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Panel Calls For Total Recast Of Railway Board

Panel Calls For Total Recast Of Railway Board

New Delhi, Dec 17: : The Parliamentary Standing Committee has come down heavily on the functioning of the Railways and has called for restructuring the entire administrative edifice of the Railway Board.
It asked the Railways to restrain market borrowings and operating cost to the minimum and increase internal generation of revenue to the optimum level.
The committee has recommended formation of a task force consisting of the representatives of the Planning Commission and the ministries of Railways, finance and programme implementation to look afresh into the issue of private sector participation in the development of rail infrastructure.
The committee attributed the present financial situation of the Railways to unabated addition of new projects every year without ensuring adequate allocations, declining share of internal revenue and increase in staff cost.
It noted that the share of internal revenue has declined to 21 per cent in 2002-03 from 58 per cent during the 8th Plan period while market borrowings had increased 36 per cent in 2001-02 from 19 per cent in the 8th Plan. In its report tabled in Parliament, the committee said it believed the funding is not the sole cause of the slow progress in project execution.
Citing defect in project planning where there is no timeframe for completion and assured phase to phase funding, the committee pointed out varied drawbacks in the Railway functioning.
It lamented the lack of effective coordination between the project executing authorities and administrative machinery at the Centre.
Besides restructuring of the Railway Board, the committee also suggested rationalising the freight and passenger fare policy, establishing a mechanism for tariff fixation, improving operational productivity and efficiency, undertaking a vigorous commercial management and upgrading safety infrastructure.
Expressing its strong disapproval with the way new projects are being included in the garb of material modification and extension of projects, the committee recommended that a complete moratorium be imposed on inclusion of new projects.
Action from railway Board New Delhi Required.

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PME Due Date

Master Circular No. 25

Copy of Railway Board’s letter No. 69/H/3/11 dated 06.12.1974

Subject: Implementation of the Recommendations of the Visual Sub-Committee.

6. Periodical re-examination of serving Railway Employees:

6.l. In order to ensure the continued ability of Railway employees in Classes A l, A 2, A 3, B l and B 2 to discharge their duties with safety, they will be required to appear for re-examination at the following stated intervals throughout their service as indicated below:

6.1.1. Classes A l, A 2 and A 3 —At the termination of every period of three years, calculated from the date of appointment until they attain the age of 45 years, and thereafter annually until the conclusion of their service.

Note: (l) The staff in categories A l, A 2 and A 3 should be sent for special medical examination in the interest of safety under the following circumstances unless they have been under the treatment of a Railway Medical Officer.

(a) Having undergone any treatment or operation for eye trouble irrespective of the duration of sickness.

(b) Absence from duty for a period in excess of 90 days.

(2) If any employee in medical category A has been periodically medically examined at any time within one year prior to his attaining the age of 45, his next medical examination should be held one year from the due date of the last medical examination and subsequent medical examination annually thereafter.

If, however, such an employee has been medically examined, at any time earlier, than one year prior to his attaining the age of 45, his next medical examination should be held on the date he attains the age of 45 and subsequent medical examination annually thereafter.

Ammendment: It was ammended in 1993 as below

Age Group PME Due

Age 00-45 every 4yrs

Age 45-55 every 2yrs

Age 55-60 every year
As per Rly Bd's Guideline of Medical Exam issued vide LNo. 88/H/5/12 dated 24-01-1993

a) PME would be done at the termination of every period of 4 years from date of appointment / Initial medical Exam till the date of attainment of age of 45 years, every 2 years upto 55 years & there after annual till retirement.
b) Employees who has been periodically examined at any time within 2years prior to his attaining the age of 45years would be examined after 2years from the date of last PME & subsequent PME for every 2years upto 55years age.Of

NRMU 4 you

6.1.2. Classes B-1 and B-2—On attaining the age of 45 years, and thereafter at the termination of every period of five years.