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Covid-19 (Corona Virus) Cases - Precautionary measures needed - NFIR

Registration No. : RTU/Nnn/31/2012


National Federation of Indian Railwaymen
Covid-19 Corona Virus Cases - Precautionary measures needed

No. II/34/2020

Date: 05.03.2020

The Chairman,
Railway Board,
New Delhi.

Dear Sir,

Sub: Covid-19 (Corona Virus) Cases - Precautionary measures needed - Reg

I) In view of announcement of confirmed Corona Cases officially in different places in our country, the railway employees and their families are worried a lot about their safety. The running staff and other frontline categories staff with public interface are more vulnerable under the present circumstances. In the case of running staff, they have to mandatorily go through the Breath Analyser Test, by which, there are chances of quick spread of Corona Virus. If such unfortunate development takes place, the entire running staff will be affected adversely which may lead to disruption of train services on all zonal railways.

In view of the above critical scenario, NFIR requests the Railway Board (CRE) to consider that the staff who are supposed to undergo the Breath Analyser Test are not forced to take the test till such time Corona Virus is brought under control in India. While suspending Breath Analyser Test, the administration may make alternative mechanism for conducting checks.

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II) The staff working in different public interface categories like commercial, operating etc., and also in the field are required to be provided masks to enable them wear while on duty and perform duties with self-confidence. Besides face masks, it may also be ensured to supply alcoholic soap/hand sanitizers at work-places to facilitate the staff to wash their hands very frequently.

III) The present system of Bio-metric Attendance would lead to spreading of virus from one person to another, in view of touching the machine to give attendance by large number of employees. In view of the risk involved, many Corporate Institutions have already suspended the system of Biometric Attendance to its employees. Similar action is also warranted in all the Railway Establishments/Workshops etc., till the period, the Corona Virus is fully controlled.
The Federation (NFIR), therefore, requests the Chairman, Railway Board to kindly arrange to issue instructions to the General Managers of Zonal Railways/Production Units for:
  • deferring Breath Analyser Tests on Running Staff
  • supplying face masks, hand sanitizers / alcoholic soaps at work places and;
  • suspending the Bio-Metric Attendance System in all all the Railway Establishments / Workshops etc., immediately.
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Yours faithfully,
General Secretary

Source: NFIR

Proposal to amend Rule 11 of AIS (Conduct)Rules, 1968 by inserting a new-sub Rule 4

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Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Personnel and Training

North Block, New Delhi
Dated the 03 March, 2020

The Chief Secretaries of all the States / UTs

Subject: Proposal to amend Rule 11 of AIS (Conduct)Rules, 1968 by inserting a new-sub Rule 4 - reg.

Sir / Madam;

I am directed to refer to the subject noted and to state that presently there are no provisions under AIS (Conduct) Rules, 1968 with regard to receipt / retention of gifts from foreign dignitaries by members of AIS being a member of Indian delegation or otherwise. Therefore, it has been decided with the approval of competent authority to insert a new sub-rule (4) under Rule 11 of AIS (Conduct) Rules, 1968.

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2. Accordingly, a draft of the proposed amendments in AIS (Conduct) Rules, 1968 is enclosed herewith with request to furnish your comments / views on the same latest by 31 st March, 2020 positively. Soft copy of the comments / views may also be sent by email at If no reply is received within the stipulated time, it will be presumed that State Government has no objection to the proposed amendments.

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Encl: as stated.
Yours faithfully,
(Jyotsna Gupta)
Under Secretary (Services)

Proposal to amend AIS (Conduct) Rules 1968

Existing RulesProposed amendment
11. Gifts.
11(1) A member of the service may accept gifts from his near relatives or from his personal friends having no official dealings with them, on occasions such as wedding, anniversaries, funerals and religious functions when the making of gifts is in conformity with the prevailing religious and social practice, but he shall make a report to the Government if the value of such gift exceeds RS.25, 000/-.
Explanation– For the purposes of this rule “gift” includes free transport, free boarding, free lodging or any other service or pecuniary advantage when provided by a person other than a near relative or personal friend having no official dealings with the member of the Service but does not include a casual meal, casual lift or other social hospitality.

11(2) Save as otherwise provided in sub-rule
(1), no member of the service shall accept any gift without the sanction of the Government if the value of gift exceeds Rs.5,000/-

11(3) Member of the Service shall avoid accepting lavish hospitality or. frequent hospitality from persons having official dealings with them or from industrial or commercial firms or other or organisations.

After sub-rule (3) of Rule 11 of AIS (Conduct) Rules, 1968, the following sub-rule (4) shall be inserted:-

11(4):- Notwithstanding anything contained in sub-rule (1), (2) and (3), a member of Service, being a member of the Indian delegation or otherwise, may receive and retain gifts from foreign dignitaries in accordance with the
provisions of The Foreign Contribution (Acceptance or Retention of Gifts or Presentation) Rules, 2012, as amended from time to time.
Source: DoPT

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