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NFIR'S PNM AGENDA
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NFIR'S PNM AGENDA
National Federation of Indian Railwaymen (N.F.I.R)

PNM AGENDA

INDEX
Item No.1 Grant of Financial Upgradation under MACPS to the staff who are in the same Grade Pay for more than 20 Years
Item No.2 Career Growth of Chemical And Metallurgical Assistant Gr.I & II recruited through RRB with the Qualification of M.Sc (Chemistry)/B. Tech.(Met. & Chemical) – Allotment of Grade Pay `.4600/- in PB-2 - `.9300-34800 – Reg.
Item No.3 Revision of kilometrage rates by 25% when DA crosses 50 % - Running Staff
Item No.4 Denial of TA/DA to the Staff Car Drivers in the Railways.
Item No.5 Categories exempted from the period of officiating – Revision of Daily Officiating Allowance
Item No.6 Incentive Bonus under Group Incentive Scheme to the Chemical and Metallurgical Superintendent (Grade Pay `4600/-) in Rail Wheel Factory (RWF), Yelahanka.
Item No.7 Creation of Posts in Electric Loco Shed, Itarsi, NKJ (JBP Division), TKD & TRD (Kota Division) And TRD (Bhopal Division) in West Central Railway.
Item No.8 Reckoning of Additional Allowance as pay for all purposes including computation of Retirement Benefits - Running Staff
Item No.9 Application of Safety Related Retirement Scheme (LARSGESS) to the Loco Pilots drafted to work as Crew Controllers.
Item No.10 Grant of honorarium for delivering Lectures in Zonal Training Institutes/Centres – Honorarium to the visiting Lecturers/faculty delivering Lectures in Supervisory Training Centre, Bangalore (S.W. Railway).
Item No.11 Incentive Bonus Rates for staff of Rail Wheel Factory (RWF), Yelahanka – Review for proper implementation of Railway Board’s orders.
Item No.12 Absorption of Diploma Holders as JE-II – Case of Diploma Holder Progressmen working in the Railway Electrification Organization.
Item No.13 Provision of cooking facilities at Rest Rooms meant for Ticket Checking Staff.
Item No.14 Avenue of Promotion for Junior Lecturers to the posts of Lecturers in Railway Degree College, Secunderabad.
Item No.15 Introduction of New Pension Scheme – Application of old Pension Scheme in the case of those inducted prior to 01-01-2004 and attained temporary status.
Item No.16 Abolition of Pay Scale and Introduction of upgraded Pay Scale with revised designation – Senior Section Engineers (Drawing) – Clarification on entry Grade Pay – Reg.
Item No.17 Date of Appointment – Clarification
Item No.18 Placement of Graduate Engineers of Drawing Cadre (Joined prior to 01-09-1998) in the Pay Scale of `.6500-10500 (V CPC).
Item No.19 Appointment on Compassionate grounds – Acquisition of higher education – Clarifications needed.
Item No.20 Redeployment of medically decategorised staff jeopardising safe working of the system and depriving promotions of staff of the cadres.
Item No.21 Wrong assignment of seniority in ECRC Cadre – Injustice done to promotees – East Central Railway.
Item No.22 Grant of Transport Allowance to the employees availing the facility of Workmen Trains.
Item No.23 Grade Pay of staff in the Inspection wing of Production Control Organisations
Item No.24 Merger of V CPC Pay Scales – Fixation of Seniority of Commercial / Traffic Apprentices.
Item No: 25 Problems encounted by A.C. Escorting staff due to deterioration in working conditions
Item No.26 Recognition to all Bal Niketan School run by Women’s Welfare Organisation, Diesel Locomotive Works, Varanasi - Payment of Children Education Allowance to the wards of employees.
Item No.27 Applicability of Rule no.31 of Railway Service (Pension) Rules 1993 for counting of service period paid from contingency for calculation of Gratuity on Retirement
Item No.28 Change of Uniform Code for Diesel Loco Shed staff & payment of Washing Allowance.
Item No. 29 Regularization of Promotion in the case of DMS-III in Chittaranjan Locomotive Works.
Item No.30 Stagnation of staff in Group ‘D’ posts in Accounts Department on Southern Railway – One time relaxation for promotion against DR quota vacancies of Accounts Clerks – reg.
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Item No.1
Grant of Financial Upgradation under MACPS to the staff who are in the
same Grade Pay for more than 20 Years
In terms of Railway Board’s letter dated 10-06-2009, the staff are required to be granted Financial Upgradation under MACPS on completion of 10, 20 & 30 years of service without promotion.
It has been brought to the notice of NFIR that the staff who earned one promotion and thereafter continued in the same Grade Pay for more than 20 years service without promotion as on the crucial date i.e., September 1, 2008 have been denied 3rd Financial Upgradation. Para 28 A reads with Para 1 of the Annexure to the Railway Board’s letter dated 10-06-2009 has been misinterpreted by the Railway Board vide its letter No.PC-V/2010/MACP/6/RWF dated 30-11-2010 resulting denial of legitimate benefit of 3rd Financial Upgradation to those staff who remained in the same Grade Pay for more than 20 years.
There are cases of staff appointed in the Pay Scale `.5000-8000/Grade Pay `.4200 in the year 1983 who got their 1st promotion to the Pay Scale `.6500- 10500/Grade Pay `.4600/- in 1986. From the year 1986 to 01-09-2008 (22 years) the staff never got promotion. All such stagnated staff are entitled for 3rd Financial Upgradation in Grade Pay `.5400/- with effect from 01-09-2008. It is surprising to note that the Railway Board has mis-interepted the provisions contained in the MACPS and denied the benefit of 3rd Financial Upgradation.
The NFIR therefore urges upon the Railway Board to review its letter dated 30-11-2010 and issue clarification allowing 3rd MACP i.e. `.5400/Grade Pay in the above situations.
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Item No.2
Career Growth of Chemical And Metallurgical Assistant Gr.I & II recruited through RRB with the Qualification of M.Sc (Chemistry)/B. Tech.(Met. & Chemical) – Allotment of Grade Pay `.4600/- in PB-2 - `.9300-34800 – Reg.
Ref: GS/NFIR letter No.II/2/Pt.IV dated 30.9.2010 to the Secretary (E), Railway Board New Delhi.
In the Cadre of Chemical and Metallurgical Assistant, the direct recruitment element existed at two stages i.e. in Pay Scale of `.5000-8000 and `.5500-9000 (Prerevised). The qualification prescribed for recruitment to the post of CMA-I in V CPC Pay Scale of `.5500-9000 was M.Sc (Chemistry) or B. Tech.(Met & Chemical).
Consequent upon implementation of 6th CPC Pay structure both the Pre-revised Pay Scales of `.5000-8000 and `.5500-9000 got merged w.e.f. 1.1.2006 and placed in PB- 2 (`.9300-34800) with Grade Pay `.4200/-. Thus in the CMT Organization two Grade Pay Structure has emerged (i.e. GP `.4200/- and `.4600/-). It is however noticed that the Graduate Engineers [M.Sc (Chemistry)/ B. Tech.(Met. & Chemical)] recruited from open market after 1.1.2006 have been
absorbed in the lowest Grade Pay of `.4200/-. Thus they have been equated to those who were in the Pre-revised Pay Scale of `.5000-8000. In all other technical cadres, the Graduate Engineers inducted in the Pre-revised Pay Scale of `.6500-10500 have been placed in the Grade Pay of `. 4600/- in PB-2 - `.9300-34800.
From the above it could be seen that the directly recruited Graduate Engineers/M.Sc (Chemistry) qualified candidates in the CMT Organization after 1.1.2006 have been discriminated against while their counterparts in other technical cadres got the Grade Pay of `.4600/- in PB-2. In order to rectify the above aberration, the NFIR urges upon the Railway Board to upgrade all such Graduate Engineers/M.Sc., qualified staff to the Grade Pay of `.4600/- in PB-2 w.e.f. 1.1.2006 or from their date of their induction with the revised designation as Chemical & Metallurgical Superintendent.
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Item No.3
Revision of kilometrage rates by 25% when DA crosses 50 % - Running Staff
Consequent upon the implementation of VI CPC report, the Railway Board constituted a Joint Committee to determine the quantum of Pay element in running allowance and review the formula for computing rates of Kilometrage allowance. After deliberations, the Committee felt that the recommendation of the Sixth Central Pay Commission regarding doubling of various allowances be followed in respect of rate of Kilometrage allowance also, pending further review depending upon revision of T.A. rates for staff. The T.A. rates were subsequently revised more than 3 times, necessitating the revision of Kilometrage rates upwardly and the issue is presently under consideration in the DC/JCM forum. Further, in line with the recommendations of the VI CPC Recommendation as already accepted by the Government, the Kilometrage rates are required to be enhanced by 25% when DA crosses 50%.
The NFIR therefore urges upon the Railway Board to issue orders for enhancing the Kilometrage rates by 25% when D.A crosses 50% of pay.
Item No.4
Denial of TA/DA to the Staff Car Drivers in the Railways.
Ref: (i) GS/NFIR letter No. I/8/ dated 02.04.2010 to the Secretary (E), Railway Board, New Delhi.
(ii) Railway Board’s letter No.F (E) I/2006/AL-28/15 dated 12th March, 2008.
(iii) Issue raised in the DC/JCM and Bd/PNM Meetings
The Railway Board vide letter No. F(E)I/2006/AL-28/15 dated 12th March, 2008 had issued instructions to the effect that the Staff Car Drivers are not entitled to draw TA/DA during the period of their prescribed hours of duty even if they move out in their official car beyond 8 Kms. from their Headquarters. In para-2 of Board’s letter dated 12th March, 2008 several restrictions have been laid down with an intention to deny the DA/OTA to Staff Car Drivers.
In this connection, the NFIR contends that the role of Railways is totally different to that of other Central Government Departments. For ensuring uninterrupted services and maintenance of assets besides ensuring safety, the officials avail the services of staff car driver who is duty bound to drive the vehicle safely and maintain total alertness while driving. While the officials travelling in the car are entitled to draw TA/DA, denying the same to the staff car driver who is carrying the officials safely is unjust. The rule prevalent in the Central Government offices need not be copied for implementation to the disadvantage of staff when the nature of duties in the Railways is complex and directly related with safety, productivity and efficiency.
The NFIR therefore urges upon the Railway Board to re-consider the matter for allowing TA/DA and OT to Staff Car Drivers duly withdrawing Board’s letter dated 12th March, 2008.
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Item No.5
Categories exempted from the period of officiating – Revision of Daily Officiating Allowance
Ref: Railway Board’s letter No.E (P&A) I-98/CPC/PA/3 dated 8th March,1999
Consequent upon implementation of the Vth CPC Pay Scales, the Daily Officiating Allowance rates in respect of Pointsmen, Technicians, Dressers, Keymen, Mates, Shunting Jamadar, Station Masters, Commercial categories, etc., were revised by the Railway Board vide letter dated 8th March, 1999. In this connection, NFIR PNM Item No.43/98 may be connected. With the introduction of VIth CPC Pay Structure and Grade Pay w.e.f. 01-01-2006, the Daily Officiating rates in the case of several categories in different Departments are required to be upwardly revised.
The NFIR therefore requests the Railway Board to take action for revising the rates of Daily Officiating Allowance and issue orders early. NFIR also requests that other important categories connected with safety should also be considered and added for the purpose of granting Daily Officiating Allowance
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Item No.6
Incentive Bonus under Group Incentive Scheme to the Chemical and Metallurgical Superintendent (Grade Pay `4600/-) in Rail Wheel Factory (RWF), Yelahanka.
Ref: GS/NFIR letter No. III/RWFKS dated 07.12.2010 to the Secretary (E) Railway Board, New Delhi.
In terms of the recommendations of M/s RITES and as well as NPC the chemical and Metallurgical Superintendents in the pre-revised Pay Scale of `6500-10500, `5500-9000 and `5000-8000 have been granted incentive bonus under Group Incentive scheme in Rail Wheel Factory, Yelahanka. This policy of payment is in vogue since the last more than two decades as these staff are involved not only in 3 shifts round the clock but also on the Production line of wheels and axles besides monitoring the process at various levels. The C&M Superintendents were also paid revised rates of inventive bonus under Group Incentive Scheme with effect from 01.06.2009.
The R.W.F. Administration, Yelahanka has since issued O.O. No. RWF/ESTT/228 dated 27.11.2010 that the C&M Staff designated as Chemical and Metallurgical Superintendents in the Grade Pay of `4600/- and working in the shops will only be eligible for incentive bonus allowance at 15% of pay with effect from 01.06.2009. This decision has resulted in discontinuance of incentive bonus under Group Incentive Scheme and recovery of amount paid till now.
The National Federation of Indian Railwaymen (NFIR) is of the view that abrupt withdrawal of incentive bonus that too with retrospective effect is arbitrary, leading to staff demotivation. The Federation therefore urges upon the Board to issue instructions to GM/RWF to stop implementation of O.O. dated 27.11.2010 till the issue is resolved in consultation with the Federation.
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Item No.7
Creation of Posts in Electric Loco Shed, Itarsi, NKJ (JBP Division), TKD & TRD (Kota Division) And TRD (Bhopal Division) in West Central Railway.
Ref: GS/NFIR letter No.II/44 dated 29.09.2010 to Secretary (E), Railway Board, New Delhi.
The number of Locos have increased in West Central Railway but the additional staff required for maintenance of Electric Locos in Sheds are not sanctioned. The General Manager, West Central Railway has sent proposals for the creation of following posts with complete justification vide letters mentioned against each proposal.
1. Creation of 93 posts in ELS Itarsi. – CPO, WCR/Jabalpur D.O. Letter No.WCR/PHQ/1260/Cadre/PO.Cr/ELS ET dated 13.10.2009.
2. Creation of 167 revenue posts in ELS NKJ/JBP Division – CPO, WCR/JBP letter No.WCR/PHQ/1260/Cadre/PO.CR/ELS/NKJ dated 10.11.2009.
3. Creation of 131 revenue posts for ELS/TKD – Chief Elec. Engineer, Jabalpur letter No.WCR/L/01/4157/4745 dated 29.10.2009.
4. Creation of 47 revenue posts for TRD/BPL – CPO, WCR/JBP letter No.WCR/P-HQ/1260/Po.Cr/Cadre/TRD/BPL dated 24.01.2010.
5. Creation of 26 additional posts for maintenance of TRD/KOTA –CPO/WCR/JBP letter No.WCR/P-HQ/1260/Po.Cr/Cadre/TRD/KOTA dated 01.01.2010.
As the workload has been tremendously increased, causing severe hardship to the present workmen with adverse affect on proper quality maintenance, the NFIR requests the Railway Board to sanction the creation of above posts with immediate effect.
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Item No.8
Reckoning of Additional Allowance as pay for all purposes including computation of Retirement Benefits - Running Staff
The Railway Board vide their letter dated 4.3.2009 have clarified that the additional allowance granted to Loco Pilots (Passenger and Mail) and as well Guards under their letter dated 11.9.2008 will not be counted for the purpose of their retirement benefits.
In this connection, NFIR desires to point out that Additional Allowance is part of pay in the case of Running Staff and the same has been granted with effect from 01-01-2006 along with revised pay structure.
NFIR therefore urges upon the Railway Board to consider reckoning Additional Allowance also as pay for all purposes including computation of retirement benefits.
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Item No.9
Application of Safety Related Retirement Scheme (LARSGESS) to the Loco Pilots drafted to work as Crew Controllers.
Under the extant policy, the Loco Pilots are required to be drafted to perform the duties of Crew Controller in Railways while they continued to be on the rolls of Loco Pilots for all purposes. When the Crew Controllers are declared unfit as Loco Pilots, their requests for voluntary retirement under SRRS are not considered although they are technically Loco Pilots. This needs to be rectified and SRRS/LARSGESS is made applicable to crew controllers also.
The NFIR therefore requests the Railway Board to review the matter for applying the scheme to the Loco Pilots deployed to perform the duties of Crew Controllers also.
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Item No.10
Grant of honorarium for delivering Lectures in Zonal Training Institutes/Centres – Honorarium to the visiting Lecturers/Faculty delivering Lectures in Supervisory Training Centre, Bangalore (S.W. Railway).
RefSadi) GS/NFIR letter No.I/8 dated 05.08.2010 to the Secretary (E), Railway Board, New Delhi.
(ii) Railway Board’s letter No. E(G)2009/HO-1-24 dated 29.10.2009 (RBE No. 193/2009).
The Railway Board had issued instructions for grant of Honorarium at the Revised rates to the visiting Lecturers to deliver lectures to the non-gazetted staff at Zonal Training School/Centre. In this connection Board’s letter dated 29.10.2009 (RBE No.193/2009) may be connected.
It is however noticed that the grant of Honorarium is denied to visiting Lecturers/Faculty who deliver Lectures at Supervisory Training Centre, Bangalore (S.W. Railway).
The Supervisory Training School/Bangalore caters for both Zonal and Inter-Zonal needs of training, particularly in the following areas:-
1. Trainers’ Training to Supervisors of All Indian Railways.
2. Disaster Management Courses to Supervisors of All Indian Railways.
3. Supervisory Management Training to All Indian Railways.
4. D&AR Training to Supervisors of SWR/SCR/SR etc.
5. Computer Training to Supervisors of SWR and neighbouring Railways.
The visiting Lecturers/Faculty are therefore required to be granted Honorarium as is being done in other Training Schools/Centres.
The NFIR therefore requests the Railway Board to consider the case and issue instructions for grant of honorarium to the visiting lecturers at Supervisory Training Centre, Bangalore. GM/SWR’s letter No. SWR/P/R/337/Hon./Policy dated 9.7.2010
seeking Board’s approval to apply Board’s letter dated 29.10.2009 may be connected.
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Item No.11
Incentive Bonus Rates for staff of Rail Wheel Factory (RWF), Yelahanka – Review for proper implementation of Railway Board’s orders.
Ref: GS/NFIR letter No. I/11 dated 07.12.2010 to the Member Mechanical, Railway Board, New Delhi.
The Railway Board vide its letter No. 2010/M(PU)/1//4 dated 04.08.2010 has replied to NFIR that the RWF Administration has confirmed that the incentive rates have been doubled in terms of Board’s letter dated 29th October, 2009.
In this connection, the NFIR re-iterates that the pre-revised rates have in fact been not doubled and the RWF has conveyed misleading information to the Board.
The factual position given below would substantiate NFIR’s contention:-
Rates existed prior to the revision of Incentive.
Rate per wheel : 0.58 x 1.3 = `0.75
Rate per Axle : 1.15 x 1.3 = `1.50
Post revised incentive rates (w.e.f. 01.06.2009)
Rates per wheel : 0.58 x 2 = `1.16
Rates per Axle : 1.15 x 2 = `2.30
Entitlement of revised rates (w.e.f. 01.06.2009)
Rate per wheel : 0.75 x 2 = `1.50
Rate per Axle : 1.50 x 2 = `3.00
From the above, it could be seen that the staff have been paid less towards revised incentive rates from 01.06.2009. The above aberration needs to be rectified and difference of amount paid to RWF staff.
The NFIR therefore urges upon the Railway Board to review the matter and ensure rectification of the position for ensuring payment of incentive bonus rates at `1.50 per Wheel and `3.00 per Axle to the staff of RWF w.e.f. 01.06.2009.
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Item No.12
Absorption of Diploma Holders as JE-II – Case of Diploma Holder Progressmen working in the RE Organization.
Ref: GS/NFIR’s letter No.II/15 dated 21-12-2009 and NFIR/PNM Item No.10/2005.
The NFIR invites Railway Board’s attention to its letter dated 9th April, 1997 wherein it was decided that those, who were working in Construction Organization/Work charged establishments may be departmentally screened and absorbed against Group ‘C’ posts.
In the RE Organization several Diploma Holders are working with designation as “Progressmen” but performing the duties of J.E. While many of them were already absorbed as JE II in Grade `5000-8000 (Pre-revised), the remaining Diploma Holders are yet to be absorbed as JE. The denial of equitable justice compelled the Diploma Holders of RE Organization to approach Court. The Hon’ble CAT has directed the Respondent (S.E.C. Railway) to consider their case. But however, the Administration has not absorbed them as JE-II in spite of the fact that they possess qualification and performing the JE duties in the RE Organization.
Large number of vacancies exist in SEC Railway, Central Railway and South Central Railway etc., These Diploma Holder Progressmen deserve to be considered for absorption as JE as was done in the case of their colleagues.
The NFIR therefore urges upon the Railway Board to consider the issue and accord sanction for their absorption as JE-II in Central, South Central or SEC Railway against DR quota vacancies.
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Item No.13
Provision of cooking facilities at Rest Rooms meant for Ticket Checking Staff.
Ref: GS/NFIR letter No.II / 73 dated 24-11-2010 to the Railway Board.
Railway Board’s letter No. 2010/TGV/10/3 dated 02-03-2010
On many zonal Railways provision of cooking facilities at Rest Rooms meant for Ticket Checking Staff has not been ensured inspite of Railway Board’s instructions for providing catering facilities on the anology of Drivers and Guards.
One of the Affiliates of NFIR has taken up the issue in the GM/PNM Meeting (South Central Railway) and demanded for implementation of Board’s instructions. During the discussions in the PNM Meeting, the zonal Administration has reacted that there are contradictory instructions from the Railway Board as stated below:
Para No.2 To provide catering facilities to commercial staff including Ticket Checking Staff on the anology of Drivers and Guards and that the said arrangement to provide such catering facilities is to be made by Divisions by engaging outside agencies on individual payments basis.
Para No.3 It is stated that provision of cooking facilities therein may be ensured.
The General Manager, South Central Railway has made a reference to Railway Board vide No. C.568/GII/TC/RR/PNM Mtg./2010 dated 20-04-2010 suggesting Para 3 of the instructions dated 02-03-2010 may be deleted.
The NFIR however expresses its disappointment over non-provision of cooking facilities at Rest Rooms for Ticket Checking Staff citing some reason or the other. The staff are agitated over the inaction on the part of zonal Railways.
The Federation therefore requests the Railway Board to issue clear clarificatory instructions to the zonal Railways for ensuring provision of Catering facilities without delay.
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Item No.14
Avenue of Promotion for Junior Lecturers to the posts of Lecturers in Railway Degree College, Secunderabad.
The Railway Degree College, Lallaguda, Secunderabad of South Central Railway affiliated to the Osmania University, Hyderabad is functioning with effect from 01.08.1977. One of the Terms for grant of affiliation as per the report of the Inspector Commission visited the college in the year 1976 was that all the teaching staff required for both the media i.e. Telugu and English as per the workload should be appointed through a Selection Committee.
The Teaching Staff of South Central Railway who are appointed in different disciplines and working for the past several years are agitated over lack of career growth for further promotions to the posts of Lecturers in the Railway Degree College, Lallaguda/Secunderabad, even though they possess the required qualification.
Prior to upgradation of posts of Degree College Lecturers to Group “A”, avenue of promotion against 33-1/3% quota vacancies was existing for advancement of Junior Lecturers to the posts of Degree College Lecturers, in each discipline. This had facilitated some of the qualified Junior Lecturers to have the advantage of promotion to the posts in Degree College. With the up-gradation of all the posts of Degree College Lecturers to Group “A”, the avenue provided in terms of Railway Board’s letter No. E (NG) I-79-PN1-160 dated 19.06.1979 got discontinued. Due to chain disadvantage to the career growth as a result of no opportunity of promotion as Lecturers in Degree College, the frustration among the Junior Lecturers, PGTs and Head Master/Mistress started growing. Hence the item was placed in the Zonal PNM Meeting with South Central Railway Administration and it was requested to recommend to Railway Board for restoring the promotion avenue as existed during the year 1980. A reference has accordingly been made to Railway Board vide GM(P)/SC letter No. P (Schools) 594/Misc./All RJCs dated 29.07.2010 and 17.08.2010 as this involves promotion of Group “C” staff to Group “A” post. The issue of discontinuance of promotional avenue of the Junior Lecturers has also been brought to the notice of Railway board vide NFIR’s reference No. II/8 dated 20.5.2010 requesting that the qualified Junior Lecturers be promoted against the vacancy of Degree College Lecturer duly operating the post in Group “B” Gazetted for a period of two years and on completion of two years satisfactory service they be permitted to become Degree College Lecturer with corresponding restoration of the post to Group “A” which would facilitate promotion of Junior Lecturers as Degree College Lecturers and generate benefit of promotion in the Teaching cadre.
NFIR therefore requests the Railway Board to consider the issue for restoration of avenue of promotion for Junior Lecturers.
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Item No.15
Introduction of New Pension Scheme – Application of old Pension Scheme in the case of those inducted prior to 01-01-2004 and attained temporary status.
Ref: NFIR’s letter No.II/35/Pt.VII dated 27-03-2010
The New Pension Scheme came into effect from 01-01-2004 and all the employees on rolls prior to 01-01-2004 are continued to be governed by Old Pension Scheme.
Cases are being reported where the substitutes (Bungalow Lascar etc.,) appointed prior to 01-01-2004 who had attained temporary status and drawing regular scale of pay are not being covered under the Old Pension Scheme. When this issue was raised at Zonal level against denial of benefit under Old Pension Scheme, the Administration declined to consider citing reference to Director, Finance, Railway Board No.2004/AC-II/21/1 (Vol.II) dated 02-02-2009. The Federation is of the view that the Substitutes who attained temporary status before introduction of New Pension Scheme are entitled to be governed under Old Pension Scheme.
NFIR therefore urges upon the Railway Board to consider the matter and issue necessary clarification in this regard for bringing the Substitutes appointed and attained temporary status prior to 01-01-2004 under the liberalised pension scheme although formal regularization orders were issued subsequently.
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Item No.16
Abolition of Pay Scale and Introduction of upgraded Pay Scale with revised designation – Senior Section Engineers (Drawing) – Clarification on entry Grade Pay – Reg.
Ref: GS/NFIR’s letter No IV/MACPS/09/Pt.2 dated – 20-08-2010
Para 5 of Railway Board’s letter No.PC-V/2009/ACP/2 dated 10-06-2009 states that “Promotions earned/upgradations granted under the ACP Scheme in the past to those grades which now carry the same Grade Pay due to merger of pay scales/upgradations of posts recommended by the Sixth Central Pay Commission shall be ignored for the purpose of granting financial upgradation under Modified ACPS”.
On Zonal Railways, the benefit of MACPS is denied to the S.E (Drawing) on the plea that those recruited as Tracer in the Pay Scale of Rs.260-430 have already earned 2 promotions by reaching Senior Draftsman post (re-designated as J.E.II). It is also reported that wherever, the benefit extended already, the same has been withdrawn, citing Railway Board’s letter No.PC-V/2009/ACP/15/NR & PCV/2005/ACP/4/SR dated 18-05-2010 addressed to the Northern & Southern Railway.
In this connection, the NFIR invites Board’s attention to the following facts:
The Railway Ministry had decided to abolish the posts of Tracers and consequently the Board had also issued orders for placing the Tracers in the grade of Rs.330-560 with the revised designation as Junior Draftsman. Further, in the course of implementation of Government’s decision for introduction of apex grade of Rs.7450- 11500, the Railway Board had restructured the cadre and upgraded the posts of Junior Draftsman to grade Rs.5000-8000(V CPC), thus the incumbents were placed in grade Rs.5000-8000 in terms of Board’s order vide No.PC-V/97/I/11/3 dated 28-09-1998 with the revised designation as J.E.II (Drawing).
On both the occasions as explained above, the staff were placed in the upgraded posts by correspondingly abolishing the posts held by them (Tracer and thereafter Assistant Draftsman). Thus, their entry Grade Pay as on 01-01-2006 should be treated as Rs.4200/-.
The placements in Higher Grades consequent upon abolition of lower Grades and revision of designation on administrative reasons or on account of implementation of V CPC recommendations should not be construed as regular promotion. In fact, these are to be treated as merged grades only (i.e. lower grade merged with higher grade on account of the decision to abolish lower grades).
In view of the above Railway Board’s instructions vide dated 18-05-2010 are required to be withdrawn and suitable clarification be issued to all the Zonal Railways/Production Units to extend MACP in the above type of upgradation/merger applying Para 5 of Board’s letter dated 10th June, 2009.
The NFIR therefore urges upon the Railway Board to consider the facts as above with positive approach and issue clarificatory instructions pending discussion in the PNM Meeting, the benefit extended by Zonal Railways should be allowed.
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Item No.17
Date of Appointment – Clarification
Ref: (i) GM Central Railway’s letter No.HPB/581/R/Misc/DOA dated 04-08-2009 to the Railway Board.
(ii) GS/NFIR’s letter No.II/1 Pt.VII dated 10-02-2010 to the Railway Board.
Under the provision of Rule 1302 (FR 17) of IREC Vol.II, a Railway servant shall began to draw the pay and allowances attached to his tenure of post with effect from the date he assumed the duties of the post.
Rule 1318 (FR24) of IREC Vol.II & Rule 605 of IREM Vol.I provides that an increment shall ordinarily be drawn as a matter of course unless it is withheld. Further Rule 302 of IREC Vol. states that unless specifically stated otherwise, the seniority among the incumbents of a post in a grade is governed by the date of appointment to the grade.
The General Manager, Central Railway vide letter No. HPB/581/R/Misc/DOA dated 04-08-2009 has referred the matter to Railway Board seeking clarification wherein after passing the medical examination, the candidates were issued appointment letter as Pro.Guard on 29-12-2005 and sent for training and in such cases whether the date of appointment shall be taken as 29-12-2005. The GM (P), Central Railway also sought clarification on the following citing a particular case in his letter dated 4-8-2009.
a) If the date of appointment in this case is treated as 02-01-2006, the date of increment becomes 01-07-2006 and pay will be fixed as Rs.8560/- plus garde pay Rs.2800/-.
b) And if these candidates are treated as having been appointed on 29-12-2005 they will be fixed at Rs.9540+grade pay Rs.2800/- in Gr.5200-20200 PB-1.
NFIR is of the view that the date of appointment in the above situations should be recognised as 29-12-2005 as the employee has joined on the said date as per the appointment order issued by the Administration.
In view of the above, NFIR requests to issue clarification accordingly to the GM, Central Railway and other GMs to deal all such cases allowing pay fixation and annual increments.
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Item No.18
Placement of Graduate Engineers of Drawing Cadre (Joined prior to 01-09-1998) in the Pay Scale of Rs.6500-10500 (V CPC).
Ref: GS/NFIR’s letter No.IV/MACPS/09/Pt.II dated 23-08-2010 to the Railway Board.
NFIR invites Railway Board’s attention to Para 4© & 4(d)(i) and (ii) of Board’s letter dated 28-09-1998, extracts of the same are reproduced below:
“4© Direct recruitment quota of 25% for engineering graduates in the grade Rs.1600-2600 (since replaced by revised scale of Rs.5500-9000) shall stand discontinued and the same will instead be in the grade Rs.6500-10500 to the extent of 20%. The remaining 80% of the posts in the grade Rs.6500-10500 will be filled by promotion of staff from the lower grade of Rs.5500-9000 in the usual manner.
(d) With a view to ensuring that the benefit of the grade Rs.6500-10500 becomes available in a reasonable time frame to the existing engineering graduates working in grade Rs.5500-9000, it has been decided that:
(i) The additional posts becoming available as per the revised percentages given in para 3 above in grade Rs.6500-10500 may be filled from amongst such staff following a process of selection, and
(ii) The 20% direct recruitment quota becoming available in this grade from 02-09-1998, may also be filled up by engineering graduates holding the grade of Rs.5500-9000 as on 01-09-1998, by LDCE for a period of three years upto 31-08-2001 or till such time as no such staff
remains availing such placement, whichever is earlier.”
From the above paragraphs it could be seen that direct recruitment quota of 25% existing in Grade Rs.1600-2660/5500-9000 stood discontinued and the same was shifted to grade Rs.6500-10500 to the extent of 20% with effect from 01-09-1998.
With the implementation of VI CPC Grade Pay and Pay Band, the Graduate Engineers who had joined after 01-09-1998 in the Grade Rs.6500-10500 have been allotted the Grade Pay of Rs.4600/- as the pre-revised Pay Scale of Rs.6500-10500 and Rs.7450-11500 got merged. Whereas the graduate engineer who joined prior to 01-09-1998 in the grade Rs.5500-9000 are put to disadvantage due to the nonplacement in the grade of Rs.6500-10500 with effect from 01-09-1998. While the Graduate Engineers who had joined on or after 02-09-1998 got advantage 1st MACP to Grade Pay of Rs.4800/- on completion of 10 years service similar benefit is not being given to those Graduate Engineers appointed prior to 01-09-1998 have been subjected to injustice.
The above aberration needs to be rectified as suggested below:
“The Graduate Engineers of Drawing Cadre joined prior to 01-09-1998 in Grade Rs.5500-9000 should be given the Grade of Rs.6500-10500 (Grade Pay of Rs.4600/-) w.e.f. 01-09-1998 so that they can have equal treatment.”
The NFIR therefore urges upon the Railway Board to consider the issue for placing pre – 1998 Graduate Engineers in the Drawing Cadre in the Pay Scale of Rs.6500-10500 atleast with effect from 01-09-1998 if not from the date of their appointment.
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Item No.19
Appointment on Compassionate grounds – Acquisition of higher education – Clarifications needed.
Ref: (i) Railway Board’s letter No. E(NG)III/2003/RC-1/Gen/4 dated 17-09-2009.
(ii) GS/NFIR’s letter No. II/1A/Pt.14 dated 06-02-2010 to Railway Board.
There are number of cases pending for grant of appointment on Compassionate grounds for want of clarification from Railway Board. The earlier clarifications issued by Railway Board in different spells have created confusion causing avoidable delay rather than solving the problems particularly in Central Railway. The General Manager (P), Central Railway, Mumbai vide letter No.Conf/883/R/Comp. cases dated 15-01-2010 has depicted various types of cases. In concluding Para of GM’s letter clarification was sought particularly on the points that:-
i) Whether the prescribed period for submission of application for both minor and major ward/widow should be taken as 20 years from the date of death of ex-employee, and whether irrespective of the fact that the application is made after 2 years of becoming major or after 5 years of the death of ex-employee, the case should be considered on merit by Zonal Railways for Group ‘C’ and ‘D’ as per the Educational Qualification of the candidate, at the time of submission of the application.
ii) How to deal with the cases where applications for Compassionate Appointment are received from the widow/ward to be considered after the ward complete his/her higher studies and in case where the ward is not even 8th std passed to consider his/her case after he/she acquires the same or higher education, since the provision of granting permission for acquisition of higher educational qualification stands withdrawn stands in terms of instructions issued by Railway Board vide letter dated 15-06-2007.
iii) Whether the case initially rejected only on the ground of not having minimum educational qualification can be subsequently reviewed on merit, after the candidate acquired the minimum EQ/higher EQ and applies again within a period of 20 years from the date of death of employee.
NFIR requests the Railway Board to consider these issues and other relevant issues on the subject and arrange to issue a consolidated liberalised policy on grant of appointment on grounds of compassion and communicate at the earliest to avoid further harassment to the wards/widows of ex-employees keeping in view the apathy being faced by the bereaved families.
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Item No.20
Redeployment of medically decategorised staff jeopardising safe working of the system and depriving promotions of staff of the cadres.
A good number of RPF and other staff have been medically decategorised and redeployed in various departments/units etc.
In Rolling stock Depots like Sr.DEE/RS/Avadi, Valachery, Tambaram, these staff have been redeployed as Technician Gr.II/MCM, etc. Posting them directly as Technician/MCM without training and without proper trade test or field experience jeopardizes safety norms as Rolling Stock depots are directly involved in safe working of services. The redeployed staff have also to work without knowing the system. Further, the existing incumbents in the cadre who are on the verge of their promotion are deprived of promotion. The redeployed staff are not able to work satisfactorily which results in failures often. Hence, suitable method has to be evolved to safeguard the interest of the existing staff in the depots and equally ensuring efficiency.
NFIR therefore requests to review the extant policy for formulating a workable system for re-deploying medically decategorised staff.
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Item No.21
Wrong assignment of seniority in ECRC Cadre – Injustice done to promotees – East Central Railway.
On East Central Railway (SPJ Division), a group of Commercial Clerks were empanelled for promotion to the post of ECRC in Scale of Rs.4500-7000 (Prerevised).
Five candidates were also appointed on grounds of compassion against DR Quota vacancies. The Administration had sent compassionate appointees for training in ZRTI, MFP ignoring the Commercial Clerks who were selected against promotion quota earlier.
On a protest, the DRM had intervened and sent both the groups for training and both were declared qualified in the ZRTI Training on one and the same date.
Consequently, Office Orders No. 395 and 396 were issued on 30th January, 2004 posting promotees and compassionate appointees respectively with a clear endorsement in the office order No.396 that the compassionate appointees will be placed below the staff promoted and posted under office order No.395. In the seniority list also the date of promotion of promotees and compassionate appointees was shown as 30th January, 2004 and 31st January, 2004 respectively.
It is surprising to note that by misinterpretating para 302 of the IREM, the compassionate appointees (i.e. Direct Recruitment Quota staff) have been shown senior to promotees promoted against promotion quota vacancies. The assignment of seniority to those appointed against DR Quota above the promotees is a clear violation of extant instructions. When this issue was raised several times, the Administration did not respond for rectifying the wrong assignment of seniority.
The NFIR therefore requests to issue suitable instructions to E.C. Railway to correct the seniority and place the promotee staff above those inducted against Direct Recruitment Quota of ECRC Cadre.
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Item No.22
Grant of Transport Allowance to the employees availing the facility of Workmen Trains.
Ref: 1) GS/NFIR’s letter I/5(F) dated 23.2.2009.
2) Railway Board’s reply vide No. PC-V/2008/A/TA/2 dated 23.3.2009.
3) GS/NFIR’s letter No. I/5(F) dated 15.9.2009, 11.12.2009 and 15.04.2010.
NFIR invites Railway Board’s attention to the references cited above on the issue relating to grant of Transport Allowance to the employees availing the facility of Workmen Train at Rayanapadu Workshop of South Central Railway.
During the discussion with the Railway Board, the official side informed the Federation that the matter was under consideration and the position relating to the number of such “Workmen Trains” on Indian Railways was being ascertained. The NFIR vide letter of even number dated 11.12.2009 had clarified that there is only one case of Workmen Train (in South Central Railway) and according to the reports no such trains are operated in other zones. In the DC/JCM Meeting held on 27th & 28th August, 2009, the Federation had explained the need to consider the case favourably on the basis of ground reality.
Considering the fact that Rayanapadu is located far away from Vijayawada city and facility of Workmen Train is an inescapable necessity in the interest of productivity, NFIR requests the Railway Board consider the case of Rayanapadu Workshops as an exceptional case for the purpose of payment of Transport Allowance to Workshop employees of Rayanapadu.
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Item No.23
Grade Pay of staff in the Inspection wing of Production Control Organisations
The issue relating to the pay scale of the Inspector who inspect the Job of the Skilled-III, Highly Skilled-II, Highly Skilled-I was dealt in the Departmental Council (JCM) Meeting held on 23rd and 24th December, 1977. It was then agreed that the post of Inspectors in the PCO should not be in a grade lower than the Highly Skilled Grade I and they would be outside the percentage of posts in various trades on the Shop floor. They were accordingly placed in the scale of pay not lower than that of Highly Skilled I i.e. Rs.380-560 (RS) as per Railway Board’s letter No.E (P&A) I-71/PE- 2/3/DC dated 9th February, 1979.
After the recommendations of the IV Central Pay Commission, the Master Craftsman Concept (MCM) (presently Sr. Technician) was introduced. With the introduction of revised pay structure w.e.f. 01-01-2006, Senior Technicians have been allotted the Grade Pay of Rs.4200/- in PB-2 - Rs.9300-34800/-. The Inspectors who are inspecting the job of Sr.Technician (MCM) are therefore required to be brought in the Pay Scale of Rs.9300-34800/- (PB-2) Grade Pay Rs.4200/-.
The NFIR therefore urges upon the Railway Board to issue orders placing Inspectors of Production Control Organisation in Grade Pay of Rs.4200/- (PB-2 Rs.9300-34800) w.e.f. 01-01-2006.
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Item No.24
Merger of V CPC Pay Scales – Fixation of Seniority of Commercial / Traffic Apprentices.
As per the Avenue Chart, 25% of the vacancies in grade Rs.5500-9000 are earmarked for Commercial Apprentices out of which 10% will be for serving Graduates below the Grade of Rs.5500-9000 and 15% will be for open market. Similarly, Traffic Apprentices are also selected/recruited in this manner.
A peculiar situation has arisen in Railways due to the merger of Rs.5000-8000 and Rs.5500-9000 based on the recommendations of the VI CPC. Serving Graduates in grade Rs.5000-8000 have got selected and undergone training prior to the implementation of VI CPC Pay Scale, hoping that they will be promoted to grade Rs.5500-9000. By the time they completed their training, the recommendations of VI CPC have been implemented and both the pay scales have been merged with the Grade Pay of Rs.4200/-. On successful completion of two years training, they got the benefit of two increments. The problem of fixation of seniority for them exists, as they are placed at the bottom of these in the Grade Pay of Rs.4200. The demand is that all the Commercial/Traffic Apprentices should be placed at the bottom of the erstwhile staff in the pre-revised Pay Scale of Rs.5500-9000.
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Item No: 25
Problems encounted by A.C. Escorting staff due to deterioration in working conditions
The A.C. Escorting staff (A.C.Mechanics) are agitated over the inaction and apathy of Railway Administration in addressing problems due to deteriorating working conditions. In this connection the problems encountered by them are given below:-
a) AC Mechanics are compelled to man 4 AC Coaches each throughout their run on duty ranging from 45 to 84 hours on each trip.
b) Hitherto Departmental Helpers were provided to assist the A.C.Mechanics for the running maintenance and this system was working satisfactorily. This has been dispensed with and Attendant’s job has been given to outside agency, causing number of problems.
c) The Helper of the Contractor does not know the Railway System/Job requirement as his performance is dismal. He has in fact rather become a liability to A.C.Mechanic.
d) Due to withdrawal of Departmental Attendant the A.C.Mechanics are
compelled to do other jobs including that of Helper.
e) The Contractor Helpers have no responsibility and accountability. They desert the train according to their whims and behave irresponsibly towards travelling public.
f) During enroute failures, where Helpers assistance required, the A.C.Mechanics are facing lot of difficulty besides wrath of public.
g) Roster Link is available for A.C.Mechanics Escorting A.C.Coaches on some Zonal Railways.
The NFIR requests the Railway Board to take action for scrapping the policy of engagement of Contractor’s Helpers and also address the above issues.
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Item No.26
Recognition to all Bal Niketan Schools run by Women’s Welfare Organisation, Diesel Locomotive Works, Varanasi – Payment of Children Education Allowance to the wards of employees.
The Bal Niketan School was established on 19th January, 1972 in the premises of DLW, Varanasi. The school is having good infrastructure and providing education to the children of Railway employees whose number is near about 1000 from Nursery to Standard V with 32 Teachers. Almost all the Children studying in the school are wards of Railway Employees. The Women’s Welfare Organisation is managing the school very well and facilities such as Computer, Games, Library, Entertainment, Music education, etc., are available. The school functions from 1st April to 31st March of every year and gives education in English medium with CBSE syllabus.
It is unfortunate to point out that Children Education Allowance is not allowed for the children studying in the Bal Niketan School as the school is not recognised by the appropriate administration. The Railway employees are deeply frustrated over denial of Children Education Allowance.
The NFIR therefore request Railway Board to arrange to take action and see that the school is granted recognition by the concerned authorities to enable the parents to avail the financial relief in the form of Children Education Allowance like that of other employees whose children are studying in the recognised institutions.
(In this connection NFIR’s letter No.II/28 Pt.III dated 25-01-2010 addressed to Member Staff may please be connected)
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Item No.27
Applicability of Rule No.31 of Railway Service (Pension) Rules 1993 for counting of service period paid from contingency for calculation of Gratuity on Retirement
Ref: GS/NFIR’s letter No.II/35/Pt.VI dated 11th June, 2010.
It is brought to the notice of Railway Board that large number of Casual Labour of Rail Wheel Factory (RWF), Yelahanka, Bengaluru, paid from contingency and absorbed on regular employment have not been extended the benefit of counting service period rendered by them prior to absorption on regular employment for the purpose of calculating the Retirement Gratuity, etc.,
Rule 31 of Railway Service (Pension) Rules 1993 stipulates that in respect of a Railway servant, in service on or after the 22nd day of August, 1968, half of the service period paid from contingencies shall be taken into account for calculating Pensionary benefits on absorption in regular employment.
In this connection, it is also brought to the notice that RWF Staff Council has taken up the matter with RWF Administration but however there has been no decision for counting the period of service rendered prior to absorption.
The NFIR therefore urges upon the Railway Board to look into the matter and convey sanction and communicated to RWF Administration for counting half of the period of service paid from contingency for the purpose of calculating the Retirement Gratuity, etc., under the provision Rule 31 of Railway Service (Pension) Rule 1993.
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Item No.28
Change of Uniform Code for Diesel Loco Shed staff & payment of Washing Allowance.
Ref: GS/NFIR’s letter No.III/DR/2/Pt.II. dated 13.03.2010 to the Secretary (E), Railway Board, New Delhi.
This Federation received representations from a few Zonal Railways that the Uniform supplied to the Diesel Loco Shed staff is of Blue Colour which is prone to absorb the oils and greases. Due to this the washing of the uniform becomes very difficult. Suggestions have been received that they may be supplied better quality of uniform preferably the Dark Grey which is being supplied to the staff of companies like Kirloskar & Cummins who are also dealing with Diesel Engines. The staff are also pressing for payment of Washing Allowance keeping in view the nature of jobs performed by them in the Diesel Loco maintenance activities.
NFIR therefore requests that the dress Code relating to Diesel Loco Shed Staff may be got reviewed for supplying Dark Grey cloth and sanctioning washing allowance.
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Item No. 29
Regularization of Promotion in the case of DMS-III in Chittaranjan Locomotive Works.
Ref: GS/NFIR letter No.II/2 Pt.IV dated 22-11-2010 to the Railway Board.
C.P.O./CRJ’s letter No.GMA/Stores/51 (11) dated 02-11-2010
While referring C.P.O./CLW’s letter No.GMA/Stores/51 (11) dated 22-11-2010, the NFIR desires to bring the following facts for consideration.
In CLW, a selection process was initiated for filling 8 vacant posts of DMS-III existed after obtaining options from Senior Clerks in terms of rules. Consequently, 8 candidates were empanelled. Out of 8 empanelled, 7 were posted as DMS-III with effect from 08-03-2009 leaving one ST candidate as he had not completed 2 years residency period as Sr.Clerk. The CLW Administration having felt that filling the posts as DMS-III was an inescapable necessity in the interest of production had done the above exercise and filled the vacancies. After filling the vacancies of DMS-III, the vacancies of Head Clerk, have also been filled by next Junior to those Sr.Clerks who were already posted as DMS-III. In this process, the seniors who were already working as DMS-III were not considered for promotion as Head Clerk as they opted for the post of DMS-III.
In terms of Board’s letter No.E (NG) I-2010/1/PM1/15 dated 03-09-2009 the merged Grade of Head Clerk and O.S.II has been declared as Non-selection to be filled by suitability with the prescribed bench mark whereas the merged grade of DMS-III and DMS-II has been declared as general selection post. While the Senior Clerks during the period are continued undisturbed due to no change in the classification, the staff who were seniors and got posted as DMS-III against the vacancies available as on 04-09-2008 are put to severe disadvantage as their promotion is yet to be regularized. This situation has arisen due to administrative reason and not on account of the employees.
The NFIR is of the view that appropriate approval is needed to be given by the Railway Board to regularize the promotions of DMS-III in CLW as a one time measure.
The Federation therefore requests the Railway Board to consider the above facts and accord approval for regularization of DMS-III in CLW. A copy of the decision may be endorsed to NFIR.
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Item No.30
Stagnation of staff in Group ‘D’ posts in Accounts Department on Southern Railway – One time relaxation for promotion against DR quota vacancies of Accounts Clerks – reg.
Ref: (i) GS/NFIR’s letters No.II/70 dated 28.05.2010 and No.II/70-Pt.I dated 8.11.2010. To Financial Commissioner, Railways, Railway Board, New Delhi.
(ii) Railway Board’s reply vide No.E (NG) I-2000/PM9/1 dated 20.7.2010.
With reference to Railway Board’s reply vide No.E(NG)I-2000/PM9/1 dated 20.7.2010, the NFIR desires to once again point out that the Group ‘D’ Accounts staff on Southern Railway are continued in the lowest Grade Pay of `.1800/- since decades.
Due to the existence of limited percentage of promotional quota, they are not able to become Accounts Clerks. Many Group ‘D’ staff are Graduates & Matriculates.
The NFIR’s request has all along been pressing to provide an opportunity to staff to facilitate them to qualify and become Accounts Clerk. The Federation’s intention is not to dilute quality but to see that efficient Group ‘D’ staff get an opportunity of promotion. Over 120 vacancies of Accounts Clerks against DR Quota are existing on Southern Railway and non-filling the vacancies is adversely affecting the working system. The Federation therefore requests the Railway Board to reconsider the case for facilitating promotion of Group ‘D’ staff against some of the existing DR quota vacancies of Accounts clerks.
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