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GPS will be introduced in the trains by 2013

Indian Railways may introduce GPS in trains by 2013 We’re surely looking into the future with this technology. Officials behind the world’s fourth largest railway network, the Indian railways are, according to a report by The Economic Times toying with the idea of fitting a GPS-based solution in trains, to help it provide real-time tracking – accessible on mobile devices and PCs. Although still under debate and discussion, the reports have confirmed that the Centre for Railway Information Systems (CRIS), which functions as the technology unit of the Indian Railways, along with the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) have developed a GPS-based solution. The technology is capable of providing the exact location of a train with an accuracy of 10 metres, and latency of 2 minutes, on a real-time basis. Details with such precision, if true, would prove to be an indispensible tool for the Indian railway officials, who will then have a system at their disposal to help them prevent head-on collisions and save lives, in the process. With the GPS system in place, it’ll be easy to locate the other train, and if quite near then they can start braking. The report adds, “The braking distance of passenger trains is about 1 km, while for freight trains it is about 1.4 kms.” This will be especially helpful in preventing accidents that occur due to the lack of information on the location of the other train. The proposed system, which the officials plan to fit in a roughly 100 trains will cost the railways around Rs 70,000-1,00,000 per train, according to reports. Prevention of accidents, at least for now seems to be the highlighting factor in the implementation of this system. The report states that this year, so far, around 22 people lost their lives in a train accident, while last year roughly 122 people died in train accidents in India. It adds, “According to reports, in the last four years, around 15% of rail accidents took place in India.” Interestingly, passengers, too will be able to benefit from this system. Reportedly, the Centre for Railway Information Systems have integrated the GPS app with Google maps giving passengers precise details about their location. What the success of this system could do to crucial tasks, like train scheduling can be anybody’s guess. The report details that as opposed to the manual scheduling of trains wherein station masters inform the divisional headquarters about a train’s departure from a particular station; GPS systems will help in the planning and scheduling of the trains, reducing the need for having to make multiple confirmations. Quoting V A Chopra MD CRIS, the report states,”The government’s focus is to reduce the number of accidents and installation of real- time monitoring service on all trains by the end of 2013, which would contribute in improving the monitoring.” GPS systems aren’t an entirely alien concept to Indian Railways, since even as you read this a pilot project’s successful run is on between Chennai and Tambaram railway station, wherein about 364 suburban train services have been scheduled successfully with the GPS devices. The CRIS, reportedly plans to set aside around Rs 70 crore to the project. With a successful pilot project backing them, it’ll only be a matter of time before we see the entire rail-route cutting across the country get GPS-equipped. introduce-gps-systems-in-trains-by-2013/295002

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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.