CAG REPORT : THE TRUTH
Turnaround of Indian Railways
New Delhi : The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India on Friday , 24 July punctured Indian Railways punctuality claims saying that even the prestigious Rajdhani and Shatabdi trains reached destinations late on 53 per cent of their runs during 2007-08.
In its latest performance audit of the Railway Ministry, tabled in Parliament on Friday, the CAG said Indian Railways addressed punctuality solely as an operational aspect wherein trains handed over late by one zone to another were recorded as being punctual so long as they did not get delayed further. While the zones continued to report a healthy punctuality performance, trains repeatedly reached destinations beyond their scheduled time. Even prestigious Rajdhani and Shatabdi trains reached destinations late on 53 per cent of their runs during 2007-08. Punctuality was being incorrectly reported by the zones, the report said.
After conducting an independent assessment of punctuality of 568 trains across Indian Railways, the CAG found that on 79,122 out of the 1,45,886 runs, the trains reached their destinations beyond their scheduled time of arrival. Simply put, 54 per cent of these trains were running late. Also, on 30,487 runs, the delays were in excess of one hour, the CAG stated.
The CAG observed that the delays were more due to factors like engineering delays, signal failures, loco failures and miscellaneous reasons than due to external factors or untoward incidents. These delays lead to blocking the path of other trains thereby setting in motion a chain of delays apart from leading to increased fuel consumption towards maintaining the engine (both in the case of electric and diesel locos) during the period of delay and overtime payments to the running staff, the report said. And Rs 47.41 crore was incurred as extra expenditure on fuel consumption on 79,122 delayed runs. Out of these 79,122 instances of delayed runs, 23,247 were on superfast trains, including Rajdhani, Shatabdi, Jan Shatabdi, Sampark Kranti trains. During 2007-08, the 37 Rajdhani and Shatabdi trains that were reviewed reached their destinations late on 53 per cent (4,956 out of 9,378 runs) of the occasions, the report said.
The ministry, in its response submitted in December 2008, accepted CAG's view and stated that it was implementing the Integrated Coaching Management System which will provide real time and accurate reporting. The Railways stated that most of the factors adversely affecting punctuality of trains were beyond its control.
CAG REPORT : THE TRUTH
PME Due Date
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.