National Federation of Indian Railwaymen
The Secretary (E),
Sub: Simplification of rules/procedure on withdrawals from Provident Fund by Railway employees-reg.
Ref: (i) Railway Board’s letter No. F(E)/III 77 PFI/3 dated 27/5/1977.
(ii) Rule 925 read with sub rule (3) (a) of RI.
Difficulties are being faced by Railway employees while withdrawing money from the their Provident Fund as the authorities have been insisting on submission of various uncalled for/unwarranted affidavits/documents with result the payments are delayed causing deep sense of frustration among employees.
2. In this connection N FIR desires to convey that provision exists under Rule 925 read with sub rule (3) (a) of Indian Railway Establishment Code Vol-I (Reprint Edition, 1995) as below:-
"Marriage expenses– Withdrawals may be permitted for meeting expense subject to the following terms and conditions:-
(a) meeting the expenditure in connection with the betrothal/marriage of the subscriber or his sons or daughters and any other female relation actually dependent on him".
Above rules no where indicate that the employee should be asked to submit affidavits and complete other unnecessary formalities causing hindrance and delay in the process unnecessarily in the drawal of employee’s own money which is unfortunate despite the fact that the employees have to forego interest on the amount of money drawn from P.F.
3. For easy processing and to overcome the hurdles, NFIR wishes to state that Zonal Railways etc., may be directed to sanction and pay the amount drawn by the employee on a simple application form containing all relevant information with self certification.
NFIR, therefore, requests the Railway Board to issue suitable instructions to all Zonal Railways/Production Units to avoid unnecessary hardship to staff. A copy of the instructions issued may be endorsed to the Federation.