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Non settlement of long pending demands of Railwaymen

No.AIRF/24(C) Dated: December 28, 2011

The Chairman,
Railway Board,
New Delhi

Dear Sir,
Sub: Non-settlement of long pending of the Railwaymen

The inordinate delay in resolving the undernoted long pending major demands of the Railwaymen, deep sense of frustration is generating among them.

(i) Grievances of the Running Staff-
Issues relating to Running Staff, i.e. payment of arrears of Running Allowance w.e.f. 1.1.2006, improvement in the rate of Mileage/ALK, 25% increase in the rate of Mileage due to enhancement in DA(beyond 50%), Additional Allowance, etc. etc. are not being resolved despite sustained persuasions by the AIRF.
(ii) Removal of Departmental Anomalies– Departmental Anomalies were unanimously agreed by the Railway Board, and the same were referred to the MoF by the Railway Ministry, but unfortunately the same are still hanging fire without any fruitful outcome, as such need to be addressed early.

(iii) Recruitment of Substitutes in the Railways– One of the long pending demands of AIRF is that, the wards of the Railwaymen should be recruited as “Substitutes” in the Railways. Unfortunately, orders to this effect issued by the Railway Board were so complicated that the same could not be implemented by the General Managers of the Indian Railways and could not get real shape, on the contrary invited certain litigations as well. It is requested that the said orders issued by the Railway Board should be suitably amended so that wards of the Railwaymen are given priority while recruiting “Substitute” in the Railways.

(iv) Absorption of quasi-administrative offices staff in the Railways- The issue of absorption of quasi-administrative offices staff in the Railways was raised by the AIRF several times in various negotiating Fora with the Railway Board but unfortunately nothing has been done in the matter. If these staff are absorbed in the Railways, this will enable the Railways in having trained manpower.

(v) Implementation of various Welfare Schemes announced by earlier Hon’ble MR in her Rail Budget– Ms Mamata Banerjee, Ex. Hon’ble Minister for Railways, in her last Rail Budget had announced various Welfare Schemes for Railway employees and their wards, such as opening of Nursing Schools, Medical Colleges, Engineering Colleges, Polytechnics, Kendriya Vidyalas, houses for all the Railway employees, extension of medical facilities to both dependent father and mother of railway employees, setting up of a Railway Vidyalaya Prabandhan Board to improve the quality of education to children studying in Railway Schools. The progress on these Welfare Scheme is very tardy and to create confidence among the Railwaymen, the process of implementation of such welfare schemes should be accelerated

vi) Provision of Privilege Pass facility for the parents of Railway employees– At present, Indian Railways give Privilege Pass facility only to the widow mother of the Railway employees. This facility should be extended to the parents of Railway employees in line with PSUs, such as Air India, who offers this facility even to blood relations of the employees.

(vii) Implementation of recommendations of Group `D’ Staff Promotion Committee

(viii) Addition in Safety Categories for the purpose of LARSGESS

(ix) Extension of the scope of the LARSGESS to higher grade Safety Category posts and other categories

(x) Upgradation of 15% apex level group `C’ posts to group `B’ posts

(xi) Daily Allowance to Staff Car Drivers

(xii) Payment of Washing Allowance to all those staff who are getting uniforms

(xiii) Transport Allowance to the staff of Rayanapadu and Jamalpur Workshops

(xiv) Reimbursement of medical expenses and Children Education Allowance/Hostel Subsidy etc. and Transport Allowance.

(xv) Maintenance of Railway colonies and quarters.

(xvi) Improvement in the condition of Running Rooms

(xvii) 30% Training Allowance to the Trainers/Instructors

(xviii) Repatriation and Cadre Restructuring of the staff who are on deemed deputation in IRCTC to Railway Catering Units

(xix) Regularization of Casual Labours waiting in the Live Register

(xx) Splitting of grade pay for the purpose of cadre restructuring

It appears that there is no proper seriousness in the Railway Board on these long pending major issues. AIRF, therefore, feels that it will be quite appropriate, if these issues raised by the Staff Side are resolved within a reasonable time frame, else inordinate delay on these issues shall result in avoidable discontentment and frustration among the Railwaymen. It is hoped that the patience of the Staff Side and the sentiments shall be duly acknowledged by the Official Side(Railway Board) and a proper methodology shall be evolved to resolve these issues at the earliest to avoid unnecessary confrontation and industrial unrest.
We hope, this will be taken in right perspective and needful shall be done as early as possible. With kind regards!

Yours faithfully,
(Shiva Gopal Mishra)
General Secretary

Copy to: Member Staff, Railway Board, New Delhi – for necessary action please.
Copy to: Addl. Member Staff, Railway Board, New Delhi – for necessary action please.
Copy to: Adviser(IR), Railway Board, New Delhi – for necessary action please.
Copy to: EDPC-I, Railway Board, New Delhi – for necessary action please.
Copy to: GSs, all affiliated unions – for information

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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

NRMU 4 you

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.