Special meeting with CRB 09-07-2020
Special meeting with CRB and DG/HR by the Federations – 9th July, 2020 at Rail Bhavan, New Delhi.
National Federation of India Railwaymen
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Sub: Special meeting with CRB and DG/HR by the Federations – 9th July, 2020 at Rail Bhavan, New Delhi.
Ref: Railway Board’s letter No.2020/E(LR)1/NM1-1 dated 07/07/2020.
A meeting was held in the Committee Room of Rail Bhavan, New Delhi on 9th July, 2020, chaired by the CRB and attended by DG/HR and EDE/IR etc.. On behalf of NFIR, President Guman Singh and General Secretary M.Raghavaiah have participated.
CRB in his opening address has complimented the role of railway employees during Covid- 19 pandemic situation and explained the significant achievements of Indian Railways and future plan for Indian Railways development. He complimented the Federations for their co-operation for improving efficiency levels of railways. DG/HR also explained on certain decisions, benefitting staff.
During the course of discussion, NFIR President and General Secretary have highlighted the following and urged upon the CRB, DG/HR to take necessary action for mitigating the problems.
a) Arbitrary decisions of Railway Board (Example : RBE No.48/2020 dated 2nd July, 2020) – It was explained that the decision to surrender the 50% of existing vacancies in non-safety categories is unjustified as it would harm the promotion opportunities of staff. It was demanded that decision should be reviewed and modified.
The CRB has assured to review to see that promotion/LDCE quota is protected Multiskilling – Discussions with the Federation should be held so that the issues which may arise can be taken note of, for formulating methodology – Board agreed to consider.
NFIR leaders stressed upon the need to ensure prior consultations on the proposals for modification of policies.
b) Revision of Yardsticks – NFIR leaders pointed out various aberrations and wanted further discussions – Agreed to look into the matter.
c) Other issues raised by President/General Secretary, NFIR:-
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- Appointment of wards of safety staff under LARSGESS – Western Railway.
During discussion, CRB talked to GM, Western Railway on phone and advised him to instruct PCPO, Western Railway to talk to PCPO, Northern Railway for settling this issues.
NFIR however explained that written instructions of Railway Board are required to be sent to Western Railway as the Zonal Railway has written to Board on 30/05/2020.
- Absorption of quasi administrative staff – After discussion, it was decided to have separate discussion for solving the issue.
- Quarantine period (Home/Institutional).
Agreed to issue instructions to treat the period as a special casual leave.
- Deferment of periodical transfer upto April, 2021.
Agreed to consider.
- Stipend to trainees whose training discontinued due to lock down (Example : ALPs of ZRTI, Bhusawal)
Agreed to consider.
- Absorption of Act Apprentices.
Federation insisted that GMs be empowered to fill 20% quota vacancies by Course Completed Act Apprentices instead through RRB/RRC. It was agreed to consider.
- Financial upgradation under MACPS in the pay structure hierarchy – (NFIR demanded for implementation of DoP&T O.M. dated 23rd March, 2020).
Agreed to issue corresponding instructions.
- Abolition of Pay Level-1/GP 1800 in Technical categories – Agreed to consider.
Career growth of Pointsmen on Indian Railways (NFIR’s PNM item No.32/2012) – Committee’s report be finalized in consultation with Federation.
- Agreed to consider
- Ex-gratia payment to the families of railway employees who got Corona virus infection in the course of performing duties – (NFIR’s letter No.NFIR/Covid-19/2020 dated 01/07/2020).
- After discussion, CRB has assured that the Railway Board will initiate proposal.
RAILWAY MINISTRY’S DECISION TO ALLOW PRIVTE ENTITIES TO OPERATE TRAINS ON SPECIFIED CLUSTERS FROM THE YEAR 2023
NFIR has handed over a Note to CRB, listing the negative implications and set back to Railways for review. Copy of the Note is enclosed.
(Dr. M. Raghavaiah)