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Mamata missed out Mumbai’s lifeline

What Mamata missed out on? Mumbai’s lifeline


Mumbai: Many Mumbaikars Wednesday said they felt let down by Railways Minister Mamata Banerjee's 2009-10 budget as she made no mention of this financial capital's lifeline - the suburban trains.

"It is shocking that there is not even a mention of the Mumbai suburban section, which has been a profitable unit independently over the past so many years," said daily commuter Mangesh Sawant.
Sawant pointed out that though Banerjee mentioned the Kolkata metro rail, the Mumbai suburban service, used by over seven million commuters daily, was "apparently too insignificant" for any consideration.
"The least that was expected was some additional outlay for the Mumbai Urban Transport Project of the Mumbai Rail Vikas Mandal, but nothing has come," he said.
Terming it "an interim budget", Passenger and Traffic Relief Association President Chandrakant Vora said that barring some long-distance services, Mumbai had got nothing and even Maharashtra as a whole had been given a pittance.
"Though there are some good schemes, it will depend a lot on how they are implemented by the railway bureaucracy, otherwise, they will remain on paper," Vora said.
He listed various pending projects like the long-delayed extension of the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus-Andheri corridor to Borivali, promise of better and faster rakes for the city to replace the slow and aged ones and the proposal for a link between Churchgate and Thane.
Mumbai Suburban Railway Passengers Association Secretary D. Sompura feels that the 12 non-stop trains announced by Banerjee between various centres, including Mumbai, are unviable.
"For instance, if the journey from Mumbai-New Delhi takes around 18 hours by Rajdhani Express, which makes four halts en route, how much time will the new non-stop services take?" Sompura wondered.
Besides, he said it was not clear what on-train arrangements would be made in terms of ensuring sufficient food and water, cleanliness, medical or other emergencies, if the trains are going to travel non-stop for so long.
"What about passenger comforts, especially when there will be non-air-conditioned coaches?" Sompura said.
Sompura said that when people complain of fatigue in the world-class comforts of long-haul flights to various international destinations, it is difficult to imagine travelling non-stop in non-air-conditioned trains.
West Zone Railway Pensioners Association president M.D. Sathe, while welcoming plans to make 50 stations world-class, demanded similar world-class treatment and upgradation of the suburban train services.
"The railways minister has said nothing about increasing speed of suburban services to reduce travel time. The passengers should also have representation on the proposed project monitoring committees Mamata has announced, otherwise it will be another meaningless bureaucratic exercise," Sathe said.

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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.