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Now, know your railway ticket status through texting - Ludhiana - Cities

LUDHIANA: The railway authorities have started the SMS alert facility for the convenience of passengers to get Passenger Name Record (PNR) status
before travelling in the trains.
According to information, passengers can send an SMS to railway enquiry number 139 and know the status of their tickets. Earlier, they used to call at the enquiry number for the same, which usually remained busy.
It is worth mentioning that the authorities had forwarded a proposal to the railway board around a month back for its approval, so that they could launch the service to facilitate the general passengers.
The Indian Railways Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) will take care of the service.
Sources said passengers have to type PNR and the PNR number and send it to 139. And, they will get the status of their tickets within a few minutes.
Speaking on the condition of anonymity, a railway employee, said, "Passengers had always been demanding to provide them an alternative for the enquiry of their seats because it becomes difficult to get any information through a phone call."
He further said passengers were a harried lot after the railway authorities wrapped up their local enquiry number 131, which somehow was proving helpful to the local passengers.
"The authorities hope that the new service will definitely bring reform in the system and bring respite to the commuters," he added.
Discussing the issue, Naveen Malhotra, a commuter, said, "We can get our PNR status from the website as well, but the service will prove beneficial when one cannot access the internet."
Meanwhile, giving information about the new enquiry system, Satish Chander, divisional railway manager (DRM), said, "It was the long-pending demand of commuters that the authorities provide an alternative for the railway enquiry system. so they had recommended railway board to allow them to initiate the SMS alert system at 139 and railway board provided them the approval.
He informed that it has been around 15 days that the service has become functional and now passengers need not to wait for their calls to be received because the SMS service would prove more beneficial to them.

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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.