
Package and Career Progression for Trackmen
The Joint Committee on Package and Career Progression for Trackmen had recommended
improvement in working conditions(viz. mechanized track cleaning in sub-urban areas, provision of warning
system for protection against accidents, deployment of a team of two persons for patrolling, provision of
modernized tools, CUG phone/walkie-talkie sets, provision of protective helmets, motorized light weight
push trolleys for inspection, supply of standard quality uniform, jerseys, retro-reflective clothing and
provision of better accommodation with proper living conditions to the category of Trackmen, Trolleymen
etc. which have already been accepted by the Railway Board.
It is a matter of concern that these recommendations, while already agreed to, are not being
implemented in the field despite lapse of substantially high period of time, with the result that, this
vulnerable category of staff, who are supposed to maintain and upkeep railway track for safe and efficient
rail operation, are still constrained to face undue hardship.
AIRF, therefore, strongly demands that the above-mentioned, already agreed to unanimous
recommendations of the Joint Committee on Package and Career Progression of Trackmen, should be
implemented for ensuring improvement in the working and living conditions of this safety category of staff.
Item No.7
Sub: Choice posting of the staff after rendering 5 years service on Udhampur-SrinagarBaramullah Rail Link Project
Ref: Railway Board’s letter No.AM(CE)/2012 dated 21.08.2012
Railway Board vide their letter number quoted above have issued orders in respect of posting of
the officers who have rendered 3 to 5 years service on Udhampur-Srinagar-Baramullah Rail Link Project as
per their choice of stations/divisions/zones. This has, perhaps, broadly been done in tune of orders of the
Central Government for the staff of other departments who have the benefit of posting at the stations of
their choice on completion of 2-3 years service in the above-mentioned area. It is, however, a matter of
concern that the Railway Board while issuing aforesaid orders have not covered the non-gazetted staff to
extend the benefit of choice posting after completion of 3-5 years service on Udhampur-SrinagarBaramullah Rail Link Project, which is highly unfair.
AIRF, therefore, demands that the non-gazetted staff posted on USBRL Project, if willing for
transfer from the said project, should also be covered under the purview of above orders of choice posting
after completion of 3-5 years service on Udhampur-Srinagar-Baramullah Rail Link Project as per their
willingness, as has been done in the case of officers vide Railway Board’s letter supra.
Item No.8
Sub: Arbitrary constitution of Empowered Committee to finalize a mechanism for a new
formula for Running Allowance
Ref: Railway Board’s letter No.ERB-I/2013/23/16 dated 25.03.2013
On coming across the formation of an Empowered Committee to finalize a mechanism for a new
formula for Running Allowance vide Railway Board’s letter referred to above, All India Railwaymen’s
Federation had already lodged its strong protest against this arbitrary move of the Railway Board.
It is a matter of deep regret that the Railway Board in lieu of dissolving the said committee,
constituted arbitrarily without consulting the Organized Labour, have explained the reasons behind and
tried to justify the formation of the said committee, which is highly unfair.
Since the issue of payment of Running Allowance to Running Staff is a very sensitive issue and
several times Railway Board have tried to change the formula without any logic, it is not at all desirable to
disturb the existing formula/practice of payment of Running Allowance, because it may create unwarranted
for issue of industrial unrest.
AIRF, therefore, desires that the above-mentioned committee, constituted arbitrarily to finalize a
mechanism for a new formula for Running Allowance without consulting the organized labour should be
dissolved without further loss of time and need not be justified unnecessarily.
Item No.9
Sub: Improvement in the Crew Cabin and Guards’ Brake Van
Several times announcements have been made by the high officials of the Ministries of Railways
that the Crew Cabins and the Guard’s Brake Van shall be improved a lot to make them Driver and Guardfriendly. It has been stated that the Crew Cabin and Guard’s Brake Van would be air-conditioned with
proper facility of natural call etc. Contrary to this, the Crew Cabin and Guards’ Brake Van still remain
problematic, i.e. excessively hot during summer season and extremely cold during winter, posing undue
hardship to the Crew and the Guard. Even the facility for natural call for the Crews and the Guard of the
Goods Trains are still not available, the absence of which, they have to face acute problem in the running
trains.
On account of the above announcement and non-implementation of the same, there is deep sense
of discontentment/frustration among the Loco Crew and the Guard Category prevailing for quite some time.
AIRF, therefore, demands that the Crew Cabins of the locomotives and Guards’ Brake Van should
be improved by providing proper air-conditioning/cooling facility and provision for natural calls to avoid the
hardship to the loco crews and the Guard as already announced by the Ministry of Railways from time to
time.
Item No.10
Sub: Implementation of Hon’ble Supreme Court’s judgement treating upgradation of posts
under cadre restructuring not as promotion for granting financial upgradation under
MACP Scheme
Ref: Board’s letter No.PC-V/2009/ACP/7/SCR dated 07.12.2009
Ref: AIRF’s letter No.AIRF/105(56) dated 11.04.2013
Railway Board’s instructions contained in their letter under reference are denying financial
upgradation to those employees who were initially appointed as Accounts Clerk and are promoted up to the
level of SO(A)/TIA/ISA on the plea that such staff have already enjoyed three promotions in their service
career. In this connection, it is pertinent to point out that the restructuring of the Accounts Staff was done in
the year 1987 vide Board’s letter dated 18.06.1987 as under:-
<table style=”border-collapse: collapse” width=”100%” border=”1″ cellspacing=”0″ cellpadding=”5″ bordercolor=”#111111″>
<tr><td>(i) </td><td> Section Officer(A/Cs) Inspector of Stores Accounts(ISA), Inspector of Station Accounts(TIA)</td><td> Rs.2000-3200 </td><td> 80%</td></tr>
<tr><td></td><td> Rs.1640-2900 </td><td> 20%</td></tr>
<tr><td>(ii) </td><td> Clerks Grade I (including existing Sub-Heads) </td><td> Rs.1400-2600 </td><td> 80%</td></tr>
<tr><td>Rs.1200-2040 </td><td> 20%</td></tr>
</table>
To the extent of 80% posts of SO(A)/TIA/ISA have been upgraded to Rs.2000-3200, and the same
has not been treated as promotion and offset against financial upgradation applicable under ACP Scheme.
Whereas, upgradation of Clerk Grade I, Cadre Restructuring done at the same time(01.04.1987) from JAA
to AA is being treated as promotion and reckoned for the purpose of financial upgradation under MACPS.
Moreover, the information furnished by the Railway Board to a question vide their letter
No.RB/RTI/2012/010032171/CPIO-43 dated 12.03.2013, S.No.31 of which clearly specifies that placement
in higher scale due to upgradation of the posts in higher grade not specified in the rules, such placement of
all the incumbents against such upgraded posts is not to be treated as promotion/upgradation.
Attention of the Railway Board is also invited towards a court case filed by Shri V. Venkataraman,
AA/FA&CAO/S&W/PER/SR in the Hon’ble CAT Madras, which was finally contested up to Hon’ble Apex
Court of India, hailed that, in any restructuring of the posts takes place, it does not amount to promotion,
accordingly said Shri Venkataram was extended the benefit of 3rd financial upgradation under MACP
Scheme in Grade Pay of Rs.5400, honouring the aforesaid judgement of the Hon’ble Court.
AIRF had made a reference to Railway Board vide letter No.AIRF/227(74) dated 13.03.2013 for
extending the benefit of 3rd financial upgradation to Shri P.N. Chandra Mohan, Retd. SSO(A), South Central
Railway, on the same analogy of Shri V. Venkataraman, but the Railway Board vide their letter No.PCV/2011/M/3/AIRF dated 15.05.2013, declined to do so with the plea that the court judgement was for the
applicant only, and the same has been implemented in favour of the applicant which cannot be
implemented in case of other employees who were not applicant in the case, which of course is highly
unfair.
It may be seen that the Hon’ble Supreme Court in the said judgement has amply clarified that the
upgradation from JAA to AA in terms of restructuring of posts should not be taken into account for counting
number of promotions for MACP Scheme. In accordance with Article 141 of the Constitution of India, the
policy decision delivered on any particular subject by the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India is binding on the
Government of India and is equally applicable to the similarly situated employees/people, therefore,
denying 3rd financial upgradation under MACP Scheme to other similarly situated Accounts Staff as Shri V.
Venkataraman would tantamount to gross injustice and disparity.
AIRF, therefore, demands that, in the light of observation of the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India,
upgradation from JAA to AA in terms of restructuring of the posts should not be taken as promotion for the
purpose of financial upgradation under MACP Scheme, as such, similar treatment is required to be given to
all such similar cases to avoid further multiplicity of litigations.
Item No11
Sub: Fixation of Stipend for Apprentice JEs selected through LDCE during their training
period
Ref: (i) Para 1905 (2), Chapter XIX of the Indian Railway Establishment Manual
(ii) AIRF’s letter No.AIRF/34(371) dated 29.12.2012
The employees selected through LDCE for promotion to the post of Apprentice JEs in the
Mechanical, Electrical, Engineering and S&T Departments have to undergo the prescribed training for
a particular period specified from time to time.
Para 1905 of the IREM, stipulates that, “Railway Servants on appointment as Apprentices
in any category may be granted pay equivalent to the rate of Stipend laid down for that
particular category of the Apprentices or their substantive pay as admissible to them from time
to time whichever is beneficial”, in compliance of which, Pay/Stipend of the Apprentices JEs
selected through LDCE undergoing prescribed training is to be fixed either as their Cadre Pay or
Stipend, i.e. Rs.13500(Rs.9300 + Rs.4200). It is, however, noticed that different Railways have been
adopting different methods in granting Cadre Pay to the Apprentice JEs, the pay of whom happens to
be more than the Stipend, i.e. Rs.13500.
(i) In some cases, Fixation of Cadre Pay is done to match the existing Basic Pay by reducing
the Pay in the Pay Band with new Grade Pay of Rs.4200, which is of course anomalous
and may be termed as Reduction of Pay in a punitive action under D&AR. As an example,
Cadre Basic Pay of Rs.14,000, Rs.11,200 pay in Pay Band + Rs.2800 Grade Pay is being
given as Rs.9800 pay in Pay Band + Rs.4200 Grade Pay.
(ii) In other cases, Cadre Basic Pay of Rs.14000 is granted as Rs.11,200 pay in Pay Band +
Rs.2800 Grade Pay, depriving the eligible Grade Pay of Rs.4200 to the Apprentice JEs.
It is pertinent to mention here that the Apprentice JEs inducted through RRBs against open
market Quota are granted Grade Pay of Rs.4200 as Stipend in terms of Railway Board’s letter No.PCV/2008/PS/1(Stipend) dated 18.01.2013(RBE No.04/2013), as such Apprentice JEs selected through
LDCE against Talented Quota cannot be discriminated against during their training period. The sprit
behind the rule providing that they should either be granted pay equivalent to the rate of Stipend laid
down for that particular category of the Apprentice or their substantive pay admissible to them from
time to time, whichever is beneficial, is to protect their emolument in the old system of pay structure.
In the post VI CPC scenario, since there are no different pay scales to identify the post, the
Grade Pay is the identity for every post and Grade Pay of Apprentice JEs is fixed as Rs.4200. The new
Basic Pay in the Pay Band fixed now is Pay in the Pay Band(ie, equivalent to Basic Pay in the prerevised Sixth Pay Commission scale) plus Grade Pay. It is necessary to protect the Pay in the Pay
Band and therefore, denial of denial of Grade Pay applicable to the post of JEs, i.e. GP Rs.4200 is not
at all justified.
AIRF, therefore, demands that, keeping in view the spirit of the rule under para 1905 of the
IREM, the Basic Pay of Apprentice JEs may be fixed in Pay Band-II + Grade Pay Rs.4200 at par with
those selected from open market during the training period.
Item No.12
Sub: Action Plan Targets for the year 2012-13 in respect of Manpower Planning
The Action Plan Target for the year 2012-13, in respect of Manpower Planning, circulated to all the
Zonal Railways vide Railway Board’s letter No.E(MPP)2012/1/40 dated 03.08.2012, had laid down
reduction in the sanctioned strength by 1% during the year 2012-13, besides fixing the time period fixed for
redeployment of surplus staff and medically de-categorized staff.
It is a matter of serious concern that the thumb rule reduction in the manpower, pursuing the policy
of Government of India, is not practicable in the Indian Railways because every year large fleet of
Passenger and Freight Trains is added in the system through Budget Speech or otherwise as also new
stations, railway lines and other installations. It may also be appreciated that, there has been drastic
reduction in the total manpower on the Indian Railways over the years, with the result that, existing railway
employees are badly over-burdened with the workload and they are forced to work under strenuous
condition, which at times results in serious ailments among them, and at the same time also endangers the
Railway safety.
The Indian Railways have been operating around 19,000 pairs of passenger and freight trains
round-the-clock in all weathers and climatic conditions. Therefore, in a department like Railways, the thumb
rule of reduction in manpower is certainly detrimental to Railway System and the Railwaymen.
Railway Board’s arbitrary orders for further reduction in the manpower are highly unfair and
detrimental to both the Railwaymen and the System itself and would impair industrial relations as well.
AIRF, therefore, desires that no such arbitrary orders for reduction in the manpower of the Indian
Railways should be issued to Zonal Railways without consulting the organized labour in the larger interest
of industrial harmony prevailing for the last many decades.
Item No.13
Sub: Non-finalization of latest Avenue of Promotion Chart in case of Parliament Catering
Staff after implementation of VI CPC recommendations and merger of grades
The Catering Staff of Northern Railway posted in Parliament House Catering Unit, which caters the
catering needs of Parliamentarians and other high offices, have been serving the dignitaries to their utmost
satisfaction. Before implementation of VI CPC report, there have been a number of categories in Group `D’,
and majority of the Parliament House Catering Staff are working in the erstwhile Group `D’ categories with
handful number of posts in Group `C’. The previously existing Avenue of Promotion Chart of the abovementioned staff has become redundant because of merger of all pre-revised Group `D’ pay scales and
placing them in Pay Band I with Grade Pay Rs.1800 in totality irrespective of designations etc.
On account of non-availability of sufficient number of posts in erstwhile Group `C’, there are
meagre chances of promotion for the erstwhile Group `D’ staff in the above catering unit, with the result
that, most of the staff are bound to work without promotion for years together and only the benefit of
financial upgradation have been given to some of them under MACP Scheme.
The issue of finalizing revised/new AVC for the staff of above-mentioned categories has been
deliberated by our Northern Railway affiliate, i.e. NRMU with the Northern Railway Administration, who in
turn have referred the issue to the Railway Board for finalization thereof.
AIRF, therefore, desires that, since around 5 years time has already elapsed after implementation
of the report of the VI CPC, the revised AVC for the staff working in different categories in the Parliament
House Catering Services should be finalized without further loss of time, and the Northern Railway
Administration be advised for early implementation thereof.
Item No.14
Sub: Regularization of fresh face Substitutes engaged in Bikaner Division of North Western
Railway
In an urgent need of maintaining the newly constructed Phalodi-Kolayat Section in Bikaner
Division, the General Manager, North Western Railway engaged about 80 Substitute Trackmen in July
2007 as fresh face and they were posted on the said division for maintaining track. Engagement of these
Substitutes took place between November 2007 to January 2009. Subsequently, these Substitute
Gangmen/ Trackmen were granted Temporary Status after completion of 120 days’ regular service in
compliance of GM(P)/NWR’s letter No.743-E dated 6.5.2009. They were to be regularized after conducting
proper screening by the Bikaner Division, as such, the Bikaner Division Administration conducted their
screening on 9.9.2009 and 19.9.2009 as per their letter No.P-4 dated 26.08.2009, wherein all the
Substitutes Trackmen/Gangmen, engaged as above, undergone the screening.
It is a matter of regret that despite lapse of around five years time, the result of the said screening
has not been announced till date, and it is being contended at local level that on account of some
intervention of anti-corruption agencies, the issue is not being finalized, because the initial engagement of
these Substitutes is being investigated by these agencies.
AIRF desires that since these Substitute Gangmen/Trackmen were engaged in administrative
exigencies for maintaining the newly constructed section, i.e. Phalodi-Kolayat Section of Bikaner Division
and they are rendering satisfactory services as also undergone proper screening duly conducted by the
Bikaner Divisional Administration, the result of the screening should be declared without further delay,
setting right the complicacy if any and they should be regularized with effect from the date of their
screening.
Item No.15
A. Sub: Proper implementation of LARSGESS in case of the candidates declared unsuitable
in PET in 2010 Cycle
Initially introduced scheme for the employment of the wards of Trackmen and Loco Pilots(both
belonging to safety categories) seeking Voluntary Retirement, named as Safety Related Voluntary
Retirement Scheme, being too complicated, was not serving any purpose. All India Railwaymen’s
Federation, therefore, vigorously pursued this issue at the apex level, and after several rounds of
discussions with the then Hon’ble Minister for Railways, some modification was thereafter affected in the
original scheme with the changed nomenclature – Liberalized Active Retirement Scheme for
Guaranteed Employment for Safety Staff(LARSGESS) vide Board’s letter No.E(P&A)I-2010/RT-2 dated
11.09.2010(RBE No.131/2010). After sustained persuasions of the AIRF, Physical Efficiency Test was
dispensed with in appointment of the wards under LARSGESS vide Board’s letter No.E(P&A)I-2010/RT-2
dated 17.05.2012.
AIRF has been of the firm opinion, since beginning, that no Physical Efficiency Test should be
prescribed for appointment under LARSGESS, and that is why this issue was pursued vigorously by the
AIRF up to apex level, i.e. Minister for Railways, whereupon Railway Board issued instructions as
mentioned-above. Some of the candidates, however, who were subjected to PET during the intervening
period, were declared unsuitable, thereby depriving them of appointment under LARSGESS. Now since
PET stands dispensed with in the said scheme, depriving those candidates of providing appointment under
LARSGESS, who unfortunately could not quality the PET, shall not only be discriminatory, but also
tantamount to gross injustice with them.
AIRF, therefore, demands that all those who could not qualify the PET where results were declared
in 2010 Cycle should be given another chance in the next cycle with original eligibility criteria of 2010.
B. Minimum educational qualification for appointment under LARSGESS – Case of the wards
of railway employees opted for LARSGESS in the year 2010
Ref: AIRF’s letter No.AIRF/415(157) dated 07.06.2011
Our Southern Railway affiliate, i.e. Southern Railway Mazdoor Union, had raised the issue of
implementing LARSGESS with minimum recruitment qualification of 8th standard, which has been permitted
for appointment of the wards of the railway employees on compassionate ground, in Southern Railway, in
case of those railway employees who have opted for the same in the year 2010. Southern Railway
Administration has referred this issue to the Railway Board vide letter No.PB/CS/30/SRRS/Vol. II
11.05.2011, seeking certain clarifications.
Although more than two years’ time has already lapsed, but the Railway Board has not
communicated reply of the queries made by the Southern Railway Administration, because of which, cases
of recruitment under LARSGESS of a large number of optees are still pending.
AIRF desires that Southern Railway Administration may be advised to provide appointment to the
wards of railway employees having qualification of 8th standard, who had opted Voluntary Retirement under
LARSGESS in the year 2010.
C. Regularization of railway accommodation in favour of wards of railway employees
employed under LARSGESS
The wards of the railway employees are employed under LARSGESS with simultaneous retirement
of their father/mother from the Railway Services. In a number of cases, the railway employees seeking
retirement under LARSGESS for appointment of his/her son are in possession of railway accommodation of
their entitlement at the time of retirement. While the railway accommodation of the father/mother in case of
appointment on compassionate ground of the deceased/medically de-categorized staff is regularized in
favour of the ward subsequent to compassionate ground, however, this facility is not being extended to the
wards appointed under LARSGESS. This is causing undue hardship not only to the wards recruited under
LARSGESS but also to the family of his/her father/mother and their families.
Since the employment under LARSGESS is as good as appointment on compassionate ground,
AIRF demands that the railway accommodation, already allotted to the railway employee, seeking
retirement under this scheme for recruitment of his/her ward, should also be regularized in favour of the
ward on his appointment as is done in case of appointment on compassionate ground.
D. Alternative appointment to the wards of the railway employees under LARSGESS who failed
to qualify the prescribed medical examination
The wards of the railway employees recruited under LARSGESS on Voluntary Retirement of their
father/mother are subjected to medical examination prescribed for that particular category for which they
are to be recruited. In some cases, such wards being recruited under LARSGESS, unfortunately failed to
qualify the prescribed medical examination for the post on which they are to be posted, and they are,
therefore, denied appointment under LARSGESS, which is not a fair-deal with them. In case of
appointment on compassionate ground, if the ward/widow seeking appointment on compassionate ground
does not qualify the medical examination prescribed for the post initially offered to him/her, such candidates
are considered for appointing them on some other suitable post for which they are medically fit.
In the absence of this provision for the wards being appointed under LARSGESS, they are
deprived of recruitment in the Railways and feel disgusted.
AIRF, therefore, demands that the wards of the railway employees seeking appointment under
LARSGESS on Voluntary Retirement of their father/mother, if fail in the medical examination prescribed for
the post on which they are to be recruited, should also be considered for appointment on some alternative
post for which they are found medically fit, considering their appointment at par with compassionate ground
appointment.
Item No.16
Sub: Appointment on compassionate ground to the wards of medically de-categorized staff
Pursuant to demand raised by the All India Railwaymen’s Federation, the scheme of offering
appointment on compassionate ground to the wards of medically de-categorized Railway Staff was
re-introduced in the Indian Railways vide Board’s letter No.E(NG)II/95/RC-1/94 dated 14.06.2006.
As per conditions laid down in the above-mentioned letter of the Railway Board, appointment to the
wards of medically de-categorized Railway employees is only possible if the employee has minimum five
years’ service in his credit at the time of his/her medical de-categorization. The wards of such medically decategorized staff are offered appointment only in Grade Pay of Rs.1800 irrespective of his/her educational
qualification etc. that too with the personal approval of the General Manager. These two conditions are
highly unjustified and a lot of cases of appointment on compassionate ground to the wards of medically decategorized Railway employees are hanging fire on different zonal railways etc. due to certain complicacies
in the rules. On account of these problems, the very purpose of offering appointment on compassionate
ground to the wards of medically de-categorized staff is totally forfeited.
AIRF, therefore, desires that the condition of minimum five years’ service in the credit of medically
de-categorized staff and appointment of the wards in Grade Pay of Rs.1800 irrespective of their
qualification etc. should be dispensed with from this scheme and the wards may be given appointment as
per their educational/technical qualification etc.
Item No.17
Sub: Allotment of proper grade pay in favour of Traffic Asstt. of Metro Railway, Kolkata
Ref: AIRF’s letter No.AIRF/321(138) dated 28.05.2013
Traffic Asstt. of Metro Railway, Kolkata, are getting raw-deal, resulting in serious resentment
among this vital category. They are recruited in Grade Pay of Rs.2000, whereas ASMs are recruited in
Grade Pay of Rs.2800. They are performing the job of Asstt. Station Master/Station Master as well as
Commercial Staff. Thus, they are performing the jobs like Multi-Skilled Staff.
On the following grounds their duty is same and similar to that of the ASMs in other zonal railways.
(i) Minimum Recruitment Qualification – Graduation
(ii) Medical Classification – A/2
(iii) Subjected to Periodical Examination
(iv) Subjected to passing of Refresher Course at regular interval
(v) Continuance of services depend on same medical fitness(A/2), passing of Refresher
Course and medical fitness examination at regular interval(i.e. Pre Medical Examination).
They are also responsible for smooth performance of operational duties, like that of the ASMs in
other zonal railways, and for any lapses in observing traffic operational rules, they are subjected to D&AR
action.
In view of the above, AIRF demands that the Traffic Asstt. of Metro Railway, Kolkata, should be
allotted minimum Grade Pay of Rs.2800 with all other benefits.
Item No.18
Sub: Holding of Pre-Medical Examination – Staff kept on Sick List for years – Abnormal
delay in setting-up of Medical Board–Belated declaration of medically invalidation –
Compassionate ground appointment denied to the wards
Ref: (i) Railway Board’s letter No.2012/E(REP)II/NF(204)-18/23 dated 04.03.2013
(ii) AIRF’s letter No.AIRF/36(298) dated 24.06.2013
It is observed that, there is abnormal delay in setting up of Medical Board. Instead, patients are
being sent from one hospital to the other, and the process continued for years together, and ultimately at
the fag-end of service, Medical Board is constituted and its outcome is intimated. Unfortunately, application
for appoint on compassionate ground is denied.
As example, the following case is cited below:
Shri Rash Behari Modak, Ex. Mate under SSE/P. Way/Mal Bazaar/NFR, was sent for Pre Medical
Examination on 08.11.2004 to DMO/NFR/Mal Bazaar. He was not found fit as declared vide
CMS/NFR/APDJ’s letter No. H/219/1(Med) dated 11.11.2004. The CMS/NFR/APDJ vide his letter No.
H/219/3 dated 02.12.2004 sent Shri Modak to Medical Director/Central Hospital/MLG for further treatment.
Shri Modak continued his treatment under Railway Doctor. Ultimately, after lapse of about two
years, Shri Modak was sent to Chief Health Director, Eastern Railway, Howrah and CHS/ER/Howrah vide
his letter No.H/IND/Patient dated 19.09.2006 declared him unfit CMD/NFR/MLG vide his letter No.HMMedical Board(Loose) darted 27.09.2006 had accorded his approval for holding Medical Board, as was
intimated to CMS/NFR/APDJ, the CMS/NFR/APDJ vide his letter No. H/219/1(M.B) dated 18.10.2006
declared his unfit for all categories from 16.10.2006. A copy of the Case Note of Shri Modak, prepared by
the ADMO/NFR/APDJ dated 17.08.2006, is enclosed herewith.
So, from all the above records it will be seen that the case of Shri Modak was badly delayed by the
Medical Authority of N.F. Railway. He was sick from 08.11.2004 to 16.08.2006, a long period of 21 months.
He could have been sent to Howrah Orthopedic Centre, Eastern Railway much earlier. He is a victim of
abnormal delay by the Medical Authority of N.F. Railway. He has been declared unfit for all categories
finally on 16.10.2006, but the same information was communicated to him only on 31.10.2006, i.e the day
of his retirement, and the administrative delay is the cause of late submission of application for Voluntary
Retirement
There are so many similar cases on different zonal railways where due to abnormal delay in
finalization of medical de-categorization of the railway employees, their wards are virtually denied
appointment on compassionate ground, for which their families are subjected to undue hardship, because
such employees even do not get salaries during their prolonged sick period because of exhaustion of
leaves at their credit. On many zonal railways, employees are subjected to Medical Board and Re-Medical
Board just to harass them and while making recommendations, they are made fit with the conditions just to
deny employment to their wards. So it should be ensured that the employees who are medically unfit and
could not work and give productivity effectively must be made unfit for all the categories and their wards
should be appointed for better productivity and efficiency.
AIRF, therefore, urges the Railway Board to streamline the issue and also to offer appointment on
compassionate ground to Shri Kartik Modak and other wards of the similarly situated railway employees.
Item No.19
A. Absorption of contract paramedical staff in Railway Services
Due to various reasons, contract paramedical staff are being recruited in various categories. These
set of staff have been able to tide over the situation and the Railwaymen are getting medical services, but
artificial break is being restored to. These set of staff are to apply every year and to stand in the queue with
rank outsiders for fresh appointment.
It may be re-called that, there was a procedure for recruitment of Casual Labours, for which rules
were framed initially in the year 1962 for them, and gradually and ultimately all Casual Labours have been
absorbed against regular vacancies. Similarly, persons appointed as Substitute are also being regularized.
It is observed that the present system of recruitment of paramedical staff through RRBs against
regular vacancies is not properly catering to the actual requirement of paramedical staff in the Railways,
with the result that, there is always shortage of the staff in all the Railway hospitals, for which indoor and
outdoor patients have to suffer a lot.
AIRF, therefore, urges that the paramedical staff so appointed be regularized against available
vacancies, considering the services rendered by them.
B. Shortage of doctors
The number of patients, both serving and retired railway employees, has been increasing day-byday in railway hospitals. It may be seen that this number has by and large increased by more than 20
percent over a period of 4-5 years, with the result that, the hospitals are now overcrowded with the patients
waiting in queue for hours together for their treatment.
The number of doctors, on the other hand, has not increased commensurate with the increase in
the number of patients in these hospitals, rather the availability of doctors is even lesser than earlier due to
one reason or the other, as a result of which the railway patients have to suffer a lot and do not get proper
treatment. To quote as example, the number of doctors in Northern Railway Central Hospital is 60 for the
last 20 years, whereas number of patients visiting this hospital from the entire Northern Railway Zone,
during this period, has increased a lot. The patients, therefore, have to face unbearable hardship due to
long queue and abnormally high waiting time.
AIRF, therefore, urges that the number of doctors in railway hospitals should be increased
commensurate with the increased in the number of patients so that the railwaymen, both in service and
retired, and their family members are able to get proper and hassle-free treatment at the time of need.
Item No.20
Sub: Extension of scope for promotion of serving employees by liberalizing the procedure
GDCE
With a view to remove frustration amongst the serving railway employees, in possession of higher
educational qualification, working in lower grades, AIRF demanded for increase in the promotional scope of
these employees by widening the scope of GDCE, accordingly the Railway Board vide their No.E(NG)
I/2001/PM2/12 dated 21.1.2002 had delegated powers to the General Managers to increase the
percentage of GDCE Quota from 25% to 50% as one-time measure.
Serious dissatisfaction is still brewing among the newly recruited serving employees in various
categories who are in possession of higher academic qualification, as they do not find scope for promotion
and career progression.
AIRF desires that percentage of filling up of Direct Recruitment Quota vacancies through the
process of GDCE be increased from 25% to 50% permanently, without insisting on the residency period so
that newly recruited staff possessing reasonably higher qualification can find way of their further
advancement.
Item No.21
Sub: Provision for cooking facilities at outstations
Staff are booked to outstations on duty. Difficulties of such staff were raised by the All India
Railwaymen’s Federation and this issue was discussed in a PNM Meeting of the AIRF with the Railway
Board held on 15-16.09.1992 and it was decided to provide cooking facilities and instructions to this effect
were issued vide Railway Board’s letter No.92/LM(B)/3/43 dated 20.04.1993 and the same was reiterated
vide Railway Board’s letter No.2001/LMB/3/35 dated 17.09.2002, but the same is yet to be implemented.
Hence, it is urged that agreed decision of the PNM meeting should be implemented in its letter and
spirit.
Item No.22
Sub: Curtailment in the funds allotted to zonal railways
The Ministry of Railways have issued orders for 25% curtailment in the funds, already allotted to
the zonal railways, in the name of economy. The said curtailment has resulted in non-completion of the
projects, work of which has been in progress, non-maintenance of railway quarters, colonies, stoppage of
payment of Overtime Allowance, Travelling Allowance to the staff.
Deep sense of frustration is, therefore, brewing among the railway staff on account of the above,
and there is serious resentment among them also. The condition of the railway colonies is getting from bad
to worse day-by-day due to non-maintenance as a result of paucity of funds and the colonies are becoming
not worth-living.
AIRF, therefore, demands that 25% curtailment in the funds should be withdrawn forthwith so that
the projects in hand get completed, maintenance of railway quarters and colonies can be undertaken and
the payment of due Overtime, TA etc. to the staff are made in time.
Item No.23
Sub: Denial of appointment under LARSGESS to the wards of railway employees working in
Safety Categories
A number of Trackmen working in Kota Division of West Central Railway had applied for Voluntary
Retirement under LARSGESS with simultaneous appointment of their wards under this scheme.
Subsequently, their wards were subjected to written examination and medical test etc. which they duly
qualified. In the meantime, a clarification was issued by the Railway Board vide letter No.E(P&A) I-
2011/RT-6 dated 11.03.2013 in respect of qualifying service for the railway employees seeking Voluntary
Retirement under LARSGESS, which inter-alia stipulates as under:-
“Your kind attention is invited to Railway Board’s letter under reference, in accordance to
which, it is clarified that 20 years of qualifying services should be in the specified safety
category posts indicated in the list annexed with Board’s letter No.E(P&A) I-2010/RT-2 dated
11.09.2010, 28.06.2011 and 03.01.2013.”
While the results of the wards of the railway employees mentioned in the above para was declared
and the railway employees concerned were retired from the railway service under LARSGESS, however,
pursuant to the above-mentioned clarification, their wards are being denied employment for which their
father had sought Voluntary Retirement under the said scheme on the plea that they do not fulfill the
condition of 20 years of qualifying service in safety category. A reference was made by the Divisional
Railway Manager(E), Kota, explaining the entire situation vide letter No.E/E/IV/Sopal Ram Meena
dated 27.06.2013, No.E/E/949/2/Vol. IV/LARSGESS/July 2013 dated 22.05.2013, but the wards in question
of the railway employees, already retired under LARSGESS have not been given appointment, under this
scheme till date.
AIRF, therefore, urges that appointment to the wards of the railway employees, i.e. Trackmen, who
had applied for Voluntary Retirement under LARSGESS with simultaneous appointment of their wards
under this scheme and the process already completed before issuance of Railway Board’s letter supra
clarifying qualifying service criteria, should be given appointment under LARSGESS without insisting upon
this condition of qualifying service as stipulated in the Railway Board’s letter dated 11.03.2013.
Item No.24
Sub: Payment of Special Allowance to Traffic Gatemen deployed to work on Level Crossing
Gates
As per recommendations of the Joint Committee on Package and Career Progression of
Trackmen, the Track Maintainers who are deployed to man of any Level Grossing Gate are to be paid a
Special Allowance of Rs.300 per month. This recommendation of the said committee has already been
accepted by the Ministry of Railways, by virtue of which the Track Maintainers(Trackmen) deployed for
manning of Level Crossing Gates are entitled for payment of Rs.300 p.m. as Special Allowance.
The Traffic Gatemen who are also deployed to man the Level Crossing Gates situated in the
vicinity of the railway stations, as per prescribed norms, though also perform the similar duties as that of an
Engineering Gateman as also shoulder the same responsibility and work under the same conditions, are
however, not being covered under the purview of entitlement of Special Allowance @ Rs.300 p.m., which is
highly unfair and discriminative treatment with this category of staff.
AIRF, therefore, desires that the Traffic Gatemen deployed to work on the Level Crossing Gates
should also be paid Special Allowance @ Rs.300 p.m. as admissible to Engineering Gatemen manning the
Level Crossing Gates.
Item No.25
Sub: Provision of pathway on the bridges
A number of railway bridges on different rivers are not provided with side pathway for the use of
maintenance staff as also for use in emergency. Cases have been reported to this office where Track
Maintainers, Bridge Staff etc. met with accidents while working on bridges on account of non-availability of
side pathway for their rescue.
A demand was raised by our Northern Railway affiliate in the PNM Meeting at General Manager’s
level for provision of pathway on the river bridges over Northern Railway on those bridges where such
pathways are not already provided. The Northern Railway Administration have replied that the Railway
Board have issued instructions for provision of Man Refuges, on the bridges where side pathways are not
available and not the side pathways, as a result of which, the railways is not in a position to provide the side
pathways as demanded by the union. Since the provision of Man Refuges cannot serve the purpose,
particularly on long bridges on the rivers and the Maintenance Staff belong to Civil Engineering
Department, while working on such bridges, would still be in danger of life due to accidents etc., nonprovision of side pathways would be endangering the lives of the railway employees. Also in case of
emergency, the train operation staff shall also face acute hardship due to non-availability of side pathways.
AIRF, therefore, demands that provision of side pathways on the river bridges should be made to
facilitate hassle-free maintenance of tracks and bridges by the staff concerned without endangering their
lives.