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Rlys introduce crew management device

PATNA: The railways have successfully introduced the crew management system (CMS) device for benefit of loco pilots as well as for reasons
of safety.
Our comments: Hope that the Railway provide for crews too very soon since the crew (Motorman) are being forced to work with rest of about 30 minutes between duties in Mumbai Local train as per letter received under Right to information.

With the new device in place, the railways will now be able to identify and communicate directly with crew members of any passenger and goods train. Their availability and physical fitness will be known in advance with the help of the newly-introduced device. The new technology developed by the Centre for Railway Information Systems (CRIS) at a cost of Rs 12 crore is a software that uses biometric identification to allocate duty to the crew members.
According to a Railway Board official, the new system maintains a database of each and every railway engine crew member and identifies his skills and specialization. The system facilitates the railways to maintain booking of loco pilots in advance. The Indian Railways run about 18,000 trains daily carrying 18 million passengers. Sometimes it becomes difficult to keep a tab on these crew members, he said adding the CMS device will now help railways to maintain communication between the control room and crew members.
According to sources, the railways have been spending about $1.5 billion on upgrading its information technology (IT) system across the country. The CMS is a safety-oriented technology to track the crew. It would also help the railways in knowing whether any crew member was overstressed. In case of over stress and fatigue, the crew would be immediately taken off duty, sources said adding about 88,000 crew members of the Indian Railways have been brought under the CMS programme.
The railways had introduced crew management in 2006 with the help of CRIS as a pilot project. Gradually it gained importance in crew management and proved successful. Since the railways have been introducing more and more fast trains, it is a must to know the skills of loco pilots, sources said.
Besides, the railways wanted to develop a grading mechanism among loco pilots to identify their skills so that their services could be utilised for manning faster trains like Shatabdi Express and Rajdhani Express, the sources added.
The CMS, which has been introduced in the ECR, is likely to improve the operating ratio of running passenger and goods trains from 75 per cent to 65 per cent by 2010. The new railway software has attracted attention of Transnet Freight Rail of South Africa. The CRIS plans to introduce more sophisticated features to the system including a biometric sign on kiosks for loco pilots, the sources 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

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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.