Archive for 6 CPC for Railway Employees

Grade Pay Rs 4600 for Sr LPS, LPG, LPP, SrGds Gd, PassGd, MExGd & 4800 for LPME wef 1.1.06

Finance ministry has granted 4600 grade pay to 6500-10500 wef 01-01-2006

F.No. 1/1/2008-IC

Government of India

Ministry of Finance

Department of Revenue

New Delhi,dated 13th November,2009.

 

Subject:- Grant of the revised pay structure of grade pay of Rs.4600 in the pay band PB-2 to posts that existed in the pre-revised scale of Rs.6500-10500 as on 1.1.2006 and which were granted the normal replacement pay structure of grade pay of Rs.4200 in the pay band PB-2

Sixth Pay commission recommended merger of the three pre-revised scales of Rs.5000-8000, Rs.5500-9000 and Rs.6500-10500 and replaced them by the revised pay structure of grade pay of Rs.4200 in the pay band PB-2. Vide para 2.2.21 (v) of its report, the Commission recommended that on account of the merger of these 3 scales, some posts which constituted feeder and promotion grades would come to lie in an identical grade. The Commission gave specific recommendations in its Report granting higher grade pay of Rs.4600 to some categories of these posts. As regards the other posts, the Commission recommended that it should first be seen if the posts in theses 3 scales can be merged without any functional disturbance and if possible, the same should be done, Further, the Commission recommended that in case it is not feasible to merge the posts in these pay scales n functional consideration, the posts in the scale of Rs.5000-8000 and Rs.5500-9000 should be merged with the posts in the scale of Rs.6500-10500 being upgraded to the next higher grade in the pay band PB-2 with grade pay of Rs.4600 corresponding to the pre-revised scale of Rs.7450-11500, the posts being upgraded from the scale of Rs.6500-10500 should be merged with the post in the scale of Rs. 7450-10500.
The above recommendations of the Sixth Pay Commission were notified vide para (ii), Section I in Parts B and C of the First Schedule to the CCS (RP) Rules,2008. While Part B of the First Schedule of he CCS(RP) Rules relates to revised pay scales for common categories of staff, Part C notifies revised pay structure for certain posts in Ministries, Departments and Union Territories. The above provisions of the Rules specifically mentioned that up-gradations in terms of para (ii) Section I may be done in consultation with Department of Expenditure, Ministry of Finance.
Consequent upon the Notification of CCS (RP) Rules, 2008, Department of Expenditure has received a large number of references from administrative ministries / departments proposing up-gradations of the posts which were in the pre-revised scale of Rs.6500-10500 as on 1.1.2006 by been granting them grade pay of Rs.4600 in the pay band PB-2. The matter has been considered and it has now been decided that the posts which were granted the normal replacement pay structure of grade pay of Rs.4200 in the pay band PB-2, will be granted pay of Rs.4600 in the pay band PB-2 corresponding to the pre-revised scale of Rs.7450-11500 w.e.f.1.1.2006. Further, in terms of the aforementioned provisions of CCS (RP) Rules, 2008, in case a post already existed in the pre-revised scale of Rs.7450-11500, the posts being upgraded from the scale of Rs.5600-10500 should be merged with the post in the scale of Rs.7450-11500.
Accordingly, in terms of Rule 6 of CCS (RP) Rules, 2008, revised pay of Government servants in the pre-revised scale of Rs.6500-10500 who were earlier granted grade pay of Rs.4200 and who have already exercised their option for drawal of pay in the revised pay structure in the format prescribed in the Second Schedule to the Rules, will be fixed again in accordance with illustration 4A annexed to CCS (RP)Rules,008.
In case of all such Government servants in the pre-revised scale of Rs.6500-10500 who were earlier granted grade pay of Rs.4200 and who had opted to have their pay fixed under CCS(RP) Rules, 2008, action as prescribed in this Department’s O.M. of even number dated 30th August, 2008 will be taken. In case a Government servant desires to revise his earlier option for coming over to the revised pay structure, he may be permitted to do so without any reference to this Department.
6. On account of pay fixation in the revised pay structure of grade pay of Rs.4600 in the pay band PB-2, arrears of pay will be recalculated and difference of arrears in respect of the entire amount will be paid immediately. The manner of drawal of arrears has already been indicated in this Departments/s O.M. of even number dated 30.8.2008.

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Pay scale of Pharmacists – Recommendation of the Fast Track Committee

While approving the Report of the Sixth Central Pay Commission, the Government referred the matter related to the demands made in regard to pay scales of certain common category posts of Pharmacists was one of the items referred to the Committee. The recommendation of the Fast Track Committee regarding the pay scales of the common category posts of Pharmacists has since been reviewed. The Committee has recommended that the entry grade of Pharmacists in Central Government should remain at grade pay of Rs.2800 in the pay band PB-1. However, on completion of 2 years service in the entry grade, all the incumbents should be granted non-functional upgradation to the next higher grade having grade pay of Rs.4200 in the pay band PB-1

The recommendation of the Fast Track Committee regarding the pay scale of Pharmacists has been considered by the Government and it has been decided to accept the same. Accordingly, the following pay structure is approved for the common category posts of Pharmacists cadre w.e.f. 1.1.2006 :-
Pharmacist (Entry Grade) 4500-7000 Grade Pay of 2800 in PB-1 Entry grade for Pharmacist Cadre: Essential minimum educational qualifications of 10+2 plus 2 years Diploma in Pharmacy and Registration with State Pharmacy Council.
Pharmacist II 5000-8000 Grade Pay of 4200 in PB-2 Pharmacist Gr.II and I will be merged and designated as Pharmacist (Non-Functional Grade.) This grade to be granted to Pharmacist (Entry Grade) on non-functional basis after 2 years of service in the grade pay of Rs.2800
Pharmacist I 5000-8000 Grade Pay of 4200 in PB-2 Pharmacist Gr.II and I will be merged and designated as Pharmacist (Non-Functional Grade.) This grade to be granted to Pharmacist (Entry Grade) on non-functional basis after 2 years of service in the grade pay of Rs.2800
Consequent upon the implementation of the above pay structure, promotion from Pharmacists (Entry Grade) to the next higher grade of Pharmacist (Non-Functional Grade) having grade pay of Rs.4200 will be delinked from vacancies and will become non-functional and time-bound. In the case of Organizations like the Ordnance Factory Board, where all the Pharmacists posts are presently in the grade pay of Rs.2800 in the pay band PB-1, the implementation of the above pay structure will result in the introduction of the new Non-Functional Grade having grade pay of Rs.4200 in the pay band PB-2

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Classification of posts as Selection/Non-Selection; status of promotions betn 01.01.2006 & 01.09.2008 in merged grades

No.AIRF/405(VI CPC)                                    Dated: 14/09/2009

AIRF/341

 

The Secretary (E),

Railway Board,

New Delhi

Dear Sir,

Sub: Classification of non-gazetted posts as Selection/Non-Selection; consequent to the revision of pay structure as recommended by the 6th Central Pay Commission – status of promotions made between 01.01.2006 and 01.09.2008 within merged grades

Ref: Rly. Board’s letter No. E (NG)I-2008/PM1/15 dated 28.08.2009

Taking all the factors, enumerated in the Board’s letter, into consideration, AIRF is of the view that the staff duly promoted between the period 01.01.2006 to 30.08.2008 after observing all the relevant rules and procedures then prevailing should be allowed to enjoy the same. However, such staff may be allowed to opt either to retain promotion or to forgo the same by an act of positive option within a period of 3 months of such notification.

In the event of exercising option to come-over to VI CPC, such of the pay from a later date than 01.01.2006, payment already made as arrear should be allowed as such i.e. if, any over payment has already been made on the account of fixation of pay in the revised scale w.e.f. 01.01.2006, the same should be waived seeking relaxation of Rule 5 of RSRP in this regard as per power vested with the Government under Rule 16 of RSRP.

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Copy to: General Secretaries, all affiliated unions – for information.

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LI SLI Anomaly solved revised stepping up fixation will B given as per RB’s L.No. S.No.PC-VI/131 RBE No. 236 /2009 dt 24.07.09

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA

MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS

(RAILWAY BOARD )

S.No.PC-VI/131 RBE No. 236 /2009

No.E(P&A)II/2008/RS-37 New Delhi, dated 24.07.2009

The General Managers/CAOs,

All Indian Railways & Prod. Units etc,

(as per mailing lists No.I & II)

Sub : Anomaly in fixation of pay of Loco Supervisory staff appointed prior to 01.01.2006 with reference to their juniors appointed after 01.01.2006 and drawing more pay than the seniors.

It has come to the notice of the Board that staff appointed prior to 1.1.2006 as Loco Running Supervisors in the pre-revised pay scales, whose pay has been fixed in the replacement pay structure for Loco Running Supervisors under the RS(RP) Rules, 2008, are drawing less pay than their juniors appointed as Loco Running Supervisor after 1.1.2006. The anomaly has arisen due to the fact that the benefit of element of Running allowance granted at the time of promotion of running staff to a stationary post has been granted to the junior in the revised pay structure, whereas, the same benefit granted to the senior is of lesser value as the same has been calculated on pre-revised pay scale.

2. It has been decided that the anomaly may be resolved by granting stepping up of pay in pay band to the seniors at par with the juniors in terms of Note 10 below Rule 7 of RS (RP) Rules, 2008.

3. The benefit of stepping up of pay in pay band will be subject to the following conditions:-

(a) Both the junior and the senior Railway servants should belong to the same cadre and the posts in which they have been promoted should be identical in the same cadre and other conditions enumerated in Note 10 below Rule 7 of RS(RP) Rules, 2008 should also be fulfilled.

(b) The stepping up of pay will be allowed to running staff only appointed as Loco Supervisors in whose cases 30% of basic pay is taken as pay element in the running allowance. The stepping up of pay will not be admissible to the nonrunning staff of Mechanical Deptt. Appointed as Loco Running Supervisors as in their cases the question of pay element in the running allowance does not arise;

(c) If even in the lower post, revised or pre-revised, the junior was drawing more pay than the senior by virtue of advance increments granted to him or otherwise, stepping up will not be permissible;

(d) Stepping up will be allowed only once, the pay so fixed after stepping up will remain unchanged

(e) The next increment will be allowed on the following 1st July, if due, on completion of the requisite qualifying service with effect from the date of refixation of pay, as per the provisions of Rule 10 of RS(RP) Rules, 2008.

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

5. Hindi version will follow.

                                                         —Sd–

                                             (Salim Md. Ahmed)

                                       Deputy Director/E(P&A)III

                                                 Railway Board

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5% Dearness Allowance is expected for Central Govt. Employees w.e.f. 1st July 2009

5% Dearness Allowance is expected for Central Govt. Employees w.e.f. 1st July 2009

Central Govt. employees and pensioners may expect a hefty rise of 5% in D.A. with effect from today, the 1st July 2009. According to the statistics of Labour Bureau, Govt. of India, All India Consumer Price Index No. has climbed up to 151 points in May 2009 in comparison to 147 in December 2008. [See the chart below.] 
With this expected rise, the total Dearness Allowance will be 27% w.e.f. 01.07.2009. It may be mentioned that the rise in Dearness Allowance effects Transport Allowance also as per the Sixth Pay Commission for the Central Govt. Employees. 
Calculation is based on All India Consumer Price Index Number for Industrial Worker based on [Base Year 2001 = 100] 

Month

Year

Base Year 
2001=100

Total

Average

App. DA

DA

May

2008

139

1613

June

2008

140

1623

135.25

16.84

16

July

2008

143

1634

August

2008

143

1634

Sep

2008

146

1659

Oct

2008

148

1673

Nov

2008

148

1687

Dec

2008

147

1700

141.67

22.38

22

Jan

2009

148

1714

Feb

2009

149

1728

Mar

2009

148

1739

Apr

2009

150

1751

May

2009

151

1763

June

2009

27

5% Dearness Allowance is expected for Central Govt. Employees w.e.f. 1st July 2009

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Oral Evidences By NRMU/AIRF for Running Staff

Oral Evidence

Report on the oral evidence of AIRF before the VI CPC, held on 6-7.2.2007 in Kolkata(SER) 

            Oral evidence of AIRF before the VI CPC started in Kolkata on 6th February, 2007 and concluded on 7th February, 2007. The internal meeting of AIRF was held on 5th and 6th February in J.M. Biswas Bhawan, Garden Reach, Kolkata(S.E. Railway). 

            In all the 5 groups, viz. (i) Loco and Traffic Running staff, (ii) Technicians of various departments, (iii) Technical Supervisors etc., (iv) Signal, Telecommunication, Electrical &  Mechanical departments’ staff, (v) Transportation/Operating Staff, the following representatives participated in the meeting and thereafter they appeared before the VI CPC for oral evidence:-

06.02.2007 

1.         On behalf of Loco and Traffic Running Staff

(i) Coms. Salil Lawrence/Sr. Pass. Guard/ Sr.DOM/NGP/SECR,

(ii) N. Haridasan/Loco Pilot/DRM CST/CR,

(iii) P. Ganesan/ Motorman/ CCC/MMC/MAS/SR,

(iv) Nagbhushan/Motorman/CCG/DRM BCT/WR

participated in the oral evidence before the VI CPC. The delegation was led by Com. Rakhal Das Gupta/AGS/AIRF.
The Commission heard with rapt attention, the problems of the Loco and Traffic Running Staff. The discussion lasted for 45 minutes. 

2.         Technicians of various departments, including Bride, Tie Temping and Printing Press, of the Indian Railways also participated in the oral evidence before the VI CPC in which (i) Coms. A.M. D’cruz/C&W Tech.-I/UBL/SWR, (ii) S.K. Bose/Tech. II/CWM/MTN/CR, (iii) N. Srinivasan/Tech. Gr-I/SSE/ AC/DLX/CEWE/PER/SR, (iv) Prakash Morwal, MCF(DSL)/ABR/ DRM (E)/AII/NWR participated. The delegation was led by Com. Shiva Gopal Mishra/AGS/ AIRF. 


07.02.2007
1.         Technical Supervisors of all departments, including Bridge and Track Machine Organisation, participated in the oral evidence before the VI CPC and on their behalf (i) Coms.    S.G. Mishra/AGS/AIRF (ii) S.K. Gupta/SSE(P.Way) under AEN/SWM/KTT/WCR, (iii) R.N. Roy/S.E.(Sig.)/Kharagpur/ SER, (iv) Subhendu Mukherjee, WCM/AIRF participated. The delegation was led by Com. L.N. Pathak/SSE(Mech. Insp.) under CWM/CB/LKO/NR.  

2.         The Technicians of the Signal, Telecommunication, Electrical and Mechanical departments also gave oral evidence before the VI CPC. The delegation was led by Com. Rakhal Das Gupta/AGS/AIRF. Other members of the delegation were (i) Coms. T.J. Jose/SSE/ELS/ LGD/SCR, (ii) Amit Kumar Ghosh/Tech.-I/Ele./Ranaghat/ER, (iii) K.Ramesh Babu/SSE(C&W)/ ECoR/VSKP, (iv) B.L. Misra/SM/Bhusawal/CR

3.         Transportation(Operating) staff of all the categories gave oral evidence before the VI CPC under the leadership of Com. J.R. Bhosale/Treasurer/AIRF. Other members of the delegation were (i) Coms. N.K. Gupta/SM/BIM/DRM/BCT/WR, (ii) Arun Gupta/Dy. Controller/ Ajmer/NWR, (iii) Bibhas Jorder/SSM/Alipurduar Jn./NFR, (iv) K.G.P. Singh/YM/Jamalpur/ER (v) S. Raghunathan/SM-I/Chennai Bench/SR.
            The Pay Commission gave patient hearing. 

            The GS/AIRF had briefed each delegation in J.M. Biswas Bhawan, Garden Reach, Kolkata before they were sent for oral evidence before the VI CPC.
            Next oral evidence will take place in March 2007 at Chennai and thereafter at Bangalore in April 2007.

            The Pay Commission will meet the Standing Committee of NC/JCM in New Delhi in the month of April 2007.  

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Traffic Running Staff Demands By AIRF

CHAPTER-XVI

Traffic Running Staff

The categories of Traffic Running Staff comprise of :
                (i) Assistant Guard.
                (ii) Guard Goods.
                (iii) Guard Passenger.
                (iv) Guard Mail/Express.               

                According to the provision of Rule 1.0 (2) of General and Subsidiary Rules of the Indian Railways the Guard means the railway servant in-charge of a train and includes Asstt. Guard.               

                The Guard is to perform duty round the clock.  The duty hours of Guard Goods has no limit.  He is to work for 16/17 hours at a stretch.  In a Goods train which is normally running with a trailing load of 60/70 wagons he is all alone.  When at the dead of night the train, passing through a difficult terrain, jungles etc. has to stop in mid section for signal, the mental agony through which he has to pass cannot be understood by any common man. Even when the train stops at a station, the Brake Van remains far away from the station platform so that he cannot even fetch a cup of tea for himself.  He has to remain away from the headquarters for 96 hours.  He cannot take proper rest.  Even after going through all the ordeals,  he has to convey the freight and  passenger trains safely to their destination.

Recruitment Qualification
Asstt. Guard.

He is  promoted from other traffic operating category.  The promotion is made through a process of selection.  He has to pass medical examination in A2 and also the prescribed training in the Zonal Training School.  He has to work in Passenger and Mail/Express trains.

Guard
The Goods Guard is recruited through the Railway Recruitment Board. The minimum recruitment qualification is Graduation. Recruitment is done on all India level.  The written examination for recruitment is very stuff.

Training

                On being selected, the candidates are sent to the Zonal Railway Training Institute (ZRTI) to be trained in:
· All aspects of General and Subsidiary Rules pertaining to train operation in normal and abnormal conditions.
· Commercial Rules with respect to acceptance and booking/carriage of parcels and luggage as well as ticket selling.
· The essentials of different types of signals and Signalling System along with Interlocking arrangement.
· The essentials of checking rolling stock before taking charge of a train; so as to ensure safety of the train.
· Functioning of the air and vacuum brake system along with trouble shooting in the event of unusual happening to his train.
· Essentials of train formation and marshalling.
· Essentials of electrical train lighting, overhead equipment and permanent way.
· Handling effective emergency equipment like fire extinguishers, field telephone, emergency lighting equipment, detonators, fog signals etc.
· Rendering first aid to the injured passengers and ensuring safety of their belongings.
· Various aspects of disaster management.

                From the training content, it is evident that the Guard is trained to adopt a very affirmative inter departmental approach involving operating,  commercial, signal & telecommunication, carriage and Wagon  and safety wings of the railway.

                 On successful completion of training, the Guard is required to take sectional learning during which he is expected to fully familiarise himself with technical aspects such as station and yard lay outs, signalling and inter locking arrangements, sectional capacity, system of train working, etc.

                On completion of sectional learning the incumbent takes charge as Goods Guard.

Duties and Responsibilities of Guard

                The duties of Guard can be broadly classified as below and the relevant rules are indicated in brackets.
                Before starting the train:     (4.34, 4.35 & 4.36 of GR)
                While working the train :    (4.42, 4.43, 4.44, 4.45, 4.46, 4.47 & 4.48 of GR)
                On arrival of the train :        (4.56, 4.59 & 4.60 of GR)
               The above-cited rules are General Rules and require the Guard to comply with the following:

1.         After the engine has been attached to a train and during journey, the Guard

(If there be more than one Guard, the Head Guard) shall be incharge of the train in all matters affecting stopping or movement of the train for traffic purpose.

2.             While taking over charge of a train the Guard shall satisfy himself before starting his train.
· That the train is properly coupled.
· That the train is provided with the prescribed brake power.
· That the train carries tail board or tail lamp.
· That the appliance, if any, for communication between Guard and Driver is in proper working order.
· Generally, as far as possible he should ascertain that the train is in a state of efficiency for travelling.  According to rules, the Guard of the train should also examine the setting of the handle of the empty/load gear on BOX and BCX wagons when taking over the train and ensure correct setting. 
3. While taking over charge of a train the Guard has also to see that the train has been properly marshalled.  In addition to this, he has to see that the seal and rivets are intact and no wagons are being wrongly dispatched.  On empty wagons he must ensure that the wagon doors are properly closed and secured.
4. If the Guard happens to take charge of the train at a place which is not a train examination depot, he, along with the loco pilot shall prepare the Guard/Driver report as a token of his train being safe to proceed.
5. In case of passenger trains, he has also to ensure that the lights and fans in compartments are in proper working order,  in addition to ensuring other essential amenities to passengers.
6. While on the run the Guard has to ensure safe, proper and punctual running of his train.  In the event of a mishap or accident, the Guard is required to take necessary steps for the protection of the train, and the property of the passengers, as well as giving succour to the injured and taking other relief measures.
7. While on the run the Guard has to keep a sharp look out to see that the train is running in a safe and proper manner.  While passing through each station and after passing a ghat section/engineering works spot he has to exchange the “Alright” signal with the cabinmen/switchmen, the station master and the driver.
8. Where shunting is involved, the Guard has to supervise shunting for attaching and detaching wagons and coaches safely and properly.  He must ensure correct setting and locking of points and command persons who are not subordinate to him.  He also must ensure securing of vehicles in sidings by pinning down adequate number of hand brakes and using skids/ chains.
9. The Guard has to ensure that the maximum permissible speed is not exceeded and that all permanent and temporary speed restrictions are strictly observed.  On a gradient section, he must assist the driver in stopping the train by applying the hand brake, if called upon to do so.
10. In addition to the normal transportation duties concerning train working, the Guard has to perform commercial duties by ensuring proper packing, labelling and marking of parcels and luggage, carrying cash chests, insured parcels etc. He has to keep the record of parcels in L.C. of his train.
11. Recording FIR in case of thefts reported by passenger or filing FIR in case of ACP.
12. In trains provided with public address system he is required to make announcements for the guidance and assistance of passengers.
13. Transportation of cash safe or insured parcels.
14. Issue of Guards Certificate if the situation warrants.
15. In case of unusual  happenings or inability to proceed, he shall ensure protection of his train and the adjacent track.
In addition to these responsibilities covered under the General Rules, other responsibilities as covered by the Subsidiary Rules, which are framed by Zonal Railways have also to be compiled with by him.  Increase in speed, tonnage and train length have considerably increased the integrity required in performing these responsibilities.

Requirements when in service
                Traffic Running staff, during the span of their carrier, are required to undergo periodical medical examination as below.
Age Period of Examination
Up to 45 years                            Once in four years.
45 to 55 years                            Once in two years.
55 to 60 years                            Every year.
                They are also subjected to refresher courses and safety camps at the zonal railway training institute after every three years.
                In addition to these, they are required to keep themselves up dated about the latest instructions, safety circulars, operating guidelines, etc., which are issued in connection with train operation from time to time.
                On medical decategorisation they are  absorbed in inferior services loosing all the benefits attached to the post of guard and, on retirement, they get less pension and family pension in relation to what they would have got had they continued as Guards.

Occupational Risks and Hazards

Exposure to Acute Noise Pollution:     Since the nature of duties of the Running staff inherently involves running of trains, it is quite natural that they are  continuously exposed to the continuous crackle of metal, which is further aggravated when running through tunnels or over-girder bridges.

Exposure to Vibration/Oscillation :    The duties of running staff offer them no respite from the continuous whole body vibration over an extended period. At times, this continues at a stretch during the entire duty period.   
Exposure to Dust :               High-speed trains by virtue of their movement throw up a lot of dust.  The Guard, positioned at the rear is forced to inhale iron and coal dust, cement and particles of the articles, the consignments of which happen to be on his train.  This exposure also continues over the entire period of his run.

Exposure to Extreme temperatures and strong winds :               
The brake van being nothing more than an iron box without lighting and security, the Guard is fully exposed to the extremes of climatic and weather conditions, as the temperature may vary from 50° Celsius in summer to -5° Celsius in winter.  With some goods trains now moving at 80 Kph, the Guard is exposed to high velocity winds and rains, especially when looking ahead of his train or exchanging signals.

Exposure to Electrically induced magnetic fields: With most of the sections being electrified and the traction being 25Kv AC, the Guard is continuously exposed to electrically induced magnetic fields.

Un-natural Duties:              Train operation being a 24 hour x 7 day affair, running staff do not have any fixed schedule for duty or rest.  They are forced to be on duty at the most awkward time and also compelled to avail rest  virtually at any time of the day.  They cannot adhere to a fixed routine and each day is followed by another day where periods of rest and duty vary as much as 12 hours from the preceding day.

Consequences :   
Since the above exposures are not over a limited period, but over the entire career span, these hazards individually and collectively adversely affect the health and well being of the running staff.
                 Running staff are therefore, found to develop hypertension, insomnia, restlessness, high blood pressure, diabetes, reduced vision, slip disc, etc. which finally lead to their medically de-categorisation.

Promotional prospects :
Goods Guards are promoted as Passenger Guards as per seniority through a process of selection and training.  They are further promoted as Mail/Express Guards.  Mail/Express Guards also man all high-speed trains as well as Rajdhani and Shatabdi Class trains.
                Though 27% of Goods Guards and 27% of Passenger Guards have been kept in the next higher grade, Traffic Running staff can seek only a maximum of two promotions in their entire carrier span.
                Though the recruitment qualification is Graduation, they can seek promotion only up to the Grade of Rs. 5500-9000 RSRP, i.e. two stages below the highest grade of Rs.7450-11500 in Group C.  Assuming that a direct recruit Graduate is inducted at the age of 22 years, he would be required to  render 38 years of service and yet be entitled to only two promotions, i.e. one promotion at the average of 19 years.  This does not happen in any other Group ‘C’ category.  Even in the case of assured career progression (ACP) one promotion is assured every 12 years.
                Since all the cadres have their own inspectorial cadre, the Guards have been persistently demanding the creation of a few posts of Guard Inspectors and Guard Counsellors.  This, they feel, would take care of their administrative needs such as lobby management, crew booking, deputing for periodical medical, refreshers, safety camps, periodical intensive training (6 monthly), renewal of first aid box etc.  Incidentally the concept of Guard Councillors had been introduced on an experimental basis on some zonal Railways including the Central Railway and was quite successful.
                This will also ensure availability of timely assistance and counselling during unusual occurrences, updating knowledge on new technologies and working techniques, enquires, DAR etc.  The demand being genuine it may please be given due weightage.
                It is submitted that considering the duties, responsibilities, vagaries of life and ‘drudgeries and miseries with which they had to pass during their service, the categories of Asstt. Guard and Guard be allotted the following pay scales by the Commission.  Their promotional prospects be also taken care of.

Categories       Existing Pay Scale      Proposed Pay Scale

1. Asstt. Guard     Rs.2750-4400                      18000  
2. Sr. Guard         Rs.4000-6000                      20000
3. Guard Goods     Rs.4500-7000                     23000
4. Sr. Guard Gds    Rs.5000-8000                    25000
5. Guard Pass        Rs.5000-8000                    25000
6. Sr. Guard Pass   Rs.5500-9000                    30000
7. Guard Mail/Exp   Rs.5500-9000                    30000
8. Guard Councillor                                        35000

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