Railway Staff Issues: Minutes of meeting held by AM(Staff) with Federation (NFIR)

Minutes of the separate meeting held by AM(Staff) with Federation (NFIR) on 18.01.2016 on left over PNM/NFIR items.

The following officers and representatives of Federation (NFIR) attended the meeting:-

Official SideNFIR
1.
Shri Anand Mathur, AM(Staff)1.Shri Guman Singh, President
2.
Shri Dhruv Singh, EDPC-I2,Shri M. Raghavaiah, General Secretary
3.
Shri Anil Kumar, DDE(P&A)I3.Shri R.P.Bhatnagar
4.
Shri N.P.Singh,DDPC-V4.Shri B.C. Sharma
5.
Shri Debashis Mallik, DE(IR)5.Shri R.P.Singh

19/2014: Denial of revised V CPC pay scale-Injustice meted out to Midwives on Western Railway.

After detailed deliberation, it transpired that on Western Railway Midwives and ANMs are being treated as two separate cadres and that Midwives have only one scale of pay viz. G.P 1900. It was agreed to check up the position of few other Zones and to examine the matter accordingly.

General Secretary however stated that recruitement qualification pay scale at the time of recruitement on Western Railway besides designation of staff should be got verified in order to know the reason for denial of pay scale/promotion in 4500-7000.

2/2015: Coverage of Track Maintainers GP Rs.1900 & 2400/- and Station Master category under LARSGESS.

So far as the demand for including Track Maintainer GP Rs.1900/- under the purview of LARSGESS, clarification have since been issued vide Board’s Letter No. E(P&A)I-2015/FE-4/3 dated 10.09.2015.

General Secretary stated that the Track Maintainers GP 2400 is a working post like that of Track Maintainer GP 1900 and 1800. Therefore, covering the GP 2400 is justified. General Secretary also contended that the Station Master being important Safety category, should be brought under LARSGESS.

Regarding coverage of Station Master category under LARSGESS, it was explained by the Official Side that in view of the Consitutional validity of the LARSGESS Scheme being challenged by various CATs across India and the matter being sub-judice, no further liberalisation in the Scheme is feasible at this stage.

10/2015: Payment of Diet Allowance to Staff Attending Break-down duties.

As discussed in the last meeting, the existing instructions have been reiterated vide Board’s Letter No.E(P&A)II-2015/FE-2/2 dated 27.10.2015.

(Closed)

11/2015: Denial of payment of HRA, Transport Allowance etc. to trainees appointed on compassionate ground in Grade Pay 1900/- in artisan category etc. - reg.

Discussed

(Closed)

15/2015: Grant of financial upgradation under MACPS to SSE – Drawing (formerly diploma holder tracers) appointed against D.R. Quota vacancies as Assistant Draftsman(presently JE- Drawing with GP 4200 in PB-2) reg.

General Secretary said that the Diploma Holder Tracers were appointed against D/R quota in accordance with Board's orders and all such staff should be granted financial up-gradation.

It was agreed to obtain information regarding the procedure under which the concerned employees were promoted and from which date their seniority is being determined and to re-examine the matter in light thereof.

18/2015: Arbitrary discontinuance of Nursing Allowance to ANOs working in Railway Hospitals – reg.

Necessary instructions have since been issued vide Board’s Letter No.E(P&A)I-2012/AL/1 dated 08.12.2015.

(Closed)

32/2015: Grant of pay fixation under rule S 13 to the erstwhile Group ‘D’ staff promoted to same grade pay of 1800/- (PB-I).

Matter is under consideration in the light of O.M. No. F-2-1/2015-E.III(A) dated 16th October, 2015 issued by Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure (Item No.1/2014 which has already been discussed in the PNM/NFIR meeting held on 8th & 9th October, 2015 is similar).

35/2015: Safety Related Retirement Scheme (SRRS – 2004) – renamed as Liberalized Active Retirement Scheme for Guaranteed Employment for Safety Staff (LARSGESS) – Deletion of 33 years service condition for Loco Pilot Category – urged.

Federation brought out that the average age of joining of a Loco Pilot is around 25 years and comes to a working post after Medical and Training at the age of around 26 years. So, the 33 years service condition to become eligible under LARSGESS needs to be reduced. Federation insisted that the demand relates to relaxation of “33 years service” condition and therefore the proposal of NFIR should be accepted. It was explained by the Official Side that in view of the Constitutional validity of the LARSGESS Scheme being challenged by various CATs across India and the matter being sub-judice, no further liberalisation in the Scheme is feasible at this stage.

39/2015:Mis-interpretation of Railway Board’s orders resulting denial of LARSGESS to ESM/TCM/WTM, GP 1900 – reg.&
42/2015: Clarification regarding consideration of service rendered as Fireman, Loco Pilot (Shunting), ALP etc., for coverage under LARSGESS-reg.

It was explained by the Official Side that in view of the Consitutional validity of the LARSGESS Scheme being challenged by various CATs across India and the matter being sub-judice, no further liberalisation in the Scheme is feasible at this stage.

Federation contended that the demand relates to issuance of clarification on the basis of factual postion, logic and merits.

Official Side stated that the matter will be examined.

46/2015: Grant of financial upgradation under MACPS to the Technical Supervisors of DC Traction and presently working as JE/SSE.

It was agreed to check whether the pay scale of Assistant Operator has been merged with pay scale of Operators of D.C.Traction and re-examine the matter in light thereof.

Federation said that its letter dated 4.01.2016 may be referred to wherein facts of the case were conveyed.

47/2015: Grant of MACP to the former Traffic Signallers/A2 Signallers absorbed as ASMs/SMs on North Eastern Railway-reg.

Federation requested for a copy of the reply received from NE Railway in this matter which was agreed to.

54/2015: Scheme for filling up of the posts of Loco Running Supervisors – Western Railway.

Federation however insisted that the panel published duly abiding Board's instructions should be respected and benefit extended to empanelled staff.

Comments on the issue has been called for from Western Railway. After receipt of the comments, the issue would be examined.
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Source: http://www.indianrailways.gov.in/railwayboard/uploads/directorate/establishment/E%28LR%29/minutes_18012016.pdf

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