MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
All Indian Railways and Production Units.
Sub: Selection for Promotion to Group 'B' post of Law Officers in Level 8 in Pay Matrix (equivalent to Pay Band PB-2 (Rs.9300-34800) with Grade Pay of Rs. 4800/-)
Consequent upon restructuring of gazetted cadre of legal department of new Zones and Divisions, instructions were issued vide Board’s letter no.E(P)2005/2/26 dated 18/05/2007 for filling up of those upgraded Group 'B' posts of Law Officers from amongst the senior most Chief Law Assistants after screening process consisting of written examination, viva-voce and assessment of record of service as prescribed for Group 'B' selections. Thereafter, vide Board’s letters of even number dated 04/02/2008 and 16/11/2011, instructions were issued for filling up of normal Group 'B' vacancies arising in the cadre through Selection from amongst eligible Chief Law Assistants.
2. Vide Board's letter No. 2003 E (GC) 12-14(64) dated 30.05.2016, consequent upon restructuring of Gazetted cadre in the old zones and Railway Board, 43 posts of Chief Law Assistants have been upgraded to Group 'B' posts of Law Officer.
3. The procedure for filling up all Group 'B' posts of Law Officers (including all the upgraded posts) has been reviewed and it has been decided in supersession of the aforementioned earlier instructions on the matter that the Group 'B' posts of Law Officers may now be filled up as per the provisions of Indian Railway Establishment Manual, VOLI and extant Rules i.e. through Selection comprising of written test and viva-voce (including assessment of record of service) from amongst Chief Law Assistants in Level 7 in Pay Matrix (equivalent to Pay Band PB-2 (Rs. 9300-34800) with Grade Pay of Rs. 4600/-) provided they have rendered not less than 2 years of non-fortuitous service in the grade (including non-fortuitous service rendered in the pre-revised scale).
4. It is further advised that the above procedure for filling up of upgraded Group 'B' post of Law Officer may be followed subject to the outcome of SLP filed against Hon’ble High Court/Allahabad’s judgement dated 03.10.2007 in CMWP No.48471/2007 arising out against CAT/Allahabad’s order dated 02.02.2007 in OA No. 906/2006 filed by Late Shri H.K. Tiwari, CLA, N.C. Railway.
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Dy. Director, Estt. (GP)-III