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High Level Safety Review Committee Presents its Report to Minister of Railways

High Level Safety Review Committee
Presents its Report to Minister of
Safety Accorded Highest Priority;
Dinesh Trivedi
High Level Safety Review
Committee, constituted by the Ministry
of Railways under the Chairmanship of
Dr. Anil Kakodkar, presented its report
to the Minister of Railways, Shri Dinesh
Trivedi, at a function, here today.
Addressing a gathering on the occasion,
Shri Trivedi complemented all
members of the Committee especially
Dr Kakodkar for giving their time and
expertise in preparing the report. Shri
Trivedi said passengers’ safety is given
highest priority by the Indian Railways.
The committee comprising of eminent
persons/experts in technical and high
end technology related fields with
experience and expertise in a
managing innovation in technology
and change was constituted in
September 2011 to provide a valuable
independent outsiders’ view in respect
of the system and protocols. Present
on the occasion among others were
Chairman, Railway Board, Shri Vinay
Mittal, Board Members and three
members of the new committee.
The Committee, headed by Dr.
Anil Kakodkar, Former Chairman of
Atomic Energy Commission, was
assisted by Dr. N. Vedachalam of
Vikram Sarabhai Space Center,
Thiruvananthapuram, Prof. Sanjay
Dhande, Director IIT Kanpur and Sh.
G.P. Srivastava Director E&I Group,
Bhabha Atomic Research Centre. Shri
E. Sreedharan, Managing Director,
Delhi Metro Rail Corporation acted as
the Advisor to the Committee.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr.
Kakodkar said that though data of
consequential train accident over the
years on has been showing declining
trend despite phenomenal growth of
traffic, safety on Indian Railways
remains to be a mater of serious
concern. He said that while preparing
this Report, the Committee held
interactions and meetings with
Divisions, Zones, Railway Board, RDSO,
Commissioner of Railway Safety, some
retired railway officials and
representatives of recognized staff
federations. He said that the
Committee members also visited some
of the Zonal Railways for having the
first hand experience of the field
conditions and also invited suggestions
for general public through Railways’
official website. He said that a total of
53 suggestions were received from
Railway personnel and general public
which have been appropriately
considered by the Committee. Dr.
Kakodkar said that in the process, the
Committee noted that Railway officials
at all levels are dedicated, committed
and have deep passion to work.
A presentation was made on
the occasion by Committee. Some of
the major recommendations of this
Report are as follow:
· Implementation of
Advance Signalling
System through Special
Purpose Vehicle and an
expert group for
technical issue with an
estimated cost of Rs.
20,000 crore for 19000
route kilometers on
trunk route.
· Elimination of All
Level Crossings
(manned and
unmanned both) with
an estimated coast of
Rs. 50,000 crore over
five years.
· All new coaches to be
only of LHB design
which are much safer
for present speeds and
train lengths, with a
total cost of Rs. 10,000
crore over five years.
· Maintenance of safety
related infrastructural
and other items with
total cost of Rs. 20000
· The total financial
implication over the
five year period would
be Rs 100,000 crore.
· The committee also
suggested mode of
funding, which includes
safety cess on
passengers, deferred
dividend, road cess,
matching grant by the
The Report of the High
Level Safety Committee is
available on Indian
Railways’ official website

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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.