Archive for March, 2010

AIRF raised issues of ALPs GrPay, 20-80% ALP ratio, High Power Committee for 6Hrs Duty, Mileage Rate as per TA with Arrears from 1.1.2006, Running Room, Ist Class Pass, LI Anomaly etc in GM Conference dt 17.03.2010

No.AIRF/General Managers’ Conference         Dtd: March 30, 2010

The General Secretaries,
All Affiliated Unions,

Dear Coms.,

Sub: General Managers’ Conference held on 17.3.2010

Conference of the General Managers’ of the Indian Railways was held on 17th March, 2010, in Rail Bhawan, New Delhi.
Brief of the deliberations made in the Conference is as under:-
In the Conference, apart from the Members, Addl. Members of the Railway Board, General Managers of the Zonal Railways as well as Production Units along with Director General, Staff College Vadodara, Railway Health Services, Railway Protection Force, General Secretaries/Secretary Generals of all the Federations/Associations were present. Hon’ble Minister for Railways, along with the MoSRs(A) & (M), was also present in the Conference.
In the Conference, I raised the following issues:-
I appreciated the Hon’ble Minister for Railways for giving appreciation to the Unions/ Federations in her Budget Speech as well as for opening of Kendriya/Navodya Vidyalayas, Technical Institutes, Hostels, Creches, enhancement of SBF by Rs.150(from Rs.350 to Rs.500), announcement of Safety Related Retirement Scheme for all the staff working in Grade Pay Rs.1800 in safety categories, Mobile Medical Van for health check-up of the Railwaymen and their families at their respective residence/work place.
I once again raised the issue of filling-up of vacancies and reminded Hon’ble M.R. that about 128 number of trains have been either introduced or their trips have been enhanced but not a single staff has been sanctioned or recruited. Apart from this, more than two lakh vacancies are lying unfilled, out of which, 80% vacancies belonging to safety categories like Trackman, ASM, Technician, J.E., S.S.E., Station Superintendent, Asstt. Loco Pilot, Motorman, Ticket Checking Staff, Enquiry & Reservation Clerk, etc. The above is increasing workload on the existing staff.

On the other hand, Railways is promoting outsourcing and offloading regular works to private companies/firms as well as contractors, leading to failures and becoming a safety hazard.
I also mentioned that the above is the main cause for run over of Gangmen as well as staff are dying on duty. Though some good steps have been taken for the recruitment of ALP, ASM, Technician, etc., where mega employment notices have been issued but these staff after recruitment and training will be available only after 2-3 years if everything is going well.
I once again demanded that the recruitment of group `D’ staff should be reverted back to in-house as was done in the past at the Divisional and Workshop levels. I also requested for the engagement of Substitutes. I pointed out to Hon’ble M.R. that in spite of her clear instructions during Safety Review Meeting, held on 26.10.2009 in Rail Bhawan, as well as in the last GMs’ Conference, engagement of the Course Completed Act Apprentices as group `D’ has not been complied with.(MR was surprised and again asked all the GMs to immediately engage Course Completed Act Apprentices as well as to fill these posts by June 2010).
For the mode of recruitment of group `D’ staff, she said that the Member Staff, Railway Board, would discuss the issue with the Federation and would resolve the issue at the earliest.
I pointed out that in the last GMs’ Conference, I had requested for some package to the category of Trackman, Keyman, Gateman, Mate, etc. You had asked to form a Joint Committee to resolve the problem but it is unfortunate that no such Committee has been formed nor any consultation has been made. The M.R. advised the Railway Board(CRB and MS) to form Joint Committee and expedite the issue immediately.
I also requested the M.R. for in-house recruitment of the handicapped staff to meet their special necessities of their recruitment nearest to their place and reminded her that these were her instructions in her last tenure as MR.
Anomalies
I again reminded the Hon’ble M.R. that there is lot of discontentment amongst the Railwaymen because of anomalies and these need immediate attention, particularly in the GP of Rs.1900, 2800 and 4600 which need improvement and requested for taking-up the issue with the Finance Minister.
I thanked the Board for the approval of 20:80 for ALP GP Rs.1900 and 2400.
I also requested her that the problems faced by the Federation for the payment of VI CPC arrears from 1.1.2006, Mileage, improvement of Running Rooms, Allowance to Goods Driver and Guard and their Career Progression as well as problems of Loco Inspector should also be resolved.
In 2006, while negotiating on strike notice, it was promised by the Railway Board that a High Powered Committee would be established to review the duty hours of safety categories of Railway employees, particularly Running Staff. Unfortunately, it has also not been established up till now. I requested that it should immediately be established to avoid safety hazard.
I also requested to upgrade apex grade Sr. Supervisors/SSEs into group `B’.
On my mentioning to stop Annual Review, it was told by the Member Staff that the Annual Review has already been dispensed/deferred in the wake of CRC.
I told the Hon’ble M.R. that in the normal AVC, a Technician from GP Rs.1900 would be promoted to GP Rs.2400. But it is unfortunate that in the MACP Scheme, a new GP of Rs.2000 has been introduced, which has created loss to the Technicians as well as some other categories and requested for its immediate review.(MR immediately asked the Member Staff, who stated that this is the creation of the DoP&T. The MR asked the MS to pursue the DoP&T, and in case her help is required, she is ready to talk at appropriate level).
On my mentioning that after Herculean efforts, VI CPC agreed to give GP Rs1800 to group `D’ staff and classified them as group `C’. But some of the GMs are not giving them benefit of group `C’, particularly allotment of Type II quarters, deduction of Rs.30 as GIS as well as issue of Complementary Pass. The MR asked to implement it immediately.
On my request that women employees in the Railways still require lots of facilities/ concession and complained that Child Care Leaves, Common Room Facilities, Crèches, etc. are still not provided to them. I also requested that looking special circumstances and conditions, Railways being model employer should introduce flexi-duty hours for them and lot is still needs to be done for women empowerment. The MR stated that the suggestions in this regard should be given to her in writing. These would be considered sympathetically.
I also mentioned that due to shortage of staff, HOER is being flouted without Factual Job Analysis, classification of workers are being changed from “Continuous” to “Intermittent”, which is highly irregular and demanded that such practice should be stopped immediately.
I told the MR that the security of the Railwaymen is creating problem day-to-day and the Railwaymen are being assaulted by the irate mob, travelling passengers, Paradhies and terrorists. Now the condition has come that in some sections of NFR, ECoRs, ECR(CIC Section) the staff is being forced to give extortion money of Rs.1000-2000 every month. In such a condition how Railwaymen can deliver stress free service and therefore requested her for immediate relief.(The MR asked the DG/RPF to provide special security cover to the Railwaymen of the particular sections where they are under the threat of extortion).
While thanking the MR for her determination and statement that the Railways would not be privatized, I requested her that PPP projects must not snatch the jobs of the Railwaymen. Our activities should not be outsourced as well as safety of the Railways should also not be endangered.

Giving complement to the MM about the performance of Kurla Automatic Washing Plant, I asked to replicate the same throughout the Indian Railways by the Railways itself instead of going for PPP.
I requested the Member Staff, Railway Board, to compulsorily introduce 5-day Computer Awareness Programme, in each module, with that the problem of the MT for computerization of the lobbies will also get resolved.
I requested the MR that the issue of Privilege Pass is being delayed badly, causing lots of frustration amongst the Railway employees and requested her that orders for 2 AC Pass to the employees working in GP Rs.4200 and 3 AC Pass to the employees working in GP Rs.2800 should be issued immediately.
I also requested the MR that Duronto Trains are far away from the Railway employees, should be given privilege of rail travel to the Railwaymen at par with Rajdhani Express trains. The MR asked the MS to consider it sympathetically.
I requested the Railway Board that since Railwaymen are working under great stress, they should take help from Art of Living, who has its own special course and special modules on Yoga that will help Railway employees as well as to improve our Railway System.
While concluding, I requested the MR for having a joint meeting bi-monthly.
                                                                       Yours fraternally,
                                                                    (Shiva Gopal Mishra)
                                                                      General Secretary

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Didi announces ‘House for All’ Scheme for Railway Employee

Didi announces ‘House for All’ Scheme for Railway Employee.

Ms. Mamata Banerjee Minister for Railways proposed a new scheme of ‘House for All’ railway employees in next 10 years.
Presenting the Rail Budget in Lok Sabha, Ms Banerjee said, "Such a scheme would provide residences to all railway employees in the next ten years with the help of Ministry of Urban Development."
"There are 14 lakh employees of Indian Railways – from officers to gangmen and the scheme will benefit all of them", she added.

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National Anomaly Committee 2nd meeting And decisions.

National Anomaly Committee 2nd meeting And decisions. 

The 2nd meeting of the National Anomaly Committee was held today under the Chairmanship of the Secretary Personnel.

The Chairman in his initial opening remarks said that it would be the endeavour of the Government to finalise the issues of anomaly as fast as possible. Since there had been difference in perception on certain issues, they had to be gone into in detail and would take time more than expected. He said that the National Council meeting which was scheduled to take place last month had to be postponed for reasons beyond. He added that the same has now been scheduled to take place in May,15, 2010 and the notices have been issued. He expressed his happiness that the last meeting had been held in a very conducive atmosphere and hoped that all problems would be able to be settled through dialogue. Since the Official side representing the Pension department had to attend another meeting, he suggested to discuss the issues pertaining to Pensioners first before the other issues are taken up. The Staff Side agreed to this suggestion.

Com. Purohit thanked the Chairman for his statement of finding settlement to all problems through discussions. He added that the JCM was in fact formulated for that purpose and it has worked very well, through there had been aberration in the past in the periodicity of meeting etc. He said that the 6th CPC has treaded a path different than those of all other earlier Pay Commission, as they have introduced a new concept in the Pay structure of Central Government employees. Initially the employees have only looked at the financial benefit but later they have realized that there had been certain basic changes effected. He then reiterated his statement made at the last meeting over the definition of the term anomaly. The understanding reached was to have the same definition for the term anomaly as was given at the time of setting up of the anomaly committee after the 5th CPC recommendation. That was on the basis of an agreement reached between the Staff Side and the Group of Ministers. Since the Government functions are mostly on the precedence, he was afraid that the present definition would be quoted in future too. He, therefore wanted this fact to be properly recorded so that the present definition afforded to the term anomaly would not be a dilution of what it was earlier. He then pointed out that while all allowance in general had been doubled by the 6th CPC for which there had been a specific recommendation, in some cases, the Commission had recommended for replacement of such allowances by another scheme viz. insurance etc. The Insurance scheme has still not been introduced whereas the allowances were withdrawn. He was of the opinion that these allowances must be continued till such time the alternative scheme is ushered after consultation with the Staff side and the same should be appropriately doubled. He cited the issue pertaining to Patient care allowance and the risk allowance. He said that the insurance scheme envisaged would not be easy for being settled as many issues emanating there from will have to be discussed threadbare.

Regarding the issues emanating from the MACP scheme, he requested the Chairman, to set up a separately committee with a few from the official side and staff side where all issues could be discussed and then brought to the Committee for its final approval or rejection as the case may be He also referred to the issue of merger of CCA with transport allowance and the repercussion especially in the matter of overtime emoluments of industrial workers. He expressed the hope that the Committee would be able to address all issues and settle them in an amicable manner.

The Chairman, in reply to the initial remarks made by the Leader and Secretary said that:

(a) Joint Committee may be set up for discussing the MACP related issues;

(b) Reiterated his request that all problems and difficulties faced by the employees in implementation of the 6th CPC may be brought to the notice of the Department of Personnel and these could be addressed and placed on website of the Department, so that it could obviate reference to various nodal departments of the Government. The employees could be given the clarification on these issues.

Com. Vyas said that the proposed insurance scheme would not take care of the risk factor both of industrial workers and health workers, who are covered by the risk allowance and the patient care allowance. These allowances ought to have been doubled, whereas the risk allowance has been totally stopped without introducing the insurance scheme and PCA has been continued but at old rates. No assurance was forthcoming from the official side either on the continuation of the risk allowance or doubling the PCA, as the 6thCPC has suggested for the withdrawal of these allowances.

The following issues were discussed, thereafter.

(I) Pension related issues. Agenda Item No. 8. Item closecd as having been settled in the last meeting.

(II) Item No. 9. Anomaly in pension for Govt. employees retired/died between 1.1.2006 and 1.9.2008. Having been permitted to opt which is beneficial i.e. last pay drawn or 10 months’ average and full pension after 20 years, the matter stands settled.

(III) Item No. 10 dropped as per the minutes of the last meeting.

(IV) Item No. 15. The official side stated that this was not acceptable even though they had examined it on the basis of the detailed submission by the Staff Side.

(V) Item No. 16. (*) and 21

The official side stated that it would not be possible for them to concede the demand of the staff side as orders have been issued strictly in accordance with the recommendation of the 6th CPC, which the staff side contested. They also did not agree to extend the benefit of last pay drawn and full pension after 20 years qualifying service in respect of pre 2006 retirees.

(VI) Item No. 17.(*). The official side did not agree for the reasons they had stated against item No. 16

(VII) Item No. 18. (*) This anomaly has been removed by allowing the last pay drawn as the basis of pension computation for those retired on and after 1.1.2006.

(VIII) Item No. 19 (*)The anomaly has been removed in the case of all those retired between 1.1.2006 and 1.9.2008 but did not agree to remove the anomaly in the case of persons retired prior to 1.1.2006

(IX) Item No. 22.(*) The issue stands settled by O.M. NO. 38/37/08-P& P W (A) Pt. I dated 3rd October, 2008. clarification at Para 5.1.

(X) Item No. 23.(*) The matter is under examination. The Staff Side will submit a specific case for illustration of the issue. Relevant orders in similar matter after the 5th CPC recommendations were implemented will also be examined,

(XI) Item No. 24(*) and 25 &26.( same issues) Not agreed. But clarificatory orders issued stating that no retrospective deduction should be made in respect of additional commuted value of pension. The reduction in pension must start from the date of payment of additional commuted value of pension.

(XII) Item No.36. After some detailed discussion, it was decided that the Office side would examine this issue further. However, they have pointed out that the amount of Rs. 3500 fixed by them would automatically undergo change as when Dearness relief is grnted the partents/dependents. The Staff Side pointed out that every dependent or parent need not necessarily be a pensioner or a worker in the Govt. establishment or other institutions which pays periodical DA.

(XIII) Item No. 40(*) not agreed.

(XIV) Item No. 45(*) The issue is under Examination.

(XV) Item No. 48. Restoration of commutation after 15 years. After some discussions, it was agreed that the calculation made by the Staff Side would be examined and decision taken thereafter.

(XVI) Item Nos. 54 to 59 have been transferred to the Committee, which has been set up by the Government of Puducherry and therefore stand deleted from the list of National Anomaly Committee. The committee so set up ( as per the order given to the Staff side at the meeting) has only official side members. The representatives of the Association have only been permitted to present their case before the said committee. We are of the opinion that it should be a joint committee consisting of official side and staff side on the pattern on National Anomaly Committee.

(XVII) Discussion on Action taken on items already subjected to discussion in the last meeting of the National Anomaly Committee.

(i) Item No. 1 to 4 and 5(iii) The Department of Expenditure after having looked into this matter as per the suggestion of the Chairman, in the last meeting, have stated that it was not possible to agree to the staff side demand.

(ii) Item No. 5(i) Option. This is stated to be still under examination for delegation of power to the administering Ministry to allow the second option.

(iii) Item No. 5(iv) The Staff Side pointed out the statement made by the JS(Per) which is incorporated in the minutes (as under)

"in case where a promotee and post 1.1.2006 direct recruits are borne on the same seniority list and the senior is drawing less basic pay,than the junior, the pay of the senior can be stepped up." The Staff Side pointed out that orders have been issued only in respect of Railways in this regard. The Staff Side therefore, requested for issuance of an order by the Department of Expenditure to cover the employees of other Ministries/Department. The Official Side however, insisted that such orders should only be issued by the concerned departments after obtaining necessary consent from the Department of Expenditure. It was pointed out by the Staff Side that the nodal department for issuance of such orders being the Department of Expenditure, the stand taken by the official side in the matter was not in order. After some discussion it was agreed that the Department of Expenditure will examine this issue further and if orders are to be issued by them, they would do so before the next meeting or else would report their stand in the matter to the next meeting.

The issue per se i.e. A person who is promoted cannot be fixed on pay less than the minimum of the pay scale was raised by the Staff Side further. Normally a directly recruited person to a post is given the minimum of the pay scale or pay band to which he is appointed. The 6thCPC has recommended the minimum to which every directly recruited person was to be fixed. That being so, a promotee under the extant fundamental rules cannot be fixed less than such prescribed minimum. The Official side argued that the CCS(RSP) 2008 has modified the above provisions of FR for all time to come. The Staff side stated that no rule can be amended unilaterally which would adversely affect the service conditions. It cannot therefore, be unilaterally implemented. It will be further discussed in the next meeting.

(iv) Item No. 5(v) Rule 9 Date of next increment. The preponement of increment in the case of those employees whose increment dates falls between 1.2.2006 to 1.6.2006 to 1.1.2006 in the pre- revised scale of pay as has been done in the case of persons whose increment date was on 1st January, 2006 would be considered further and decision taken before next meeting as a one time measure.

(v) The Department of personnel has asked all administering Ministries to take up with them the matter of fixation of Grade pay at Rs. 1800 in the case of Temporary Status employees. They have also informed that wherever such reference has been received the same has been disposed of.. The organizations are, therefore, requested to take up the issue with the Heads of departments and ensure that a reference is made to the Department of Personnel so that the temporary status employees are imparted training and granted Rs. 1800 Grade pay with effect from 1.1.2006

(vi) Item No. 47(*) This issue was discussed at length. The problem of postponement of increment by one year in respect of persons availing extra ordinary leave on private affairs even for a day between 1st January and 30th June was highlighted by the Staff Side. The Official side explained that the clarification issued by them to the Ministry of Defence was on the basis of the extant instructions in the matter .After some discussion, the staff side proposed that if an employees has completed six months service during a particular year, he should be entitled to get his increment on Ist July. The Official side has agreed to consider this proposal and after such consideration they will issue appropriate orders before next meeting.

The next meeting of the Anomaly Committee would be in the month of June, 2010.

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NBCC Affordable Housing Scheme 2010 : National Building Construction Corporation

NBCC Affordable Housing Scheme 2010 : NBCC

NBCC Affordable Housing Scheme 2010 : National Building Construction Corporation

National Building Construction Corporation (NBCC) is launching a massive scheme for affordable housing in major cities, including the NCR, on Wednesday. At a time when private builders and developers are reeling under the impact of the global economic downturn, NBCC’s scheme is likely to be quite popular as it offers three/four bedroom flats in a price band of Rs 25-45 lakh.
Under the scheme, the PSU will offer around 1,300 houses in the first phase in NCR — Gurgaon, Noida and Ghaziabad. According to Arup Roy Chaudhury, CMD, NBCC, the flats will have all modern facilities. The specifications will be at par with those offered by private builders.
Sources pointed out that NBCC is also contemplating creation of separate enclaves for plotted development, including town houses and villas, in an affordable price range in NCR, most likely in Ghaziabad. An official said the scheme will initially be open to government, state and central public sector employees and later extended to the public.
‘‘We are keeping our promise to deliver affordable housing in the Capital and NCR region and also in other cities like Kolkata, Kochi and Patna,’’ the NBCC chief told TOI.
Sources in NBCC said land is now being acquired for the purpose in Delhi, Gurgaon and Noida. Also, the agency is keen to buy five other plots at a reserved price offered under the group housing scheme for which the Noida Authority failed to find private players.
As the realty sector is badly hit by the economic downturn, providing affordable housing in Delhi and the NCR has become the top priority for private and public sector real estate developers.
The PSU, which has registered a high profit, is also likely to launch similar scheme in other cities like Kochi, Patna and Kolkata.
‘‘Housing at affordable prices has been made possible by NBCC due to its adoption of forward costing method and a transparent mechanism by clearly identifying the super area loading so that any individual buyer is not confused by these issues while booking a house or flat,’’ Chaudhary said.
Source: The Times of India

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Annual Review for Gradewise percentage distribution of Group ‘C’ Post is Suspended

Annual Review for Gradewise percentage distribution of Group ‘C’ Post is Suspended

Annual Review Suspended

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All India Running Staff Conference 25-04-2010 at Mumbai CST

R/S Conference/AIRF/NRMU/2010/1                   Dt. 27-3-2010

The General Secretaries of Zonal Railways

Dear Comrades,

Sub: All India Running Staff Conference to be held on 25-4-2010 at Mumbai under the banner of National Railway Mazdoor Union (NRMU) C.Rly.
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Greetings
You are aware that the AIRF has decided to hold an all India Conference of Running Staff on 25-4-2010 in the Working Committee Meeting held on 18th & 19th March 2010 and the N.R.M.U. has been given the responsibility of hosting it. Accordingly the Union has initiated necessary steps. A Reception Committee has been formed and printing of posters, banners etc. have been taken up and they will be sent to you shortly. The Convenor of the Reception committee is Com. N. Haridasan, Divisional Secretary, NRMU, Mumbai. Correspondence may be made to him on the following address.

Com. N. Haridasan,
Divisional Secretary,
National Railway Mazdoor Union, (C..Rly.)
PREM Office, 1st Floor , Parcel Building.
Mumbai CST.
Mobile No. 09757406062
E-mail nos. nrmu_hq_centrailrailway@yahoo.com

nrmu_hq_centralrailway@indiatimes.com

We are arranging the Conference in an open ground at Mumbai CST which can accommodate about 1000 delegates. We therefore, desire that the Zonal Unions should decide the number of their delegates based on it. The General Secretaries are requested to inform us well in time the particulars such as – date of arrival, Train No., number of
delegates etc. to us so that we can make suitable arrangements to receive them and arrange their lodging.
We request you that the information may be furnished to us at the earliest.
With greetings,
                                                                                                                                                                              Yours fraternally, 
                                                                       ( P. R. Menon) 
                                                                    General Secretary
NB:- Since there are serious problems for lodging arrangement, it is requested that the delegates may be instructed not to bring their family members.

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Payment of Dearness Allowance to Railway employees- Revised rates effective from 01.01.2010.

Government of India
Ministry of Railways
Railway Board

S.No.PC-VI/194
No. PC-VI/2008/I/7/2/1

RBE No 45/2010
New Delhi, dated 26.3.2010

The GMs / CAO(R),

All Indian Railways & Production Units
(as per mailing list)

    Sub: Payment of Dearness Allowance to Railway employees- Revised rates effective from 01.01.2010.

        Please refer to this Ministry’s letter of even number dated 18.09.2009(S.No PC-V1/146, RBE No. 172/2009) on the subject mentioned above. The
President is pleased to decide that the Dearness Allowance payable to Railway employees shall be enhanced from the existing rate of 27% to 35% with effect from 1st January, 2010.

2. The provisions contained in Paras 3, 4 & 5 of this Ministry’s letter of even number dated 09.09.2008 (S.No. PC-VI/3, RBE No. 106/2008) shall continue to be applicable while regulating Dearness Allowance under these orders.

3. The additional installment of Dearness Allowance payable under these orders shall be paid in cash to all railway employees. The payment of arrears of Dearness Allowance for the months of January and February, 2010 shall not be made before the date of disbursement of salary for March, 2010.

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

(Koshy Thomas)
Joint Director, Pay Commission-II
Railway Board

No.PC-VI/2008/l/7/2/1                   New Delhi, dated 26.03.2010

Copy (with 40 spares) forwarded to ADAI (Railways), New Delhi.

for Financial Commissioner / Railways

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