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Rail prefers public-private track

Rail prefers public-private track

Today’s interaction is significant as the rail minister is scheduled to present her budget for 2010-11 to the Lok Sabha on February 24.

Mamata urged the private players to set up wagon manufacturing units to reduce the scarcity of rail wagons and come up with proposals to assist building of 49,000 km of rail tracks.

According to a Vision 2020 document, the ministry will require Rs 14 lakh crore in the next 15 years for expansion and development.

Railway Board chairman S.S. Khurana and other senior railway officials were also present at the meeting.

Apart from chambers such as Ficci, Assocham and the CII, around 150-200 industrialists attended the meeting, including heads of the Food Corporation of India, SAIL, Bharat Petroleum, Adani Ports, Siemens, Asea Brown Boveri, GE Infrastructure, GE Electric, Sumitomo, Hutchison and private shipyard builders.

On industry observation about railways safety measures, officials said the ministry was planning to revive the special railway safety fund with a proposal to the finance ministry for Rs 20,000 crore for the next 10 years.

The dedicated safety fund was set up in 2003 with a corpus of Rs 17,000 crore for a period of 10 years.

The ministry plans to use the proposed Rs 20,000 crore for upgrading and maintaining tracks and the signaling system.

Officials said over the years collisions had 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.

The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), in its pre-budget recommendation, asked the railway ministry to broaden its scope for public-private partnership (PPP) and share risks.

“The PPP engagements need to be segregated from outsourcing tasks of the railways and must essentially involve sharing of risks and rewards on investments between both partners in the process,” said CII.

The PHD Chamber said more freight would come to railways only if they become more price competitive, provide economical rates, adequately address capacity constraints on the high density corridors.

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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.