Revision of Rates of Running Allowance and Incentive Bonus to Railway Employees
All India Railwaymen’s Federation
4, State Entry Road, New Delhi – 1100055
No.AIRF/24(C) Dated: August 28, 2018
Sub: Inordinate delay in revision of rates of Running Allowance and other allowances related to Running Staff and Hourly Rates of Incentive Bonus to Maintenance Workshops and Production Units Staff over the Indian Railways
Your kind attention is invited towards the above subject matter. It may be recalled that, revision of rates of Running Allowance and other allowances related to Running Staff is pending for quite a long time. This issue has been deliberated at length several times with Railway Board officials as also with Hon’ble MR; besides your goodself, and despite several assurances from the highest level no fruitful result has emerged as yet. There is serious discontentment and resentment brewing among the Running Staff on account of such an inordinate delay in revision of rates of this allowance. It would not be out of context to mention here that, on previous occasions quick action used to be taken by the Railway Board to revise the rates of Running Allowance and other allowances related to Running Staff after implementation of reports of the successive Pay Commissions, but this time it is quite unfortunate that, so much time is being taken in settling the genuine issue without any valid reason.
Similarly, Hourly Rates of Incentive Bonus also used to be revised on every occasion after implementation of recommendations of the successive Pay Commissions. Last time also Hourly Rates of Incentive Bonus were revised w.e.f. 2009. It would not be out of place to point out here that, last meeting with the committee, constituted to revise Hourly Rates of Incentive Bonus, was held on 18th July, 2018, but despite elapse of substantial time, nothing appears to have been done in this regard till date, for which lot of discontentment is prevailing among the employees of Production Units and Maintenance Workshops over the Indian Railways.
AIRF, therefore, desires that, necessary action be taken on the above issues to revise the rates of Running Allowance and other allowances related to Running Staff as also Hourly Rates of Incentive Bonus to the employees of Production Units and Maintenance Workshops over the Indian Railways with retrospective effect, allowing payment of consequential arrear etc., keeping in view the discontentment prevailing among these vulnerable categories of the Railway Staff.
An early action in the matter shall be highly appreciated.
(Shiva Gopal Mishra)