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15/03/2010

High Powered Committee would be appointed to review the duty hours of running staff : AIRF PNM

Shri Rakhal Das Gupta,

Working President/AIRF

raised following items in AIRF PNM

Sri Das Gupta raised the question of functioning of the Permanent Negotiating Machinery. In that he cited an example how the matters are dealt with. Item No. 20/2006 of last PNM meeting held with the Railway Board was treated as closed on the assurance that due action would be taken. Unfortunately no action has yet been taken after lapse of 12 months and this also did not appear in the ATS also. He requested that action in this regard may please be taken without any further loss of time.
Sri Das Gupta referred that in the wake of Strike Negotiation during January & February, 2006, it was agreed that a High Powered Committee would be appointed to review the duty hours of running staff as well as other safety categories of staff. But the High Powered committee has not yet been appointed. Even the existing provisions of HOER are being flouted. Staff specially the Running staff are being compelled to work beyond specified hours. The duty hours of continuous workers are being de-classified from continuous to EI without any job analysis.

Sri Das Gupta mentioned that violating Addl. Member, Railway Board‟s D. O. letter of 26.04.06 manned posts, safety posts, promotional posts are being surrendered and violating the provisions of Contract labour (Regulation & Abolition) Act, 1970, perennial nature of jobs, even manned posts are outsourced declaring staff surplus. He said while there has been increase in the number of Gr. „A‟, posts of Gr. „C‟ & „D‟ are being surrendered indiscriminately.
He said that additional posts of additional work load should be created and vacancies should be filled up.
Sri Das Gupta pointed out that staff working in Road Side stations and Gang huts are being denied medical facilities. Large number of posts of Doctors and Paramedical staff are lying vacant. He also mentioned that there has been abnormal delay in the matter of reimbursement of medical expenses. He said that whenever bills are approved by the Medical Department, the Accounts department raised uncharitable objections even on medical matters. He demanded that a joint meeting be held with FC, Member Staff & DG/RHS and the AIRF be held to sort out the matter.
Sri Das Gupta raised a serious concerned about abnormal delay in the matter of setting up of Medical Board and acceptance of it‟s report. He cited example that in N. F. Railway, one lady worker was declared 100% blind by the Medical Board as well as by Sankar Dev Netralaya, Guwahati where the case was referred by the Railway and after that also the lady was sent to Bicular Hospital, Central Railway, where also she was declared 100% blind. He mentioned in such process staff are running LWP for months together causing untold economic sufferings. He requested the Railway Board to streamline the matter so that the delay and harassment is eliminated.
Sri Das Gupta said that recognition of Guwahati Neurological Research Centre (GNRC) should continue and requested for granting of recognition of Lower Assam Hospital & Research Institute, Bongaigaon for medical treatment.
Sri Das Gupta said that there has been abnormal delay in the matter of alternative appointment to the medically de-categorised surplus staff categorised C-2 medical classification as almost all such posts have been declared as redundant.
He also said that physically challenged wards of Railway employees waiting for Compassionate Ground appointment have been facing serious difficulties in the matter of appointment.
Sri Das Gupta mentioned that „Confidential Report‟ has since been changed to „Personal Appraisal Report‟ by the DOPT but the same order has not been adopted in the Railways.
Sri Das Gupta pointed out that the Railway Board vide their letter No.PC - V/2004/ACP/1 dated 31.03.04 have issued order that 50% CLCPC period should be counted as service for the purpose of ACP but the same order has been reversed vide Railway Board‟s letter No. PC-V/2009/ACP/2 dated 10.06.09. He stated that the Railway Board‟s order of 31.3.04 should be restored.

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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
Details:-
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

NRMU 4 you
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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.