Thursday, 16 April 2015

NFIR: Clarification on residency period for promotion – Orders issued by Railway Board

NFIR: Clarification on residency period for promotion – Orders issued by Railway Board

Residency period for promotion from Goods Driver to Sr.Goods Driver, Passenger Driver to Sr.Passenger Driver, Goods Guard to Sr.Goods Guard, Passenger Guard to Sr.Passenger Guard and ALP to Sr.ALP.

(Railway Board)
No.E(NG)I -2014/PM7/5
The General Managers (P)
All lndian Railways &PUs,
(As per standard list)
New Delhi, dated 09.04.2015

Sub: Residency period for promotion from Goods Driver to Sr. Goods Driver, Passenger Driver to Sr. Passenger Driver, Goods Guard to Sr. Goods Guard, Passenger Guard to Sr. Passenger Guard and ALP to Sr. ALP.

Ref: (i) Railway Board’s letter No.E(NG)I-94/PM1/9 dated 02.09.1994
(ii) Railway Board’s letter No.E(NG)I-2004/PM7/16 dated 22.03.2005
(iii) Railway Board’s letter of even number dated 10.11.2014 on the above subject.

The issue of residency period for promotion from Goods Driver to Sr. Goods Driver, Passenger Driver to Sr. Passenger Driver, Goods Guard to Sr, Goods Guard, Passenger Guard to Sr. Passenger Guard and Assistant Loco Pilot to Sr. Assistant Loco Pilot has been under examination of this Ministry for the past some time. A clarification on this subject has also been issued to North Western Railway with copy of letter endorsed to all Zonal Railways. However, subsequently it came to notice that different Railways are still observing different procedure for granting promotion from Goods Driver to Sr. Goods Driver, Passenger Driver to Sr. Passenger Driver, Goods Guard to Sr. Goods Guard, Passenger Guard to Sr. Passenger Guard and Assistant Loco Pilot to Sr. Assistant Loco Pilot.

2. In view of above, the issue has again been examined and to ensure uniformity, it has been decided that two years’ residency period may be followed for promotion to all grades as mentioned above, provided a longer length of residency has not been provided for any post.

Please acknowledge receipt of this letter.

Hindi veriion will follow.
(Amita Bhalla)
Railway Board.
Source: NFIR

Meeting with 7th Pay Commission on 13 and 14 April 2015 – NFIR published detailed report

Meeting with 7th Pay Commission on 13 and 14 April 2015 – NFIR published detailed report

NFIR’s Evidence before Seventh Central Pay Commission.

Natiohal Federationf Indian Railwaymen

NFIR has responded to the invitation of Seventh CPC and had participated in the deliberations on 13th and 14th April 2015. All the issues raised in the NFIR’s Memorandum besides Railway related issues listed in the JCM Memorandum were discussed with the Pay Commission very successfully. Brief account is given below:

13th April 2015 – Monday (1st Pay of Evidence)

Direct Recruitment Entry Qualification may be enhanced with improved Pay Scales (Open ended) for certain categories.
Rationalization and Simplification be done wherever jobs are allied in nature. By merger at entry level.
5th CPC had recommended qualification related Pay Structure. However, in certain categories, the same has not been allotted. (Example: C&M Staff – Entry qualification B. Tech/M.Sc. Chemistry – whereas Grade Pay of Rs.4200/- only was allotted.
Entry qualification for Technician be revised to Matriculation Plus ITI and introduction of Pay scale as per NFIR’s Memorandum.
Course Completed Act Apprentices may be inducted in Technical categories against vacancies.
Master Technician be introduced for availing masterly skills of Technical Staff.
Training/Retraining/Refresher Training/Special Training for various categories be further improved. Designations of certain categories be revised commensurating with the nature of jobs – Example:-Helper as Assistant Technician.
The existing aberrations in Grade Pays in several categories where Grade Pay is identical for promotion posts required to be rectified.
C&M Staff may be granted revised improved entry Pay Scales in view of their entry qualification being B/Tech./M.Sc. Chemistry.
Entry Qualification of ESM be improved & equally pay scale be revised.
Single Grade Pay Cadres should be provided two Grade Pay Structure.
Joint contents resultant output, mental and physical efforts of staff, hard working conditions, different environmental surroundings, various hazardous in the course of performing duties, remoteness unique nature of working of Railways etc. be given greater weightage for providing pay package and incentives.
The recommendations/observations of High Level Safety Review Committee (HLSRC) headed by Anil Kakodkar be taken into account for granting benefits for different categories of staff.
The role of safety as well public image categories perform night duties throughout resulting invalidation as an inherent part of working system which should be taken into account for providing pay structure and incentives.
Injustice done to Technical Supervisors and Technicians by the previous Pay Commission be remedial. Justice Miabhoy Tribunal had recommended higher pay scale and special pay which got diluted over period of time leading to frustration. This needs to be addressed. (Extracts of Justice Miabhoy Tribunal award was handed over to Pay Commission.)
It was explained that 98.9 per cent employees remain in Group ‘C’ with only 0.5 percent in Group ‘B’ Gazetted, thus the scope of career growth is almost nil. (Special Note was given to the Pay Commission with the request to consider open ended (Gazetted) Pay Scale of Rs. 1,02,000/- to the In Charge Supervisory officials of various departments and organizations.
It was suggested that the Railway Technicians be given higher Entry Pay Scale of Rs.46,000/-.
Pay Commission was explained of NFIR’s discussion with the Railway Ministry on Station Master s entry Grade Pay as Rs.4200/- in lieu of GP Rs.2800/-.
The hard working conditions and difficult environment in which Technicians of Diesel/Electric Loco Shed, EMU Car Shed, Workshops and Production Units were explained in detail to impress upon the Pay Commission, the need to render justice. The Pay Commission Chairman was requested to visit some of the Workshops more particularly Carriage Repair Shop (CRS) Tirupati.
The case of Track Maintained, Gate Keepers, Trollymen, Track Maintainers Grade-11 (Keymen) and the role of JE/SSE (P.Way) and their difficult working conditions were explained which was appreciated by the Pay Commission.
The Federation also explained the Patrolling duties undertaken by Track Maintainers risking their lives apait from working on P.Way Tracks. The Pay Commission was requested to give special consideration to these categories. Risk Allowance, Trekking Allowance were also proposed.
The difficult conditions under which Track Machine staff are performing duties have been appraised to consider these factors for rendering justice.
The issue of Drawing Cadre staff as well as JE/SSE were highlighted, their accountability for stores maintenance besides inspection, certification, supervision was vividly explained to the Pay Commission.
The Role of S&T Department was explained in detail. The hard working conditions as well as the accountability of S&T Supervisors and staff for safe and efficient running of train services duly ensuring maintenance of assets in perfect conditions and in the process the field difficulties confronted by them were explained. It was also proposed that entry level qualification of ESM needs to be enhanced with the corresponding higher pay scale. (In this connection copy of Railway Board’s letter dated 24th June, 2009 and the minutes of CSTEs Conference held at Rail Bhavan were submitted to the Pay Commission Chairman). The Chairman was requested to visit the route relay inter-locking room for personally looking into the difficult conditions under which the S&T staff discharge duties.
Federation has also explained in detail the up-graded technology of Signal as well Telecom side warranting induction of higher skills.
Parity for Railway Stenographers
Injustice perpetuated to this category was highlighted besides quoting relevant recommendations of 6th CPC. (The Pay Commission Chairman was very attentive to these facts).
Revision of National Holiday Allowance
NFIR’s note was presented to 7th CPC proposing revision of NHA equivalent to OTA for one day when the employee is made to forego National Holiday. In this context the recommendation of Jagannath Das Pay Commission was highlighted for favourable recommendation.
Classification of period as night duty.
It was proposed that the period from 18 hours to 6 hours should be classified as “Night duty’ for the purpose of payment of NDA“
The Federation has also discussed the proposed revision of various allowances such as DA/HRA/CCA/HPCA/PCA, Risk Allowance, Hazardous Duty Allowance, Tracking Allowance, Special Allowance of Controllers, Road Mileage, Enhancement of Special Allowance to Gate Keepers, Stores Maintenance Allowance to In Charge Supervisor Officials, Special Allowance to Trolleymen, Revision of Special Duty Allowance to NE Region, Revision of Shoe Allowance, Heavy Traffic Allowance to operating staff etc. Fixed Medical Allowance was also proposed to be revised to not less than Rs.2,000/- per month. Payment of Washing Allowance to all categories was suggested.
It was also suggested that grant of Non-Practice Allowance to Legal cadre and Pharmacists be considered.’The facilities proposed in the NFlR’s Memorandum for Women employees were explained to Pay Commission for consideration.
Citing NFIR s Memorandum relevant Para’s, it was requested to grant special increments/ incentives for additional qualification.
I he aberrations arising due to MACPS implementation were explained in detail. The Commission has assured to look into the points for taking a view.
The discussions with the Pay Commission were very cordial. S/Shri Guman Singh, Dr. M. Raghavaiah, R.P. Bhatnagar, B.C. Sharma, P.S. Suriyaprakasam, and V. Gopalakrishnan and NFIR Team consists of 14 representatives have participated in the deliberations.

Evidence on 2″(l Day – 14th April 2015 Tuesday)

Special Issues: Placement of JA Grade Officers in PB-4:
Railway Board’s O.M. dated 12/02/2014 was cited with request to recommend placement of all JA Grade Officers in PB-4 for elimination of discriminationResidential accommodation., Leased accommodation to Railway employees. Rent free Quarterson remote places:
The conditions under which the staff are working were explained in detail.
Study Leave:
It was requested to allow Study Leave without imposing restriction when such study is useful and advantageous to Railway activities.
Operating Department: Station Master:
Replacement of Entry Grade Pay of Rs. 2800/- with 4200/- corresponding to improved Pay Scale (open 
ended) was urged.
Section Controller:
The difficult conditions of this category were cogently explained by the Federation before the Pay * Commission which were well received by the Chairman.
Cabin Man, Lever Man, Points Man, Gate Man etc:
I he Pay Commission assured to give due consideration to the points brought out by NFIR in its Memorandum.
Trains Clerk:
Entry Grade Pay to be revised with revision of qualification besides allotment of higher pay scale.
Shunting Master & Shunting Janiadar:
Case explained for giving them higher pay scale
Traffic Saifaiwala & Safaiwali:
The Commission has assured to look into the problems.
Traffic Assistants, Metro Railway, Kolkata:
NFIR’s proposal for placing them at par with the Assistant Station Master was agreed to be considered.
Running Staff: Assistant Loco Pilot:-
Entry qualification of the ALP be revised to “Diploma” with corresponding improved Pay Scale and revision of Designation as Co-Pilot.
The concept of promotion from same grade pay to same grade pay shouldering higher responsibilities causing serious frustration among Running Staff was also highlighted. Federation requested allotment of higher pay scales for Loco and Traffic Running Staff.
Additional Allowance to Running Staff:
It was explained that Railway Ministry had agreed but however, due to non-responsive approach of Finance Minister, the proposal did not materialise. The Pay Commission was requested to recommend additional allowance to all categories of Running Staff. In this connection, a copy of Railway Board’s O.M. was also cited.
Train Guards:
It was suggested that the Grade Pay system be modified facilitating allotment of higher pay scales. Pay Commission was also requested to consider revision of designation as “Train Manager”.
Running Allowance —admissible to Running Staff and determination of nay element:
The Federation strongly pleaded that this subject is within the domain of Railway Ministry and the two Federations and hence Pay Commission should leave it to Railway Ministry. It was also pointed out that the previous Pay Commissions expressed views that the Running Allowance issues are to be dealt by the Railway Board with the Federations.
Loco Inspectors:
It was explained that the relativity existed during the period of 5th Pay Commission should be got restored so as to see that the pay scale of Loco Inspectors need higher than the Loco Pilot. The point was appreciated.
Motorman of Metro Railway Kolkata:
It was requested to see that parity is granted.
Commercial Department:
Enquiry – cum- Reservation Clerk and Commercial Clerk:
As part of rationalisation, ECRC and Commercial Clerk categories may be amalgamated with the entry qualification of graduation duly recommending higher pay scale.
Tickct Checking Staff:
The Injustice done to Sr. Ticket Examiner be removed duly replacing existing Grade Pay 2400/- in GP 2800/- with appropriate open ended higher pay scale.
Medical Department: Nursing Staff:
It was explained that they deserve to be given satisfactory Pay Structure. Pay Commission was requested to visit Northern Railway, Central Hospital at New Delhi to personally ascertain the conditions under which Nursing Staff perform duties.
I he case was explained very effectively. Pay Commission was requested to remove the disparity in Pay Structure by leferring the case of Safdarjung Hospital New Delhi. A note with relevant documents was given to Chairman for taking appropriate action.
Laboratory Staff:
It was explained that the candidates with B.Sc. plus Diploma qualifications are being inducted and 
accordingly they be allotted higher pay scale.
Suggested to eliminate GP 2800/-. Background relating to introduction of GP 4200/- by the Government of India was explained. Detailed note was also handed over to the Pay Commission Chairman who has appreciated the well documented material.
Health and Malaria Inspectors:
Case was explained in detail. The additional duties on account of implementation of Food Safety Act were explained. Equally the improved pay scales granted by 5th Central Pay Commission in the year 1996 were explained and highlighted the relegated pay structure for rectification.
Safaiwala & Safaiwali (Medical Department:
Highlighted the pathetic condition of this category and requested to see that they are provided relief.
Request was made to go through the proposals made to the NFIR’s Memorandum under Chapter IX for consideration.
ECG/EEG/Holter/TMT Technicians etc:
It was pleaded that these categories should be given higher pay scales in view of entry qualification being B.Sc + Diploma.
Cardiac/Cathlab Technicians:
Wherever single Grade Pay structure exists like Cardiac/Cathlab Technicians, it was requested to see that proper pay structure is provided with higher pay scales.
Artificial Limb Centre:
Being common category, as a national issue, this subject will be dealt with by the Pay Commission.
Dental Hygienist:
NFIR’s Memorandum will be looked into to award justice. ‘
Accounts Department:
Revision of qualification entry level proposed to be made as ‘graduation’ with higher pay scales.
IT Cadre:
The proposal mentioned in NFIR’s Memorandum will be examined.
Ministerial Staff:
Entry qualification of Office Clerk is requested to be revised to graduation with improved pay scales.
Legal Cadre:
Points raised in the NFIR’s Memorandum were re-iterated.
Stores Department:
Mrip, ,l,he Chairman was requested to give due consideration to the inputs given in Chapter No XIV of Nr IK s Memorandum.
Railways to be exempted from New Pension Scheme:
NFIR explained the commitment given by the Railway Ministry to the Federations and consequent proposal sent on 29lh March 2014 by the Hon’ble Railway Minister to the Finance Minister (Government of India). Federation also explained the discussions it had with the Railway Board on 11th March 2015 in the PNM Meeting and handed over copies of the communications. NFIR specifically requested the Chairman to consider recommending the exemption.

Before summing up the discussions on 14th April 2015, the NFIR has also handed over a note on wasteful expenditure to the Chairman, Seventh Central Pay Commission for consideration.

No. IV/NFIR/7″ CPC/2013/Part. V (O.E.)
Dated: 15/04/2015
Copy forwarded to General Secretaries of Affiliated Unions of NFIR. M
Media Centre, NFIR.

Source: NFIR

7CPC: Four times increase in pay expected in 7th Pay Commission

7CPC: Four times increase in pay expected in 7th Pay Commission: News by Tapas Joshi
Seventh Pay Commission: Four times increase in pay for Central Government Employees expected.

New Delhi: Tapas Joshi

2016 is a year expected to bring unbound happiness to the Central Government Employees. This year will end a long wait of 10 years, because the recommendations of the Pay Commission will be implemented in January 2016.
The Pay commission was established during the Manmohan Singh Government in February 2014. The deadline for the Pay commission was set to be 15 months. This leads to an expectation for the release of the Pay Commission report by September 2015. If the Memorandum submitted by the Various Employee Organisations is considered, the Pay Commission should provision recommendation for a four-fold increase in the current pay. During its tenure, the Pay Commission will travel to various cities, in addition to meeting the staff of various Employee Organisations. Here it is essential to note that during the sixth pay commission it was recommended to increase the pay of the Central Government Employees three-fold of their current pay.

Primary considerations in Pay Judgement:

The Pay of the Central Government Employees are compared with the Public sector employees such as BHEL, ONGC, etc and also with the Private sector employees. The minimum pay scale of the International Labor Union (ILO) is also considered as a norm. Further, the price of the various daily utility objects is taken into consideration. In the sixth pay commission the Inflation rate as on 01.01.2006 was also considered before putting up recommendations for the fresh Pay scales.

Things to be kept in mind by the Pay commission:

If we talk about the sixth pay commission the ratio of the minimum and maximum Pay was worked around as 1:12 and the minimum pay was decided to be Rs 7100. If in Rs 7100 we include House Rent Allowance, Transport Allowance, Education Allowance etc the figure increases up to Rs 10000.
This time the Dearness Allowance has crossed the figure of 100 percent, and according the Indian Labor Ministry the minimum pay should be Rs 15000 per month. If the inflation and minimum pay are considered, on today’s date the minimum pay should be increased from Rs 7100 to Rs 30000. If in this we include House Rent Allowance, Transport Allowance, Education Allowance etc the figure increases up to Rs 45000.
Thus the Pay of the Central Government Employees is expected to have a four-fold rise. The Central Government Employees are impatiently waiting for 2016, and we are also waiting to see how much do the Pay Commission stand up to the Expectations of the Central Government Employees.




Dear Colleagues,
Accompanied by IESM Governing Body members Hony Captains Nagendar Singh and Balwan Singh as well as Risaldar Om Parkash I met the Raksha Mantri today. While I did highlight some other points, OROP inevitably topped the agenda. The RM has all the details worked out, including the expenditure involved in implementing OROP separately for officers, JCOs/OR, families, disabled etc. He did mention the latest spanner thrown in by a related Supreme Court decision (in the case of Maj Gen SPS Vains) where the OROP has been mentioned. However, he appeared confident of resolving the issue without much problem.
The RM is in full grip of the situation. He exudes and inspires confidence. In a relatively short time he has acquired good understanding of the complex manpower structure of the defence forces. He is also fully supportive of the uniformed personnel.

Timeline for OROP? All clearances seems to be in place. Work is progressing apace. My own estimate is OROP will come latest by 26 May 2015, when the NDA completes one year in office.

I have given the farthest limit so that we do not again fall prey to disappointment. Having said that I am hopeful it will come much sooner than 26 May. Till then let us be patient.

Other Points

Some other points that were mentioned and handed over to the RM are:

1. Reservists’ Pension. They are entitled to 2/3 of the minimum pension of a Sepoy with 15 years’ service, but not less than Rs 3,500/- per month. As of now they are getting their entitlement. With OROP the minimum pension of a Sepoy will rise, necessitating up-scaling of the Reservists’ pension.Their number is very small.

2. Pension of pre-2006 Hony Naib Subedars. As of today, Hony Naib Subedars of post 1.1.2006 era are getting the pension of a regular Naib Subedar but the pre- 2006 retirees are getting a Havildar’s pension. Number of the affected persons being small and finite, this anomaly needs to be removed.

3. Pension of Majors. It was highlighted that concept of OROP as well as Supreme Court ruling speak against creating a dividing line for grant of pension. Therefore, while considering grant of a Lt Colonel’s pension to a pre 16.12.2004 Major, there should be no further dividing line based on 1.1.1996. Officers that retired prior to 1.1.1996 in the rank of Major are only about 700 in number and should not be subjected to any discrimination. The point was registered.

4. Minimising Court Cases. It was highlighted that till the Third Pay Commission, there were practically no court cases. Any pay commission anomaly that was perceived was discussed and resolved between the Army Chief, Defence Secretary and their assisting staff. That system needs to be revived.

In this connection I also highlighted that when a military person seeks legal intervention, he is actually a representative of a larger group. There should be a provision where the relief provided to an individual should automatically extend to others similarly affected. The RM clarified that legally, since it is not a PIL, the individual fights for himself and the courts cannot give that benefit to others. However, an administrative mechanism can be put in place for extending such benefit to others. He further added that he is already having it examined for implementation. This showed how positively he is disposed toward resolving the soldiers’ problems.

Best regards,
Lt Gen Raj Kadyan
Chairman IESM
262, Sector – 17A
Gurgaon – 122 001


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