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An employee becomes eligible for gratuity on the termination of his employment after he has rendered continuous service for not less than five years, according to Section 4(1) of the Payment of Gratuity Act, 1972. He is also entitled for interest on the gratuity in terms of Section 7(3) and 7(3A).
Making these clear, the Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court directed the Arumuganeri Salt Workers Co-operative Production and Sale Society Ltd, Thoothukkudi district, to pay the amount to its worker, Mr A. Rajan, within 30 days from date of receipt of a copy of this order without further driving him to any other forum.
Mr Justice K. Chandru, hearing a writ petition from the Society challenging the order dated January 27, 2009 of the Appellate Authority under the Act, Madurai (R-2), directing it to make interest payment if gratuity was not paid within 30 days from the date of his order, noted that from the beginning, it was the stand of the petitioner Society that R-1 (Mr A. Rajan) was not eligible for gratuity. If Sections 7(3) and 7(3A) were read together, then there was no difficulty in understanding the eligibility for receiving interest.
In the present case, the Appellate Authority had correctly construed the legal provisions and there was no case made out to interfere with the interpretation placed by the Authority. The petitioner contended that payment of interest would arise only when there was delayed payment, and in this case, there was no delay since they had paid gratuity as ordered by R-2, and hence the question of payment of interest would not arise.
This Court was unable to accept the said statement, since the entire controversy was with regard to the legal provision. Reading Section 4(1) of the Act it would be clear that the date relevant for determination of interest was the date on which gratuity became payable, which in the present case was when R-1 resigned his job on 1-6-2003. When R-1 issued notice for payment of gratuity, petitioner employer did not honour the notice. On the contrary, it was only when R-1 instituted a claim before the Controlling Authority, the petitioner contended about the irregular nature of his employment and his alleged disqualification from receiving gratuity. In the light of these, the writ petition stood dismissed, the Judge held.


EMPLOYEES PROVIDENT FUND ORGANIZATION (EPFO) decides to stick to debt, won’t invest in equity

EMPLOYEES PROVIDENT FUND ORGANIZATION (EPFO) decides to stick to debt, won’t invest in equity

The provident fund deducted from one’s salary every month can give higher returns if fund managers invested the corpus in equity, many employees would argue.

But the Central Board of Trustees of the Employees Provident Fund Organization (EPFO) finds the capital markets too risky to invest in.

“We have decided not to invest in capital markets,” Samirendra Chatterjee, the central provident fund commissioner, said at a seminar in Mumbai.

The EPFO will continue to invest in state development loans, bonds of AAA-rated companies and PSUs, he said.

Chatterjee emphasized that taking risks for higher returns was not a viable option for the EPFO.

“We get around 20,000 settlement applications every day… For us return of capital is more important than return on capital,” he said.

“If they (the finance ministry, which has been seeking that the EPFO invest as much as 15% of its funds in the stock market) want us to invest, please give us a guarantee for the same, we will invest,” he added.

Recently, the payout rate on provident fund was revised to 9.5% for the current financial year, up from 8.5% in the last five years.

“None of the recognized provident funds has approached us so far with a complaint that they cannot manage 9.5% rate of return for this fiscal,” said Chatterjee.

In fact, a survey has found that more than 300 exempted funds have enough surplus, which can be used to declare extra dividend this year, he said. “However, it cannot be used to make good any bad investment by the fund manager.”

Chatterjee clarified that the entire 9.5% return on provident fund will be tax-free. “We had a talk with the ministry and will get the notification soon,” he said.

But this increased rate of return is only applicable for the current financial year. Next year, unless a new interest rate is announced, the default interest rate will be 8.5%.

There are two types of provident funds exempted funds, which are managed in-house and un-exempted, which are managed by the EPFO. Funds under the management of the EPFO have reached Rs3.25 lakh crore currently from Rs3 lakh crore in March, 2010.

Source: Daily News & Analysis

AIRF opposed for Continuous evaluation of trainees during the course of the training programmes/ Refresher Courses

No.AIRF/(MPP)                                                    Dated: October 26, 2010

The Secretary(E),

Railway Board,

New Delhi

Dear Sir,

Sub: Continuous evaluation of trainees during the course of the training programmes

   Ref: Board’s letter No.E(MPP)2010/3/32 dated 19.7.2010

              It is a matter of great surprise that the Railway Board have proposed to introduce the scheme of Continuous evaluation of trainees during the course of the training programmes without any consultation with the organized labour.

             In this connection, attention of the Board is invited towards the demand raised by AIRF in DC/JCM Forum to liberalize the scheme in such a way that there should not be any written exam at the end of Refresher Courses. On the contrary, the proposed scheme envisages weekly evaluation through written, oral or practical test, which in our opinion shall be quite difficult practice and detrimental to the interests of the trainees as well.

           The Board are aware that because of already existing complicacies in the Training Modules of different courses, most of the Railway employees avoid to undergo training which in lieu of imparting knowledge puts the trainees under undue burden of exams and exertion. This also gives rise to malpractices during the training programme.

            In view of the above, the Federation had demanded to liberalize the training programmes in such a way that written examinations are done away with at least in Refresher Courses and the Training Modules are designed in such a way that the same are attractive and practical knowledge based for the Railway employees so that the staff happily joins these training programmes rather than avoiding it.

            It appears that the proposed scheme in place of liberalizing training programmes has altogether de-liberalized it and has stepped forward to suggest amendment in IREM also, which is highly unfair and AIRF strongly opposes its implementation.

             It may also be recalled that after regular persuasions with the Board, the Federation had succeeded to eliminate written examination in selections for promotion to a Selection Post, and in case the present scheme of continuous evaluation is introduced, the same would totally spoil the entire settlement.

             AIRF is therefore, totally against implementation of such a retrograde scheme and wish to forewarn that implementation of the scheme will lead to massive agitation and suggests not to think of such scheme. In case Railway administration wishes to discuss some betterment in the training programme, the Federation is always ready to discuss it with open mind. However, such proposals not only give surprise but also a lot of distress and some times we feel pity on the wisdom of those who have made such proposals.

Yours faithfully,

(Shiva Gopal Mishra)

General Secretary

Copy to: Jt. Director, Estt.(IR), Railway Board, New Delhi – for information. Copy to: General Secretaries, all affiliated unions, along with a copy of above-cited Scheme, for their comments/views.


Review of the Driver/Guard’s Line Box

No.AIRF/60(Sub-committee)                    Dated: October 21, 2010

The Secretary (E),

Railway Board,

New Delhi

Dear Sir,

Sub: Review of the Driver/Guard’s Line Box

Ref: Director, Mech. Engg.(Traction), Railway Board’s letter No.2009/M(L)/467/1

dated 26.8.2010

The proposal of the Railway Board to replace Driver/Guard’s Line Box with Bag/Briefcase is not acceptable to AIRF on the following grounds:-

(i) In many places, especially in respect of working of Goods Trains, “handing over” and “taking over” takes place in Traffic Yards and somewhere. There may be crossing of 3/4 or even more occupied lines and no regular pathway is provided.

(ii) Handing over and taken over goods train is generally done in yard. In most of the yards, even two wheeler vehicles cannot move. Sometimes Guards are to cross one or two trains laying in the yard to pick-up his own schedule train. It is quite impossible to carry with about 15 kg weights to pick-up train after picking up document from SM/YM’s office after signing on duty. At some places, taking over point is located at a far off distance from “signing on” point and Driver/Guard will have to carry the equipment on his shoulder.

(iii) Quarters and Running Rooms are not provided just adjacent to the “Taking Over” and “Making Over” points or even stations in case of Passenger, Mail and Express trains.

(iv) In torrential rain and biting winter and scorching sun, it is quite possible to carry such heavy luggage from quarter/home/running room and vice versa.

(v) In terrorist infested area, like N.E. Region, carrying detonator in Open Street is not permitted. This will be a matter of harassment on way by the Police and Paramilitary forces.

(vi) One is not supposed to carry his official equipments from his house/from a point to another on his shoulder, especially when there is considerable distance.

(vii) For carrying files, Bungalow Peons are engaged for JA and above grade officers, why a fairly senior group `C’ staff shall carry such load of about 15 kg all the way from his quarter/home/running room.

In this connection, it may be pointed out that AIRF had taken-up the issue with the Railway Board vide PNM Item No.39/2003, wherein it was agreed that the system of transportation of drivers personal store may be decided by General Manager of Zonal Railways in consultation with recognized unions. The proposal, if implemented unilaterally, will have psychological and mental impacts on the Drivers/Guards, being not liked by them. Running staff are very much against this proposal of the Railway Board, and if given shape, it will be resisted by them.

In this context, is also pertinent to mention that –

(i) Driver/Guard Box is kept in a cubical provided on the platform and as per revised procedure, he has to carry box to his home/running room. He has also carries his own clothes, shoes etc. including his own ration for cooking, tiffin carrier, water bottle (while going outstation).

(ii) These along with Briefcase shall weight more than 15 kg. It is not possible him to carry 15 kg to his quarter/home/running room and vice versa.

(iii) While checking train at the originating station, especially at an intermediate station where TXR is not provided, the Box Porter will have to lift heavy bag on his shoulder.

(iv) Driver/Guard will be compelled to carry such a heavy load while performing their duties. AIRF, therefore, does not agree to the proposal of the Railway Board to replace line Box of Loco Pilot/Guard as well as surrendering of posts of Box Porter.

Yours faithfully,

(Shiva Gopal Mishra)

General Secretary

Copy to: General Secretary, N.F.I.R., 3 Chelmsford Road, New Delhi – for information.

Copy to: General Secretaries, all affiliated zonal unions – for information.


Info on International Union of Railways Conference (UIC)

Info on International Union of Railways Conference (UIC)

A two day UIC (International Union of Railways) Conference on Security Challenges and High Speed Development was inaugurated on Wednesday, 20/10/2010 by Shri Vivek Sahai, Chairman, Railway Board, Ministry of Railways in Mumbai. About 150 delegates from all over the world including countries like Japan, France, Germany, Spain, United States and China, etc., are participating in this conference.

In his keynote address, Shri Vivek Sahai said that the High Speed should be tailor made for India. He emphasized that High Speed trains should cater to the needs of the Indian cities. He said that it can be very useful for our country if it is customized to Indian environment. Mr. Sahai further suggested out that the metro transport can be classified into three groups, i.e. upto 500kms, 500-1500kms and above 1500kms. Emphasizing on the large volume of passengers served by the Indian Railways, Mr. Sahai urged the experts and representatives that High Speed developments should take care of lower Income group passengers. Envisaging the future growth, Shri Sahai said that urbanization of India will be over 40% by 2020 resulting in expansion of large number of cities. Therefore, there will be greater need of High Speed Metro transport. He said that such projects should be funded jointly by the private partners, State and Central Governments.

Talking about security challenges, Shri Sahai said that security arrangements should be non-intrusive, especially at stations where the volume of passengers is very large. He also mentioned the Raman effect, invented by famous Indian Noble Laureate, Dr. C. V. Raman for using molecular signature for explosives/ contraband.

Earlier, welcoming the guests, Shri R. N. Verma, General Manager, Western Railway emphasized the need of connecting satellite cities so that the land rent and population pressure in Metros like Mumbai can be distributed evenly. He also emphasized the need to have High Speed and secure travel for the historic and vibrant city of Mumbai. He said that High Speed trains will be preferable/ viable compared to the other modes of transport like Highways or air travel if we incorporate social, economic and environmental benefits. He stated that High Speed Models should be economical for the benefit of all categories of passengers. Shri Verma emphasized on having fullproof and guaranteed security solutions as Metros like Mumbai are vulnerable to terror attacks.

Mr. Jean Pierre Loubinox, Director General of UIC also addressed the inaugural session while Mr. Jacques Colliard, Head of Security Division of UIC and Mr. Inaki Barron, Director of Passengers and High Speed Departments of UIC brought out the seminar outline.

The opening Session was followed by four sessions in which eminent experts from USA, India, China, France, Spain, Korea, etc., made presentations. Among them Shri S. K. Jain, Chief Administration Officer (Construction), Western Railway made presentation on Upgradation of Speeds in Indian Railways. Shri K. K. Atal, Chief Mechanical Engineer, Western Railway made presentation on Rolling stock issues for High Speed Railways. Shri Anoop Shrivastava, Inspector General, Railway Police Force and Shri B. Mohan, Chief Security Commissioner, Indian Railways also made presentation on Security Principles and various related issues.

AC trains from Pune on high occupancy

AC trains from Pune on high occupancy

PUNE: Rail travellers from the city prefer the comforts of an air conditioned berth, even if it’s a pinch on the pocket. According to the railway data, the three fully air conditioned (AC) trains from Pune to Delhi, Nagpur and Howrah have received overwhelming responses. While the Pune- Delhi and Pune-Nagpur trains registered an occupancy of around 90 per cent, the Pune-Howrah Duronto registered an occupancy of 40 per cent on its maiden voyage.

According to the Pune railway division, the Pune-Delhi non-stop Duronto express has registered an average occupancy of more than 90 per cent. The train was introduced an year ago in September 2009. It is scheduled for two days a week on Tuesdays and Fridays from Pune to Delhi.

Similarly, the Pune-Nagpur-Pune Garib Rath, which is scheduled for three times a week from Pune on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays, has registered an occupancy of around 85 per cent. The train was introduced in January 2009.

Suhas Lohakare, public relation officer, Pune railway division, said, “The Pune- Hazarat Nizamuddin Duronto is the only train between Pune and Delhi that travels via the Western route and covers the distance within 20 hours. All the other trains take more than 25 hours. The train has registered high occupancy in all seasons.”

About the Pune-Nagpur Garib Rath, Lohakare said, “According to statistics, the train is running with an average occupancy of 85 per cent. It has reduced its rates for AC coaches as compared to rates of AC coaches in ordinary trains.”

Lohakare added that the third fully AC train, from Pune to Howrah, was introduced recently, and has registered a good response (around 40 per cent occupancy). It is a significant number for the maiden journey of a train, he said.

U Nachiket, who travelled by Duronto said the travel time between Pune-Delhi has certainly reduced as compared with other trains. However, he added that the Tatkal’ facility should be made available for the Duronto express.

Harsha Shah of the Railway Pravasi Group, said, “Even tough AC trains are introduced by railways, the arrangements of berths should be made more comfortable. The berth arrangements in economy class are not comfortable for long journeys, especially for senior citizens. Besides, the railways should design new coaches for AC trains.”

Shah said the frequency of these trains should be increased considering the increasing response from passengers as there have been complaining about heavy rush and non-availability of reservations most of the times.

Toilets in local trains soon

Toilets in local trains soon

The railways plan to introduce toilets and washbasins on local trains soon, railway minister Mamata Banerjee said on Saturday.

Speaking at Howrah, on the occasion of flagging-off of two more Duranto Expresses, she promised a ride to Digha in 2 hours 15 minutes after three months. The two new Durantos will run between Howrah and Pune (bi-weekly) and Howrah and Digha (daily). The frequency of Howrah- Bangalore (Yeshwantpur) Duranto has been increased to four days a week.

”There are some local trains that run for 3 hours. I’ve plans to introduce toilets and washbasins in them for benefit of elderly and women. DEMU local that will run between Burdwan-Azimgunj soon will have toilets,” she said.

Now, a local that will will break the 100kmph speed barrier

Now, a local that will will break the 100kmph speed barrier

This month, the suburban railway will break the 100kmph speed barrier for the first time in its history.

Although voices are being raised in city’s railway circles whether the train can be allowed to run at such high speed given the closeness of stations within the city limits, the first train is being readied at the Integral Coach Factory in Chennai and will be brought to Mumbai by month-end.

“The 102nd train is already in Mumbai and the 105th, which is being manufactured, is likely to be the city’s first hi-speed train. While a few of its coaches are ready, the entire train should be ready and should be in city by October end or early November,” said PC Sehgal, managing director of the Mumbai Railway Vikas Corporation (MRVC).

The new train is being procured under the Rs4,500-crore Mumbai Urban Transport Project (MUTP), funded by World Bank and coordinated by the MRVC.

While the train will be similar to the existing ones, its high-speed bogie (wheel sets) will make all the difference. The bogies frames and technology has been bought from Siemens Australia.

A senior railway official said, “It has taken the railways six years to study and design the new train bogie. We are making a limited number of them and city should get just four to five of such trains which will be divided between Central and Western Railways.”
Officials said the train could achieve high-speeds on longer journeys beyond Kalyan, and in a few months when they start the run to Dahanu.

Officials said it is the track condition that allows higher speeds. In today’s context, the new high-speed train can achieve a speed of 110kmph on suburban local track and a speed of 130kmph on the track beyond Virar and Kalyan.

“Once the new train arrives, it will be subjected to heavy trials and oscillation tests. We will be loading them with sacks of sand to match the weight of a crowded train,” he added.

IR to soon manufacture high power locomotives

IR to soon manufacture high power locomotives

Sanjeev Handa, member (mechanical) of the Railway Board, said the Indian Railways (IR) would soon manufacture high power locomotives of 12,000 horsepower.

Handa was addressing a function at the Diesel Locomotive Works (DLW) on Saturday. He also flagged off a duel cab WDP 4D locomotive of 4,500 HP on the occasion. Addressing the function, he appreciated the work of DLW personnel in manufacturing the ultra modern locomotive. He said the operation of high speed trains was a challenge before the Indian Railways for which high power locomotives were needed.

Speaking on the occasion, DLW general manager K K Saxena highlighted the performance of DLW and said locomotives were being exported to countries like Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. Chief mechanical engineer Rakesh Vatash highlighted the features of WDP 4D locomotive. The DLW manufactured the duel cab locomotives with front and rear options for the first time. It can run at 130-km per hour maximum and 22.5km minimum speed.




The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) is planning to use Unique Identification (UID) numbers, which will be issued by the government, as an identity and address proof for issuing a new mobile or landline connection. “The strength of the UID system will be utilised for telecom growth. As a first step, UID will be used as proof of identity and address,” a senior ministry official told Business Standard. The government plans to issue UID numbers to 600 million people by 2014. The project involves an expenditure of about Rs 3,023 crore, which includes project components for the issue of UID numbers by March 2011, and recurring establishment costs for the entire project phase of five years that end March 2014. UID numbers would help expedite growth in the telecom sector, especially in the rural areas, the official said. It would do away with hurdles while issuing a new mobile or landline connection, as the UID number could also be verified and authenticated online, ultimately reducing the total time of issuing the connection, the DoT official added. The UID system will also eliminate duplicate and fake identities. If the system is used in the telecom sector, the subscriber verification would no longer be a problem. The government has already asked telecom operators to follow stringent norms for verification of subscribers, especially prepaid mobile users. The proposal is part of DoT’s road map for the next five years, keeping in mind the growth of the sector.




Revised Composite Application Form for Subscriber Registration for opening NPS account and allotment of Permanent Retirement Account Number (PRAN). The application form contains to choose Pension Fund Managers and Investment option also.

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a) Form to be filled legibly in BLOCK LETTERS and in BLACK INK only. Please fill the form in legible handwriting so as to avoid errors in your application processing. Please do not overwrite. Corrections should be made by cancelling and re-writing and such corrections should be counter-signed by the applicant.

b) Each box, wherever provided, should contain only one character (alphabet/number/punctuation mark) leaving a blank box after each word.

c) The subscriber should affix a recent colour photograph (size 3.5 cm x 2.5 cm) in the space provided on the form. The photograph should not be stapled or clipped to the form. (The clarity of image on PRAN card will depend on the quality and clarity of photograph affixed on the form.)

d) Signature /Thumb impression (LTI in case of males and RTI in case of females) should only be within the box provided in the form. The subscriber should not sign across the photograph. If there is any mark on the photograph such that it hinders the clear visibility of the face of the subscriber, the application shall not be accepted.

e) Applications incomplete in any respect and/or not accompanied by required documents are liable to be rejected. The application is liable to be rejected if mandatory fields are left blank or the application form is printed back to back.

f) The subscriber’s thumb impression should be verified by the designated officer of the POP- SP accepting the form.

g) Subscribers are advised to retain the acknowledgement slip signed/ stamped by the POP-SP where they submit the application.


Safety related retirement scheme: Staff working in G.P. Rs. 1800 is eligible even after getting MACP benefits

Safety related retirement scheme: Staff working in G.P. Rs. 1800 is eligible even after getting MACP benefits.



New Delhi, dated 07.10.2010.


The General Managers,
All Indian Railways,
All Indian Railways.

Sub : Safety Related Retirement Scheme covering safety categories with Grade Pay of Rs.1800/-.

Ref: Board’s letter of even number dated 11.09.2010 and 24.09.2010.

AIRF raised a doubt that a large number of staff working in Grade Pay of Rs.1800/- would not be eligible to avail the benefit of the above Scheme after financial upgradation under the MACPS.

2. The matter has been considered and it is clarified that for determining the eligibility for seeking retirement under the Liberalized Active Retirement Scheme for Guaranteed Employment for Safety Staff (LARSGESS), Grade Pay corresponding to the post against which the employee is working on regular basis will be taken into account. In the other words, the staff working on the post with Grade Pay of Rs.1800/- will continue to be eligible for seeking retirement under the Scheme even after getting financial upgradation in Grade Pay higher than Rs.1800/- under MACPS.

3. This issues with the concurrence of the Finance Directorate of the Ministry of Railways.

4. Kindly acknowledge receipt.

(Dharam Pal)
Deputy Director Estt. (P&A) II
Railway Board


Modified ACP Scheme (MACPS) for Railway employees – Clarifications regarding


RBE.No. 143/2010                          New Delhi, dated 29.09.2010

S.No.PC-VI/228                                        No.PC-VI/2009/ACP/2

The General Managers
All Indian Railways/PUs
(as per mailing List)

Subject : Modified ACP Scheme (MACPS) for Railway employees – Clarifications regarding.

In continuation to the Board’s letter of even number dated 10.06.2009 notifying the Modified ACP Scheme for Railway employees, point-wise clarifications on certain issues pertaining to the MACPS, as received from the Department of Personnel & Training, are indicated below:-


Point of doubt



Whether the Pay Band would change in the hierarchy of Pay Bands & Grade Pay on grant of the benefits under MACPS?

The upgradations under MACPS are to be granted in the immediate next higher grade pay in the hierarchy of recommended revised pay band and grade pay as prescribed in the RS (RP) Rules, 2008.


Whether the benefits of MACPS would be allowed to the Railway servants who have been later on inducted in the Organized Group ‘A’ Service?

No. The benefit under MACPS is not applicable to Group ‘A’ officer of Organized Group ‘A’ Services, as the officer under Organized Group ‘A’ Services have already been allowed parity of two years on non-functional basis with the officers of Indian Administrative Services (IAS).


How will the benefits of ACP be granted, if due between 01.01.2006 and 31.08.2008 ?

The new MACPS has come into existence w.e.f. 01.09.2008. However, the pay structure has been changed w.e.f. 01.01.2006. Therefore, the previous ACPS would be applicable in the new pay structure adopted w.e.f. 01.01.2006. Para 6.1 of Annexure-1 of MACPS is only for exercising option for coming over to the revised pay structure and not for grant of benefits under MACPS. The following illustrations would explain the position :-

(A) In the case of isolated post:
Date of appointment in entry Grade in the pre-revised pay scale of Rs.4000-6000 : 01.10.1982,

1st ACP granted on 01.10.1999: Rs.4500-7000 (pre-revised)

2nd ACP due on 01.10.2006: Rs.5000-8000 (pre-revised)
[revised PB-2 Grade Pay of Rs.4200]

3rd financial upgradation under the MACPS would be due on 01.10.2012 (on completion of 30 years of continuous regular service) in the immediate next higher grade pay in the hierarchy of recommended revised pay band and grade pay i.e. Grade Pay of Rs.4600 in PB2.

(B) In case of normal promotional hierarchy :
Date of appointment in entry Grade in the pre-revised pay scale of Rs.5500-9000 : 01.10.1982

1st ACP granted on 1.10.1999 : Rs.6500-10500 (pre-revised)

2nd ACP due on 01.10.2006 (as per the existing hierarchy):
Rs.10000-15200 (pre-revised). Therefore, 2nd ACP would be in PB-3 with Grade Pay of Rs.6600 (in terms of hierarchy available):

3rd financial upgradation under MACPS would be due on 01.10.2012 in the immediate higher grade pay in the hierarchy of recommended revised pay band and grade pay of Rs.7600.


Whether benefits of MACPS would be granted from the date of entry grade or from the date of their regular service/approved service counted under various service rules?

The benefits under MACPS would be available from the date of actual joining of the post in the entry grade.


In a case where a person is appointed to an ex-cadre post in higher scale on deputation followed by absorption whether the period spent on deputation period would be counted as continuous service in the grade or not for the purpose of MACPS

(i) where a person is appointed on direct recruitment/deputation basis from another post in the same grade, then past regular service as well as past promotion/ACP, in the earlier post, will be counted for computing regular service for the purpose of MACPS in the new hierarchy.

(ii) However, where a person is appointed to an ex-cadre post in higher scale initially on deputation followed by absorption, while the service rendered in the earlier post, which was in a lower scale cannot be counted, there is no objection to the period spent initially on deputation in the ex-cadre post prior to absorption being counted towards regular service for the purpose of grant of financial upgradation under MACPS, as it is in the same Pay Band /Grade Pay of the post.


Whether the pay scale/grade pay of substantive post would be taken into account for appointment/selection to a higher post on deputation basis or the pay scale/grade pay carried by a Railway servant on account of financial upgradation(s) under ACP/MACP Scheme

The pay scale/grade pay of substantive post would only be taken into account for deciding the eligibility for appointment /selection to a higher post on deputation basis.


In a case where 1st 2nd financial upgradation are postponed on account of the employees not found fit or due to departmental proceedings, etc., whether this would have consequential effect on the 2nd/3rd financial upgradation or not?

Yes, if a financial upgradation has been deferred/postponed on account of the employee not found fit or due to departmental proceedings, etc., the 2nd / 3rd financial upgradations under MACPS would have consequential effect.
(Para 18 of Annexure-I of MACPS referred)


In a case where the Railway servant has already earned three promotions and still stagnated in one grade for more than 10 years, whether he would be entitled for any further upgradation under MACPS?

No. Since the Government servant has already earned three promotions, he would not be entitled for any further financial upgradation under MACPS.


Whether the pre-revised pay scale of Rs.2750-4400 in respect of Group ‘D’ non-matriculate employees, would also be taken as merged to grade pay of Rs.1800 for the purpose of MACPS in view of merger of pre-revised pay scale of Rs.2550-3200, Rs.2610-3540, Rs.2610-4000 and Rs.2650-4000, which have been upgraded and replaced by the revised pay structure of grad pay of Rs.1800 in the pay band PB-1?



If a Railway servant on deputation earns up gradation under MACPS in the parent cade, whether he would be entitled for deputation(duty) allowance on the pay and emoluments granted under the MACPS or not?

No. While eligibility of an employee for appointment against ex-cadre posts in terms of the provisions of the RRs of the ex-cadre post will continue to the determined with reference to the post/pay scale (and not with reference to the higher scale granted under ACPS/MACPS), such an officer, in the event of his selection, may be allowed to opt to draw the pay in the higher scale under ACP/MACP Scheme without deputation allowance during the period of deputation, if it is more beneficial than the normal entitlements under the existing general order regulating pay on appointment on deputation basis.


Since the pay scales of Group ‘D’ employees have been merged and placed in the Grade Pay of Rs.1800, whether they are entitled for grant of increment @ 3% during pay fixation at entry stage.

Yes. On the analogy of point 22 of Annexure-I of MACPS, the pay of such Group ‘D’ employees who have been placed in the Grade Pay of Rs.1800 w.e.f. 01.01.2006 shall be fixed successively in the next three immediate higher grade pays in the hierarchy of revised pay bands and grade pays allowing the benefit of 3% pay fixation at every stage.

2. The MACPS should strictly be implemented in keeping with the instructions issued vide Board’s letter dated 10.6.2009 ibid read with the aforesaid clarifications.
3. Hindi version is enclosed.
[Authority : DoP&T's OM No.35034/3/2008-Estt.(D) dated 09.09.2010]

Deputy Director, Pay Commission -V
Railway Board

Source: AIRF


No varying pay-scale if employees are in same posts: High Court

No varying pay-scale if employees are in same posts: High Court

There cannot be different pay scales for employees holding same posts and doing similar work, unless one has higher qualifications, the Delhi High Court said. The court ruling came in an appeal filed by the Centre against an order by the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT). The tribunal,

allowing a batch of petitions filed a group of Prasar Bharati employees, had earlier said persons holding the same posts cannot have discriminating salaries.

Delhi high court bench, headed by Justice Pradeep Nandrajog, upheld the CAT order, saying: “... Where there is complete parity, it would be highly discriminatory to treat employees differently merely on account of the two coming from two different sources.”

The court, however, clarified that the pay scale can vary if one employee was better qualified than the others in the same cadre.

The bench said: “Employees in the same cadre can certainly be placed in different pay scales, but that would be if it is shown that one set of employees has higher technical or education qualifications or performs more onerous duties vis-à-vis the other or the like.”

The petitioners, alleging disparity in their pay scale, had said they were casual employees with the I&B ministry and were offered a pay between Rs 5,000 and Rs 8,000 after they were regularised under the Prasar Bharti, which was constituted in September 1997 under the Broadcasting Corporation of India Act.

They said their counterparts, who were regular employees of the ministry, were however offered a pay between Rs 6,500 and Rs 10,500 under the same corporation.

The petitioners had contended before the CAT that merely because their counterparts acquired the status of regular employees, was no ground to justify the lower pay scale.

Western Railway's first motor-woman

Western Railway's first motor-woman
Mumbai, Oct 12 (PTI) Like lakhs of Mumbaikars, 34-year old Priti Kumari rode a local train today. The only difference was that she piloted it, becoming the first motorwoman of Western Railway (WR) to do so.
Kumari, who hails from Bihar, drove the 2:29 pm local between Churchgate and Borivli and was guided by a chief loco inspector.
An excited Kumari, who underwent on-field training for six months, said she felt happy with the achievement. Kumari, who was one of three to join WR today, began her day by going to the temple.
Sixty-nine candidates started training for the post in August 2009, of which three were inducted today.
Kumari is also the first woman in Indian Railways to gain direct entry to the post. On Central Railway, motorwomen like Surekha Yadav, the first motorwoman in Asia, worked her way up from the post of assistant driver.
Source: PTI


Fw: Where is Rs.1?

S . M Lokhande


Subject: Where is Rs.1?
To: All


Where is Rs.1?????

If you are genius then solve it........ its challenge...

3 Dost Khana Khane ke liye Hotel me gaye,
Khana khane ke baad waiter ne bill diya,
bill ki amount Rs.75 thi...
sabhi dost ne apne hisse ke Rs. 25 de diye

waiter ne 75 rs. lekar counter par diya..
counter wale ne 5 rs. wapis kiya (discount) and 70 rakh liya..
us 5 rs. me se waiter ne 2 rupye rakh liye aur baki ke 3 rupiya customer ko de diye..

is hisab se wo 3 dost ko khana 24-24-24 rupyo me pada..
aur 24+24+24 = 72 and 2 waiter wale 72+2=74....

then where is Rs 1/-....??????

Strange naa??????????

Solve it....

Dilip Somaiya


Where is Rs.1?????


Dharana in front of KWV Lobby

Dharana in front of KWV Lobby

KWV Dharana1


Joint Committee of MACP : Official minutes of the 2nd meeting held on 15.09.10

Joint Committee of MACP : Official minutes of the 2nd meeting held on 15.09.10

The second meeting of the Joint Committee constituted to examine the anomalies pertaining to the MACP scheme was held under the Chairmanship of Joint Secretary (Estt.) Department of Personnel & Training on 15th September, 2010.

All the members of the Committee were present in the meeting. In addition, Ms Urvilla Khati, Executive Director, Ministry of Railways was also present.
2. The Chairperson welcomed the representatives of the Official Side and the Staff Side and referred to the first meeting of the Joint Committee held on 25th May,
2010. The staff side was informed that clarifications had since been issued with regard to item numbers 4 & 7 which were discussed during the first meeting of the Joint Committee. She also informed that item No.6 stood transferred to the agenda of the National Anomaly Committee. The staff side was also informed that many of the 57 agenda items submitted by them represented common issues and therefore, similar items had been clubbed together for the present meeting.
3. Thereafter, the three options submitted by the staff side during the first meeting of the Joint Committee with respect to agenda item number 1 and other similar items regarding grant of MACP in the promotional hierarchy were discussed.
The official side expressed its inability to agree to any of the options suggested by the staff side. The official side stated that the Government has already improved upon the recommendations of the 6th CPC regarding MACPS and therefore, any further improvement in the same may not be feasible.
4. Thereafter, agenda items were taken up. A statement indicating gist of the decisions taken on the agenda items is enclosed.
5. The meeting ended with a vote of thanks to the Chair.
View the Official Record Note

Bonus for Railway employees - Payment before the commencement of the Durgapuja holidays

Bonus for Railway employees - Payment before the commencement of the Durgapuja holidays


RBE.No. 147/2010
New Delhi, dated 07.10.2010.


The General Managers/CAOs,
All Indian Railways/Production Units etc.
(As per mailing List No.1&2)

Subject : Payment of Productivity Linked Bonus to all eligible non-gazetted Railway employees for the financial year 2009-2010.


The President is pleased to sanction Productivity Linked Bonus (PLB) equivalent to 77 (Seventy seven) days wages without any ceiling on wages for eligibility for the financial year 2009-10 to all eligible non-gazetted Railway employees (excluding all RPF/RPSF personnel). Where wages exceed Rs.3500/- per month, Productivity Linked Bonus will be calculated as if 'wages' are Rs.3500/-p.m.
2.'Wages' for the purpose of calculating Productivity Linked Bonus shall include 'Basic pay' as defined in the Railway Services (Revised Pay) Rules, 2008 and dearness allowance drawn during the financial year 2009-10. Other conditions of eligibility, method of calculation of wages, etc., as prescribed in this Ministry's instructions and clarifications issued from time to time, shall remain unchanged.
3. It has also been decided that in the case of eligible employees mentioned in Para 1 above who were not placed under suspension, or had not quit service / retired / expired during the financial year 2009-10 or were on leave where leave salary admissible is not less than that admissible on leave on average pay, may be paid an amount of Rs.8860/- towards Productivity Linked Bonus for the financial year 2009-2010. In the case of employees other than those mentioned above, the amount of Productivity Linked Bonus may be calculated in accordance with the extant instructions on the subject.
4. Further, in relaxation to the provisions in Rules 905(2), 908 and 909 of State Railway Provident Fund Rules, as contained in Chapter 9 of R-1/1985 edition (2003 Reprint edition), such of the subscribers to the SRPF as are entitled to Productivity Linked Bonus may, if they so desire, deposit the whole or part of the amount admissible under the Scheme in their respective State Railway Provident Fund Accounts.
5. It is also advised that the admissible amount in respect of employees who receive their salary in bank accounts be credited to their accounts unless such employees give an option to receive the PLB in cash.
6. Payment of Productivity Linked Bonus for the financial year 2009-10 to all eligible non-gazetted Railway employees mentioned in Para 1 above should be made on priority before the commencement of the Durgapuja holidays.
7. This issues with the concurrence of Finance Directorate of the Ministry of Railways.

( Salim Md. Ahmed)
Deputy Director/E(P&A)III,
Railway Board.


New Delhi, dated: 07.10.2010.

Hindi version will follow
Source: AIRF


Com. S.G. Mishra raised burning issues with Railway Board.

No.AIRF/24(C)                                     Dated: October 1, 2010


Shri V.N. Tripathi,

Member Staff,

Railway Board,

New Delhi

Dear Sir,

Sub: Burning problems of the Railwaymen

The following are the burning issues related to the Railwaymen. Though these have been raised by us many a times but these are still unresolved. There is an urgent need to resolve the same at an early date to keep better industrial relations.

  • (i) Settle the issue of entitlement of Privilege Pass at an early date
  • (ii) Absorb the staff working in the quasi-administrative offices in the Railways
  • (iii) Recruit wards of Railway employees in the Railways
  • (iv) Stop indiscriminate surrendering of posts.
  • (v) Creation of additional posts for additional works.
  • (vi) Filling-up of vacancies
  • (vii) Appoint High Powered Committee to review duty hours of Running and Safety categories staff
  • (viii) Early payment of arrears of Running Allowance
  • (ix) Improve rates of Running Allowance
  • (x) Exemption of all the allowances from the purview of Income Tax
  • (xi) Remove anomalies of the VI CPC early.
  • (xii) Early implementation of 15% upgradation of apex grade Supervisors/Sr. Section Engineers in Gazetted Cadre and also grant them GP Rs.4800.
  • (xiii) Poor maintenance of railway staff quarters, roads, sewage system and proper supply of water and electricity.
  • (xiv) Stop outsourcing/off-loading of perennial nature works.

Yours faithfully,


(Shiva Gopal Mishra)

General Secretary


Copy to: Shri P.K. Sharma, Addl. Member(Staff), Shri A.K. Nigam, Adviser(IR), Railway Board, New Delhi. They are requested to do the needful please.

Copy to: General Secretaries, all affiliated unions – for information.

Major trade unions to hold march to Parliament on Feb 23

Major trade unions to hold march to Parliament on Feb 23
Major trade unions barring BJP-affiliate BMS today decided to hold a march to Parliament ahead of the Budget session next year to protest Government's "inaction" in checking price rise, violation of labour laws and disinvestment of profitable PSUs.
The march would be organised on February 23 next year.
At a meeting chaired by INTUC president G Sanjeeva Reddy, top trade union leaders decided to "further intensify their movement" as the Government had not taken "any steps to resolve the demands of the people and workers," AITUC general secretary Gurudas Dasgupta told PTI.
He said the meeting congratulated the working class for the "historic" general strike on September 7 to press for Government action in arresting inflation, disinvestment of PSUs and to check violation of labour laws.
Source: PTI


Productivity Linked Bonus for Railway Employees approved

Productivity Linked Bonus for Railway Employees approved

The Union Cabinet today on 05/10/2010 approved the proposal of the Ministry of Railways for payment of Productivity Linked Bonus (PLB) equivalent to 77 days’ wages for the financial year 2009-2010 for all eligible non-gazetted Railway employees amounting to Rs. 8860.

The financial implication of payment of 77 days’ PLB to Railway employees has been estimated to be Rs.1065.42 crore.

The wage calculation ceiling prescribed for payment of PLB to the eligible employees is Rs.3500/ p.m. About 12.92 lakh non-gazetted Railway employees are likely to benefit from the decision.

This will be the highest PLB payment ever to be made by Railways. PLB is based on the productivity indices reflecting the performance of the Railways.


Mahatma Gandhi’s Birthday is International Non-Violence Day

Mahatma Gandhi’s Birthday is International Non-Violence Day

It is indeed a matter of pride for India that Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday has been declared as Global Non-Violence Day by UN. The ?resolution? received a co-sponsorship of 142 countries and was passed with unanimity in the United Nation General Assembly.

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TAKING A CUE from man who used the power of non-violence to bring about fundamental change at all levels, United Nations General Assembly unanimously adopted a resolution mooted by India to declare birthday of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi as Global Non-Violence day.

The resolution under ‘culture of peace’ segment received a co-sponsorship of 142 countries and was passed with unanimity in the United Nation General Assembly. October 2, which is the 275th day of the year (276th in leap years) in the calendar, and birthday of ‘Father of India’ who was born on the day in year 1869 now would be marked as World Non-violence Day globally.

The resolution calls upon all member states, the UN system, regional and non-governmental organisations to commemorate October 2 in ’an appropriate manner and disseminate the message of non-violence, including through education and public awareness.’ The unanimous adoption of the resolution in the assembly is a triumph of India’s diplomacy as New Delhi launched a spirited campaign to mobilize support of member states after the Satyagraha Conference, titled ’Peace, Non-Violence and Empowerment’, early this year. Prior to the same Lage Raho Munnabhai was specially screened at UN to consider the acclaim. Welcoming the UN resolution declaring Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday as the International Day of Non-Violence, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh while speaking to media described it as ’a proud moment for India’. It indeed is recognition of India.

World always remembered him as the one who taught how to use the power of non-violence and this day will help us reiterate our commitment to the same. At this moment I would like to quote from Gandhi Foundation website which states that ‘Gandhi not only played a major role in India achieving its independence but taught a philosophy which has universal applicability. The core of that philosophy is the search for truth through non-violence (ahinsa). Gandhi taught respect for animals as well as humans, a non-exploitative relationship to the environment, the elimination of poverty, the limitation of personal wealth and possessions, and non-violence applied at all levels from the interpersonal to relationships between states.’

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.