Monday, 30 July 2018

Stepping up of Pay of Loco Inspectors - NFIR

Stepping up of pay of Loco Inspectors, inducted prior to 01/01/2006 on six and half zones

No.II/95/2018
Dated: 23/07/2018
The Chairman,
Railway Board,
New Delhi

Dear Sir,
Sub: Implementation of negotiated settlement reached with the Federations - stepping up of pay of Loco Inspectors, inducted prior to 01/01/2006 on six and half zones-reg.

Ref: (i) NFIR's DC/JCM Item No. 10/2012.
(ii) NFIR's letter No. II/95/Part X dated 05/10/2017.
(iii) Railway Board’s letter No. E(P&A)II-2008/RS-37 dated 16/11/2017.
(iv) NFIR's letter No. II/95/Part X dated 25/11/2017.

NFIR desires to remind the CRB that the Railway Board has unfortunately failed to implement quite a few number of agreements reached with the Federations. One such agreement is “stepping up of pay of Loco Inspectors inducted prior to 01/01/2006” on 6 ½ Zonal Railways.

In this connection, NFIR desires to reiterate that in a full Board meeting held with both the Federations on 07/02/2014, the Railway Board Chairman had given written assurance for implementation of stepping up of pay to the Sr.Loco Inspectors inducted prior to 01/01/2006 (on the remaining 6 ½ Zones), similar to 10 Zones where stepping up of pay to Sr.Loco Inspector had already been granted. The issue thereafter has been discussed very many times by the undersigned with the CRB-latest on 06/06/2018 wherein assurance was again given for quick finalization. On 13th July, 2018, the GS/NFIR has also mentioned to CRB while handing over list of important items pending since long.

Federation also conveys that the Railway Board have lost about a dozen SLPs in the Apex Court as the same, have been dismissed. Similarly, the SLP No. 14746/2018, operative portion of the order is reproduced below:-

"We grant a period of eight weeks to the petitioners to implement the orders. We make it clear that in case the orders are not implemented within eight weeks from today, the arrears will carry interest at the rate of 18% and the officer(s) responsible for the same shall be personally liable for the same.
Pending interlocutory application(s) is/are disposed of".

Apart from above, Federation also brings to the notice of the CRB that there are about 23 Court cases pending in various Courts on the same subject at Jabalpur, Jaipur, Mumbai, Kolkata, Ernakulam (17 in cases CAT and 6 cases in High Court) where these Courts cannot take a different view than that of orders passed by the Hon’ble Supreme Court. The litigation pursued by the Railway Administration needs to be halted in the interest of Railways and its employees.

Incidentally, it is mentioned that the Federation vide its letter No. II/95/Part X dated 05/10/2017 had apprised the estimated financial implications as a result of allowing stepping up of pay of Chief Loco Inspectors (on remaining 6 ½ Zones). NFIR has also given constructive and workable suggestion during the meeting in the chamber of Addl. Member (Staff) with regard to modification of extant policy for filling the posts of Loco Inspectors so as to avoid further grievances. AM (Elec), AM (Budget) etc., were present in the meeting. If the issue is settled as proposed by the Federation, the above type of problem will not arise in future and there may not be Court cases.

NFIR, therefore, once again requests the CRB to kindly see that immediate action is taken for granting stepping up of pay to the Loco Inspectors (inducted prior to 01/01/2006 on the remaining 6 ½ Zones) as agreed to already. Federation also requests to see that the Railway Board send reply indicating the progress made for implementation of agreement.
Yours faithfully,
sd/-
(Dr.M.Raghavaiah)
General Secretary
Source: NFIR

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