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Railways in talks with EMD

Railways in talks with EMD for technology transfer

Kolkata : The Railways is negotiating with Electro-Motive Diesel (EMD) of US, an erstwhile arm of US automaker General Motors, for technology transfer in manufacturing state-of-the-art diesel locomotives as part of a plan to add more horsepower (HP) to its engines. The strategy underlines the aggressive growth plans of Railways in the years ahead as it strives to fulfil the needs of one of the fastest growing global economies.
“Railways is in talks with EMD for advance technology to induct new locomotives which will have higher horsepower in the future,” an official Railways said.
EMD, one of the world’s largest builders of railway locomotives in terms of overall sales, was recently hived off as a separate company from its parent, the US automobile giant General Motors. Railways earlier had a 10-year technology agreement, which got over in 2006. In the aftermath of the US recession, the company is increasingly looking at India and the railways to scout for new business.
The Railways has been manufacturing diesel locomotives of 4,000 HP based on EMD design at the Diesel Locomotive Works (DLW), its dedicated facility for such engines in Varanasi. More recently, however, Railways has started manufacturing locos of 4,500 HP. By the end of 2009-10, DLW is likely to completely switch over to manufacturing such locos. The road ahead is to introduce locos of 5,000 or higher HP, for which the Railways is keen to source the best technology.
Last year, DLW produced its best-ever output of some 257 locos, including 80 EMD type. A majority of DLW’s production caters to the Railways with corporate, including power and steel companies, accounting for the rest. In addition to this, Diesel Loco Modernisation Works at Patiala has also been regularly taking up the job of upgrading older 2,600 HP locos into 3,100 HP ones.
The target is to upgrade a substantial part of the 5,000 locos in operation. At the same time, these locos are also being retro-fitted with advanced micro-processors.

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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

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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.