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Rly Board’s Estt. Circulars 2007

July 27, 2011

 

 

RBE No.02/2007                                                                                                                                              

Copy of Bd’s letter No. E[P&A]II-2006/RS-21 dated 03-01-07  (RBE No.02/2007)

 

              Sub: Filling up posts of Loco Inspectors

            One of the Zonal Railways has brought to notice of the Board that the clarification contained in this office letter No E[P&A]II-2005/RS-24  dated 01-12-05 has led to a situation where medically decategorised drivers have become eligible to be absorbed as Loco Inspectors without undergoing the selection process prescribed for this post whereas the medically fit drivers have to undergo the selection process.

 

2.         The matter has been examined in detail by the Board and it is revealed that it is not in the administrative interest to absorb medically decategorised drivers as Loco Inspectors without their undergoing the prescribed selection process.  The instructions contained in the letter dated 01-12-2005 ibid are, therefore, withdrawn with immediate effect.  It has also been decided that henceforth, drivers medically decategorised upto the level ‘A-3’, shall have to undergo the selection process prescribed for the post of Loco Inspectors, as applicable to the medically fit drivers.  In such cases, there would not be any necessity of going through the process of the screening committee applicable under the scheme of absorption in alternative employment of medically decategorised staff. It has further been decided that selections in process, if any, for the post of Loco Inspector  in  terms  of  the instructions contained in the letter dated 01-12-2005 would require to be conducted afresh in accordance with these revised instructions.

 

RBE No.01/2007                                                                  

Copy of Bd’s letter No. 99/E.[Coop.]/14/1 dated 02-01-07   (RBE No.01 /2007)

 

Sub: Cooperative Labour Contract Societies – Award of Handling Contracts.

            It has been brought to the notice of the Board that Labour Contract Coop. Societies which are awarded handling contracts through negotiations or limited tender, later on back out resulting in financial loss and other inconvenience to the Railways.

 

It has, therefore, been decided that henceforth such of the Labour Contract Coop. Societies which are awarded handling contracts through negotiations or limited tender but later on back out, without reasonable cause, be debarred from obtaining such contract, for a period of 5 years.  Suitable provision to this effect may be incorporated in the contract documents while awarding handling contracts to Labour Coop. Societies.

 

 

RBE No.04/2007

Copy of Bd’s letter No. E[NG]I-2004/RE-3/9 dated 04-1-2007  (RBE No.04 /2007)

 

Sub: The Persons with Disabilities [Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation] Act, 1995 – Absorption of disabled / medically decategorised staff in alternative employment.

            Reference this Ministry’s letter of even number dated 07-12-2005 restoring the position that existed with the issue of their letter No. E[NG] I-96/ RE-3/ 9[2] dated   29-04-99 upto the issue of letter No. E[NG]I-2001/RE-3/8 dated 01-07-2003, regarding absorption in alternative employment / retention in supernumerary posts of staff declared totally incapacitated for further service even in the lowest medical category.

 

During discussion in the DC-JCM Meeting held on 23 / 24-10-2006, it was pointed out that the instructions contained in this Ministry’s letter dated 07-12-2005 referred to above have created an impression that the Railways are debarred from accepting request for voluntary retirement from staff who are declared unfit for further service even in the lowest medical category.  It is clarified that the scheme of absorption of disabled / medically decategorised staff in alternative employment or their retention in supernumerary posts on the one hand and scheme of voluntary retirement on the other are independent of each other, the instructions regulating the former do not in any way interfere with the latter.

 

 

RBE No. 05/2007

Copy of Board’s letter No. E[W]95 PS5-1/29  dated 08-01-07 (RBE No. 05/2007)

 

Sub: Post Retirement Complimentary Passes to widows  appointed on compassionate ground.

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            In terms of Board’s letter of even number dt. 13-06-03 widows appointed on compassionate grounds are required to exercise an option at the time of appointment to Railway service to choose pass entitlement either under Widow Pass Scheme or Privilege Pass/PTO Scheme.  They are also given an option at the time of retirement to choose either to be governed by Widow Pass Scheme or by the Post Retirement Complimentary Pass Scheme.

 

2.         On receipt of a reference from AIRF for allowing passes under the Widow Pass Scheme to widows appointed on compassionate grounds in Artisan Category till such time they are regularized on completion of training, the matter has been considered by the Board and it has been decided that widows of railway employees, who are appointed as apprentice on compassionate grounds in Artisan Category may be allowed to avail of pass under the Widow Pass Scheme till such time they are given regular appointment on completion of training.  On their regular appointment they will be required to give option as indicated in Board’s letter of even number dt. 13-06-03.  Other conditions as indicated in Board’s letter of even number dt.13-06-03 will remain the same.

 

3.         In view of the above Schedule V of Railway Servants [Pass] Rules, 1986 [2nd  Edition, 1993] may be amended as in Advance Correction Slip No. 52 enclosed.

 

4.         This issues with the concurrence of the Finance Directorate of the Ministry of Railways.

 

Advance Correction Slip No. 52 of the Railway Servants [Pass] Rules, 1986 [2nd Edition, 1993]

 

The para added after item No. [ii] [b] under column 3 of Schedule V vide ACS No. 40 may be numbered as [c].  The following note may be added after [c]:

 

Note: Widows of railway employees who are appointed as apprentice on compassionate grounds in Artisan Category may be allowed to avail of pass under the Widow Pass Scheme till such time they are given regular appointment on completion of training.  Thereafter they will be required to give their option as brought out in para [c] above.’

 

The existing para [c] may be renumbered as [d].

 

[Authority: Board’s letter No. E[W]95 PS5-1/29  dated 08-01-07 ]

 

RBE No. 06/2007

Copy of Board’s letter No. E[MPP]2002/13/2 dated 04-01-07  (RBE No. 06/2007)

 

Sub: Monetary incentive in the form of Training Allowance.

 

In terms of Board’s letter No. E[S]I-56CPC/194 dated 18-10-58, staff either one grade lower or 2 grades lower than the scale of the post of instructor in the training  centres can be considered for posting subject to the condition that willing staff are not available in the same grade.  It was further clarified vide Board’s letter of even number dated 27-04-04 [RBE No. 94/2004] that if a suitable candidate is posted in a higher grade in a training centre he cannot avail both the benefits, i.e. the higher grade and training allowance at the same time.

 

The matter was discussed during the DC/JCM meeting held on 3rd and 4th April 2006 and it was desired that the instructions to grant training allowance to  instructors, irrespective of the fact that they are inducted from identical grade or from lower scales, be reviewed.  The matter has been considered and it has been decided that the selected instructors will not be allowed the option of drawing the pay of the post in the training centre in lieu of Training Allowance.  There is no provision for grant of pay of the ex-cadre post and only Training allowance at prescribed rates is to be granted on cadre pay.

 

Thus, selection of instructors should be done from identical grades only.  In case no willing candidates apply for the same,  the railways can consider candidates below one /two grades provided the post at the training centre is either downgraded matching with the scale of pay of the selected candidates or transfer the element of the post in which the incumbent was working in his parent cadre.  However, this is to be used sparingly.  These instructions will not have retrospective effect, so that past cases decided otherwise are not affected.

 

This has the concurrence of the associate finance of Ministry of Railways.

RBE No. 07/2007

Board’s letter No. E[P&A]I-2004/SP-1/Genl.-1 dt. 04-01-07  (RBE No. 07/2007)

 

Sub: Recommendation of the Fifth Central Pay Commission – Grant of Special Allowance to Box Boys /Porters.

            

In terms of the instructions contained in Board’s above referred letter Special Allowance is admissible only to those Box Boys who are working in scale of Rs.2550-3200.

 

2.         While examining the issue raised by Federation in the Forum of PNM, for grant of Special Allowance to Senior Box Boys who are working in grade Rs.2610-3540, some information was called for from the Zonal Railways.  From the information received from the Zonal Railways it has been observed that Board’s instructions for grant of Special Allowance to Box Boys contained in the letter dated 09-10-98 referred to above are not being implemented uniformly, in that certain Railways are paying Special Allowance to Senior Box Boys working in the higher grade of Rs. 2610-3540 also whereas certain Railways are not at all granting Special Allowance to those Box Boys, who are working in grade Rs.2550-3200 in spite of their being eligible for this Allowance in terms of Board’s letter dated 09-10-98.

 

3.         In view of the above, the Zonal Railways, which are not granting Special Allowance to Box Boys working in the lower grade of Rs.2550-3200, are advised to grant Special Allowance to such Box Boys in terms of Board’s letter referred to above.

 

4.         Further the Railways, which have been granting Special Allowance to Senior Box Boys working in the higher grade of Rs.2610-3540, are directed to discontinue grant of Special Allowance to such Senior Box Boys with immediate effect and to make recoveries of the amount of this allowance already paid to them erroneously, under advice to this Office.

 

5.         This issues with the concurrence of the Finance Directorate of the Ministry of Railways.

 Board’s letter No.  2003/H/28/1/RELHS  dated 10-1-2007

Sub: Re-opening of Retired Employees Liberalised Health  Scheme (RELHS-97.

Ref: Board’s letters No. 2003/H/28/1/RELHS dated  28-1-05, 21-10-05, 30-12-05 and 10-5-06.

 

Arising out of demands made by AIRF, NFIR, many individuals and Associations of Pensioners etc. the subject of extension/re-opening of the Retired Employees Liberalised Health Scheme (RELHS-97), for those retired employees who have not joined the RELHS-97 scheme earlier, has been under consideration of the Board for some time.  After careful examination of the matter it has been decided that all retired Railway employees, having qualifying service period and who have not joined the RELHS-97 scheme earlier, will be given another last and final chance to join RELHS-97.

 

The period during which the scheme has been made open is from the date of issue of this letter and upto 31.12.07 (Thirty first December two thousand seven only).

 

The scheme has been approved by Railway Board with a special condition that there will be a “lock in” period of six months from the date on which a retired employee joins the scheme i.e. the date of depositing the fees.  During this period the retired employee will be provided medical treatment as available in Railway hospitals and other Govt. hospitals including Govt. owned autonomous hospitals and Govt. medical college hospitals only.  They will not be referred to private hospitals, which are recognised for Railway employees and other RELHS cardholders.  In any circumstances and in any medical condition, during the “lock in” period, reimbursement of medical claims for treatment taken in private hospitals including the private recognised hospitals will not be permitted.

 

  • All other terms and conditions of the RELHS-97 mentioned in Board’s letters under reference will remain unaltered.

 

  • RELHS (Medical identity) card will be issued by the Personnel Branch of concerned Railways.  The RELHS Card issued to beneficiaries with ‘lock in’ period should clearly indicate the designation, amount deposited and name and designation of issuing authority/signatory.

 

  • Lock in period to be clearly and prominently mentioned on the card alongwith the conditions.

 

  • The retired / medically invalidated  employees who are willing to join this scheme must give a clear declaration alongwith application that he/she is joining the scheme with full knowledge about the “lock in” period. He/she should also give clear declaration that during the ‘lock in’ period he/she will not submit any reimbursement claim for treatment taken in private and private recognised hospitals and would not challenge the orders of Railway Board to this effect in any court of law.

 

The above instructions are applicable to those retired/medically invalidated employees and spouses of railway employees who died in harness/after superannuation and did not join the RELHS-97 scheme earlier.

 

All medically invalidated employees and the spouses of the employees who die in harness are permitted to join the scheme within 3 months from the date of invalidation/death of the employee.

 

The scheme is open from the date of issue of this letter upto 31.12.2007 and would not be extended further in any circumstances.

 

A wide publicity should be given.

 

This issues with the concurrence of the Finance Directorate of the Ministry of Railways.

RBE No.08/2007                                                                                   

  Board’s letter No. E[W]2006/CL-1/3 dated 05-1-2007 (RBE No.08 /2007)

 

Sub: Staff Benefit Fund – allocation for Promotion of Cultural Activities.

 

Vide Board’s letter No. E[W]2004/FU-1/1 dated 12-3-2004, an amount of    Rs.0.50/- [Fifty paisa] has been earmarked under the Staff Benefit Fund for “Inter Railway Cultural Competitions”.  However, over the period of time this allocation is being utilized for meeting expenditure relating to cultural competitions at Divisional level etc.  since the funds for the Inter Railway Cultural Competitions are being sanctioned by Board separately.

 

2.         It has, therefore, been decided that the head “Inter Railway Cultural Competitions” under the SBF be renamed as ‘Promotion of Cultural Activities and that the scope of this head / activity should also include promotion of cultural activities in Railway Schools.

 

SERIAL CIRCULAR NO. 15 /2007

No.P(R )535/VI    Date: 29-01-2007

 

            Copy of Board’s letter No.E[GP]99/2/22 dated  04-1-2007 is published for information, guidance  and necessary action. Board’s letter dated 22-07-04 quoted therein was circulated under SC No.152/04.

 

  Board’s letter No. E[GP]99/2/22 dated  04-1-2007  (RBE No. 03/2007)

 

Sub: Promotion from Group ‘C’ to Group ‘B’ – Conditions of eligibility

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            Reference instructions contained in Board’s letter of even number  dt. 22-07-2004 on the aforementioned subject.  It has been decided by the Board that P. Way Mistries with 3/5 years of non-fortuitous service in scale of   Rs.4500-7000+100 [S.A] shall be eligible for being considered for the Selection/LDCE for promotion to Group ‘B’.

 

These instructions will be effective from the date of issue of this order.

 

 

RBE No.12/2007                                       

  Bd’s letter No. F[E]II/2006/FSC/2 dated 12-01-2007   (RBE No.12 /2007)

 

Sub: Recovery towards the cost of Railway staff employed on sidings and level crossings.

Ref: Board’s letters No. 58/W-1/SA/13 dated 21/23-4-82 &  26-6-87, F[E]II/83/Misc/1 dated   27-6-84 & 20-11-85   and F[E]II/2002/FSC/1 dated 06-01-2003.

The cost of maintenance of the private sidings manned by Railway staff are settled in terms of the instructions issued vide Railway Board’s letters No. 58/W-1/SA/13 dated 21/23-4-82, F[E]II/83/Misc/1 dated 27-6-84 as amended by Board’s letter of even number 20-11-85 and Board’s letter No. 58/W-1/SA/13 dated 26-6-87.  The C & AG in Audit Para No. 6.2.3 for year 2004-05 has observed that the element of Productivity Linked Bonus [PLB] has not been included by the Central Railway while calculating the maintenance charges to be recovered from the owners of private sidings.

 

The matter has been considered by the Board  and it is clarified that the productivity linked bonus paid to Railway staff posted in private sidings being part of the cost of staff, is recoverable in full from the owners of private sidings. Accordingly, in addition to the cost being recovered at present from the private siding owners under the head “Incidental Charges”  [i.e. at a rate of 10% of  pay, Interim Relief plus DA/ADA], the full amount of PLB paid to the railway staff during the previous year may be recovered during the following year from the private siding owners.

 

 

Bd’s letter No. E[NG]II/2006/RC-1/Genl./11 dated 15-1-2007

 

Sub: Appointment on compassionate grounds of wards /spouses of medically incapacitated employees on the Railways.

Ref:   Railway Board’s letters

            [i]    No. E[NG]II/95/RC-1/94 dated 18-1-2000

           [ii]    No. E[NG]II/95/RC-1/94 dated 14-6-2006

          [iii]    No. E[NG]I/2004/RE-3/9 dated 07-12-2005 

            Attention is invited to Ministry of Railways [Railway Board]’s letter under reference [i] stipulating that in cases where an employee is totally incapacitated and is not in a position to continue in any post because of his medical condition, he/she may be allowed to opt for retirement.  In such cases, request for appointment on compassionate ground  to an eligible ward may be considered.  The same was reiterated vide para [3] of Board’s letter under reference [ii].

 

2.         Further, vide letter under reference [iii], it has been stipulated that provision of Section 47[i] of the Persons with Disabilities [Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation] Act, 1995 will apply to medically decategorised Railway servants who are declared totally incapacitated for further service even in the lowest medical category.  As these provided for continuation in service of a medically incapacitated employee on a supernumerary post, there would be no occasion for such an employee to be retired from service by the administration on medical grounds.

 

3.         Instructions issued vide E[NG]I-2004/RE-3/9 dated 07-12-2005 and directions contained in letters Nos. E[NG]II/95/RC-1/94 dated   18-1-2000 & 14-6-2006 are not contradictory. It means that Administration cannot retire a medically totally incapacitated employee automatically. However, if the employee himself/herself opts for retirement, he/she may be allowed to do so.

 

4.         It is clarified that stipulation made vide Board’s letter under reference(i) and reiterated vide para(3) of Board’s letter under reference(ii) has not been withdrawn and if a Railway employee who is totally incapacitated and is not in a position to continue in any post because of his medical condition may be allowed to opt for retirement, if he so desires.

RBE No.10/2007

 

Board’s letter No. 2004-E[SCT]I/25/20 dated 11-01-2007(RBE No.10/2007)

 

Sub: Filling up Gazetted posts on the Railways-Classification of Group ‘B’ posts in Transportation [Commercial] as Safety category.

Ref: [i] Board’s letter No. 81-E[SCT]15/26 dated 23-3-1981 and 15-04-1982

      [ii] Board’s letter No. E[GP]2002/2/88 dated 31-01-2006.

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            The issue as to whether the Group ‘B’ post of the Transportation [Commercial] Department  shall be treated as a Safety category post or otherwise has been under consideration of the Board for quite some time.  Consequent to Board’s decision to hold Combined Selections for filling up the Group ‘B’ posts of Transportation [Traffic and Commercial] Department as communicated vide Board’s above quoted letter dated 31-01-2006, Board has further decided that the Group ‘B’ posts in the Transportation [Commercial] Department shall be treated as ‘safety category’ post.

 

2.         Accordingly, the instructions contained in Board’s letters dated 23-3-1981 &     15-4-1982 referred to above are modified to that extent mentioned therein and the scheme of “promotion of best among the failures” will not be applicable in Transportation [Commercial] Department. These instructions will have the prospective effect and selections which have already been finalized in terms of extant instructions need not be reopened.

 

RBE No.11/2007 

  Board’s letter No. PC-III/2000/GIS/2 dated 11.01.2007   ( RBE No.11/2007 )

 

Sub: Central Government Employees Group Insurance

                     Scheme, 1980 – Tables of Benefits for the Savings Fund

                     For the period from 1.1.2007 to 31.12.2007.

In continuation of this Ministry’s letter No.C-III/2000/GIS/2 dated 16.01.2006, a copy of  O.M.No. 7 (3)/EV/2005 dated 12.12.2006 of the  Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure on the above subject is forwarded herewith for information and necessary action.

 

Copy of Ministry of Finance,Department of Expenditure OM No. No. 7(3)/EV/2004 Dated: 12th December, 2006

 

Sub: Central  Government Employees Group Insurance    Scheme-1980 –     Tables of Benefits for the savings fund for the period from 1.1.2007 to 31.12.2007.

The undersigned is directed to refer to this Ministry’s O.M. No. 7(1)/EV/2004 dated 6th January 2006 forwarding therewith Tables of Benefits under CGESIS for the year 2006.  New Tables of Benefits for the savings fund of the Scheme based on  a subscription of Rs. 10 per month from 1.1.1982 to 31.12.1989 and Rs. 15 per month w.e.f. 1.1.1990 onwards have been prepared for the year 2007 and a copy of the same is enclosed.  Another Table of Benefits for the savings fund based on a subscription of Rs. 10 per month for those employees who had opted out of the revised rates of subscription w.e.f. 1.1.1990 have also been drawn up for the year 2007 and a copy of the same is also enclosed.  The amounts in the Tables have been worked out on the basis of interest @ 10% per annum (compounded quarterly) for the period from 1.1.1982 to 31.1.1982.  11% per annum (compounded quarterly) w.e.f. 1.1.1983 to  31.12.1986, 12 % per annum (compounded quarterly) w.e.f. 1.1.1987 to 31.12.2000, 11% per annum (compounded quarterly) w.e.f. 1.1.2001 to 31.12.2001, 9.5% per annum (compounded quarterly) w.e.f. 1.1.2002 to 31.12.2002 and  9.0% per annum (compounded quarterly) w.e.f. 1.1.2003 to 31.12.2003 and 8% per annum (compounded quarterly) w.e.f. 1.1..2004 onwards.  The mortality rate under the Scheme has been taken as 3.75 per thousand per annum upto 31.12.1987 and 3.60 per thousand per annum thereafter in both the cases.  While calculating the amount it has been assumed that the subscription has been recovered or will be recovered from the salary of the month in which a member ceases to be in service failing which it should be deducted from accumulated amounts payable.

 

2.        In  its application to the employees of Indian Audit and Accounts Department this Office Memorandum issues in consultation with the Comptroller and Auditor General of India.

 

CENTRAL GOVT.EMPLOYEES GROUP INSURANCE SCHEME 1980

Accumulated value of contribution from 1st Jan.of year of entry to the month and year of cessation

Contribution @ Rs.10/- p.m.  throughout   -Year of cessation of membership 2007

Month of cessation of membership

 

Year of entry

Jan

Feb.

Mar

Apr.

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct.

Nov. Dec.  
1982

10638

10715

10791

10670

10949

11028

11108

11189

11270

11351

11432 11515  
1983

9445

9515

9584

9655

9725

9797

9868

9940

10012

10086

10160 10234  
1984

8369

8433

8494

8559

8621

8685

8750

8815

8879

8946

9011 9078  
1985

8406

7463

7517

7575

7632

7689

7747

7805

7863

7922

7981 8042  
1986

6540

6592

6642

6692

6743

6795

6847

6899

6951

7004

7057 7111  

1987

5765

5810

5855

5901

5947

5993

6039

6086

6134

6181

6228 6276

1988

5072

5112

5153

5195

5236

5277

5319

5361

5404

5445

5489 5532

1989

4446

4482

4520

4555

4592

4630

4667

4705

4742

4780

4819 4859

1990

3889

3921

3955

3987

4020

4054

4088

4122

4157

4190

4225 4260

1991

3395

3423

3453

3484

3514

3543

3574

3604

3635

3666

3696 3727

1992

2956

2981

3008

3035

3063

3090

3117

3144

3171

3199

3226 3254

1993

2565

2588

2612

2637

2662

2686

2710

2734

2760

2784

2810 2836

1994

2217

2239

2260

2282

2305

2327

2349

2371

2394

2416

2439 2462

1995

1910

1928

1948

1968

1988

2008

2028

2048

2069

2089

2110 2130

1996

1636

1653

1672

1689

1707

1726

1744

1762

1780

1799

1817 1836

1997

1392

1409

1424

1441

1456

1474

1490

1508

1524

1540

1557 1575

1998

1177

1190

1205

1220

1236

1250

1265

1281

1296

1327

1327 1342

1999

984

998

1011

1025

1039

1052

1064

1079

1093

1107

1121 1135

2000

814

825

839

1850

863

877

889

902

916

928

941 954

2001

662

673

685

696

707

720

731

744

755

767

779 792

2002

527

537

548

558

569

580

591

601

612

623

635 646

2003

404

414

424

433

443

453

463

473

483

494

504 514

2004

292

301

310

319

329

338

347

356

366

375

384 394

2005

190

198

206

215

223

231

240

249

257

266

275 284

2006

95

102

110

118

126

133

141

149

157

165

173 181

2007

7

14

21

28

35

43

50

57

65

72

80 87

 

Note: Basis Used

From               To                       From    To

1.1.82  31.12.82              10%        1.1.03       31.12.03               9.00% Savings fund: 68.75 from 1.1.82 to 31.12.87                       1.1.83     31.12.86    11%            1.1.04   31.12.04     8.00%  70% from 1.1.88 and onwards

1.1.87  31.12.89              12%       1.1.01        31.12.01              11%

* interest p.a. compounded quarterly    Insurance fund: 31.25% from 1.1.82 to 31.12.87

30% from 1.1.88 and onwards.

CENTRAL GOVT.EMPLOYES GROUP INSURANCE SCHEME 1980

Accumulated value of contribution from 1st Jan.of year of entry to the month and year of cessation -Contribution @ Rs.10/- p.m. 31.12.89 and Rs.15 throughout after 1.1.90  -Year of cessation of membership 2007

Month of cessation of membership

Year of entry Jan Feb. Mar Apr. May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct. Nov. Dec.  
1982 12579 12674 12768 12862 12958 13054   13248 13348 13446 13547 13646  
1983 11386 11474 11559 11647 11734 11872 11912 12002 12092 12181 12272 12364  
1984 10313 10392 10471 10551 10631 10713 10794 10875 10958 11041 11125 11210  
1985 9349 9422 9494 9567 9641 9715 9791 9866 9942 10018 10096 10172  
1986 8483 8551 8619 8686 8754 8821 8892 8959 9030 9101 9171 9244  

1987

7707

7771 7831 7894 7957 8021 8084 8147 8212 8277 8343 8409

1988

7016

7073 7130 7188 7246 7304 7363 7424 7483 7542 7603 7664

1989

6389

6443 6496 6550 6603 6657 6711 6765 6878 6878 6934 6990

1990

5832

5883 5932 5982 6032 6082 6132 6184 6236 6288 6339 6392

1991

5091

5135 5179 5224 5269 5315 5360 5407 5453 5500 5548 5593

1992

4431

4472 4512 4552 4592 4635 4675 4616 4758 4800 4843 4886

1993

3845

3883 3918 3955 3992 4029 4066 4103 4142 4178 4218 4255

1994

3326

3360 3392 3425 3458 3491 3524 3559 3592 3627 3662 2696

1995

2863

2893 2923 2953 2983 3012 3045 3074 3105 3136 3167 3199

1996

2453

2479 2507 2534 2561 2589 2617 2645 2672 2700 2729 2759

1997

2088

2111 2137 2162 2186 2212 2237 2262 2288 2314 2340 2365

1998

1764

1787 1808 1831 1853 1876 1901 1923 1947 1969 1992 2017

1999

1477

1497 1517 1536 1558 1578 1600 1621 1642 1664 1685 1706

2000

1219

1238 1257 1277 1295 1314 1334 1353 1373 1391 1411 1431

2001

993

1010 1027 1045 1062 1080 1097 1114 1133 1151 1169 1187

2002

791

806 822 836 852 868 885 901 920 936 952 970

2003

606

621 635 650 665 680 694 710 725 741 756 770

2004

439

452 465 479 493 507 520 534 548 562 577 591

2005

284

292 309 322 334 347 360 373 386 399 412 425

2006

142

153 165 177 188 200 212 224 236 248 260 272

2007

11

21 32 42 53 64 75 86 97 108 119 131

 

Note: Basis Used

From               To                         From           To

1.1.82      31.12.82    –    10%     1.1.03       31.12.03-            9.00%       Saving  fund : 68.75 from 1.1.82 to 31.12.87

1.1.83 31.12.86    11%         1.1.04   31.12.07     8.00%      70% from 1.1.88 and onwards

1.1.87 31.12.00             12%                         Insurance Fund:31.25% from 1.1.82 to 31.12.87 ,

30% from 1.1.88 and onwards

* Interest p.a. compounded quarterly.

 

RBE No.09/2007

Board’s letter No. P(E)III/2002/PN1/29 dated 10.01.2007   [RBE No.09/2007 )

 

Sub: Implementation of Government’s decision on the                   recommendations of the 5th Central Pay Commission –                   Revision of pension of pre and post – 1986 pensioners/family  pensioners etc. – Extension of date of submission of application for revision of pension/family pension.

 

In continuation of Board’s letter No.F(E)III/2002/PN1/29 dt.20.07.2005 extending the date of submission of application for revision of pension/family pension of pre and post – 1986 pensioners/family pensioners up to 31.12.2005, a copy of DOP&PW’s O.M.No.45/86/97-P&PW(A) Part III dt.21.12.2006 extending the date of submission of application further upto 31st December, 2007 is circulated for information and guidance. These instructions will apply mutates mutandis on the Railways also.

 

DOP&PW’s O.M.No.(1)45/86/97-P&PW(A)Part IV dt.8.5.98, 30.11.98 and 17.12.98 and O.M.No.45/86/97-P&PW (A)-Part III dated 7.6.2005 referred to in the present O.M. dated 21.l12.2006 were circulated/adopted on the Railways vide Board’s letters No.F(E)III/98/PN1/11 dt.5.6.98, 23.12.98, F(E)III/98/PN1/29, dt.15.1.99 and 20.07.2005 respectively.

 

Copy of DOP&PW’s O.M.No.45/86/97-P&PW(A) Part III dt.21.12.2006

 

Sub: Implementation of Government’s decision on the   recommendations of the 5th Central Pay Commission –    Revision of pension of pre and post – 1986 pensioners/family  pensioners etc. – Extension of date of submission of application for revision of pension/family pension

 

The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department’s OM of even number dated 7.06.2005 extending the date of submission of applications for revision of pension/family pension of pre-1986 pension/family pensioners upto 31.12.2005. Representations have been received in this department for extending the date for submission of applications beyond 31.12.2005.  The matter has been considered in this department and it has been decided to extend the date of submission of application for revision of pension/family pension in such cases upto 31.12.2007. However, Defence civilian pensioners will continue to be governed by orders issued by the Ministry of Defence.

 

2.         Similarly it has also been decided to extend the date of submission of applications for revision of pension/family pension with reference to this department’s OM No.(1) 45/86/97-P&PW(A)-Part IV dated 08.05.1998 read with OM dated 30.11.1998 and dated 17.12.1998 for submission of applications by the pensioners covered with these OM upto 31.12.2007.

 

3.         This extension of date upto 31.12.2007 is the last opportunity for submission of application for revision of pension/family pension with reference to this department’s OM No.(1) 45/86/97-P&PW(A)-Part IV dated 08.05.1998 read with OM dated 30.11.1998 and dated 17.12.1998.

 

4.         Ministry of Agriculture etc. are requested to bring the contents of these orders to the notice of heads of Departments/Controller of Accounts, Pay and Accounts officer and attached and Subordinate Offices under them on top priority basis.  All Pension  Disbursing Authorities are also advised to prominently display these orders on their notice boards for the benefit of the pensioners/family pensioners.

 

 

RBE No.13/2007

  Bd’s letter No. E[NG]II/2005/RR-1/6 dated 23-1-2007  (RBE No.13 /2007)

 

Sub:  Recognition of qualification of Prathama Examination conducted by Hindi Sahitya Sammelan, Allahabad.

….

Kindly refer  to this Ministry’s letter of even number dated 26.4.2005 [RBE No. 67/2005] forwarding therewith a copy of the Notification No. F.24-4/2001-TS-III dated 14.5.2004  issued by Ministry of Human Resource Development, Department of Secondary & Higher Education on the subject quoted above.

 

Ministry of Human Resource Development, Department of Higher Education have issued a further notification of same number dated 21.11.2006 extending the provisional recognition granted to the Prathama Examination conducted by Hindi Sahitya Sammelan, Allahabad for the purpose of employment under the Central Government for the post for which the desired qualification is a pass in matriculation for a further period of 03 (three) years from 27.10.2007 to 26.10.2010. A copy of the same is enclosed for guidance and compliance.

 

Copy of Notification No.F 24-4/2001-TS-III dated 21st  November, 2006 of Ministry Of Human Resource Development,   Department Of Higher Education.

[To be published in Gazette of India Part I, Section I]

NOTIFICATION.

F 24-4/2001-TS-III. In continuation of this Department’s Notification of even number dated 14.05.2004, the Government of India, on the recommendations of High Level Committee in its meeting held on 16-10-2006,  has decided to extend the provisional recognition granted to the Prathama Examination being  conducted by Hindi Sahitya Sammelan, Allahabad for the purpose of employment under the Central Government for the post for which the desired qualification is a pass in matriculation for a further period of 3 years from 27.10.2007 to 26.10.2010, after which the Committee  will review the recognition granted.

 

RBE No.14/2007

  Bd’s letter No. E[NG]I-2001/PM7/17 dated 23-01-2007   (RBE No.14 /2007)

 

Sub: Counting of officiating period towards two years residency period for promotion of Loco Pilots [Goods/Passenger].

            In terms of instructions contained in this Ministry’s letter of even number dated 29-11-2004 GMs are empowered to relax the two years residency period in the case of promotion of Loco Pilots [Goods] to Loco Pilots [Passenger] and Loco Pilots [Passenger] to Loco Pilots [Mail/Express] wherever such relaxation is found to be inescapable in the interest of administration, subject to condition of fulfilment of year’s service in the immediate lower grade or a foot plate experience of 40,000 Kms whichever is later.

 

2.         The staff in the forum of DC-JCM have requested that day to day officiating service of Loco Pilots may also be counted towards two years residency period prescribed for promotion to higher grades.  The matter has been carefully considered by this Ministry after taking into consideration the views expressed by the Staff Side.  It has been decided that the officiating period may be allowed to be counted towards minimum residency period for promotion of Loco Pilots from one grade to another subject to the following conditions:

 

i]          Officiating period of not less than 30 days’ duration of working at a stretch as [a] Loco Pilots [Goods] for promotion as Loco Pilots [Passenger] and [b] as Loco Pilots [Passenger] for promotion as Loco Pilots [Mail/Express] will only be allowed to be taken into account.

 

ii]       Officiating period as per [i]  above will be totalled for preceding 4 years at the time of promotion.

 

iii]      The person must be working in the relevant feeder grade on regular basis.

 

iv]      Promotion will be in order of seniority after selection or non-selection, as the case may be even if a junior, by virtue of his having worked on officiating basis as above completes prescribed residency period earlier than his senior[s].

 

[v]     The existing classification as selection or non-selection and the prescribed selection procedure in vogue will remain unchanged.

 

[vi]     Since the position regarding officiating arrangement varies from one Division to another the General Managers will continue to have the discretionary powers to relax the condition of two years service condition in terms of this Ministry’s letter of even number dated 29-11-04 referred to in the opening paragraph.  In such cases the minimum residency period of one year regular service without including officiating periods, or a footplate experience of 40,000Kms. whichever is later will continue to be insisted upon.

 

RBE No.17/2007

  Bd’s letter No. F[E]I/2007/AL-8/1 dated 02-02-07   (RBE No.17 /2007)

 

Sub: TA/DA to Railway servants representing Service Associations invited by

   6th Central Pay Commission for oral evidence.

            Board have decided that the Railway servants representing Service Associations invited by VIth  Pay Commission to tender oral evidence before the Commission shall be granted travelling allowance as on tour under the rules applicable to them for journeys performed by them in that connection.  The expenditure on Travelling Allowance will be debited to the Head of Account to which the pay and allowance of the Railway Servant concerned are debited.

 

2.         It has also been decided that the minimum period required for tendering evidence and for performing  the ‘to and fro’ journeys shall be treated as on duty in respect of the Railway servants who are granted TA/DA under paragraph 1 above.

 

3.         After a Railway servant has tendered evidence before the Commission, he will be given a certificate by the Commission indicating the number of days [with dates] for which he was required to stay at the place at which evidence was taken by the Commission.  The Railway servant should attach that certificate to his TA/DA claim.

 

4.         These orders would take effect from 01-01-2007.

 

  Bd’s letter No. 2007/E[O]II/41/1 dated 23-01-2007

 

Sub: Cut-off date for receipt of applications received in response to the

          vacancy notices issued by this Ministry – reg.

            The requirement of Railway/Other PSUs/Organisations etc., seeking services of Railway officer on deputation basis is circulated by Railway Board by way of a vacancy notice addressed to all Zonal Railways/Production Units / Training Institutes.  In order to ensure wider dissemination and timely information, vacancy notices are also uploaded on the website – www.indianrailways.gov.in.  The last date for receipt of applications in Board’s office is clearly specified in the vacancy notice.

 

2.         Of late, it has been observed that Railways/Production Units do not adhere to the prescribed time limit and applications are forwarded even after the “cut-off” date is over.  In several cases, the applications so forwarded are not accompanied by requisite information such as ACR ratings for the last five years, thereby resulting in unnecessary delays in processing the urgent requirement of an organisation.

 

3.         To offset such procedural delays and ensure timely fulfilment of the requirement of indenting organisation, following may be brought to the concerned officers with the advice to ensure its strict compliance:-

 

[i]     The time limit prescribed in the vacancy notices may be treated as the “cut-off” period.

 

[ii]    It may be ensured that applications are sent in time to Board’s office so that they are received well within the “cut-off” period by which the applications are to be sent to Railway Board.

 

[iii]   Wherever applicable, requisite information such as service particulars, ACR ratings for the last five years in respect of the officers should be forwarded to Board’s office so as to avoid unnecessary back references.

 

[iv]   Particular care may be exercised  in respect of vacancies circulated by Public Enterprises Selection Board [PESB].

 

4.         It may be noted that applications received in Board’s office after the “cut-off” date prescribed in the vacancy notices may not be processed while putting up the cases for recommendation of the Competent Authority.  It is, therefore, once again reiterated that the above instructions may be kept in view while forwarding the applications to Board’s office.  The cut-off date prescribed in the vacancy circular of Railway Board may be adhered to strictly.

 

RBE No.18/2007

  Bd’s letter No. E[NG]II/94/RR-1/29 dated 05-02-2007  (RBE No.18/2007)

 

Sub: Upper age limit for direct recruitment to Group ‘C’ and ‘D’ posts on the Railways. 

Ref: Board’s letter of even number dated 24-2-2006 [RBE No. 25/2006]

            Attention is invited to this Ministry’s letter under reference vide which the currency of the relaxation contained in letter of even number dated 10-05-99 [RBE No. 99/99] was extended for a period of one year i.e. upto 03-02-2007.

 

The matter has been reviewed and it has now  been decided that this relaxation of 03 [three] years above the prescribed upper age limit for recruitment to all Group ‘C’ & ‘D’ posts including engagement of Substitutes may be extended further for a period of one year i.e. up to 03-02-2008.

 

RBE No. 19/2007

Bd’s letter No. E[NG]II/2005/RR-1/36 dated 06-02-2007   (RBE No. 19/2007)

CORRIGENDUM

 

Sub: Provisions relating to recruitment rules for direct recruitment to the category of Depot Material Superintendent, Grade I [DMS-I] in the pay scale of Rs.6,500-10,500.

            Para 2[iii] of Board’s letter of even number dated 31-05-06 [RBE No. 67/06] may be read as under:

 

[iii]    Age limit: Between 18 – 32 years

 

            Accordingly, para 5[ii] of ACS No. 185 introducing a new para below para 157[3] of Indian Railway Establishment Manual, Volume I [1989 Edition] may also be read as under:

 

[iii]    Age limit: Between 18 – 32 years.

 

 

RBE No.21/2007

Bd’s letter No. E[NG]I-2006/AP/1 dated 06-02-2007 (RBE No.21/2007)

 

Sub: Simplification of procedure for forwarding of applications

            As the Railways are aware, Railway employees, whether permanent or temporary, may be given four opportunities in a year to apply for posts in Govt. Departments/ Public Sector Undertakings /Autonomous Bodies, wholly or substantially, financed & controlled by Central or State Governments.  However, the applications of Railway servants forwarded in response to UPSC advertisements for competitive examinations & limited departmental examinations are not to be counted against the limit of these four opportunities.

 

2.         Pursuant to discussion  in  the ICF Staff Council meeting held on 04-08-06, it has been decided that the applications submitted for higher grade posts advertised by Railway Recruitment Boards [RRBs], may not also be counted against the prescribed limit of four opportunities in a year.

 

RBE No. 22/2007                                                                                                               

Bd’s letter No. E[NG]I-2003/PM3/5 dated 06-02-2007 (RBE No. 22/2007)

 

Sub: Transfer of Catering services to IRCTC along with staff- Promotion of Catering Staff.

            As the Railways are aware instructions were issued vide this Ministry’s letter of even number 02-04-04 followed by letters dt. 15-06-04, 05-09-05 and 29-03-06 emphasizing  that promotion of Catering staff whether working in the Zonal Railways or in IRCTC may not be delayed and all vacant posts in all grades in Group ‘C’ & ‘D’ earmarked to be filled by promotion should be filled by due process of ‘Selection’ or ‘Non-selection’ as the case may be, well before the staff get transferred to IRCTC alongwith the catering activities.  These instructions were last reiterated vide this Ministry’s letter of even number dt. 08-09-06.

 

2.         However, it is seen that some of the Zonal Railways have still not taken the necessary action in granting promotions to the Catering Staff.  This has led to receipt of a number of representations by the Board from the aggrieved staff and in one of the such cases filed by the aggrieved staff of East Coast Railway before CAT/Cuttack, the Tribunal in its directions dated 29-11-2006 has held that all promotions should be granted to the Catering Staff as per rules before they get absorbed in IRCTC.  As the cut-off date for Catering Staff for exercising option for absorption in IRCTC has been extended by IRCTC upto 31-03-2007, the Railways in close coordination with IRCTC should take immediate necessary action for granting due promotions to Catering Staff and the whole process may be completed latest by 28-02-2007, so that the concerned staff get the benefit of promotion in the matter of pay fixation after their absorption in IRCTC.

 

SERIAL CIRCULAR NO.  30 /2007

No.P(PC)/487/VPC/6/CRC/Vol.V            Date:26 -02–2007

 

 

            Copy of Board’s letter No.PC-III/2003/CRC/6[Pt.] dated 31-01-07  is published for information, guidance  and necessary action. Board’s letters dated 09-10-03,  and       14-09-05 quoted therein were circulated as SC Nos.191/03 and 172/05, respectively.

 

 

Copy of Bd’s letter No. PC-III/2003/CRC/6[Pt.] dated 31-01-07  (RBE No. 15/2007)

 

         Sub: Cadre restructuring of Group ‘C’ & ‘D’ cadres.

            Please connect para 7 of Board’s letter no. PC-III/2003/CRC/6 dated 09-10-03,  PC-III/2003/CRC/7 dated 04-12-03, para 6 of Board’s letter No. PC-III/2000/ CRC/1 [RPF/RPSF] dated 15-09-04, para 2[v] of Board’s letter no. PC-III/2005/CRC/2 dated 08-06-05 and para 7 of Board’s letter no. PC-III/2005/CRC/11 dated 14-09-05 wherein it was stated that the posts being placed in higher scales of pay as a result of restructuring should include the duties and responsibilities of greater importance.

 

In this context, it is reiterated that though the posts are being placed in higher scales of pay as a result of restructuring, the basic functions, duties and responsibilities attached to these posts at present will continue, to which should be added duties and responsibilities of greater importance.

 

This issues in consultation with Establishment Directorate & with the concurrence of   Finance Directorate of this Ministry.

 

RBE No.20/2007

   Bd’s letter No. E[D&A]2006/RG6-45 dated 08-02-2007   (RBE No.20 /2007)

 

Sub: Validity of the plea of discrimination where the cited decision was a wrong decision –observations of Hon’ble Court reg.

            A case has been brought to the notice of this Ministry where an ex-employee had filed an application before CAT, Chandigarh Bench for review of his disciplinary case on the ground that he has been discriminated against since a lenient view was taken in respect of another similarly placed co-accused in the case.

 

2.         The facts of the case are that two employees had been taken up on the charge that they had suppressed facts of their arrest and pending criminal proceedings against them in the attestation forms filled up by them at the time of appointment.  Both of them were taken up under RS[D&A] Rules  and in the penalty orders passed by the disciplinary authorities  both were removed from service.  In one of the cases the penalty of removal from service was reduced in appeal and further on revision.  While in the other case the appeal and revision petition preferred by the ex-employee were rejected.  The latter person filed Application [OA No.428-PB-2001] before CAT, Chandigarh Bench alleging discrimination.  The Application was rejected by the Hon’ble Tribunal vide their orders dated 20-1-2003 observing that a person cannot claim discrimination on the ground that the Department had committed a mistake in another case on facts and the points of law and it must be repeated in his case.  The person concerned had thereafter filed CWP No. 6268-CAT of 2003 before High Court of Punjab and Haryana.  The Hon’ble  High Court also dismissed the Writ Petition, vide their orders dated 17-5-2006.  While passing orders in the Writ Petition, the Hon’ble High Court have upheld the stand of the Railway administration, which had also been endorsed by the Hon’ble CAT, Chandigarh that the lenient view taken in the case of another person was wholly unjustified and the same therefore, cannot be taken into consideration under the plea of discrimination, so as to allow the petitioner the benefit of a wrongful decision.

 

3.         The above observations of the Hon’ble Court may please be brought to the notice of all concerned authorities on your Railway for their information and guidance.  These may please be kept in view for dealing with similar cases.

 

RBE No.26/2007

Bd’s letter No. E[NG]I-99/PM5/7 dated 23-2-2007   (RBE No.26 /2007)

 

Sub: Filling up of vacancies in the category of Supervisor[P.Way] in the pay scale of Rs.4500-7000 and JE[]P.Way] Gr.II in the pay scale of Rs.5000-8000. Recommendations of Railway Safety Review Committee – Implementation thereof.

****

            Reference this Ministry’s letter of even number dated 01-01-2003 enclosing therewith ACS No. 143 on the above subject.

 

  1. It has come to the notice of this Ministry that non-insertion of a Note below para 144[1][ii] in the ACS ibid pursuant to para 4 of the covering letter dated 01-01-2003, is by an omission.  The same is being rectified.  Accordingly the Indian Railway Establishment Manual, Volume I, 1989 Edition should be amended as per ACS No. 192 enclosed.

 

Indian Railway Establishment Manual, Volume I, 1989 Edition

Advance Correction Slip  No. 192

 

Chapter I, Section ‘B’ – Rules governing the recruitment and training of Group ‘C’ and Group ‘D’ and Workshop Staff.

 

Insert the following Note below sub-para [1][ii] of para 144 as amended by ACS No. 143 issued under Board’s letter No. E[NG]I-99/PM5/7 dated 01-01-2003:

 

“Note: Departmental staff already in service as on 01-01-2003 not possessing  the qualification of class X Board Examination but otherwise eligible for promotion against para 144[1][ii] above may be allowed two chances to appear in the two consecutive selections conducted after 01-01-2003 for promotion as Junior Engineer [P.Way] Gr.II ”

 

[Authority: Board’s letters No.. E[NG]I-99/PM5/7 dated 01-01-2003 and 23-02-2007]

 

  Bd’s letter No. E[LR]III/2006/LR1-26 dated 21-02-2007

 

Sub: Entitlement of holidays to staff on the Railways

            Instructions were issued vide Board’s letter No. E[LR]III/93/HL1-2 dated 03-12-1996 for entitlement to holidays for the three categories of staff on Railways.  The entitlement is as under:

 

 

Closed Holidays

Restricted Holidays

Total

a]  Office Staff

16

2

18

b]   Workshop staff

-

-

15 paid holidays

c]   Open line staff

12

-

12

 

It has been observed that there is a variation in the pattern of holidays being observed specially amongst the Workshop /Production Units.  These instructions are being reiterated for uniform compliance for all Production Units and Workshops.

 

 

RBE No.25/2007

  Bd’s letter No. .PC-III/2006/FE-1/2 dated 23-02-2007   (RBE No.25/2007)

 

             Sub: Annual Review of Group ‘C’ & ‘D’ cadres

            Please connect para 20 of Board’s letter no. PC-III/2003/CRC/6 dated 09-10-2003 & para 17 of Board’s letter no. .PC-III/2003/CRC/7 dated 04-12-2003 vide which Railways /Units & RDSO were advised that annual review will be undertaken from   01-04-2005.

 

Pursuant to the demands raised by Staff Side in PNM forum for suspension of annual review, Board have reviewed the matter keeping in view the constitution of the Six Pay Commission and decided that annual cadre reviews due to be conducted as on      01-04-2007 on the cadre strength of 01-04-2007 should be suspended.  The next Annual Cadre review will now be undertaken from 01-04-2009.

 

This issues in consultation with Establishment Directorate & with the concurrence of Finance Directorate of this Ministry.

 

RBE No.23/2007                                                                                                   

  Bd’s letter No. E[W]2006/ED-2/3 dated 08-02-2007  (RBE No.23 /2007)

 

Sub:  Grant of Children Education Allowance, Re-imbursement of Tuition Fee &       to Central Government Employees – Issue of revised consolidated orders .

….

A copy of the OM No. 21013/1/2004-Estt. [Allowances] received from the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions [Department of Personnel & Training] on the above subject is sent herewith for guidance and compliance.  These instructions will apply mutatis Mutandis to Railway employees also.  Accordingly necessary corrections may be incorporated in the consolidated instructions issued under Master Circular No. 17/2001, letter No. E[W]2000/ED1/Master Circular/17 dated 25-06-2001  refers.

 

Copy of the OM No. 21013/1/2004-Estt. [Allowances] dated 23-03-2006 issued by the  Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions [Department of Personnel & Training]

 

Sub:  Grant of Children Education Allowance, Re-imbursement of Tuition Fee & Hostel Subsidy to Central Government Employees – Issue of revised consolidated orders .

 

The undersigned is directed to say that the orders relating to grant of concessions under the scheme of Children Education Allowance, Re-imbursement of Tuition Fee and Hostel Subsidy to Central Government Employees are contained in Central Civil Services [Educational Assistance] Orders, 1988 issued vide this Department’s OM No. 21011/21/88-Estt.[Allowances] dated 17-10-1988.  Subsequently clarifications / modifications were issued vide  OMs No. 12011/4/88-Estt.[Allowances] dated 31-05-1989, No. 12011/2/83-Estt.[Allow] dated 27-12-1989,  21011/2/86-Estt.[Allow] dated 3-08-1990,  12013/1/90-Estt.[Allow] dated 08-05-1992 and 21017/1/97-Estt.[Allow] dated 12-06-1998.  The Department of Administrative Reforms & P.G. conducted a study in regard to the problems being faced by various Ministries / Departments in regulation of the claims of Children Educational Assistance of the Physically Handicapped / Mentally Retarded children and had made certain recommendations.  After careful examination, these recommendations were accepted by the Government.

 

2.         The need for consolidating / updating the orders mentioned in para 1 above and incorporating the accepted recommendations of the Department of Administrative Reforms & Public Grievances has been felt.  Accordingly, the President is pleased to decide that in supersession of all the existing orders on the subject, grant of above concessions will be governed by the Central Civil Educational Assistance Orders 2006 attached as Annexure –I.

 

3.         Insofar as persons serving in the Indian Audit and Accounts Department are concerned, these orders are being issued after consultation with the Comptroller and Auditor General of India.

Annexure –I.

CENTRAL CIVIL SERVICES [EDUCATIONAL ASSISTANCE] ORDERS, 2006

 

1.      Short title and commencement

[i]  These orders may be called the Central Civil Services  [Educational Assistance] Orders,  2006.

[ii]     They shall come into force w.e.f. the first day of the month of issue of the orders.

 

2.      Application.

[i]       These orders shall apply to Govt. servants including State Govt. servants on deputation to the Central Govt. and industrial employees directly working under Govt. whose pay is debitable to civil estimates including civilians paid from Defence estimates but shall not apply to –

a]      Railway servants,

b]      Persons in casual or daily rated or ad-hoc part-time employment,

c]      Persons paid from contingencies,

d]      Persons employed on contract except where the contract provided otherwise, and

e]      Persons posted in Indian Embassies/Missions abroad and receiving educational assistance under the Indian Foreign service [ Pay, Leave, Compensatory Allowances and other conditions of service] Rules, 1961 as amended from time to time.

 

[ii]   These orders shall also apply to Govt. servants on deputation to State Governments on  foreign service, provided necessary provision in regard to the drawal of educational assistance under these orders from such State Govt. or foreign employers is expressly made in the terms of deputation or foreign service.

 

  1. Definitions:

 

In these orders, unless the context otherwise require:-

 

(a)               ‘Child’ means a child of a Govt. servant and includes a step-child and an adopted child, who is wholly dependent on the Govt. Servant,

 

(b)               ‘Government’ means the Central Govt.

 

(c)               ‘Head of Office’ means a gazetted officer declared as such under rule 4 of the Delegation of Financial Power Rules,1978 and includes such other authority or person whom the competent authority may, by order, specify as Head of Office;

 

(d)               ‘Higher Secondary or Senior Secondary Classes’ mean classes XI and XII and include classes upto the equivalent of XIIth class under the 10+2+3 scheme like Pre-University class or the first year class of an Intermediate College, a technical college, or a Polytechnic, provided the child has passed the Secondary or equivalent but not the Higher Secondary Examination before joining such class;

 

(e)               ‘Physically / mentally handicapped’ means a person having a minimum Disability of 40% and as elaborated in Ministry of Welfare’s Notification No. 16-18/97-NI.I dated 01-06-2001 [Annexure II].

 

(f)                 ‘Primary Classes’ mean classes I to V but does not include kindergarten or nursery classes;

 

(g)               ‘Recognised School’ means a Government School or any educational institution whether in receipt of Government aid or not, recognised by the Central or State Government or Union Territory Administration or by a University or a recognised educational authority having jurisdiction over the area where the institution is situated. For the purpose of these orders, education upto the senior level shall be treated as school education;

 

(h)               ‘Secondary classes’ mean classes VI to X;

 

(i)                  ‘Tuition Fee’ means tuition fee payable and actually paid, includes:-

 

(j)                  Science fee,

(ii)       Laboratory fee, in case science fee is not separately charged;

(iii)       Special fee charged for agriculture as an elective additional subject and

(i)          Any fee charged for subjects like music which are taught as part of the regular school curriculum or subject, requiring practical work under the programme of work experience;

(ii)        A fee paid for the use of any aid or appliance   by the child.  Provided that if tuition fee charged from a Science student is higher than that charged from a non-science student, Science fee, though separately charged, shall not be included in tuition fee for the purpose of these orders.

 

Explanation:

‘Tuition fee’ does not, however, include:-

 

(i)                  Domestic Science fund charges;

(ii)        Library fee;

(ii)                Games fee;

(iii)               Admission fee; and

(iv)              Extra-curricular activity fee.

 

GENERAL CONDITIONS

 

4.         ELIGIBILITY:-   Subject to the provisions contained in paras 11 to 24 of these orders all Govt. servants without any pay limit shall be eligible to draw children’s educational allowance, reimbursement of tuition fee and Hostel subsidy.

 

Provided that the assistance will be admissible only if the children of the Government Servant study in a recognised school.

 

5.[i]      In case both wife and husband are Govt. servants and are governed by the provisions of these orders the children’s educational allowance or reimbursement of tuition fee or hostel subsidy as the case may be, shall be admissible to one of  them only.

 

[ii]         In case the wife or husband of a Government servant is employed outside the     Central Government the Govt.  servant shall  be eligible to draw the allowance or reimbursement of Hostel subsidy under these orders, only if his/her spouse is not entitled to the benefit of any such allowance or reimbursement of subsidy from his/her employer and a declaration to that effect shall be obtained from the Govt. servant.

 

6.[i]      The children’s educational allowance or the reimbursement of tuition fees or  hostel  subsidy shall be admissible to a Govt. servant while he/she is on duty or is under suspension or is on leave (including extra ordinary leave)

 

Provided that during any period which is treated as ‘dies non’ the Govt. servant shall not be eligible for the allowance/reimbursement/subsidy for the period.

 

[ii]         If a Govt. servant ceases to be in service by reason of retirement, resignation, discharge, dismissal or removal from service in the course of an academic year, the allowance or reimbursement  of tuition fee or hostel subsidy shall be  admissible till the end of the academic year in which the event takes place*.

 

[iii]        If a Govt. servant dies while  in service,  the Children Educational Assistance or reimbursement of tuition fees or hostel subsidy shall be admissible in respect of his/her children subject to observance of other conditions for its grant provided the wife/husband of the deceased is not employed in service of the Central Govt.,  State Government,  Autonomous Body, PSU, Semi-Government Organisation such as Municipality, Port Trust Authority or any other Organisation partly or fully funded by the Central Govt./State Govts.**

 

[iv]        The provisions under Sub-Rule [iii] of Rule 6 shall not be applicable in cases covered by the provisions of Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions [Deptt. Of P&PW] OM No. 33/5/89-P&PW[K] dt. 09-04-90 relating to liberalized  pensionary awards**.

 

Note:- If a Govt. servant ceases to be in service by reason of retirement, resignation, discharge or death in the course of an academic year the payment shall be made by the office in which the Govt. servant worked prior to these events and will be regulated under the procedure laid down in para 25-28  of these consolidated orders.

 

7.[i]      Children’s educational allowance, reimbursement of tuition fee or hostel subsidy shall be admissible only in respect of children between the age limits of 5 to 20 years.  A Govt. servant shall not be eligible to draw children’s educational allowance, reimbursement of tuition fee or hostel subsidy for a child for more than two academic years in the same class.

 

[ii]         Physically/mentally handicapped children will be eligible for the benefits between the age limits 05-22 years and for more than two academic years in the same class subject to the upper age limit of 22 years.

 

 

Explanation:

Children Educational Allowance, Reimbursement of tuition fee and Hostel subsidy shall be admissible in respect of the child upto the end of the academic session even if he completes 20***/22 years, as the case may be, during the currency of the academic session.

 

8.         Assistance as per these orders/instructions shall be admissible to the Government servant in respect of not more than 3 children at any time born upto 31-12-87 and shall be restricted to two children at any time born thereafter.  However, if the number of children exceeds two as a result of second childbirth resulting in twins or multiple births, assistance shall be admissible to all the children.

 

9.         The children’s educational allowance, reimbursement of tuition fee or hostel subsidy, as the case may be, shall be admissible to a Govt. servant in respect of a child only if the child attends the school regularly.

 

Provided that no such allowance, reimbursement or subsidy be admissible in any case where the period of absence from the school without proper leave exceeds one month notwithstanding that the name of the child remains on the rolls of the school.

 

10.       The children’s educational allowance, reimbursement of tuition fee or hostel subsidy, as the case may be, shall be admissible to a Govt. servant in respect  of his children regardless of the fact that any scholarship is received provided that if any fee concession is awarded, reimbursement of tuition fee / hostel subsidy shall be admissible only to the extent of fees actually paid.

CHILDREN’S EDUCATIONAL ALLOWANCE

11.[i]    A Government servant is eligible to draw children’s educational allowance when he is compelled to send his child to a school away from the station at which he is posted and/or residing owing to the absence of a school of the requisite standard at that station.

[ii]         For the purpose of this order, the following schools shall not be deemed to be schools of the requisite standard;

[a]       Insofar as an Anglo Indian child is concerned, a school not run by the Anglo Indian community or a school not affiliated to the Council for Indian School Certificate Examination of the Indian Council of Secondary Education.

[b]        A school run by a body of certain religious persuasion which the child is prevented by the tenets of his religious persuasion from attending due to religious instructions being compulsorily imparted in such a school; and

[c]        A school where teaching is conducted in a language different from the language of the child.

Explanation I : The language of the child will be the medium of Instruction in the school where the child was getting education earlier and in the case of a child admitted in a school for the first time the mother tongue of the child by birth or by adoption.

Explanation II : The admissibility of children’s educational allowance will have to be determined with reference to the standard of the school, viz; Primary, Secondary or Higher Secondary or Senior Secondary and the medium of instruction and the language of the child and not to the absence of any particular subject in a particular institution.

Explanation III : Notwithstanding clause 11[i] of these orders Children’s Educational Allowance shall be admissible to a Government servant who on transfer from one station to another, is compelled to keep his child / children studying in the final year of the Secondary / Higher Secondary / Senior Secondary classes at the old station for Board Examination in the interest of continuity of studies.****

[d]        Insofar as physically/mentally retarded child is concerned, if a recognised or approved or aided school or institution equipped to impart education or instruction to a physically / mentally handicapped child is not available at a particular place, the parent of that child will be eligible to get the children’s educational allowance.

2.         The allowance shall be admissible to a Government servant at a station where there is no school of the requisite standard, only if the nearest school of such standard is so situated that there is no convenient train or bus service to take the child from his residence near the time of the opening of the school and bring him back not too long after the school is closed for the day and the journey by such train/bus service takes more than an hour.

3.         If a Government servant is transferred from a station where there is no school of the requisite standard to a station where there is such a school and if he was in receipt of the allowance at the former station in respect of any child, he shall continue to remain eligible for such allowance as long as the child continues to study in the same school %.

4.         If a child of a Government servant is denied admission to a School of the ‘requisite standard’ at the station at which the Government servant is posted and/ or residing because of there being no vacancy, or for any other reasons, and the child is, compelled to attend a school away from the Govt. servant’s place of posting and/or residence, the Government servant shall be entitled to the allowance as if there were no school of the requisite standard at that station.

Explanation : The availability of a vacancy in a school shall be determined with reference to the position existing at the time of the admission of the child in the school, whether it be at the start or in the middle of the session, in consultation with competent educational authorities of the area and not on the basis of the certificate of the school authorities.

5.         A Government servant in receipt of the allowance shall continue to be eligible to draw such allowance during any period, not exceeding four months.

  1.                              i.            When he may go and stay with the child in respect of whom the allowance is drawn while on leave or during suspension or temporary transfer;
  2.                             ii.            When the child may come to live with the Govt. servant provided it is certified by a registered medical practitioner that the child is forced to remain away from studies due to illness; and
  3.                         iii.            When the child may come to live with the Govt. servant during vacation, provided the child continues to be on the rolls of the school.

16.       The allowance shall be admissible to a Govt. servant at the following rates:-

Primary, Secondary,  Higher and Senior  Secondary classes (I to XII)

Rs. 100/- per month per child.#

17.       [i]         The allowance shall be admissible to a Government servant throughout the year notwithstanding that no tuition fee is paid during the vacation.

[ii]         In the case of a child who is successful at the final Secondary/ Higher Secondary/ Senior Secondary Examination, the allowance shall be admissible to the Govt. servant upto the end of the month in which the examination is completed or upto the end of the month upto which the school fees are charged, whichever is later.

 

[iii]        In the case of a child who fails in the final Secondary/ Higher Secondary/ Senior Secondary Examination, but resumes his studies, the allowance shall be admissible to the Govt. Servant for the period of vacation intervening provided that fees are paid for the period of vacation.

REIMBURSEMENT OF TUITION FEE

18.       A Govt.  servant shall be eligible to the reimbursement of tuition fee payable and actually paid in respect of his child provided that no children educational allowance under these orders is admissible to him.

19.       [i] The tuition fee payable and actually paid by a Govt. servant in respect of his child may be reimbursed, subject to the following limits:-+

(a) Class I to X Rs. 40/- per month per child
(b) Class XI to XII Rs. 50/- per month per child
(c) Class I to XII in respect of Physically handicapped and Mentally retarded Children. Rs. 100/- per month per child

Note $$: ‘Science fee’ if charged separately  upto the limit of Rs. 10/- p.m. will be reimbursable in addition to the tuition fee in respect of children studying in classes IX to XII & offering science subjects.

20.       The reimbursement of tuition fee charged by a college run by a University or affiliated to a University for Pre-University/first year class of an Intermediate College or of a Technical College or first year class of Polytechnic or for a correspondence course shall however, be reimbursed in full subject to the rates prescribed in para 19 of these orders.

“In cases where minimum qualification for admission in the two years Diploma course in Polytechnics is 10th class of the revised pattern of education and the student joins the polytechnic after passing X class of the revised pattern of education, the reimbursement of tuition fees shall also be allowed for the 1st  and the 2nd  year classes of the above course.”

21.       Tuition fee payable and paid in respect of a physically handicapped or  mentally retarded child of a Govt. servant shall be reimbursed even if the institution in which the child is studying is not recognised by the Central/State Govt. or Union Territory Administration  subject to the limits mentioned in para 19 [c]:-$$$

[i]         The tuition fee payable and paid by the parent of a mentally retarded child be reimbursed even if the child is undergoing non-formal education or vocational training or other similar instructions.

[ii]         As long as a physically / mentally handicapped child studies in any institution i.e. aided or approved by the Central / State Govt. or UT Administration or whose fees are approved by any of these authorities, the tuition fee paid by the Govt. servant shall be reimbursed irrespective of the fact whether the institution is ‘recognised’ or not.

HOSTEL SUBSIDY

22.       A Government servant shall be eligible to the grant of a subsidy at the rate of  Rs. 300/- per month per child++ if because of his transfer he is obliged to keep his children in the hostel of a residential school away from the station at which he is posted and/or is residing;

However, if the date of admission to the Hostel is earlier than the date of transfer,  and if such admission is made in anticipation of the transfer, the hostel subsidy may be made from the effective date of transfer.

23.       The hostel subsidy shall be payable upto 10 plus 2 stage in States and Union Territories, where the pattern of 10 Plus 2 Plus 3 has been adopted and upto Higher Secondary and Senior Secondary stage in other States and Union Territories irrespective of the fact that the children study in a Kendriya Vidyalaya or any other recognised school.

24.       The hostel subsidy shall not be admissible in respect of a child for whom children’s educational allowance is drawn by a Government servant.

PROCEDURE FOR PAYMENT OF CHILDREN’S EDUCATIONAL ALLOWANCE REIMBURSEMENT OF TUITION FEES AND HOSTEL SUBSIDY.

25.       A Government servant, claiming children’s educational allowance, reimbursement of tuition fees or hostel subsidy shall furnish a certificate in the prescribed form 1, 2 & 3 as the case may be to the Head of Office at the time of preferring his initial claim and thereafter in the months of March and July every year. Where the Government servant is himself the Head of the Office, he shall furnish certificate to the next higher authority.

26.       The Head of Office in regard to officers working in his office and the next higher authority in regard to the Head of Office shall, after making such enquiry as may be considered necessary, issue a certificate indicating the amount of allowance admissible to the Government servant on the basis of which the allowance shall be drawn by the drawing and disbursing officer.

Provided that in the case of Children’s educational allowance it shall be permissible for the allowance being drawn on provisional basis, pending verification as above, for short periods not exceeding three months subject to an undertaking being obtained from the Railway servant that if, as a result of verification, it is established that a school of the requisite standard does exist at the station of posting/ residence or near such station as referred to in para 12, he shall refund the allowance paid to him.

Provided further that the Head of Office or the next higher authority, as the case may be, may at his discretion, make enquiry at periodic intervals regarding admissibility of assistance under these orders.

27.       The drawing and disbursing officer shall certify on the pay bill that the certificates mentioned in order 26 in respect of the Government servants covered by the pay bill have been obtained.

28.       A Government servant transferred from one station to another shall furnish a fresh certificate at the new station in case he continues to be eligible to draw children’s educational allowance or .

ANNEXURE

FORM 1

(Para 25)

CHILDREN’S EDUCATIONAL ALLOWANCE

  1. Certified that my child/children mentioned below in respect of whom children’s educational allowance  is claimed is/are wholly dependent upon me and I am compelled to send my child/children, away from the place of my posting/residence due to non-availability of the school of the requisite standard at the station of my posting/residence or due to non-availability of a vacancy in such a school at the station of my posting/residence.

 

Name of the child Date of Birth School/college in which studying location there of and residence of the child The place where the Government Servant is residing Class in which the child is studying Monthly educational allowance admissible Amount of allowance claimed for the period
from July 200_ To Feb 200_
Mar. 200_ To June 200_

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

1.

2.

3.

             
  1. Certified that my child/children in respect of whom children’s educational allowance is claimed is/ are studying in the schools mentioned in column (1) which is/are recognised school (s) (Not applicable to school(s) run by the Central Government/ State Government/ Union Territory Administration/ Municipal Corporation / Municipal Committee/ Panchayat Samiti / Zilla Parishad).
  2. Certified that;
  3. My wife/husband is / is not a Central Government Servant.
  4. My wife/husband is a Central Government servant and that she/he will not claim children’s educational allowance in respect of our child / children.
  5. My wife/husband is employed with ..……………………… She/he is/is not entitled to children’s educational allowance in respect of our child/children.
  6. Certified that during the period covered by the claim the child/children attended the school regularly and did not absent himself /herself/ themselves from the school without proper leave for a period exceeding one month.
  7. Certified that the child/children has / have been not studying in the same class for more than two academic years.

6.   In the event of any change in the particulars given above which affect my eligibility for children’s educational allowance, I undertake to intimate the same promptly and also to refund excess payments, if any made.

(Signature of the Government servant)
Name in block letters…………………
Designation & Office………………….

Date……………………
Place of posting …………

(Strike out whatever is not applicable)


FORM 2

(Para 25)

REIMBURSEMENT OF TUITION FEE

Name of the Child Date of birth School in which studying Class in which studying Monthly tuition fees actually payable Tuition fee actually paid from Amount of

reimbursement claimed

   
   

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

1.            
2.            
3.            
  1. Certified that the child /children mentioned below in respect of whom reimbursement of tuition fee is claimed is/are wholly dependent upon me:
  2. Certified that the tuition fee indicated against the child/each of the children had actually been paid by me [cash receipt /counterfoil of the Bank Credit Voucher to be attached with the initial claim] .
  3. Certified that:
  4. My wife/husband is/is not a Central Government servant.
  5. My wife/ husband is a Central Government servant and that she/he will not claim reimbursement of tuition fee in respect of our child/children.
  6. My wife/husband is employed with ………………she/he is/ is not entitled to reimbursement of tuition fees in respect of our child/children.
  7. Certified that during the period covered by the claim, the child /children attended the school(s) regularly and did not absent himself /herself /themselves from the school(s) without proper leave for a period of exceeding one month.
  8. Certified that the child/children  has/ have been not studying in the same class for more than two years.
  9. Certified that I or my wife/husband have/has not claimed and will not claim the children’s educational allowance in respect of the children mentioned above.
  10. Certified that my child/children in respect of whom reimbursement of tuition fee is claimed is/ are studying in the schools which is/are recognised school (s) (Not applicable to schools run by Central Government/State Government/Union Territory Administration/ Municipal Corporation/Municipal Committee/Panchayat Samiti/Zilla Parishad).

8.   In the event of any change in the particulars given above which effect my eligibility for Reimbursement of tuition fees, I undertake to intimate the same promptly and also to refund excess payments, if any made.

(Signature of the Government servant)
Name in block letters…………………
Designation & Office………………….

Date……………………
(Strike out whatever is not applicable)

                                                                FORM 3

(Para 25)

HOSTEL SUBSIDY

  1. Certified that my child Shri/Kumari ……………………..is studying in ………………… was admitted  to hostel of the school on……………… 200…………………

(Certificate from the Head of the School attached).

  1. Certified that
    1. My wife/ husband is /is not in Government service is /is not drawing Hostel subsidy in respect of my child/children.
    2. The total number of children in respect of whom the hostel subsidy and children’s educational allowance have been claimed does not exceed the number as provided in the orders..
  2. I undertake to inform my employer forthwith in the event of my withdrawing the child, from the hostel and also about any change in the particulars mentioned earlier.

 

(Signature of the Government servant)
Name in block letters…………………
Designation & Office………………….

Date……………………

                                                                FORM 4

(Para 25)

HOSTEL SUBSIDY

……………………………………….. [Name of the School and Place]  School

 

Name of the boarder……………………………………………

Name of Parent…………………………………………………

Class to which admitted………………………………………..

Date of admission in the hostel……………………………….

Period during the year for which the child would continue to

stay in the hostel……………………………………………….

 

From                       To

[a]

[b]

[c]

[d]

 

Dated ………………..Principal / Head Master / Head Mistress

 

[Stamp of the School]

Annexure II

EXTRACTS OF THE NOTIFICATION

MINISTRY OF SOCIAL JUSTICE AND EMPOWERMENT

NOTIFICATION

New Delhi, the 1st June 2001

 

Subject:- Guidelines for evaluation of various disabilities and procedure for certification.

 

No. 16-18/97-NI.I In order to review the guidelines for evaluation of various disabilities and procedure for certification as given in the Ministry of Welfare’s O.M. No.  4-2/83-HW.III, dated the 6th August, 1986 and to recommend appropriate modifications/alterations keeping in view the Persons with Disabilities [Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation] Act, 1995, Government of India In Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, vide Order No. 16-18/97-NI.I, dated      28-8-98, set up four committees under the Chairmanship of Director General of Health Services-one each in the area of mental retardation, Locomotor/Orthopaedic disability, Visual disability and Speech & Hearing disability.  Subsequently, another Committee was also constituted on 21-07-99 for evaluation, assessment of multiple disabilities and categorization and extent of disability and procedure for certification.

 

2.         After having considered the reports of these committees the undersigned is directed to convey the approval of the President to notify the guidelines for evaluation of following disabilities and procedure for certification:

 

Visual Impairment

Locomotor / Orthopaedic disability

Speech & Hearing disability

Mental retardation

 

Copy of the Report is enclosed herewith as Annexure*.

 

3.         The minimum degree of disability should be 40% in order to be eligible for any concession / benefits.

 

4.         According to the Persons with Disabilities [Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation] Rules, 1996 notified by the Central Government in exercise of the powers conferred by sub-section [1] and [2] of section 73 of the Persons with Disabilities [Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation] Act, 1995      [1 of 1996], authorities to give disability  Certificate will be a Medical Board duly constituted by the Central and the State Government.  The State government may constitute a Medical Board consisting of at least three members out of which at least one shall be a specialist in the particular field for assessing locomotor / Visual including low vision / hearing and speech disability, mental retardation and leprosy cured, as the case may be.

 

5.         Specified test as indicated in Annexure* should be conducted by the medical board and recorded before a certificate is given.

 

6.         The certificate would be valid for a period of five years for those whose disability is temporary and are below the age of 18 years.  For those who acquire permanent disability, the validity can be shown as ‘Permanent’.

 

7.         The State Govts. /UT Admn. may constitute the medical boards indicated in para 4 above immediately, if not done so far.

 

8.         The Director General of Health Services, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare will be the final authority, should there arise any controversy / doubt regarding the interpretation of the definitions /classifications/evaluations tests etc.

 

[GAURI CHATTERJI]

Joint Secretary to the Government of India

NOTE:
*The Annexure mentioned above may please be seen from the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment notification.

*********

*                       inserted vide DOPT’s OM No. 12013/1/90-Estt. [Allowance] dated 08-05-92

**                      inserted vide DOPT’s OM No. 12013/1/90-Estt. [Allowance] dated 08-05-92

***                    inserted vide DOPT’s OM No. 12011/2/83-Estt. [Allowances] dated 27-12-89

****                   inserted vide DOPT’s OM No. 12011/4/88-Estt. [Allowances] dated 31-05-89

& # $$   $$$        inserted vide DOPT’s OM No. 12017/1/97-Estt. [Allowances] dated 12-06-98

 

 

RBE No. 24/2007                                                                                                                           Copy of Bd’s letter No. E[W]92/PS 5-3/1  dated 14-2-2007 (RBE No. 24/2007)

 

Sub: Validity of Passes/PTOs for travel in Garib Rath Express Trains.

Ref: Railway Board’s letter No. TCII/2910/06/Garib Rath

 dated  28-09-2006

            Instructions have been issued vide Board’s letter No. TCII/2910/06/Garib Rath dated 28-09-2006 [Commercial Circular No. 77 of 2006] regarding the basic fare structure and classes of travel available on Garib Rath Express trains.  The question of validity of Privilege Passes/PTOs and other passes for traveling in Garib Rath Express trains has been considered by Board and it has been decided that:

 

[i]         All Passes/PTOs valid for travel in 1st Class A/AC-2/AC-3/Chair Car issued to Railway Servants /Retired Railway Servants /Individuals under Railway Servants [Pass] Rules, 1986 will be valid for travel in Garib Rath Express trains.  However facility of attendant will not be permitted on these trains.

 

[ii]        Complimentary Card Passes issued to Freedom Fighters, Gallantry Awardees, Arjuna Awardees and other categories of Awardees based on instructions issued from time to time which are valid for travel in AC-3 tier will be valid for travel in Garib Rath Express trains.

 

[iii]        The facility of rail travel being provided to Members of Parliament, Ex-MPs under Salary Allowances & Pension of Members of Parliament Act, 1954  for which debits are raised on the Lok Sabha /Rajya Sabha Secretariat will also be extended to Garib Rath Express trains.

 

[iv]       Except for categories indicated at [i]   & [ii] above, the element of reservation fee, superfast surcharge and safety surcharge as indicated in Commercial Circular No.77 of 2006 will be included in the  reimbursement claim.

2.         This issues with the concurrence of the Finance Directorate of the Ministry of Railways.

  Bd’s letter No. E[W]2002 PS5-1/9 dated 15-02-07  

 

Sub: Issue of Duty Cheque Pass to RailTel Corporation of India Ltd.

            In terms of instructions contained in Board’s letter No. F[E]II/2002/DEI/I dt.  22nd Nov. 2002,  issue of duty cheque passes  to the Railway servants on deputation to RailTel Corporation of India Ltd. was available for a period of two years.  This facility was further extended for a period of two years i.e.  upto 21-11-06 vide Board’s letter of even number  dt. 21-03-05.

 

2.         On receipt of a request from the /RailTel Corporation for further extension of issue of duty cheque passes to the Railway servants on deputation to RailTel Corporation, the matter has been considered by the Board and it has been decided that the facility for issue of duty cheque passes may be extended further upto 31-12-2008.  It has also been decided that RailTel Corporation should be directed to take immediate action to reimburse outstanding amount on account of the cost of duty cheque passes issued to the Railway servants on deputation latest by 31-03-2007 failing which the facility of duty cheque passes will be discontinued.  Northern, Eastern, Central and South Central Railways should take immediate steps to recover the outstanding dues by 31-03-2007 and compliance should be reported for information of Board.

 

3.         This issues with the concurrence of the Finance Directorate of the Ministry of Railways.

 

RBE No. 28/2007

Bd’s letter No. E[NG]I-2000/PM1/41 dated 23-02-2007   (RBE No. 28/2007)

 

Sub: Procedure for holding selections for promotion to posts classified as ‘Selection – Selection on the basis of viva-voce for Motorman and Passenger Guard

            As the Railways are aware, instructions for elimination of viva-voce in departmental selections,  except in the categories of Law Assistants, Physiotherapists,  Telephone Operators and Teachers, where viva-voce alongwith written test continues to form the part of selection process, were issued vide this Ministry’s letter of even number dt. 07-08-2003.  Further vide this Ministry’s letter of even number dated 12-09-2005 eight more categories viz., Instructors in Zonal Training Schools etc., Stenographers, Chief Typists, Protocol Inspectors, Receptionists, Publicity /Advertising Inspectors, Photographers / Cameramen, Hostel Superintendents were added to the list of above four categories where viva-voce is to be conducted in addition to the  written test.  Apart from this in view of the  difficulties being faced by Zonal Railways in conducting selections for promotion as Passenger Drivers [re-designated as Loco Pilot {Passenger}] in terms of revised procedure as contained in this Ministry’s letter dt. 07-08-03 and demands raised by the Federations the Zonal Railways were allowed to conduct selection for promotion as Loco Pilot [Passenger] on the basis of viva-voce only after passing the prescribed promotional course vide this Ministry’s letter No. E[NG]I-2003/PM7/10 dt.  06-09-2005.

 

2.         Pursuant to the proposals received from some of the Zonal Railways for conducting selections on the basis of skill test in a few categories instead of written test as indicated in the extant procedure as mentioned above and reiteration of demand by the Staff Side in the DC-JCM for restoring the status quo ante in the categories where the earlier selection procedure consisted of only viva-voce, the matter has again considered by the Board and it has been decided that like the special selection procedure prescribed for promotion to the post of Loco Pilot [Passenger] the selection for promotion from the post of Goods Guard to Passenger Guard and for promotion as Motorman may also be done on the basis of viva-voce only after passing the prescribed mandatory promotional courses.

 

3.         The revised selection procedure in the above two categories will be applicable to selections notified on or after the date of issue of this letter.

 

3.1       All the remaining provisions as mentioned in this Ministry’s earlier letters of even number dt. 07-08-03 and 12-09-2005 read with ACS Nos. 150 and 177 issued thereunder respectively  will remain unaltered.

 

4.         Accordingly the Indian Railway Establishment Manual, Volume I, 1989 is also amended as per ACS No. 191 enclosed.

 

Indian Railway Establishment Manual, Volume I, 1989 Edition

ADVANCE CORRECTION SLIP No. 191

Chapter II, Section ‘B’ – Rules governing the promotion of Group ‘C’ staff.

 

Substitute the following for existing proviso to sub-para [a] of para 215 as inserted vide ACS No. 177 issued under Board’s letter No. E[NG]I-2000/PM1/41 dt. 12-09-2005:

 

“Provided that the positive act of Selection for promotion to the posts of Loco Pilot [Passenger], Passenger Guard and Motorman will consist of viva-voce only to assess the professional ability of the candidates after passing the prescribed promotional courses.”

 

            [Authority: Railway Board’s letters no. E[NG]I-2003/PM7/10 dt. 06-09-2005,

             E[NG]I-2000/PM1/41 dt. 12-09-2005 and E[NG]I-2000/PM1/41 dt. 23-02-07]

 

RBE No.27/2007

  Bd’s letter No. E[NG]I-2005/PM1/34C.C dated 23-02-2007 (RBE No.27 /2007)

 

Sub: Rectification of administrative errors – Grant of proforma promotion – payment of arrears- Hon’ble Apex Court’s Judgement dt. 21-09-2006

            A copy of Hon’ble Supreme Court’s judgement dt. 13-08-1997 in Civil Appeal No.  8904 of 1994 [Union of India & Others Vs. P.O. Abraham & Others] upholding the provisions of para 228 of IREM, Vol.I, 1989 regarding non-payment of back wages on proforma promotion was circulated to the Railways along with this Ministry’s letter No. E[NG]I-2002/PM1/16 dt. 02-07-2003.  The validity of these instructions has again been upheld by Hon’ble Apex Court recently in Civil Appeal No. 4222/2006 arising out of SLP[C]  No. 23021/2005 in Union of India [ through General Manager, Northern Railway & Others] Vs. Shri Tarsem Lal & Others in their judgement dt. 21-09-2006. A copy of the above judgement is sent herewith for information and guidance.

 

Copy

IN THE SUPREME COURT OF INDIA

Civil Appeal No. 4222 of 2006

[Arising out of SLP[C] No. 23021 of 2005

            Appellants: Union of India [UOI] and Anr

                                    Vs.

Respondent: Tarsem Lal and Ors.

 

JUDGEMENT

Arijit PASAYAT, J.

Leave granted.

 

Union of India and its functionaries call in question correctness of the judgement rendered by a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court dismissing the writ petition filed by the present appellants and affirming the order of the Central Administrative Tribunal, Chandigarh Bench, Chandigarh [ in short the ‘CAT’]

 

Background facts in a nutshell are as follows:

 

Respondent filed the Original Application claiming that he was entitled to pay and allowance from the date on which proforma promotion was given and not from the date of actual promotion.  Appellants relied on circular dated 15/17 September, 1964 to contend that the claim was untenable.

 

According to CAT the only question which was to be decided was whether the respondent was entitled for his pay and allowance from August, 2001, on which  date he was actually promoted as M.C.M. or with effect from 9.9.1997 from which date he has been given promotion on proforma basis.  Appellants denied him the arrears with effect from 9.9.1997 on the ground that he has not worked on the promotional post during the said period and as such he was not entitled for the revised pay from that date.  Reliance was placed on paragraph 228 of Indian Railway Establishment Manual [in short ‘IREM’ ] Volume I dealing with employees who have lost promotion on account of administrative error.  It inter alia provides that in such cases the pay should be fixed  on proforma basis and the enhanced pay was to be allowed from the  date of actual promotion and no arrears on this account was to be paid for the past period as he did not actually perform duties and responsibilities of the higher post.  The Tribunal relying on a decision of this Court in Harbans Singh V. State of Punjab and Ors.  [1995 Supp. [3] SCC 471] held that the stand was unsustainable.  Tribunal’s order was assailed before the High Court.

 

The High Court as noted above dismissed the writ petition relying on the judgement in Harbans Singh’s case [supra].

 

Learned Counsel for the appellant submitted that the view of the Tribunal as affirmed by the High Court does not reflect the correct position in law.  Para 228 of IREM was pressed into service to contend that the Tribunal or the High Court in the instant case did not express any view on the legality of the provision.  The CAT and the High Court merely relied on Harbans Singh’s case [supra] without indicating as to how the factual scenario of that case has any application to the facts of the present  case.

 

There is no appearance on behalf of the respondent in spite of notice.

 

Para 228 of IREM reads as follows:

“228.  Erroneous Promotions [i] Sometimes due to administrative errors, staff are over looked for promotion to higher grades could be either on account of wrong assignment of relative seniority of the eligible staff at the time of ordering promotion or some other reasons.  Broadly, loss of seniority due to the administrative errors can be of two types:

 

  1. Where a person has not been promoted at all because of administrative error, and
  2. Where a person has been promoted but not on the date from which he would have been promoted but for the administrative error.

 

Each such case should be dealt with on its merits.  The staff who have lost promotion on account of administrative error should on promotion be assigned correct seniority vis-à-vis their juniors already promoted, irrespective of the date of promotion. Pay in the higher grade on promotion may be fixed proforma at the proper time.  The enhanced pay may be allowed from the date of actual promotion.  No arrears on this account shall be payable as he did not actually shoulder the duties and responsibilities of the higher posts.”

 

This Court has occasion to deal with the same issue in Union of India and Ors v P.O.Abraham and Ors in C.A. 8904 of 1994 decided on 13.8.1997. In that case the appeal was filed against the order of the Ernakulam Bench of CAT.  Reliance was placed by the Union of India and its Functionaries in that case on Railway Board’s Circular dated 15/17 September, 1964 which inter alia provided as follows:

 

“No arrears on this account shall be payable as he did not actually shoulder the duties and responsibilities of the higher post.”

 

One Bench of CAT held that clause to be invalid.  But in Virender Kumar, General Manager, Northern Railways, New Delhi Vs Avinash  Chandra Chadha & Others (1990) [3] SCC 472] the view was held to be not correct.  The order in Abraham’s case [supra] reads as follows:

 

“This appeal is directed against the order of the Central Administrative Tribunal, Ernakulam Bench in O.A.No.649/90 dated 30th September,1991.  Though the appeal challenges the order in its entirety, Mr.Goswami learned Senior counsel for the appellants fairly stated that the appeal is now confined only to  the payment of back-wages ordered to be given by the Tribunal.

 

By the order under appeal, the Tribunal has allowed the application which challenged the Railway Board Circular dated 15/17 September, 1964. The said Circular inter alia, contains the following clause:

 

“No arrears on this account shall be payable as he did not actually shoulder the duties and responsibilities of the higher posts”.

 

Consequent to the deletion of the above clause further directions were given.  Learned counsel submits that the clause, which has been directed to be removed, is in accordance with the judgement of this Court in Virender Kumar, General Manager, Northern Railways, New Delhi Vs Avinash  Chandra Chadha & Others (1990) 2 SCR 769. This court, in that case held  on principle of ‘ no work no pay’ that the respondents will not be entitled to the higher salary as they have not actually worked in that post.  The clause, which  has been directed to be deleted by the Tribunal being in consonance with the ruling of this Court, we are of the opinion that the Tribunal was not right in  directing the deletion of that clause.  Accordingly, to that extent this appeal is allowed.  The result is that the respondent will be given deemed promotion, if any, before retirement and also the benefit in the matter of fixing pensions.  No costs.”

In view of what  has been stated in Virendra’s case [supra] and P.O. Abraham’s case [supra], Tribunal and the High Court were not justified in granting relief to the respondent.  Reliance on Harbans Singh’s case [supra] was uncalled for.  The orders are set aside.  The appeal is allowed but in the circumstances without any orders as to costs.

Sd/-…..J

[ARIJIT PASAYAT]

New Delhi                                                                                   Sd/-…..J

September 21, 2006                                               [LOKESHWAR SINGH PANTA]

 

 

RBE No.34/2007

Copy of Bd’s letter No. E[NG]I-2005/PM1/20 dated 08-03-2007   (RBE No.34/2007)

 

Sub: Limited Departmental Competitive Examination for filling up of 20% posts in the category of Office Superintendent Grade-II scale Rs.5500-9000 – inclusion of Typists.

            As the Railways are aware with the objective of working-off the cadre of typists the Board vide their letter No. E[NG]I-2003/PM4/3 dated 04-06-2004 had allowed Graduate Typists and Sr. Typists in the pay scales of Rs.3050-4590 and Rs.4000-6000 respectively to appear in the Limited Departmental Competitive Examination [LDCE] against 13.33% quota for promotion as Sr. Clerks grade Rs.4500-7000 along with graduate Clerks in grade Rs.3050-4590.  Keeping in view the same objective it has been decided that the Typists / Sr. Typists / Hd. Typists in the pay scales of Rs. 3050-4590 /4000-6000 / 5000-8000 respectively possessing the qualification of Graduation would also be eligible to appear in the LDCE against 20% quota in the category of Office Superintendents Grade II in the pay scale of Rs.5500-9000 subject to their fulfilling the service conditions prescribed for Clerks / Sr. Clerks / Hd. Clerks in this Ministry’s letters of even number dt. 17-06-2005 and dt. 25-08-2005.

 

2.         These instructions will be applicable to the LDCEs notified on or after the date of issue of this letter.

 

 

RBE No.29/2007                                                                            

  Bd’s letter No. 2006/M[L]/467/2 dated 07-03-2007   (RBE No.29/2007)

 

Sub: Provision of subsidized meal/food to the running staff in Running Rooms

            Consequent to the Budget announcement for providing food at nominal rates to the running staff in the running room, the issue of guidelines in this regard has been under consideration.  An EDs Committee was constituted by the Board to go into the difficulties being experienced by the running staff in arranging their food at odd hours during the course of their stay in running room and to make recommendations.  After considering the recommendations of the Committee, Board have taken the following decision:

 

  1. If the quality of contractor supplied food in running room is improved, then large number of existing staff who prefer food prepared from their personal ration are likely to switch over to contract meals.  Therefore, it has been decided that 90% cost of a meal supplied by the caterer or Rs.18 per meal including Tea, whichever is less, would be borne by railway administration.  This subsidy would be an attractive incentive to improve the quality of provision used in the preparation of food in the running room by contractors.  Therefore, necessary clauses may be incorporated in future contracts to the effect that 90% of the cost of meal or Rs.18 per meal whichever is  less, would be paid to the contractor by the railway administration as a subsidy.  Tariff for various menu items should be fixed taking into account this subsidy.
  2. To improve the quality of food, only reputed, branded and agmark certified  provision items should be allowed to be used in all such contracts. Stringent penalty should be imposed for non-compliance of these specifications.
  3. The present systems of free supply of LPG gas [used for cooking in running room], free furnishing of kitchen equipments/other kitchen infrastructure in running room should continue.
  4. While implementing the scheme, no additional expenditure is to be incurred on creation of posts.  However, financially self-sustained readjustments can be made as per need of new structure in due course of time.
  5. In case railways feel that it would be difficult to implement the above recommended scheme of making available meals at subsidized rates in departmentally managed running rooms, the services of such running rooms may be outsourced with the approval of DRM.
  6. Periodical supervision regarding the quality of meal at appropriate level and a six monthly audit of the accounts may be ensured.
  7. The tariff should be fixed after taking into account the subsidy and other free supply inputs as indicated in para C above.
  8. Even after the introduction of this scheme, if some staff prefer to have their personal ration cooked in the running room kitchen, then the same may be allowed but no subsidy would be involved in these cases.
  9. This has the approval of President and issues with the concurrence of the Finance Directorate of the Ministry of Railways.

 

RBE No.33/2007                                                                                       

  Bd’s letter No. E[G]2003 EC2-3 dated 06-03-2007   (RBE No.33 /2007)

 

Sub: Review of Cadre in Coach Maintenance Depots- Workshop on  “Safety on IR”

            Instructions were issued vide Railway Board’s letter of even number dated             31.10.2003 to the effect that posts required for maintenance of rakes in coaching complexes in the context of introduction of new trains [ year 2003-04 and onwards] should be created on the lines as done for the crews by way of periodic review to the extent this involves introduction /induction of coaches in new trains.  This was to ensure that required number of staff is made available on time to facilitate the desired level of maintenance and safety.  Detailed guidelines for such creation have also been laid down in the said instructions.

 

It has come to notice of Railway Board that the instructions dated 31-10-2003 are not being adequately implemented on the Railway Units leading to inadequacy of manpower in Coaching Depots.  The contents of Railway Board’s instructions contained in letter No. E[G]2003 EC2-3 dated 31.10.2003 are, therefore, re-iterated for strict compliance.

 

 

RBE No.31/2007

  Bd’s letter No. E[MPP]2005/3/28 dated 06-03-2007   (RBE No.31 /2007)

 

Sub: Yoga training in Railway Training Centres- Honorarium to Instructors.

            In continuation of Board’s letter No. E[MPP]2000/19/1/Meditation dated 23.08.02 on the subject mentioned above, Board has decided to fix the honorarium @ Rs.75/- per hour per day per instructor subject to a maximum of Rs.2500/- per month per instructor.  All other terms and conditions will remain the same.  The rate of honorarium will be effective from 01.03.2007.

 

This issues with the concurrence of the Finance Directorate of the Ministry of Railways.

 

 

RBE No.30 /2007                                                                                                  

  Bd’s letter No. E[NG]II/99/CD/Pt.3 dated 01-03-2007 (RBE No.30 /2007)

CORRIGENDUM

 

Sub: Merger of certain non-gazetted cadres in Commercial Department.

            Kindly refer to Board’s letter of even number dated 03-01-2006 on the above cited subject.

 

2.         In partial modification to the above letter, para 4 of the same letter is replaced by the para as under:

 

“ 4.       There should be complete mobility at each grade between mobile on train ticket checking staff and stationary ticket checking staff and there  should be no bar to utilize any staff anywhere depending upon the circumstances and requirement.”

 

3.         The other terms and conditions contained in the above letter will remain unchanged.

 

4.         This issues with the approval of competent authority.

 

 

RBE No. 32/2007                                                                                      

Bd’s letter No. E[MPP]2005/1/54/Vol.III dated 06-03-07   (RBE No. 32/2007)

 

                Sub: Rightsizing the Indian Railways.

            It has been observed that some of the Railways are resorting to surrender of higher grade / promotional quota vacancies.  The matter was discussed during the PNM/AIRF meeting held on 18th and 19th January, 2007 and it is clarified that higher grade posts, cannot be surrendered in case the promotional prospects of staff are affected.

 

It is further clarified that normally posts in Safety categories should not be surrendered.  However, the same may be done, subject to a review having been undertaken that the number of posts have reduced, or in case where due to application of benchmarking norms, technological upgradation, change in working system, etc., those posts are superfluous.  In brief, the railways should review the strength of all categories of staff critically and rightsize accordingly.

RBE No.46/2007                                                                                             

  Bd’s letter No. PC-V/97/1/7/14  dated 22-03-2007   (RBE No.46 /2007)

 

Sub: Payment of Dearness Allowance to Railway employees – Revised rates effective from 1.1.2007.

              Reference to this Ministry’s letter of even number dated 12-09-06 (S.No.PC-V/476, RBE No.131/2006) on the subject mentioned above.  The President is pleased to decide that the Dearness Allowance payable to Railway employees with effect from 1st January, 2007 shall stand modified as follows:-

 

Date from which payable

Rate of Dearness Allowance per month

01-01-2006

35% of pay

              The provisions contained in Paras 3 and 4 of this Ministry’s letter No.PC-V/97/I/7/14 dated 16.10.1997 (S.No.PC-V/3, RBE No.139/97) shall continue to be applicable while regulating Dearness Allowance under these orders.

 

The additional installment of Dearness Allowance payable under these orders shall be paid in cash to all Railway employeesThe payment of arrears of Dearness Allowance for the months of January and February 2007 shall not be made before the date of disbursement of salary for March, 2007 and no honorarium is payable for preparing separate bill for this purpose.

 

The payment on account of Dearness Allowance involving fraction of 50 paise or above may be rounded off to the next higher rupee and the fractions of less than 50 paise may be ignored.

 

This issues with the concurrence of the Finance Directorate of the Ministry of Railways.

 

RBE No. 44/2007                                                                                                                          

  Bd’s letter No. E[NG]I-2002/PM1/31 Vol.II dated 20-03-2007 (RBE No. 44/2007)

 

Sub: Aptitude Test [earlier Psychological Test] in departmental selections- Calling the candidates a day prior to the test.

            As the Railways are aware in terms of instructions contained in this Ministry’s letter of even number dated 29-03-2005 Aptitude Test in departmental selection wherever prescribed is qualifying in nature i.e., the names of those candidates who fail in the Aptitude Test are not to be included in the panels/suitability lists.  However, the marks secured in aptitude test by those candidates who score the minimum cut-off marks and above in all sub-tests of the Aptitude Test are required to be added to the marks obtained in the written test, for deciding the eligibility for empanelment.

 

2.         The Staff Side in the forum of DC-JCM have represented for restoration of the non-qualifying nature of Aptitude Test in the departmental selections as provided for in this Ministry’s earlier letter of same number dt. 22-08-2003.  The matter has accordingly been considered again by the Board and it has been held that in the interest of safety the existing system of Aptitude Test being of qualifying and mandatory in nature should continue and the candidates who fail to qualify the Aptitude Test should be considered for appearing again in the Aptitude Test only on qualifying the next selection/suitability tests.  However, in order to improve the performance of the candidates in Aptitude Test it has been decided that they should be called for appearing in the Aptitude Test a day prior to the actual date of holding of test for a hands-on practice session so that they get familiar with the nature of the test batteries.

 

3.         The provision of calling the candidates a day prior to the holding of test will be applicable to the Aptitude Tests notified on or after the date of issue of this letter.

 

 

RBE No.42/2007                                                                                                                           

  Bd’s letter No. E[NG]II/91/RR-1/20 dated 16-03-07 (RBE No.42 /2007)

 

Sub: Vacancies in Clerical Cadre – Direct Recruitment Quota.

 

Attention is invited to Board’s letter of even number dated 07.03.2005 [RBE No. 38/2005]  on the above subject, wherein instructions had been issued for freezing of 25% of the vacancies falling within the direct recruitment quota in the category of Clerks in scale Rs.3050-4590 (RSRP) and in Senior Clerks in scale Rs.4500-7000 (RSRP) and 20% in the category of Junior Accounts Assistant and Accounts Clerk.  The question of continuance of the above freeze orders has been considered by the Board and it has been decided to extend the currency of the instructions mentioned for a further period up to 31.12.2009. Rest of the vacancies may be filled up after reviewing the requirement of clerical staff.

 

2.         In this regard, Board also desire that the Railways and Production Units should furnish information regarding the sanctioned  strength of Jr. Clerks, Sr. Clerks, Jr. Accounts Assistants and Accounts Clerks as on 1.4.92 and as on 01.1.2007.

 

 

RBE No.36/2007

 

  Board’s letter No. PC-V/97/I/7/12 dated 09.03.2007 (RBE No.36/2007)

 

Sub: Grant of Transport Allowance to the Railway officers

       using official vehicle for commuting between office

                              and residence during normal working hours.

 

Attention is invited to the Board’s letter of even number dated 16.12.97, specifying the rates of entitlement of Transport Allowance to various categories of Railway officials.

 

2.         It has now been decided that the Railway officers, even below the level of Head of Departments (SAG Rs.18400-22400/-), who have been provided with official vehicle to perform their duties may be allowed the use of official vehicle for commuting between their office and residence even during normal working hours and such officers shall not be paid Transport Allowance.

 

3.         The provision contained in Para 2 above is only in respect of those officers who have been provided with official vehicles to perform their duties. This by itself shall not give rise to any fresh demand for procurement of additional vehicles.

 

4.         This issues with the concurrence of the Finance Directorate  in  the Ministry of Railways.

 

5.         These orders will take effect from the date of issue of this letter.

 

 

RBE No.45/2007

 Board’s letter No.PC-III/2004/CRC/1(Pt.1 dated 22.03.2007 (RBE No.45/2007)

 

Sub: Introduction of the category of Senior Permanent Way Supervisor.

 

The issue of effecting rationalized planning for staff engaged in track maintenance on the Indian Railways and related matters such as the level of skill/technical know how expected from such staff and changes in the existing AVCs/methods of their recruitment in the light of mechanization of track maintenance/technological improvements have been under consideration of the Ministry of Railways for quite some time.  The review had become additionally justified especially after progressive implementation of the Corporate Safety Plan (2003-2013) of Indian Railways, prepared in pursuance of the recommendations of Railway Safety Review Committee (RSRC –1998).

 

2.         After undertaking a comprehensive exercise involving detailed deliberations on the different aspects of the issue and after duly consulting the recognized federations, Ministry of Railways have decided with the approval of President to Phase out the existing category of Track Supervisor (erstwhile P.W. Mistries/Supervisors Permanent Way) in scale Rs.4500-7000 (+Rs.100/- S.A. applicable to those appointed prior to 1.11.03) and introduce the category of Sr. Permanent Way Supervisor in scale Rs.5000-8000, subject to the following terms and conditions:-

Date of effect (1) These orders are effective from the date of issue of these instructions and would be applicable to the sanctioned cadre strength of the Track  Supervisors (erstwhile P.W.Mistries/Supervisors Permanent Way) on the above date. The sanctioned cadre strength of the

new category of Sr.P.Way Supervisors would be fixed by the individual Railways after providing matching savings as provided in these orders.  However, the total number of sanctioned posts in the new category should not exceed the present sanctioned strength of Track Supervisors(erstwhile P.W.Mistries/Supervisors Permanent Way).

Applicability (2) These orders will be applicable to regular cadres (excluding surplus & supernumerary posts) of the open line establishments and will not be applicable to ex-cadre & work charged posts.
Procedure for fitment of existing staff in the new category (3) As a one time exception, existing regular incumbents of the posts of Track Supervisor (erstwhile P.W.Mistries/Supervisors Permanent Way) would be absorbed in the category of Sr.P.Way Supervisor through promotion through modified selection procedure which will be based only on scrutiny of service records and confidential reports without holding any written or viva-voce tests. The selection Board would consider the claims/suitability of eligible staff one by one in order of their seniority. The Track Supervisors (erstwhile P.W.Mistries/Supervisors Permanent Way) who do not get absorbed (promoted) as Sr.P.W. Supervisor shall continue to hold post/scale of Track Supervisor as personal to them. To this extent, the newly created posts of Sr.P.W. Supervisor will be operated as the posts of Track Supervisors (erstwhile P.W.Mistries/ Supervisors Permanent Way) till the  existing incumbents vacate the same by way of promotion, retirement etc. On vacation of these posts, the same shall automatically be operated as the posts of Sr.P.Way. Supervisors.
  (3.1) For the above purpose the condition regarding minimum residency period prescribed by the Railway Board for promotion within Group C Safety categories on the Railways will have to be fulfilled. Those Track Supervisors (erstwhile P.W.Mistries/Supervisors Permanent Way) who do not have the prescribed minimum service would not be absorbed (through promotion) in the new category till they acquire such service.
  (3.2) Such selections through direct recruitment by Railway Recruitment Boards where notification(s)  has/have not been issued by RRBs shall henceforth be abandoned. Ongoing selections etc. for filling up the posts of Track Supervisors (erstwhile P.W.Mistries/Supervisors Permanent Way) against LDCE/seniority-cum-suitability quota, which have not been finalized till the date of issue of these orders should also be cancelled/abandoned.
Refusal of promotion. (4) Such of the staff as had refused promotion before issue of these orders and stand debarred for promotion may be considered for promotion, in relaxation of the extant provisions as a one time exception, if they indicate in writing that they are willing to be considered for absorption/promotion against the newly created superior category as on the date of effect.
  (5) Extant instructions for D&A/Vigilance clearance will be applicable for effecting promotion under these orders with reference to the date of effect as mentioned above.
Pay Fixation (6) The staff placed in the new category will draw pay of the superior category from the date of effect as mentioned at (1) above.  On absorption/promotion as Sr.P.Way Supervisor, pay of the staff would be fixed under Rule 1313 (FR 22)(I) (a)(1) R-II (erstwhile FR 22C) with the usual option for pay fixation as per extant rules.
  (6.1) Employees who are otherwise eligible but retire/resign in between the period from the date of issue of these orders to the date of actual implementation of these orders will be entitled to the fixation benefits and arrears under these orders from the date of issue of these orders.
Provision of Reservation (7) Extant policy with regard to reservation of SC/ST will be followed.
Duties & responsibilities and training of those absorbed in the new category (8) The staff so absorbed/promoted against newly created posts would be under obligation to shoulder existing duties of Supervisors P.Way as well as the additional/new duties as entrusted to them by the Railway Administration keeping in view the changing needs/methods of track maintenance/technological improvements/ mechanized track maintenance and to undergo necessary training in this regard. Detailed instructions in this regard would be issued by this Ministry (Civil Engineering Directorate) separately.
Eligibility norms or future appointment to the category (9) Instructions regarding eligibility qualifications/norms for future promotion and direct recruitment to the newly created category would be separately issued by the Establishment directorate.
Chain of command in the revised set up (10) There would be no change in the existing chain of command. The Sr.P.Way Supervisors would work under Junior Engineers Gr.II as per the existing practice relating to Supervisors P.Way and would seek further promotion to JE Gr.II. However, on such promotion as JE Gr.II, staff would be eligible for benefit of pay fixation under Rule 1313 FR22(I)(a)(i) R-II.
Matching saving (11) The entire exercise would be self financing and expenditure neutral. Financial implications would be worked out taking into account the mid points of the scales of pay of the respective posts (mean of the minimum and maximum of the scales), number of posts in the existing and revised set up. After working out the financial implications, the matching savings should be effected by surrender of existing posts of Track Supervisors and other additional live posts to the extent required, which may be identified by the Civil Engineering  Department of the Railways.

 

 

 

3.         The exercise as above has been undertaken keeping in view the compelling factors relating to the category of Track Supervisors/Pmt.Way Supervisors and therefore it would not be cited as a reason or precedent for change of staffing norms of any other categories.

 

4.         This issues in consultation with the Civil Engineering & Establishment Directorates and with concurrence of the Finance Directorate of this Ministry.

 

RBE No. 41/2007                                                                                                                                         Bd’s letter No. E[NG]I-2007/PM8/1 dated 14-03-2007 (RBE No. 41/2007)

 

Sub: Promotion of JE-II [Signal] as JE-I [Signal] pending completion of prescribed training.

            The staff side in the forum of DC-JCM have brought to the notice of this Ministry that even though found suitable for promotion, the employees working as JE-II [Signal] are not being promoted to JE-I [Signal] on the ground that the Administration has not been able to book them for undergoing the prescribed training course at IRISET, Secunderabad.  While necessary instructions for conducting training courses to clear the backlog are being issued separately, the Board have decided that once a person has been found suitable for promotion as JE-I [Signal], his promotion should not be held up.  However,  since promotion on regular basis can take place only on passing the prescribed training, he may be promoted subject to the following conditions:

 

i]     Promotion may be effected on ad hoc basis  pending completion of prescribed training;

ii]     Promotion will be treated as regular after they have passed the prescribed training course;

iii]    they would be reverted to the lower grade if they fail to pass the prescribed training course;

iv]    The above conditions should be clearly mentioned in the order promoting the staff.

 

2.         The ad hoc promotions as above may be made up to 31-12-2007 or completion of training course, whichever is earlier.

 

3.         However, Board  desire that the Railways should do sufficient advance planning to nominate senior JE-II [Signal] likely to come up for promotion as JE-I [Signal] to the prescribed pre-promotional course strictly as per seniority so that a situation need not arise in future when an employee’s promotion has to be held up due to  non-attendance of the prescribed pre-promotional course.

 

RBE No.43/2007.

  Bd’s letter No. .E[W]2006/WE-5/3 dated 19-03-2007   (RBE No.43 /2007)

 

Sub: Presentation of Gold plated Medals to retiring railway servants.

Ref: Board’s letters of even number dated 20-03-06 and 16-10-06.

            Board have been approached for allotment of appropriate allocation head for PUs for booking the expenditure on presentation of Gold plated silver medals to retiring railway employees in place of K-687 Sundries [Unclassified misc. expenses] not applicable to the Production Units.

 

2.         In partial modification of the Board’s instructions in the matter, para-3 of the Board’s letter referred to above may be modified  and read as under:

 

“ The expenditure on this account is chargeable to ‘K-687 Sundries [Unclassified misc. expenses]’ in case of Zonal Railways, to ‘Administrative Overheads [General Oncosts]’ in case of Production Units, and to other appropriate heads in case of remaining Railway offices.”

 

3.         This issues in consultation with Finance [Accounts] Directorate of the Ministry of Railways.

 

RBE No.47/2007                                                                                       

  Bd’s letter No. E[P&A]II-2007/HRA-3 dated 29-03-2007   (RBE No.47 /2007)

 

Sub: Up-gradation of Jamnagar City as B-2 class city for the purpose of HRA

            Reference is invited to this office letter No. E[P&A]II-2004/HRA-16 dated          28-01-2005   regarding re-classification of cities / towns on the basis of 2001 Census for the purpose of grant of House Rent Allowance and Compensatory [City] Allowance to Railway employees.  Consequent  upon re-constitution of the area forming part of Jamnagar Municipality by addition of certain areas within the municipal limits vide notification dated 14-02-2006 and 20-07-2006 of the Government of Gujarat, the population of Jamnagar municipality has increased as per 2001 census, qualifying for classification as B-2 class city for the purpose of House Rent Allowance.

 

2.         The President is accordingly pleased to decide that Jamnagar [MC] shall stand classified as ‘B-2’ class for the purpose of grant of HRA to the Railway employees posted at Jamnagar [MC] .

 

3.         These orders shall be effective from 01-01-2007.  All other conditions governing grant of House Rent Allowance under existing rules / orders shall continue to apply.

 

4.         This issues with the concurrence of the Finance Directorate of the Ministry of Railways.

 

 

RBE No.50/2007                                                                                                   

  Bd’s letter No. F[E]III/98/PN1/4 dated 02-04-07 (RBE No.50 /2007)

 

Sub: Sanction of family pension to parents already in receipt of pension / family pension of an amount not exceeding Rs.2550/-

            The income criterion for sanction of family pension to parents, sons and daughters, including widowed /divorced daughters of deceased Government / Railway servants,  prescribed by the Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare [DOP & PW] in their OM No. 45/51/97-P&PW[E] dt. 5th March, 1998, circulated vide Board’s letter of even number dated 27-04-1998 is Rs.2550/- p.m. Clarificatory instructions have also been issued in consultation with DOP & PW, vide Board’s letter of even number dt. 31-03-2004 that two family pensions are not admissible under Rule 75 of Railway Services [Pension] Rules, 1993 except as provided in sub-rule 11 and second proviso to sub-rule 18 thereof as notified vide Board’s letter No. F[E] III/2000/PN1/23 dt. 18-10-2001.

 

2.         Notwithstanding the above instructions dt. 31-03-2004, the matter regarding entitlement of the mother [widow] / father [widower] in receipt of family pension of an amount not exceeding Rs.2550/- on account of the deceased spouse, to receive second family pension as a result of death of his / her employed son / daughter subsequently, has been examined further in consultation with DOP & PW, and it is clarified as under:

 

i]          The limit of Rs.2550/- p.m. set for determining dependency criterion is inclusive of dearness relief admissible on pension / family pension.

 

ii]          The mother [widow] / father [widower] who is in receipt of family pension amounting to not more than Rs.2550/- p.m. [inclusive of dearness relief], on account of the deceased spouse, will be entitled to a second family pension consequent upon the death of his / her employed son / daughter subsequently.  In such cases, both the family pensions shall be payable till the date of death or remarriage, whichever is earlier.

 

iii]         The parents who are in receipt of pension amounting to not more than Rs.2550/- p.m. [inclusive of dearness relief] will also be entitled to a family pension consequent upon the death of his/ her employed son / daughter subsequently.  In such cases, the family pension shall be payable till the date of death or remarriage, whichever is earlier.

 

iv]         Sanction of family pension as at  [ii] and [iii] above is subject to fulfilment of all other conditions stipulated in Board’s letters of even number dated 27-4-1998 and         9-09-99.

 

 

RBE No.48/2007                                                                                                                

  Bd’s letter No. E(Sports)/2007/Policy/3   dated     30.03.2007   (RBE No.48/2007)

Sub: Instructions for recruitment of Sportspersons on Indian Railways- Norms, Sports Quota, Procedure, Incentives etc.

…..

 1.        Railway Board have decided to revise the existing instructions as contained in Railway Board’s letter No.E(Sports)2006/Policy/1 dated 20.6.2006 on the above mentioned subject. In  supersession of  instructions as contained in Railway Board’s letter No. E(Sports)2006/Policy/1 dated 20.6.2006  and all clarifications/corrigendum issued thereto, the following revised instructions shall be applicable, from 01-04-2007  for recruitment of sportspersons, sports quota, norms and procedure for recruitment,  incentives and out-of-turn promotion to sportspersons of Indian Railways.

 

2. SPORTS QUOTA

 

2.1       Recruitment of sportspersons, both in Group-C and Group-D, shall be done through Talent Scouting and Open Advertisement. 60% of the total quota, including the share of Railway Sports Promotion Board (RSPB), shall be through Talent Scouting and balance 40% shall be filled up by Open Advertisement. Distribution of quota amongst Zonal Railways, Production Units, RSPB and Workshops having staff strength of 4000 or more, shall be as under :

S.No Zonal Railway/ Production Unit Open Advt. Talent Scouting Total Quota
ZRs’/PUs’     Quota ZRs’/PUs’     Quota RSPB’s Quota
A Group-C
(i) CR, ER, ECR, ECOR, NR, NCR, NER, NFR, NWR, SR, SCR, SER, SECR, SWR, WR, WCR

12

12

6

30

(ii) CLW, DLW, DMW, ICF, RCF, RWF, RDSO, Metro Railway/ Kolkata

4

4

2

10

B Group D        
(i) Headquarters of each Zonal Railway

4

4

2

10

(ii) Each Division of Zonal Railways

2

2

1

5

(iii) DLW, ICF, RCF

8

8

4

20

(iv) CLW, DMW, RWF, Metro Railway/ Kolkata

4

4

2

10

(v) RDSO

2

2

1

5

(vi) Workshops (having the staff strength of 4000 or more)

1

2

-

3

2.2              CLW, DLW, DMW, ICF, RCF & RWF can recruit the sportspersons in the category of Skilled Artisans against the Group-C Quota and such recruitment shall be counted against the 25% direct recruitment of Skilled Artisans as advised vide Board’s letter No.E(NG)III/78/RC-1/9 dated 24.02.1979.

 

2.3              The quota allotted shall be for the financial year and unused quota shall lapse on the expiry of financial year.

 

2.4              The recruitment shall be done in the games as mentioned below or as recognized by RSPB for this purpose.:-

 

S.No. Game S.

No.

Game S.

No.

Game
1 Aquatics 11 Chess 21 Karate
2 Archery 12 Cricket 22 Kabaddi
3 Athletics 13 Cross Country 23 Kho-kho
4 Badminton 14 Cycling 24 Powerlifting
5 Ball Badminton 15 Football 25 Shooting
6 Basketball 16 Golf 26 Table Tennis
7 Billiards & Snooker 17 Gymnastics 27 Tennis
8 Body Building 18 Handball 28 Volley Ball
9 Boxing 19 Hockey 29 Weightlifting
10 Bridge 20 Judo 30 Wrestling ( Free Style & Greco Roman only)

2.5              Recruitment of sportspersons, both through Talent Scouting and Open Advertisement shall be to a Grade where there is an element of direct recruitment and shall be counted against that quota.

 

2.6              However, through Talent Scouting, sportspersons having outstanding sports achievements at National and International levels can be recruited in the intermediate grades after the prior approval of the Railway Board. Details are in para 8.1.2.

 

2.7              Talent Scouting quota of RSPB Pool shall be operated by RSPB. However, the requests of Zonal Railways/Production Units etc., duly recommended by the President of their Sports Association for release of berths from RSPB Pool, may be considered by RSPB on merit.

 

2.8              Railway Board may re-allocate the Talent Scouting Quota, from one Railway/Unit to another Railway/Unit, as and when required.

 

2.9              General Manager may re-allocate the Talent Scouting Quota of Group-D allotted to their Railway, from one Division to another Division, as and when required.

 

  1. 3.                     CATEGORISATION OF INTERNATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

For recruitment and incentive purpose, international meets [Junior / Senior Category] shall be categorized as under:-

 

Category-A      :           Olympic Games

 

Category-B  :               World Cup

World Championships

Asian Games

Commonwealth Games

 

Category-C :               Commonwealth Championships

Asian Championships

USIC Championships

 

4. MINIMUM NORMS FOR RECRUITMENT OF SPORTSPERSONS

 

The minimum  sports norms for recruitment of sportspersons against sports quota, both through Talent Scouting and Open Advertisement, shall be as under: These provisions shall be read along with Para 4.3 [Note].

 

4.1       Minimum norms for Recruitment in Group-C :

 

Sportsperson who has any of the following sports achievement in team or individual event, in  any of the game as  mentioned in para 2.4 above:-

 

(i)                  Represented the country in the international championship as mentioned in Category-A & B under Para 3 above.

OR

(ii)                Represented a state or equivalent unit, in Junior/Senior National Championship and obtained at least 3rd Position.

OR

(iii)               Represented a University, in All India Inter-University Championship organised under the aegis of Association of Indian Universities and obtained at least 3nd Position in individual event or 2nd Position in team event.

OR

(iv)              Represented a state or equivalent unit in the Federation Cup Championship [Senior Category] and obtained 1st Position.

 

4.2       Minimum norms for Recruitment in Group-D :

 

Sportsperson who has any of the following sports achievement in team or individual event, in  any of the game as mentioned in para 2.4 above :-

 

(i)                 Represented a state or equivalent unit, except in Marathon and Cross Country in Junior/Senior National Championship.

OR

(ii)                Represented a District or  equivalent unit in Junior/Senior State Championship and obtained atleast  3rd  Position.

 

4.3              NOTE ( for Para 4.1 & 4.2)

 

(a)    In the case of recruitment in Group-C and Group-D through Talent Scouting, preference shall be given to sportspersons having higher levels of sports achievements, within the prescribed sports norms.

 

(b)    All the championships mentioned above shall be conducted under the aegis of recognised International/National/State Sports Federation and also recognised by  RSPB.

 

(c)    For norms mentioned under Para 4.1(ii) & 4.2 (i ), only Senior National and Junior National Championships, shall be taken into consideration. National Games, Rural Meets, Festival Meets and other similar tournaments shall not be considered.

 

(d)    In Cricket(Men & Women) at International level in  Senior Category, representation of Main Indian team in a Test Match or in  Limited Overs One Day International Match shall also be considered for recruitment in Group-C.

 

(e)    In Cricket (Men & Women)  at National level,  representation of a state or equivalent unit or a Zone of India, with the following sports achievements as mentioned against each tournament, conducted by BCCI, are also eligible for recruitment in Group-C and Group-D categories:

 

S.No.

Name of Championship

Category

Minimum Sports Achievement for Recruitment

     

Group-C

Group-D

         Men
1. Ranji Trophy

[Inter State Championship]

Senior Semi-finalist of Elite Group Championship Participation in Elite/Plate Group Championship
2 Inter State Limited Overs Tournament [popularly known as One Day Ranji Trophy Championship] Senior Semi-finalist of All India Knock Out stage Participation
3 Duleep Trophy [All India Inter Zonal Championship] Senior Finalist Participation
4 Prof. D.B. Deodhar Trophy [One Day Limited Overs All India Inter Zonal Championship] Senior Finalist Participation
5 Col. C.K. Nayudu Trophy [Inter State Championship] Junior

[U-22]

Semi-finalist of All India Knock-out stage Participation
6 Cooach Behar Trophy [Inter State Championship] Junior

[U-19]

Semi-finalist of Elite Group- Championship Participation in Elite / Plate Group Championship
7 Vinoo Mankad Trophy[ One Day Limited Overs Inter State Championship] Junior

[U-19]

Semi-finalist of All India knock-out stage Participation
8 Vijay Hazare Trophy [One day Limited Overs All India Inter Zonal Championship] Junior

[U-19]

Finalist Participation
           Women
9 Inter State All India Knock Out / Inter State Zonal Tournament [One Day Limited Overs] Senior Semi-finalist of All India Knock Out Tournament Participation
10 All India  Inter  Zonal Tournament [One Day Limited Overs] Senior Finalist Participation
11 Inter State All India Knock Out / Inter State Zonal Tournament [One Day Limited Overs] Junior

[U-19]

Semi-finalist of All India Knock Out Tournament Participation
12 All India  Inter Zonal Tournament [One Day Limited Overs] Junior

[U-19]

Finalist Participation

 Note: For granting incentives, as per the provisions made under Para 9, representation of Indian Railways only on championships as mentioned at S.No. 1,2,5, & 9 above; shall be considered.

 

(f)      In Chess, [i].for recruitment in Group –C sportsperson having 2350 or more points in last two consecutive FIDE Rating Lists; and [ii] for recruitment in Group-D, sportsperson having 2300 or more points in last two consecutive FIDE Rating Lists, shall also be eligible for recruitment.  Only the last two consecutive FIDE Rating Lists shall be considered for this purpose.

 

A sportsperson having International Grand Master title in Chess, may be recruited in a higher scale within Group-C, after the approval of the Railway Board.  ZR/PU may forward such cases to Railway Board for approval, after the recommendation of the General Manager.

(g)    For recruitment in Group-C & Group D in Rifle Shooting, only the individual performance in the championships shall be considered. Performance in the All India G.V.Mavlankar Shooting Championship shall not be considered for this purpose.

 

(h)    For recruitment in Group-C in Table Tennis, sportsperson with current All India Ranking upto 16 in Seniors and upto 8 in Juniors shall also be eligible. Only the current Annual Ranking shall be considered for this purpose.

 

(i)      For recruitment in Group-C in Badminton, sportsperson with current All India Ranking upto 16 in Seniors and upto 8 in Juniors shall also be eligible. Only the current Annual Ranking shall be considered for this purpose.

 

 

(j)      For recruitment in Group-C in Tennis, sportsperson with current All India Ranking upto 10 in Seniors and up to 8 in Juniors  shall also be eligible.  Only the current Annual Ranking shall be considered for this purpose.

 

(k)    In Golf, (i) for recruitment in Group-C, sportspersons having I.G.U.ranking from 1-50 ; and (ii) for recruitment in Group-D, sportsperson having I.G.U. ranking upto 100, subject to single handicap i.e. less than 10 ( in order of Merit/Amateur Merit list) shall also be eligible for recruitment. Only the current Annual Ranking shall be considered for this  purpose.

 

4.4              Period of Reckoning Sports Achievements:

 

For recruitment against sports quota, the sports achievements shall be in the immediate previous two years for both Talent Scouting and Open Advertisement and sportspersons shall be an active player. For this purpose previous two financial years from the date of receipt of application or date of notification, as the case may be, shall be taken into account.

 

For example, for applications received in 2007-08 (i.e from 1.4.2007 to 31.3.2008) for recruitment through Talent Scouting or notification issued during this period for recruitment through Open Advertisement, the sports achievements of current and previous two financial year i.e.2006-07 and 2005-06 shall be taken into account and therefore, sports achievements on or after 1.4.2005 shall only be considered for appointment, in the extant case. For this purpose, concluding day of the Championship shall be taken into account.

5.         AGE LIMIT

 

5.1  Talent Scouting:

 

5.1.1        The age limit for recruitment through Talent Scouting will be 18-25 years both for Group -C and Group-D categories.

 

5.1.2        The lower and upper age relaxation for recruitment of sportspersons through Talent Scouting shall be granted only by the Board to the outstanding sportspersons.

 

5.1.3        The date of reckoning of the age for recruitment of sportspersons through Talent Scouting  shall be the date of Trial, conducted by the Trial Committee.

 

 

5.2         Open Advertisement

 

5.2.1        The age limit for recruitment through Open advertisement  shall also be 18-25 years both for Group ‘C’ and ‘D’ categories.

 

5.2.2         No relaxation in lower or upper age limit shall be permissible in recruitment through Open Advertisement.

 

5.2.3        The date of reckoning of age shall be 1st  July for the posts for which notifications are issued between January to June of that year and 1st January of the next year, for the posts for which notifications are issued between July to December.

 

 

  1. 6.                Minimum Educational Qualification

 

6.1                      Sportspersons recruited through Talent Scouting and Open Advertisement must possess the minimum educational qualification, as applicable to the post to which sportsperson is to be appointed.

 

6.2                      No relaxation in minimum educational qualification shall be permissible in recruitment through Open Advertisement.

 

6.3                      In case of recruitment through Talent Scouting, if a sportsperson having outstanding sports achievement, but does not possess the minimum educational qualification, he/she may be appointed after the approval of the Railway Board for relaxation in acquiring the minimum educational qualification, subject to acquiring the same within a period of three years from the date of such appointment.

 

  1. 7.      Procedure for Recruitment

 

7.1              Talent Scouting

 

7.1.1.      Appointments against sports quota in Group-C category  under Talent Scouting shall be given only after trial, except when a sportsperson represented the country, in  Individual events, in any of the recent International Championships as mentioned in Category A or Category-B under Para 3, concluded within last four months

OR

When the sportsperson has obtained up to third position in the individual event at the Senior National Championship concluded within last four months.

 

However, in team games, trial is necessary.

 

7.1.2.      In respect of recruitment in Group-D against Talent Scouting quota, trial is necessary.

 

7.1.3.       For the purpose of trial for recruitment both in Group C & Group D through Talent Scouting , a Trial Committee may be nominated by the President of concerned Sports Association  at Headquarter level and by the DRM  at Divisional level.  The Trial Committee shall comprise of  3 officials with experience of  Sports, including one JAG officer, a sports officer and a Coach of the respective game (National/Railway/NIS qualified).

 

7.1.4.      Trial shall be conducted in the presence of all the three members of the Trial Committee. The Trial Committee shall give its recommendation as FIT or NOT FIT for further consideration.

 

7.2              Open Advertisement

 

7.2.1                    The recruitment of sportspersons by Open Advertisement shall be done by respective Railway Administration.

 

7.2.2                    The general procedure for preparation of Employment Notice and publicizing the same shall be as specified for recruitment to Group-C and Group-D posts in Board’s letter No.E(NG)II/96/RR-1/62 dated 17.9.1998.

 

7.2.3                    Employment Notice must contain the details of the vacant posts viz. sports discipline ( with position like 100 M in Athletic, Wicketkeeper in Cricket, Goalkeeper in Football etc.); age limit; minimum educational qualification, period of performance of sports achievements and minimum sports achievements as required vide relevant paras of this letter.

 

7.2.4                    Vacancies for different games shall be worked out by the concerned Sports Association with the approval of General Secretary for Group-C and Sports Officer for Group-D posts and shall be furnished to the Personnel Branch for Employment Notice etc.

 

7.2.5                    A Recruitment Committee shall be constituted to look after the recruitment process for both in Group-C and Group-D categories.

 

7.2.6                     Recruitment Committee :

 

7.2.6.1                 Recruitment Committee shall comprise of three members who shall be nominated by GM at Headquarter level and by  DRM at Divisional level, respectively,

7.2.6.2                At Headquarter level, for recruitment of sportspersons against Group-C and Group-D posts, all the three members of the Recruitment Committee shall be of the rank of Senior Administrative Grade ( SAG), including one member from  Personnel Branch.

 

7.2.6.3                At Divisional level, for recruitment of sportspersons  against Group-D posts, the members of the Recruitment Committee shall be of the rank of Junior Administrative Grade (JAG)/Senior Scale Officer, including one member from  Personnel Branch and one member connected with sports/Sports Association on the Railway.

 

7.2.6.4                Inclusion of Members of SC/ST/OBC in the Recruitment Committee shall not be necessary as clarified in Board’s letter No.E(Sports)98 /Rectt. /Policy/2 dt. 23.3.2000.

 

7.2.6.5                Recruitment Committee shall constitute a Trial Committee  to conduct trials of the candidates.

 

7.2.7                    Trial Committee :

 

7.2.7.1                Trial Committee shall comprise of three members, nominated by the Recruitment Committee.

 

7.2.7.2                Three members of the Trial Committee shall be : a Coach of the respective game ( National/ Railway/NIS qualified); a Senior International /National Level Player in the relevant discipline; and an Assistant Sports Officer. If any Railway/Unit does not have any coach/player at the level mentioned above, they may seek the assistance of the adjoining Railway/Unit.

 

7.2.7.3                The trial by the Trial Committee shall be conducted in the presence of all the members  of Trial Committee and Recruitment Committee.

 

7.2.7.4                Trial of candidate shall be conducted to assess his/her sports performance / suitability for the Railways.  Trial Committee shall give its recommendation in terms of either FIT or NOT FIT for consideration for next stage, by giving marks as per the criteria given below:

 

a] Maximum Marks for Trial : 35 Marks
b]  FIT Candidate Candidate who secured 20 or            more marks in the Trial
c] NOT FIT  Candidate Candidate who secured below 20 marks in the Trial

 

7.2.8                    After trial, only the FIT candidates shall be considered for the next stage i.e. Interview Stage  by the Recruitment Committee.  Recruitment Committee shall take interview and award the marks to the FIT candidates for their sports achievements, educational qualifications and general intelligence,  etc.  No marks shall be given to the candidates declared NOT FIT by the Trial Committee, for their sports achievements.

 

7.2.9                    Recruitment Committee shall also add the marks given by the Trial Committee to the FIT candidates, in order to make the final merit list.

 

7.2.10             Interviews of the candidates shall invariably be held on the same day, just after trial or at most next day of the trial.

 

7.2.11         Distribution of Marks:

 

Maximum marks which can be awarded by the Trial Committee for performance during Trial and Recruitment Committee  during the Interview Stage, shall be as follows:

Marks

i)Performance during Trial                                          :           35 Marks

ii)Assessment of  Sports achievements                    :           50  Marks

iii)Educational qualification                                          :           10  Marks

iv)General Intelligence/Personality etc.                       :           05  Marks

———–

T o t a l                                           100

———–

NOTE:

a]           In case more than one Sportsperson score the same marks, preference should be given to younger candidate to decide the merit.

b]           Recruitment Committee shall recommend the case for recruitment of a Sportsperson only when they are satisfied that he/she will be useful for the Railways.

 

7.2.12                Fee: The processing fee for recruitment of sportspersons in Group-C and Group-D, through Open Advertisement shall be equivalent to the examination fee as prescribed for recruitment  through RRBs, from time to time.

 

7.3                   Medical Examination: The sportsperson [male/female] appointed through Talent Scouting or Open Advertisement, either for Group-C or Group-D, shall fulfill the minimum medical norms for the post, for which he/she is being appointed.

 

8.           FIXATION OF PAY

8.1.1             Fixation of Pay on Recruitment through Talent Scouting:

8.1.1.           Zonal Railways/Production Units shall have powers to fix the pay of outstanding sportspersons, at  higher stage, at the  time of initial recruitment  keeping in view the following guidelines:

 

S.No.

Scale of Pay

[in Rs. ]

Fixation of Pay[ Cancelled w.e.f. 9.07.09 vide Bd’s RBE No. 124/09 ]

 

Minimum Sports Achievements for Higher Grade and Higher Fixation of Pay

Group D
1[a] 2550-55-2660-60-3200

Rs. 2960

[7 increments]

Gold Medal winning performance at Sr. State Championship

OR

Medal winning performance at higher level.

[b] 2610-60-3150-65-3540

Rs. 3090

[ 8 increments]

Group ‘C’
2[a] 3050-75-3950-80-4590

Rs.3425

[5 increments]

Gold Medal winning performance in Jr. National Champ.

OR

Gold  Medal winning performance in All India Inter-University Championship

Rs.3650

[8 increments]

Silver/Bronze Medal winning performance in Sr. National Championship

Rs.3875

[11 increments]

Gold Medal winning performance in Sr. National Championship

Rs.4350

[17 increments]

Gold Medal winning performance in Sr. National Championship

AND

Gold Medal winning performance in Jr. National Championship

S.No.

Scale of Pay

[in Rs. ]

Fixation of Pay

Minimum Sports Achievements for Higher Grade and Higher Fixation of Pay

   

 
[b] 3200-85-4900

Benefit of higher fixation be given with the same number of additional increments on the same performance as in the case of item No. 2[a], above.
3[a] 4000-100-6000

Rs.4400

[4 increments]

Consecutive medal winning performance in Sr. National Championships with at least one Gold Medal on one occasion

OR

At least 3rd position in any  Sr. / Jr. International Championship of Category-B, as mentioned in Para 3.

Rs.4700

[7 increments]

Consecutive Gold Medal winning performance in Sr. National Championships

OR

At least 2nd position in any of the Sr./Jr. International Championship of Category-B, as mentioned in Para 3.

Rs.5200

[12 increments]

Consecutive Gold Medal winning performance in Sr. National Championships

AND

Participation in any of the Sr. International Championship of Category-B, as mentioned in Para 3

 

Rs.5700

[17 increments]

Gold Medal winning performance in Sr. National Championships

AND

Medal winning performance in any of the Sr. International Championship of Category-B, as mentioned in Para 3

[b] 4500-125-7000

Rs.5000

[4 increments]

Both the Grades Rs.4000-100-6000 and Rs.4500-125-7000 are the next higher grades to the Grade Rs.3050-75-3950-80-4590.  Sportsperson can be recruited as Sr.T.C. [Rs.4000-100-6000] or as Sr. Clerk [Rs.4500-125-7000], keeping in view the request of the candidate and availability of vacancies.  Benefit of higher fixation be given with the same number of additional increments on the same performance as in the case of Item No. 3 [a], above.

 

Rs.5375

[7 increments]

Rs.6000

[12 increments]

Rs.6625

[17 increments]

 

8.1.2             As regards recruitment in intermediate grades in Group-C, for which prior approval of the Railway Board is essential, the Zonal Railways/Production Units shall observe the following guidelines while sending their proposals to the Railway Board:-

 

S.No.

Scale of Pay

[in Rs. ]

Fixation of Pay[ Cancelled w.e.f. 9.07.09 vide Bd’s RBE No. 124/09 ]

 

Minimum Sports Achievements for Higher Grade and Higher Fixation of Pay

1[a] 4000-100-6000

Rs. 4400

[4 increments]

Benefit of higher fixation be given with the same number of additional increments on the same performance as mentioned  under Para 8.1.1/3[a].

Rs. 4700

[ 7 increments]

Rs.5200

[12 increments]

Rs.5700

[17 increments]

[b] 4500-125-7000

Benefit of higher fixation be given with the same number of additional increments on the same performance as mentioned  under Para 8.1.1/3[a].

 

 

 

S.No.

Scale of Pay

[in Rs. ]

Fixation of Pay

Minimum Sports Achievements for Higher Grade and Higher Fixation of Pay

2 5000-150-8000

Rs.5900

[6 increments]

Consecutive Medal winning performance in Sr. International Championships of Category-B, as mentioned in Para 3

AND

Consecutive Gold Medal winning performance in Sr National Championships

   

Rs.6500

[10 increments]

Consecutive Medal winning performance in Sr. International Championships of Category-B, as mentioned in Para 3, with at least one Gold Medal

AND

Consecutive Gold Medal winning performance in Sr National Championships

3 5500-175-9000

Rs.5850

[2 increments]

Consecutive Gold Medal winning performance in Sr. International Championships of Category-B, as mentioned in Para 3

AND

Consecutive Gold Medal winning performance in Sr National Championships

Rs. 6375

[5 increments]

Consecutive Gold Medal winning performance on more than two occasions in Sr. International Championships of Category-B, as mentioned in Para 3

AND

Consecutive Gold medal winning performance in Sr National Championships

4 6500-200-10500

Rs.7500

[5 increments]

Consecutive Gold Medal winning performance on  more than three occasions in Sr. International Championships of Category-B, as mentioned in Para 3

OR

3rd position in Olympic Games [Category-A]

Rs.8100

[8 increments]

At least 2rd position in Olympic Games [Category-A]

 

8.2                     Fixation of Pay on Recruitment through Open Advertisement: [ Cancelled w.e.f. 9.07.09 vide Bd’s RBE No. 124/09 ]

 

8.2.1             Normally, the fixation of pay of the sportspersons  recruited through Open Advertisement shall be at the minimum of the scale.

8.2.2             However, the Recruitment Committee can recommend fixation of pay at higher stage for the sportspersons having outstanding sports achievements, observing the same guidelines as mentioned above in the case of recruitment through Talent Scouting, in Para 8.1.1.

 

  1. 9.                       INCENTIVES

9.1                   Incentives To Sportspersons For Excellence In International Championships:

For Excellence in the International Championships [mentioned under Para 3], following number of additional increments may be granted by the Railways, on the advice of Railway Board :-

9.1.1.           Category-A [Olympic Games]: Grant of additional increments for medal winning performance shall be considered on merits on receipt of results.

 

9.1.2.           Category –B [Championships as mentioned under Para 3]:

Gold Medal                              –           3 increments

Silver Medal                             –           2 increments

Bronze Medal                          –           1 increment

 

9.1.3.           Category-C [Championships as mentioned under Para 3]

Gold Medal                                  –           2 increments

Silver Medal/ Bronze Medal        –           1 increment

9.1.4.           In case, sportsperson winning more than one medal in the same championship, not more than five increments shall be given.

 

9.1.5.           These increments will, however, be in addition to those, if any, granted for the performance in National Championships.

 

9.1.6.           These increments shall take effect from the first day of the month following the concluding day of the Championship.

 

9.2                   Incentives to Sportspersons for Excellence at National Level:

 

Following number of additional increments may be granted by the Railways, on the advice of Railway  Board, for medal winning performance in National Championships:

 

9.2.1             Two increments for Gold medal winning performance.

9.2.2             One increment, if found justified for Silver or Bronze medal winning performance.

9.2.3             These increments shall take effect from the first day of the month following the concluding day of the Championship.

9.2.4             These increments shall be in addition to those, if any, granted on the performance in International Championships.

 

9.3                   Incentives to Coaches:

 

9.3.1             Performance of coaches shall be reviewed once in a financial year and one additional increment may be granted   to the coaches attached to Indian Railways teams who rendered exemplary service and contribute to the good performances of Indian Railways teams during the year.

9.3.2             This increment may be granted by the Zonal Railways / Production Units, on the advice of Railway Board.

9.3.3             The number of increments shall not exceed  five, as a coach, in service career.

9.3.4             The increment shall be granted from the first day of the month, following the concluding day of the Championship.

9.3.5             This increment shall be in addition to those, if any, granted for the sports achievements as a player. [ Cancelled w.e.f. 9.07.09 vide Bd’s RBE No. 124/09 ]

 

9.4.            Out-of-Turn Promotion:

9.4.1        First out- of- turn promotion:

First out-of-turn promotion, within Group-C, may be given to the outstanding sportspersons by the General Manager, subject to fulfilling the following criteria and acquiring  the sports achievements, after joining the Railways.

 

9.4.1.1              [i]  Sportsperson represented the country with medal winning performance in any of the International meets as defined in Category –A &B under Para 3.

OR

[ii] Sportspersons represented Indian Railways in the National Championships, on three occasions with medal winning performance in each championship within a period of five years.

 

9.4.1.2              Not more than one out-of-turn promotion to a sportsperson shall be given by the General Manager at Railway’s level.

 

9.4.1.3              As far as possible, the out-of-turn promotion shall be to a Grade,  where there is a direct recruitment quota.  However, where there is no provision of direct recruitment in the promotional grade, General Manager has discretion to create the special supernumerary post with matching surrender, for accommodating such promotion.

 

9.4.2        Second and Subsequent Out-of-Turn Promotion:

 

9.4.2.1              Second and subsequent out-of-turn promotion shall be granted by Railway Board, to the outstanding sportspersons, subject to acquiring the following sports achievements:

 

[i]         Represented the country with medal winning performance in  the International Championships as defined in Category –A &B under Para 3, after first/previous out-of-turn promotion.

OR

[ii]        Represented Indian Railways with medal winning performances on at three occasions in  the National Championships, within a period five years after first/previous out-of-turn promotion.

 

9.4.2.2              Railway can forward the deserving cases for second and subsequent promotion to Railway Board, after the recommendation of the General Manager.

 

9.4.3.                    The provisions of out-of-turn promotion as mentioned in Para 9.4.1 & 9.4.2 shall be read along with  Para 9.6 [Note].

 

9.5              Promotion from Group-D to Group-C:

9.5.1        Sportspersons recruited in Group-D categories, may be considered for promotion to Group-C, on  out-of-turn basis, subject to fulfilling the following criteria and acquiring the sports achievements after joining the Railways:

 

[i]  Sportsperson acquiring the extant sports norms for recruitment  to Group-C.

OR

[ii] Represented Indian Railways in the National Championships on two occasions.

OR

[iiii ] Gold Medal winning performance in any Championship, as mentioned in Category-C under Para 3.

 

9.5.2        Promotion from Group-D to Group-C shall not be considered as out-of-turn promotion, for the purpose of counting the number of out-of-turn promotions.  Similarly, for such promotion, the condition regarding minimum period of service in the existing grade, also need not be insisted upon.

9.5.3        The  provisions as mentioned in Para 9.5.1 & 9.5.2 for promotion  from Group-D to Group-C shall be read along with Para 9.6 [Note].

 

9.6.   NOTE [for Para 9.4 &9.5]:

 

[a]      If a sportsperson acquires the sports norms for out-of-turn promotion within Group-C or promotion from Group-D to Group-C, but does not possess the minimum educational qualification, the Railway Administration may recommend such promotion cases to Railway Board, for relaxation in the minimum educational qualification.  Depending upon the merit, such cases shall be considered by the Railway Board, with the proviso that sportsperson has to acquire the required minimum educational qualification, within a period of three years, from the date of such promotion.

 

In Artisan Category,  for promotion from Group-D to Group-C on sports account, if a sportsperson acquires the sports norms but does not possess the minimum educational qualification, he/she may be promoted on provisional basis and allotted a trade and given on job practical training for a period of two years, on the expiry of which sportsperson shall be subjected to trade test.  Subject  to their passing the trade test, the provisional promotion of such sportsperson shall be regularized.

 

[b]      If  the sportsperson promoted in accordance with Note[a] above, is not able to acquire the minimum educational qualification or unable to pass the Trade Test within three years, as the case may be,  he/she would be reverted to the original grade.

 However, in exceptional cases, where after such promotion, sportsperson continues to excel in the National Championships and/or participates in the International Championships mentioned in Para 3, case may be  referred to Board, after GM’s recommendation for extension in the time limit for acquiring the minimum educational qualification or for passing the Trade Test.

 

[c]      Out-of-turn promotion within Group-C or promotion from Group-D to Group-C to the sportspersons shall be given as soon as he/she fulfils the above mentioned criteria.  However, in order to ensure the benefit from sports achievements, if his/her immediate  junior in his/her cadre gets the promotion in the normal course within the period of one year from the date on which he/she fulfils the criteria for promotion on sports account, then the sportsperson is entitled to be considered for the next higher grade.  For calculation of one year’s period, the concluding day of the championship shall be taken into the account. 

 

[d]      For out-of-turn promotions within Group-C, sportsperson shall have completed three years in the existing grade.  However, relaxation in three years’ service  condition can be granted by Railway Board to the outstanding sportspersons.  Railway can forward the deserving cases for relaxation to Railway Board, after the recommendation of the General Manager. 

 

[e]        In the case of out-of-turn promotion within Group-C or promotion from Group-D to Group-C, pay may be fixed at higher stage, taking into consideration the sports achievements and the present pay of the concerned sportsperson.  Criteria for higher fixation, in Group-C, shall be the same as mentioned in Para 8.1.1 & Para 8.1.2.  Higher fixation of pay shall be granted by the Railway Board.  Zonal Railways/Production Units can forward the deserving cases to the Railway Board, after the recommendation of the General Manager.  [ Cancelled w.e.f. 9.07.09 vide Bd’s RBE No. 124/09 ]

 

 

  1. The norms as mentioned in this letter shall be strictly followed.  However, the power to give relaxation to any of the provisions mentioned in these norms in the greater interest of sports, shall solely vest into Board’s [MS] discretion.

 

  1. In very exceptional cases, the Railway Board shall have the powers to engage the sports specialists directly related to enhance the performance of team/players.

 

  1. Railway Board shall have all the powers to modify/replace/delete any Para of this letter.

 

  1. Maintenance of Recruitment Records: For maintenance of the papers relating to recruitment against sports quota, the guidelines prescribed for maintenance of records for recruitments  through RRBs may be adopted.

 

  1. These instructions issue with the concurrence of the Finance Directorate of the Ministry of Railway, [Railway Board].

 

 

RBE No. 52/2007                                                                                                                          

  Bd’s letter No. E[NG]I-2006/PM10/5 dated 02-04-2007   (RBE No. 52/2007)

 

Sub: Promotion to the posts of Physiotherapist Gr. I      

         Rs.6500-10,500 – Centralisation of.

            In terms of Para 4 of this Ministry’s letter No. E[GP]-2004/2/73 dated  02-02-2005 the selection for promotion to the Group ‘B’ post of Assistant Physiotherapy Officer, operated on floating basis, is required to be conducted by Northern Railway for which purpose the seniority of Physiotherapists in Group ‘C’ is also required to be maintained by that Railway.

 

2.         On the analogy of the above procedure a demand has been made by NFIR that since there is disparity in the number of posts of Physiotherapists in different zonal Railways, etc. and in some cases the posts in the higher grade are extremely limited, promotion to the posts of Physiotherapists Gr. I Rs.6500-10,500 may also be centralized.  The Ministry of Railways have considered the matter and decided that since Northern Railway are already maintaining seniority of Physiotherapists for the purpose of promotion to Group ‘B’ posts, that Railway may also effect the promotion to the post of Physiotherapist Gr.I in the pay scale Rs.6500-10,500  as per extant procedure on centralized basis.  However, orders for promotion to the post of Physiotherapist Gr. I  should be issued by the GMs of the respective Railway[s] where the employee[s] found suitable for promotion may be working.

 

 

RBE No. 53/2007

  Bd’s letter No. E[NG]II/2006/RC-1/Genl./9 dated 04-04-2007   (RBE No. 53/2007)

 

Sub: Compassionate ground appointment – extending second chance for Aptitude Test.

            The matter regarding extending second chance for appearing in Aptitude Test to those candidates who have secured qualifying marks in the written test for the post of Assistant Station Masters and Assistant Loco Pilots came up for discussion in the PNM/AIRF meeting held with Railway Board on 18th and 19th January, 2007.

 

After due consideration, the Ministry of Railways [Railway Board] have decided that all candidates being considered for appointment on compassionate grounds for the post of Asst. Station Masters and Asst. Loco Pilots may be called a day prior to the test for a hands-on practice session while conducting Aptitude Test so that they are familiar with the nature of the test batteries and in exceptional cases where circumstances warrant additional [second] chance being given,  the competent authority in the Railway may consider the same only after a gap of six months duly taking into account the merit of each case.

 

 

RBE No. 55/2007                                                                                                                           

Bd’s ltr. No. E[Sports]2007/Policy/4[Clarifications] dtd 10-04-2007 (RBE No. 55/2007)

 

Sub: Recruitment of sportspersons against Talent Scouting Quota.

            As per norms, the quota allotted to Zonal Railways / Production Units is for a financial year and unutilized quota lapses on the expiry of the financial year.  Therefore, for recruitment of a sportsperson against sports quota, the final approval of the competent authority for recruitment  of a sportsperson should be on or before 31st of March of a financial year against the quota of which sportsperson is being appointed.  And, the sportsperson should join duty within three months from the date of approval of the competent authority for such appointment.

 

Similarly, in the case of appointment of a sportsperson against RSPB’s Talent Scouting Quota, Railway Board is the final authority for release of berth from RSPB’s Talent Scouting Quota.  Therefore, the approval of the Board for release of berth from RSPB’s  Talent Scouting Quota for appointment of a sportsperson must be on or before 31st March and a sportsperson should join duty  within three months from the date of issue of letter from Board’s office in this regard.

 

 

RBE No.54/2007                                                                                                                           

   Bd’s letter No. PC-V/98/I/11/23[Pt] dated 05-04-2007 (RBE No.54/2007)

 

Sub: Earmarking posts of Section Officers [Accounts] for non-Appendix 3 IREM/Exam qualified Accounts Assistants.

            The staff side demand in the forum of DC-JCM for earmarking some posts of Section Officers [Accounts] [pay scale Rs.6500-10500] for promotion of non Appendix-3 IREM Exam qualified Accounts Assistants [pay scale Rs.5500-9000] has been under Board’s consideration for some time.  The matter has carefully been examined and it has been decided to earmark 5% of the posts of Section Officers [Accounts] in the pay scale Rs.6500-10500, to be filled on seniority-cum-suitability basis, by non-Appendix 3 IREM Exam qualified Accounts Assistants who have completed twelve years of service or more as Accounts Assistant.  They will be designated as Senior Accounts Assistants [Sr.A.A.] and will be assigned the work of branches handling other than internal check / financial advice, to the extent administratively feasible.  The Senior Accounts Assistants will not be eligible for promotion to the post of Senior Section Officers [Accounts] in the pay scale Rs.7450-11500.

 

Accordingly, ACS No. 194 to para 171, IREM, Vol.I, 1989 edition is also enclosed.  This will take effect from date of issue of the letter.

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INDIAN RAILWAY ESTABLISHMENT MANUAL, VOL. I, 1989 EDITION

ADVANCE CORRECTION SLIP No. 194

 

Substitute the following for existing sub para[6] of Para 171 Chapter I, Section ‘B’, Sub-section III, Rules regarding Recruitment & Training:

 

[6]        The posts in the next higher grade, Rs.6500-10500 will be filled as under:

 

[i]         5% of the posts of Section Officers [Accounts], to be designated as Senior Accounts Assistants, in the pay scale of Rs.6500-10500 will be filled by non Appendix-3 Exam qualified Accounts Assistants with twelve years service or more as Accounts Assistant, on seniority-cum-suitability basis.  Senior Accounts Assistants will not be eligible for further promotion to the post of Senior Section Officer [Accounts] in the pay scale Rs.7450-11500.

 

[ii]         95% posts of Section Officers [Accounts] and all the posts of Inspectors of Store Accounts [ISA]  and Travelling Inspectors of Accounts [TIA]  will be filled by promotion  of Appendix –3 Exam qualified staff, according to the group for which they opt, strictly according to order in the Appendix-3 Exam panel and direct from the grade in which they are working.

 

Provided that in the event of non availability of App. III qualified staff for promotion as Section Officers [A/cs], Inspector of Stores Accounts [ISA] and Travelling Inspectors of Accounts [TIA], the posts may be filled by transfer on deputation of staff holding analogous posts under the Comptroller & Auditor General of India, Central / State Governments on terms and conditions contained in Rule 2023 of Indian Railway Establishment Code Vol.II [First Reprint] 1990 with further condition that such deputationists may be repatriated prematurely to their parent cadre as and when and to the extent qualified Departmental App-3 Accounts Staff become available and eligible for promotion.  

[Authority: Board’s letter No. E[NG]I/2004/PM9/6 dt. 16-08-05, PC-V/98/I/11/23[Pt] dated 05-04-2007]

 

 

RBE No.49/2007                                                                                                                           

  Bd’s letter No. E[GP]2005/2/69 dated 02-04-2007 (RBE No.49 /2007)

 

Sub: Amendment to IREM Volume I

            In exercise of the powers conferred by the proviso to Article 309 of the Constitution, the President is pleased to direct that the Indian Railway Establishment Manual Vol.I [1989 Edition], may be amended as in the Advance Correction Slip No. 193 enclosed.

 

Indian Railway Establishment Manual Vol.I [1989 Edition]

Advance Correction Slip No. 193

Chapter II, Section ‘A’ – Rules governing promotion of Group ‘C’ staff to Group ‘B’ posts

 

  1. Para 202.2

 

For the existing para 202.2 as modified by the Advance Correction Slip No. 181 issued under this Ministry’s letter No. E[GP]2005/2/69 dt. 05-01-06 substitute the following:

“Assessment of vacancies—Vacancies for two years should be assessed carefully taking into account the vacancies in regular cadre [both permanent and temporary], as also in the construction and work-charged cadre/posts.  To the assessment thus made, the vacancies due to arise in the next 6 months should also be included to cater to unforeseen contingencies and the panel should be formed for the total number of vacancies.

 

[Authority: Ministry of Railways’ letter No. E[GP]2005/2/61 dt. 14-09-06]

 

2.       Para 202.3

 

For the existing para 202.3, substitute the following:

“Reservation in favour of SCs/STs – Rules of post-based reservation apply in filling  the vacancies in Group ‘B’ on the basis of selection.  Only those eligible SCs/STs who are in the zone of consideration determined in accordance with the  rules, should be called for the selection.  If either SCs/STs are not available in the zone of consideration or the available SCs/STs have not qualified for appointment against the reserved vacancies, then the reserved vacancies will remain unfilled and the same will be filled up through future selections.

 

[Authority: Ministry of Railways’ letter No. 2005-E[SCT]/I/25/14 dated 16-11-2005  and E[GP]2005/2/61 dt. 22-11-05]

 

  1. Para 204.4

 

In the existing para 204.4 the words “and the same officer” should be substituted by the words “ different officers”.

 

[Authority: Ministry of Railways’ letter No. E[GP]2001/2/32 dt. 25-10-01]

 

  1. Para 207.1

 

The 2nd para of Para 207.1 may be read as under”:

 

Selection should not be held separately for the Group ‘B’ posts in the different branches within a department.

[Authority: Ministry of Railways’ letter No. E[GP]2002/2/88 dt. 31-01-06]

 

RBE No.51/2007                                                                                                                           

   Bd’s letter No. E[GP]2007/2/5 dated 04-04-07 (RBE No.51 /2007)

 

Sub: Ad-hoc promotion to Group ‘B’ post of Assistant Library & Information Officer in scale Rs.6500-10500.

            In terms of Board’s letter No. PCIV/90/Imp/3 dated 2-5-96, the incumbents to the post of Assistant Library & Information Officer were given the revised pay scale of Rs.2000-3500 [now Rs.6500-10500] subject to their fulfilling the conditions laid down under Board’s letter No. PC-IV/90/Imp/3 dated 12-10-92.

 

2.         Pending finalisation of Recruitment Rules in consultation with UPSC, it has been decided by the Board that the Group ‘B’ post of Assistant Library & Information Officer  in scale  Rs.6500-10500 may be filled on ad-hoc basis through the normal selection process, which includes viva-voce and assessment of record of service, from amongst the Library & Information Assistants [Rs.5500-9000] with 3 years’ regular service in the grade and degree from a recognized University or equivalent and also degree in Library Science from a  recognized University or equivalent.

 

 

RBE No. 56/2007

   Bd’s letter No. E[P&A]II-2007/HW-1 dated 13-04-2007 (RBE No. 56/2007)

 

Sub: Rates of Night Duty Allowance w.e.f. 01-01-2007.

            Consequent to sanction of an additional instalment of Dearness Allowance vide this Ministry’s letter No. PC-V/97/I/7/14 dated 22-03-2007, the President is pleased to decide that the rates of Night Duty Allowance, as notified vide Annexures ‘A’ and ‘B’ of Board’s letter No. E[P&A]II-2006/HW-1 dated 07-11-2006 stand revised with effect from 01-01-2007 as indicated at Annexure ‘A’ in respect of ‘Continuous’,  ‘Intensive’, ‘Excluded’, categories and workshop employees, and as indicated at Annexure ‘B’ in respect of ‘Essentially Intermittent’  categories respectively.

 

2.         This issues with the concurrence of the Finance Directorate of the Ministry of Railways.

 

ANNEXURE ‘A’

Rates of Night Duty Allowance with effect from 1.1.2007 for ‘Intensive’, ‘Continuous’ and ‘Excluded’ categories and Workshop staff at the various places classified as    ‘A-1’, ‘A’, B-1, B-2, and Ordinary localities including ‘C’ Class Cities.

 

S.No. Pay slabs in Vth Pay Commission’s scales of pay A-1 A B-1 B-2 Ordinary localities including ‘C’ class cities
1 2550 – 2605 24.85 24.70 24.60 24.45 24.30
2 2606 – 2790 26.00 25.85 25.70 25.55 25.40
3 2791  -3230 29.30 29.05 28.85 28.65 28.35
4 3231 – 3440 32.35 32.10 31.90 31.70 31.40
5 3441 – 4125 36.55 36.35 36.10 35.95 35.65
6 4126 – 4270 40.95 40.65 40.40 40.10 39.55
7 4271 – 4480 42.60 42.35 42.05 41.75 41.20
8 4481 – 4630 44.30 44.05 43.75 43.45 42.90
9 4631 – 4870 46.15 45.85 45.60 45.30 44.75
10 4871 – 5165 48.65 48.40 48.10 47.80 47.25
11 5166 – 5465 51.45 51.20 50.90 50.65 50.05
12 5466 – 6210 56.40 56.10 55.80 55.55 55.00
13 6211-6655 62.00 61.70 61.45 61.15 60.60
14 6656-6955 65.50 65.20 64.95 64.65 64.10
15 6956-7850  & above 71.15 70.85 70.55 70.30 69.75

 

ANNEXURE ‘B’

Rates of Night Duty Allowance with effect from 1.1.2007 for Essentially Intermittent categories  at the various places classified as ‘A-1’, ‘A’, B-1, B-2, and Ordinary localities including ‘C’ Class Cities.

S.No.

Pay slabs in Vth Pay Commission’s scales of pay

A-1 A B-1 B-2 Ordinary localities including ‘C’ class cities
1 2550-2605 16.55 16.45 16.40 16.30 16.20
2 2606-2790 17.35 17.25 17.15 17.05 16.95
3 2791-3230 19.55 19.35 19.25 19.10 18.90
4 3231-3440 21.55 21.40 21.25 21.15 20.95
5 3441-4125 24.35 24.25 24.05 23.95 23.75
6 4126-4270 27.30 27.10 26.95 26.75 26.35
7 4271-4480 28.40 28.25 28.05 27.85 27.45
8 4481-4630 29.55 29.35 29.15 28.95 28.60
9 4631-4870 30.75 30.55 30.40 30.20 29.85
10 4871-5165 32.45 32.25 32.05 31.85 31.50
11 5166-5465 34.30 34.15 33.95 33.75 33.35
12 5466-6210 37.60 37.40 37.20 37.05 36.65
13 6211-6655 41.35 41.15 40.95 40.75 40.40
14 6656-6955 43.65 43.45 43.30 43.10 42.75
15  6956-7850 & above 47.45 47.25 47.05 46.85 46.50

 

 

 

RBE No.57/2007

 

  Bd’s letter No. E[W]2007/FU-1/4 dated 13-4-07  (RBE No.57 /2007)

 

Sub: Grant of Scholarship from Staff Benefit Fund for Technical education – Inclusion of Post Graduate Technical / professional courses reg.

            A question was raised about admissibility of scholarships from Staff Benefit Fund to wards of railway servants pursuing post graduate technical / professional courses.

 

2.         In continuation of the Board’s letter No. E[W]98/FU-1/4 dated 27-1-99, it has been decided that all post graduate technical / professional courses recognised by eminent Universities should also be considered for the scholarship and treated at par with MBA, MCA and degree courses in medicine and various branches of engineering already accorded  highest priority for grant of scholarship from SBF in terms of Board’s letter No. E[W]85/FU-1/4 dated 19-11-85.

 

3.         This issues with the concurrence of the Finance Directorate of the Ministry of Railways.

 

 

RBE No. 62/2007

  Bd’s letter No. E[NG]II/2005/RR-1/36 dated 18-04-07  (RBE No. 62/2007)

 

Sub: Filling up direct recruitment quota of Depot Material Superintendent, Grade I in the pay scale of Rs.6500 – 10500.

            As the Railways are aware Direct Recruitment Quota to the extent of 20% of the posts was introduced in the category of Depot Material Superintendent, Grade I in the pay scale of Rs.6500-10500 vide para 11.3 of restructuring order No. PC-III/ 2003/ CRC/6 dated    09-10-2003 [RBE No. 177/03].

 

2.         It has been brought to the notice of this Ministry by AIRF that Board’s above instructions are adversely affecting the promotional prospects of senior employees as all vacancies of Depot Material Superintendent, Grade I that are arising are being filled by direct recruitment till prescribed percentage of posts is reached.

 

3.         The matter has been considered by the Board and it has been decided that till such time prescribed percentages are reached in the category of Depot Material Superintendent, Grade I [Rs.6500-10500] the vacancies may be filled by direct recruitment and promotion of staff from the lower grade of Rs.5500-9000 as per procedure in force on 50:50 basis subject to the condition that if only one post falls vacant the same should be filled by direct recruitment.  In case of fraction also the vacancy should go to direct recruitment.  Once the prescribed percentages are reached, the posts should be filled on like go like come basis as per the extant procedure.

 

4.         In line with these instructions indents pending with Railway Recruitment Boards may be suitably modified by the Zonal Railways / Production Units.

 

 

RBE No.58/2007  

Bd’s letter No. E(G)/2006 H01/16 dated 18-04-07  (RBE No.58 /2007)

 

          Sub: Honorarium to Nucleus Cipher Operators

        Ministry  of Railways have reviewed the rates of  Honorarium  payable  to  Nucleus Cipher Operators as  laid  down  in Board’s letter No. E(G)/2000/H01/1 dated 5.4.2000.  It has been decided  to revise the rates of Honorarium payable to  Nucleus  Cipher Operators as under:

i)          Category “A” Nucleus Operators may be paid an  Honorarium @ Rs.40/- per day with a minimum of Rs.2700/-per annum.

 

ii)         Category “B” Nucleus Operators may be paid an Honorarium @ Rs.2700/- per annum. When these  Operators are utilised as Category “A” they will be entitled to Honorarium as at (i) above.

2.         Other    provisions    contained    in    the    letter No.E(G)/84/H01/11 dated 10.9.85 will continue to be in force.

.3.        These orders take effect from the date of issue.

4.         This issues  with the concurrence of Finance Directorate of Ministry of  Railways.

 

RBE No. 61/2007                                                                                                  

  Bd’s letter No. E[W]2006PS5-1/28 dated 18-4-2007   (RBE No. 61/2007)

 

Sub: Qualifying service for issue of Post Retirement Complimentary Passes

            In terms of provisions contained in Schedule IV of the Railway Servants [Pass] Rules, 1986 [Second Edition, 1993], a minimum of 20 years of Railway service is required for grant of Post Retirement Complimentary Pass to any category of Railway employees.

 

2.         Hon’ble Minister of Railways, during the presentation of Railway Budget 2007-08, has announced that in case of Ex-Servicemen and Central Government employees recruited in the Railways, a weightage equivalent to half of their previous non-railway service rendered in Central Government will be taken into account while determining their eligibility for Post Retirement Complimentary Passes on the basis of length of service in the Railways under the extant rules.

 

3.         It has, therefore, been decided that the provision contained in Item [xi] below column 3 in Schedule IV [Post Retirement Complimentary Pass] of Railway Servants [Pass] Rules, 1986 [Second Edition, 1993] be amended as in the enclosed Advance Correction Slip No. 53.

 

4.         This issues with the concurrence of the Finance Directorate of the Ministry of Railways.

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Advance Correction Slip No. 53 to the Railway Servants [Pass] Rules, 1986 [Second Edition, 1993]

 

Item No [xi] below Column No. 3 in Schedule IV [Post Retirement Complimentary Pass] of Railway Servants [Pass] Rules, 1986 [Second Edition, 1993] may be substituted as under:

 

“ [xi]  Period of service in non-Railway departments or establishments rendered prior to joining railway service will not count except in case of Ex-Servicemen or Central Government employees recruited in the Railways where a weightage equivalent to half of their previous non-railway service rendered in Central Government will be taken into account for determining their eligibility for Post Retirement Complimentary Passes on the basis of length of service in the  Railways. “

 

[Authority: Railway Board’s No. E[W]2006 PS5-1/28 dated 18-4-2007]

 

 

RBE No.63 /2007

  Bd’s letter No. E[W]2007/FU-1/1 dated 18-4-2007 (RBE No.63 /2007)

 

Sub: Staff Benefit Fund

Sanction of the President is communicated for revising the annual contribution to Staff Benefit Fund from Rs.30/- to Rs.35/- per capita.  The increase of Rs.5/-  per capita p.a. would be distributed and utilized as follows:

 

[a]        Rs.3/- per capita p.a. to be utilized to give immediate relief in times of crisis arising out of natural calamities.  This allocation will be controlled by Railway Board and modalities in this regard will be advised in due course.

 

[b]        Rs.2/- per capita p.a. to be utilized for providing vocational training for developing occupational skills of physically /mentally challenged wards especially girls of railway employees. Utilisation of this amount will be carried out by respective Zonal Railways, etc. under their extant procedures with the following provisions:-

 

[i]         Sponsoring the physically/mentally challenged wards of Railway employees in professional training institutes – the per child sponsorship ceilings may be decided by individual Zonal Railways.

[ii]        Arranging vocational training by zonal railways themselves in railway schools / railway training institutions for the physically / mentally challenged wards of Railway employees.  Expenditure may also include payment of salary to instructors etc.

 

2.         The revised allocation amongst various heads/activities under SBF will thus be as follows:

Head/activity

Annual Allocation per capita

 

Rs.

(i) General activities viz. Education, recreation, amusement, cultural, relief of distress, sickness and miscellaneous items:-  
(a) Education Rs.4.75
(b) Recreation other than sports Rs.2.25
(c) Promotion of  Cultural Activities Rs.0.50
(d) Relief of distress, sickness, etc. Rs.7.50
(e) Women empowerment activities Rs.0.50
(f)  Miscellaneous Rs.0.50
(ii)  Sports activities Rs.5.00
(iii) Scouts activities Rs.3.50
(iv) Recreational facilities to Officers and Supervisory staff Rs.3.00
(v) Indigenous system of medicine including Homoeopathy Rs.2.50
(vi) Immediate relief in times of crisis arising out of natural calamities Rs.3.00
(vii]Training for developing occupational skills of physically/mentally challenged wards especially girls of railway employees Rs.2.00
Total

Rs.35.00

 

3.         The Indian Railways’ Report on Labour Welfare and Annual Report and Audited Statement of Accounts  on Staff Benefit Fund to be furnished to Railway Board by 30th June every year, may be modified to include these additions to the SBF scheme,  particularly giving detailed position on utilization of the amount mentioned in para-1[b] above.  Feedback with regard to action taken in this regard may, however, be furnished before 31st December, 2007.

 

4.         These orders are effective from 1st April, 2007.

 

5.         This issues with concurrence of Finance Directorate of the Ministry of Railways.

 

RBE No.60/2007               

 Bd’s letter No. F(E)II2003/FOP/1/Misc dt. 17.4.2007 (RBE No.60 /2007)

 

Sub: Fixation of pay on transfer to a lower post at own request.

            A number of references were received from various Railways regarding fixation of pay under FR22(1)(a)(3) ( i.e. Rule 1313(I)(a)(3) IREC II)) in cases of transfer to a lower post at own request under FR 15(a) ( Rule 227 of IREC –I). The matter was referred to the DOP &T for clarification on different issues raised by the Railways.

 

2.         A copy of the clarifications issued by the Department of Personnel & Training vide O.M No.16/6/2001-Estt Pay  I dated 14.2.2006 on the above subject is forwarded for information and guidance.

 

Copy of the O.M No.16/6/2001-Estt Pay I dated 14.2.2006 issued by Department of Personnel & Training.

 

Sub: Fixation of pay  in case of employees who seek transfer to a lower post at under FR 15[a] – clarification regarding.

          The undersigned is directed to state that according to the existing provisions of FR 22 (I)(a)(3), a Government servant appointed/transferred to a lower post at his own request under FR 15(a), the maximum of the time scale of which is less than the pay drawn by him in the higher post held regularly, shall draw that maximum as his initial pay. It has been brought to the notice of this Department that this provision is being interpreted differently by different Ministries/Departments. The Staff Side has also demanded that a clarification is issued in this regard to bring about a uniform interpretation of this Rule.

 

2.         The demand of the Staff Side has been examined in consultation with the Ministry of Finance and it is clarified that on transfer to the lower post/scale under FR 15(a), the pay of a Government servant holding a post on regular basis will be fixed at a stage equal to the pay drawn by him in the higher grade. If no such stage is available, the pay will be fixed at the stage next below the pay drawn by him in the higher post and the difference may be granted as personal pay to be absorbed in future increments. If the maximum of the pay scale of the lower post is less than the pay drawn by him in the higher post, his pay may be restricted to the maximum under FR 22(1(a) (3)

 

3.         Where transfer to a lower post is made subject to certain terms and conditions then the pay may be fixed according to such terms and conditions.

 

4.         Insofar as persons serving in the Indian Audit & Accounts Department are concerned, these orders issue after consultation with the Comptroller & Auditor General of India.

 

  1. These orders take effect from the date this O.M is issued. Past cases already decided need not be re-opened.

 

 

RBE No.67/2007

  Bd’s letter No. E(P&A)II-2006/RS-28 dated 24.4.2007 (RBE No.67 /2007)

Sub: Merger of Dearness Allowance equal to 50% of basic pay

         with the basic pay w.e.f.1.4.2004.

            Some of the Zonal Railways have brought to notice of the Board that clarification contained in this office letter No.E(P&A)-II/2005/RS-28 dated 8.11.2005 has led a confusion regarding calculation of emoluments of Running staff.

 

2.         The matter has been examined in detail by the Board and it is revealed that the instructions contained in letter No.E(P&A)II-2005/RS-28 dated 8.11.2005 are in conflict with the instructions contained in letter No.PC-V/2004/A/DA/1 dated11.3.2004.  In supersession of the instructions contained in letter dt. 08-11-2005 ibid, it is clarified that w.e.f. 1-4-2004, Dearness pay, calculated on Basic pay + 30% thereof shall also be reckoned as pay for the purpose of computation of the specific benefits as mentioned in Rule 25 (excluding(a) and (g) thereof) contained in “ The Rules for payment of Running and other Allowances to the Running staff on Railways,1981”. An illustration is given below:-

 

Basic pay [BP]                                    =          Rs. 5,000

Pay element @ 30% of BP    =          Rs.1,500

Dearness Pay ( DP)                   =          Rs.3,250   ( Computed on BP+ 30% of BP)

Dearness Allowance [DA]       =          Rs.2,828   ( 29% of ( BP+DP+30% of BP))

HRA                                         =          Rs.2,925   ( 30% of ( BP+DP+30% of BP))

Leave Salary ( 1 day)              =          Rs.   419   ((  BP+DP+DA+30% of BP)/30)

 

3.         This issues with the concurrence of the Finance Directorate of the Ministry of Railways.

 

 

RBE No. 64/2007
Board’s letter No. PC-V/97/1/9/6 dated 19.04.2007 (RBE No. 64/2007)

 

Sub:- Grant of Dearness Relief to Railway Pensioners/Family Pensioner-

                                Revised Rates effective from 01.01.2007

∞∞∞∞

            A copy of Office Memorandum No. 42/2/2007-P&PW(G) dated 29-03-2007 of Ministry Of  Personnel, Public Grievance and Pensions (Departments of pension and Pensioners’ Welfare) on the above subject is sent herewith for your information and necessary action. As stated in Para 2 thereof, these orders will apply to Railway Pensioners also.

2.         In pursuance of the enhanced rates of ex-gratia to the surviving SRPF(C) retirees issued vide Board’s letter No. F(E) III/98/PNI/Ex.Gr./3 dated 15.11.2006 , Para. 4 of the DOP &PW’s O.M. enclosed herewith may be read as under:

The surviving Group: ‘A’,`B’,`C’ &`D’  SRPF(Contributory) beneficiaries who had retired from service  during the period from 01.04.1957 to 31.12.1985 and have been sanctioned enhanced slab-wise ex.gratia @ Rs.3000, Rs,1000, Rs.750 and Rs.650 per month respectively w.e.f 01.11.2006, in lieu of uniform rate of Rs.600/- p.m are entitled  to Dearness Relief @ 35% with effect from 01.01.2007.

3..        A concordance of various instructions and  orders referred to in the enclosed office memorandum with reference to corresponding Railway instructions is indicated below:-

S.No. Para
No.
No. & date of Deptt. of  Pension & Pensioner’s Welfare’s O.M No. & date of corresponding orders issued  by Railway Board
1. 1 42/2/2006-P&PW(G) dated 15.09.2006  

PC_V/97/I/9/6 Dated 28.09.06 (RBE No.143/2006, S.C..No. PC-V/477)

2 2 23/1/97-P&PW(B) dated 23.02.98 N.A
3 3 4/59/97-P&PW(D) dt.14.7.98

4/29/99-P&PW(D) dt.12.7.2000

F(E)III/PNI/9dt.18.08.98

F(E) III/96/PNI/9 dt.02.08.2000(RBE No. 138/2k)

4 4&5 45/52/97-P&PW(E) Dt.16.12.97 i)   F(E)III/97/PNI/Ex.Gratia/3 dated                              31.12.97(RBE No. 194/97, S..No.PC-V/28)

ii) F(E)III/97/PNI/Ex-Gratia/5 dt: 27.01.98 (RBE No. 19/98, S.No. PC-V/38)

5. 7 45/73/97-P&PW(G) dt:2.7.99 F(E)III/99/PNI/21 dt.05.08.99

4          This issues with the concurrence of the Finance Directorate of the Ministry of Railway

Copy of Ministry of  Personnel Public Grievances and Pension Department  of  Pension & Pensioners Welfare O.M.No. 42/2/2007/P&PW dated 29.03.07

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

       Sub:- Grant of  dearness relief to Central Government Pensioners/ Family Pensioners–Revised rate effective from 01.01.2007

∞∞∞∞

            The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department’s OM. No. 42/2/2006-P&PW(G)   dated 15th September,2006, sanctioning the instalment of Dearness Relief (DR) admissible from 01.07.2006 and to say that the President is pleased to decided that DR shall be paid to the Central  Government Pensioners/Family Pensioners to compensate them for the rise in cost of living at the rate of 35% w.e.f. 01.01.2007 in super cession of the rate mentioned in the OM dated 15.09.2006 referred to above.

2          These orders apply to (i) all  Civilian Central Government Pensioners/Family Pensioners (ii) The Armed forces Pensioners, Civilian Pensioners paid out of the Defense Service Estimates, (iii) All India Service Pensioners (iv) Railway Pensioners and (v) The Burma Civilian Pensioners/Family Pensioners and Pensioners/Families of displaced Government pensioners from Pakistan , who are Indian Nationals but receiving pension on behalf of Government of Pakistan, who are in receipt of adhoc exgratia allowance of Rs.1275/- P.M. in terms of this Department O.M.No. 23/1/97-P&PW(B) dated 23.02.1998

3          Central Government   Employees who had drawn lump sum amount on absorption in a PSU/Autonomous body and have become eligible to restoration of 1/3rd commuted portion of pension as well as revision of the restored  amount in terms of this  department’s OM NO. 4/59/97/P&PW(D) dated 14.07.1998 will also be entitled to the payment of DR @ 35% w.e.f. 01.01.2007 on full pension i.e. the revised pension which the absorbed  employee would have received on the date of restoration had he not drawn lump sum payment on absorption and Dearness  Pension subject to fulfillment of the conditions laid down in Para 5 of the O.M dated 14.07.98 . In this connection, instructions contained in this Deptt’s O.M. No. 4/29/99-P&PW(D) dated 12.07.2000 refers,

4          The surviving CPF beneficiaries who had retired from service between the period 18-101-1960 to 31.12.1985 and are in receipt of Ex.gratia @ Rs.600/- P.M. w.e.f. 01-11-1997 under this department’s O.M. No.45/52/97-P&PW(E) dated 16-12.1997 are entitled to Dearness Relief @ 35% w.e.f. 01.01.2007.

5          The following categories of CPF beneficiaries who are in receipt of Ex.gratia payment in terms of this department’s OM No. 45/52/97-P&PW(D) dated 16.12.1997 will be paid DR @ 27% w.e.f.01.01.2007.

i)          The widows and dependent children of the deceased CPF beneficiary who had retired from service prior to 01.01.1986 or who had died while in service prior to 01.01.1986 and are in receipt of Ex.gratia payment of Rs.605/- p.m.

ii)         Central Government Employees who had retired on CPF benefits before 08.1..1960 and are in receipt of Ex.gratia payment of Rs.654/- , Rs.659/-, Rs.703/- and Rs.965.

6.         Payment of DR involving a fraction of a rupees shall be rounded off to the next higher rupee.

7.         Other provisions governing grant of DR in respect of employed  family pensioners and  re-employed Central Government Pensioner will be regulated in accordance with the provisions contained in this Department’s O.M.No. 45/73/97-P&PW(G) Dated 02-07.1999.  The provisions relating to regulation of DR where pensioner is in receipt of more than one pension will remain unchanged.

8.         In the case of retired Supreme Court  and High Court Judges necessary orders will be issued by the department of Justice separately.

9          It will be the responsibility of the pension disbursing authority, including the nationalized banks etc. to calculate the quantum of  DR payable in each individual case.

10.       The Offices of Accountant General and Authorised Public Sector Banks are requested to arrange payment of relief to pensioners etc on the basis of above instructions without waiting for any further instructions from the Controller and Auditor General of India and the Reserve Bank of India in view of letter No.528-TA, II/34-80-11 dated 23-4-1981of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India addressed to all Accountant General and Reserve Bank of India Circular No. GANB No. 2958/GA-64 (ii)(CGL)81 dated 21st May’1981 addressed to .State Bank of India and its subsidiaries and all Nationalised Banks.

11.       In their application to the pensioners/family pensioners belonging to India Audit and Accounts Department these orders issue in consultation with C&AG.

12.       This issues with the concurrence of Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure vide their U.O.No. 186/EV/2007 dated 28.03.2007.

 

 

RBE No.71/2007

  Bd’s letter No. E(W)/2006/CP-1/37  dated 1-05-07 (RBE No.71 /2007)

 

          Sub: Payment of Ex.Gratia compensation to families of railway    

                            servants who die in performance of their bona fide official

                            duties – Delegation of powers to GMs regarding.

            In terms of Board’s letter No.E(W)99/CP-1/1, dated 05-11-1999 (RBE No.285/99) effective from 01-8-1997, instructions were issued regarding payment of Ex.Gratia compensation to families of all railway  servants who die in performance of their bonafide official duties in terms of O.M.No. dated 11-9-98 of the Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare annexed thereto, followed by further instructions/clarifications as reiterated in the Board’s letter No.E(W)2006/CP-1/1, dated 8.2.2006 ( RBE No.14/2006).

 

2.         Based on discussions in DC-JCM meetings and suggestions received from Zonal Railways, a proposal regarding decentralization of powers regarding sanction of Ex. Gratia compensation under these orders presently vested with the Ministry of Railways has been engaging attention of this Ministry.

 

3.         Ministry of Railways have now decided with the approval of the Department of Expenditure and the Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare that the General Managers of Zonal Railways, Production Units, etc. and equivalents would be the competent authority to sanction Ex. Gratia compensation to families of railway servants who die in harness in the performance of their bonafide official duties under various circumstances, in terms of extant instructions mentioned in para-1 above subject to the condition that personal concurrence of the FA&CAO and personal approval of the GM shall be obtained in each case. These powers are not to be delegated further under any circumstances.

4.         The cases should be settled within the maximum period of three months as provided for in the instructions so as to cause minimum hardship to the claimants, and should be subject to careful examination with reference to the extant instructions, conditions, etc.

 

5.         This issues with the concurrence of the Finance Directorate of the Ministry of Railways.

 

 

RBE No.66/2007

  Bd’s lt. No. E[W]2005/UN1/3 dt .24/4/2007  (RBE No.66/2007)

 

Sub: Supply of unstitched cloth and payment of stitching

 charges to railway employees.

            In terms of  Board’s letter No. E[W]95 UN1/19 dated 17-4-2001 instructions regarding supply of unstitched cloth and payment of stitching charges to Public Image Categories were issued.  With a view to further improve upon the quality of uniforms to eligible railway employees, the entire issue has been considered by Board and it has been decided as under:

 

[i]         Supply of cloth for uniforms

 

All employees entitled to uniforms should hitherto be supplied with cut pieces of cloth and paid stitching charges as prescribed for the public image categories from time to time instead of supply of stitched uniforms.  In order to ensure that the cloth supply is of an improved quality, the specifications should conform to standard quality cloth supplied by well known firms.

 

[ii]         Supply of accessories like rain coats, jerseys, shoes etc.

 

For accessories like jerseys, shoes, raincoats, water bottles, etc. being supplied to Railwaymen, the specifications should conform to that of well known branded products.

 

2.         This issues with the concurrence of the Finance Directorate of the Ministry of Railways.

 

 

RBE No.68/2007                                                                                                                                       

  Bd’s letter No. E[NG]I/99/CFP/23 Vol.II dated 24-4-2007   (RBE No.68/2007)

 

Sub: Induction of Trackman, Safaiwalas & Stores Khalasis into the Workshops, Traffic and Commercial Departments

            As the Railways are aware, Gangmen, Stores Khalasis and Safaiwalas of all Departments are eligible for transfer to  Workshops and  Traffic and Commercial Deptts. against 10% quota with 50% seniority subject to their fulfilling the prescribed conditions.

 

2.         The issue regarding non-release of Trackman, Safaiwala & Store Khalasis into the workshops, Traffic & Commercial Department was raised in the PNM – AIRF vide Item No. 21/2006.  The matter was discussed subsequently with both the Federations.  In these discussions it came to light that while there were difficulties in sparing Trackmen due to large number of vacancies in the category, it should be possible to spare Safaiwalas and Store Khalasis.  It has, therefore, been desired by the Board that for the present Store Khalasis & Safaiwalas may be spared for transfer to other Departments against 10% quota after selection as per extant procedure.

 

 

  Bd’s letter No. F[E]III/2007/PN1/4 dated 04-04-2007

 

Sub: Reckoning of officiating pay for pensionary benefits to staff retiring from Construction Organisation.

            This has reference to South Central Railway’s letter No. P[E]177/splMon/8/ SKN/ 2004 dated 06-12-2006.  In view of the clear stipulation in Board’s letter No. E[NG]I 70 SR6/43 dated 13-3-72 that the benefit of one grade higher granted in Construction Organisation shall not be taken into consideration for any purpose including eligibility of selection to Class II posts and subsequent instruction vide Board’s letter No. E[NG]II96/CL/61 dated 18-3-97 that no promotions against work charged posts will be made by the officers-in-charge of the Construction or other Projects, it is clarified that retirement benefits of Staff promoted on local officiating basis in Construction Organisation shall not be computed on the basis of the emoluments drawn in the scale of pay of the post to which he/she has been promoted locally, but on the basis of the emoluments drawn substantively.

 

.

RBA No.14/2007

  Bd’s letter No. 2007/ACII/21/12 dated 13-4-2007 (RBA No.14 /2007)

 

Sub: Transfer of Personal Records of staff transferred from

   one Railway / Unit to another

                        Kindly refer to Board’s letter No. 84/ACII/21/2 dated 25-8-84 [copy enclosed] regarding the above subject wherein Railways have been instructed to ensure transfer of documents/ service records of employees complete in all respects within 10 days from the date of relief of the officer, to the office to which he is transferred so as to ensure that no difficulty is being experienced by the administration and staff concerned.  However, cases of delay in transfer of documents have been reported to Board.  It is, therefore, desired that the instructions ibid may be scrupulously followed and reiterated to all concerned for strict compliance.

 

Copy of Board’s letter No. 84/ACII/21/2 dated 25-8-84

 

Sub: Transfer of Personal Records of staff transferred from one

         Railway / Unit to another

            In terms of para 1940 and 1941 GI, the record of service of the staff transferred from one Railway /Unit to another should be sent to the head of the office to which he is transferred.  It has been pointed out to the Board, that such transfer documents are invariably delayed in some of the Railways,  inspite of several reminders, necessitating staff to be deputed to collect the documents and causing avoidable hardship to the transferred staff, Board view this seriously and desire that the transfer  documents of employees complete in all respects should be forwarded within 10 days from the date of relief of the officer,  to the office to which he is transferred so as to ensure that no difficulty is being experienced by the staff concerned.

 

 

RBE No.72/2007                                                                                       

Bd’s letter No. E[W]2007/PS5-1/3 dated 04-05-07 (RBE No.72/2007)

 

Sub: Entitlement of Metal Pass holders to travel in I-AC Class for self and for family to travel in 2-AC Class- Amendment to Schedule I Duty Pass of Railway Servants [Pass] Rules, 1986 [Second Edition 1993].

            In terms of Item I [1] [b] of Schedule-I [Duty Pass] of Railway Servants [Pass] Rules, 1986 [Second Edition, 1993], Railway Officers holding Silver Pass are entitled to travel on Indian Railways alone in any class or alongwith their family in any class other than First AC Class, or in First AC Class on payment of 1/3rd difference of fare between First AC Class and AC sleeper for their family, subject to reserving a maximum number of 4 berths.  Item I [1] [c] of this Schedule provides that all Officers of the Ministry of Railways and Railway  Administration drawing basic pay of Rs.14,300/- & above in Administrative Grade holding Bronze Pass are entitled to travel, on duty, on Indian Railways alone in any Class or alongwith their family in any class other than First AC Class or First AC Class on payment  of 1/3rd difference of fare between First AC Class and AC Sleeper Class  for their family, subject to reserving a maximum number of 4 berths.

 

2.         The extant provisions in Schedule-I [Duty Pass] in Railway Servants [Pass] Rules, 1986 [Second Edition, 1993] as brought-out above do not permit Railway Officers entitled to First AC Class travel on duty to avail First AC berth for self and one or more berths in 2nd AC or 3rd AC for their family.  Board has, therefore, now decided that officers entitled to Silver Pass & Bronze Pass drawing basic pay of Rs.14,300 and above in Administrative Grade will be entitled to travel on Indian Railways alone in any Class or alongwith their family in any class other than First AC Class or along with their family in First AC Class on payment  of 1/3rd difference of fare between First AC Class and AC Sleeper Class for their family, or one berth in First AC for the pass holder & AC Sleeper for his family, subject to reserving a maximum number of 4 berths.

 

3.         In view of the above, Railway Servants [Pass] Rules, 1986 [Second Edition, 1993] may be amended as in the Advance Correction Slip No. 54 enclosed.

 

4.         This issues with the concurrence of Finance Directorate of the Ministry of Railways.

 

Advance Correction Slip No. 54 to Railway Servants [Pass] Rules, 1986 [Second Edition, 1993]

            The  Rule position under the heading ‘Conditions of entitlement’ under Column 3 of Schedule-I [Duty Pass] of Railway Servants [Pass] Rules, 1986 [Second Edition, 1993] in respect of Items I [1] [b] and first para of Item I [1] [c] may be amended as under:-

 

A: FOR TRAINS OTHER THAN RAJDHANI / SHATABDI

 

Category

Kind of pass to which entitled

Conditions of entitlement

ON DUTY

 

b]  Senior Administrative Grade officers of the Railways and in Railway Board or Heads of the Department of the Railway Administrations

 

Silver Pass

Entitles the holder to travel on Indian Railways alone in any Class, or alongwith his family in any class other than First AC Class, or alongwith his family in I-AC Class on payment of of 1/3rd difference of fare between I  AC Class and AC sleeper Class for his family or one berth in First AC for the pass holder & AC Sleeper for his  family, subject to reserving a maximum number of four berths.

 

c]   All Officers of the Ministry of Railways and Railway Administrations drawing basic pay of Rs.14,300/- and above in Administrative Grade other than those referred in [a] and [b] above.

Bronze Pass

Entitles the holder to travel on Indian Railways alone in any Class, or alongwith his family in any class other than First AC Class, or alongwith his family in First AC Class on payment of of 1/3rd difference of fare between I AC Class and AC sleeper Class for his family, or one berth in I-AC for the pass holder & AC Sleeper for his  family, subject to reserving a maximum number of four berths. However, for traveling in First AC Class, while on duty, the following authority should be issued by the Railway Administration.

[Authority : Board’s letter No. E[W]2007 PS5-1/3 dated 04-05-2007]

 

RBE No.73/2007

  Bd’s letter No. E[W]2007 PS5-1/3[A] dated 04-05-2007  (RBE No.73 /2007)

 

 

Sub: Entitlement for travel by Rajdhani Express trains on Duty.

Ref: Board’s letter No. E[W]93PS5-1/1 dt. 16-2-04

            Board  have decided to modify the rail travel facilities for travel on Rajdhani Express Trains in respect of Silver Pass holders and Metal and I ‘A’  pass holders [Pay Rs. 14,300/- and above] on duty.  Accordingly, in partial modification of the instructions as contained in Board’s letter No. E[W]93 PS 5-1/1 dt. 16-02-04, the entitlement for travel by Rajdhani Express Train on Duty in respect of Silver Pass holders and Metal & First  ‘A’  Pass holders with pay Rs.14,300/- & above stands revised as under:-

 

Status                                                 Rajdhani Express

i]  Silver Pass Holders One berth in First AC for self & one extra berth for the eligible family member on payment of 1/3rd difference of fare between First AC and 2nd AC of Rajdhani Express Trains.

Or

One berth in First AC for self & one berth in 2nd AC for the eligible family member

Or

Two berths in 2nd AC

Or

Four berths in 3rd AC.

ii]  Metal & First ‘A’ Pass      holders       [ Pay Rs.14,300/- & above] One berth in Ist AC for self & one berth in 2nd AC for the eligible family member.

Or

Two berths in 2nd AC

Or

Four berths in 3rd AC.

2.         This issues with the concurrence of the Finance Dte. Of the Ministry of Railways.

 

RBE No.69/2007

  Board’s letter No.PC-V/2002/1/6/2 dt.01.05.2007 (RBE No.69/2007)

 

Sub: Anomaly in fixation of pay of Loco Running Supervisors.

Reference has been received from some Railways regarding anomaly in pay of senior Loco Supervisory staff promoted directly from the post of Goods Driver drawing less pay than junior Loco Supervisory staff promoted through an intermediary post of Sr.Goods Driver.

 

2.         In terms of Ministry of Railways’ letter No.PC-III/91/CRC/1 dated 27.01.1993, while restructuring, the category of Goods Driver was bifurcated into two different pay scales and an element of Sr.Goods Driver with 20% posts was introduced. The anomaly has arisen due to the fact that the senior Loco Supervisor has been promoted directly from the post of Goods Driver whereas the junior Loco Supervisor has been promoted first to the post of Sr.Goods Driver and owing to his drawing pay in a higher pay scale gets fixed at a higher stage in the grade of Loco Supervisor in the pay scale of Rs.6500-10500.

 

3.1       In order to remove the above anomaly, it has been decided that in such cases the pay of the senior employee in the higher grade may be stepped up to make it equal to the pay of the junior person, subject to the fulfillment of the following conditions:-

 

(i)                  The scale of pay of the lower post (ordinary grade) and higher post in which both junior and senior are entitled to draw pay should be identical.

(ii)                The senior employee should have been eligible for appointment to Selection Grade (introduced later) but for his working in the higher post on or before the date on which the junior was appointed to the selection grade.

(iii)               The junior person should not have drawn more pay than the senior by virtue of fixation of pay under the normal rules or any advance increment granted to him in the lower post, and the anomaly should be directly as a result of the junior person holding Selection Grade at the time of his promotion to the higher post.

 

3.2             The stepping up should be done with effect from the date of promotion of the junior employee to the higher grade. Fixation of pay would be done in accordance with the above provisions and next increment of the senior employee would accrue on completion of twelve months from the date of refixation of pay.

 

4.               This has the approval of the Finance Directorate of the Ministry of Railways.

 

 

RBE No.74/2007

  Bd’s letter No. E(W)97 PS 5-1/71  dated 15-05-2007 (RBE No.74/2007)

 

       Sub: Grant of Privilege Passes/PTOs to dependent relatives –

                                 Raising the income ceiling.

 

Reference is invited to Board’s letter of even number dated 24-11-2006 on the above mentioned subject, whereby the income ceiling for dependency was revised w.e.f. 01.07.2006 as Rs.2903/- p.m. i.e. Rs.1500/- (pension/family pension) plus Rs.750/- [DP] + 29% of Rs.2250 [1500+750]  or 15% of the pay of Railway servant, whichever is more.

 

2          Consequent upon increase in Dearness Relief to pensioners/family pensioners, w.e.f. 01.01.2007 in terms of Board’s Circular No.PC-V/97/I/9/6 dated 19.04.2007 a dependent relative in relation to a Railway servant as described in Railway Servants (Pass) Rules, 1986, shall be deemed to be wholly dependent on the Railway servant only if his/her income w.e.f. 01.01.2007 including pension, dearness pay and dearness relief in terms of Board’s letter No.PC-V/97/I/9/6 dated 19.04.2007 does not exceed Rs. 3038/- i.e. Rs.1500/- (pension/family pension) plus Rs.750 (DP) + 35% of Rs.2250 (1500+750) or 15% of the pay of Railway servant, whichever is more.

  Railway Board’s letter No. E[LL]2006/HER/16 dt.25.04.2007

 

Sub:  Amendment of Railway servants (Hours of Work and Periods of Rest) Rules, 2005.

….

Please find enclosed a copy/copies of Notification (GSR No.264 (E) dt.16.03.07 in Hindi and English Version amending Rule 4 (2) of Railway Servants (Hours of Work and Period of Rest) Rules, 2005, for information and guidance.

“G.S.R.264 (E):- In exercise of the powers conferred by Section 136 of the Railways Act, 1989 (24 of 1989) the Central Government hereby makes the following rules, to amend the Railway Servants (Hours of Work and Period of Rest) Rules, 2005 namely:–

 

(1)               These rules may be called the Railway Servants (Hours of Work and Period of Rest) Amendment Rules, 2007.

(2)               They shall come into force on the date of their publication in the Official Gazette.

(3)               They shall apply only to those railway servants to whom Chapter XIV of the Act applies.

(4)               In the Railway Servants (Hours of Work and Period of Rest) Rules, 2005, in Rule 4, sub-rule (2), the words “Secretary to Government of India in the” shall be omitted.

(F.No.E(LL)2006/HER/16)

MATHEW JOHN, Secy. Railway Board.

Footnote: The Railway Servants (Hours of Work and Period of Rest) Rules, 2005 were

published vide G.S.R. number 75, dated 28.02.2005.

Bd’s letter No. 2006/H/28/1/RELHS dated 18-05-2007

 

Sub: Grant of Medical facility to dependents & Family members of Railway employee who dies in harness.

            Arising out of demands made by AIRF, the subject of grant of Medical facilities to the dependents & family members of Railway employee, who dies in harness, till the final settlement of dues is paid, has been under Board’s consideration for some time in the past.

 

It has been decided that:-

Medical facilities to the dependents and family members of Railway employee, who dies in harness, will continue to be given to them , till the time of filling up the forms of settlement dues.

 

A written option to join or not to join RELHS scheme should be taken from the spouse / dependents of the deceased Railway servant, at the time of filling the forms of settlement dues.  In case they opt to join RELHS scheme, the RELHS Medical Identity Card may be issued in their favour, after having deposited the amount of RELHS contribution in cash or authorizing the administration to deduct the same from their final settlement dues.

 

This issues with the approval of Establishment and Finance Directorate of the Ministry of Railways.

 

RBE No.77/2007                                       

 Bd’s letter No. E[RRB]/2007/25/3 dated 18-05-07 (RBE No.77 /2007, RRCB No.2/2007)

 

Sub: Setting up of Railway Recruitment Board [RRB] at Bilaspur.

            Ministry of Railways [Railway Board] have decided to set up a new RRB at Bilaspur.  In this regard sanction of the Board & Financial Commissioner, Railways is communicated for posting of officers and staff, arrangement of office accommodation, budget allocation etc. for the new RRB/Bilaspur as follows:

 

[i]     Administrative control over RRB/Bilaspur

On the lines of Board’s letter No. E[RRB]/2002/25/40 dated 28-3-2003, administrative control on RRB/Bilaspur shall vest with SECR.  RRB/Bilaspur will however be under the direct control of Railway Recruitment Control Board [RRCB] in the matters of policy, procedures, monitoring and review of work etc. like other RRBs.

 

[ii]    Jurisdiction of RRB/Bilaspur

 

            RRB

Railway

Jurisdiction

Bilaspur

 

 

 

South East Central

 

 

Central

HQ Office of SECR and Raipur, Bilaspur & Nagpur divisions of SECR.

 

Nagpur Division of CR

 

 

Consequently, revised jurisdiction of RRB/Bhopal and RRB/Mumbai will be as under:

 

 

Existing Jurisdiction

Revised Jurisdiction

RRB Railway

Existing Jurisdiction

Railway Revised Jurisdiction
Bhopal West Central

 

 

Western

 

South East Central

HQ Office of West Central Railway and Bhopal & Jabalpur divisions

 

Ratlam Division

 

HQ office of South East Central Railway, Bilaspur & Raipur Divisions

West Central

 

 

Western

 

 

HQ Office of WCR and Bhopal & Jabalpur divisions

 

Ratlam Division

 

 

Mumbai Western

 

 

 

Central

 

 

 

 

 

South Central

 

South East Central

HQ Office of Western Railway and Mumbai Central division

 

HQ Office of Central Railway and Mumbai [CST], Bhusawal, Nagpur, Sholapur & Pune Divisions

 

Nanded Division

 

 

 

Nagpur division

Western

 

 

 

Central

 

 

 

 

 

South Central

HQ Office of Western Railway and Mumbai Central division

 

HQ Office of Central Railway and Mumbai [CST], Bhusawal, Sholapur & Pune Divisions

 

Nanded Division

 

Fresh indents by aforesaid Railways hereinafter will be placed on these RRBs as per revised jurisdiction.

 

[iii]     Accommodation [Office/Residential]

 

Accommodation for the office of RRB/Bilaspur may be arranged by GM/SECR by identifying the accommodation from the existing railway buildings or by hiring, if need be.  Accommodation for officers and staff wherever necessary may be provided by GM/SECR.

 

[iv]     Posting of officers and staff in RRB/Bilaspur

 

Posting of Chairman, RRB/Bilaspur in scale Rs.18,400 –22,400 is being processed in Railway Board separately.  Posting of Secretary, RRB/Bilaspur in Sr.Scale of Rs.10,000 –15,200  will be done by GM/SECR in consultation with Railway Board.

 

Sanction of Railway Board has also been given for the following No-Gazetted staff for RRB/Bilaspur which may be provided by GM/SECR:

Post

No. of Post

Scale
PA

01

Rs.6500-10500
OS-II

01

Rs.5500-9000
Confidential Asstt.

01

Rs.5500-9000
Sr. Clerk

02

Rs.4500-7000
Accounts Assistant

01

Rs.4500-7000
Hindi Asstt Gr.II

01

Rs.4500-7000
Jr. Clerk

02

Rs.3050-4590
Peon [Group D]

06

Rs.2550-3200

 

In view of the erstwhile recruitment work concerning SECR and a division of Central Railway having being transferred from RRBs / Bhopal and Mumbai to RRB/Bilaspur, Chairmen, RRBs/ Bhopal and Mumbai may surrender proportionate staff to the concerned Railways in consultation with their associate finance.

 

[v]        Funds:  For meeting the expenditure of newly set-up RRB/Bilaspur, separate instructions will be issued in consultation with Finance [Budget] Directorate of Railway Board.

 

[vi]       Accounting: The FA&CAO/SECR has been nominated for financial advice and accounting.

 

[vii]       Furniture, Stationery etc.: The furniture, stationery and other office equipment may be arranged by the Controller of Stores / SECR.

 

[viii]      Telephones:   P&T and Railway phones for the use of Chairman, Secretary and other officials of RRB/Bilaspur may be arranged by the S&T Department of SECR.

 

[ix]       Financial Powers:   Chairman and Secretary /RRB/Bilaspur will have financial powers as are available to such officers of other RRBs.

 

2.         It is requested that necessary action for providing office accommodation to the RRB and posting of staff etc. may kindly be taken expeditiously for making the RRB functional at the earliest.

  Bd’s letter No. 2006/LMB/10/09 dated 22-05-07

 

Sub: Entitlement of various types of accommodation based on the revised Pay scales recommended by the 5th Pay Commission.

Ref: Board’s circular letter No. 98/LMB/10/62 dated 10-1-2000 & 21-09-2000.

            Existing phraseology of Board’s letter dated 21-09-2000 may be replaced by the following phraseology:

“ All group ‘C’ staff who are in pay scales, the maximum of which is equal to or less than Rs.6000/-“

 

This issues with the concurrence of Finance Directorate of the Ministry of Railways.

****

Copy of Bd’s letter No. 98/LMB/10/62 dated 21-09-2000

 

Sub: Entitlement of various types of  house accommodation based on the revised Pay scales recommended by the 5th Pay Commission.

Ref: Board’s circular letter of even No. 98/LMB/10/62 dated 10-1-2000

***

            Existing phraseology of item No. 2 of the above referred to  letter may be replaced by the following phraseology:

“ All group ‘C’ staff who are in pay scales, the maximum of which is equal to or less than Rs.7000/-“

 

This issues with the concurrence of Finance Directorate of the Ministry of Railways.

RBE No.80/2007                                                                                                                                              

f Bd’s letter No. E[NG]I-2006/PM10/2 dated 23-5-2007 (RBE No.80/2007)

 

Sub: Filling up the post of Chief Laboratory Supdt. in scale Rs.7450-11,500.

            Reference para 165[5] of IREM Vol. I, 1989 Edition as modified vide ACS No. 128 issued under this Ministry’s letter No. E[NG]II/2001/RR-1/20 dated 12-11-2001 and instructions contained in their letter of even number dated 04-09-2001 regarding  filling up   posts in various grades in the cadre of Laboratory Superintendent   and Chief Laboratory Superintendent in the pay scale of Rs.5500-9000, Rs.6500-10,500 and 7450-11500  respectively by promotion of staff in the respective immediate lower grade with qualifications/ criteria as indicated in the extant procedure ibid.

 

2.         References are being received by this Ministry seeking their decision whether Laboratory staff having the qualification of B.Sc. [Chemistry] but not the qualification of Diploma / Certificate in Medical Laboratory Technology including those recruited to the then apex grade Rs.550-900 /Rs.1640-2900 revised to Rs.5500-9000, should be eligible for promotion.  The matter has been reviewed by this Ministry who have in modification / amplification of extant procedure / instructions referred to above, decided as under in respect of staff in service as on 01-08-98:

 

[i]           those recruited directly to the grade Rs.550-900 / 1640-2900 [now revised to 5500-9000 ] as Lab Supdt. with pre-revised qualification of M.Sc. [Chemistry] with two years’ experience or B.Sc. [Chemistry] with five years’ experience will be eligible for consideration for promotion to grades Rs.6500-10,500 and Rs.7450-11500 on completion of two years residency in the respective lower grade.

 

[ii]          those recruited to grade Rs.1400-2300 [now revised to 5000-8000] with qualification of B.Sc.[Chemistry] with one year training in Public Health Laboratory will also be eligible for consideration for promotion to further higher grades in the hierarchy on completion of two years residency in the respective lower grade.

 

[iii]         those not recruited directly to above grades but having the qualifications indicated minus pre-appointment experience or training, will also be eligible for promotion to higher grades on completion of a minimum of two years service in the respective lower grade; service in the Railways as Para-medical staff substituting for prescribed pre-appointment experience / training.

 

 

RBE No.81/2007

  Bd’s letter No. E[NG]I-2007/PM3/2 dated 28-05-07   (RBE No.81/2007)

 

Sub: Promotions of Railway Catering staff working on deemed deputation with IRCTC

            It has been brought to the notice of this Ministry that Railways have surrendered and continue to surrender posts in higher grades in Catering Department which is affecting the promotion of Catering staff working on deemed deputation basis with IRCTC.  In this connection, attention is invited to this Ministry’s letter No. E[NG]I/2003/TR/10 dated 31-03-2003 regarding transfer of catering staff to IRCTC along with catering activities.  This letter provides that  Group ‘C’ & ‘D’ staff in catering units of the Railways will stand transferred along with their posts to IRCTC w.e.f. the date of handing over of catering activities to IRCTC on as is where is basis. The letter further provides that the staff will exercise option either for absorption in IRCTC or for reversion to the Railways and such of those as exercise option to revert back to the Railways  will be allowed to do so along with their posts. In view of this clear stipulation regarding transfer / reversion along with posts, there is hardly any scope for surrendering either vacant  promotional posts or posts manned by staff on deemed deputation with IRCTC,  This may please be noted and remedial action as required taken immediately.

 

 

RBE No.79/2007                                                                           

  Bd’s letter No. E[W]2007 PS5-1/14 dated 22-5-2007 (RBE No.79 /2007)

 

Sub: Incentive for railway staff posted at Workshop Project Organisation under CAO [Workshop Project ] Patna.

            It has been decided by Board that as a part of incentive scheme for the railway staff posted at Workshop Project Organisation under CAO [Workshop Project], Patna, one [1] set  of additional privilege pass will be issued in favour of Group ‘C’  & ‘D’ railway employees every year for the first five [5] years of their posting.

 

2.         The contents of this letter may be given wide publicity on the Railways & Production Units.

 

3.         This issues with the concurrence of the Finance Dte. of the Ministry of Railways.

 

 

RBE No.83/2007

   Bd’s letter No. E[GP]2003/2/22 dated 04-06-2007   (RBE No.83 /2007)

 

Sub: Upgradation of 80% of Group ‘B’ posts of all major departments – Procedure for allotment of the higher scale.

            A clarification has been sought from the Board by one of the zonal Railways on whether, placement of Group ‘B’ officers in the higher Group ‘B’ scale [Rs.8000-13500] in the Mechanical Engg. Deptt.  and TT&C Deptt. has to be done stream-wise or for the departments as a whole,  since selection to Group ‘B’ in these two departments were hitherto being held stream-wise.

 

2.         In this connection it is clarified that even when promotions to Group ‘B’ in scale Rs.7500-12000 were being made stream-wise in the aforesaid two departments, further advancements [ad-hoc promotions to senior scale or regular promotion to Group ‘A’ / Junior scale] were to be made for the departments as a whole on the basis of an integrated seniority list.  Similarly, placements in the higher Group ‘B’ scale of Rs.8000-13500 are also to be made on the same basis.

 

 

RBE No.84/2007                                                                                       

Bd’s letter No. E[NG]II/2006/RC1/Genl./1 dated 7-6-2007 (RBE No.84 /2007)

 

Sub: Appointment to the wife / ward / legal heir in case of death of Commission Vendors / Bearers.

            Attention is invited to Ministry of Railways [Railway Board’s] letter No. 2004/TG-III/639/2 dated 01-12-2005 wherein it has inter-alia been decided that in case of those commission vendors/ bearers who are absorbed  as Group ‘D’ staff on Railways, compassionate  appointment to their wife / ward / legal heir will be permissible as per extant rules in case of their death or medical unfitness before their retirement.

 

2.         NFIR in the PNM Meeting with Board [vide item No. 2/2006] have demanded that compassionate appointment be considered in favour of wife / ward / legal heir in case of death of commission vendor /bearer who are not screened / absorbed and die prior to their absorption.

 

3.         Pursuant to the discussion on the issue, the matter has been considered by the Board  and it has been decided that General Manager may consider appointment in Group ‘D’ only, in favour of ward / widow  in case of death of commission vendor / bearer who was eligible for absorption in the Railways but died before his absorption [ at the time of death he was below 59 years of age as on or before 01-04-2005 and could read and write as stipulated vide this Ministry’s letter No. 2004/TG-III/639/2/ Pt. dated 2-8-2005] subject to  following conditions:

 

[i]         no appointment be considered in case of commission vendor / bearer  who were given two opportunities for screening / absorption but did not avail  the same and died without being absorbed;

 

[ii]         The eligible ward of commission vendor / bearer may be considered for appointment if they have availed their chances but failed in medical examination before absorption;

[iii]        appointment can be offered only as substitute in Group ‘D’ posts;

[iv]        no transfer of vendorship to son / legal heir has taken place after the death of the commission vendor / bearer;

[v]        The ward / widow who are considered for appointment on Railways must fulfill all other conditions of eligibility for appointment to a Group ‘D’ post.

 

4.         Before considering such cases, the authenticity of the deceased vendor be thoroughly checked by the Division / Railway and Branch Officer or Deputy Head of Department as the case may be of Commercial Branch and he should certify the genuineness of the Commission Vendor /bearer.  This claim should be countersigned by DRM/PHOD.  Later the pre-requisite inquiry regarding financial position, family composition, dependent status etc., for engagement be jointly done by Personnel / Welfare Inspector and CMI concerned.

 

RBE No.82/2007                                                                                       

  Bd’s letter No. E[MPP] 2007/6/2 dated 30-05-2007(RBE No.82/2007)

 

Sub: Renewal of training facilities for Engineering Graduates and Diploma Holders under the Apprentice (Amendment) Act,1973 for the years 2007-08, 2008-09  and 2009-10.

Ref: Railway Board’s letter No.E(MPP)2004/6/4 dated 16-11-2004 [RBE No. 238/2004].

 

Ministry of Railways have decided to make available 902 training slots for providing practical training facilities to Engineering Graduates, Diploma Holders and students of Sandwich Course for three years i.e. for 2007-08, 2008-09  and 2009-10 as per statements annexed to this letter.

 

Ministry of Railways desire that in the event of seats earmarked for the Engineering Graduates not being utilized, the same may be filled by Diploma Holders in consultation with the Regional Board.

 

Railways/Production Units should pass on the details to the Ministry of Human Resource Development under intimation to this Ministry under clause 8[c] of Section 9 of the Apprentices Act,1961 as amended in 1973.

 

2004-6-4

ANNEXURE I

1)     Statement showing the number of places of training for Mechanical Graduates/Diploma Holders in Railway installations during the years 2007-08, 2008-09  and 2009-10

 

Railway/Workshop/

Unit/Division

Slots for Degree Holders Slots for Diploma Holders Total
1 2 3 4
Central Railway      
Parel (Loco) 8 10 18
Matunga (C&W) 8 12 20
Eastern Railway      
Liluah (C&W) 6 11 17
Kanchrapara (Loco) 7 8 15
Kanchrapara (C&W) 6 11 17
Jamalpur 6 11 17
Northern Railway      
Charbagh 1 23 24
Alambagh 1 20 21
Kalka-Jagadhri 1 4 5
Amritsar 1 4 5
North Eastern Rly.      
Gorakhpur Shops 2 16 18
Izatnagar 1 10 11
Northeast Frontier Rly      
New Bongaigaon 3 3 6
Southern Railway      
Golden Rock 6 18 24
Perambur (Loco) 6 18 24
Perambur (C&W) 6 19 25
Arkonam (Engg.Work) 4 5 9
South Central Rly.      
Lallaguda (Loco) 4 10 14
South Eastern Rly.      
Coaching Depot, Santragachi     2*
Adra Division     4*
Diesel Loco Shed/ Kharagpur     2*
Kharagpur Workshop     7*
Western Railway      
Parel 7 17 24
Dahod 4 11 15
North Central Rly.      
Jhansi (C&W) 1 17 18
North Western Rly.      
Ajmer 2 4 6
Jodhpur 1 7 8
Bikaner 1 7 8
South Western Rly      
Hubli 5 16 21
Mysore 4 11 15
West Central Rly.      
Kota 3 6 9
CLW 7 18 25
DLW 4 12 16
ICF 10 19 29
RWF 5   5
Total 131 358 504*
* Note: includes 15 of SER which have not been distributed between Degree & Diploma holders

2004-6-4

ANNEXURE II

1) Statement showing the number of places for Electrical  Graduates/Diploma Holders in Railway Institutions  during the years 2007-08, 2008-09  and 2009-10
Railway/Workshop/

Unit/Division

No.of places for Degree Holders No.of places for Diploma Holders Total
  Electrical Traction Electric Power Electrician General Electrician Traction  
1

2

3

4

5

6

Central Railway

 

 

 

 

 

(a) Bombay Division

(i) Kalyan Loco Shed

4

-

-

4

8

(ii) Kurla Car Shed

4

-

-

4

8

(iii) Traction Distribution

4

-

-

6

10

(iv) General Service

-

4

6

-

10

(b) Kalyan Power House

-

6

12

-

18

(c) Matunga Workshop

-

4

4

-

8

(d) Bhusawal Electric Loco Shed

4

-

-

4

8

(e) Bhusawal Divn. Traction Distribution

4

-

-

4

8

Eastern Railway

 

 

 

 

 

(a) Howrah

4

-

-

4

8

(b) Nakraldanga Car Shed

2

-

-

2

4

(c) Asansol Electric Loco Shed

2

-

-

2

4

(d) Kancharapara Workshop

4

2

4

6

16

(e) Liluah Workshop

-

8

8

-

16

(f) Jamalpur

-

8

8

-

16

(g) Traction Distribution on Sealdah Divn.

4

-

-

4

8

(h) Traction Distribution on Howrah Divn.

4

-

-

4

8

Northern Railway

 

 

 

 

 

(a) Lucknow Power House & Workshop

-

4

4

-

8

(b) General Services at Delhi Divn.

-

4

6

-

10

North Eastern Railway

 

 

 

 

 

Gorakhpur Workshop

-

2

6

-

8

Northeast Frontier Railway

 

 

 

 

 

New Bongaigaon Workshop

-

2

4

-

6

Southern Railway

 

 

 

 

 

(a) Tambaram EMU & Loco Shed

4

-

-

6

10

(b) Perambur Workshop

-

4

8

-

12

(c) Golden Rock Workshop

-

4

8

-

12

(d) Traction Distribution on Rayapuram Divn.

2

-

-

4

6

South Eastern Railway

 

 

 

 

 

a) Tikiapra TMI Car Shed

-

-

-

-

4

b) Tata Electric Loco Shed

-

-

-

-

4

c) Kharagpur Workshop

-

-

-

-

4

d) Traction Distribution Chakradharpur Divn.

-

-

-

-

4

e) Santragachi Train Lighting Depot

-

-

-

-

4

Western Railway

 

 

 

 

 

a) Bombay Division

i) Mhalaxmi EMU Car Shed

4

-

-

6

10

ii) Traction Distribution

4

-

-

6

10

iii) General Services

-

4

6

-

10

b) Parel Workshop

-

4

6

-

10

c) Dahod Workshop

-

2

4

-

6

North Central Railway

 

 

 

 

 

Kanpur Electric Loco Shed

4

-

-

6

10

North Western Railway

 

 

 

 

 

Ajmer Workshop

-

4

6

-

10

South Western Railway

a) Hubli

-

2

4

-

6

b) Mysore Workshop

-

2

4

-

6

Railway Electrification

 

 

 

 

 

a) Northern Railway

4

-

-

4

8

b) South Eastern Railway

4

-

-

4

8

c) Western Railway

4

-

-

4

8

 

Chittaranjan Locomotive Works

4

4

8

8

24

Diesel Locomotive works

1

1

2

2

6

Integral Coach Factory

6

10

16

Total

75

81

128

94

398

RBE No. 86/2007                                                                                      

 Bd’s letter No. PC-III/2004/CRC/1[Pt.1] dated14-6-2007  (RBE No. 86/2007)

 

Sub: Introduction of the category of Sr. Permanent Way Supervisor

            Orders for introduction of the category of Sr. Permanent Way Supervisor in scale Rs.5000-8000  have been issued vide Board’s letter of even number dated 22-3-2007.  AIRF has brought to the attention of Railway Board that para 2 of Board’s aforesaid letter with regard to the eligibility of Track Supervisors [erstwhile P.Way Mistries / Supervisors P. Way] appointed as such after 01-11-2003 for absorption in the category of Sr. Permanent Way Supervisor scale Rs.5000-8000, is possibly being misconstrued and that clarification may be issued.

 

The matter has been examined and it is clarified that existing regular incumbents of the post of Track Supervisors [erstwhile P. Way Mistries  / Supervisors P. Way] in scale Rs. 4500-7000 [ + Rs.100 S.A. ] appointed prior to 01-11-2003 and those without special allowance appointed after 01-11-2003 are eligible for absorption in the category of Sr. Permanent Way Supervisor scale Rs.5000-8000, subject to fulfillment of various terms and conditions stipulated in Board’s letter dated 22-3-2007.

 

RBE No.85/2007

  Board’s letter No.PC-III/2007/CRC/4 dated 07-06-2007(RBE No.85/2007)

 

Sub: Cadre Restructuring of certain Group ‘C’ Cadres –

Medical & General Administration Department.

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The Ministry of Railways have had under review Group ‘C’ cadres of (I) Hostel Management staff of Oak Grove School, Jharipani; and (ii) Health & Malaria Inspectors; (iii) Field Worker; and (iv) Lady Health Visitor of Medical Department in consultation with the staff side with a view to strengthen and rationalize the staffing pattern on Railways.  As a result of the review undertaken on the basis of functional, operational and administrative requirements, it has been decided with the approval of the President that the Group ‘C’ categories of staff as mentioned above should be restructured in accordance with the revised percentages indicated in the Annexures ‘A’ and ‘B’ to this letter.  While implementing these orders the following detailed instructions should be strictly and carefully adhered to:

 

Date of effect 1. The restructuring will be in reference to the sanctioned cadre strength as on date of issue of these orders.
Applicability to various cadres 2. These orders will be applicable on the regular cadres (excluding surplus & supernumerary posts) of the Open Line establishments including Workshops and Production Units.
  2.1 These orders will not be applicable to ex-cadre & workcharged posts which will continue to be based on worth of charge. Only those temporary posts which are in operation for atleast three years may be taken into account for the purpose of applying revised percentages.
Pay Fixation (Rule 1313 (FR22)-(RII) 3. Staff selected and posted against  the additional higher grade posts as a result of above upgradation will have their pay fixed under Rule 1313 (FR-22)(I)(a)(1)-R-II from the date of issue of  these orders with the usual option for pay fixation under extant rules.
Existing classification and filling up of the vacancies. 4. The existing classification of the posts covered by these orders as ‘selection’ and ‘non-selection, as the case may be, remains unchanged. However, for the purpose of implementation of these orders, if an individual Railway servant becomes due for promotion to a post classified as a ‘selection’ post, the existing selection procedure will stand modified in such a case to the extent that the selection will be based only on scrutiny of service records and confidential reports without holding any written and / or viva-voce test. Naturally under this procedure the categorization as ‘outstanding’ will not figure in the panels. This modified selection procedure has been decided upon by the Ministry of Railways as a one time exception by special dispensation, in view of the numbers involved, with the objective of expediting the implementation of these orders. Similarly for posts classified as ‘non-selection’ at the time of this restructuring the promotion will be based only on scrutiny of service records and confidential reports.
  4.1 Normal vacancies existing on date of issue of these orders (except direct recruitment quota) and those arising on that date from this cadre restructuring including chain/resultant vacancies should be filled in the following sequence:-

(i)                  From panels approved on or before date of issue of these orders and current on that date;

(ii)                and the balance in the manner indicated in para 4 above.

 

  4.2 Benefit of promotion against chain/resultant vacancies should also be given from the date of issue of these orders, if the same would arise purely due to this cadre restructuring.
  4.3 Such selections which have not been finalized till date of issue of these orders should be cancelled/abandoned.
  4.4 All vacancies arising from the next day of date of issue of these orders will be filled by normal selection procedure.
  4.5 All vacancies arising out of the restructuring should be filled up by senior employees who should be given benefit of the promotion from the date of issue of these orders whereas for the normal vacancies existing on the date of issue of these orders, junior employees should be posted by modified selection procedure but they will get promotion and higher pay from the date of taking over the posts as per normal rules.
  4.6 In cases where percentages have been reduced in the lower grade and no new post becomes available as a result of restructuring, the existing vacancies on the date of issue of these orders should be filled up by normal selection procedure.
  4.7 Employees who retire/resign in between the period from the date of issue of these orders to the date of actual implementation of these orders, will be eligible for the fixation benefits and arrears under these orders from the date of issue of these orders.
  5. Extant instructions for D&A/Vigilance clearance will be applicable for effecting promotions under these orders with reference to the date of issue of these orders.
Minimum years of service in each grade 6  While implementing the restructuring orders, instructions regarding minimum period of service for promotion issued from time to time should be followed.  In other words, residency period prescribed for promotions to various categories should not be relaxed.
Basic functions duties and responsibilities. 7. Since the cadres as detailed in the Annexures to this letter are being restructured on functional, operational and administrative considerations, the posts being placed in higher scales of pay as a result of restructuring should include additional duties and responsibilities of greater importance.
  7.1 In addition to the existing duties, the Field Worker in the scale Rs.4000-6000 will also shoulder additional responsibilities related to work pertaining to Health Care delivery system on Indian Railways for which instructions will be issued by Health Directorate, Railway Board separately.
Adjustment of excess number of posts 8. If prior to issue of these instructions the number of posts existing in any grade in any particular cadre exceeds the number admissible on the revised percentages, the excess may be allowed to continue to be phased out progressively with the vacation of the posts by the existing incumbents.
Provision of reservation 9. The existing instructions with regard to reservation of SC/ST wherever applicable will continue to apply.
Direct recruitment percentages 10 Direct recruitment percentages will not be applicable to the additional vacancies arising out of these restructuring orders as on the date of issue of these orders (cut-off date). The direct recruitment percentage will apply for normal vacancies arising on or after the date following the cut-off date. Also the direct recruitment quota as on the date preceding the cut-off date will be maintained.
Pin pointing of posts 11 The administration should take steps to pin-point the additional posts arising out of this restructuring as per administrative requirements. However, in those cases where due to pin-pointing of posts staff is required to join duties in the upgraded posts at a different station, such staff may be allowed the benefit of upgradation/promotion on “as is where is basis” for the time being and allowed to join the pin pointed post at the new station within six months time from the date of issue of promotion order, subject to the satisfaction of HOD on merit.
Refusal of promotion 12. Such of the Staff as had refused promotion before issue of these orders and stand debarred for promotion may be considered for promotion, in relaxation of the extant Provisions as a one time exception, if they indicate in writing that they are willing to be considered for such promotion against the vacancies existing on the date of issue of these orders and arising due to restructuring on the date. This relaxation will not be applicable to vacancies arising after the date of issue of these orders.
Matching Savings 13 Entire scheme of restructuring is to be a self-financing and expenditure neutral proposition. Financial implications should be worked out taking into account the mid points of the scales  of pay of the respective posts (mean of the minima & maxima of the scale), existing number of posts and revised number of posts in the grade on the basis of the revised percentage distribution of posts. After working out the financial implications, the matching savings should be effected from the category itself. Wherever it is not possible to do so from the category itself, the matching savings should be arranged from the department at the divisional/zonal level. But before restructuring the cadre as per the revised percentage distribution of posts, matching savings will have to be ensured and if the Department/Railways are not able to provide the matching savings, the particular category/department will not be restructured. While ensuring effective surrender of posts of equivalent financial value, the existing vacant posts available in the categories on the date of issue of these orders should be considered for the purpose of off-setting the cost of restructuring/financial effects of restructuring. Board desire that the General Managers should ensure that the restructuring is implemented expeditiously with matching saving without any exception and difficulty. There would be no restructuring without matching savings by surrender of posts.

This issues in consultation with the Establishment & Health Directorates and with the concurrence of Finance Directorate  of this Ministry.

 

ANNEXURE’A’

STATEMENT REGARDING RESTRUCTURING OF GROUP ‘C’ HOSTEL MANAGEMENT STAFF OF OAK GROVE SCHOOL, JHARIPANI, GENERAL ADMINISTRATION DEPARTMENT.

Annexure to  Board’s letter No.PC-III/2007/CRC/4 dated 07-06-2007

CATEGORY

GRADE(Rs.)

EXISTING %AGE

REVISED %AGE

Hostel Management

Staff of Oak Grove

School, Jharipani

5000-8000

4500-7000

4000-6000

10

30

60

20

40

40

 

ANNEXURE ‘B’

STATEMENT REGARDING RESTRUCTURING OF GROUP ‘C’ STAFF OF MEDICAL DEPARTMENT.

Annexure to Board’s letter No.PC-III/2007/CRC/4 dated 07-06-2007

CATEGORY

GRADE(Rs.)

EXISTING %AGE

REVISED %AGE

Health & Malaria Inspectors

7450-11500

6500-10500

5500-9000

15

30

55

17

30

53

Field Worker

4000-6000

3050-4590

75

25

Lady Health Visitor

5000-8000

4500-7000

4000-6000

__*

50

50

20

40

40

 

*10 posts for Railways put together vide Board’s letter No.PC-V/98/I/11/18(A) dated 10-05-1998

 

 

RBE No.90/2007                                                                                                                                       

  Bd’s letter No. E[NG]II/2006/RC-2/11 dated 21-06-2007   (RBE No.90 /2007)

 

Sub: Recruitment against Physically Handicapped Quota.

            Attention is invited to Ministry of Railways [Railway Board]’s letter of even number dated 21-12-2006 [RBE No. 195/2006] stipulating inter-alia that all  recruitment from open market in Group ‘C’ and ‘D’ categories against vacancies reserved for physically handicapped quota will be undertaken  by Zonal Railway Recruitment Cell as per the procedure laid down for the purpose.

 

Pursuant  to the direction dated 22-03-2007 of the Chief Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities, in case No. 3202/2006 for conducting common examination for Persons with Disabilities for the reserved and unreserved vacancies , the matter has been considered by the Board and in partial modification to para 2 of Board’s letter ibid, it has been decided that henceforth a common examination will be held for general candidates as well as persons with disabilities.  All recruitment from open market in Group ‘C’ posts will be undertaken by Railway  Recruitment Boards along with general recruitment for various posts against physically handicapped quota.  However, recruitment for Group ‘D’ against the same would continue to be undertaken by Zonal Railway Recruitment Cell as a common exam.

 

However, the ongoing special  recruitment process for filling up backlog of vacancies for disabled persons may be finalized.

Bd’s letter No. E[O]III-2007/PL/03 dated 19-06-2007

 

Sub: Expenditure on treatment abroad while on Ex-India leave.

            Some instances have come to the notice of Railway Board where Railway officers/ employees, while being on ex-India leave, have incurred huge financial liabilities on account of emergency medical treatment abroad.

 

2.         In view of the huge financial liabilities incurred by Railway employees/officers on account of emergency medical treatment abroad while on ex-India leave and in order to avoid possible diplomatic embarrassment arising out of such liabilities, Railway Board have decided that while sanctioning ex-India leave to employees/officers, all  Zonal Railways / Production Units should ensure that:

 

2.1              The officers/employees shall purchase overseas medical insurance to the tune of medical cover of at least US $ 50,000/- prior to sanction of ex-India leave.

 

2.2              All officers/employees while submitting leave application for ex-India leave should also submit the following declaration:

 

[a]     I am aware that as per the provision of Indian Railway Medical Manual relating  to reimbursement of medical expenses incurred abroad, I am not entitled for reimbursement of medical expenses for treatment in emergency or otherwise while on ex-India leave.

 

[b]     I have/will purchase adequate insurance coverage for the medical emergency while I will be on ex-India leave.

 

  1. All Railways / Production Units are advised to ensure that the above instructions are followed strictly while sanctioning ex-India leave to employees /officers.

 

 

RBE No.89/2007                           

  Bd’s letter No. E[W]96 PS5-8/2 dated 15-6-2007   (RBE No.89 /2007)

 

Sub: Provision of companion in lieu of attendant to Sr. citizen Ist class/Ist class ‘A’ Widow Pass holders above 65 years of age. 

            In slight modification to Board’s letter of even number dated 24-07-2000, it has been decided by the Board to allow the facility of companion in lieu of attendant to Widow Pass holders who are above the age of 65 years , holding Ist class / Ist  ‘A’ Widow Pass, in higher class on payment of full difference of fare between Sleeper Class/2nd Class and the class in which the Widow Pass holders travel, besides the existing travel facility alongwith the companion in Sleeper Class/2nd Class.

 

2.         The other terms and conditions contained in Board’s letter of even number dated 24-07-2000 shall remain the same.

 

3.         The Railway Servants [Pass] Rules, 1986 [Second Edition, 1993] may accordingly be amended as in the ACS No. 55.

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Advance Correction Slip No. 55 to the Railway Servants [Pass] Rules, 1986 [Second Edition, 1993]

            Item No.[ii][c] under Column 3 below item [b] in Schedule V  Widow Pass may be amended as follows:

 

1.         Add the following sentence at the end of item No. [c] [ii] as concluding sentence:

 

“ The Widow Pass holders are also allowed to take a companion alongwith them in higher class on payment of full difference of fare between Sleeper Class /II Class and the class in which the Ist Class / Ist ‘A’ Class Widow Pass holder travels.”

 

2.         Add the following as concluding sentence in the endorsement to be made on the Widow Pass:

 

“ or in higher class on payment of full difference of fare between Sleeper Class / II Class and the class in which the widow travels.”

[Authority: Board’s letter No.E[W]96 PS5-8/2 dated 15-6-2007  ]

 

 

RBE No.91/2007                                                                                                                

  Bd’s letter No. E[GP]2002/2/49-Pt.  dated 21-6-2007   (RBE No.91/2007)

 

Sub: Zone of consideration for SC/ST candidates to be called for appearing in the 70% selection for filling up Group ‘B’ posts.

            With reference to a clarification issued to Southern Railway on the above subject under Board’s letter No. E[GP]2002/2/49 dated 7-8-02, doubts have been expressed by other Railways too as to what would constitute the normal zone of consideration and availability of adequate number of SC/ST candidates in the zone of consideration to determine whether the zone needs to be extended.

 

2.         In this connection, it is clarified that the normal zone of consideration should be first determined with reference to the total number of vacancies.  Thereafter, it is to be seen whether, within the normal zone of consideration, SC and ST candidates are available to the extent of 3 times the SC and ST vacancies respectively.  This would determine the adequacy or otherwise of the availability of SC/ST candidates, as clarified under point [2] of Board’s letter No. E[GP]81/1/18 dated 4-9-82 , in partial modification of para 2 of Board’s letter of same number dated 29-9-81.  If SC/ST candidates are not available in the normal zone to the extent of 3 times the vacancies reserved for SC/ST, then the zone should be extended for SC or ST or both, as the case may be, to 5 times the total number of vacancies.

 

3.         In this connection, it is also clarified that all the general community  candidates covered within the normal zone of consideration  have to be considered for the selection as brought out in para 3 of Board’s letter dated 29-9-81.

 

 

RBE No.88/2007

  Bd’s letter No. E[NG]II/2003/RC-1/Genl./4 dated 15-6-2007    (RBE No.88 /2007)

 

Sub: Appointment on compassionate grounds – Acquisition of higher qualification

            Attention is invited to Board’s letter of even number dated 2-4-2004 wherein it was decided that:

 

(i)         If the candidate is major at the time of death/medical invalidation of the ex-employee and is already admitted to a course then he/she shall be allowed to complete that course provided he/she takes due permission of the Railway Administration.  His/Her candidature for appointment would be considered according to the qualification so acquired.

 

(ii)       If the candidate is minor at the time of death/medical invalidation of the ex-employee, but at the time of his/her attaining majority, he/she is already pursuing/admitted to a course, he/she be allowed to complete that course provided he/she takes due permission from the administration.  His/her candidature for appointment on compassionate grounds would be considered in light of the qualification he/she acquires.

 

(iii)       If the candidate is minor at the time of death/medical invalidation of the ex-employee and when he/she becomes major but is not pursuing/admitted to a course then his/her candidature for appointment for compassionate grounds would be considered in light of the qualification he/she possessed at the time of attaining majority.

 

2.         The matter has been re-considered and in supersession of all the instructions on the above subject [except Board’s letter No. E[NG]II/98/RC-1/139 dated 4-3-99 & E[NG]II/99/RC-1/Genl.8/JCM-DC dated 29-7-99] it has now been decided by the Board that the educational qualification possessed by the ward / spouse of the ex-employee at the time of submission  of application for compassionate ground appointment may be considered.  However, the application for compassionate ground appointment should be submitted within the prescribed period as laid down in extant instructions.

 

3.         Past cases decided otherwise need not be re-opened but cases which are under process may be decided in the light of these instructions.

 

  Bd’s letter No. E[NG]I-2005/PM1/20 dated 27-6-2007

 

Sub: Syllabus for the post of OS-II in scale Rs.5500-9000 against 20% LDCE quota.

            Reference CPO/SC Railway’s D.O. letter No. P/EST/608/OS-II/LDCE dt. 25-05-2007 addressed to Adv. [Staff], Railway Board, on the above subject.

 

2.         The matter has been carefully considered.  The Ministry of Railways have no objection to topics relating to Labour Laws and RTI Act, 2005 as mentioned in the Railway’s letter under reference being included in the syllabus for LDCE for OS Gr.II as also for the post of PI- I.

 

 

RBE No.87/2007                                                                           

  Bd’s letter No. E[NG]II/99/RC-1/SR/12 dated 15-6-2007 (RBE No.87 /2007)

 

Sub:Grant of compassionate  appointment to wards / dependents of deceased / medically unfit apprentices.

            Some of the Zonal Railways have been seeking clarification from the Board regarding the admissibility of compassionate appointment to one of the dependent family members of the ex-employee due to death or medical decategorisation / incapacitation of an Apprentice [ who has been appointed on compassionate ground ] during the course of training wherever it is a pre-requisite  for appointment to a working post in the Railways.

 

2.         It is worth considering that in the event of death or medical decategorisation / incapacitation of a candidate, appointed on compassionate ground, during the course of training, the purpose and real spirit of compassion is defeated as the family has lost two bread winners.  As a result, the family of the ex-employee is left in same adverse financial position after the death of trainee that prevailed at the time of consideration of offer of a job to this ward of deceased / decategorised / incapacitated employee and the purpose of compassionate appointment was not fulfilled.

 

3.         The matter has been considered by the Board and it has been decided that in case a candidate appointed on compassionate ground dies / becomes medically incapacitated during the course of training before he / she is regularly appointed in the Railways, another opportunity may be granted to the original ex-employee / ex-employee’s widow, on whose request the dead / incapacitated trainee ward was offered appointment on compassionate ground by the administration, to apply for another wards’ appointment.

 

RBE No. 94/2007                                                                                      

  Bd’s letter No. E[NG]I-2007/PM5/5 dated 03-07-07 (RBE No. 94/2007)

 

Sub: Introduction of the category of Senior P.Way Supervisor in the pay scale of Rs. 5000-8000 – conditions of recruitment and promotion to the new category – question regarding.

             In terms of extant procedure the posts of erstwhile Supervisor [P.Way] in  the pay scale of Rs.4500-7000 were required to be filled as under:

 

[i]     25% by direct recruitment through Railway Recruitment Boards, with qualification of B.Sc. Physics & Maths; Diploma holders in Civil / Mechanical /Electrical Engineering also being eligible.

 

[ii]    25% by a Limited Departmental Competitive Examination from amongst Gangmen, Keymen and Mates with the qualification of 10+2 with Science and Mathematics and having put in a minimum of three years regular service.  Shortfall, if any, to be made good from amongst Gangmen / Keymen / Mates having the qualification of Matriculation / HSLC with three years regular service.  Further shortfall, if any, to be added to the direct recruitment quota at [i] above; and

 

[iii]   50% by promotion of Departmental staff having the qualification of Class X Board Examination by seniority-cum-suitability through a written suitability test, shortfall, if any, being added to LDCE quota at [ii] above.

 

1.1              Supervisors [P.Way ] with qualification of Class X Board Examination are eligible for further promotion by selection to the post of JE Gr.II [P.Way] in the pay scale of Rs.5000-8000.

 

2.         The above issues have been reviewed in the light of para 2[9] of this Ministry’s letter No. PC-III/2004/CRC/1 [Pt.1] dt. 22-03-2007 indicating that instructions regarding eligibility qualifications / norms for future promotion and direct recruitment  to the newly created category would be separately  issued by the Establishment Dte.  It has been decided that the existing  qualifications for recruitment and promotion as applicable to the erstwhile category of Supervisor [P. Way] in the pay scale of Rs.4500-7000 would continue to apply for recruitment and promotion to the newly created category of Senior P. Way Supervisor in the pay scale of Rs.5000-8000 also.

 

2.1       Further, as already indicated in para 2[10] of this Ministry’s letter dt. 22-03-2007 referred to in the preceding para Sr. P.Way Supervisors in grade Rs.5000-8000 would continue to seek further promotion by selection as JE Gr.II [P.Way] in the identical scale of pay as per extant procedure against 33.1/3 % promotion quota.

Bd’s letter No. E[NG]II/2007/RR-1/33 dated 04-07-07

 

Sub: Acceptance of educational qualification for employment on the Railways – Clarification regarding.

            In the recent past, cases have been received seeking clarification whether such of the candidates can be considered for appointment / engagement in Railway Establishments who have been found to be in possession of the prescribed / higher qualification from the Institutions recognised for  employment under Central Government for a post with an  anomaly that at some lower stage of their academics they have obtained qualifications / certificates from such Institutions which are not recognised for the purpose of employment in the offices under Central Government.

 

The issue has been examined in consultation with Department of Personnel & Training, Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions [ which is the nodal department] and it is clarified that if a candidate has initially undergone education in an Institution which is not recognised for the purpose of employment in offices under Central Government but recognised by the State Government for the purpose of employment in offices under their administrative control and he / she  acquires  higher educational  qualification from a University /Institute / Board recognized for the purpose of employment in Central Government offices then  he/she  should be considered for employment in Railway Establishments on the basis of his/ her higher qualification.

Bd’s letter No. E[W]2007/WE-6/5 dated 11-07-07

 

Sub: Participation of Railway scouts and guides in international event.

            Railways were advised vide Board’s letter No. E[W]2007/WE-6/9 dated             05-07-2007 [copy enclosed] that the instructions issued under Board’s letter No.  E[W]84/WE-6-7 dated 16-10-84 regarding payment of TA/DA in respect of scouts/ guide events do not apply to the cases of international events held outside India as these are governed by independent rules laid down for the purpose with regard to deputation of railway officials abroad on duty.

 

2.         In continuation of the Board’s ibid letter dated 05-07-07, it is advised that no expenditure should for any purpose be incurred towards participation of any scout/guide or any official in any international event held outside India even from the funds available with the Zonal Railways’ Scouts and Guides organisations or the Staff Benefit Fund for the purpose of Scouting activities without specific prior approval of Board.

 

Bd’s letter No. E[W]2007/WE-6/9 dated 05-07-07

 

Sub: Admissibility of TA/DA  for  scouts and guides activities –

         Clarification regarding.

            Queries are being raised about admissibility of TA/DA for undertaking scouts and guides activities.  It is advised in this connection that grant of TA/DA for scouting activities is governed by instructions issued under Board’s letters No. E[W] 80 WE6-1 dated 27-9-1982 and 27-9-1982 and No. E[W] 84 WE6-7 dated 16-10-84 which are reiterated for compliance.

 

2.         Attention is particularly invited to para 1[ii]  of Board’s ibid letter dated 16-10-84 [annexed overleaf] that TA/DA as on tour may also be allowed to “Railway  employees who are deputed to impart training or organize major scout /guide events, such as rallies,  jamborettes, conferences, etc. at the State or National levels” only.

3.         It is clarified that the above-mentioned instructions are in respect of participation in India only and do not apply to participation in the international events held outside India.

 

This issues in consultation with the Finance Directorate of the Ministry of Railways.

 

Copy of Board’s letter  No. E[W] 84 WE6-7 dated 16-10-84

 

Sub: Grant of TA/DA to Railway employees on scouting duties.

***

            In partial modification of the orders contained in Board’s letter No. E[W]80 WE 6-1 dated 27-9-1982, it has been decided by the Railway Ministry that TA/DA as on tour may also be allowed to an individual  for a maximum period of 15 days in a calendar year in respect of the following scouting activities:

 

[i]         Scouts / Guides officials who are deputed to attend meetings of the State / National Body; and

 

[ii]      Railway  employees who are deputed to impart training or organize major scout / guide events, such as rallies, jamborettes, conferences, etc. at the State or National levels.

 

2.         In this connection, it is clarified that the total number of days for which TA/DA is allowed to an individual for scouting activities should not exceed 15 days in a calendar year.

 

3.         The above orders have the sanction of the President and issue with the concurrence of the Finance Directorate of the Ministry of Railways.

 

 

RBE No.95/2007                                                                                       

Bd’s letter No. E[Sports]2007/Policy/4[Clarifications] dated 12-07-07 (RBE No.95/2007)

 

Sub: Recognised Junior National Championships for recruitment

        of sportspersons on Indian Railways against sports quota.

Ref: Board’s policy letter No. E[Sports]2007/Policy/3 dated

  30-03-07[RBE No. 48/2007]

            Please refer to Para 4 of Board’s policy letter mentioned above regarding minimum sports norms for recruitment of sportspersons on Indian Railways against sports quota.

 

In this connection it is clarified that in Junior Category at National level, only the Junior National Championships of age groups as mentioned in the Annexure, shall be considered for recruitment of sportspersons on Indian Railways against sports quota.

 

Annexure

Annexure to Bd’s letter No. E[Sports]2007/Policy/4[Clarifications] dated 12-07-07

List of Junior National Championships Recognised by RSPB for Recruitment of Sportspersons on Indian Railways Against Sports Quota.

[Ref: Railway Board’s policy letter No. E[Sports]2007/Policy/3 dated  30-03-07[RBE No. 48/2007]

 

S.No Discipline Category Details of Recognised Junior National Championship
Age Group Name of Championship
1 Aquatics [Diving] Men Under –18

[Group-I]

Sub Junior National Aquatics Championship
Women Under –18

[Group-I]

Sub Junior National Aquatics Championship
Aquatics [Swimming] Men Under –17

[Group-I]

 Junior National Aquatics Championship
Women Under –17

[Group-I]

 Junior National Aquatics Championship
  Aquatics

[Water Polo]

Men Under –18  Junior National Aquatics Championship
  Women Under –18  Junior National Aquatics Championship
2 Archery Men Under –19  Junior National Archery Championship
  Women Under –19  Junior National Archery Championship
3 Athletics Men Under –20  Junior National Athletics Championship
  Women Under –20  Junior National Athletics Championship
4 Badminton Men Under –19  Junior National Badminton Championship
  Women Under –19  Junior National Badminton Championship
5 Ball Badminton Men Under –19  Junior National Ball Badminton Championship
  Women Under –19  Junior National Ball Badminton Championship
6 Basketball Men Under –18  Junior National Basketball Championship
    Women Under –18  Junior National Basketball Championship

List of Junior National Championships Recognised by RSPB for Recruitment of Sportspersons on  Indian Railways Against Sports Quota.

[Ref: Railway Board’s policy letter No. E[Sports]2007/Policy/3 dated  30-03-07[RBE No. 48/2007]

 

S.No Discipline Category Details of Recognised Junior National Championship
Age Group Name of Championship
7 Billiards, Snooker, 8 Ball  & 9 Ball Pool Men Under –21  Junior National Billiards & Snooker Championship
  Men Under –21  Junior National 8 Ball & 9 Ball Pool Championship
  Women Under –21  Junior National Billiards & Snooker Championship
  Women Under –21  Junior National 8 Ball & 9 Ball Pool Championship
8 Body Building Men Under –21  Junior National Body Building  Championship
  Women    Not  conducted
9 Boxing Men Under –19  Junior National Boxing Championship
  Women Under –19  Junior National Boxing Championship
10 Bridge Men Under –25  Junior National Bridge Championship
  Women Under –25  Junior National Bridge Championship
11 Chess Men Under –19  Junior National Chess Championship
  Women Under –19  Junior National Chess Championship
12 Cricket Men Under-22 Col.C.K. Nayudu Trophy [Inter State Championship]
  Under-19 Cooach Behar Trophy [Inter State Championship]
  Under-19 Vinoo Mankad Trophy [One Day Limited Overs Inter State Championship]
  Under-19 Vijay Hazare Trophy [One Day Limited Overs All India Inter Zonal Championship]
  Women Under-19 Inter State All India Knock Out / Inter State Zonal Tournament [One Day Limited Overs Championship]
    Under-19 All India Inter Zonal Tournament [One Day Limited Overs Championship]
13 Cross Country Men Under –20  Junior National Cross Country Championship
  Women Under –20  Junior National Cross Country Championship
14 Cycling [Track & Road]

 

Men Under –19 National Track Cycling  Championship [ for all age groups ]
Under –19 National Road Cycling  Championship [ for all age groups ]
Women Under –19 National Track Cycling  Championship [ for all age groups ]
Under –19 National Road Cycling  Championship [ for all age groups ]
15 Football Men Under –19  Junior National Football Championship for B.C. Roy Trophy
Women Under –19  Junior National [Girls] Football Championship
16 Golf Men Under –18  Junior & Sub-Junior National Golf Championship
Women Under –18  Junior & Sub-Junior National Golf Championship
17 Gymnastics Men Under –17  Junior National Gymnastic Championship
Women Under –15  Junior National  Gymnastic Championship
18 Handball Men Under –19  Junior National Handball Championship
Women Under –19  Junior National Handball Championship
19 Hockey Men Under –21  Junior [Under –21] National Hockey Championship
Women Under –19  Junior National Hockey Championship
20 Judo Men Under –17  Junior  National Judo Championship
Women Under –17  Junior National Judo Championship
21 Karate Men Under –18  Junior  National Karate Championship
Women Under –18  Junior National Karate Championship
22 Kabaddi Men Under –19  Junior National Kabaddi Championship
Women Under –19  Junior National Kabaddi Championship

 

 

List of Junior National Championships Recognised by RSPB for Recruitment of Sportspersons on  Indian Railways Against Sports Quota.

[Ref: Railway Board’s policy letter No. E[Sports]2007/Policy/3 dated  30-03-07[RBE No. 48/2007]

 

S.No Discipline Category Details of Recognised Junior National Championship
Age Group Name of Championship
23 Kho-Kho Men Under –19  Junior National Kho-Kho Championship
Women Under –19  Junior National Kho-Kho Championship
24 Powerlifting Men Under –23  Junior National Powerlifting Championship
Women Under –23  Junior National Powerlifting Championship
25 Shooting Men Under –21  National Shooting Championships Competition [for all age groups]
Women Under –21  National Shooting Championships Competition [for all age groups]
26 Table Tennis Men Under –17 Junior & Youth National Table Tennis Championship
Women Under –17 Junior & Youth National Table Tennis Championship
27 Tennis Men

 

Under –18 DSCL National  Tennis Championship [for all age groups]
Under –18 Adidas Junior  National Table Tennis Championship  [for U-18 and below age groups]
Women Under –18 DSCL National  Tennis Championship [for all age groups]
Under –18 Adidas Junior  National Table Tennis Championship  [for U-18 and below age groups]
28 Volleyball Men Under –19  Junior National Volleyball Championship
Women Under –19  Junior National Volleyball Championship
29 Weightlifting Men Under –20  Junior National Weightlifting Championship
Women Under –20  Junior National Weightlifting Championship
30 Wrestling [Free Style & Greco Roman only ] Men Under –20  Junior National Wrestling Championship
Women Under –20  Junior National Wrestling Championship

 

 

RBE No.96/2007

  Board’s letter No.PC-V/97/1/EC/1 dt.12.7.2007 (RBE No.96/2007).

 

Sub: Date of eligibility for upgradation of 80% of Group ‘B’ officers in the scale of Rs.8000-13500 – clarification – reg.

 

Vide Gazette Notification dated 25.4.2003 (RBE No.69/03) , higher pay scale of Rs.8000-13500 was also extended to 80% of Group ‘B’ officers on roll of the organized services other than Accounts Department who have completed three years of regular service in the scale of Rs.7500-12000.  For this purpose, 1st January and 1st July of every year are stipulated as the dates for considering the eligibility and for carrying out this exercise. This has led to a situation wherein officers who become eligible during the interregnum (between 1st January – 1st July and 1st July – 1st January) but who demit service during this period are not being considered.

 

2.         In order to rectify the above situation, the issue of fixing the date of eligibility of Group ‘B’ officers for the scale of Rs.8000-13500 under the 80:20 scheme had been under review and it has been decided by the Board that the DPC held to consider eligible candidates for higher grade on 1st January & 1st July every year, should consider all those who will become eligible in the next six months period (including those retiring) and give them the benefit of the scale of Rs.8000-13500 from the date they complete three years of service, if otherwise due and found eligible by the DPC.

 

3.         While the dates of assessment of the number of posts to be operated in the higher grade will remain 1st January and 1July every year, the date of effect of placement in the higher grade will be the date when the officer becomes eligible, i.e., when he completes three years in Group ‘B’ provided there is a shortfall in the number of posts to be operated in the higher grade. The assessment should, therefore, include officers becoming eligible in the intervening period only to the extent of shortfall.

 

 Bd’s letter No. E[NG]II/2006/RC-2/11 dated 20-07-07

 

Sub: Recruitment against Physically Handicapped Quota- Procedure.

            Attention is invited to Ministry of Railways [Railway Board]’s letter number   E[NG]II/96/RR-1/62/Vol.II dated 12-03-2007 [RBE No. 37/2007] stipulating inter-alia that  procedure for recruitment of Group ‘D’ categories staff on Indian Railway will henceforth consist of a Physical Efficiency Test [PET] followed by a written Test of the successful candidates found in PET.  Instructions have also been issued vide this Ministry’s letter of even number dated 21-06-2007 inter-alia laying down that recruitment for Group ‘D’ posts against  Physically Handicapped Quota will be taken by Zonal Railway Recruitment Cells along with general recruitment.

 

In the workshop-cum-training programme held for Dy.CPOs of Railways /PUs and Chairmen /RRBs  on 25-06-2007, the issue of relaxation in PET to the persons with disabilities was also discussed.  Pursuant to the same, the matter has been considered and it has been decided by the Board that persons with disabilities may be exempted from PET for recruitment to the posts in Group ‘D’ categories identified  suitable for them and be allowed to appear directly in the written examination.  After qualifying in the written examination, such candidates will have to pass the medical examination prescribed for persons with disabilities so that they can be empaneled.

 

 

RBE No. 37/2007

Bd’s letter No. E[NG]II/96/RR-1/62/Vol.II dated 12-03-2007 [RBE No. 37/2007]

 

Sub: Recruitment of Group ‘D’ staff on Indian Railways.

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            Attention is invited to the instruction dated 01-11-2006 quoted above vide which decision was conveyed that procedure of recruitment of Group ‘D’ staff on Indian Railways will henceforth consist of a Physical Efficiency Test [PET] followed by a Written Test  of the successful candidates found fit in the PET.  It was also conveyed that a detailed procedure will follow in due course.

 

2.         Modalities have been worked out and following guidelines [in partial modifications to the instructions quoted above] are hereby advised to be followed in future recruitment exercises of Group ‘D’ staff on the Railways by Railway Recruitment Cell [RRC] constituted in terms of instructions dated 18-7-2005  and 29-9-2005 contained in letters quoted above:-

 

[i]      RRC of the Zonal Railway will advertise an Employment Notice in terms of para 4 of Annexure-I of letter dated 18-7-2005 for recruitment in Group ‘D’ categories.  Candidates will apply to RRC of a Zonal Railway in terms of procedure indicated in letter dated 29-9-2005.  Applications received thereafter will be processed by RRC in terms of guidelines circulated under letter dated 18-7-2005.

 

[ii]      Call letters will be issued to eligible candidates to appear in Physical Efficiency Test [PET].

 

[iii]     Recruitment procedure will consist of a Physical Efficiency Test followed by a written test of successful candidates found fit in PET.

 

[iv]     Physical Efficiency Test [PET] will be qualifying in nature and criterion for the same will be as under:

Male Candidates

 Female Candidates

Should be able to run for a distance of 1500 metres in 6 minute in one chance. Should be able to run for a distance of 400 metres in 3 minutes in one chance.

 

[v]      The entire proceeding of PET is to be videographed so as to ensure transparency and the identification of bonafide candidates taking part in  PET.

 

[vi]     Physical Efficiency Test will be held in the Divisions of the concerned Railway and Divisional Rail Manager [DRM]  will be overall in-charge for the conduct of PET.

 

[vii]    PET will be supervised by Selection Committee of three Assistant Scale Officers nominated by DRM.  More than one Committee can be nominated as per requirement.

 

[viii]    The Physical Efficiency Test may be held at one or more venues /stations in the Division as per requirement. The venue should be a sports stadium or a place where the entry/exit point can be controlled so that unauthorized person may not interfere in the proceedings.

 

[ix]     DRM concerned may deploy RPF/RPSF Personnel and get in touch with local police administration to maintain law and order.

 

[x]      Adequate  steps be taken to avoid impersonation.  List of successful candidates qualifying PET will be signed by each member of the selection committee.

 

[xi]     Consolidated result sheet shall be forwarded to the respective RRCs.  On receipt of such list, RRC will then again issue call letters to successful candidates who have qualified in the PET for appearing in the written examination. These call letters shall be despatched under certificate of Posting [UCP] at least one month prior to the date of conduct of written examination.

 

[xii]    The written test will be conducted by RRC using OMR sheets.

 

[xiii]    Panels will be based strictly on merit position obtained in written examination.  Currency of panel shall be for a period of two years from the date of publication.  General  Manager may, however, extend the life of the panel by one year in case of administrative exigencies.

 

3.         It is further  advised that ongoing recruitment process for Group ‘D’ selection [ where notification was published prior to 1-11-2006] will be governed and completed in terms of instructions contained in letters dated 18-07-2005 and 29-9-2005 referred to above.

 

 

RBE No. 98/2007

  Bd’s letter No. E[G]2007 QR1-6 dated 23-07-2007 (RBE No. 98/2007)

 

Sub: Retention of Railway accommodation at the previous place of posting in favour of Railway employees posted at Workshop Project Organisation under CAO [Workshop Project] Patna.

            In order to attract sufficient number of staff to join the Workshop Project Organisation under CAO [Workshop Project] Patna, the issue regarding grant of permission to retain Railway accommodation at the previous place of posting as an incentive, was discussed in the Board Meeting held on 13-06-2007.  In exercise of the powers to relax the existing provisions regarding allotment / retention of Railway accommodation vested in Board as per letter No. E[G]99 QR1-16 dated 16-3-2004, it has been decided that Railway employees posted to the Workshop Project Organisation under CAO [Workshop Project], Patna should be allowed retention of Railway accommodation at the previous place of posting for a period of 5 years on payment of normal rent.

This issues with the concurrence of the Finance Directorate of the Ministry of Railways.

 

RBE No.100/2007                                                                                     

  Bd’s letter No. E[NG]I-2004/PM9/2 dated 27-7-2007 (RBE No.100 /2007)

 

Sub: Promotion of Asstt. Divisional Cashier / Inspector of Cashier in the pay scale of Rs.5500-9000 to the supervisory post of Divisional Cashier in the pay scale of Rs.6500-10,500 – Procedure for.

            Reference this Ministry’s letter of even number dated 9-8-2004 allowing the Railways to consider eligible ADC/IOC in the pay scale of Rs.5500-9000 for promotion as Divisional Cashier in the pay scale of Rs.6500-10,500 on completion of a combined service of 4 years as Sr. Cashier Gr.I and as ADC/IOC in view of the posts of ADC/IOC constituting a bottleneck between Sr. Cashier Gr.I and Divisional Cashier.

 

2.         The question of removing the bottleneck in the category of ADC/IOC for their promotion as Divisional Cashier has been taken up in the PNM/NFIR.  The issue has been discussed several times with both the Federations, viz. NFIR and AIRF.  Pursuant to these discussions it has now been decided that the posts of Sr. Cashier Gr.I in the pay scale of Rs.5500-9000 may be merged with the posts of ADC/IOC in the identical scale of pay.  The merger will be subject to the following further conditions:

  1. The existing classification of posts of ADC/IOC in the pay scale of Rs.5500-9000 may be changed from selection to non-selection and that of Divisional Cashier in the pay scale of Rs.6500-10,500 from non-selection to selection.

 

  1. Fitment  of incumbent Sr. Cashier Gr.I holding the post on regular basis as ADC/IOC by a process of non-selection may be with the benefit of fixation of pay under Rule 1313[I][a][1] [erstwhile FR22C]

 

  1. Existing ADC/IOC who have been promoted as such by selection may be exempted from appearing in the selection for their promotion as Divisional Cashier.  They may be promoted in their turn based on seniority-cum-suitability.

 

  1. With the merger of posts of Sr. Cashier Gr.I with that of ADC/IOC:

 

  1. The basic functions, duties and responsibilities attached to the post of Sr. Cashier Gr.I as at present will continue, to which may be added duties and responsibilities of greater importance.
  2. The minimum service requirement for promotion as Divisional Cashier will be two years.  The service rendered as Sr. Cashier Gr. I may also be allowed to be counted towards the minimum two year period.

 

 

RBE No.99/2007

  Board’s letter No.PC-V/98/1/7/1/1 dated 24.7.2007 (RBE No.99/2007)

 

Sub: Implementation of Government’s decision on the recommendations

                    of the 5th Central Pay Commission – grant of Fixed Medical

                    Allowance @ Rs.100 p.m. to the Railway pensioners/family pensioners.

 

In supersession of para 5 of Board’s letter of even number dated 1.3.2004, it has been decided that in compliance with the judgement dated 17.11.2006 of the Hon’ble Supreme Court dismissing the SLP No.21230/2003 arising out of O.A.No.430/2000, Fixed Medical Allowance @ Rs.100/- per month to Railway pensioners/family pensioners residing beyond 2.5 KMs from Railway hospital/health unit may be granted on absolute basis subject to furnishing of the requisite undertaking.

 

2.         Other terms and conditions for grant of Medical Allowance as specified in the Board’s letter of even number dated 1.3.2004 will remain in force.

 

3.         This issues with the concurrence of the Finance Directorate of the Ministry of Railways.

 

 

Bd’s letter No. E[NG]II/99/RR-1/91 dated 31-07-07

 

Sub: Prescribed educational qualification for the post of Health & Malaria Inspector, Grade-III [Rs.5500-9000] – Clarification regarding

            In terms of Board’s letter of even  number dated 3-4-2001 [RBE No. 69/2001], the qualification laid down for direct recruitment to the post of Health & Malaria Inspector Grade-III in the pay scale of Rs.5500-9000 on the Railways is as under:

 

“B.Sc. [Chemistry] plus One year Diploma in Health / Sanitary Inspector.”

 

It is learnt that candidates in possession of one year certificate course of Health / Sanitary Inspector  are being considered for direct recruitment to the post of Health & Malaria Inspector Grade-III in the pay scale of Rs.5500-9000.

 

The matter has been examined in consultation with the Health Directorate of this Ministry and it is reiterated that instructions contained in Board’s letter of even number dated 3-4-2001 be strictly adhered to and only candidate in possession of one year Diploma Course in Health / Sanitary Inspection be considered for direct recruitment against the post of Health & Malaria Inspector, Grade-III.

 

 

SERIAL CIRCULAR NO. 112   /2007

No.P(R)/436/IREC/II/III            Date: 23-08 –2007

 

            Copy of Board’s letter No.F[E]I/2007/AL-28/22 dated 07-08-07 is published for information, guidance  and necessary action.

Copy of Bd’s letter No. F[E]I/2007/AL-28/22 dated 07-08-07    (RBE No.101/2007)

 

Sub: Travelling Allowance Rules–Journeys by Air–Amendment to Sub-rule 6 of Rule 1636 of Indian Railway Establishment Code Vol.II [Second Reprint Edition], 2005.

            In exercise of the powers conferred by the proviso to Article 309 of the Constitution, the President is pleased to direct that sub-rule 6 of Rule 1636 of Indian Railway Establishment Code, Vol.II [Second Reprint Edition], 2005 may be amended as in the enclosed Advance Correction Slip No. 58.

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Advance Correction Slip No. 58 – IREC Vol.II [Second Reprint Edition], 2005

Advance Correction Slip No. 58

Chapter 16 –Travelling Allowance Rules –Section VII–Travelling Allowance for Journeys on Tour

 

Sub-rule [6] of Rule 1636 –R-II may be substituted as under:

Rule 1636[6]

 

“ Officers below the rank of Executive Directors or Secretary in the Railway Board’s office will not be permitted to travel by air save in exceptional circumstances and with the prior sanction of the Railway Board.  On Railways, General Managers may permit Junior Administrative Grade Officers to travel by air on duty only in exceptional circumstances subject to the following conditions:

 

  1. These powers may be exercised only by General Managers and not by CAOs, and are not to be redelegated further.  However, CAO. COFMOW/ New Delhi, DCW/Patiala and MTP/Chennai may also exercise these powers with the personal concurrence of FA&CAO.
  2. These powers are to be exercised personally by the General Managers with the personal concurrence of FA&CAO.
  3. Air travel will be permitted only in cases where the duration of the journey one-way is more than 12 hours by rail.
  4. Each proposal regarding Air travel would require to be justified on merits.

Note: In exceptional circumstances, General Managers are required to obtain prior sanction of the Railway Board to permit a Railway servant below the rank of Junior Administrative Grade to travel  by air on duty.”

[Authority: Board’s letter No. F[X]II/94/PW/3 dt. 06-05-96]

 

 

RBE No.102/2007

  Bd’s letter No. E[GP]2005/2/69 dated 07-08-07 (RBE No.102 /2007)

 

Sub: Amendment to IREC Volume I.

            In exercise of the powers conferred by the proviso to Article 309 of the Constitution, the President is pleased to direct that the Indian Railway Establishment Code, Volume I, Fifth Edition –1985 [Second Reprint Edition-2003], may be amended as in the Advance Correction Slip No. 103 enclosed.

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            Indian Railway Establishment Code, Volume I, Fifth Edition –1985 [Second Reprint Edition-2003

Advance Correction Slip No. 103

 

Chapter 2, General Conditions of Service.

Recruitment, Training and Promotion to Group ‘A’ & Group ‘B’ Posts.

 

Para 211

For the existing para 211 as modified by the Advance Correction Slip No. 95 issued under this Ministry’s letter No. E[GP]2005/2/69 dated 05-01-2006, the following sentence should be added and placed after words “ departmental candidates” appearing at the end of the para.

 

“ The change of percentage from 25 to 30 comes into effect from 03-11-92”

 

[Authority: Ministry of Railways’ letter No. E[GP]92/2/93 dated 03-11-92]

 

RBE No.104/2007                                                                                      

  Board’s letter No.E(G)2007 AL4/6 dated 8.8.2007 (RBE No.104/2007)

Sub: Entitlement of staff cars

            As the Railway administration are aware, in terms of extant instructions, the General Managers, AGMs, PHODs, CHODs, DRMs and SDGMs are entitled to have staff cars for their official use.

 

2.         The matter regarding transportation arrangement on the Railways has been reviewed by the Board. It has now been decided that except for the vehicles of the following officers, all other vehicles shall be taken on hire :-

 

(a)        Secretary/Railway Board, all Members of Board and above.

 

(b)        GM and AGM with one standby vehicle for Zonal Railway Headquarters.

 

(c)        DRM and ADRM

 

3.         Detailed instructions regarding hiring of vehicles have been issued separately.

 

4.         With the coming into effect of the above decision, PHODs, CHODs and SDGM would not be entitled to have individual staff cars. They would however be entitled for individual hired vehicles. However, the PHODs, CHODs and SDGMs who are having individual staff cars at present may continue to use them till these vehicles become due for condemnation.

 

5.         All other instructions issued from to time regarding replacement of staff cars, models to be used as staff cars etc. will continue to remain in force.

 

6.         In terms of instructions contained in Board’s letter No.E(G)2003 AL4/8 dated 17.5.2004, only the General Managers, Addl. Members of Railway Board and other officers in equivalent or higher grade viz. DG/RHS,DG/RPF,DG/RDSO, DG/Railway Staff College and Secretary/Railway Board are entitled for air-conditioned staff cars or use of air-conditioned vehicles on hire. These instructions are reiterated for strict compliance.

 

  1. This issues with the concurrence of the Finance Directorate of the Ministry of Railways.

 

RBE No. 105/2007                                                                         

  Bd’s letter No. .E[D&A] 2007 RG6-24 dated 10-08-2007   (RBE No. 105/2007)

 

Sub: Amendment to Chapter III of Indian Railway Establishment Manual, Vol.I, 1989 Edition regarding “ Rules regulating Seniority of Non- gazetted Railway servants.”

            The Ministry of Railways are pleased to direct that the Indian Railway Establishment Manual, Volume I, 1989 Edition may be amended as per Advance Correction Slip No. 195, enclosed.

 

Indian Railway Establishment Manual, Volume I, 1989 Edition

Chapter III: Rules regulating Seniority of Non-gazetted Railway servants.

 Advance Correction Slip No. 195

            In Para 322, substitute the following for the existing sub clause [c] of clause [ii]:-

 

“ [c]      In cases where the penalty of reduction to a lower service, grade or post or lower time-scale is for a specified period, the employee concerned should be repromoted automatically to the post from which he was reduced.  The seniority in the original service, grade or post or time scale should be fixed in such cases in accordance with the provisions contained in Rule 6 [vi] of the Railway Servants [Discipline and Appeal] Rules, 1968 as clarified vide Railway Board’s letters No. E[D&A]73 RG6-5 dated 22-2-1974 and No. E[D&A] 2001 RG 6-58 dated 28-11-2002.”

 

[Authority: Railway Board’s letter No. E[D&A] 2007 RG6-24 dated 10-08-2007 ]

 

RBE No.107/2007                                                                                     

  Bd’s letter No. E(NG)I-2004/TR/16 dated 14-08-07 ( RBE No.107/2007)

 

Sub: Transfer from one Railway/Division/Unit to another

                                 Railway/Division/Unit on request on bottom seniority

                               and on mutual exchange basis.

            In terms of extant procedure vide paras 102A, 310 and 312 of Indian Railway Establishment Manual, Vol.I, 1989, read with administrative instructions issued from time to time, request transfers are allowed from one seniority unit to another in the following manner :-

 

i)              On bottom seniority in grades having direct recruitment against vacant direct recruitment quota posts subject to the condition that the employee requesting transfer fulfils the qualification prescribed for direct recruitment to the post; and

 

ii)             on mutual exchange basis in any grade on own seniority or seniority of the employee with whom the exchange takes place, whichever of the two is lower.

 

2.         The staff side have raised a demand in the forum of DC-JCM that the extant provisions regarding regulating transfers on request may be modified suitably as such transfers are being allowed without having regard to the operation of post-based rosters resulting in shortfall of the particular categories in the unit from which transfers take place and excess of that categories in the unit to which the employees are transferred thereby blocking in the latter unit, promotional/employment opportunities.

 

2.1              Separately, the High Court of Kerala at Ernakulam vide their order dated 07.06.2005 in O.P.No.2150/02 while partially upholding the order of CAT, Ernakulam Bench dated 31.12.2001 in OA No.851/1999, have held that mutual transfers should be allowed between staff belonging to the same category (i.e., General with General, SC with SC and ST with ST). Subsequently in OA No.612/2005 the CAT, Ernakulam Bench have directed that the Railway Board should decide the policy arising out of High Court of Kerala’s order dated 07.06.2005 referred to in this para, as expeditiously as possible.

 

3.         In the light of the above, the matter has been considered carefully by the Ministry of Railways. It has been decided that in order to maintain the balance in the post-based rosters with reference to reservations prescribed for SC and ST staff and to avoid hardship to staff in the feeder grade in the matter of their promotion, transfers on mutual exchange basis should be allowed between employees belonging to the same category (i.e General with General, SC with SC and ST with ST).

 

3.1       However, transfers on bottom seniority in recruitment grades need not be restricted with reference to points in the post-based rosters. The procedure being followed generally in this regard to adjust shortfall/excess in future may continue. But such transfers should be allowed only repeat only against vacant direct recruitment quota posts and not against promotion quota posts.

 

4.         The above instructions do not in any way alter the existing procedure as laid down by this Ministry regarding operation/maintenance of post-based rosters.

 

 

RBE No.103/2007

  Bd’s letter No. E[G]2007 QR1-5 dated 08-08-2007 (RBE No.103/2007)

 

Sub: Retention of Railway accommodation at the previous place of posting in favour of officers/ staff posted to new zones.

            Permission to retain Railway accommodation at the previous place of posting in favour of Railway Officers / Staff posted to New Zones /Divisions was extended till      31-3-2007 in terms of Railway Board’s letter No. E[G]2003/QR1-6 dated 12-6-06.

 

On receipt of representations from New Zones and the Federations about the need for extension of the period of retention, the matter has been reviewed by Railway Board.  In exercise of the powers vested in Board as per Railway Board’s letter No. E[G]99 QR1-16 dated 16-3-2004, the Ministry of Railways [Railway Board] have decided to relax the rules / instructions and extend the permission for retention of railway accommodation at the previous place of posting to be allowed only upto the dates specified against each New Zone.

East Central Railway 31st December, 2007
East Coast Railway 31st August, 2007
North Central Railway 31st August, 2007
North Western Railway 31st August, 2007
South East Central Railway 31st August, 2007
South Western Railway 30th November, 2007
West Central Railway 31st December, 2007

3.         The officers and staff are permitted to retain their accommodation up to the above mentioned dates or as is permissible in the case of permanent transfer from the date of actual relinquishing charge at previous place of posting whichever is later.

 

4.         This issues with the concurrence of Finance Directorate of the Ministry of Railways.

RBE No.106/2007

  Bd’s letter No. E[G]2007 FE-1-3 dated 13-08-2007 (RBE No.106 /2007)

 

Sub: Inclusion of International Epidemiological Association [IEA] in the list of recognised Institutions.

            Ministry of Railways have decided that International Epidemiological Association, 38, Ismailiah Street, Apt 201, Mostafa Kamel, Alexandra, Egypt, Tel /Fax +203 546 75 76 be incorporated at the end of Annexure-A, circulated vide Board’s letter E[G] 83 FE1-4 dated 29-04-88.  This will entitle Railway officials to 90% reimbursement of membership of International Epidemiological Association.

 

This issues with the concurrence of the Finance Establishment Directorate of Ministry of Railways.

 

RBE No.109/2007

Bd’s lr. No.E[MPP]2006/6/3 dtd.23-08-07(RBE No.109/2007)

 

Sub: Apprentices Act, 1961 – Payment of stipend to the Trade Apprentices – Increase in the rate of.

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            Please refer to Railway Ministry’s letter No. E[MPP]2000/6/5, dated 12-6-2001 RBE No. 112/2001 on the above subject.

 

It has been decided that the Trade Apprentices engaged on the Indian Railways under the Apprentices Act, 1961 should be paid stipend with effect from  21st  March, 2007  at the revised rates as notified in the Ministry of Labour’s Notification No. DGET-23/1/2003-AP dated 28-03-2007 published in Gazette of India Extraordinary (Copy of the Notification is enclosed).  The expenditure should be met from within the existing budget allotment.

 

This issues with the concurrence of the Finance Directorate of the Ministry of Railways.

 

Copy of Ministry of Labour And Employment ( Directorate General of Employment and Training)’s Notification No. DGET-23[1]2003-AP  dated 21st March, 2007.

 

G.S.R. 214[E].- In exercise of the  powers conferred by Sub-section (1) of Section 37 of the Apprentices Act, 1961 ( 52 of 1961), the Central Government after consulting the Central Apprenticeship Council, hereby makes the following rules further to amend the Apprenticeship Rules, 1992, namely;-

 

1. (1) These rules may be called the Apprenticeship ( Amendment) Rules, 2007.

 

(2) They shall come into force on the date of their publication in  Official Gazette.

 

  1. In the Apprenticeship Rules, 1992, in rule 11, in sub-rule(1) for clauses(a),(b), (c)  and  (d)  and  entries relating thereto , the following shall be substituted , namely-

“ (a) During the First year of training                                       Rs. 1090/- per month

(b) During the Second Year of training                                 Rs. 1240/- per month

(c) During the Third Year of training                                     Rs. 1440/- per month

(d) During the Fourth year of training                                    Rs. 1620/- per month

 

( F.No.DGET-23(1)2003-AP)

Foot Note: The Principal rules were published in the Gazette of India vide G.S.R. No.356 dated 1.8.1992 and subsequently amended vide S.O. 2144 dated 9-10-1993, GSR. 497 dated 9-10-1993, S.O. 1041 dated 30-4-1994, GSR 432 dated 20-08-1994, FSR 239[E] dated 23-2-1995, GSR 433[E] dated 10-5-1995, GSR 806 [E] dated  26-12-1995, GSR 345 [E] dated 31-7-1996, GSR 390 dated 14-9-1996, GSR 2650 dated 14-9-1996 GSR 494 dated 9-11-1996, SO 3159 dated 9-11-1996, GSR 496 dated 9-11-1996, GSR 521 dated 16-11-1996, GSR 560[E] dated 10-12-1996, GSR 561[E] dated 10-12-1996, SO 860[E] dated  10-12-1996, GSR 269 dated 21-6-1997, GSR 1617 dated 21-6-1997, GSR 293 dated 10-7-1997 GSR 338 dated 25-9-1997, GSR 339 dated 17-9-1997, GSR 349 dated 25-9-1997, GSR 391[E] dated 9-12-1997, SO 847[E] dated 9-12-1997, GSR 150[E] dated 28-3-1998,  GSR 84 dated 11-4-1998,  GSR 73[E] dated 7-2-2001, GSR 188[E] dated 15-3-2001, GSR 375[E] dated 18-5-2001, GSR 656[E] dated 18-9-2002, SO 1017[E] dated 18-9-2002, GSR 102 dated 25-2-2003, GSR 300 dated 11-8-2003, GSR 184 dated 25-5-2004, and last mentioned vide number G.S.R. 5 dated 1-12-2005.

RBE No.115/2007                                                                                           

Bd’s letter No. PC-V/97/1/7/14  dated 13-09-2007  (RBE No.115/2007)

 

Sub: Payment of Dearness Allowance to Railway employees – Revised rates effective from 1.7.2007.

              Reference to this Ministry’s letter of even number dated 22-03-07 (S.No.PC-V/483, RBE No.46/2007) on the subject mentioned above.  The President is pleased to decide that the Dearness Allowance payable to Railway employees with effect from 1st July, 2007 shall stand modified as follows:-

 

Date from which payable

Rate of Dearness Allowance per month

01-07-2007

41% of pay

 

2.           The provisions contained in Paras 3 and 4 of this Ministry’s letter No.PC-V/97/I/7/14 dated 16.10.1997 (S.No.PC-V/3, RBE No.139/97) shall continue to be applicable, while regulating Dearness Allowance under these orders.

 

3.           The additional instalment of Dearness Allowance payable under these orders shall be paid in cash to all Railway employeesThe arrears may be charged to the salary bill for September 2007 and no  honorarium is payable for preparing separate bill for this purpose.

 

4.           The payment on account of Dearness Allowance involving fraction of 50 paise or above may be rounded off to the next higher rupee and the fractions of less than 50 paise may be ignored.

 

5.         This issues with the concurrence of the Finance Directorate of the Ministry of Railways.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bd’s letter No. E[G]2007QR1-5 dated 30-08-2007  

 

Sub: Retention of Railway accommodation at the previous place of posting in favour of officers/ staff posted to new zones.

 

Ref: Board’s letter of even no. dated 08-08-07 [RBE No. 103/2007]

***

            Permission for retention of Railway accommodation at the previous place of posting was allowed upto the dates specified below against each new zone or as is admissible in case of permanent transfer from the date of actual relinquishing charge at previous place of posting, whichever is earlier, vide letter of even No. dated 08-08-07.

East Central Railway 31st December, 2007
East Coast Railway 31st August, 2007
North Central Railway 31st August, 2007
North Western Railway 31st August, 2007
South East Central Railway 31st August, 2007
South Western Railway 30th November, 2007
West Central Railway 31st December, 2007

In slight modification to the above referred letter, Board have decided that the officers / staff posted in the new zones would be allowed to retain railway accommodation at the previous place of posting upto the period specified against each of the new zones as indicated above and thereafter, i.e., from the day after the above mentioned cut off dates they would be allowed to retain railway accommodation on educational / medical grounds, as is permitted under normal rules of transfer.

 

This issues with the concurrence of Finance Directorate of the Ministry of Railways.

 

RBE No.108/2007                                     

  Bd’s letter No. E[GP]2005/2/61 dated 14-08-2007   (RBE No.108 /2007)

 

Sub: Fixation of Group ‘B’ cadre for operation of post based roster for promotion from Group C to Group B and within Group ‘B’

            In continuation of Board’s letter of even number dated 22-11-2005, the Group ‘B’ cadre strength in each of the 8 major departments may be re-fixed by the Railways by adopting the following percentages on the combined cadre strength of Jr. Scale / Group ‘B’ in each Department as on 01-04-2007.

 

Department Percentage of Group ‘B’ posts
CIVIL 79.58
TRAFFIC 63.73
MECHANICAL 52.80
ELECTRICAL 62.00
S&T 67.72
STORES 67.46
ACCOUNTS 78.62
PERSONNEL 72.59

 

[These percentages are w.r.t. the revised Junior Scale [Group ‘A’] cadre strength as on 01-04-2007 for the respective departments.]

 

 

RBE No.110/2007

  Bd’s letter No. E[NG]I-2007/PM3/2 dated 23-08-2007 (RBE No.110 /2007)

 

Sub: Redeployment of Catering Staff who were on deemed deputation to IRCTC and opted for reversion back to the Railways- Identification of posts in Group ‘D’ and promotion of Catering Staff working on Railway or on deemed deputation to IRCTC.

***

            As the Railways are aware in terms of instructions contained in this Ministry’s letter No. E[NG]I-2003/TR/10 dated 31-03-2003 Group ‘C’ & ‘D’ Catering Staff who are on deemed deputation to IRCTC and exercise option to revert back to the Railways are to be treated as surplus staff to be redeployed as per procedure already in force.

 

2.         The issue was discussed by both the federations in a meeting with the Board held on 03-08-2007.  It has been decided that Zonal Railways should identify vacant Group ‘D’ posts in which the catering staff presently on deemed deputation with IRCTC and who may opt for reversion back to the Railways, can be absorbed.  Such absorption can be made in any Railway / Division/ Unit.  Accordingly, after the vacant Group ‘D’ posts have been identified by the Railways and the concerned employees presently with IRCTC have submitted their willingness, IRCTC may be advised to relieve the catering staff who have been identified for such absorption to join the Railway in the respective department.  The absorption of deemed deputationists in identical  vacant Group ‘D’ posts will be with seniority from the date of such absorption as is normally the procedure in case of induction against direct recruitment quota, on request.  However, as per the procedure in force the pay drawn by them on regular basis, even in cases where they happen to be absorbed in the grades lower than the one in which they are presently working on regular basis will be protected.

 

3.         Besides, Railways may also be aware that instructions on the issues of promotion of Catering Staff and non-surrendering of promotion posts have been issued by the Board.  These were last reiterated vide this Ministry’s letters No. E[NG]I-2003/PM3/5 dated              06-02-2007 and No. E[NG]I-2007/PM3/2 dated 28-5-2007 respectively.  Board desire that these instructions may be complied with in full so that there is no scope for any grievance of Catering Staff on this account.

 

4.         Compliance report indicating the details of action taken may be furnished to Board so as to reach by 15-09-2007.

 

 

  Board’s letter No.F[E]III/2007/PN1/5   dated  10 -9-2007

Sub: Eligibility of divorced / Widowed daughter for grant of family pension.

With reference to South Central Railway’s letter No. P[R]500/XXII dated17-8-2007 on the above mentioned subject, it is clarified that vide Board’s letters No. F[E]III/98/PN1/4 dated 16-3-2005 and 13-10-2006 the benefit of family pension has been extended to widowed / divorced daughters beyond 25 years of age subject to fulfillment of all other conditions prescribed in the case of son / daughter.  Accordingly, in case of two or more widowed or divorced daughters, elder one will be entitled first for grant of family pension. The turn of younger one will materialize only when the elder daughter ceases to draw family pension.

 

 

RBE No.113/2007                                                                                     

Bd’s letter No. E[W]2005 UN1/3 dated 05-09-2007  (RBE No.113 /2007)

 

Sub: Reimbursement of cost of shoes in favour of Gangmen [Trackmen], Keymen, Mates, Patrolmen, Gatemen and Trollymen.

Ref: Board’s letter No. E[W]95 UN1-19 dated 27-12-05 & 22-11-06

****

            In terms of Board’s instructions referred to above, Gangmen [Trackmen], Keymen, Mates, Patrolmen, Gatemen, Trollymen and allied categories are to be supplied shoes of specification as laid down  in the instructions. With a view to overcome the problem of distribution of shoes of wrong size, it has now been decided by  Board that a payment of Rs.450/- per year per employee may be made on trial basis subject to the employees wearing shoes.

 

2.         Reimbursement of the amount may be made to the employees only after they submit cash memo for purchase of the shoes of the same specification as prescribed in Board’s letters dated 27-12-05 & 22-11-06 referred to above and a proper account of the same may be maintained by the Engineering Department on Railways.  The existing stock, if any, may please be exhausted first.

 

3.         This issues with the concurrence of the Finance Dte. of the Ministry of Railways.

 

 

RBE No. 112/2007

  Bd’s letter No. E[W]93/PS 5-1/1 dated 05-09-2007   (RBE No. 112/2007)

 

Sub: Travel entitlements for serving and retired GMs & Officers of equivalent rank in I-AC /Executive Class.

            Board have decided to modify the rail travel facilities for travel on Rajdhani & Shatabdi Express trains and other Mail /Express trains on Privilege and Post Retirement Complimentary Passes in respect of Officers in pay scale of Rs.24050 -26000/-.  Accordingly, in partial modification of the instruction as contained in Board’s letter  of even number dated 16-02-04  entitlement for travel by Rajdhani & Shatabdi Express train and other Mail /Express trains on Privilege and Post Retirement Complimentary Passes in respect of General Manager and Officers of equivalent rank in the Scale of Rs. 24050 – 26000 and above stand revised as under:

 

S.No. Status Rajdhani Express Shatabdi Express
  Serving and retired General Managers, Addl. Members, DG/RHS and DG/RPF* of the grade Rs.24050/- and above One berth in 1-AC for self.  For travel of spouse, one extra berth on payment of 1/3rd difference of fare between I-AC & 2-AC of Rajdhani Express.

Or

2 berths in 2-AC

Or

4 berths in 3-AC

Two seats in Executive Class

Or

Two seats in Chair Car

* Entitled only on Privilege Pass as no Post Retirement Complimentary Pass is admissible.

 

2.         The above travel facility in I AC will also be applicable in Mail / Express trains.

 

3.         This issues with the concurrence of the Finance Directorate of the Ministry of Railways.

   Bd’s letter No. 86/Safety-I/24/35 dated 11-9-2007  

 

Sub: Award to Railway Staff for Accident-free service.

            In partial modification of instructions issued vide Board’s letter of even number dated 06-07-98, Board have decided to grant accident free service award in favour of widow/ spouse or legal heir of the employee in  case of his death while in service and also the staff who have taken voluntary retirement in addition to superannuation.

 

This issues with the concurrence of Finance Directorate of Board’s office.

 

Bd’s letter No. E[NG]II/2007/PO/Genl./9 dated 17-8-07  

 

Sub: Incentive for Railway Staff to be posted at Workshop Project Organisation under CAO [Workshop Project], Patna /East Central Railway – transfer of Railway Staff reg.

***

            In terms of Minstry’s letter of even no. dated 27-4-2007 three advance increments are inter-alia admissible to Railway staff joining on option to Workshops Projects [Carriage POH Workshop /Harnaut, Cast Wheel Plant / Bela [Chhapra], Wagon POH Workshop / Sonepur and DSL Loco Factory / Marhaura] as a measure of incentive subject to conditions as stipulated therein.  A copy of these instructions dated 27-4-2007 is enclosed herewith for ready reference and wide circulation amongst the employees.  Options from eligible staff may accordingly be forwarded to E.C. Railway for further action.  The optees accepted by E.C. Railway may be spared  as and when required by that Railway for joining the above mentioned  Workshop Projects.

 

Copy of Bd’s letter No. E[NG]II/2007/PO/Genl./9 dated 27-4-07

 

Sub: Incentive for Railway Staff to be posted at Workshop Project Organisation under CAO [Workshop Project], Patna /East Central Railway.

***

            Please refer to CAO/Workshop Projects/ ECR’s letter No. HRK/RPK/283/NG dated 09-03-2007 on the above cited subject.

 

2.         Keeping in view the difficulties being faced by Workshop  Projects Organisation/ Patna in attracting serving railway personnel to join workshop Projects – [Carriage POH Workshop / Harnaut, Cast Wheel Plant / Bela [Chhapra], Wagon POH Workshop /Sonepur and DSL Loco Factory / Marhaura] the Board have decided that:-

 

2.1.      The staff who are posted at the Workshops Projects may be allowed three advance increments in the existing grade to be absorbed in the future promotion.

2.2       The advance increments will be allowed to staff from the date of posting at the projects.

2.3.     The advance increments will also be allowed to staff already posted  at the projects  prospectively from the date of issue of this letter.

2.4.      The advance increments will stand withdrawn on return of such staff to their parent cadre.

2.5.      One set of additional pass may be given to such staff every year for the first 5  years or till their repatriation to parent railway whichever is earlier.

3.         The modalities with respect to sub-para 2.5 above will be worked out by the respective Directorate.

4.         This issues with the concurrence of Finance Directorate of the Ministry of Railways, Railway Board.

 

 

RBE No116/2007

  Bd’s letter No. F[E]III/2007/PN1/5 dated 18-09-07 (RBE No116 /2007)

 

Sub: Extension of scope of family pension to unmarried daughters of Railway servants / pensioners.

            A copy of Department of Pension & Pensioner’ Welfare [DOP & PW]’s O.M. No. 1/19/3- P&PW[E] dated 6th September, 2007 on the above subject is forwarded herewith for information and compliance.  These instructions will apply mutatis mutandis on the Railways also.

 

2.         In terms of these instructions, family pension to an unmarried daughter beyond 25 years of age, shall be admissible from the date of issue of instructions of DOP & PW i.e. 06-09-2007 or from the date on which her turn for family pension materializes, whichever is later.

 

3.         A concordance of DOP & PW’s instructions referred to in the enclosed O.M. and Railway Board’s corresponding instructions is given below:

 

S.No. DOP & PW’s instructions Railway Board’s corresponding instructions
1 Rule 54 of CCS [Pension] Rules, 1972 Rule 75 of Railway Services [Pension] Rules, 1993
2 O.M. No. 45/86/97 – P&PW[A]Pt.I dated 27-10-1997 Letter No. F[E]III/97/PN1/22 dated 05-11-1997
3 O.M. No. 45/51/97 – P&PW[E] dated 05-03-1998 Letter No. F[E]III/98/PN1/4 dated 27-04-1998
4 O.M. No. 45/51/97 – P&PW[E]Vol.II dated 25-07-2001 Letter No. F[E]III/98/PN1/4 dated 20-08-2001
5 O.M. No. 1/19/03 – P&PW[E] dated 25-08-2004 Letter No. F[E]III/98/PN1/4 dated 16-03-2005 and 13-10-2006

 

Copy of DOP & PW] s O.M. No. 1/19/03- P&PW[E] dated 6th September, 2007

 

Sub: Extension of scope of family pension to unmarried daughters of Central Government servants / pensioners.

***

            The undersigned is  directed to say that as per existing provisions under clauses [ii] and [iii] of sub-rule [6] of Rule 54 of the C.C.S. (Pension) Rules, 1972, read with para 7.2 [b] of this Department’s O.M. No. 45/86/97-P&PW[A]-Part I dated the 27th October, 1997, son / daughter including widowed / divorced daughter is eligible for grant of family pension till he / she attains the age of 25 years or upto the date of his / her marriage / remarriage, whichever is earlier subject to income criterion laid down in this Department’s O.M. No. 45/51/97-P&PW[E] dated the 5th March, 1998 which stipulates that a son / daughter, including widowed / divorced daughter, shall not have an income exceeding Rs.2550/- per month from employment in Government, the private sector and self employment, etc., to be eligible for family pension.  Orders  were also issued vide this Department’s O.M. No. 45/51/97-P&PW[E] [Vol.II] dated the 25th July, 2001 regarding eligibility of disabled divorced / widowed daughter for family pension for life subject to conditions mentioned therein.  Further, orders were issued for making the widowed / divorced daughter eligible for family pension vide this Department’s O.M. of even number dated  the 25th August, 2004.

 

2.         The Staff Side of National Council [JCM]  had raised the issue of extension of scope of family pension to unmarried daughters of the Government servants / Pensioners  even after attaining the age of 25 years at par with the widowed / divorced  daughters, which has been agreed to in principle.  It has, accordingly, been decided that the unmarried daughters beyond 25 years of age shall also be eligible for family pension at par with the widowed / divorced daughters subject to other conditions being fulfilled.  Grant of family pension to unmarried / widowed / divorced daughters shall be payable in order of their date of birth and younger of them will not be eligible for family pension unless the next above her has become ineligible for grant of family pension.  It is further clarified that family pension to unmarried / widowed / divorced  daughters above the age of 25 years shall be payable only after the other eligible children below the age of 25 years have ceased to be eligible to receive family pension and that  there is no disabled child to receive the family pension.

3.         This issues with the concurrence of the Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure vide their U.O. No.  380/E.V/2006 dated 05-01-2007.

4.         These orders, insofar as their applicability relates to the employees of the Indian Audit and Accounts Department, are being issued in consultation with the Comptroller and Auditor General of India, vide their U.O. No. 56 Audit [Rules] /12-2007 dated         22-05-2007.

 

 

 

RBE No.127/2007

  Bd’s letter No. E[P&A]II-2007/HRA-10 dated 8-10-2007  (RBE No.127 /2007)

 

Sub: Upgradation of Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation as A-1 class city for the purpose of House Rent Allowance / Compensatory [City] Allowance.

            Reference is invited to this office’s letter No. E[P&A]II-2004/HRA-16 dated        28-1-2005 regarding re-classification of cities / towns on the basis of 2001 Census for the purpose of grant of House Rent Allowance  and Compensatory [City] Allowance to Railway employees.  Consequent upon re-constitution of the area of Hyderabad Municipal Corporation and re-naming it as Greater Hyderabad Municipal with the addition of certain areas within its municipal limits vide notification dated 16-4-2007 of the Government of Andhra Pradesh, the population of ‘Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation’ has increased, qualifying for classification as ‘A-1’ class city for the purpose of House Rent Allowance / Compensatory [City] Allowance.

 

2.         The President is accordingly pleased to decide that Greater Hyderabad [MC] shall stand classified as ‘A-1’ class for the purpose of grant of HRA/CCA to the Railway employees posted at Greater Hyderabad [MC].

 

3.         These orders shall be effective from 01-09-2007.  All other conditions governing grant of Rent Allowance  / Compensatory [City] Allowance under existing rules / orders shall continue to apply.

 

4.         This issues with the concurrence of the Finance Directorate of the Ministry of Railways.

 

RBE No.117/2007                                                             

  Bd’s Notification  No.E [G]2007/EM1/1 dated 19-9-2007  (RBE No.117 /2007)

 

(TO BE PUBLISHED IN THE GAZETTE OF INDIA PART II, SECTION 3, SUB-SECTION [ii])

 

NOTIFICATION

S.O.     In exercise of the powers conferred by the proviso to article 309 of the Constitution, the President hereby makes the following rules further to amend the Railway Services [Pension] Rules, 1993, namely:-

 

[1]   These rules may be called the Railway Services [Pension] Amendment Rules, 2007.

[2]   They shall be deemed to have come into force from the 23rd day of November, 2006.

 

2.         In the Railway Services [Pension] Rules, 1993, -

A          In rule 11,-

 

[i]         in sub-rule [1]-

 

[a]        for the words “two years”, the words ‘one year’ shall be substituted;

[b]        for the words and figures “ Form 18’ the word and figure “Form 1” shall be substituted;

[ii]         for sub-rule [3], the following sub-rule shall be substituted, namely:-

 

“[3]       In granting or refusing permission under sub-rule [2] to a pensioner for taking up any commercial employment, the Government shall have regard to the following factors, namely:-

[a]       Whether a ‘No Objection’ for the proposed post retirement commercial employment has been obtained from the cadre controlling authority and from the office where the officer retired.

 

[b]        Whether the officer has been privy to sensitive or strategic information in the last three years of his service which is directly related to the areas of interest or work of the organization which he proposes to join or the areas in which he proposes to practice or consult.

[c]        Whether there is conflict of interest between the policies of the office he has held in the last three years and the interest represented or work undertaken by the organization he proposes to join.

 

Explanation: For the purposes of this clause, “ conflict of interest”, shall not include normal economic competition with the Government or its undertakings.

[d]        Whether the organization he proposes to join has been known to be in any way in conflict with or prejudicial to India’s foreign relations,  national security and domestic harmony, and whether the organization is undertaking any activity for intelligence gathering.

[e]        Whether service record of the officer is clear, particularly with respect to integrity and dealings with non-Government organizations.

[f]         Whether the proposed emoluments and pecuniary benefits are far in excess of those  currently prevailing in the industry.

Explanation: For the purposes of this clause, the words “far in excess” ,  shall not be construed as to cover increase in such benefit that may be as a result of buoyancy in industry or in the economy as a whole.

[g]        Any other relevant factor’’,

 

[ii]         in sub-rule [6], for the words ‘’ two years, the words ‘’one year’’ shall be substituted;

 

[B]        in FORM 1,

[i]        in the heading, for the words, ‘’TWO YEARS’’ the words ‘’ONE YEAR’’ shall be substituted;

 

[ii]         in serial number 7, for clause [c], the following shall be substituted, namely:-

 

[c]      Whether the officer had during the last three years of his official career, any dealings with the  firm or company or Co-operative Society, etc.”,

 

[iii]        for serial number 9, the following shall be substituted, namely:-

 

“9.        Declaration:-

I hereby declare that—-

 

[a]       The employment, which I propose to take up will not involve activities prejudicial to India’s foreign relations, national security and domestic harmony.  It will not involve conflict of interest  with the policies of the office held by me during the last three years; and the interest represented or work undertaking by the organization  I propose to join will not bring me into conflict with the working of the Government.

 

[b]        I have not been privy to sensitive or strategic information in the last three years of service, which is directly related to the areas of interest or work of the organization that I propose to join or to the areas in which I propose to practice or consult.

 

[c]        My service record is clear, particularly with respect to integrity and dealings with non-Government Organisation.

 

[d]        I agree to withdraw from the commercial employment in case of any objection by the Government.

Address

Place

Dated

Signature of applicant.”

EXPLANATORY MEMORANDUM

 

  1. The Railway Services [Pension] Rules, 1993  came into force on the 3rd December, 1993.
  2. In order to maintain uniformity with the Department of Personnel and Training’s Notification  on the issue published in the Gazette of India, vide number S.O. 723 [E], dated the 23rd November, 2006, this notification is given retrospective  effect from the 23rd November, 2006.
  3. The amendments to the said rules with retrospective effect will not adversely effect the interest of any person.

F. No. E [G]2007/EM1/1 dated 19-9-2007

Note:- The Railway Services [Pension] Rules, 1993  were published in the Gazette of India, Extraordinary, vide number SO 930, dated the 3rd December 1993 and subsequently amended vide notification numbers:

 

S.No.

Notification No.

Date

Published in the Gazette of India Part II Section 3 Sub-Section [ii]
S.O. No.

Date   of Publication

1 F[E]III/94/PN1/31[Amendment] 03-02-1995 511 25-02-1995
2 E[G]94 EM1-6 31-03-1995 1026 15-04-1995
3 F[E]III/99/PN1/38[Modification] 23-05-2000 1554 15-07-2000
4 F[E]III/97/PN1/14[Amendment] 24-05-2000 1553 15-07-2000
5 F[E]III/2000/PN1/23 18-10-2001 1081 30-03-2002
6 E[G]2002 EM1/1 23-08-2002 1214[E] 04-11-2004
7 F[E]III/2003/PN1/38[Amendment]1 30-12-2003 1488 [E] 30-12-2003
8 F[E]III/2004/PN1/21[Amendment] 07-12-2004 3191 18-12-2004
9 F[E]III/2003/PN1/25 20-01-2005 399 05-02-2005
10 F[E]III/2003/PN1/1 10-03-2005 1001 19-03-2005
11 F[E]III/2003/PN1/1 dated 30-03-2006 1306 08-04-2006

 

 

RBE No.120/2007

  Bd’s letter No. F[E]III/2005/PN1/23 dated 20-09-2007   (RBE No.120 /2007)

 

Sub: Restoration of 1/3rd commuted portion of pension in respect of Government servants who had drawn lumpsum payment on absorption in public sector undertakings/ autonomous bodies- implementation of Andhra Pradesh High Court judgement dated 24-12-03 in Writ Petition  No. 8532 of 2003 followed by the Supreme Court  judgement dated   29-11-2006 in Civil Appeal 5269 of 2006 arising out of SLP Nos 21647-648 of 2005 and the Supreme Court judgement dated 24-07-07 in Review Petition No. 643 of 07.

            A copy of Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare [DOP&PW]’s O.M. No. 4/79/2006-P&PW[D] dated 6th September, 2007 on the above subject is forwarded herewith for information and compliance.  These instructions will apply mutatis mutandis on the Railways also.

 

2.         A concordance of DOP&PW’s instructions referred to in the enclosed O.M. and Railway Board’s corresponding instructions is given below.

 

S.No. DOP&PW’s instructions Railway Board’s corresponding instructions
1 O.M. No. 34/2/86-P&PW dt. 05-03-87 Letter No. F[E]III/87/PN1/7 dt. 26-03-1987
2 O.M. No. 2/1/87-PIC dt.16-04-87 Letter No. PC-IV/87/Imp/PN2 dt. 20-04-87
3 O.M. No. 45/86/2007-P&PW[A]-Pt.II dated 27-10-97 Letter No. F[E]III/97PN1/23 dt. 07-11-1997
4 O.M. No. 4/59/97-P&PW [D] dt.       14-07-98 Letter No. F[E]III/96/PN1/9 dt. 18-08-1998

 

Copy of Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions [ Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare]’s O.M. No. 4/79/2006-P&PW[D] dated 6th September, 2007

 

Sub: Restoration of 1/3rd commuted portion of pension in respect of Government servants who had drawn lumpsum payment on absorption in public sector undertakings/ autonomous bodies- implementation of Andhra Pradesh High Court judgement dated  24-12-03 in Writ Petition  No. 8532 of 2003 followed by the Supreme Court  judgement dated 29-11-2006 in Civil Appeal 5269 of 2006 arising out of SLP Nos 21647-648 of 2005 and the Supreme Court judgement dated 24-07-07 in Review Petition No. 643 of 07.

***

            The undersigned is directed to say that the Government servants who had drawn lump sum payment in respect of pro-rata pension [1/3rd as well as 2/3rd ] on absorption in a PSU/Autonomous Body and have become entitled to restoration of 1/3rd commuted portion of pension as per the provisions of this Department’s O.M. No. 34/2//86-P&PW dated 5th March 87 after 15 years from the date of commutation or 1-4-85 whichever is later, are regulated vide this Department’s O.M. No. 4/59/97-P&PW[D] dated 14th July 1998 as clarified form time to time.

2.         Andhra Pradesh High Court in its judgement dated 24-12-03 in Writ Petition No. 8532 of 2003 followed by the Supreme Court Judgement dated 29-11-06 in Civil Appeal No. 5269 of 2006 arising out of SLP Nos. 21647 -648 of 2005 and the Supreme Court Judgement dated 24-7-07 in Review Petition  No. 643 of 07 has decided as under:

 

“….. the public sector undertaking absorbees are also entitled for dearness relief etc. but not on the entire pension commuted as on the date of retirement.  Moreover they received lumpsum amount by way of terminal benefits on surrendering on 2/3rd pension, in that way, they have already parted with 2/3rd pension, it cannot be said to revive after 15 years.  But, in case of Central Government pensioners 2/3rd pension was continued to be received by them.  Therefore, what is restored is 1/3rd pension which means full pension.  But the same principle cannot be applied to say that the absorbee will get full pension after 15 years in case those who had commuted 1/3rd pension and received terminal benefits for 2/3rd pension had he not surrendered, he continue to receive 2/3rd pension, the same principle apply as in case of Central Government employee.  But having received the cash compensation in respect of the surrender value  of 2/3rd , he cannot be allowed to say that  he is also a pensioner as far as 2/3rd pension is concerned.  Such absorbee stand on a different footing and they fall in a different class by themselves on this issue.  Under those circumstances, the inescapable conclusion  is that 1/3rd pension has to be arrived at only on the basis of the basic pension divided by three after completion of 15 years which becomes drawable as on the date of respective dates and not to be arrived by deducting Rs.403/- from the pension.  Therefore, the petitioner will be entitled to as follows:

 

Restorable Pension:

From 28-06-87 to 31-12-1995

Basic Pension [604/1/3rd ]                              Rs. 201/-

Rs. 538/- Dearness Relief

Rs. 125/- Additional Benefits:

Total                            Rs. 864/-

 

From 01-01-96 onwards [5th Pay Commission]

1/3rd of Basic Pension [1,350/1/3rd]                Rs. 450/-

Rs. 185/-   Interim Relief

Rs. 1998/- Dearness Relief

Rs.   540/- Fitment

Rs. 3173/-

 

In this case the employee had commuted minimum permissible pension i.e. 1/3rd.  But, even if lesser portion is commuted, the pro-rata commuted portion has to be deducted from the basic pension to arrive at restorable pension, but however, he will get dearness relief, interim relief etc. on full basic pension.”

 

3.         The modalities of implementation of above judgement have been under active consideration of the Government.  The President is pleased to decide that in partial modification of this Department’s O.M. No. 4/59/97-P&PW[D] dated 14th July, 1998, the Government servants who had drawn lump sum payment in respect of pro-rata  pension [1/3rd as well as 2/3rd ] on absorption in a PSU/Autonomous Body and have become entitled to restoration of 1/3rd commuted portion of pension as per the provisions of this Department’s O.M. No.34/2//86-P&PW dated 5th March 87 after 15 years from the date of commutation or 1-4-85 whichever is later, shall be entitled to the benefit of revision of restored amount of 1/3rd commuted portion of pension as explained hereunder:-

 

[I]         As on 01-01-1986

[a]       The full pension of the absorbees shall be notionally revised w.e.f. 1-1-1986 based on full pension on absorption in accordance with the instructions for revision of pension, issued for implementing the 4th Pay Commission Recommendations.

 

[b]        The restorable 1/3rd pension shall be the sum of the following:

 

I]          1/3rd of full pension as on 31-12-1985

II]           Dearness Relief on full pension as on 31-12-1985

III]          Additional benefits on full pension as per this Department’s OM No. 2/1/87-PIC dated 16-4-1987 relating to implementation of the 4th Pay Commission Recommendations.

 

[II]            As on 01-01-1996

 

[a]        The full pension of the absorbees shall be notionally revised w.e.f. 1-1-1996 based on full pension as on 31-12-95 in accordance  with the instructions for revision of pension, issued for implementing the 5th Pay Commission Recommendations.

 

[b]        The restorable 1/3rd pension shall be the sum of the following:

 

I]          1/3rd of full pension as on 31-12-1995

II]           Dearness Relief on full pension as on 31-12-1995

III]          IR-I and IR-II

IV]         Fitment @ 40% of the full pension as on 31-12-1995*

[*in terms of this Deptt. OM No. 45/86/2007-P&PW[A]-Pt.II dated 27-10-97

 

4.         Payment of DR shall be on full pension and is subject to the condition that the absorbed employee was not re-employed/employed under the Central Government or State Government or a Corporation/Company/Body/Bank under them in India or abroad, including permanent absorption in such Corporation/Company/Body/Bank at the time of restoration.

 

5.         The benefit of revision of restored amount of 1/3rd  commuted portion of pension shall be admissible from the date the commuted portion of pension is restored.

 

6.         This issues with the concurrence of Ministry of Law vide their UO No. 11088/2007-A dated 17-8-2007 and Ministry of Finance [Department of Expenditure] vide their UO No. C-47/E.V./ 2007 dated 27-8-2007.

 

 

RBE No.114/2007

  Bd’s letter No. E[Sports] 2007/Policy/4 [Clarifications] dated 11-9-07  (RBE No.114/2007)

Sub: Grant of additional increments vis-à-vis out-of-turn promotion to sportspersons for outstanding sports achievement – Clarification regarding.

Ref: Board’s policy letter No. E[Sports]2007/Policy/3 dated       30-03-07 [RBE No. 48/2007]

            Please refer to Para 9 of Board’s policy letter mentioned above regarding additional increments and out-of-turn promotion to Indian Railways sportspersons for their outstanding sports achievements.

 

In this connection it is clarified that  a sportsperson can be considered for out-of-turn promotion from Group-D to Group-C or within Group-C on acquiring requisite norms as mentioned in Board’s letter referred above; even though he/she has been granted additional increments for the same sports achievement[s]  by the Railway Board.  However, his/her pay in the promotional grade should be fixed by ignoring the additional increments granted for that / those sports achievement [s].

RBE No.121/2007

  Bd’s letter No. E[NG]I/2006/TR/18 dated 25-09-2007  (RBE No.121 /2007)

 

Sub: Change of category to Commercial and other non-technical popular categories.

            Reference instructions contained in this Ministry’s letter No. E[NG]I-95/TR/16 dated 20-12-1995 placing restrictions on the change of category to the category of Ticket Collector in the Commercial Department.

 

2.         The matter has been reviewed by the Board.  In modification / amplification of instructions contained in this Ministry’s letter dated 20-12-1995 referred to above, it has been decided that requests should not be entertained  for change of category to Commercial and other non-technical popular categories like Clerk, Accounts Clerk, Ticket Collector, Commercial Clerk, Sr. Clerk, Jr. Accounts Assistant, Commercial Apprentice, Traffic Apprentice, ECRC etc.  However, the Administration’s powers to absorb surplus staff and medically decategorised staff in any category as per procedure in force remain unaffected.

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Copy of Bd’s letter No. E[NG]I-95/TR/16 dated 20-12-1995  (RBE No.140 /95)

 

Sub: Change of category to Ticket Collectors.

***

            It is noticed that of late, there have been a number of requests from Railway employees for change of category to Ticket Collector even by seeking reversion from  higher grades.  The matter has been carefully considered by the Board and it has been decided that generally change of category to Ticket Collector on request should not be allowed especially by reversion from higher grade to lower grade, except at the personal discretion of General Managers to be exercised in rare and exceptional circumstances.

 

 

 

RBE No.122/2007

  Bd’s letter No. E(NG)-II/2007/RR-1/31 dt. 27.9.2007  (RBE No.122 /2007)

 

Sub: Educational qualification for recruitment to Group ’C’ posts in Mechanical Engineering Department on the Railways.

 

                  Ref: Letter No.E(NG)-I/2000/RR-1/47 dt.3.8.2001 ( RBE No.1523/2001)       

            The issue of review of prescribed educational qualification for direct recruitment to supervisory post of Junior Engineer, Gr.II(Rs.5000-8000) and Section Engineer (Rs.6500-10500) in Mechanical Engineering Department has been under examination of Ministry of Railways ( Railway Board).

 

This review was necessitated owing to demand raised in meeting with Chairmen, Railway Recruitment Boards held in June 2007 wherein several Railway Recruitment Boards stated that pure Mechanical/Electrical/Electronics Engineering as a subject is rarely chosen by students in a Degree or Diploma course now-a-days. These days preference is given by students for specialized courses like Production Engineering, Instrumentation Engineering etc. As only Degree/Diploma in Mechanical/Electrical/ Electronics Engineering are accepted as qualification for the posts of Section Engineer and Junior Engineer, Grade-II respectively in Mechanical Engineering Department on the Railways, it results in rejection of large number of applications and Railways do not get appropriate number of candidates from open market.

 

In consultation with Mechanical Engineering Directorate of this Ministry, it has now been decided by the Board that henceforth direct recruitment qualification for the following posts in Mechanical Engineering department on the Railways will be as under:

 

S.No. Post Existing Qualification Revised Qualification
1 Jr.Engineer-II (Rs.5000-8000) (Mechanical Deptt.) Diploma in Mechanical/ Electrical/Electronics Engineering. Diploma in Manufacturing / Mechatronics / Industrial/ Mechanical/Tools & Machining/Tools & Disc. Making/ Automobile/ Production /Metallurgy/ Foundry Technology/Electronics/Electrical Engineering.

 

Note:

 

Indenting Railway shall have the discretion to specify the number of candidates required from each discipline, subject to a rider that at least 50% of the intake shall be from Mechanical Engg. alone. All candidates selected will, however, be borne on a common cadre.

2. Jr.Engineer-II       ( Rs.5000-8000)    ( C&W) Diploma in Mechanical/ Electrical Engineering.

Desirable: Diploma in Rail Transport and Management from the Institute of Rail Transport, New Delhi will be an additional qualification.

Diploma in Manufacturing / Mechatronics / Industrial/ Mechanical/Tools & Machining/Tools & Disc. Making/ Automobile/ Production /Metallurgy/ Foundry Technology/Electronics/Electrical Engineering.

 

Desirable: Diploma in Rail Transport and Management from the Institute of Rail Transport, New Delhi will be an additional qualification.

 

Note:

 

Indenting Railway shall have the discretion to specify the number of candidates required from each discipline, subject to a rider that at least 50% of the intake shall be from Mechanical Engg. alone. All candidates selected will, however, be borne on a common cadre.

3. Section Engineer    (Rs.6500-10500)   (Mechanical Deptt.) Degree in Mechanical/ Electrical/Electronics Engineering Degree in Manufacturing / Mechatronics / Industrial/ Mechanical/Tools & Machining/Tools & Disc. Making/ Automobile/ Production /Metallurgy/ Foundry Technology/Electronics/Electrical Engineering.

 

Note:

Indenting Railway shall have the discretion to specify the number of candidates required from each discipline, subject to a rider that at least 50% of the intake shall be from Mechanical Engg. alone. All candidates selected will, however, be borne on a common cadre.

4. Section Engineer  ( Rs.6500-10500) ( C&W) Degree in Mechanical or Electrical Engineering Degree in Manufacturing / Mechatronics / Industrial/ Mechanical/Tools & Machining/Tools & Disc. Making/ Automobile/ Production /Metallurgy/ Foundry Technology/Electronics/Electrical Engineering.

Note:

Indenting Railway shall have the discretion to specify the number of candidates required from each discipline, subject to a rider that at least 50% of the intake shall be from Mechanical Engg. alone. All candidates selected will, however, be borne on a common cadre.

 

These instructions will be effective from the date of its issue and ongoing recruitments for the above said categories where notification has been published will be governed by past instructions on the subject.

 

Advance Correction Slip(ACS) to Indian Railway Establishment Manual, Volume-I(1989 edition) will follow.

 

 

RBE No.123/2007

  Bd’s letter No. E(NG)-II/2007/RR-1/32 dt. 27.9.2007  (RBE No.123 /2007)

 

Sub: Educational qualification for recruitment to Group ’C’ posts in Electrical Engineering Departments.

                  Ref:Letter No.E(NG)-II/2000/RR-1/47 dt.3.8.2001 (RBE No.152/2001)          

            The issue of review of prescribed educational qualification for direct recruitment to supervisory post of Junior Engineer, Gr.II (Rs.5000-8000) and Section Engineer (Rs.6500-10500) in Electrical Engineering Department was under examination of  this Ministry .

 

This review was necessitated owing to demand raised in meeting with Chairmen, Railway Recruitment Boards held in June 2007 wherein several Railway Recruitment Boards stated that pure Mechanical/Electrical/Electronics Engineering as a subject is rarely chosen by students in a Degree or Diploma course now-a-days. Preference is given for specialized courses like Electronics and Communication Engineering, Instrumentation Engineering etc. As only Degree/Diploma in Mechanical/Electrical/ Electronics Engineering are accepted as qualification for the posts of Section Engineer and Junior Engineer, Grade-II respectively in Electrical Engineering Department on the Railways, it results in rejection of large number of applications and Railways do not get appropriate number of candidates from open market.

 

In consultation with Electrical Engineering Directorate of this Ministry, it has now been decided by the Board that henceforth direct recruitment qualification for the following posts in Electrical Engineering department on the Railways will be as under:

 

S.No. Post Existing Qualification Revised Qualification
1 Jr. Engineer-II (Rs.5000-8000) (Electrical Deptt.) Diploma       in Mechanical/ Electrical/Electronics Engineering. Diploma in Electrical/ Electronics & Telecommunications / Electronics /Electrical Power Systems/ Electronics & Communication/ Electronics & Video Engineering /Instrumentation & Control / Industrial Electronics/ Mechanical/ Production/Production Technology/ Industrial Engineering.

 Note:

Indenting Railway shall have the discretion to specify the number of candidates required from each discipline, subject to a rider that at least 50% of the intake shall be from Electrical Engg. alone. All candidates selected will, however, be borne on a common cadre.

2. Section Engineer  ( Rs.6500-10500) (Electrical Deptt.) Degree        in Mechanical/ Electrical/Electronics Engineering Degree in Electrical/ Electronics & Telecommunications / Electronics /Electrical Power Systems/ Electronics & Communication/ Electronics & Video Engineering / Instrumentation & Control / Industrial Electronics/ Mechanical/ Production/Production Technology/ Industrial Engineering.

 Note:

Indenting Railway shall have the discretion to specify the number of candidates required from each discipline, subject to a rider that at least 50% of the intake shall be from Electrical Engg. alone. All candidates selected will, however, be borne on a common cadre.

These instructions will be effective from the date of its issue and ongoing recruitments for the above said categories where notification has been published will be governed by past instructions on the subject.

 

Advance Correction Slip(ACS) to Indian Railway Establishment Manual, Volume-I(1989 edition) will follow.

 

Bd’s letter No. E[NG]II/2006/RC-2/13 dated 17-9-2007

 

Sub: Guidelines for providing various concessions/facilities including scribes to persons with disabilities while conducting examination for their recruitment against 3% quota and issuing of Physically Handicapped Certificate.

            Instructions contained in this Ministry’s letter No. E[NG]II/2006/RC-2/11 dated            21-6-2007 stipulate that Direct Recruitment to Group ‘C’ and Group ‘D’ posts from the Open Market against 3% posts reserved for Physically Handicapped [PH] will be done by Railway Recruitment Boards and Zonal Railway Recruitment Cells respectively through a common examination held for filling up reserved as well as unreserved vacancies.  In the workshop held for on 25-6-2007 in Railway Board, the issues relating to recruitment against such quota including provision of SCRIBES and other facilities to physically handicapped candidates appearing in such examinations were deliberated upon.

 

2.         Pursuant to discussion in the workshop Ministry of Railways  [Railway Board ] have considered the matter further and decided the following:

 

[i]         Examination centres for Physically Handicapped candidates be chosen and designated in such a way that they are disabled friendly having the facilities of ramp etc. Seating arrangement for Physically Handicapped candidates in general and for Visually Handicapped  [VH] candidates in particular may preferably be made on the ground floor of such centres.  Besides, seating arrangement for VH candidate may be made in such a way that only five or six  candidates in a room i.e.  one candidate in each corner and one or two in the center of the room, can be accommodated.

 

[ii]         Visually impaired candidates /those candidates whose writing speed is affected by Cerebral palsy can avail the assistance of Scribe for writing answers on their behalf.  For this purpose they will have to suitably inform the recruiting agency in advance as per [d] below.  In all such  cases engagement of Scribes will be subject to the following conditions:

 

[a]        The candidates will have to arrange their own scribes at their own cost during the examination. Separate Admit Cards be issued to the Scribes accompanying the visually handicapped candidates.  Admit card should contain the particulars and photograph of the Scribe  duly signed by him/her.  The invigilators on duty will verify the identity of the Scribe with photo and particulars printed on Admit card issued to Scribe.

 

[b]        The academic qualification of the SCRIBE should be one grade below the qualification prescribed for the post for which recruitment is being made.

 

[c]        The SCRIBE can be from any academic discipline if the recruitment is for general post.  If the recruitment is for a specialized post, he/she should be from a discipline different from that of the candidate. He / she should not have secured more than 60% marks in the qualification mentioned at [b] above.

 

[d]        The candidates as well as the Scribe will have to give a suitable undertaking [enclosed Proforma as annexure I] confirming that the Scribe fulfills all the stipulated eligibility criteria for a Scribe as mentioned above.  In case it transpires later that he/she did not fulfill any of the laid down eligibility criteria or there has been suppression of material facts, the candidature of the applicant will stand cancelled irrespective of the result of the examination.  The Visually Handicapped candidate shall be responsible for any misconduct on the part of  scribe brought by him/her. The undertaking, as given in the enclosed proforma at annexure I, should be submitted by the Visually Handicapped candidate along with his/her application form.

 

[e]        Candidates availing the assistance of a Scribe shall be eligible for extra time of 20 minutes for every hour of the examination.

 

2.1.      The VH candidates opting to avail the assistance of Scribes be accommodated at one examination venue of the designated examination centres.  The recruiting agency will not make available the question paper of the examination meant for VH candidates at examination centre other than those designated for the purpose.

 

2.2              The Scribe will read out the questions to the candidates and on the candidates stating clearly  answer against each question, the SCRIBE will write /indicate  the same.  An invigilator shall exclusively be posted with every VH candidate who have opted to avail the assistance of a Scribe.  The invigilator shall have to sit along side the Scribe who will sit opposite the VH candidate so that conversation between the Scribe and VH candidate could be overheard by the Invigilator who shall ensure that only the answers spelt out by the candidate are written / indicated by the Scribe on the answer book.

 

2.3              The invigilator will ensure that the scribe makes no gesture, sounds or any other forms of communication designed to indicate to the candidate the correctness or otherwise of an answer being recorded by him.  Any such attempt would entail disqualification of candidate and stringent action will be taken against both the candidate and the scribe.

 

2.4              Conversation between the candidate and the scribe should not disturb in any way the peace in the examination hall or the other candidates seated in the examination hall/room.

 

2.5              The VH candidates may be allowed to use TAILOR FRAME AND BRAILLE SLATE WITH PAPER  for solving arithmetic problems and they will have to bring their own TAILOR FRAME AND BRAILLE SLATE WITH PAPER   in the examination hall.  Partially blind candidates who are able to read normal Question Paper set for all the candidates and to write / indicate the answer with the help of Magnifying Glass may be allowed to use Magnifying Glass in the examination hall but they shall not be allowed the help of a SCRIBE.  Such candidates may bring their own Magnifying Glass in the examination hall .  However, they shall not be provided with the Question Paper meant for VH candidates who require the assistance of a Scribe.  All one eyed candidates and VH candidates whose visual degree of disability is less than 40% shall not be considered as Visually Handicapped persons and the provision for engaging Scribe shall not be applicable to them.

 

3.         Question paper for VH candidates will not have any component of map/graphs/statistical data or diagrams/figures/geometrical  problems etc.

 

4.         As regards requirement for Physically Handicapped Certificate,  the following may be laid down:

 

[i]         The Disability Certificate be accepted which has been issued by a Medical Board duly constituted by the Central / State Government consisting of at least three members out of which at least one member has been / should be a specialist in the relevant field for assessing locomotor / cerebral / visual / hearing disability, as the case may be.

 

[ii]         The Certificate would be valid for a period of 5 years for those whose disability is ‘Temporary’’.  The Medical Board shall indicate the period of validity of the Certificate where  there are chances of variation in the degree of disability. For those with permanent disability the validity can be shown as ‘Permanent’.

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ANNEXURE –I

 EXAMINATION FOR RECRUITMENT FOR GROUP ‘C’ / GROUP ‘D’

Particulars of the Scribe proposed to be engaged by the Candidate.

Photograph duly signed by the Scribe

 

1.         NAME  AND ROLL NO. OF THE BLIND CANDIDATE     :      ___________________

 

2.         DATE OF BIRTH                                                          :        —————————–

 

3.         CENTRE/ SUBCENTRE OF EXAM                               :        ——————————

 

4.         NAME OF THE SCRIBE                                               :        ——————————

 

5.         FATHER’S NAME OF SCRIBE                                     :        ——————————-

 

6.         ADDRESS OF THE SCRIBE                                        :

[a]        PERMANENT ADDRESSS                                           :           —————————–

 

[b]        POSTAL ADDRESS                                                     :           —————————–

 

7.         EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATION OF THE SCRIBE      :           —————————–

 

8.         RELATIONSHIP, IF ANY, OF THE

SCRIBE TO THE CANDIDATE                         :           —————————-

DECLARATION

            We hereby declare that the particulars furnished above are true and correct to the best of our knowledge and belief.  We have read / been read out the instructions of the Railway Recruitment Board / Railway Recruitment Cell regarding conduct of the visually challenged candidates / scribes at this examination and hereby undertake to abide by them.

 

————————————                                                          ——————————–

[Signature of the candidate]                                                           [Signature of the Scribe]

 

 

RBE No.131/2007

  Bd’s letter No. E[P&A]II-2007/HRA-12 dated 18-10-2007  (RBE No.131 /2007)

 

Sub: Upgradation of Bangalore  as ‘A-1’ class city for the purpose of House Rent Allowance / Compensatory [City] Allowance.

            Reference is invited to this office’s letter No. E[P&A]II-2004/HRA-16 dated           28-1-2005 regarding re-classification of cities / towns on the basis of 2001 Census for the purpose of grant of House Rent Allowance  and Compensatory [City] Allowance to Railway employees.  Consequent upon re-constitution of the area of Bangalore Mahanagara Palika and re-naming it as Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palika with the addition of certain areas within its Municipal limits vide Notification No. UDD 92 MNY 2006 dated 16-1-2007 of the Government of Karnataka, the population of ‘Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palika’ has increased, qualifying for classification as ‘A-1’ class city for the purpose of House Rent Allowance / Compensatory [City] Allowance.

 

2.         The President is accordingly pleased to decide that the city of Bangalore [including existing Urban Agglomeration]  shall stand classified as ‘A-1’ class for the purpose of grant of HRA/CCA to the Railway employees posted at Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palika.

 

3.         These orders shall be effective from 01-10-2007.  All other conditions governing grant of House Rent Allowance  / Compensatory [City] Allowance under existing rules / orders shall continue to apply.

 

4.         This issues with the concurrence of the Finance Directorate of the Ministry of Railways.

 

Bd’s letter No. E(NG)I-2005/PM1/20 dated 09.10.2007 

 

Sub: Introduction of Limited Departmental Competitive Examination [LDCE] quota in the categories of OS-II scale Rs.5500-9000 and Personnel Inspector [PI] scale Rs.6500-10500- Review service condition for appearing in the LDCE to the post of PI.

            In terms of instructions contained in para 3[I][ii] of this Ministry’s letter of even number dated 17-06-2005 [RB/ Estt.  No.102/2005] serving Graduate Personnel Inspectors who have rendered a minimum of three years regular service in grades           Rs. 5000-8000 and Rs.5500-9000 put together  are eligible to appear in the LDCE for promotion to the post of PI in the pay scale of Rs.6500-10500.

 

2.         The matter has been reviewed by the Board with reference to AIRF’s demand that the service experience of three years may be reduced.  In modification of the above eligibility condition, it has been decided that PIs in the pay scale of Rs.5000-8000 with two years regular service in the grade and those working in the higher grade Rs.5500-9000  will be eligible to appear in the LDCE for promotion to the post of PI in grade Rs.6500-10500.

 

  1. These instructions will be applicable to the LDCEs notified on or after the date of issue of  this letter.

 

 

 

RBE No. 125/2007.

  Bd’s letter No. E[P&A]II-2007/HW-1 dated 3-10-2007 (RBE No. 125/2007)

 

Sub: Rates of Night Duty Allowance w.e.f. 01-07-2007.

            Consequent to sanction of an additional instalment of Dearness Allowance vide this Ministry’s letter No. PC-V/97/I/7/14 dated 13-09-2007, the President is pleased to decide that the rates of Night Duty Allowance, as notified vide Annexures ‘A’ and ‘B’ of Board’s letter No. E[P&A]II-2007/HW-1 dated 13-4-2007 stand revised with effect from    01-07-2007 as indicated at Annexure ‘A’ in respect of ‘Continuous’,  ‘Intensive’, ‘Excluded’, categories and workshop employees, and as indicated at Annexure ‘B’ in respect of ‘Essentially Intermittent’  categories respectively.

 

2.         This issues with the concurrence of the Finance Directorate of the Ministry of Railways.

ANNEXURE ‘A’

Rates of Night Duty Allowance with effect from 1.7.2007 for ‘Intensive’, ‘Continuous’ and ‘Excluded’ categories and Workshop staff at the various places classified as    ‘A-1’, ‘A’,  B-1, B-2, and Ordinary localities including ‘C’ Class Cities.

S.No. Pay slabs in Vth Pay Commission’s scales of pay A-1 A B-1 B-2 Ordinary localities including ‘C’ class cities
1 2550 – 2605 25.95 25.80 25.65 25.50 25.35
2 2606 – 2790 27.10 27.00 26.85 26.70 26.55
3 2791  -3230 30.55 30.30 30.10 29.95 29.60
4 3231 – 3440 33.75 33.50 33.30 33.10 32.80
5 3441 – 4125 38.15 37.90 37.70 37.50 37.20
6 4126 – 4270 42.70 42.40 42.15 41.85 41.30
7 4271 – 4480 44.45 44.15 43.90 43.60 43.05
8 4481 – 4630 46.20 45.95 45.65 45.40 44.80
9 4631 – 4870 48.15 47.85 47.60 47.30 46.75
10 4871 – 5165 50.75 50.50 50.20 49.90 49.35
11 5166 – 5465 53.70 53.40 53.15 52.85 52.30
12 5466 – 6210 58.80 58.55 58.25 58.00 57.45
13 6211-6655 64.70 64.40 64.15 63.85 63.30
14 6656-6955 68.35 68. 05 67.80 67.50 66.95
15 6956-7850  & above 74.20 73.95 73.65 73.40 72.85

ANNEXURE ‘B’

Rates of Night Duty Allowance with effect from 1.7.2007 for Essentially Intermittent categories  at the various places classified as ‘A-1’, ‘A’, B-1, B-2, and Ordinary localities including ‘C’ Class Cities.

S.No.

Pay slabs in Vth Pay Commission’s scales of pay

A-1 A B-1 B-2 Ordinary localities including ‘C’ class cities
1 2550-2605 17.30 17.20 17.10 17.00 16.90
2 2606-2790 18.05 18.00 17.90 17.80 17.70
3 2791-3230 20.35 20.20 20.05 19.95 19.75
4 3231-3440 22.50 22.35 22.20 22.05 21.85
5 3441-4125 25.45 25.25 25.15 25.00 24.80
6 4126-4270 28.45 28.25 28.10 27.90 27.55
7 4271-4480 29.65 29.45 29.25 29.05 28.70
8 4481-4630 30.80 30.65 30.45 30.25 29.85
9 4631-4870 32.10 31.90 31.75 31.55 31.15
10 4871-5165 33.85 33.65 33.45 33.25 32.90
11 5166-5465 35.80 35.60 35.45 35.25 34.85
12 5466-6210 39.20 39.05 38.85 38.65 38.30
13 6211-6655 43.15 42.95 42.75 42.55 42.20
14 6656-6955 45.55 45.35 45.20 45.00 44.65
15  6956-7850 & above 49.45 49.30 49.10 48.95 48.55

 

Bd’s letter No. E[W]97 PS 5-1/44 dated 10-10-2007

 

Sub: Grant of  one [1] set of Complimentary Cheque Pass and one [1] set of Privilege Ticket Order to the non-Railway staff of Commission of Railway Safety.

Ref: Northern Railway’s letter No. 89/P/Pass/2005/Rep dtd. 17/20-09-07

            In terms of Board’s instructions of even number  dated 07-04-99, one[1] set of Complimentary Cheque Pass & one[1] set of Privilege Ticket Order per year for self and eligible family members to non-Railway Officers & staff working in the Railway Safety Organisation is allowed.  It is clarified that dependents of such beneficiaries are not eligible for travel under this dispensation.

RBE No. 119/2007                                                                                                                                    

  Bd’s letter No. E[G]2007 RN5-6 dated 20-09-07  (RBE No. 119/2007)

 

Sub: Retention of quarters by the Railway servants, proceeding on secondment  to International Organisations.

            In terms of instructions contained in Ministry of Urban Affairs and Employment’s Directorate of Estates’ O.M. No: 12035/1/99-Pol.II dated                            20-01-1999, Officers of the Ministry of External Affairs posted abroad at stations which  have been declared non-family  stations by the Ministry of External Affairs and where officers are not permitted to take their families with them, are eligible to retain the entitled type of accommodation on payment of normal licence fee.  Further, in terms of  Corrigendum No. 12035/1/99/Pol.II dated 29-06-1999, Central Government employees posted abroad at  stations which are  declared non-family stations by the Ministry  of External Affairs and where officials  are not permitted to take their families with them, are also eligible to retain the entitled type of accommodation on payment of normal licence fee.  It is hereby clarified that if there are any such cases where Railway employees proceed on secondment to International Organisations and where the posting is done through the Department of Personnel and Training, they may be provided with the facility of retention of entitled type of Railway accommodation on payment of single licence fee.

 

This issues with the concurrence of Finance Directorate of the Ministry of Railways.

 

RBE No.129/2007                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

Bd’s letter No. E(P&A)II-2006/PLB-16 dated  15.10.2007  (RBE No.129 /2007)

 

Sub : Payment of Productivity Linked Bonus to non-gazetted Group ‘B’, ‘C’

          & ‘D’ Railway employees for the financial   year 2006-2007.

The President is pleased to sanction Productivity Linked Bonus equivalent to 70 (Seventy) days wages without any ceiling on wages for eligibility for the financial year 2006-07 to all non-gazetted group ‘B’, ‘C’ & ‘D’ Railway employees (excluding all RPF/RPSF personnel).  Where wages exceed Rs.2500/- per month, Productivity Linked Bonus will be calculated as if ‘wages”  are Rs.2500/- p.m.

 

2          ‘Wages’ for the purpose of calculating Productivity Linked Bonus  shall include ‘pay’ as defined in Rule 103(35)/R-I (1985 Edition) dearness pay and dearness allowance drawn during the financial year 2006-07. However, in the case of running staff, the term ‘pay’ shall also include 30% of basic pay constituting the pay element in running allowance as payable on leave salary.  Other conditions of eligibility, method of calculation of wages etc. as prescribed in this Ministry’s instructions and clarifications issued from time to time, shall remain unchanged.

 

3.         It has been decided that in the case of eligible employees mentioned in Para-1 above who were not placed under suspension, or had not quit service/retired/expired during the financial year 2006-07 or were on leave where leave salary admissible is not less than that admissible on leave on  average pay,  may be paid an amount of Rs.5753/- towards Productivity Linked Bonus for the financial year 2006-07.  In the case of employees other than those mentioned above, the amount of Productivity Linked Bonus may be calculated in accordance with the extant instructions on the subject.

 

4.         The Ministry of Railways have also decided that in relaxation of the provisions in Rules 905(2), 908 and 909 of State Railway Provident Fund Rules, as contained  in Chapter 9 of R.I/1985 edition, such of the subscribers to the SRPF as are entitled to Productivity Linked Bonus may, if they so desire, deposit the whole or part of the amount admissible under the Scheme in their respective State Railway Provident Fund  Accounts.

 

5.         Payment of Productivity Linked Bonus to all eligible non-gazetted Railway employees mentioned in Para 1 above should be made  before commencement of the Durga Puja/Dussehra holidays.

 

  1. This issues with the concurrence of Finance Directorate of the Ministry of Railways.

 

RBE No.128/2007

  Bd’s letter No. E[D&A]2007/RG6-29 dated 9-10-2007  (RBE No.128 /2007)

 

Sub: Simultaneous action of prosecution in a court and initiation of departmental proceedings.

            A copy of Department of Personnel and Training’s O.M. No. 11012/6/2007-Estt-.A dated  01-08-2007 on the above subject is sent herewith.  The contents of the above O.M.  may please be brought to the notice of all concerned authorities on your Railway for their information and guidance.  Corresponding instructions on the Railways with reference to O.M.s dated 7-6-55 and 4-9-64 mentioned in Para 1 of the O.M. dated 1.8.2007, are contained in Board’s letters No. E.54 RG6-32 dated 23-11-55 and E[D&A]64 RG6-30 dt.28.10.64.
Copy of Govt. of India, Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Department of Personnel & Training’s O.M. No. 11012/6/2007-Estt-A dated  01-08-2007

Sub: Simultaneous action of prosecution in a court and initiation of departmental proceedings.

            The undersigned is directed to refer to the M.H.A O.M. No. 39/30/54-Ests. dated the 7th June, 1955 and No. 39/8/64-Ests. dated the 4th September, 1964 on the above subject which state that prosecution should be the general rule in all cases which are found fit to be sent to Court and in which the offences are of bribery, corruption or other criminal misconduct involving loss of substantial public funds and that in such cases, departmental action should not precede prosecution.  References are being received in this Department seeking clarification as to whether departmental action can also be taken, where the same matter has been taken up in a court of competent jurisdiction for prosecution of the Government  servant concerned.

 

2.         What may be deduced from the above instructions is that in serious cases involving offences such as bribery/corruption etc., action should be launched for prosecution as a matter of course.  The Hon’ble Supreme Court had held in their various judgements, the important ones being, State of Rajasthan Vs. B.K. Meena & Others [1996 6 SCC 417], Capt. M. Paul Anthony Vs. Bharat Gold Mines Limited  [1999 3 SCC 679], Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan & Others Vs. T. Srinivas [2004 [6] SCALE 467] and Noida Enterpreneurs Association Vs. Noida [JT 2007 [2] SC 620], that merely because  a criminal trial is pending, a departmental inquiry involving the very same charges as is involved in the criminal proceedings is not barred.  The approach and objective in the criminal proceedings and disciplinary proceedings are  altogether distinct and different. In the disciplinary proceedings, the question is whether the respondent is guilty of such conduct as would merit his removal from service or a lesser punishment, as the case may be, whereas in the criminal proceedings, the question is whether the offences registered against the Government servant are established and if established, what sentence can be imposed on him.  In serious nature of cases like acceptance of illegal gratification, the desirability of continuing the concerned Government servant in service in spite of the serious charges leveled against him may have to be considered by the Competent Authority to proceed with departmental action.

 

3.         However, if the charge in the Criminal case is of a grave nature which involves complicated questions of law and fact, it would be desirable to stay the departmental proceedings till the conclusion of the criminal case.  This will depend upon the nature of offence and the evidence and material collected against  the Government servant during investigation or as reflected in the charge-sheet.  If the criminal case does not proceed or its disposal is being unduly delayed, the departmental proceedings, even if they were kept pending on account of the pendency of the criminal case, can be resumed and proceeded with so as to conclude them at an early date, so that if the employee is found not guilty, his honour  may be vindicated and in case he is found guilty, the administration may get rid of him at the earliest, if the case so warrants.

 

4.         In the case of Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd, Vs. Sarvesh Berry [2004 [10] SCALE Page 340 ], it has been held in Para 9 that ‘ it is not desirable to lay down any guidelines as inflexible rules in which the departmental proceedings may or may not be stayed pending trial in criminal case against the delinquent officer.  Each case requires to be considered  in the back drop of its own facts and circumstances.  There would be no bar to proceed simultaneously with departmental inquiry and trial of a criminal case unless the charge in the criminal trial is of grave nature  involving complicated questions of fact and law.’  The apex court has referred to the conclusions given in Para 22 of Captain M. Paul Anthony’s case.

 

5.         It is, therefore, clarified that stay of disciplinary proceedings is not a must in every case, where there is a criminal  trial on the very same charges and the concerned authority may decide on proceeding with departmental proceedings after taking into consideration the facts and circumstances of each case and the guidelines given by the Hon’ble Supreme Court, as mentioned in the preceding paragraphs.

 

6.         All Ministries / Departments are, therefore, requested to keep in view the above guidelines while dealing with cases of criminal misconduct of Government servants.

 

Copy of Board’s letter No. E[D&A]64 RG6-30 dt.28.10.64.

 

Sub: Railway servants involved in criminal misconduct Departmental proceedings and  prosecutions.

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            In Board’s letter No. E54 RG6-32 dt.23.11.55, it was, inter alia, laid down that as soon as sufficient evidence is available in cases of criminal misconduct by Railway servants, disciplinary proceedings under the Discipline and Appeal Rules should be initiated forthwith and that after the departmental proceedings are concluded and the penalty, if any, imposed as a result thereof, criminal proceedings should be initiated in suitable cases.  Later, instructions were issued that in certain types of S.P.E. cases prosecution should precede departmental action, vide Board’s letter No. E59VG1-30 dated 6/9-3-1959.

 

2.         In modification of the above instruction, the Board have decided that prosecution  should be the general rule in all those cases which are found fit to  be sent to Criminal Court after investigation and in which the offences are of bribery, corruption or other criminal misconduct involving loss of substantial public funds.  In such cases, departmental action should not precede prosecution.  In other cases involving less serious offences or involving mal-practices of a departmental nature, departmental action only should be taken and the question of prosecution should generally not arise.  Whenever, however, there is unresolved difference of opinion between the Central Bureau of Investigation and the administrative authority concerned as to whether prosecution in a court or departmental action should be resorted to in the first instance, the matter should be referred to the Board who will consult the Central Vigilance Commission for advice.

 

 

RBE No.124/2007

  Board’s letter No. F(E)III/99/PNI/20/Vol.II dt.27.9.07(RBE No.124/2007)

 

Sub:    Allotment of higher pay scales to Railway Accounts staff – Revision of pension of Accounts Staff retired during the period from 1.1.1996 to 18.2.2003.

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In terms of Board’s letter No.PC-V/98/1/11/23 dt.7.3.2003, the Accounts Staff in the Railways were granted higher replacement scales of pay on notional basis with effect from 1.1.1996 and actual payment prospectively from 19.2.2003.  The instructions regarding admissibility of pensionary benefits of such of the Accounts staff as had retired during the period from 1.1.1996 to 18.2.2003 were issued vide Board’s letter of even number dt.16.6.2004.  In terms of these instructions, pension/family pension of all the concerned Accounts staff, who had retired during 1.1.1996 to 18.2.2003 was to be revised on the basis of average emoluments notionally drawn during the last ten months of service and actual payment of pension/family pension was to be made from 19.2.2003.  It was also provided therein that the revised pension and family pension shall not be less than 50% and 30% respectively of the minimum of the higher replacement scales of pay, subject to fulfillment of the conditions stipulated in para 2 of Board’s letter No. F(E)III/98/PN1/29 dt.15.1.1999.  These instructions were based on DOP & PW’s O..M.No.38/86/03-P&PW (A) dated 26.4.2004 and 8.2.2005.

Supreme Court, in their judgement dt.23.11.2006 in Shri.K.S.Krishna murthy and others Vs. UOI in C.A.No.3174/2006 upheld DOP & PW’s O.M.No.45/86/97-P&PW(A) dt.11.5.2001 (adopted on the Railways vide Board’s letter No.F(E)III/99/PN1/20 dated 20.8.2001) in terms of which pension/family pension of all retired Railway servants irrespective of their date of retirement shall not be less than 50% / 30% of the minimum of the corresponding scale as on 1.1.1996, of the scale of pay held by him/her at the time of retirement.  In pursuance of this judgement, the Government in DOP &  PW, felt a need to amend their instructions dated 26.4.2004 and 8.2.2005 to make them compatible with the said judgement and accordingly, vide their O.M. No.38/86/03-P&PW(A) Pt. dt.5.9.2007 (copy enclosed) has amended the same to the extent as indicated below:

i)              The benefit of higher pay in the upgraded pay scale for calculating pensionary benefits shall NOT be applicable to pensioners retired during the period from 1.1.1996 to 18.2.2003.

ii)             Revision of pension in these cases shall NOT be done on the average emoluments notionally drawn during the last 10 months of service under Rule 34 of CCS (Pension) Rules, 1972 (Rule 50 of Railway Services (Pension) Rules, 1993)

iii)           In terms of supreme Court judgement dated 23.11.2006, revision of pension shall be governed by DOP & PW’s O.M. dated 17.12.98 (Board’s letter dt.15.1.1999) read with O.M. dated 11.5.2001 (Board’s letter dated 20.8.2001) and revision of pension in revised upgraded pay scales shall NOT be admissible/allowed.

iv)           The benefit of fixation of pension with reference to upgraded scales shall NOT be extended to pre-1996 retirees.

 

In order that Board’s instructions are in tune with the amendments carried out by the DOP&PW, it has been decided to amend the existing instructions of Board’s letter dt.16.6.2004 to the extent as indicated in sub-paras (i) (ii) and (iii) of para 2 above. Accordingly, Zonal Railways etc. are advised to revise immediately pension/family pension of Accounts staff retired during the period from 1.1.1996 to 18.2.2003 on the basis of emoluments actually drawn by them immediately before their retirement.  The revised pension/family pension shall be payable from 6.9.2007 and no recoveries shall be made on account of pension/family pension earlier paid upto 5.9.2007 in terms of Board’s instructions dated 16.6.2004.

 

Copy of O.M.No.38/86/03 – P&PW(A) Pt. dt.5.9.07 issued by the Ministry of Personnel, P.G. and Pensions ,Department of Pension and Pensioners’ Welfare

Sub:    Amendment of O.M. dated 26th April, 2004 relating to pay scales for the staff belonging to the Organised Accounts department – fixation of pension.

 

In pursuance of Supreme Court judgement dt.23.11.2006 in K.S.Krishnaswamy and others vs. UOI in C.A.No.3174/2006, need has been felt

to amend O.M. of even number dated 26th April, 2004 and 8th February,2005 to make it compatible with the Supreme Court judgement, the undersigned is directed to substitute para 3, 6 and 7(i) and 7(ii) of the Department’s OM of even number dt.26.4.2004 and 8th February, 2005 with the following corresponding paras:-

 

3. Whether the benefit of higher pay in the upgraded pay scale for calculating pensionary benefits, will be applicable to pensioners retired during 1.1.96 to 18.2.03. No.
6. Whether revision of pension in these cases could be done on the basis of average emoluments notionally drawn during the last 10 months of service under Rule 34 of CCS(Pension) Rules. No.
7(i) Whether the provisions contained in OM dt.17.12.98 issued by the Department of Pension are applicable, with reference to the upgraded pay scales w.e.f. 1.1.96, for the purpose of pension fixation on notional basis of average emoluments and the actual benefit will be allowed from 19.2.03. In terms of Supreme Court judgement dt.23.11.2006, the revision of pension shall be governed by OM dt.17.12.98 read with OM dt.11.5.01 and revision of pension in revised upgraded pay scales shall NOT be admissible/allowed.
7(ii) Whether the benefit of fixation of pension with reference to upgraded  scales could be extended to pre-1996 retirees also. No.

 

2.     No recoveries shall be made on account of revision of pensionary benefits granted in terms of O.M dated 26.4.2004 in the light of above amendment, till 05-09-07 i.e. the date of issue of this O.M.

 

  1. All other terms and conditions stipulated in O.M. dt. 26.04.04 read with O.M. dated 08.02.05 shall remain unchanged.

 

  1. This issues with the approval of Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure vide UO. No. 393/EV/2007 dt:05.09.07.

 

5.         The Provisions of O.M. shall come into effect from the date of issue  i.e. 05.09.07

 

 

RBE No.132/2007

  Bd’s letter No. E[G]2007QRI-9 dated 17-10-07  (RBE No.132 /2007)

 

Sub: Retention of Railway quarter on medical grounds – provision regarding

Ref: Board’s letter No. E[G]99/QR1-16 dated 16-03-04 and 01-09-05

            Ministry of Railways [Railway Board] have reviewed the instructions on the subject and decided that the powers for permitting retention of Railway quarters on medical grounds as laid down in the above referred letters and as amended from time to time may be exercised by  General Managers  of respective  Railways and these cases may not be sent to Railway Board.

 

This issues with the concurrence of Finance Directorate of the Ministry of Railways.

 

RBE No.133/2007                                                                                     

  Bd’s letter No. E[MPP]2007/3/23 dated 19-10-2007  (RBE No.133 /2007)

 

Sub: Yoga Training in Railways Trainee Centres –Honorarium

          to Instructors.

            In continuation of Board’s letter No. E[MPP]2005/3/28 – [RBE No. 31/2007] dated 06-03-2007, it is clarified that the instructions contained in the letter do not apply to the Centralized  Training Institutes since this issue is covered under delegation of powers to the CTIs.

 

This issues with the concurrence of the Finance Directorate of Ministry of Railways.

 

RBE No.134/2007                                                                                                 

  Bd’s letter No. E[NG]I-2004/TR/16 dated 22-10-2007  (RBE No.134 /2007)

 

Sub: Transfer from one Railway /Division/ Unit to another Railway / Division / Unit on request on bottom seniority and on mutual exchange basis.

            In terms of instructions contained in this Ministry’s letter of even number dated 14-08-2007, mutual transfers have been restricted between employees belonging to the same community as the change disturbs roster points in post based roster.  However, no restriction has been imposed on transfer on bottom seniority in recruitment grades.  In the context of these instructions, the following doubts have been raised:

 

[i]         Whether the restriction does not apply to employees belonging to OBCs as the same has not been mentioned in the instructions ibid; and

 

[ii]         Whether the restrictions on mutual transfer will apply when such transfers take place in recruitment grades.

 

2.         The matter has been considered carefully and the same is clarified item-wise as under:

 

[i]         There being no reservation in posts filled by promotion for OBCs, the term ‘General’ should include OBCs also.  In other words, staff belonging to General /OBC categories may contract mutual transfers with staff belonging to General / OBC.

 

[ii]         In view of the fact that the instructions do not impose any restriction on transfer on request  on bottom seniority in recruitment grades mutual transfers in the recruitment grades will also be allowed without restriction provided:

 

[a]       the posts in the grade are entirely filled by direct recruitment from open market; e.g. the category of Staff Nurse in grade Rs.5000-8000; and

 

[b]        in cases where posts in the grade are partly filled by promotion and partly by direct recruitment, both the employees seeking mutual transfer should have been recruited directly from the open market; the intention being that both of them should be borne in the post-based rosters maintained for direct recruitment.  In other words, if one or both the employees are borne in the post-based rosters maintained for promotion, the restriction on mutual transfer as per instructions dated 14-08-2007 will  apply.

 

 

RBE No.135/2007                                                                                     

  Bd’s letter No. E(D&A)2007/GS 1-1 dt. 26.10.2007 (RBE No.135 /2007)

 

Sub: Incorporation of Railway Ministry’s Decisions below Rule 18 of Railway Services (Conduct) Rules,1966.

            In exercise of the powers conferred by the proviso to Article 309 of the Constitution, the President hereby directs that Railway Ministry’s decisions contained in their letters No.E(D&A)78 GS1-14 dated 24.10.80, No.E(D&A)85 GS1-13 dated 10.2.86 and No.E(D&A)92 GS1-2 dated 17/21.5.92 may be incorporated as Railway Ministry’s Decision No.11,12 & 13 below Rule 18 of Railway Services (Conduct) Rules,1966, contained in Appendix-I of Indian Railway Establishment Code- Vol.I, Fifth Edition,1985  ( Second Reprint Edition,2003), as per Advance Correction Slip No.104 enclosed herewith.

 

INDIAN RAILWAY ESTABLISHMENT CODE –VOL 1, (FIFTH EDITION,1985,  SECOND REPRINT EDITION,2003)

Appendix-I- Railway Services(Conduct) Rules,1966

Advance Correction Slip No.104

The following may be incorporated as ‘Railway Ministry’s Decisions No.11,12 and 13 below Rule 18:

 

Railway Ministry’s Decision No.11: Supervisory staff of Group ‘C’ (Class-III) on railways working in scales of pay the maximum of which is Rs.900/- and above, should also submit an annual return regarding the immovable property inherited by him, or owned or acquired by him, or held by him on lease or mortgage, either in his own name or in the name of any member of his family or in the name of any other person. The return should be submitted within three months of his first appointment in the grade and thereafter in the month of January every year.

(No.E(D&A) 78 GS1-14 dated 24.10.1980)

 

Railway Ministry’s Decision No.12: The following categories of Commercial Staff in all grades, viz; Reservation Clerks, Parcel Clerks, Booking Clerks, TTEs and TCs, should, besides submitting a property return on their initial appointment as required in Rule 18(1) (i) of the Conduct Rules, should also submit a return of their property at the time of every promotion, as also at the time of submitting documents for pension ( approximately two years prior to superannuation).

 

(No.E(D&A) 85 GS1-13 dated 10.2.1986)

 

Railway Ministry’s Decision No.13: Sale and purchase of shares, securities, debentures, etc. are to be treated as transactions in movable property. An intimation is to be given under Rule 18(4) to the prescribed authority in the proforma laid down in the following cases:

 

(i)                  Group ‘A’ and ‘B’ Officers – If the cumulative transactions i.e., sale, purchase or both in shares, securities, debentures or mutual funds scheme etc. exceeds Rs.50,000/- during the calendar year.

(ii)                Group ‘C’ and ‘D’ Officers – If the cumulative transactions i.e., sale, purchase or both in shares, securities, debentures or mutual funds scheme etc. exceeds Rs.25,000/- during the calendar year.

 

The above intimation will be in addition to the intimation(s) required to be given under Rule 18(3) in respect of individual transactions in shares, securities, debentures, etc. which exceeds the amounts prescribed therefor.

 

(No.E(D&A) 92 GS1-2 dated 7-5-92 [ not 17/21.5.1992)

(Authority: Railway Board’s Letter No.E(D&A)2007/GS1-1 dated 26-10-2007)

 

RBE No.136/2007

  Bd’s letter No. E(NG)I-99/CFP/23 dated 29.10.2007 (RBE No.136 /2007)

 

Sub: Age limit for induction of Safaiwalas and Store Khalasis of all departments  in Workshop cadre

            In terms of provisions contained in para 179(xv) of Indian Railway Establishment Manual, Vol.I,1989, the upper age limit for Store Khalasis and Safaiwalas of all Departments for transfer to Workshops against 10% quota with 50% seniority has been prescribed as 35 years.

 

2.         The question of raising the upper age limit has been considered by the Board in the light of the demand made by AIRF. It has been decided that the upper age limit for induction of Safaiwalas and Store Khalasis for transfer to Workshops against 10% quota with 50% seniority may be raised from the existing 35 years to 38 years. Other conditions for transfer against this quota remain unchanged.

 

RBE No.137/2007                                                              

  Bd’s letter No. E(G)2005 HO1/19 dated 31.10.2007 (RBE No.137 /2007)

 

Sub: Grant of officiating pay to the staff who shoulder higher responsibilities.

            The staff side had raised a demand in the forum of JCM/DC for grant of officiating pay in higher grade to such of the staff as are deployed for discharging the responsibilities of higher grade posts but are denied officiating pay on the ground of non-availability of higher grade posts.

 

The matter was examined by the Board and since the conditions stipulated for payment of special pay/ officiating pay, honorarium etc. are not fulfilled in the situation mentioned above, it was not found feasible to agree to the demand of the staff side. However, instructions were issued vide Board’s letter of even number dated 13.12.06 to the effect that when staff in the lower grade are made to shoulder responsibility of higher grade posts, they may be compensated monetarily by grant of suitable awards, as deemed fit, by the General Managers under their powers depending upon the circumstances and the extent of work involved.

 

This matter was discussed further in the JCM/DC meeting held on 24th/25th May 2007 when it was decided that instructions on grant of officiating pay when shouldering higher responsibilities will be reiterated.

 

Accordingly, in cases where staff in lower grades are made to shoulder responsibilities of higher grade posts, where the posts are actually not in existence, it is reiterated that the instructions contained in Board’s letter dated 13.12.2006 ibid should be complied with. However, in cases where staff working in lower grades are made to shoulder responsibility of higher grade sanctioned posts, such staff would be eligible for officiating pay in terms of instructions contained in Board’s letter No.F(E)II/89/FR1/1 dated 12.12.1991, which are hereby reiterated for strict compliance.

 

This issues with the concurrence of the Finance Directorate of the Ministry of Railways (Railway Board).

 

RBE No.138/2007.

 

  Bd’s letter No. E(P&A)II-2007/PP-12 dated 31-10-2007 (RBE No.138 /2007)

 

Sub: Option for fixation of pay on promotion from the date of increment in the lower post.

            Attention is invited to this Ministry’s letter No.E(P&A)II/81/PP-4 dated 13.11.1981 and 16.1.1985 wherein instructions regarding option for fixation of pay on promotion and incorporating the option clause in the promotion order were issued. This Ministry is still receiving cases for condoning the delay in exercising option for pay fixation on the grounds that there was no option clause in the promotion order.

 

2.         (a) Fixation of pay on promotion to a post carrying duties and responsibilities of greater importance is governed by the provisions under Rule 1313(1)(a)(1) [FR22-I(a)(1)] R.II ( Sixth Edition-1987)/Second Reprint Edition,2005, and where the appointment to the new post does not involve assumption of duties and responsibilities of greater importance by Rule 1313(1)(a)2 [(FR22(1)(a)(2)]-R.II(Sixth Edition-1987)/Second Reprint Edition 2005.

 

(b) The saving clause of Rule 1313 [FR22-I(a)(1)] R.II ( Sixth Edition-1987)/Second Reprint Edition 2005, lays down that except in cases of appointment on deputation to an ex-cadre post, or to a post on adhoc basis or on direct recruitment basis, the Railway servant shall have the option, to be exercised within one month from the date of promotion or appointment, as the case may be, to have the pay fixed under this rule from the date of such promotion or appointment or to have the pay fixed under this rule from the date of such promotion or appointment or to have the pay fixed initially at the stage of  the time -scale of the new post above  the pay in  the lower grade or post from which he is promoted on regular basis, which may be re-fixed in accordance with this rule on the date of accrual of next increment in the scale of pay of the lower grade or post. In cases where an adhoc promotion is followed by regular appointment without break, the option is admissible as from the date of initial appointment/promotion, to be exercised within one month from the date of such regular appointment.

 

(c) Under Rule 1313 [FR22-I(a)(2)] R.II ( Sixth Edition-1987)/Second Reprint Edition 2005, also there is a provision that on appointment on regular basis to such new post, other than to an ex-cadre post on deputation, the Railway servant shall have the option, to be exercised within one month from the date of such appointment, for fixation of pay in the new post with effect from the date of appointment to the new post or  with effect from the date of increment in the old post.

 

3.         It is reiterated that in order to enable the officials to exercise the option within the time limit prescribed, the option clause should invariably be incorporated in the promotion/appointment order so that there are no cases of delay in exercising the options due to administrative lapse.

 

4.         Whenever any instances of non-incorporation of the option clause in the promotion/appointment order are noticed, responsibility must be fixed and the concerned official(s) taken up under D&A Rules.

 

5.         It is, therefore, requested that these instructions may please be brought to the notice of all concerned for guidance and strict compliance.

 

6.         This issues with the concurrence of the Finance Directorate of the Ministry of Railways.

RBE No.140/2007

  Bd’s letter No. E(W)2007/FU-1/8 dated 31.10.2007 (RBE No.140 /2007)

 

Sub: Grant of Scholarship from Staff Benefit Fund for Technical education.

            In terms of para 3.2 of Board’s letter No.E(W)93 FU 1-3 dated 4.8.93, the monthly ceiling on grant of scholarships from Staff Benefit Fund for prosecuting degree courses in engineering and medicine, etc. has been fixed at Rs.100/-. The matter has been further examined and it has been decided to enhance the existing ceiling limit to Rs.200/- P.M.

 

2.         Accordingly, sanction of the Ministry of Railways is communicated to the revision in the ceiling of amount of technical scholarship under SBF from Rs.100/- to Rs.200/- per month subject to other conditions as per extant guidelines.

 

3.         This issues with the concurrence of the Finance Directorate of the Ministry of Railways.

 

RBE No.144/2007                                                                                     

  Bd’s letter No. E(NG)I-2006/PM1/32 dated 7.11.2007 (RBE No.144 /2007)

 

Sub: Procedure for conducting selections for promotion to the posts classified as ‘Selection – Qualifying Marks in Written Tests.

            In terms of extant procedure contained in note(ii) below para 219(g) of IREM Vol.I,1989 Edition,  a candidate has to secure a minimum of 60% marks in the professional ability and 60% marks in aggregate for being empanelled for promotion within Group ‘C’. The professional ability consists of written test in most of the cases OR written test plus viva-voce in a few cases and viva-voce alone in a few others. A candidate has to secure 60% marks in the written test for being called for viva-voce or for his service record etc. being assessed.

 

2.         The Staff Side in the forum of DC-JCM have pointed out that on certain Railways securing 60% marks is insisted on separately in respect of each part of a question paper set for the written examination. It has been requested that Zonal Railways may be directed not to insist on securing 60% marks separately in each part of a question paper set for written examination as part of selections for promotions within group ‘C’.

 

3.         The information regarding the practices being followed by Zonal Railways & Production Units reveals that there is no uniformity in this regard. As a result while some Railways are insisting on securing of 60% marks separately in each part or paper of written examination while others are insisting on securing of 60% marks in aggregate irrespective of number of  parts/papers written examination consists of. The matter has been considered carefully by this Ministry. It has been decided that in the written examination candidates should be required to secure 60% marks in each paper, if the written examination consists of more than one paper and not in each part  of the question paper if the question papers consists of parts.

 

 

RBE No.130/2007

  Board’s letter No. PC-V/97/1/9/6 dated 15.10.07 (RBE No.130/2007)

 

Sub:    Grant of Dearness Relief to Railway Pensioners/Family Pensioner – revised rates effective from 01.07.2007.

 

A copy of Office Memorandum No.42/2/2007-P&PW(G) dated 18.09.2007 of Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions (Department of Pension and Pensioners’ Welfare) on the above subject is sent herewith for your information and necessary action.  As stated in para 2 thereof, these orders will apply to Railway pensioners also.

 

  1. In pursuance of the enhanced rates of ex-gratia to the surviving SRPF(C ) retirees issued vide Board’s letter No.F(E) III/98/PNI/Ex. Gr./3 dated 15.11.2006, para 4 of the DOP&PW’s O.M. enclosed herewith may be read as under:

 

The surviving Group ‘A’, ‘B’, ‘C’ and ‘D’ SRPF (Contributory) beneficiaries who had retired from service during the period from 1.4.1957 to 31.12.1985 and have been sanctioned enhanced slab-wise ex-gratia @ Rs.3000/-, Rs.1000/-, Rs.750/- and Rs.650/- per month respectively w.e.f. 1.11.2006, in lieu of uniform rate of Rs.600/- pm are entitled to Dearness Relief @ 41% with effect from 01.07.2007.

 

  1. A concordance of various instructions and orders referred to in the enclosed office memorandum with reference to corresponding Railway instruction is indicated below:-
Sl.No. Para No. No. & Date of Deptt. of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare’s O.M. No. & Date of corresponding orders issued by Railway Board
1. 1 42/2/2006-P&PW(G) dtd. 29.03.2007 PC-V/97/I/9/6 dtd.19.04.2007 (RBE No.64/2007, S.No.PC-V/486)
2. 2 23/1/97-P&PW(B) dt.23.2.98 N.A.
3. 3 4/59/97-P&PW(D) dt.14.7.98

4/29/99-P&PW(D) dt.12.7.2000

F(E)III/96/PN1/9 dt.18.8.98

F(E)III/96/PN1/9 dt.2.8.2000 RBE No.138/2K

4. 4 & 5 45/52/97-P&PW(E) dt.16.12.97 (i)     F(E)III/97/PN1/Ex.gratia/3 dt.31.12.97 (RBE No.194/97, S.No.PC-V/28)

(ii)   F(E)III/97/PN1/Ex-gratia/5 dt.27.1.98 (RBE No.19/98, S.No.PC-V/38)

5. 7 45/73/97-P&PW(G) dt.2.7.99 F(E)III/99/PN1/21 dt.5.8.99

 

4.      This issues with the concurrence of the Finance Directorate of the Ministry of Railways.

 

Copy of O.M.No.42/2/2007 – P&PW(G) Pt. dt.18.9.07 issued by the Ministry of Personnel, P.G. and Pensions, Department of Pension and Pensioners’ Welfare

 

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Grant of dearness relief to Central Government pensioners/family pensioners – Revised rate effective from 01.07.2007.

 

The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department’s OM No.42/2/2007-P&PW(G) dated 29.03.2007 sanctioning the instalment of Dearness Relief (DR) admissible from 01.01.2007 and to say that the President is pleased to decide that DR shall be paid to the Central Government Pensioners/Family Pensioners to compensate them for the rise in cost of living at the rate of 41% w.e.f. 01.07.2007 in supersession of the rate mentioned in the OM dated 29.03.2007 referred to above.

 

  1. These orders apply to (i) All Civilian Central Government Pensioners/Family Pensioners (ii) The Armed Forces Pensioners, Civilian Pensioners paid out of the Defence Services Estimates, (iii) All India Service pensioners (iv)Railway Pensioners and (v) The Burma Civilian pensioners/family pensioners and pensioners/families of displaced Government pensioners from Pakistan, who are Indian Nationals but receiving pension on behalf of Government of Pakistan, who are in receipt of adhoc ex-gratia allowance of Rs.1275/- pm in terms of this Department’s OM No.23/1/97-P&PW(B) dated 23.02.1998.

 

  1. Central Government Employees who had drawn lumpsum amount on absorption in a PSU/Autonomous body and have become eligible to restoration of 1/3rd commuted portion of pension as well as revision of the restored amount in terms of this department’s OM No.4/59/97-P&PW(D) dated 14.07.1998 will also be entitled to the payment of DR @ 41% w.e.f. 01.07.2007 on full pension i.e., the revised pension which the absorbed employee would have received on the date of restoration had he not drawn lumpsum payment on absorption and Dearness Pension subject to fulfillment of the conditions laid down in para 5 of the O.M. dated 14.07.98.  In this connection, instructions contained in this Dept.’s O.M.No.4/29/99-P&PW(D) dated 12.07.2000 refers.

 

4.          The surviving CPF beneficiaries who had retired from service between the      period 18.11.1960 to 31.12.1985 and are in receipt of Ex-gratia @ Rs.600/- p.m. with effect from 01.11.1997 under this Department’ O.M.No.45/52/97-P&PW(E) dated 16.12.1997 are entitled to Dearness Relief @ 41%  w.e.f. 01.07.2007.

 

5.         The following categories of CPF beneficiaries who are in receipt of Ex-gratia payment in terms of this department’s OM No.45/52/97-P&PW(E) dated 16.12.1997 will be paid @ 33% w.e.f. 01.07.2007.

 

(i)                  The widows and dependent children of the deceased CPF beneficiary who had retired from service prior to  01.01.1986 or who had died while in service prior to 01.01.1986 and are in receipt of Ex-gratia payment of Rs.605/- p.m.

(ii)                Central Government Employees who had retired on CPF benefits before 8.11.1960 and are in receipt of Ex-gratia payment of Rs.654/-, Rs.659/-, Rs.703/- and Rs.965/-.

 

6.         Payment of DR involving a fraction of a rupee shall be rounded off to the  next higher rupee.

 

  1. Other provisions governing grant of DR in respect of employed family pensioners and re-employed Central Government Pensioners will be regulated in accordance with the provisions contained in this Department’s O.M.No.45/73/97-P&PW(G) dated 02.07.1999.  The provisions relating to regulation of DR where pensioner is in receipt of more than one pension will remain unchanged.

 

  1. In the case of retired Supreme Court and High Court Judges necessary orders will be issued by the Department of Justice separately.

 

  1. It will be the responsibility of the pension disbursing authority, including the nationalized banks, etc. to calculate the quantum of DR payable in each individual case.

 

  1. The offices of Accountant General and Authorised Public Sector Banks are requested to arrange payment of relief to pensioner etc. on the basis of above instructions without waiting for any further instructions from the Comptroller and Auditor General of India and the Reserve Bank of India in view of letter No.528-TA, II/34-80-II dated 23/04/1981 of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India addressed to all Accountant Generals and Reserve Bank of India Circular No.GANB No.2958/GA-64 (ii) (CGL)/81 dated the 21st May, 1981 addressed to State Bank of India and its subsidiaries and all Nationalised Banks.

 

  1. In their application to the pensioners/family pensioners belonging to Indian Audit and Accounts Department these orders issue in consultation with the C&AG.

 

  1. This issues with the concurrence of Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure vide their U.O. No.507/EV/2007 dated 17.9.2007.

 

 

RBE No. 141/2007

  Board’s letter No. E[W]2007/UN 1/13  dated 31-10-2007 [RBE No. 141/2007]

 

CORRIGENDUM

[Uniform Circular No. 4 of 2007]

 

Sub: Dress Regulations-2004- Supply of cloth and payment of stitching charges. 

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            Instructions were issued vide Board’s letter No. E[W]2001/UN 1/3  dated             08-12-2006, communicating revised rates of stitching charges for uniforms to railway employees based on DOP&T’s instructions in the matter.

 

2.         It has been pointed out that while provision of “coat” has been made as summer uniform for certain categories of employees in the Dress Regulations, 2004, Board’s ibid letter dated 08-12-2006 does not provide for stitching charges in this regard.

 

3.         The matter has been examined and it is advised that the following may be added as Item No.8 in para-2, under the heading “summer”.

 

[8] Coat               Stitching charges Rs.400/-

 

4.         This issues with the concurrence of Finance Directorate of the Ministry of Railways.

 

 

RBE No. 139/2007

  Board’s letter No. E[W]95/UN 1/19 Pt.  dated 31-10-2007 [RBE No. 139/2007]

CORRIGENDUM

Sub: Issue of uniform and other accessories to Gangmen [Trackmen], Keymen, Mates and Patrolmen – specification for Raincoat.

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            Reference Board’s letter of even number dated 27-12-2005 on the above mentioned subject.  It has been brought out to Board’s  notice that BIS standard for ‘Raincoat’  should be “IS:5915-1970” instead of “IS:59159-70” as prescribed in the Board’s ibid letter.

 

2.         The matter has been examined and it is advised that BIS standard to which the Raincoat – rubberized water proof coat with full sleeves with cap/hood as provided for in S.No. 6 of the Board’s ibid letter dated 27-12-2005 should conform to, may be read as “IS :5915-1970” instead of  “IS:59159-70”.

 

3.         This issues in consultation with the Finance Directorate of the Ministry of Railways.

 

Bd’s letter No. E[G]2006 QR 1-14 dated 12-11-2007

 

Sub: Retention of Railway accommodation on educational grounds – definition of “end of academic / scholastic session”

            Attention is invited to para 8 of Railway Board’s letter No. E[G]2006 QR1-14[C] dated 20-11-2006 in which the term “ end of academic / scholastic session” has been defined.  It has been represented to Board that since the provision forms a part of letter which contains mostly provisions related to retention of Railway accommodation in favour of deputationists  to PSUs, it may be misconstrued to be applicable only in the case of deputationists to PSUs and Central Ministries.  It has, therefore, been suggested that clear instructions may be issued so that there is no room for any ambiguity.

 

The matter has been examined and is clarified that the phrase ‘end of academic / scholastic session’ as contained in para 8 of letter of even number dated 20-11-2006, applied to the cases of permanent transfer also.  With a view of clearing any doubt, the said provision is reiterated below:

 

“Retention of Railway accommodation in the event of permanent transfer is permitted on educational grounds to cover the current academic session.  The academic/scholastic session has been defined as the academic course ending with annual examination.  This aspect has been reviewed and in partial modification of instructions contained in letter No. E[G]85 QR 1-9 dated 15-01-1990, it has been decided that for the purpose of retention of Railway accommodation, the end of academic/scholastic session shall mean ‘last paper of annual examination plus fifteen days time.”

 

This issues with the concurrence of Finance Directorate of the Ministry of Railways.

 

 

RBE No. 143/2007

  Board’s letter No. F[E]II/2003/FOP/1 Misc dated 01-11-2007 [RBE No. 143/2007]

 

  Sub: Fixation of pay on transfer to a lower post at own request.

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Reference is invited to Board’s circular of even number dated 17-4-2007 on the above subject enclosing Department of Personnel & Training’s Office Memorandum No. 16/6/2001-Estt. (Pay) I dated 14-2-2006.  DOP&T, vide their Office Memorandum dated 4-1-2007, issued further clarification deleting para 5 of their Office Memorandum dated 14-2-2006, a copy of which is forwarded for information and guidance.

Copy of Department of Personnel & Training’s Office Memorandum No. 16/6/2001-Estt. Pay I dated 4-1-2007

 

Sub: Fixation of pay  in case of employees who seek transfer to a lower post under FR 15[a] – clarification regarding.           

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            In partial modification of this Department’s O.M. of even number dated             14-2-2006 on the subject above it has been decided that para 5 of the said O.M. which inter-alia lays down that “These orders take effect from the date this O.M. is issued.  Past cases already decided need not be re-opened” shall stand deleted.

 

 

RBE No. 148/2007   

Bd’s letter No. E[W]2007 UN1/14 dated 16-11-2007  (RBE No. 148/2007 )

CORRIGENDUM

 

 Sub: Dress Regulations – 2004- Clarification regarding item No. 31 of Annexure IV – Uniform for Hospital staff.

            “Khaki” colour uniform for various categories of employees / hospital staff has inadvertently been provided for  under item No. 31 of Annexure-IV to Dress Regulations-2004 whereas the Uniforms Committee, 1997 had prescribed “White”  colour uniform for these categories.

 

2.         The matter has been examined and it is advised that the colour of uniform for the categories of employees mentioned under item No. 31 [Column 4 & 6 ] to the Dress Regulations, 2004 may be read as “ White”  instead of “Khaki”.

 

3.         This issues in consultation with the Health Directorate of the Ministry of Railways.

 

RBE No.152/2007

  Bd’s letter No. F[E]III/2003/PF1/1 dated 21-11-2007  (RBE No.152 /2007)

 

Sub: State Railway Provident Fund / New Pension System [Defined Contribution Pension Scheme] – Rate of interest during the year 2007-2008.

            The accumulations at the credit of the subscribers to State Railway Provident Fund and New Pension System [Defined Contribution Pension Scheme] for the financial year beginning on 01-04-2007 shall carry interest at the rate of 8% [Eight per cent] per annum.

 

2.         In this connection, a copy of Resolution No. F. 5[1]-B[PD]/2007 dated 17th October, 2007 received from Ministry of Finance [Department of Economic Affairs] is also enclosed for information and guidance.

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Copy of Ministry of Finance  (Department of Economic Affairs)  New Delhi’s, Resolution No.F.5(1)B-(PD)/2007 dated 17th October, 2007  (Published in Part I Section 1 of  Gazette of India).

 

R E S O L U T I O N

It is announced for general information that during the year 2007-2008, accumulations at the credit of subscribers to the General Provident Fund and other similar funds shall continue to  carry interest at the rate of 8% (Eight  per cent) per annum.  This rate will be in force during the financial year beginning on 01.04.2007.  The funds concerned are:

 

  1. The General Provident Fund (Central Services)
  2. The Contributory Provident Fund (India).
  3. The All India Services Provident Fund.
  4. The State Railway Provident Fund.
  5. The General Provident Fund (Defence Services).
  6. The Indian Ordnance Department Provident Fund.
  7. The Indian Ordinance Factories Workmen’s Provident Fund.
  8. The Indian Naval Dockyard Workmen’s Provident Fund.
  9. The Defence Services Officers Provident Fund.
  10. The Armed Forces Personnel Provident Fund.
  11. New Pension System [Defined Contribution Pension Scheme].

 

  1. Ordered that the resolution be published in Gazette of India.

 

RBE No.145/2007

  Bd’s letter No. E(W)97 PS 5-1/71  dated 12-11-2007    (RBE No.145 /2007)

 

Sub: Grant of Privilege Passes/PTOs to dependent relatives –

                                 Raising the income ceiling.

 

Reference is invited to Board’s letter of even number dated 15-05-2007 on the above mentioned subject, whereby the income ceiling for dependency was revised w.e.f. 01.01.2007 as Rs. 3038/- p.m. i.e. Rs.1500/- (pension/family pension) plus Rs.750/- [DP] + 35% of Rs.2250 [1500+750]  or 15% of the pay of Railway servant, whichever is more.

 

2          Consequent upon increase in Dearness Relief to pensioners/family pensioners, w.e.f. 1.7.2007 in terms of Board’s Circular No.PC-V/97/I/9/6 dated 15.10.2007 a dependent relative in relation to a Railway servant as described in Railway Servants (Pass) Rules, 1986 shall be deemed to be wholly dependent on the Railway servant only if his/her income w.e.f. 1.7.2007 including pension, dearness pay and dearness relief in terms of Board’s letter No.PC-V/97/I/9/6 dated 15.10.2007 does not exceed Rs.3173/- i.e. Rs.1500/- (pension/family pension)+ Rs.750 (DP) + 41% of Rs.2250 (1500+750) or 15% of the pay of Railway servant, whichever is more.

 

RBE No.149 /2007

  Bd’s letter No. E [Sports] 2007/Policy/4 [Clarifications] dated 16-11-2007 (RBE No.149 /2007)

 

Sub: Period for acquiring minimum educational qualification by a sportsperson on recruitment through Talent Scouting Quota and on out-of-turn promotion within Group-C or on promotion from Group-D to Group-C, on sports account.

 

Ref: Board’s policy letter No. E[Sports]/2007/Policy/3 dt. 30-03-2007 [RBE No. 48/2007]

            Please refer to Para 6.3, 9.6[a] and 9.6[b] of Board’s policy letter mentioned above.  Railway Board have decided to increase the period of relaxation for acquiring the minimum educational qualification from 3 years to 4 years in the case of recruitment of outstanding sportspersons through Talent Scouting Quota and in case of out-of-turn promotion to Indian Railways sportspersons within Group-C or promotion from Group-D to Group-C, on sports account.  Therefore, these Paras will now be read as under:

 

Para No.

Existing Para

Read As

6.3 In case of recruitment through Talent Scouting, if a sportsperson having outstanding sports achievement, but does not possess the minimum educational qualification, he/she may be appointed after the approval of the Railway Board for relaxation in acquiring the minimum educational qualification, subject to acquiring the same within a period of three years from the date of such appointment In case of recruitment through Talent Scouting, if a sportsperson having outstanding sports achievement, but does not possess the minimum educational qualification, he/she may be appointed after the approval of the Railway Board for relaxation in acquiring the minimum educational qualification, subject to acquiring the same within a period of four years from the date of such appointment.
9.6[a] If a sportsperson acquires the sports norms for out-of-turn promotion within Group-C or promotion from Group-D to Group-C, but does not possess the minimum educational qualification, the Railway Administration may recommend such promotion cases to Railway Board, for relaxation in the minimum educational qualification.  Depending upon the merit, such cases shall be considered by the Railway Board, with the proviso that sportsperson has to acquire the required minimum educational qualification, within a period of three years, from the date of such promotion.

In Artisan Category,  for promotion from Group-D to Group-C on sports account, if a sportsperson acquires the sports norms but does not possess the minimum educational qualification, he/she may be promoted on provisional basis and allotted a trade and given on job practical training for a period of two years, on the expiry of which sportsperson shall be subjected to trade test.  Subject  to their passing the trade test, the provisional promotion of such sportsperson shall be regularized.

If a sportsperson acquires the sports norms for out-of-turn promotion within Group-C or for promotion from Group-D to Group-C, but does not possess the minimum educational qualification, the Railway Administration may recommend such promotion cases to Railway Board, for relaxation in the minimum educational qualification.  Depending upon the merit, such cases shall be considered by the Railway Board, with the proviso that sportsperson has to acquire the required minimum educational qualification, within a period of four years, from the date of such promotion.

 

In Artisan Category,  for promotion from Group-D to Group-C on sports account, if a sportsperson acquires the sports norms but does not possess the minimum educational qualification, he/she may be promoted on provisional basis and allotted a trade and given on job practical training for a period of two years, on the expiry of which sportsperson shall be subjected to trade test.  Subject  to their passing the trade test, the provisional promotion of such sportsperson shall be regularized.

 

9.6[b] If  the sportsperson promoted in accordance with Note[a] above, is not able to acquire the minimum educational qualification or unable to pass the Trade Test within three years, as the case may be,  he/she would be reverted to the original grade.

However, in exceptional cases, where after such promotion, sportsperson continues to excel in the National Championships and/or participates in the International Championships mentioned under Para 3, case may be  referred to Board, after GM’s recommendation for extension in the time limit for acquiring the minimum educational qualification or for passing the Trade Test.

If  the sportsperson promoted in accordance with Note[a] above, is not able to acquire the minimum educational qualification or unable to pass the Trade Test within four years, as the case may be,  he/she would be reverted to the original grade.

 

However, in exceptional cases, where after such promotion, sportsperson continues to excel in the National Championships and/or participates in the International Championships mentioned under Para 3, case may be  referred to Board, after GM’s recommendation for extension in the time limit for acquiring the minimum educational qualification or for passing the Trade Test.

 

The above changes will take effect from the date of issue of this letter.

RBE No.150/2007

  Bd’s letter No. E[W]2007/FU-1/1 dated 19-11-2007  (RBE No.150 /2007)

 

Sub: Staff Benefit Fund – Modalities regarding utilization of Rs.3/- per capita towards “ Immediate relief in times of crisis arising out of natural calamities.”

            Instructions were issued vide Board’s letter of even number dated 18-4-2007 [RBE No. 63/2007] regarding enhancement in annual contribution to Staff Benefit Fund from Rs.30/- to Rs.35/- per capita.  It was also advised that the increase of Rs.5/- per capita per annum would be utilized as [a] Rs.3/- per capita to give immediate relief in times of crisis arising out of natural calamities, and [b] Rs.2/- per capita for providing vocational training for developing occupational skills of physically /mentally challenged wards especially girls of railway employees; and that modalities in regard to utilization of Rs.3/- per capita would be intimated in due course.

 

  1. The Ministry of Railways have further considered the matter regarding utilization of Rs.3/- per capita meant for immediate relief in times of crisis arising out of natural calamities and have decided to constitute the “SBF Calamity Relief Fund” for this purpose.  The guidelines regarding management of and procedure for grant of relief from the Fund have been laid down in the enclosed Annexure.

 

3.         This issues with the concurrence of the Finance Directorate of the Ministry of Railways.

 

[Annexure to Bd’s letter No. E[W]2007/FU-1/1 dated 19-11-2007  RBE No.150 /2007]

 

The Fund shall be called “ SBF Calamity Relief Fund” and shall be constituted at Board’s level for providing immediate relief to railway servants in times of crisis arising out of natural calamities.  The Fund shall be operated under SBF and will receive allocation @ Rs.3/- per capita p.a. with the objective of affording immediate relief to railway servants in times of crisis arising out of natural calamities.

 

Operation of the Fund

 

  1. The day-to-day management of the Fund shall be administered by a Committee comprising of Adv.[IR], EDF[E] and EDCE[G] assisted by JDE[W] as Secretary.  The Committee shall be empowered to sanction relief upto Rs.10 lakh to a Zonal Railway.

 

Relief in excess of Rs.10 lakh and upto Rs.20 lakh will be sanctioned by Board [MS] upon recommendations by the Committee.

 

1.1       In case of amount of relief being more than Rs.20 lakh, the case shall be put up to MR for sanction.

 

2.         At Zonal Railway level, the GM shall take decisions with regard to utilization of the relief sanctioned by Board, depending upon the prevailing circumstances.

 

3.         The proposals from Zonal Railways for grant of relief shall be sent to Board with GM’s approval.

 

4.         Relief from this Fund shall not bar assistance from the Railway Minister’s Welfare & Relief Fund.

 

5.         Only serving railway employees and their dependents shall be considered for relief from the Fund.  The Railway Administrations shall ensure immediate relief to the affected railway servants or his /her dependents.

 

6.         The Railway Administrations shall ensure  submission of utilization report /details to Board within one month.

 

7.         The accountal of expenditure and disbursement based on recommendations of the Committee will be maintained by PAO /Railway Board.

 

8.         The term ‘natural calamity’ for granting relief under these provisions shall be defined as any disaster /calamity caused due to natural phenomena like flood, earthquake, tsunami, drought, cyclone etc. involving severe damage to life and / or property and the same is declared by concerned State Government of the affected area ‘as natural calamity’ or the Ministry of Railways, based on the recommendations of the concerned General Manager, consider it serious enough to treat it as ‘natural calamity’.  The powers to decide whether the same  should be treated as ‘natural calamity’ or not  [in case the State Government has not considered it as natural calamity] will lie with the authority competent to grant proposed relief as defined under para-1.

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RBE No.154/2007

  Bd’s letter No. E[NG]I-2007/PM1/10 dated 26-11-2007 (RBE No.154 /2007)

 

Sub: Selection for promotion to the posts classified as ‘Selection’-Determination of eligibility for calling the candidates in viva-voce test.

            In terms of Note[ii] below Para 219[g] of IREM Vol. I, 1989  based on instructions contained in this Ministry’s letter No. E[NG]I-83/PM1/ 65[PNM/NFIR] dt. 05-12-1984, in cases of selection for promotion to the  posts classified as ‘Selection’ where  viva-voce has to be conducted besides written test as part of selection process, 60% of the total marks prescribed for written examination and for seniority will also be the basis for calling candidates for viva-voce test instead of 60% of the marks for the written examination only; marks for seniority being awarded on notional basis.

 

2.         The above provision has been struck down by various Tribunals and High Courts in their judgements in various OAs and Writ Petitions, namely, OA Nos. 867/89, 64/90, 154/95 before CAT/Jabalpur, 1185/96 and 217/2004 before CAT/Mumbai and Writ Petition No. 2607/2001 before High Court/Mumbai, declaring it discriminatory and arbitrary.  The two Special Leave Petitions filed before Hon’ble Supreme Court against CAT/Jabalpur’s directions in OA Nos. 867/89 & 64/90 and 154/95 have also been dismissed.  CAT/Mumbai in their orders dt. 21-10-2004 in OA No. 217/2004 have specifically asked the authorities concerned to issue necessary instructions pursuant to judgements referred to above.  Accordingly the matter has been carefully considered by the Board and it has been decided that the instructions contained in this Ministry’s letter dated 05-12-1984 may be withdrawn.

 

3.         These instructions will be applicable in respect of selections notified on and after the date of issue of this letter. ( SCR/SC No.165/2007)

4.         Accordingly the Indian Railway Establishment Manual, Volume I, 1989 is also amended as per ACS No. 196 enclosed.

 

Indian Railway Establishment Manual, Volume I, 1989

Advance Correction Slip No. 196

Chapter II, Section ‘B’ –Rules governing the promotion of Group ‘C’ staff.

 

“ In the Note [ii] below Para 219[g] delete the last two sentences starting from word “Provided” and ending at word “ aggregate”.”

[Authority: Board’s letter No. E[NG]I-2007/PM1/10 dated 26-11-2007]

 

 

RBE No. 153/2007                                                                                     

  Bd’s letter No. E[NG]I-2005/PM7/6 dated 26-11-2007   (RBE No. 153/2007)

 

Sub: Filling up the posts of Diesel & Elec. Assistants in the pay scale of Rs. 3050-4590 earmarked for lateral induction from maintenance staff of Diesel & Electric Loco Sheds.

            In terms of extant procedure 50% of the posts of Diesel /Elec. Assistants [since redesignated as Asst. Loco Pilots /Diesel / Elec] in the pay scale of Rs. 3050-4590 are filled by lateral induction by selection from amongst Skilled Grade-III maintenance staff in Diesel/Elec. Loco Sheds with three years’ service as skilled Gr.III and possessing qualification of Course Completed Act Apprenticeship in Electrical / Mechanical/ Electronics Engg.  Trades OR Matriculates with ITI as an additional preferable qualification in these trades with upper age limit not exceeding 35 years [ 40 years in the case of SC/ST employees]; shortfall being made good from amongst Skilled Grade III staff with less than three years’ service but with a total service of six years and Diesel / Elec. Loco Group ‘D’ staff  with six years’ service fulfilling the conditions of qualifications and age.

 

2.         AIRF in the PNM at Board’s level have demanded that either the upper age limit should be enhanced or the service condition of six years reduced to three years so that those recruited at higher age within the upper age limit are able to avail the opportunity of appearing in the selection for promotion as Diesel / Elec. Asstts.  The matter was discussed by the Federation with the Board in a Meeting held on 05-09-2007 in which the Board agreed to reduce the service condition of six years to three years as eligibility condition for appearing in the selection for induction / promotion as Asstt. Loco Pilots [Diesel / Elec.].  Accordingly, the revised eligibility conditions for filling up 50% quota shall stand modified as under:

 

“50% posts of Asstt. Loco Pilot  [Diesel / Elec.] will be filled from amongst  volunteering  Diesel / Elec. Loco Technicians [Fitters] of Diesel / Elec. Loco Sheds who have completed 3 years of service as Technicians [Fitters] III; are Course Completed Act Apprentices in the Electrical / Mechanical / Electronic Engineering Trades OR Matriculates with ITI as an additional preferable qualification in these trades and are not above 35 years of age  [ 40 years in the case of SC/ST employees]; shortfall   being

made good from amongst Technicians Grade III staff with less than three

years’ service but with a total service of three years, and Diesel /Elect. Loco Group ‘D’ staff with three years’ service, fulfilling the conditions of qualifications and age.”

 

2.1              All other conditions remain unaltered.

 

  1. Some other issues were debated too and following was decided.

 

3.1       There are even more serious situations of lack of promotional avenues in other cadres .  These shall be taken up separately.

 

3.2       There are dire needs for much higher levels of direct recruitment in artisans and supervisors category [Section Engineer] to meet the essential requirement to man infrastructure departments at the working level.  These shall be taken up separately.

 

 

Bd’s letter No. 2007-B-306 dated 22-11-2007

 

Sub: Rate of interest to be charged on advance for purchase of conveyances during 2007-08.

            A copy of Ministry of Finance, Department of Economic Affairs’ OM F.No.5[2]-B[PD]/2007 dated 17th October, 2007 regarding rate of interest to be charged on advances sanctioned during the year 2007-2008, for purchase of conveyances is enclosed.

 

2.         The instructions contained therein will apply mutatis-mutandis to Railway employees.

 

Copy of Ministry of Finance, Dept. of Economic Affairs’ OM F.No. 5(2)-B[PD]/2007 dated 17th October, 2007

 

Sub: Advances to Government servants – Rate of interest for purchase of conveyances during 2007-2008.

 

The undersigned is directed to state that the rates of interest for advances sanctioned to the Government servants for purchase of conveyances during 2007-2008 i.e. from 1st April, 2007 to 31st March, 2008  will continue to be at the same level as for 2006-2007, as under:-

Rate of interest Per annum

(i)         Advance for purchase of Bicycle                                                        5.5%

(ii)                Advance for purchase of conveyance other than

Motor car (viz. motor cycle, scooter etc.)                                            8%

(iii)       Advance for purchase of motor car                                                  11.5%

 

 

RBE No.155/2007                                                                                                             

  Bd’s letter No. E[D&A]2003/RG6-25 dated 27-11-2007   (RBE No.155 /2007)

 

Sub: Review of an order by the same authority which had passed original order in the case and  conduct of such review during the pendency of the case before a court of law.

            A case has come to the notice of this Ministry where the disciplinary proceedings had been instituted  against a Railway servant on the charge of unauthorized absence from duty.  On consideration of the case, the disciplinary authority imposed a penalty which was upheld in appeal.  An O.A. [ No. 14/2001] was filed by the railway servant concerned before CAT, Jabalpur.  It was then noticed that while the charge sheet was issued for unauthorized absence, the penalty has been imposed on the charge of leaving Headquarters without permission.  Since penalty was imposed on a charge other than that mentioned in the chargesheet, the disciplinary authority passed fresh orders in the case bringing out the correct charge.  The penalty imposed vide fresh orders was later modified by the appellate authority.

 

2.         The Hon’ble Tribunal vide orders dated 6-5-2003 allowed the O.A. and set aside the orders passed in the disciplinary case of the applicant with consequential benefits to him.  The Hon’ble Tribunal inter alia held that:

 

i]    There is no evidence that the applicant was unauthorisedly absent because leave for 2 days was sanctioned to him by the Station Master and further period was covered by medical certificates issued by railway medical officer;

ii]    The penalty was imposed on the basis of charges foreign to the charge sheet;

iii]   The Disciplinary authority was not competent to review its own orders and as such the subsequent orders of the disciplinary authority are without jurisdiction;

iv]   Revised order was passed during pendency of the O.A. and  was thus not valid.

 

3.         In this case, the Railway servant  concerned had been sanctioned leave for two days only but he remained  absent for about 3-1/2 months without intimation.  At the time of joining, he produced medical certificate from railway doctor.  Still the fact remains that he had not given any intimation about his illness and thus remained unauthorisedly absent.  The findings of CAT to the extent that it was a case of no evidence thus were not correct.  The disciplinary authority passed a cryptic order and to compound the matter also cited in the penalty order the allegations which were different from the charges. He should have been careful and should have put the case records in proper perspective while passing orders.  The appellate authority’s orders in the case were also vague in nature.  This apparently led the Hon’ble  Tribunal to conclude  that it was a case of no evidence which could have easily been avoided by passing a reasoned and speaking order. Utmost care should therefore be exercised while passing final orders in the disciplinary cases.  These orders should also be self explained,  reasoned and speaking as  has already been emphasized on a number of occasions in the past.  In any case, printed proforma should not be used by the Disciplinary /Appellate / Revisionary Authorities while passing final orders in the disciplinary case.

 

4.         The observation made by CAT, Jabalpur in their orders dated 6-5-2003 in O.A. 14/2001 about passing of order when the matter is sub-judice has been considered taking into account the legal advice in the matter.  It is clarified that once an order has been challenged before a court of law it should not be interfered with during the pendency of the case.   The impugned order[s] has to be taken as it is  and nothing can be reduced or added to it.   In such situation, any proposed fresh order should be passed only with  the leave of the court.

 

5.         As regards review of orders, it is clarified that an order, if found to be containing some patent error, can be reviewed by the same authority who had passed the original order.  Some of the circumstances in which the orders can be reviewed and fresh orders passed are given below:

 

i]       where the original order was not in conformity with the provisions of Rule 6 of RS[D&A] Rules, 1968 e.g. the penalty of withholding of increments was imposed on a Railway servant who was at the maximum of the scale and could not draw any further increments; or the penalty of withholding of promotion or reduction to a lower stage in the time scale of pay was imposed on permanent basis whereas as per rules these penalties can be imposed for a specified period only.  In such cases an effective penalty may be imposed by means of a fresh order by the same authority who had originally passed those orders in the disciplinary case;

 

ii]       where the authority who passed the order was not competent to impose the penalty.  In such case the punishing authority will withdraw its orders and refer the papers to the authority which is competent to impose the proposed penalty;

 

iii]      where there is a patent error in the original order e.g. date or reference number or a name /designation etc. was shown incorrectly in the order.  Fresh orders may be passed by the same authority to correct these inaccuracies in the original order.

 

It may please be noted that even in the circumstances cited above, an order which has been challenged before a court of law can be reviewed only with the permission of the court.

 

6.         This should be given wide publicity.

 

RBE No. 157/2007                                                                                    

  Bd’s letter No. F[E]III/2007/LE-1/1  dated 06-12-2007  (RBE No. 157/2007)

 

Sub: Grant of Study Leave to Officers of Railway Medical Service for prosecuting Post Graduation Course.

            As per Rule 2[b] of Study Leave Rules, as contained in Appendix-V of Indian Railway Establishment Code,  Vol. I [Fifth Edition 1985 ] [Second Reprint Edition – 2003] a Railway servant can be granted a maximum of 24 months of study leave in all, during his entire service [inclusive of similar kind of leave for study or training granted under any other rules].

 

2.         The question of increasing  the limit of 24 months in respect of Railway Medical Service Officers for prosecuting  post graduation courses, to 36 months, on  par with the decision taken by the Government in the Department of Personnel and Training in consultation with the Ministry of Finance, especially because post graduation courses in health sciences is of a three year duration which has to be done on campus with clinical work involved, has been considered by the Board and it has been decided to increase the limit of study leave from 24 months to 36 months in respect of Railway Medical Service Officers for prosecuting post graduation courses with the stipulation that they would have to execute a bond to serve for five years  in the Railways after completing their post graduation, provided the study as well as the University/Institutions are approved by the controlling authority and subject to fulfillment of all other conditions regarding grant of study leave issued from time to time.

 

3.         These orders will be effective from the date of issue of this letter.

 

4.         Accordingly, in exercise of the powers conferred by the proviso to Article 309 of the Constitution, the President is pleased to direct that Rule 2 of Study Leave Rules contained in Appendix V of the Indian Railway Establishment Code Vol.I, 1985 Edition [Second Reprint Edition 2003] may be modified as per Advance Correction Slip No. 105 enclosed.

 

Indian Railway Establishment Code Vol.I, 1985 Edition [Second Reprint Edition 2003]

Appendix V -Study Leave Rules

Advance Correction Slip No. 105

Rule 2

 

Replace Rule 2 by the following:

 

“2.       Maximum amount of study leave:- [1]  The maximum amount of study leave, which may be granted to a Railway servant, other than Railway Medical Service Officers, shall be –

 

[a]       ordinarily twelve months at any one time, and

[b]        during his entire service, twenty-four months in all [inclusive of similar kind of leave for study or training granted under any other rules]

 

[2]        In respect of Railway Medical Service Officers, study leave may be granted for thirty-six months for acquiring post graduate qualification, subject to the condition that a Railway Medical Service Officer who has been granted such study leave shall execute a bond under sub-rule [4] of rule 4 to serve the Railways  for a period of five years after completion of the study course.”

 

[Authority: Ministry of Railway’s letter No. F[E]III/2007/LE-1/1 dated 06-12-2007]

 

 

RBE No.156/2007                                                                                     

  Bd’s letter No. E[NG]I-2007/TR/26 dated 04-12-2007  (RBE No.156 /2007)

 

     Sub: Implementation of Mutual Transfer orders.

            It has been brought to the notice of this Ministry that the requests for mutual transfer of employees are not being processed /implemented by authorities concerned in the Railways / Divisions /Units and even after such transfers are accepted, the same are not implemented  for the reason that one Railway / Division / Unit wait for the other Railway / Division/ Unit to relieve the employee first.  This leads to avoidable staff grievance and representations.

 

2.         The Ministry of Railways have taken a serious view of the matter inasmuch as mutual transfers on the one hand enable transfer of an employee to a place of his choice with no or minimum loss of seniority  and on the other since such transfers are on one to one basis in the same grade, the Railway / Division / Unit get the replacement simultaneously.  Therefore, the Ministry of Railways desire that:

 

i]          the request for mutual transfers should be processed / accepted as soon as they are received subject to fulfillment of prescribed conditions; and

 

ii]          once the transfers are accepted, the employees concerned should be relieved immediately without waiting for the other unit to relieve the employee first.

 

3.         It has also been decided that it should be the responsibility of concerned Head of Department of concerned Railway under whom the staff is working to ensure compliance of above decision in each and every case of mutual transfer.

 

RBE No.158/2007                                                                                     

  Bd’s letter No. F[E]Spl.2007/ADV/3/5 dated 07-12-2007 (RBE No.158 /2007)

 

     Sub: Amendment to IREM – Para 1132 of Chapter XI – Inclusion of Private Insurance Companies approved by Insurance Regulatory Development Authority [IRDA] for the purpose of Insurance of the houses / flats constructed/ purchased with the help of HBA.

             The Ministry of Railways are pleased to amend the existing provisions in Para 1132 of Chapter XI of IREM – Vol.I [Revised Edition, 1989] relating to House Building Advance as per enclosed Advance Correction Slip No. 197.

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INDIAN RAILWAY ESTABLISHMENT MANUAL Vol.I [Revised Edition, 1989]

ADVANCE CORRECTION SLIP NO. 197.

            The amendment placed below may be carried out in Para 1132 of Chapter XI of IREM, Vol. I [Revised Edition, 1989] regarding House Building Advance:

Add the following as item 5 under sub-para 19[i]

5.           “Any other Private Insurance Company approved by Insurance Regulatory Development Authority [IRDA] for the purpose of insurance of the houses / flats constructed/ purchased with the help of House Building Advance.”

 

[Authority: Board’s letter No. F[E]Spl.2007/ADV/3/5 dated 5-9-2007 & 07-12-2007]

RBE No.159/2007                                                                                                             

  Bd’s letter No. E[P&A]II-98/HRA-6 dated 12-12-2007  (RBE No.159 /2007)

 

     Sub: Grant of House Rent Allowance to Railway employees posted to new Zones / new Divisions- Regarding.

             The question of extending the currency of the sanction contained in this office letter of even number dated 9-3-2004 as extended vide letter of even number dated    9-08-2005 and 9-8-2006 has been considered by the Board subsequent to issue of letter No. E[G]2007QR1-5 dated 8-8-2007 and it has been decided to extend currency of the instructions contained in letter dated 9-03-2004 ibid upto the dates specified against each new Zone, as under:

East Central Railway                              :           31st December, 2007

East Coast Railway                                :           31st August, 2007

North Central Railway                             :           31st August, 2007

North Western Railway                           :           31st August, 2007

South East Central Railway                    :           31st August, 2007

South Western Railway                          :           30th November, 2007

West Central Railway                             :           31st December, 2007

 

2.         This issues with the concurrence of the Finance Directorate of the Ministry of Railways.

 

RBE No.160/2007                                                                                     

  Bd’s letter No. E[NG]I-89/AP/5 dated 12-12-2007  (RBE No.160 /2007)

 

                   Sub: Amendment to IREM. 

             Reference this Ministry’s letter of even number dated 25-06-98 enclosing therewith ACS No. 52 on the above subject.

 

2.         With the issue of this Ministry’s letter no. E[NG]I-89/AP/5 dated 30-01-95 and consequent amendment of Para 1410[a] of IREM Vol.I 1989 Edition by Advance Correction Slip No. 52 issued under this Ministry’s letter No. E[NG]I-89/AP/5 dated     25-06-98 referred to above, clause [c] of Para 1410 of IREM, Vol.I, 1989,  has become redundant.  Accordingly, the same may be deleted and the Indian Railway Establishment Manual, Vol. I, 1989  should be amended as per ACS No. 198 enclosed.

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INDIAN RAILWAY ESTABLISHMENT MANUAL, VOL. I [1989 Edition]

 

Chapter XIV- Forwarding of Applications from serving Railway employees for posts outside Railways.

ADVANCE CORRECTION SLIP NO.198

  1. Delete the existing clause [c] of Para 1410.
  2. In Para 1410 renumber the existing clauses as 1410 [i], [ii], [iii] & [iv]

[Authority: Ministry of Railway’s letter No.E[NG]I-89/AP/5 dated 30-01-95 and 12-12-2007] 

 

RBE No.151/2007

  Board’s letter No. PC-V/97/1/7/14 dated 19.11.07 (RBE No.151/2007)

 

Sub:            Rates of Dearness Allowance in respect of Railway employees who have continued to draw their pay/emoluments in the pre-revised scales of pay – effective from 1.1.2007 and 1.7.2007 – regarding.

 

In continuation of Ministry of Railway’s letter of even number dated 6.11.2006 (S.No.PC-V/480, RBE No. 167/2006) revising the rate of Dearness Allowance w.e.f. 1.7.2006 in respect of Railway servants who continue to draw their pay and emoluments in the pre-revised scale of pay, the revised rate of Dearness Allowance w.e.f. 1.1.2007 and 1.7.2007 would be as follows:-

Rate of Dearness Allowance

Date from which payable Pay up to

Rs.3500 p.m.

 

Pay above Rs.3500 and upto Rs.6000 p.m. Pay above Rs.6000 p.m.

1.1.2007

361%

270% (Rs.12635)

234% (Rs.16200)

1.7.2007

376%

282% (Rs.13160)

244% (Rs.16920)

 

NOTE: Amount within brackets represents the minimum amount payable per month as Dearness Allowance to employees in the different pay ranges.

 

  1. All other conditions as laid down in the letter dated 16.11.2000 will continue to apply.

 

3.       This issues with the concurrence of the Finance Directorate of the Ministry of Railways.

 

Bd’s letter No. E[W]2006/CP-1/49 dated 17-12-2007

 

     Sub: Payment of Ex-gratia compensation to the families of Govt. servants who die in harness in the performance of their bona fide official duties.

       Attention is invited to Board’s letter No. E[W]99/CP-1/1 dated 05-11-99, further instructions on the subject as summarized in Board’s letter No. E[W]2006/CP-1/1 dated 08-02-2006 and Board’s letter No. E[W]2006/CP-1/37 dated 01-05-2007 delegating the powers regarding sanction of ex-gratia compensation to GMs and equivalents.

 

2.   However, arising out of directions under Order dated 03-08-2006 of CAT/Ernakulam in O.A. No. 338/2005 [Smt. T. Saraswathy and 2 others Vs. UOI] clarification has been received from the Department of Pension & Pensioner’s Welfare with regard to the term ‘family ‘ for the purpose of these provisions as under:

 

“ Payment of ex-gratia lump sum compensation in terms of this Department’s O.M. No. 45/55/97-P&PW[C] dated 11-9-1998  may be made to the member[s] of the family in whose favour a specific nomination in this regard was made by the deceased Government servant.  Family for this purpose will have the same meaning as in the case of Family Pension under Rule-54 of the CCS [Pension] Rules, 1972 [Rule-75 of the Railway Services Pension Rules, 1993].  In case no such nomination was made or the nomination made does not subsist, the payment may be made to a member of the family in the order indicated in Rule-54 ibid.  In case, however, there is no surviving member of the family in terms of Rule 54-ibid, the ex-gratia payment may be made to the claimants from the family of the deceased Government servants in order of succession under the personal law applicable to the deceased Govt. servant, which will determine the eligibility and quantum /share of each claimant.

 

3.   The above stated position may please be noted for information and compliance by all concerned.

 

4.   This issues in consultation with Finance and Legal Directorates of the Ministry of Railways.

RBE No.163/2007

  Bd’s letter No. E[RRB]/2006/25/14 dated 28-12-2007   (RBE No.163/07)

 

Sub:  Modification in jurisdiction of RRB/Patna.

Ref:   i]  Board’s letters No. E[RRB]2002/25/40 dated 28-03-03 [RRCB No.                         8/03] & dated 18-08-04 [RRCB No. 12/04]

ii]  Board’s letter No. 99/E[RRB]25/11 dated 08-05-03 [RRCB No. 09/03]

iii] Board’s letter of even number dated 18-07-2006

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            Board have decided that the indents of Group ‘C’ posts pertaining to Wheel Projects Organisation /Patna shall be placed on Railway Recruitment Board / Patna.  Therefore, the modified jurisdiction of RRB/Patna is as under:

 

S.No

RRB

Railway / PU

Divisions / PUs

1 Patna East Central

 

 

Wheel Projects Organisation

HQ Office of East Central Railway and Mughalsarai & Danapur Divisions

 

Wheel Projects Organisation / Patna

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