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Railway ministry seeks Rs 20 lakh crore as safety fund

Railway ministry seeks Rs 20

lakh crore as safety fund


Mamata Banerji

Thursday, February 4, 2010 2:35 IST
New Delhi: With less than a month for the Union Budget, the railway ministry has swung into action on the safety front. The Mamata Banerjee-led ministry, which saw three train mishaps in one day last month, is planning to revive the special railway safety fund with a proposal sent to the finance ministry for Rs 20,000
Explaining the rationale behind the demand for an increase in the safety fund, a railway ministry official said, The Rs 17,000-crore corpus for rail safety operations has been exhausted. We are now managing safety related works through our internal resources.
The dedicated safety fund was set up in 2003 with a corpus of Rs 17,000 crore for a period of 10 years. Of this, the central government chipped in Rs 12,000 crore while the balance Rs 5,000 crore was raised by the Railways through a surcharge on fares. The proposed Rs 20,000 crore will be utilized towards upgrade and maintenance of tracks and signalling system, said an official close to the development.
The fund has been utilized by the ministry to ensure safety on four fronts, namely derailments, collisions, level-crossing accidents and fire accidents.
To avoid derailments, the funds have been spent on replacement of tracks and rolling stock, track circuiting for safe train operations and introduction of self-propelled accident relief medical vans.
On the collision front, the Railways have invested on extensive training for the operations staff, maintenance and safety checks, design of rolling stock and installation of anti-collision devise (ACD).
ACD has been installed on 1,900 km route in the northeast frontier railway zone and 800 km on Konkan railway. Both are now undergoing trials. Also, the ministry has decided to extend ACD to southern, south central and south western railway zones on trail basis.
Meanwhile, the safety scheme initiated seven years ago has borne fruit for the Railways. The number of collisions has reduced from 30 in 2001-02 to 13 in 2008-09. Similarly, derailments have dropped sharply from 280 in 2001-02 to 85 in 2008-09.

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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.