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Rly. Board’s Estt. Circulas 2015

March 14, 2017

RBE No.01/2015

Board’s letter No. E[D&A]2014GS1-3 dated 12.01.2015 [RBE No.01/2015]          

Sub: Amendment to rule 3 and rule 13 of Railway Services [Conduct] Rules, 1966 

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In exercise of the powers conferred by the proviso to article 309 of the Constitution, the President hereby directs that rule 13 of the Railway Services [Conduct] Rules, 1966, contained in Appendix-I of the Indian Railway Establishment Code-Vol.I Fifth Edition, 1985 [Third Reprint Edition, 2008] may be amended as in Advance Correction Slips No. 125 and 126 enclosed.

Indian Railway Establishment Code-Vol.I Fifth Edition, 1985 [Third Reprint Edition, 2008]

Appendix-I, Railway Services [Conduct] Rules, 1966

Advance Correction Slip No. 125 

In the Railway Services (Conduct) Rules, 1966, in Rule 3:-

  1. In sub-rule (1), after clause (iii), the following clauses shall be inserted, namely:-

“(iv) commit himself to and uphold the supremacy of the Constitution and democratic values;

(v) defend and uphold the sovereignty and integrity of India, the security of the State, public order, decency and morality;

(vi) maintain high ethical standards and honesty;

(vii) maintain political neutrality;

(viii) promote the principles of merit, fairness and impartiality in the discharge of duties;

(ix) maintain accountability and transparency;

(x) maintain responsiveness to the public, particularly to the weaker section;

(xi) maintain courtesy and good behaviour with the public;

(xii) take decisions solely in public interest and use or cause to use public resources efficiently, effectively and economically;

(xiii) declare any private interests relating to his public duties and take steps to resolve any conflicts in a way that protects the public interest;

(xiv) not place himself under any financial or other obligations to any individual or organisation which may influence him in the performance of his official duties;

(xv) not misuse his position as railway servant and not take decisions in order to derive financial or material benefits for himself, his family or his   friends;

(xvi) make choices, take decisions and make recommendations on merit alone;

(xvii) act with fairness and impartiality and not discriminate against anyone, particularly the poor   and the under-privileged sections of society;

(xviii) refrain from doing anything which is or may be contrary to any law, rules, regulations and established practices;

(xix) maintain discipline in the discharge of his duties and be liable to implement the lawful orders duly communicated to him;

(xx) maintain confidentiality in the performance of his official duties as required by any laws for the time being in force, particularly with regard to information, disclosure of which may prejudicially affect the sovereignty and integrity of India, the security of the State, strategic,  scientific or economic interests of the State, friendly relation with foreign countries or lead to incitement of an offence or illegal or unlawful gain to any person;

(xxi) perform and discharge his duties with the highest degree of professionalism and dedication to the best of his abilities.

  1. In clause (ii) of sub-rule (1), the word “and” may be deleted.”

(Authority- Railway Board’s letter No. E(D&A) 2014 GS1-3 dated 12.01.2015)

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Indian Railway Establishment Code-Vol.I Fifth Edition, 1985 [Third Reprint Edition, 2008]

Appendix-I, Railway Services [Conduct] Rules, 1966

Advance Correction Slip No. 126

 

In the Railway Services (Conduct) Rules, 1966, in Rule 13, in sub-rule [2], for clauses [i], [ii], [iii] and [iv], the following clauses shall be substituted, namely:

“[i]   rupees twenty five thousand in the case of a Railway servant holding any Group ‘A’ post;

[ii]    rupees fifteen thousand in the case of a Railway servant holding any Group ‘B’ post;

[iii]   rupees seven thousand five hundred in the case of a Railway servant holding any Group ‘C’ post;

(Authority- Railway Board’s letter No. E(D&A) 2014 GS1-3 dated 12.01.2015)

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RBE No.02/2015

Board’s letter No. E[D&A]2014 GS1-4 dated 12.01.2015  [RBE No.02/2015]           

 Sub: Amendment to rule 3C of Railway Services [Conduct] Rules, 1966 

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In exercise of the powers conferred by the proviso to article 309 of the Constitution, the President hereby directs that rule 3C of the Railway Services [Conduct] Rules, 1966, contained in Appendix-I of the Indian Railway Establishment Code-Vol.I Fifth Edition, 1985 [Third Reprint Edition, 2008] may be amended as in the Advance Correction Slips No. 124 enclosed.

 

Indian Railway Establishment Code-Vol.I Fifth Edition, 1985 [Third Reprint Edition, 2008]

Appendix-I, Railway Services [Conduct] Rules, 1966

Advance Correction Slip No. 124

In the Railway Services (Conduct) Rules, 1966, for Rule 3 C the following rule shall be substituted namely:-

“3 C. Prohibition of sexual harassment of working women

(1) No Railway servant shall indulge in any act of sexual harassment of any woman at any work place.

(2) Every Railway servant who is incharge of a work place shall take appropriate steps to prevent sexual harassment to any woman at the work place.

Explanation. – (I) For the purpose of this rule ,-

(a) “sexual harassment” includes any one or more of the following acts or behaviour (whether directly or by implication) namely:-

(i)  Physical contact and advances; or

(ii) a demand or request for sexual favours; or

(iii) making sexually coloured remarks; or

(iv) showing pornography; or

(v) any other unwelcome physical, verbal, non-verbal conduct of a sexual nature.

(b) the following circumstances, among other circumstances, if it occurs or is present in relation to or connected with any act or behaviour of sexual harassment may amount to sexual harassment:-

(i)    implied or explicit promise of preferential treatment in employment; or

(ii)   implied or explicit threat of detrimental treatment in employment; or

(iii)  implied or explicit threat about her present or future employment  status; or

(iv) interference with her work or creating an intimidating or offensive or hostile work environment for her; or

(v)  humiliating treatment likely to affect her health or safety.

(c) “workplace” includes,-

(i)   any department, organisation, undertaking, establishment, enterprise, institution, office, branch or unit which is established, owned, controlled or wholly or substantially financed by funds provided directly or indirectly by the Central Government;

(ii)   hospitals or nursing homes;

(iii)  any sports institute, stadium, sports complex or competition or games venue, whether residential or not used for training, sports or other activities relating thereto; ·

(iv) any place visited by the employee arising out of or during the course of employment including transportation provided by the employer for undertaking such journey;

(v)  a dwelling place or a house.”

(Authority- Railway Board’s letter No. E(D&A) 2014 GS1-4 dated 12.01.2015

 

RBE No.03/2015

Board’s letter No. E[NG]II/96/RR-1/40 dated 20.01.2015  [RBE No.03/2015]             

Sub: Constitution of Committee for interview/viva-voce in connection with recruitment to Group ‘C’ posts and posts in Pay Band-1 of 5200-20200 [Grade Pay 1800] including screening of Substitutes on Indian Railways. 

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Further to this office letter of even number dated 05.03.2012 [RBE No. 29/2012], a copy of Office Memorandum No.42011/2/2014-Estt.[Res] dated 13.2.2014 issued by Department of Personnel & Training, Ministry of Personnel, PG and Pensions on the above noted subject is sent herewith for guidance and compliance.

 

Copy of DOP&T’s O.M. No. 42011/2/2014-Estt.[Res] dated 13th February, 2014 

Sub: Representation of SC, ST, OBC, Minorities and the women on Selection Board /Committee.

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The undersigned is directed to draw attention of the Ministries/Departments to this Department’s O.M. No.42011/15/1995-Estt[SCT] dated 11th July, 1995.  Para 2 provided as follows:

“ 2.  In partial modification of the above instructions it has now been decided that wherever a Selection Committee Board exists or has to be constituted for making recruitment to ten or more vacancies in Group ‘C’ or Group ‘D’ posts or services it shall be mandatory to have one Member belonging to SC/ST/OBC and one Member belonging to Minority Community in such Committees /Boards.  Further, one of the Members of the Selection Committees/Boards whether from the general category or from the minority community or from SC, ST, OBC should be a lady failing which a lady member should be co-opted on the Committee/Board .  It may please be ensured that where the number of vacancies against which the selection is to be made is less than ten no effort should be spared in finding SC/ST/OBC officer, minority community officer and a lady officer as explained in para [2] for inclusion in such Committees/Boards.

  1. The matter has been reviewed and in partial modification of above instructions, it has now been decided that wherever a Selection Committee/Board exist or has to be constituted for making recruitment to 10 or more vacancies in any level of posts or services, it shall be mandatory to have one Member belonging to SC/ST, one Member belonging to OBC category and one Member belonging to Minority Community in such Committees/Boards. Further, one of the members of the Selection Committee/Board, whether from general category or from the minority community or from the SC/ST/OBC community should be a lady failing which, a lady member should be co-opted on the Committee/Board.  It may also be ensured that where the number of vacancies against which selection is to be made is less than ten, no effort should be spared in finding the SC/ST, OBC officer and the Minority Committee Officer and a lady officer, for inclusion in such Committees/Boards.
  1. Similar instructions in Public Sector Undertakings and Financial institutions including Public Sector Banks will be issued by Department of Public Enterprises and Ministry of Finance, respectively.

 

RBE No.04 /2015 

Board’s letter No. 2015/E[Sports]/4[1]/1/Status dated 21.01.2015  [RBE No.04 /2015] Clarification/Corrigendum No.53         

Sub: Status of Archery Association of India, Indian Amateur Boxing Federation and Gymnastics Federation of India. 

Ref: Railway Board’s policy letter Nos.[i]  2012/E[Sports]/ 4[1]/1/Policy Clarifications  dated 22.03.2013 [RBE No.25/2013], [ii] 2014/E[Sports]/4[1]/1/Policy Clarifications dated 11.03.2014 [RBE No.23/2014]

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The matter of participation of Railway players in the National Championships being organized by above three Federations is considered in RSPB.  In the interest of players, it has been decided to allow participation of Railway Teams in the National Championships being organized by Archery Association of India, Indian Amateur Boxing Federation and Gymnastics Federation of India though these 3 federations are not recognized by Ministry of Skill Development, Entrepreneurship, Youth Affairs & Sports.

However, instructions issued vide Board’s letters dated 22.03.2013 [RBE No. 25/2013] and 11.03.2014 [RBE No. 23/2014] for not considering the sports achievements in the events conducted by Archery Association of India, Indian Amateur Boxing Federation and Gymnastics Federation of India or their affiliated units for recruitment, incentive and other establishment matters shall remain continue, till further orders.

 

RBE No.5/2015

Board’s letter No. E[P&A]I-2013/RT-3 dated 23.01.2015   [RBE No.5/2015]

Sub: Extension of second chance for Aptitude test for recruitment as Assistant Loco Pilots to those wards who have passed the written test but could not clear the Aptitude Test under LARSGESS 

Ref: Railway Board’s letter No. E[P&A]I-2010/RT-2 dated 30.08.2013

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With reference to Railway Board’s letter dated 30.08.2013 quoted above, one of the Zonal Railways had raised a query in respect of the Competent Authority for allowing second chance for Aptitude Test for recruitment as Assistant Loco Pilots to those wards, who passed the written test but could not clear the Aptitude Test under LARSGESS.

  1. The matter has been examined by the Board and it is advised that second chance for Aptitude Test for recruitment as Assistant Loco Pilot under LARSGESS, may be allowed with the personal approval of the General Manager.  However, this power should not be delegated further.

 

RBE No.07/2015

Board’s letter No. F[E]III/2008/PN1/12 dated 29.01.2015  [RBE No.07/2015]          

Sub:Payment of Death Gratuity to a minor –regarding. 

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A copy of the Department of Pension and Pensioners’ Welfare [DOP&PW]’s O.M. No. 7/3/2013-P&PW[F] dated 02.12.2014 on the above subject is enclosed for information and compliance.  These instructions shall apply mutatis mutandis on the Railways also.

  1. The instruction enhancing the ceiling limit of gratuity from Rs.5000/- to Rs.10,000/- in such cases was issued vide Board’s letter No. F[E]III/88/PN 1/42 dated 20.10.1989.

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Copy of DOP&PW’s O.M. No. 7/3/2013-P&PW[F] dated 02.12.2014

Sub:Payment of Death Gratuity to a minor –regarding. 

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In accordance with the existing instructions, the payment of a portion of death gratuity could be made to the guardian,  in the absence of a natural guardian, without production of a guardianship certificate.  As per the existing orders, an amount of Rs.10,000/- [or the first Rs.10,000/- where amount exceeds Rs.10,000/-] in favour of a minor could be made to his /her guardian, in the absence of a natural guardian, without production of a formal guardianship certificate but subject to production of an indemnity bond.

  1. The above issue has been examined and in modification of the above orders, it has been decided that the payment of death gratuity in respect of a minor to the extent of 20% or Rs.1.50 lakh, whichever is less may be paid to his/her guardian in the absence of natural guardian, without the production of a formal guardianship certificate but subject to the production of an indemnity bond with suitable sureties. The balance in excess of 20% or Rs.1.50 lakh, as the case may be, would become payable on the production  of a certificate of guardianship.
  1. It is essential however, that there should be adequate prime facie grounds for making payment as in paragraph 2 above, to the person claiming it. Such ground can exist only if he is shown by a declaration to be a de facto guardian and his bona fides have been ascertained. Even if a guardian has not yet been appointed by the Court, if the minor and his property are in the custody of some person, such person is in law a de facto guardian. The authorities making the payment, should, therefore, require the person who comes forward to claim payment on behalf of the minor, to satisfy themselves by a form that he is in charge of the property of the minor and is looking after it or that, if the minor has no property other than the gratuity, the minor is in his custody and care. The form so to be produced is in addition to the indemnity bond with suitable sureties.
  1. The indemnity bond which is required to be produced by a de-facto guardian of minor(s) for payment of retirement/death gratuity to the extent of Rs.1.50 lakh or 20% whichever is less should be executed in the form appended below.
  1. It has been decided that the stamp duty payable on the indemnity bond will be borne by the Government. The indemnity bond, should, therefore, be executed on any durable plain paper.
  1. The indemnity bond should be signed by the obligor and the surety/sureties or their respective attorneys appointed by power(s) of attorney. The indemnity bond on behalf of the President should be accepted by an officer duly authorized under Article 229(1) of the Constitution.
  1. In so far as the persons serving in the Indian Audit and Accounts Department are concerned, these orders have been issued after consultation with the Comptroller and Auditor General of India.
  1. This issues with the concurrence of Department of Expenditure vide their ID note No.359/EV/2014 dated 04.07.2014.

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INDEMNITY BOND                                                        

 

KNOW ALL MEN by these presents that we  (a)……………… (b)……………. the widow/son/brother, etc., of [c] ………………………….. deceased, resident of ……………………….of …………………………..[hereinafter called ‘the Obligor’] and [d]…………………… son/wife/daughter of ………… of …………. Resident of ……. …… and ………………………… son/wife/daughter of ……..……….. resident of …………… the sureties for and on behalf of the Obligor [hereinafter called ‘the Sureties’] are held firmly bound to the President of India [hereinafter called the Government’] in the sum of Rs………… [Rupees ……………..only] well and truly to be paid to the Government on demand and without a demur for which payment we bind ourselves and our respective heirs, executors, administrators, legal representatives, successors and assigns by these presents.

 

Signed this …………….. day of …………… two thousand and ……………………….

 

WHEREAS [c] ……………. was at the time of his death in the employment of the Government/receiving a pension at the rate of Rs………..[Rupees …………….. only] per month from the Government.

 

AND WHEREAS the said [c] ………. died on the …………….. day  of ………  20…. and there was due to him at the time of his death the sum of Rs. ….. … [Rupees ……….. only] for and towards share of his minor son/daughter in the death /retirement gratuity.

 

AND WHEREAS the Obligor claims to be entitled to the said sum as de facto guardian of the minor son /daughter of the said [c] …………….. but has not obtained till the date of these presents the certificate of guardianship from any competent Court of Law in respect of the said minor[s].

 

AND WHEREAS the Obligor has satisfied the [e] ………………. that he /she is entitled to the aforesaid sum and that it would cause undue delay and hardship if the Obligor be required to produce the certificate of guardianship from the competent Court of Law before payment to him of the said sum of Rs…………………

 

AND WHEREAS the Government has no objection to the payment  of the said sum to the Obligor but under Government Rules and Orders, it is necessary for the Obligor to first execute a bond with one surety /two sureties to indemnify the Government against all claims to the amount so due as aforesaid to the said [c] ………… before the said sum can be paid to the Obligor.

 

AND WHEREAS the Obligor and at his/her request the surety /sureties have agreed to execute the bond in the terms and manner hereinafter contained.

 

NOW THE CONDITION OF THIS BOND is such that if after payment has been made to the Obligor,  the Obligor and/or the surety /sureties shall in the event of a claim being made by any other person against the Government with respect to the aforesaid sum of     Rs. …………. Refund to the Government  the said sum of Rs. ………….  and shall otherwise indemnify and keep the Government harmless and indemnified against and from all liabilities in respect of the aforesaid sum and all costs incurred in consequence of the claim thereto  THEN the above written bond or obligation shall be void and of no effect but otherwise it shall remain in full force, effect and virtue.

 

AND THESE PRESENTS ALSO WITNESS that the liability of the sureties hereunder shall not be impaired or discharged by reason of time being granted by or any forbearance act or omission of the Government whether with or without the knowledge or consent of the surety /sureties in respect of or in relation to the obligations or conditions to be performed or discharged by the Obligor or by any other method or thing whatsoever which under the law relating to sureties, shall but for this provision have the effect of so relating the surety /sureties from such liability nor shall it be necessary for the Government to sue the Obligor before suing the surety/sureties or either of them for the amount due hereunder, and the Government agrees to bear the stamp duty, if any, chargeable on these presents.

 

IN WITNESS WHEREOF the Obligor and the surety/sureties hereto have set and subscribed their respective hands hereunto on the day, month and year above written.

 

Signed by the above named ‘Obligor’ in the presence of

 

1………………………………..

2………………………………..

 

Signed by the above named ‘Surety/sureties’

 

1………………………………..

2………………………………..

 

Accepted for and on behalf of the President of India by

……………………………………………………………………………………………………..

[Name and designation of the Officer directed or authorized, in pursuance of Article 299[1] of the Constitution, to accept the bond for and on behalf of the President] in the presence of …………………………………………………….. [Name and designation of witness]

 

Note 1: [a]       Full name of the claimant referred to as the ‘Obligor’

[b]       State relationship of the Obligor to the deceased

[c]       Name of the deceased Government Officer

[d]       Full name or names of the sureties with name or names of the father[s]/ husband[s] and place of residence.

[e]       Designation of the officer responsible for payment.

 

Note II:            The Obligor as well as the sureties should have attained majority so that the bond may have legal effect or force.

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RBE No.10/2015 

Board’s letter No. E[P&A]II-2011/RS-20 dated 12.02.2015  [RBE No.10/2015]

           Sub: Reckoning of 30% pay element for the purpose of payment towards leave encashment upto 10 days to running staff.

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Board have issued instructions vide letter No. F[E]III/2008/LE-1/1 dated 29.10.2008  on encashment of leave while in service.

  1. Some of the Zonal Railways had sought clarification whether 30% pay element is to be reckoned for the purpose of leave encashment upto 10 days of LAP to the running staff.
  1. The matter has been considered by the Board and it is clarified that in the case of Running staff, the calculation of leave encashment upto 10 days will be done in the same manner as in the case of leave salary in terms of Rule 25[i][k] of “The Rules for the payment of Running and other Allowances to the Running staff on Railways, 1981.”
  1. An illustration of the above is shown below:

[i]    Basic Pay in general         Basic in Pay Band + Grade Pay= BP

[ii]    Basic Pay of running staff                 =       130% of BP = [A]

[iii]   DA rate in general                              =       DA%

[iv]  DA for running staff                           =       DA% of [A]

[v]   Leave encashment for 1 day             =       A+B

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  1. Other terms and conditions on encashment of leave will remain the same.
  1. This issues with the concurrence of the Finance Directorate of the Ministry of Railways.

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RBE No.11/2015

Board’s letter No. E[P&A]II-2007/RS-14 dated 12.02.2015  [RBE No.11/2015]          

Sub: Filling up posts of Loco Inspectors and Power Controllers / Crew Controllers 

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Kindly refer to Board’s letter of even no. dated 26.03.2009 on the subject noted above.  In this connection, some of the Railways have sought clarifications whether minimum guaranteed kilometers, incentive kilometers/ ghat section kilometers, and shunting kilometers will be included in calculating the eligibility criteria of 75000 Kms foot plate experience.

  1. It is clarified that all the driving duties performed by a loco pilot in the locomotive cab are footplate duties. The experience gained by a loco-pilot by performing actual footplate duties is his driving experience.  The minimum guaranteed kilometers, incentive / ghat section kilometers, and shunting kilometers, where actual footplate duties are not performed, may not be taken into account while considering the eligibility criteria of running staff for the selection of LIs /PRCs /CCs. 

 

RBE No.12/2015

Board’s letter No. E[D&A]2014 RG6-35 dated 18.02.2015  [RBE No.12/2015]          

Sub:Rule 5 of Railway Servants [Discipline and Appeal]  Rules, 1968 – Instructions regarding timely review of suspension. 

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Rule 5 of the Railway Servants [Discipline and Appeal ] Rules, 1968 deals with the provisions of suspension.  As per the rule, a Railway servant may be placed under suspension in the following circumstances:

[a]      where a disciplinary proceeding against him is contemplated or is pending; or

[b]      where, in the opinion of the authority competent to place a Railway servant under suspension, he has engaged himself in activities prejudicial to the interest of the security of the state; or

[c]      where a case against him in respect of any criminal offence, is under investigation, inquiry or trial

  1. A disciplinary authority may also consider it appropriate to place a Railway servant under suspension in the following circumstances. These are only intended for guidance and should not be taken as mandatory:

[i]       Cases where continuance in office of the Railway servant will prejudice the investigation, trial or any inquiry [e.g. apprehended tampering with witnesses or documents];

[ii]      where the continuance in office of the Railway servant is likely to seriously subvert discipline in the office in which the Railway servant is working;

[iii]     where the continuance in office of the Railway servant will be against the wider public interest [other than those covered by [i] and [ii] such as there is public scandal and it is necessary to place the Railway servant under suspension to demonstrate the policy of the Government to deal strictly with officers involved in such scandals, particularly corruption;

[iv]     where allegations have been made against the Railway servant and preliminary inquiry has revealed that a prima facie case is made out which would justify his prosecution or his being proceeded against in departmental proceedings and where the proceedings are likely to end in his conviction and /or dismissal, removal or compulsory retirement from service.

  1. In the first three circumstances the Disciplinary Authority may exercise his discretion to place a Railway servant under suspension even when the case is under investigation and before a prima facie case has been established. Suspension may be desirable in the circumstances indicated below:

[i]       any offence or conduct involving moral turpitude;

[ii]      corruption, embezzlement or misappropriation of Government money, possession of disproportionate assets, misuse of official powers for personal gain;

[iii]     serious negligence and dereliction of duty resulting in considerable loss to Railways;

[iv]     desertion of duty;

[v]      refusal or deliberate failure to carry out written orders of superior officers

In respect of the types of misdemeanor specified in sub-clauses [iii] to [v] herein above, discretion has to be exercised with care.

  1. Rules 5[6] and 5[7] of RS [D&A] Rules, 1968, deal with the review of suspension cases. The provision of review within ninety days is applicable to all types of suspensions.  However, in cases of continued detention, the review becomes a mere formality with no consequences as a Railway servant in such a situation has to be continued to be kept under deemed suspension.  A review of suspension is not necessary in such cases during this period.  Therefore, in all such cases the first review of suspension becomes due on completion of ninety days counting from the date, the Railway servant was released from detention, unless suspension has already been revoked.  Subsequent reviews shall become due before completion of currently continuing period of suspension.  During each such review, suspension can be extended for a period not exceeding 180 days at a time.
  1. It has come to notice that in cases of prolonged suspension period, the courts have pointed out that the suspension cannot be continued for long and that inspite of Railway Board’s instructions, the Disciplinary Authorities are not finalizing the disciplinary proceedings within the stipulated time. Also, in such cases the Railway is unnecessarily paying subsistence allowance without extracting any work and if, on the culmination of the disciplinary proceedings, the charged officer is exonerated from the charges, the Railway has to unnecessarily pay the full salary and treat the period of suspension as on duty etc.  It is therefore, desirable that timely review of suspension is conducted in a just and proper manner and that the disciplinary proceedings are finalized expeditiously.
  1. The zonal Railways etc. may bring the existing instructions on timely review of suspension and expeditious completion of disciplinary proceedings to the notice of all concerned. 

 

RBE No. 09/2015 

Board’s letter No. E(MPP)/2015/6/1 dated 03.02.2015  [RBE No. 09/2015]

          Sub: Forwarding of Notification-Apprentices (Amendments Act, 2014 (29 of 2014).

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A copy of the Notification No.S.O.3238(E) dated 18th December,2014 published in Part II, Section 3, Sub-section(ii) of the Extraordinary Gazette of India issued by Ministry of Labour & Employment, Directorate General of Employment & Training relating to the Apprentices (Amendment) Act, 2014 (29 of 2014) to be effective from 22nd December, 2014 is enclosed for information, guidance and necessary action.

 

Copy of Ministry of Labour and Employment’s letter  No.DGET-1(1)/2014-AP dated   30.12.2014 

        Sub: Amendments to the Apprentices Act, 1961 – reg. 

I am to inform you that the Apprentices Act, 1961 has been further amended vide No.29 of 2014 and brought into effect from 22nd December, 2014 vide notification number S.O.3238(E)  published in Part II Section 3, Sub-section (ii) of the Extraordinary Gazette of India on 18th December, 2014 Copies of the gazette notifications are enclosed herewith for your kind information, please.

 

Copy of Notification issued by the Ministry of Labour and Employment, [Directorate General of Employment and Training]  , New Delhi,  dated the 8th December 2014 published in  Part II Section 3, Sub-section (ii)  of  The Gazette of India, Extraordinary dated 18.12.2014

 

S.O.3238[E] – In exercise of the powers conferred by sub-section [2] of section 1 of the Apprentices [Amendment] Act, 2014 [29 of 2014, the Central Government hereby appoints the 22nd day of December, 2014 as the date on which the said Act shall come into force.

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Copy of  The Gazette of India, Extraordinary,  Part II Section 1

Ministry of Law and Justice [Legislative Department] , New Delhi, the 8th December 2014

The following Act of Parliament received the assent of the President on the 5th December, 2014, and is hereby published for general information:

THE APPRENTICES [AMENDMENT] ACT, 2014

No.29 OF 2014 dated 05th December, 2014

An Act further to amend the Apprentices Act, 1961.

BE it enacted by Parliament in the Sixty-fifth Year of the Republic of India as follows:

1.   [1] This Act may be called the Apprentices [Amendment] Act, 2014.

[2] It shall come into force on such date as the Central Government may, by notification in the Official Gazette, appoint.

Short title and commencement
52 of 1961 2.    In the Apprentices Act, 1961 [ hereinafter referred to as the Principal Act], in section 2,-

 

[i]  in clause [d], in sub-clause [1], after item [b], the following item shall be inserted, namely:

“[bb] any establishment which is operating business or trade from different locations situated in four or more States, or”,

[ii]   for clauses [e], [j] and [k], the following clauses shall respectively be substituted, namely:

 

‘[e]   “designated trade” means any trade or occupation or any subject field in engineering or non-engineering or technology or any vocational course which the Central Government, after consultation with the Central Apprenticeship Council, may, by notification in the Official Gazette, specify as a designated trade for the purposes of this Act;

[j]    “graduate or technician apprentice” means an apprentice who holds, or is undergoing training in order that he may hold a degree or diploma in engineering or non-engineering  or technology or equivalent qualification granted by any institution recognized by the Government and undergoes apprenticeship training in any designated trade;

[k]    ‘industry’ means any industry or business in which any trade, occupation or subject field in engineering or non-engineering or technology or any vocational course may be specified as a designated trade or optional trade or both;

 

[iii] after clause [l], the following clauses shall be inserted, namely:

[ll] “optional trade” means any trade or occupation or any subject field in engineering or non-engineering or technology or any vocational course as may be determined by the employer for the purposes of this Act;

[lll] “portal site” means a website of the Central Government for exchange of information under this Act,’;

[iv] in clause [pp], for the words “ such subject field in any vocational course as may be prescribed”, the words “designated trade” shall be substituted;

[v] for clauses [q] and [r], the following clauses shall be substituted, namely:

‘[q]”trade apprentice” means an apprentice who undergoes apprenticeship training in any designated trade;

[r] “worker” means any person working in the premises of the employer, who is employed for wages in any kind or work either directly or through any agency including a contractor and who gets his wages directly or indirectly from the employer but shall not include an apprentice referred to in clause [aa].’.

Amendment of Section 2
Amendment of  section 3 3. In section 3 of the principal Act, for clause [a], the following clause shall be substituted, namely:

“[a] is not less than fourteen years of age, and for designated trades related to hazardous industries, not less than eighteen years of age; and”.

 

 
Amendment of  section 4 4.   In section 4 of the principal Act,-

[i] for sub-section [4], the following sub-sections shall be substituted, namely:

“[4] Every contract of apprenticeship entered into under sub-section [l] shall be sent by the employer within thirty days to the Apprenticeship Adviser until a portal site is developed by the Central Government, and thereafter the details of contract of apprenticeship shall be entered on the portal-site  within seven days for verification and registration.

[4A]  In the case of objection in the contract of apprenticeship, the Apprenticeship Adviser shall convey the objection to the employer within fifteen  days from the date of its receipt.

[4B] The Apprenticeship Adviser shall register the contract of apprenticeship within thirty days from the date of its receipt.”,

[ii] sub-section [5] shall be omitted.

 
5. After section 5 of the principal Act, the following sections shall be inserted, namely:-

 

“5A. The qualification, period of apprenticeship training, holding of test, grant of certificate and other conditions relating to the apprentices in optional trade shall be such as may be prescribed.

 

5B.  The employer may engage apprentices from other States for the purpose of providing apprenticeship training to the apprentices”.

Insertion of new sections 5A and 5B

 

Regulation of optional trade

 

Engagement of Apprentices from other States

6. In section 6 of the principal Act,

[i] in clause [a], for the words “ determined by that Council”, the word “prescribed” shall be substituted:

[ii] for clause [aa], the following clause shall be substituted, namely:

 

[aa] in the case of trade apprentices who, having undergone institutional training in a school or other institution affiliated to or recognized by a Board or State Council of Technical Education or any other authority or courses approved under any scheme which the Central Government may, by notification in the Official Gazette specify in this behalf, have passed the trade tests or examinations conducted by that Board or State Council or authority or by any other agency authorized by the Central Government, the period of apprenticeship training shall be such as may be prescribed;”

 

Amendment of Section 6

7. For section 8 of the principal Act, the following section shall be substituted, namely:

“8 [l] The Central Government shall prescribe the number of apprentices to be engaged by the employer for designated trade and optional trade.

[2]  Several employers may join together either themselves or though an agency, approved by the Apprenticeship Adviser, according to the guidelines issued from time to time by the Central Government in this behalf, for the purpose of providing apprenticeship training to the apprentices under them.”.

 

8.  In section 9 of the principal Act,-

[i] for sub-section [l], the following sub-sections shall be substituted, namely:

“[l]    Every employer shall make suitable arrangements in his workplace for imparting a course of practical training to every apprentice engaged by him.”,

 

[ii] for sub-section [3], the following sub-section shall be substituted, namely:-

“[3] Such of the trade apprentices who have not undergone institutional training in a school or other institution recognized by the National Council or any other institution affiliated to or recognized by a Board or State Council of Technical Education or any other authority which the Central Government may, by notification in the Official Gazette, specify in this behalf, shall, before admission in the workplace for practical training, undergo a course of basic training and the course of basic training shall be given to the trade apprentices in any institute having adequate facilities.”,

 

[iii] sub-sections 4A, 4B, 5 and 6 shall be omitted.

 

[iv]  for sub-section [7] and sub-section [7A], the following sub-section shall be substituted, namely:-

 

“ [7]  In the case of an apprentice other than a graduate or technician apprentice or technician [vocational] apprentice, the syllabus of and the equipment to be utilized for, practical training including basic training in any designated trade shall be such as may be approved by the Central Government in consultation with the Central Apprenticeship Council.

 

[7A]   In the case of graduate or technician apprentices or technician [vocational] apprentices, the programme of apprenticeship training and the facilities required for such training in any designated trade shall be such as may be approved by the Central Government in consultation with the Central Apprenticeship Council.”

 

[v] in sub-section [8], in clause [c], after the words “employer alone”, the words “except apprentices who holds degree or diploma in non-engineering” shall be inserted.

Substitution of Section 8

 

Number of apprentices for a designated trade and optional trade

 

 

 

 

Amendment of Section 9

Amendment of section 15 9.   In section 15 of the principal Act,:-

[i] for sub-section [l] the following sub-section shall be substituted, namely:-

“[l] The weekly and daily hours of work of an apprentice while undergoing practical training in a workplace shall be as determined by the employer subject to the compliance with the training duration, if prescribed.”,

 

[ii]  for sub-section [3] the following sub-section shall be substituted, namely:-

[3]  An apprentice shall be entitled to such leave ad holidays as are observed in the establishment in which he is undergoing training.”.

 

 
Amendment of section 19 10.  In section 19 of the principal Act, for sub-section [2], the following sub-sections shall be substituted, namely:-

“[2]  Until a portal site is developed by the Central Government, every employer shall furnish such information and return in such form as may be prescribed, to such authorities at such intervals as may be prescribed.

 

[3]   Every employer shall also give trade-wise requirement and engagement of apprentices in respect of apprenticeship training on portal-site developed by the Central Government in this regard.”.

 
Amendment of section 21 11. In section 21 of the principal Act,

[i] for sub-section [l] the following sub-section shall be substituted, namely:-

“[l] Every trade apprentice who has completed the period of training may appear for a test to be conducted by the National Council or any other agency authorized by the Central Government to determine his proficiency in the designated trade in which he has undergone apprenticeship training.”.

[ii] in sub-section [2] after the words ‘National Council’, the words ‘ or by the other agency authorized by the Central Government’ shall be inserted.

 
Amendment of section 22 12. In section 22 of the principal Act, for sub-section [l] the following sub-section shall be substituted, namely:-

“[l] Every employer shall formulate its own policy for recruiting any apprentice who has completed the period of apprenticeship training in his establishment.”.

 
Amendment of section 30

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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13.  In section 30 of the principal Act,

[i] for sub-section [l] the following sub-section shall be substituted, namely:-

 

“[l]l If any employer contravenes the provisions of this Act relating to the number of apprentices which he is required to engage under those provisions, he shall be given a month’s notice in writing, by an officer duly authorized in this behalf by the appropriate Government, for explaining the reasons for such contravention.

 

[lA]  In case the employer fails to reply the notice within the period specified under sub-section [l], or the authorized officer, after giving him an opportunity of being heard, is not satisfied with the reasons given by the employer, he shall be punishable  with fine of five hundred rupees per shortfall of apprenticeship month for first three months and thereafter  one thousand rupees per month till such number of seats are filled up.”.

 

[ii] in sub-section [2] –

[a] after clause [f], the following clauses shall be inserted, namely:-

[g] engages as an apprentice a person who is not qualified for being so engaged, or

[h] fails to carry out the terms and conditions of a contract of apprenticeship.”.

[b]  for the words “imprisonment for a term which may extend to six months or with fine or with both” , the words  “fine of one thousand rupees for every occurrence” shall be substituted.

 

[iii]  after sub-section [2], the following sub-section shall be inserted namely:-

“ [2A] The provisions of this section shall not apply to any establishment or industry which is under the Board for Industrial and Financial Reconstruction established under the Sick Industrial Companies [Special Provisions] Act, 1985.”.

 
14. In section 37 of the principal Act, after sub-section [l] the following sub-section shall be substituted, namely:-

“[lA] The powers to make rules under this section shall include the power to make such rules or any of them retrospectively from a date not earlier than the date on which this Act received the assent of the President, but no such retrospective effect shall be given to any such rule so as to prejudicially affect the interests of any person to whom such rule may be applicable.”

Amendment of Section 37

 

 

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RBE No.08/2015

 

Board’s letter No. E[MPP]2015/6/1 dated 03.02.2015  [RBE No.08/2015]    

      

Sub: Forwarding of Notification-regarding deletion of Data Preparation and Computer Software trade from the Apprentices  Act, 1961.

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A copy of the Notification No.G.S.R. 220  dated 16th October, 2014 published in Part II, Section (3) sub-section [i]  of the Extraordinary Gazette of India issued by Ministry of Labour & Employment, Directorate General of Employment & Training regarding deletion of Data  Preparation and Computer Software trade from  Apprentices Act, 1961 is enclosed for information, guidance and necessary action.

 

 

 

Copy of Ministry of Labour & Employment’s ltr.  No.DGET-23(7)/[3407]/2014-AP dated  18.12.2014

 

                         Sub: Forwarding of notification – reg.

 

I am to forward herewith a copy of notification number No. G.S.R. 220  dated 16th October, 2014 published in Part II, Section (3) sub-section [i]  of the Gazette of India on 18th October, 2014  regarding deletion of Data  Preparation and Computer Software trade from the  Apprentices Act, 1961

Copy of Extract from The Gazette of India, Extraordinary:  Part II Section 3, Sub-section (i) 

Copy of the Notification dated 16th October, 2014 issued by Ministry of Labour and Employment [DGE&T]

G.S.R 220 – 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 of 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 [Third Amendment ] Rules, 2014.

[2]  They shall come into force on the 1st day of November, 2014.

  1. In the Apprenticeship Rules, 1992, in Schedule I, under the heading ‘Group No.29-Computer Trades Group’, serial No. 1 relating to the designated trade ‘Data Preparation and Computer Software’ and the entries relating thereto shall be omitted.

Note:: The principal rules were published vide  G.S.R. 356, dated the 15th July, 1992 in the Gazette of India, Part II, Section 3, Sub-section [i], dated the 1st August, 1992 and was last amended vide number G.S.R. 158[E], dated the 4th March, 2014.

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Board’s letter No. E(P&A)I-2013/FE-2/3 dated 23.02.2015

 Sub: Clarification regarding reckoning of 20/33 years of qualifying service in respect of Drivers, Gangmen, Specified safety categories in GP 1800 and 1900 under Liberalized Active Retirement Scheme for Guaranteed Employment for Safety Staff (LARSGESS).                                                                                                          

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               In terms of Board’s letter of even number dated 01.12.2014, it has been stipulated that for determining the eligibility of the employee in respect of the prescribed qualifying service of 33/20 years under LARSGESS, an employee is required to render total qualifying service of 33/20 years, out of which the employee should have rendered at least the last ten years in the concerned safety category post.

 

  1. A question has been raised as to whether the last 10 years qualifying service has to be in the present specified safety category OR can be combined service rendered in the present category as well as another specified safety category/categories under LARSGESS.

 

  1. The matter has been examined by the Board and it is clarified that the employee should have completed the last 10 years of qualifying service in one or more than one specified categories which are covered under LARSGESS.

 

RBE No.14/2015

 

Board’s letter No. F[E]III/2008/PN1/12 dated 04.03.2015 [RBE No.14/2015]

 

Sub: Revision of pension of pre-2006 pensioners’ – inclusion of Non-Practicing Allowance [NPA] in revision of pension of Retired Medical Officers

A copy of Department of Pension and Pensioners’ Welfare [DOP&PW]’s  O.M. No. 38/31/11-P&PW[A] [Vol.IV] dated 18.02.2015  on the above subject is enclosed for information and compliance.  These instructions shall apply mutatis mutandis on the Railways also. The Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure’s O.M. No.1/1/2008-IC dated 30.08.2008 mentioned in DOP&PW’s O.M. dated 18.02.2015 has been adopted on Railways vide Railway Board’s letter No.PC-VI/2008/I/RSRP/1 dated 11.09.2008.

 

  1. 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 Corresponding instructions of Railway Board.
1. 38/37/08-P&PW[A] dated 01.09.2008 F[E]III/2008/PN1/12 dated 08.09.2008
2. 38/37/08-P&PW[A]pt.1  dated 03.10.2008 & 14.10.2008 F[E]III/2008/PN1/12 dated 08.10.2008 & 18.11.2008, respectively.
3. 38/37/08-P&PW[A] dated 28.01.2013 F[E]III/2008/PN1/12 dated 11.02.2013
4. 38/31/11-P&PW[A][Vol.IV] dated 14.10.2014 F[E]III/2008/PN1/12 dated 27.10.2014
5. 45/10/98-P&P[A] dated 17.12.1998 F[E]III/98/PN1/29 dated 15.01.1999
6. 45/86/97-P&P[A] [Pt.] dated 11.05.2001 F[E]III/99/PN1/20 dated 20.08.2001
7. 38/37/08-P&PW[A] dated 14.07.2009 F[E]III/2008/PN1/12 dated 17.07.2009

 

Copy of DOP&PW’s  O.M. No. 38/31/11-P&PW[A] [Vol.IV] dated 18.02.2015

Sub: Revision of pension of pre-2006 pensioners’ – inclusion of Non-Practicing Allowance [NPA] in revision of pension of Retired Medical Officers

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The undersigned is directed to say that in accordance with para 4.2 of this Department’s O.M. No. 38/37/08-P&PW[A] dated 01.09.2008 [ as clarified vide OM dated 3.10.2008 and 14.10.2008], the revised pension of pre-2006  pensioners shall, in no case, be lower than fifty per cent of the minimum of the pay in the pay band plus the grade pay corresponding to the pre-revised pay scale from which the pensioner had retired.  In the case of HAG and above scales, this will be fifty per cent of the minimum of the revised pay scale.  Further, in accordance with OM No. 38/37/08-P&PW[A] dated 28.01.2013, the normal pension in respect of pre-2006 pensioners /family pensioners as revised w.e.f. 01.01.2006 in terms of para 4.1 or para 4.2 of the aforesaid OM dated 01.09.2008 would also be further stepped up w.e.f. 24.09.2012 to 50% of the sum of minimum of pay in the pay band and the grade pay corresponding to the pre-revised pay scale in which the Government servant had retired, as arrived at with reference to the fitment tables annexed to the Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure OM No.1/1/2008-IC dated 30th August, 2008.   In the case of HAG and above scales, this will be  50% of the minimum of  the pay in the revised pay scale arrived at with reference to the fitment tables annexed to the above OM dated 30.08.2008 of Ministry of Finance [Department of Expenditure].

  1. In its judgement dated 27.11.2013 in Civil Appeal No.10640-46/2013 and other connected matters, Hon’ble Supreme Court observed that in accordance with Ministry of Health and Family Welfare’s OM No.45012/11/97-CHS.V dated 7.4.1998, NPA counts as pay for all service benefits including retirement benefits.  In implementation of the aforesaid judgement of Hon’ble Supreme Court, orders have been issued vide this Department’s OM No. 38/31/11-P&PW[A][Vol.IV] dated 14.10.2014 read with OM dated 21.10.2014 that in the case of pre-1996 retired medical officers, NPA@ 25% shall be added to the minimum of the revised scale of pay as on 01.01.1996 corresponding to the pre-1996 pay scales from which the pensioner had retired, in cases where consolidated pension /family pension was to be stepped up to 50% / 30% respectively of the minimum of revised pay scale in terms of OM No. 45/10/98-P&PW[A] dated 17.12.1998 read with OM No. 45/86/97-P&PW[A] [Pt.] dated 11.5.2001.
  1. In this Department’s OM of even number dated 14.7.2009, it was clarified that in the case of pre-2006 pensioners, Non-Practicing Allowance is not to be added to the minimum of  the revised pay band + Grade Pay /revised pay scale in cases  where consolidated pension /family pension as on 01.01.2006 is to be stepped up to 50% /30% respectively in terms of para 4.2 of Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare’s OM No.38/37/08-P&PW[A] dated 01.09.2008 [ as clarified vide OM dated 03.10.2008 and 14.10.2008].
  1. In the OM No. A.45012/2/2008-CHS.V dated 29.09.2008 of Ministry of Health & FW, it is provided that NPA will be treated as pay for the purpose of computing Dearness Allowance, entitlement of Travelling Allowance and other allowances as well as for calculation of retirement benefits. Therefore, the ratio of the said judgement dated 27.11.2013 in CA No.10640-46/2013 would be applicable for revision of pension /family pension of pre-2006 retired civilian medical officers w.e.f. 01.01.2006 also.  Accordingly, the OM dated 38/37/08-P&PW[A] dated 14.07.2009 is hereby withdrawn.  In the case of pre-2006 retired medical officers, NPA @ 25% would be required to be added to the minimum of the pay in the revised pay band plus grade pay [or minimum of pay in the revised pay scale in the case of HAG and above] as on 01.01.2006 corresponding to the pre-revised pay scale from which they retired, in cases where pension /family pension is to be stepped up to 50% /30% of the minimum pay respectively.
  1. Similarly, for revision of pension /family pension w.e.f. 24.09.2012 in terms of OM dated 28.01.2013, NPA @ 25% would be required to be added to the minimum of the pay in the revised pay band plus grade pay [or minimum of pay in the revised pay scale in the case of HAG and above] corresponding to the pre-revised pay scale from which they retired as arrived at with reference to the fitment table annexed to the Department of Expenditure’s OM dated 30.08.2008 subject to the condition that the basic pay plus NPA does not exceed Rs.85,000/-.
  1. This issues with the approval of the Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure vide their I.D. No. 721/E-V/2014 dated 02.1.2015 and Ministry of Law F.No.213/Advice ‘A’/2015 dated 29.01.2015.

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RBA No.05/2014

Board’s letter No. 2010/AC-II/21/18 dated 31.03.2014   [RBA No.05/2014]          

Sub: Accountal of withdrawal of erroneous contributions received into NPS instead of GPF

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A number of cases exist on Railways wherein employees initially covered under New Pension System were later on covered under old pension scheme due to various administrative reasons like counting of previous service etc.  During this period the NPS subscription of these employees were remitted to the Trustee Bank.

PFRDA, vide their letter dated 22.01.2013 circulated to Railways vide Board’s letter of even no. dated 02.07.2013, have now clarified that such cases will be treated as erroneous transfer and 100% withdrawal of accrued pension wealth is allowed in such cases, subject to the condition that such proceeds shall mandatorily be transferred back to the concerned  PAO/DDO from whom the request for withdrawal has arisen.

Accordingly, Railways are processing the applications received from such employees and the accrued pension wealth is being returned to the Railways  In this regard, some of the Railways have sought clarification regarding the accounting treatment of the amounts so refunded.  The matter has been examined in consultation with the Finance Directorate and the position is clarified as under:

 

Government Contribution:

The Government Contribution, alongwith interest thereon received back, may be credited to Pension Fund since the pension expenditure of such staff shall eventually be borne by Pension Fund.

 

Employees Contribution:

The Contribution made by the employee towards NPS alongwith interest thereon may be credited to the employee’s PF account against compulsory subscription and the balance amount may be returned to the employee [or] be treated as VPF subscription, if so opted by the employee.

Kindly issue necessary instructions to the concerned officials and ensure compliance.

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RBE No. 15/2015

Board’s letter No. E(D&A)2015 GS1-1 dated 05.03.2015  [RBE No. 15/2015] 

         Sub: Alignment of Service Rules with Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act 2013.

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The Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013 {SHWW (PPR) Act} has been promulgated on 22.04.2013. Further to the Act, the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Rules, 2013 {SHWW (PPR) Rules} were notified on 09.12.2013. The Act and the Rules framed thereunder provide a redressal mechanism for handling cases of sexual harassment at workplace. The Act and Rules are available at the website of the Ministry of Women and Child Development (wcd.nic.in) under Legislation/Acts.

  1. The guidelines laid down by the Hon’ble Supreme Court in the case of Vishakha vs. State of Rajasthan, in the matter of sexual harassment of women at the workplace, were circulated on the Railways vide Railway Board’s letter No.E(D&A) 97 GS1-4 dated 01.07.1998. These instructions, interalia, envisaged the constitution of a complaints committee for looking into complaints of sexual harassment and also specified the composition of such committee. These instructions also laid down guidelines regarding preventive steps, disciplinary/criminal proceedings against the offender, workers initiative to raise matters of sexual harassment at meetings, awareness etc. in context of sexual harassment of working women.
  2. Subsequently, Railway Board’s letter No.E(D&A) 2009 GS1-9 dated 30.01.2010. also laid down that the Complaints Committee shall be in existence at all times. Its composition along with names, contact details should be put on public display notice Board prominently in offices, workshops, stations where there is major concentration of staff. Changes in its composition, wherever necessary, should be made promptly and adequately publicized. It was also laid down that the composition of the Complaints committee be also posted on the websites of the concerned Ministries/Departments/Offices concerned. A copy of DoP&T’s O.M. dated 03.08.2009 was also circulated  alongwith the said letter which interalia laid down that the Committee should be effective and functional at all times and that it is desirable for the Committee to meet once a quarter, even if there is no live case and review preparedness to fulfill all requirements of the Vishakha judgment in the Department/Ministry/Organisation concerned.
  3. Further, the proviso to Rule 9(2) of the RS (D&A) Rules, 1968 provides that the Complaints Committee established in each office under Railways enquiring into such complaints shall be deemed to be the inquiring authority appointed by the disciplinary authority and the committee shall hold the inquiry in accordance with the procedure laid down in these rules, to the extent practicable.
  4. The procedure being followed on the Railways for dealing with matters of sexual harassment of women at the workplace, has been modified by the SHWW(PPR) Act and the SHWW(PPR) Rules. The salient features of the Act and the Rules and the instructions issued by the Department of Personnel & Training, in this regard are as follows:-

5.1             Definition of the terms ‘Sexual Harassment’ and ‘Workplace’

Section 2(n) and 2(o) of the Act define the terms ‘Sexual Harassment’ and ‘Workplace’ in relation to the Act. Rule 3C of the RS(Conduct) Rules has been amended vide Board’s letter no.E(D&A)2014 GS1-4 dated 12.01.2015 to incorporate these definitions in the RS(Conduct) Rules relating to sexual harassment of working women.

5.2             Constitution of Internal Complaints Committee

5.2.1          Section 4 of the Act lays down that:-

(i)              Every employer at a workplace shall constitute a committee known as the ‘Internal Complaints Committee’ for looking into the complaints of sexual harassment of working women in that organisation, provided that where the offices or administrative units of the workplace are located at different places or divisional or sub-divisional level, the Internal Committee shall be constituted at all administrative units or offices.

(ii)              The members of the Internal Complaints Committee shall be nominated as follows:-

(a)             a Presiding Officer who shall be a woman employed at a senior level at workplace form amongst the employees. Provided that where such senior level employee is not available the Presiding Officer shall be nominated from other offices or administrative units of the workplace. Provided further that in the case the other offices or administrative units do not have a senior level woman employee, the Presiding Officer shall be nominated from any other workplace of the same employer or other department or organisation.

(b)             not less than two Members from amongst employees preferably committed to the cause of women or who had experience in social work or have legal knowledge;

(c)             one member from amongst non-governmental organizations or associations committed to the cause of women or a person familiar with the issues relating to sexual harassment;

(d)             At least one-half of the total Members so nominated shall be women. This however does not imply that most or all of the members of the  Complaint committee may be nominated from amongst women. In the interest of fairplay and equal opportunity, male members should also be included in such Committees so that there is no apprehension of bias of the Complaint Committee for either party.

5.2.2.         The conditions related to membership of the Internal Complaints Committee are laid down in sub-sections [3] to [5] of section 4 of the Act.  Rule 3 of the SHWW[PPR] Rules, 2013 lays down the fee or allowances payable to the member from amongst NGOs/Associations, referred to in para 5.2.1 [ii] [c] above.

5.2.3.         Railways etc. may ensure that the Internal Complaints Committees functional in their offices under their Railway etc., satisfy the conditions laid down in the Act.  It may also be impressed upon the Complaints Committee to scrupulously follow the instructions contained in Board’s letter No. E[D&A]2009 GS1-9 dated 30.01.2010 relating to functioning of the Complaints Committee.

 

5.3.            Complaint under the SHWW[PPR] Act

5.3.1.         The salient features of the section 9 of the Act, relating to filing of complaints under the Act are as follows:

[i]       The complaint of sexual harassment at the workplace can be made by an aggrieved woman to the Internal Complaints Committee within 3 months of the incident [or where there is a series of incidents, within 3 months of the last such incident], provided further that this time limit can be extended by 3 months, for reasons recorded in writing, where the Committee is satisfied that circumstances were there which prevented the woman from filing a complaint within the said period.  It is further laid down that where such complaint cannot be made in writing, the Committee shall render all reasonable assistance to the woman to make the complaint in writing.

[ii]      The legal heir of the woman or any other person, as prescribed in Rule 6 of the SHWW[PPR] Rules, 2013 may make the complaint, if the aggrieved woman is unable to do so herself on account of physical or mental incapacity or death or otherwise.

[iii]     If any complaint is received directly by the Internal Committee, the same shall be referred to the appropriate disciplinary authority and the Committee shall inquire into the complaint on the complaint being referred to it by the disciplinary authority.

5.4.           Conciliation proceedings

                 The salient features of the section 10 of the Act, relating to conciliation proceedings are as follows:

[i]       The Internal Committee may before initiating inquiry under Section 11 of the Act, and at the request of the aggrieved woman take steps to settle the matter between her and the charged official through conciliation, provided that no monetary settlement shall be made as a basis of the conciliation.

[ii]      Where a settlement has been arrived at, the Internal Committee shall record the settlement and forward the same to the disciplinary authority to take action as specified in the recommendation.

[iii]     Where a settlement has been arrived as mentioned above, no further inquiry shall be conducted by the Internal Committee.

5.5.           Inquiry into complaint

5.5.1.        Section 11 of the Act lays down the mechanism of conducting an inquiry into the complaint.  The salient features relating to conduct of inquiry are as follows:

[i]       Subject to the provisions of section 10 of the Act, the Internal Committee shall conduct inquiry into the complaint as per service rules applicable to the charged official.  Also where the aggrieved woman informs the Internal Committee that any term or condition of the settlement arrived at under section 10  has not been complied with by the charged official, the Internal Committee shall proceed to make an inquiry into the complaint.  Provided further that where the parties are employees, the parties shall during the course of the inquiry be given an opportunity to be heard and a copy of the findings shall be made available to both the parties enabling them to make representation against the findings before the Committee.

[ii]      The Committee will, as far as practicable, follow the procedures prescribed in Rule 9 of RS[D&A] Rules, 1968.

[iii]     For the purpose of making inquiry, the Internal Committee shall have the same powers as are vested in the civil court under the Code of Civil Procedure, 1908, when trying a suit in respect of the following matters, namely:

[a]   summoning and enforcing the attendance of any person and examining him    under oath;

[b]   requiring the discovery and production of documents; and

[c]   any other matter which may be prescribed.

[iv]     The inquiry shall be completed by the Internal Committee within a period of 90 days.

5.6            Recommendations of Internal Committee during the pendency of inquiry

Section 12 of the Act prescribes the action that can be taken by the Internal Committee during pendency of the inquiry, which are as follows:

[i]       During the pendency of the inquiry, on a written request made by the aggrieved woman,  the Internal Committee may recommend  the competent authority on the Railway to-

[a]   transfer the aggrieved woman or the charged official to any other workplace, or

[b]    grant leave to the aggrieved woman up to a period of three months, provided that such leave shall be in addition to the leave she would be otherwise entitled.

[c]   grant such other relief to the aggrieved woman as may be prescribed

[ii]      On the recommendation of the Internal Committee as above, the employer shall implement the recommendations  and send the report of such implementation to the Internal Committee.

[iii]     The other reliefs that may be granted to the complainant by the Internal Committee during the pendency of the inquiry are specified in Rule 8 of SHWW[PPR] Rules, 2013.

5.7  Inquiry report

       As per section 13 of the Act, the following action will be taken on the inquiry report of the Complaints Committee:-

(i)      On completion of the inquiry, the Internal Committee shall provide a report of its findings to the disciplinary authority within ten days from the date of completion of inquiry and such report shall be made available to the concerned parties.

(ii)      Where the Internal Committee arrives at the conclusion that the allegation against the charged official has not been proved, it shall recommend to the disciplinary authority that no action is required in this matter.

(iii)     Where the Internal Committee arrives at the conclusion that the allegation against the charged official has been proved, it shall recommend to the disciplinary authority.

(a)  to take action for sexual harassment as a misconduct in accordance with the provisions of the service rules applicable to the charged official.

(b)    to deduct, notwithstanding anything in the service rules applicable to the charged official, from the salary or wages of the charged official such sum as it may consider appropriate to be paid to the aggrieved women or to her legal heirs, as it may determine in accordance with the provisions of Section 15 of the Act. Provided that in case the Railway is unable to make such deduction from the salary of the charged official due to his being absent from duty or cessation of employment it may direct to the charged official to pay such sum to the aggrieved woman. Provided further that in case the  charged official fails to pay the sum, the Internal Committee may forward the order for recovery of the sum as an arrear of land revenue to the concerned District Officer. Such compensation awarded by the Internal Committee to the aggrieved woman or to her legal heirs shall not amount to penalty under Rule 6 of RS(D&A) Rules, 1968.

(c)     The disciplinary authority shall act upon the recommendation within sixty days of its receipt by him.

Action is being taken to amend Rule 6 of RS(D&A) Rules to provide that such compensation will not amount to a penalty under Rule 6 of RS(D&A) Rules.

5.8  Punishment for false or malicious complaint and false evidence

       Section 14 of the Act lays down that-

(i)      Where the Internal Committee arrives at a conclusion that the allegation against the charged official is malicious or the aggrieved  woman or any other person making complaint has made the complaint knowing it to be false or the aggrieved woman or any other person making the complaint has produced any forged or misleading document, it may recommend to the competent disciplinary authority to take action against the woman or the person who has made the complaint under section 9, in accordance with the provisions of the service rules applicable to her or him or where no such service rules exist, in such manner as laid down in Rule 10 of SHWW(PPR) Rules. Provided that mere inability to substantiate a complaint or provide adequate proof need not attract action against the complainant.  Provided further that malicious intent on part of the complainant shall be established after an inquiry in accordance with the procedure prescribed, before any action is recommended.

(ii)      Where the Internal Committee arrives at a conclusion that during the inquiry any witness has given false evidence or produced any forged or misleading document, it may recommend to the employer of the witness to take action in accordance with the provisions of the service rules applicable to such witness.

5.9  Determination of compensation

       Section 15 of the Act lays down that-

(i)      For the purpose of determining the sums to be paid to the aggrieved woman under section 13, the Internal Committee shall have regard to-

(a)   the mental trauma, pain, suffering and emotional distress caused to the aggrieved woman;

(b)   the loss in the career opportunity due to the incident of sexual harassment;

(c)   medical expenses incurred by the victim for physical and psychiatric treatment;

(d)   income and financial status of the charged official;

(e)   feasibility of such payment in lump sum or in instalments.

 

5.10          Prohibition of publication or making known contents or complaint and inquiry proceedings and penalty there for

                 Section 16 & 17 of the Act lays down that –

[i]       Notwithstanding anything contained in the Right to Information Act, 2005, the contents of the complaint made under section 9, the identity and addresses of the aggrieved woman, charged official and witnesses, any information relating to conciliation and inquiry proceedings, recommendation of the Internal Committee and the action taken by the employer under the provisions of this Act shall not be published, communicated or made known to the public, press and media in any manner.  Provided that information may be disseminated regarding the justice secured to any victim of sexual harassment under this Act without disclosing the name, address, identity or any other particulars calculated to lead to identification of the aggrieved woman and witnesses.

[ii]      Where any person entrusted with the duty to handle or deal with the complaint, inquiry or any recommendation or action to be taken under the provisions of this Act, contravenes the provisions of Section 16 of the Act, he shall be liable for penalty in accordance with the provisions of the service rules applicable to him.

5.11          Appeal

                 Section 18 of the Act provides that-

(i)    Any person aggrieved from the recommendations made under section 13(2) or clauses (i) or (ii) of section 13(3) or sub-sections (1) or (2) of section 14 or section 17 or non-implementation of such recommendations, may prefer an appeal to the Court or Tribunal in accordance with the provisions of service rules applicable to the said person. The appeal shall be preferred within a period of ninety days of the recommendations.

5.12          Duties of the employer

Section 19 of the Act lays down that the employer shall-

[i]     provide a safe working environment at the workplace which shall include safety from the persons coming into contact at the workplace;

[ii]    display at any conspicuous place in the workplace, the penal consequences of sexual harassments; and the order constituting, the Internal Committee under sub-section [1] of section 4;

[iii]   organize workshops and awareness programs at regular intervals for sensitizing the employees with the provisions of the Act and orientation programs for the members of the Internal Committee in the manner as may be prescribed;

[iv]    provide necessary facilities to the Internal Committee for dealing with the complaint and conducting an inquiry;

[v]   assist in securing the attendance of the charged official and witnesses before the Internal Committee;

[vi]   make available such information to the Internal Committee as it may require having regard to the complaint made under section 9[1];

[vii]  provide assistance to the woman if she so chooses to file a complaint in relation to the offence under the Indian Penal code or any other law for the time being in force;

[viii]  cause to initiate action, under the Indian Penal code or any other law for the time being in force, against the perpetrator, or if the aggrieved woman so desires where the perpetrator is not an employee, in the workplace at which the incident of sexual harassment took place;

[ix] treat sexual harassment as a misconduct under the service rules and initiate action for such misconduct;

[x] monitor the timely submission of report by the Internal Committee.

5.13          Miscellaneous provisions

                 [i] In terms of section 21 of the Act, the Internal Committee shall in each calendar year prepare, an annual report as per the provisions of Rule 14 of the SHWW(PPR) Rules, 2013, and submit the same to the employer.

[ii] In terms of section 22 of the Act, the employer shall include in its report the number of cases filed, if any, and their disposal under the Act, in the annual report of his organization.

  1. The above provisions may be brought to the notice of all officers and staff on the Railways.

 

Board’s letter No. E[NG]II/2015/RC-1/Genl./1 dated 05.03.2015  

Sub: Appointment on the Railways – Minimum educational qualification regarding.

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Attention is invited to this Ministry’s letter No. E[NG]II-82/RC 1/98 dated 01.09.1982 and E[NG]II-91/RC-1/117 [MC] dated 30.09.1992 [RBE No. 164 of 1992], laying down instructions that 50% in Matriculation need not be insisted upon and candidates having a pass in Matriculation may be considered for appointment against physically handicapped quota as well as on compassionate grounds.

Board have recently issued guidelines enhancing the minimum educational qualification for various posts in Non-Technical Popular categories to 12th [+2 stage] or its equivalent examination with not less than 50% marks in aggregate.

References are being received from field units, seeking clarification whether in case of appointment against physically handicapped quota and of compassionate ground appointment, the candidate has to possess minimum of 50% in 12th [+2 stage].

The matter has been looked into and it has been decided by the Board that dispensation of non-insistence upon the 50% marks clause may be continued for such cases.

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RBE No.17/2015 

Board’s letter No. 2015/E[Sports]/4[1]/2/Educational Qualification dated 10.03.2015   [RBE No.17/2015]          

Sub: Relaxation in minimum educational qualification norms for recruitment of sportspersons in Group-C against sports quota, both through Talent Scouting and Open Advertisement, against the posts under Non-Technical Popular Categories. 

Ref: Railway Board’s letter No.E[NG]II/2012/RR-1/16/Pt.A dated 17.12.2014 [RBE No. 145/2014].

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In the aforesaid letter it has been stipulated that the minimum educational qualification for recruitment to the post of Office Clerk, Accounts Clerk, Ticket Collector, Commercial Clerk and Trains Clerk under Non-Technical Popular Categories [NTPC], should be 12th [+2 stage] pass or equivalent , with not less than 50% marks in the aggregate.

  1. The question has been raised as to whether in the case of sportsperson to be appointed against the post mentioned in pre-para, has to possess minimum of 50% marks in the 12th [+2 stage]. The matter has been considered and it has been decided that for recruitment to said posts against sports quota, both through Talent Scouting and Open Advertisement, the candidate having minimum of 50% marks in 12th class [+2 stage] need not be insisted upon and candidates possessing a pass certificate in 12th class [+2 stage], may also be considered for appointment, provided the other prescribed conditions are satisfied in their case.
  1. This issues with the approval of Board [M.S.].

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RBE No.16/2015

Board’s letter No. E[MPP]2015/6/2 dated 09.03.2015   [RBE No.16/2015]            

Sub: Forwarding of Gazette Notification No. GSR 910[E] dated 19.12.2014 regarding enhancement of rates of stipend for Graduate, Technician and Technician [Vocational] Apprentices under Apprentices Act, 1961.

Please refer to  Ministry of Railway’s letters No. E[MPP]2007/6/3, dated 23.08.2007 [RBE No. 109/2007]  dated 09.03.2011 [RBE No. 31/2011] and E[MPP]2013/6/7 dated 15.01.2014 [RBE No. 08/2014].

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  19.12.2014  at the revised rates as notified in the Directorate  General of Employment & Training,  Ministry of Labour and Employment’s Notification No. G.S.R.910[E] dated 19.12.2014 published in Part II, Section 3, Sub-section[i] of the Extraordinary Gazette of India on 23.12.2014(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 Notification No. DGET-4 [1]/2012-AP dated 19.12.2014 issued by the Directorate General of Employment & Training, Ministry of Labour & Employment, published in the Gazette of India [Extraordinary] Part II- Section 3, Sub Section[i]

G.S.R. 910[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 [Fourth Amendment] Rules, 2014.

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

  1. In the Apprenticeship Rules, 1992, in rule 11, in sub-rule[2] for clauses [a], [b], [c], [d] and [e] and the entries relating thereto, the following entries shall be substituted, namely:-

“  [a] Graduate Apprentices                       4984 per month

[b] Sandwich Course [Students from Degree Institutions]                  3542 per month

[c] Technician Apprentices                                         3542 per month

[d] Sandwich Course [Students from Diploma Institutions]                 2890 per month

[e] Technician [Vocational] Apprentices                 2758 per month 

 

Note: The principal rules were published in the Gazette of India, Part II, Section 3, sub-section [i], dated the 1st August, 1992  vide notification number G.S.R. 356,  dated the 15th July, 1992 and  last amended vide notification number G.S.R. 680 [E], dated the 22nd  September, 2014.

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Board’s letter No. E[W]2007 PS 5-1/9 dated 31.03.2015 

 Sub: Extending the validity of full/half sets of Privilege Passes, Post Retirement Complimentary Passes, Widow Passes and Privilege Ticket Orders [PTOs].

 Ref: Railway Board’s letter of even number dated 26.03.2012

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Standing instructions were issued vide Board’s letter cited under reference that the validity period of full/half sets of Privilege /Post Retirement / Complimentary/Widow Passes and PTOs shall be one month more than the Advance Reservation Period [ARP], in general, from the date of issue.  It further stipulated that if advance reservation period is reduced in future, the validity of Passes /PTOs will not be less than four months period.  Advance Correction Slip No. 73 to the Railway Servants [Pass] Rules, 1986 [2nd Edition, 1993] was also issued.  Based on the advance reservation period of 120 days which then came into effect in terms of Board’s Commercial Circular No. 12 of 2012, the validity period of Passes/ PTOs was advised to be increased to 5 months  from 4 months.  It was also stated therein that enhancing the validity period of passes and PTOs was to facilitate securing confirmed reservations on such Passes and PTOs.

  1. While the ARP was reduced in 2013, the Railways have reduced the validity of Passes / PTOs to 4 months, in pursuance of above standing instructions. However, consequent to revision of ARP from 60 days to 120 days in terms of Board’s Commercial Circular No. 11 of 2015 dated 27.02.2015, clarifications are being sought by some Railways on the date from which the validity of Passes/PTOs are to be increased to 5 months and also regarding the period of validity of year ending Passes /PTOs of calendar year 2014.
  1. It is clarified that keeping the spirit of the instructions contained in Board’s letter cited under reference, Passes/PTOs should be issued one month before the ARP comes into effect so that confirmed reservation on such Passes /PTOs is facilitated. The Railways /PUs should, therefore, issue Passes /PTOs  with revised validity period, a soon as effective date of ARP is advised by Traffic Commercial Dte. of Railway Board.
  1. Regarding the validity period of year-ending Passes /PTOs, it is clarified that the same shall be as per the validity period admissible on 31st December of respective calendar year since year-ending Passes/PTOs are deemed to have been issued latest by that day.  Accordingly, for the calendar year 2014, the validity period of Passes /PTOs shall be 4 months from 31.12.2014.

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RBE No.26/2015

Board’s letter No. E[D&A]2014 GS1-2 dated 25.03.2015  [RBE No.26/2015]          

Sub: The Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013 – Submission of declarations and assets and liabilities  by the Railway servants.

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          Attention is invited to Railway Board’s letter of even No. dated 01.09.2014, whereby the Public Servants [Furnishing of Information and Annual Return of Assets and Liabilities and the Limits for Exemption of Assets in Filing Returns] Rules, 2014, [hereinafter referred to as Principal Rules, notified by Department of Personnel & Training vide Gazette notification G.S.R. No.501[E] dated 14.07.2014, were circulated on the Railways.  Pursuant to these rules, all Railway servants are required to furnish information relating to their assets and liabilities under section 44 of the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013, as per Appendix-I and Appendix-II [consisting of Forms No. I to IV] to the Rules.

  1. These Rules have since been modified by the Public Servants [Furnishing of Information and Annual Return of Assets and Liabilities and the Limits for Exemption of Assets in Filing Returns] Amendment Rules, 2014, notified by Department of Personnel & Training vide Gazette notifications G.S.R. No.638[E] dated 08.09.2014 and G.S.R. No.918[E] dated 26.12.2014. These notifications are available at the Department of Personnel & Training’s website at http://persmin.nic.in/Lokpal Homepage New.asp.  These amendment rules have extended the time limit for filing of revised returns, referred to in proviso under sub-rule[2] of Rule 3 of the Principal Rules to 30.04.2015.  The notification dated 26.12.2014 also modified the Forms No. II and IV of Appendix-II to the Principal Rules.
  1. In this regard it is clarified that:-

[i]       The first return [as on 1st August, 2014] under the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013, should be filed on or before the 30th April, 2015.

[ii]      The next annual return under the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013, for the year ending 31st March, 2015 should be filed on or before 31st July, 2015; and

[iii]     The annual return for subsequent years as on 31st March every year should be filed on or before 31st July of that year.

 

  1. The following Assets & Liabilities Return forms [both in English and Hindi ] are enclosed herewith as indicated below:

 

  1. Declaration to be filed with Return of Assets and Liabilities on First Appointment or as on 31st March, 20…. [Under Section 44 of the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013]. [Appendix-I of the notification dated 14.07.2014] 

[a] FORM No. I – Details of Railway servant, his/her spouse and dependent children [Appendix-II of the notification dated 14.07.2014]

      [b] Modified FORM No.II –  Statement of movable property on first appointment or as on the 31st March, 20…. [Appendix-II of the notification dated 14.07.2014 as modified vide notification dated 26.12.2014 ] 

     [c] FORM No.III – Statement of immovable property on first appointment or as on the 31st March, 20…. [ eg. Lands, House, Shops, Other Buildings, etc. [Appendix-II of the notification dated 14.07.2014]

      [d] Modified FORM No. IV –  Statement of Debts and Other Liabilities on first appointment or as on the 31st March, 20…. [Appendix-II of the notification dated 14.07.2014 as modified vide notification dated 26.12.2014 ] 

  1. Railways etc. may ensure that all officers and staff in their organisation file the said declarations/ returns within the prescribed time limits, in the aforementioned forms.

 

APPENDIX-I

{Rule 3[1]}

Return of Assets and Liabilities on First Appointment or as on the 31st March, 20…….*

[Under Sec 44 of the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013]

 

  1. Name of the Railway servant in full ……….………..………………………..

 

2[a].     Present public position held                      ………..………………………..……….

[Designation, name and                          ………..……………………………. ….

Address of organisation                       ………………………….………………

 

[b]      Service to which belongs

[if applicable]:                                   ….………………………………………

 

Declaration:

 

I hereby declare that the return enclosed namely, Forms I to IV are complete, true and correct to the best of my knowledge and belief, in respect of information due to be furnished by me under the provisions of section 44 of the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013.

 

Date……………….                                                        Signature……………………….

 

*     In case of first appointment please indicate date of appointment.

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Note 1: This return shall contain particulars of all assets and liabilities of the public servant either in his/her own name or in the name of any other person.  The return should include details in respect of assets/liabilities of spouse and dependent children as provided in Section 44[2] of the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013.

 

[Section 44[2]: A public servant shall, within a period of thirty days from the date on which he makes and subscribes an oath or affirmation to enter upon his office, furnish to the competent authority the information relating to –

 

[a]       the assets of which he, his spouse and his dependent children are, jointly or       severally, owners or beneficiaries;

 

[b]        his liabilities and that of his spouse and his dependent children.]

 

Note 2: If a public servant is a member of Hindu Undivided Family with co-parcenary rights in the properties of the family either as a ‘Karta’ or as a member, he should indicate in the return in Form No.III the value of his share in such property and where it is not possible to indicate the exact value of such share, its approximate value.  Suitable explanatory notes may be added wherever necessary.

 

Note 3: “dependent children” means sons and daughters who have no separate means of earning and are wholly dependent on the public servant for their livelihood. [Explanation below Section 44[3] of Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013].

  

            APPENDIX-II

{Rule 3[1]}

Form No.I

Details of Railway Servant, his/her spouse and dependent children

S.No. Name Public Position held, if any Whether return being filed by him/her separately
1 Self
2 Spouse
3 Dependent-1
4 Dependent-2
5* Dependent-3

*Add more rows, if necessary.

Date……………..                                                                   Signature………………….

 

Form No.II

Statement of movable property on first appointment or as on the 31st March 20……..

Details of the movable assets of self, spouse and dependent children:

 

S.No. Description Remarks, if any
[i]* Cash and bank balance:
[ii]** Insurance [premia paid]:
Fixed /Recurring Deposit[s]:
Shares /Bonds:
Mutual Fund[s]:
Pension Scheme /Provident Fund
Other investments, if any:
[iii] Personal Loans /advance given to any person or entity including firm, company, trust, etc. and other receivables from debtors and the amount [exceeding two months basic pay or Rupees one lakh as the case may be]:
[iv] Motor Vehicles [Details of make, registration, year of purchase and amount paid :
[v] Jewellery:

[Give details of approximate weight [plus or minus 10 gms. In respect of gold and precious stones; plus or minus 100 gm. in respect of silver

Gold
Silver
Precious metals and  precious stones
Composite items: [indicating approximate value]***
[vi] Any other assets [give details of movable assets not covered in [i] to [v] above]
[a] Furniture
[b] Fixtures
[c] Antiques
[d] Paintings
[e] Electronic Equipments
[f] others
{Indicate the details of an asset, only if the total current value of any particular category [eg. Furniture, fixtures, electronic equipments etc.] exceeds two months basic pay or Rs.1.00 lakh as the case may be. }

 

Date…….                                                                                   Signature…………………

*   Details of deposits in foreign Bank[s] to be given separately.

**  Investments above Rs. 2 lakhs to be reported individually.  Investments below Rs. 2       lakhs may be reported together.

***Value indicated in the first return need not be revised in subsequent returns as long as  no new composite item has been acquired or no existing items had been disposed of, during the relevant year.

 

 Form No.III

Statement of Immovable property on first appointment or as on the 31st March 20……..

[e.g. Lands, Home, Shops, other Buildings, etc.]

[Held by Railway Servant, his/her spouse and dependent children]

S.No. Description of property, [Land/ House/ Flat/ Shop /Industrial etc.] Precise location [Name of District, Division, Taluk and Village in which the property is situated and also its distinct-ive number etc. ] Area of land [in case of land and build-ings] Nature of land in case of landed prop-erty Extent of interest If not in name of Railway servant, state in whose name held and his/her relation-ship, if any to the public servant Date of acqui-sition How acquired [whether by purchase, mortgage, lease, inheritance, gift or otherwise] and name with details of person/ persons from whom acquired [address and connection of the Railway servant , if any, with the person /persons concerned] [Please see Note 1 below] and cost of acquisition Present value of the prop-erty [if exact value not known, approx. value may be indi-cated Total annual income from the property Remarks
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12

 

Date:……………                                                                                               Signature…………………..

 

Note[1]: For the purpose of Column 9, the term ‘lease’ would mean a lease of immovable property from year to year or for any term exceeding one year or reserving a yearly rent.  Where, however, the lease of immovable property is obtained from a person having official dealings with the Railway servant, such a lease should be shown in this Column irrespective of the term of lease, whether it is short term or long term,  and the periodicity of the payment of rent.

 

Form No.IV

 

Statement of Debts and other liabilities on first appointment or as on  31st March 20……..

S.No. Debtor [Self/ Spouse or dependent children] Name and address of Creditor Nature of debt/ liability and amount Remarks
1 2 3 4 5

 

Date:……………                                                                                               Signature…………………..

 

Note 1: Individual items of loans not exceeding two months basic pay [where applicable] and Rs.1.00 lakh in other cases need not be included.

Note 2: The statement should also include various loans and advances [exceeding the value in Note 1] taken from banks, companies, financial institutions, Central/State Government and from individuals.

 

RBE No.25/2015

Board’s letter No. 2015/E[Sports]/4[1]/4/Judo  dated 23.03.2015   [RBE No.25/2015] Clarification /Corrigendum No. 55           

Sub: Recognition to the game of Judo for the purpose of recruitment of sportspersons against sports quota. 

Ref: [i] Railway Board’s letter No. 2010/E[Sports]/4[1] /1 [Policy] dt. 31.12.2010 [RBE No. 189[B]/2010]

         [ii] Railway Board’s letter No. 2011/E[Sports]/4[1] /1 Policy Clarifications dated 27.03.2012 [RBE No. 42/2012]

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During the 70th Annual General Meeting of the General Council of Railway Sports Promotion Board, held in Rail Bhavan, New Delhi on 17.10.2014; it was decided by the House to include the game of Judo in the list of RSPB recognized games for the purpose of recruitment, participation, incentives etc.

  1. The proposal has accordingly been considered and approved by Railway Board. It is accordingly advised to insert the game of Judo in the list of recognized games, as mentioned under para 2.7 of Board’s policy letter dated 31.12.2010, referred to above; for recruitment, participation, incentives etc. to sportspersons against sports quota, with immediate effect.
  1. This issues with the approval of Board [MS].

 

RBE No.27/2015

Board’s letter No. 2015/E(Sports)/4(1)/5/Probation Period dated 25.03.2015

[RBE No.27/2015] Clarification /Corrigendum No. 56.          

Sub: Out of Turn Promotion of sportspersons on sports account in Probation period. 

Ref: Railway Board’s letter No. 2010/E(Sports)/ 4(1) /1(Policy) dated 31.12.2010 (RBE No. 189B/2010).

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In partial modification of existing policy, Ministry of Railways (Railway Board) have decided as under:

SN Reference/Existing Para Revised Para (Read as)
MODIFICATIONS TO EXISTING PARA
(i) Para 9.2.6 of letter No.2010/E(Sports) /4(1)/1(Policy) dated 31.12.2010 (RBE No.189B/2010)

 

No out-of-turn promotion shall be granted during probation period.

If a sportsperson acquires the norms for out of turn promotion, except the condition of completion of probation, in such case, the promotion may be granted and the balance probationary period be reckoned in the higher grade, in which the promotion is proposed to be carried out.

 

  1. This issues with the approval of Board [MS] and concurrence of the Finance Directorate of the Ministry of Railways [Railway Board].

 

RBE No.19/2015

Board’s letter No. E[W]2003/PS5-8/1 dated 16.03.2015  [RBE No.19/2015] 

         Sub: Family Identity Cards to retiring /retired railway employees.

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          In terms of Board’s letter of even number dated 24.08.2006 on the above subject, Family Identity Cards issued to retiring /retired railway employees are renewed after every 7 years.

  1. The issue regarding enhancing the validity of such Family Identity Cards from present 7 years has been under consideration in Board’s Office. The matter has been considered by Board and it has now been decided that validity of Family Identity Cards issued to retiring /retired railway employees and widows of railway employees will now be for lifetime instead of 7 years.  Other terms and conditions as laid down in Board’s letter of even number dated 04.06.2003 will remain the same.
  1. This issues with the concurrence of the Finance Directorate of the Ministry of Railways.

 

RBE No.21/2015 

Board’s letter No. E(NG)II/2012/RR-1/16/Pt.A dated 18.03.2015 [RBE No.21/2015]                  

Sub: Minimum educational qualification for open market recruitment to various posts on the Railways. 

Ref: Letter of even number dated 17.12.2014 [145/2014], E[NG]II/85/RC-3/66 dated 28.10.1985, E[NG]II/2000/RR-1/17 dated 13.07.2000 & 31.08.2001 E[NG]II/99/RR-1/98 dated 10.10.2001

Further to instructions contained in letter dated 17.12.2014 under reference,  it has now been decided that following category of posts will have revised qualification for open market as shown in the table below:-

Sl.No Category of Post Pay Band & Grade Pay Existing Qualification Essential Minimum Prescribed Qualification
1 Traffic Signaller PB-1       5200-20200       (GP        2000) Matriculation or its equivalent examination with not less than 50% marks in the aggregate. 12th (+2 stage) or its equivalent examination from a recognized Board/ University with not less than 50% marks in the aggregate
2 Switchmen PB-1 5200-20200   (GP 2400) Matriculation or its equivalent . 12th (+2 stage) or its equivalent examination from a recognized Board /University
3 Head Cook PB-1 5200-20200   (GP 2800) Matriculation with Craftsmanship in Cookery from a recognized Institute. 12th (+2 stage) or its equivalent from a recognized Board /University with Craftsmanship in Cookery from a recognized Institute.

NOTE: Recognition of Institution for the purpose will be determined by the recruiting agency.

4 Telephone Operator PB-1 5200-20200    (GP 1900) Matriculation or its equivalent. 12th (+2 stage) or its equivalent from a recognized Board /University
5 Health Visitor [Multipur-pose] PB-1 5200-20200  (GP 2400) Matriculation with multipurpose workers course from Institutes recognized by Central /State  Governments with three years field experience as an additional desirable qualification. 12th (+2 stage) from a recognized Board /University with multipurpose workers course from Institutes recognized by Central /State  Governments.
6 Laboratory Assistant, Grade III [CMT Wing] PB-1 5200-20200    (GP 1900) Matriculation /Higher Secondary with  Science, 12th (+2 stage) with Science or equivalent from a recognized Board /University
7 Shroff PB-1 5200-20200    (GP 1900) Matriculation or its equivalent examination 12th (+2 stage) or equivalent examination from a recognized Board /University
8 Stenogra-pher Gr.III PB-1 5200-20200  (GP 2400) Matriculation till replaced by Higher Secondary plus the professional qualification given in para 2 below. 12th (+2 stage) or equivalent examination from a recognized Board /University and for the skill test prescribed dictation speed of 80 w.p.m. duration time 10 minutes and transcription time is 50 minutes [English] and 65 minutes [Hindi].

 

  1. The standards of professional qualification for Rajbhasha Stenographer and English Stenographer is as given in table below:

 

S.No Speed Rajbhasha Stenographer English Stenographer
Duration Transcription Time Duration Transcription Time
i 80 w.p.m. 10 minutes 75 minutes 10 minutes 65  minutes
ii 100 w.p.m. 7 minutes 40 minutes 7 minutes 35 minutes
iii 120 w.p.m. 5 minutes 37 minutes 5 minutes 32 minutes

 

  1. These instructions will be effective from the date of its issue and ongoing recruitment for the above said categories where notification has been published will be governed by past instructions on the subject. The letters under reference and relevant provisions accordingly stand modified.
  1. Advance Correction Slip ( ACS) to Indian Railway Establishment Manual, Volume –I ( Revised Edition)-1989) , First RE-print Edition, 2009 will follow.

 

RBE No.20/2015

Board’s letter No. F(E)III/2008/PN1/13 dated 17.03.2015  [RBE No.20/2015]

           Sub: Simplification of pension procedure – submission of undertaking by retiring Government servant along with pension papers – reg.

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 A copy of Department of Pension and Pensioners’ Welfare (DOP&PW)’s O.M.                  No. 1/27/2011 –P&PW(E) dated 7th May, 2014 on the above subject is enclosed for information and compliance. These instructions shall apply mutatis mutandis on the Railways also. Form 5 of CCS (Pension) Rules mentioned in the said O.M. corresponds to Form 8 of Railways Services (Pension) Rules, 1993.

 

Copy of Department of Pension and Pensioners’ Welfare (DOP&PW)’s O.M.No. 1/27/2011 –P&PW(E) dated 7th May, 2014 [Important instructions]

Sub: Simplification of pension procedure – submission of undertaking by retiring Government servant along with pension papers – reg.

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The ‘Scheme for Payment of pensions to Central Government Civil Pensioners through Authorised Banks’, issued by the Central Pension Accounting Office provides for an undertaking to be submitted by the retiring Government servant /pensioner to the pension disbursing bank before commencement of pension.  The pensioner  undertakes to refund or make good any amount to which he is not entitled.

  1. It has been found that the first payment of pension after retirement gets delayed mainly due to two reasons. One, the delay in receipt of intimation by the pensioner that pension papers have reached the bank and two, delay on part of the pensioner in approaching the bank for submission of undertaking.
  1. The feasibility of submission of undertaking by the retiring Government servant along with pension papers had been under consideration in the Government for some time. The following simplification has therefore been approved with the concurrence of Department of Expenditure. Vide their I.D. No.130/E.V/2014, dated 24th February, 2014. The required undertaking may be obtained by the Head of Office from the retiring Government servant along with Form 5 and other documents before his retirement. This undertaking shall be forwarded to the pension disbursing bank along with the Pension Payment Order by the Accounts Officer/CPAO following the usual procedure. The bank shall credit the pension to the account of the pensioner as soon as this Undertaking is received along with the pension documents.
  1. The pensioner would no longer be required to visit the bank to activate the first payment of pension. Therefore, after ascertaining that the Bank’s copy has been dispatched by the Central Pension Accounting Office, the pensioner’s copy of the Pension Payment Order (PPO) may be handed over to him at the time of retirement along with other retirement dues. This should be feasible in all cases where the Government servant had submitted pension papers within the time-limits prescribed in the Central Civil Services (Pension) Rules, 1972.
  1. An employee posted at a location away from the office of the Head of Office or who for any other reasons feels that it would be more convenient to him to obtain his copy of PPO from the bank, may inform the Head of Office of his option in writing while submitting his pension papers.
  1. Office of Controller General of Accounts is requested to instruct all Pay and Accounts Offices and all pension disbursing banks to follow the above procedure as well as make necessary amendments to the pension sanction and payment procedures and the Scheme Booklet.
  1. All Ministries/Departments are requested to follow the above procedure henceforth. Department of Posts and Department of Telecommunications are requested to make suitable amendments to the instructions to the Accounts Officers and pension disbursing Post Offices/Banks to adhere to the above procedure.

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SPECIMEN LETTER OF UNDERTAKING BY THE PENSIONSIONER

Date:____________

To,

 

The Branch Manager,

__________________[Bank]

___________________ [Branch & address]

 

Dear Sir,

 

Payment of pension under A/C No.________________ through your Bank.

 

                   In consideration of your having, at my request, agreed to make payment of pension due to me every month by credit to my account  with you, I the undersigned agree and undertake to refund or make good any amount to which I am not entitled or any amount which may be credited to my account in excess of the amount to which I am not  entitled  or any amount which may be credited to my account in excess of the amount to which I am or would be entitled.  I further hereby undertake and agree to bind myself and my heirs, successor, executors and administrators to indemnify the bank from and against any loss, suffered or incurred by the bank in so crediting my pension to my account under the scheme and to forthwith pay the same to the bank and also irrevocably authorize the bank to recover the amount due by debit to my said account or any other account / deposits belonging to me in the possession of the bank.

 

Yours faithfully,

Signature:

Name:

Address:

Witness:

[1] Signature

Name:

Address:

 

[2] Signature

Name:

Address:

 

 

 

RBE No.35/2015

 Board’s letter No. PC-VI/2008/I/7/2/1  dated 13.04.2015 (RBE No.35/2015)PC VI-349 

Sub: Payment of Dearness Allowance to Railway employees – Revised rates effective from 01.01.2015.

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Please refer to this Ministry’s letter of even number dated 19.09.2014 (S.No.PC-VI/346, RBE No.102/2014) on the subject mentioned above. The President is pleased to decide that the Dearness Allowance payable to Railway employees shall be enhanced from the existing rate of 107%  to 113 % with effect from                     1st January, 2015.

  1. The provisions contained in Paras 3, 4 & 5 of this Ministry’s letter of even number dated 09.09.2008 (S.No.PC-VI/3, RBE No.106/2008) shall continue to be applicable while regulating Dearness Allowance under these orders.
  1. The additional installment of Dearness Allowance payable under these orders shall be paid in cash to all railway employees. The arrears may be charged to the salary bill and no honorarium is payable for preparing separate bill for this purpose.
  1. This issues with the concurrence of the Finance Directorate of the Ministry of Railways.

 

RBE No.31/2015

Board’s letter No. 2008-E[SCT]I/25/6 dated 27.03.2015 [RBE No.31/2015]     

     Sub: Promotion of SC/ST employees against reserved vacancies in Stenographers grades on Railways –Applicability of the best amongst the failures scheme

 Ref: [i] Board’s letter No. 88-E[SCT]I/23/1 dated 28.06.1995 [RBE No. 57/95]

      [ii] Board’s letter No. 97-E[SCT]I/25/2 dated 03.03.1997

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References have been received in Board’s office from various Railways expressing doubt regarding applicability of ‘Best  Amongst the Failures Scheme’ Promotion of SC/ST employees against reserved vacancies in Stenographers grades on Railways.

  1. The matter has been examined in this office and it is reiterated that said ‘Best Amongst the Failures Scheme’ is equally applicable in the category of Stenographers also with the same terms and conditions as applicable to other non-safety category posts as laid down in Board’s letter No. 88-E[SCT]I/23/1 dated 28.06.1995 [RBE No. 57/95] wherever the suitability of the candidates is judged through Written Test and /or Viva-voce etc.
  1. It is further clarified that there is no relaxation for SC/ST candidates in the Stenography Speed Test over and above the permissible limit of 10% mistakes of total words dictated as per extant instructions of the Board.

The above may please be brought to the notice of all concerned for  strict compliance.

 

RBE No. 22/2015

Board’s letter No. E(NG)-II/2013/RR-1/8 dated 18.03.2015 [RBE No. 22/2015]          

Sub: Clarification regarding acceptance of educational qualification obtained through distance education mode from Open University without undergoing formal education for the purpose of employment on the railways – reg.

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                   Pursuant to receipt of communication received from University Grants Commission (Distance Education Bureau), the instructions contained in RBE No. 116/2013 which prescribed guidelines while scrutinizing certificates of qualification submitted by the candidates obtained through Open and Distance Learning centers in the faculty of Arts, Humanities, Fine Arts, Music, Social Science, Commerce and Science without undergoing formal education stands modified as under:-

 

 “Words 21 years appearing in para 2(i) shall henceforth be read as 18 years.”

 

RBE No. 28/2015

Board’s letter No. E(G)2014/AL12-5 dated 25.03.2015 [RBE No. 28/2015]          

Sub: Incentives to the staff and officers posted on USBRL Project and identified “difficult project” of N.F. Railway (Const.)- Air travel facility.

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               A proposal for providing incentives to the staff/officers posted on the USBRL Project and identified “difficult project” of N.F. Railway (Const.) has been under consideration of the Board for sometime, and it has been decided as under:-

  1. Incentive in the form of air travel facility as detailed below may be allowed to the officers posted on the USBRL Project and identified “difficult project” of N.F. Railway (Const.)
              N.F. Railway (Const.)

 

                     USBRL
    While on leave (all types including C.L), free air travel with family (as per pass rules) twice a year, including one journey already available from place of posting to the nearest airport, to the employee’s home town/family station and back, in lieu of one set of privilege pass each time, if posted on “Difficult Projects” of  N.F. Railway.     While on leave (all types including C.L), free air travel with family (as per pass rules) twice a year, from Jammu/Srinagar to the nearest airport to the employee’s home town/family station and back, in lieu of one set of privilege pass each time.

 

  1. The above incentives will be limited to the project construction phase and will be applicable to all the officers related with these projects except those who are posted at Maligaon/Guwahati.
  1. This issues with the concurrence of the Finance Dte. of Ministry of Railways. 

 

Board’s letter No. E[NG]II/2014/RC-2/1 List Pt. dated 30.03.2015   

Sub: Reservation for Persons with Disabilities [PWDs] for recruitment from Open Market – List of posts identified suitable for them – regarding.

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Attention is invited to this Ministry’s letter No. E[NG]II/2014/RC-2/1 List Pt., dated 14.02.2014, circulating therewith a consolidated list of posts identified suitable for PWDs for recruitment from open market.

Pursuant to the order dated 24.12.2014 of Hon’ble High Court of Delhi, in CM                 Nos. 21081/14 & 21080/14 in WP[C] 5111/14-UOI & Ors Vs. Tara Chauhan & Ors. Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment, Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities, reconvened the meeting of the Expert Committee on 9th February, 2015, to look into identification of certain posts in Grade Pay 1800 [erstwhile Group ‘D’], in Indian Railways especially in the context of suitability for Persons with Visual Impairment i.e. blindness and Low Vision.

The Committee’s recommendation, as considered and approved by the competent authority, is for information and compliance:

 

S.No. Name of the post Department Recommendations
1 Khalasi Helper Mechanical [W], S&T[W], Engg.[W],  Stores The post is suitable for persons with low vision & Blind
2 Safaiwala Medical The post is suitable for persons with low vision & Blind
4 Hospital Attendant [Male/ Female] Medical The post is suitable for persons with low vision & Blind
5 Khalasi Helper Civil Engg. Electrical, Mechanical, Signal and Telecom departments Cannot be identified suitable for Persons with visual impairment since the posts involve line operations and train operations.
6 DSL Khalasi Mechanical Cannot be identified suitable for Persons with visual impairment since the posts involve line operations and train operations.
7 Khalasi Helper Engg. Cannot be identified suitable for Persons with visual impairment since the posts involve line operations and train operations.
8 Carriage Cleaner and DSL Cleaner Mechanical Cannot be identified suitable for Persons with visual impairment since the posts involve line operations and train operations.

 

While conducting recruitment from open market, it is reiterated that the provisions of PWD Act, 1995 and instructions of Department of Personnel & Training as circulated form time to time be scrupulously followed.

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RBE No.29/2015

Board’s letter No. E[NG]-II/2009/RR-1/11 dated 26.03.2015  [RBE No.29/2015]                  

Sub: Acceptance of certificates/qualifications awarded by various Boards of School Education in India for the purpose of employment on the Railways. 

Ref: Letter No. E[NG]II/2007/RR-1/38 dated 15.07.2014 [RBE No.75/2014]

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            In addition to instructions contained in letter under reference, it has been decided by the Board that the certificates/qualifications obtained from institutions figuring in the list of Associate Members  on official website of Council of Board for School Education in India [COBSE] i.e. www.cobse.org may also be treated at par with those borne on the list of Member Board  and certificates /qualification obtained from all such institutions will be acceptable for the purpose of employment on the railways, from the date on which the said institution has been accorded membership by COBSE.  This date of acceptability of certificate may be obtained by approaching COBSE directly and a copy of clarification thus obtained may also be endorsed to this Ministry for information & record.

Cases decided in the past need not be re-opened.

 

RBE No.30/2015

Board’s letter No. E[G]2015/PN2/3 dated 27.03.2015   [RBE No.30/2015]            

Sub: “Anubhav” – showcasing outstanding work done during service – submission of details by a retiring Government employee.

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The Department of Pension and Pensioners’ Welfare has devised a platform whereby retiring government servants have an option to upload a write-up not more than 5000 words showcasing outstanding work done during the service alongwith appropriate attachments, wherever necessary, on the website of the department from where the official retires and the website of the cadre controlling authority.  Copy of DOP&PW’s OM No. 4/2/2013-P&PW [Coord] dated 19.02.2015 and OM 4/2/2014-P&PW [Coord] dated 05.03.2015 may be seen in DOP&PW’s official website http://persmin.gov.in.

  1. The corresponding form 5 of CCS [Pension] Rules is Form 8 of Railway Services Pension Rules, 1993.
  1. The instructions may be circulated appropriately among all employees of the Ministry and attached /subordinate offices and given wide publicity to encourage participation in “Anubhav” as this project is being monitored at the highest levels.

 

RBE No.34/2015

Board’s letter No. E[NG]I-2014/PM7/5 dated 09.04.2015 [RBE No.34/2015]          

Sub: Residency period for promotion from Goods Driver to Sr.Goods Driver, Passenger Driver to Sr. Passenger Driver,  Goods Guard to Sr. Goods Guard, Passenger Guard to Sr. Passenger Guard and ALP to Sr. ALP.

 

Ref: [i] Railway Board’s letter No. E[NG]I-94/PM1/9 dated 02.09.1994

        [ii]Railway Board’s letter No. E[NG]I-2004/PM7/16 dated 22.03.2005

        [iii] Railway Board’s letter of even number dated 10.11.2014 on the above subject.  

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The issue of residency period for promotion from Goods Driver to Sr.Goods Driver, Passenger Driver to Sr. Passenger Driver, Goods Guard to Sr. Goods Guard, Passenger Guard to Sr. Passenger Guard and Assistant Loco Pilot to Sr. Assistant Loco Pilot   has been under examination of this Ministry for the past some time.  A clarification on this subject has also been issued to North Western Railway with copy of letter endorsed to all Zonal Railways.  However, subsequently it came to notice that different Railways are still observing different procedure for granting promotion from Goods Driver to Sr.Goods Driver, Passenger Driver to Sr. Passenger Driver, Goods Guard to Sr. Goods Guard, Passenger Guard to Sr. Passenger Guard and Assistant Loco Pilot to Sr. Assistant Loco Pilot.

 

  1. In view of above, the issue has again been examined and to ensure uniformity, it has been decided that two years’ residency period may be followed for promotion to all grades as mentioned above, provided a longer length of residency has not been provided for any post.

 

 

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RBE No.33/2015

Board’s letter No. E[NG]I-2014/TR/14 dated 07.04.2015  [RBE No.33/2015]  

      

Sub: Delay in promotion of staff for want of service records /ACRs of staff transferred from /to other Divisions/Zones – remedial measures – regarding.  

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In order to prevent fraudulent transfer of railway employees from one unit /Division / Railway to another Unit /Division/Railway, detailed guidelines laying down the procedure to be followed while processing the transfers of Railway employees from one Unit / Division/Railway to another Unit / Division/Railway were issued vide Board’s letter                         No. E[NG]I-2001/TR/16 dated 21.11.2001.

 

  1. Under item No. 13/2014 of PNM/NFIR meeting held on 19th & 20th December, 2014, the Federation demanded the above guidelines may be re-iterated to the zonal railways.  The matter has accordingly been considered by Ministry of Railways who wish to state that the guidelines contained in Board’s letter dated 21.11.2001 referred to above may be strictly adhered to while effecting transfer of Railway employees whether one way request transfer or mutual exchange or transfer on administrative ground.  Any deviation in this regard will be viewed seriously.

 

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RBE No.36/2015

 

Board’s letter No. E[D&A]2014 GS1-2 dated   17.04.2015   [RBE No.36/2015]           

 

     

Sub: The Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013 – Submission of declarations of assets and liabilities  by the Railway servants- Corrigendum regarding.

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Attention is invited to Railway Board’s letter of even number dated 25.03.2015, whereby the proformae for submission of declarations of assets  and liabilities by the Railway servants were circulated.

 

  1. In item No. [vi] of Form No. II of Appendix-II of the said circular, below the category [f], the condition for filing the said item may be read as –

 

[Indicate the details of an asset, only if the total current value of any particular asset in any particular category [e.g furniture, fixtures, electronic equipments, etc.] exceeds two months’ basic pay or Rs.1.00 lakh as the case may be].

 

  1. A revised copy of Form No.II of Appendix-II is enclosed herewith.

 

 

 

 

 

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Form No.II

 

Statement of movable property on first appointment or as on the 31st March 20……..

[Use separate sheets for self, spouse and each dependent child:]

Name of Railway servant /spouse /dependent child:______________________

S.No. Description Remarks, if any
[i]* Cash and bank balance:
[ii]** Insurance [premia paid]:
Fixed /Recurring Deposit[s]:
Shares /Bonds:
Mutual Fund[s]:
Pension Scheme /Provident Fund
Other investments, if any:
[iii] Personal Loans /advance given to any person or entity including firm, company, trust, etc. and other receivables from debtors and the amount [exceeding two months basic pay or Rupees one lakh as the case may be]:
[iv] Motor Vehicles [Details of make, registration number, year of purchase and amount paid :
[v] Jewellery:

[Give details of approximate weight [plus or minus 10 gms. In respect of gold and precious stones; plus or minus 100 gms. in respect of silver

Gold
Silver
Precious metals and  precious stones
Composite items: [indicating approximate value]***
[vi] Any other assets [Give details of movable assets not covered in [i] to [v] above]
[a] Furniture
[b] Fixtures
[c] Antiques
[d] Paintings
[e] Electronic Equipments
[f] others
{Indicate the details of an asset, only if the total current value of any particular category [eg. Furniture, fixtures, electronic equipments etc.] exceeds two months basic pay or Rs.1.00 lakh as the case may be. }

 

Date…….                                                                                   Signature…………………

*   Details of deposits in foreign Bank[s] to be given separately.

**  Investments above Rs. 2 lakhs to be reported individually.  Investments below Rs. 2  lakhs may be reported together.

***Value indicated in the first return need not be revised in subsequent returns as long as  no new composite item has been acquired or no existing items had been disposed of, during the relevant year.

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RBE No.40/2015

 

Board’s letter No. E[D&A]2014 GS1-2 dated   27.04.2015   [RBE No.40/2015]           

 

     

Sub: The Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013 – Submission of declarations of assets and liabilities  by the Railway servants.

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Attention is invited to Railway Board’s letter of even number dated 25.03.2015, whereby the proforma for submission of declarations of assets  and liabilities by the Railway servants were circulated.

 

  1. In this regard, Department of Personnel and Training have now issued O.M. No.407/12/2014-AVD-IV[B] dated 25.04.2015 extending the last date for filing the returns under the Public Servants [Furnishing of Information and Assets and Liabilities and the Limits for Exemption of Assets in Filing Returns] Amendment Rules, 2014.  A copy of the O.M. dated 25.04.2015 aforesaid is also enclosed.

 

 

 

 

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Department  of Personnel and Training’s O.M. No.407/12/2014-AVD-IV[B] dated 25.04.2015

 

Sub: Declarations of Assets and Liabilities  by public servants under section 44 of the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013 – extension of last date for filing of revised returns by public servants who have filed property returns under the existing service rules-reg.

 

The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department’s D.O. letter of even number dated 29th December, 2014 regarding the furnishing of information relating to assets and liabilities by public servants under section 44 of the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013 and forwarding therewith copies of the Central Government’s notifications dated 26th December, 2014 containing –

 

[a] amendment to the Lokpal & Lokayuktas [Removal of Difificulties] Order, 2014, for the purpose of extending the time limit for carrying out necessary changes in the relevant rules relating to different services from “three hundred and sixty days” to “eighteen months”, from the date on which the Act came into force, i.e. 16th January, 2014; and

 

[b] The Public Servants [Furnishing of Information and Annual Return of Assets and Liabilities and the Limits for Exemption of Assets in Filing Returns] Amendment Rules, 2014, extending the time limit for filing of revised returns by all public servants from 31st December, 2014 to 30th April, 2015.

 

  1. In this regard the undersigned is directed to convey that the last date for filing of revised returns by public servants under the rules indicated in para 1[b] above has now been further extended from 30th April, 2015 to 15th October, 2015. Formal amendments to the Public Servants [Furnishing of Information and Annual Return of Assets and Liabilities and the Limits For Exemption of Assets in Filing Returns] Rules, 2014 and to the Lokpal &  Lokayuktas [Removal of Difficulties] Order, 2014 are being notified separately.  They will also be uploaded on the website of this Department, i.e. http://persmin.nic.in/DOPT.asp

 

  1. All Ministries/Departments and cadre authorities are requested to kindly issue orders towards ensuring compliance with the revised Rules by all officers and staff in the respective Ministry /Department/Organisation/PSUs under their control, within the revised time-limit mentioned therein.

 

 

 

RBE No.38/2015

 

Board’s letter No. E[G]2011 QR1-15  dated 23/28.04.2015  [RBE No.38/2015] 

       

   Sub: Retention of Railway quarter –consolidated clarifications regarding.

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There are various policies framed from time to time and revised subsequently on house allotment /retention applicable to various situations such as transfer, deputation, retirement, deputation to Railway PSUs/Non-Railway PSUs, posting as faculties in Training Institutes / Chairmen RRB and to projects etc.  Besides the normal relaxations granted for quarter retention in cases of transfer, retirement, death etc., the Board in exercise of its power to relax in the existing policies on house allotment /retention, sanctions from time to time, relaxations for various tenures in different categories of cases such as Chairman RRB, New Zones/divisions, USBRL project, Training Institutions etc.

 

Of late this office has been receiving queries from various sources relating to the subject in various forms  as listed in the table given as Annexure ‘A’.  The matters, in a consolidated form, have been examined by the full Board and the decisions taken in respect of each of such queries /proposals etc. are noted against each of the queries in the said table.

 

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

 

 

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F.No.E[G]2011 QR1-15

ANNEXURE – ‘A’

TABLE

S.No. Queries Existing position Revised position as approved by full Board.
1 Whether the period of eight months [two months on normal rent and remaining 06 months at the rate double the normal rent /special license fee] permissible  under normal transfer would be applicable in addition to the relaxations granted in  case of new zones /divisions? Except for ECR and NWR quarter retention was allowed till 31.08.2009.  In cases of ECR and NWR retention is at present allowed up to 31.12.2015. Further relaxation of 02 months that is granted in case of normal transfer may also be granted in addition to the special relaxations granted from time to time in cases of officers / staff posted to new zones / Divisions.
2. Whether the scholastic session includes  the maximum permissible period in case of transfer? Scholastic session includes  the maximum permissible period of 08 months retention  allowed  in case of permanent  transfer.  However, where the session exceeds 08 months the retention is allowed up to end of the current year session plus 15 days. Scholastic session includes  the maximum permissible period of 08 months retention  allowed  in case of permanent  transfer. However, where the session exceeds 08 months the retention is allowed up to end of the current year session plus 15 days.
3. Whether the scholastic session means the whole period /tenure of course or the ensuing session? Retention is allowed, in case of permanent transfer, maximum to cover the current academic session. It does not mean the whole tenure of the course but the current session only whatever may be the tenure of the course.
4. Whether the period permissible under normal transfer would be applicable in addition to the relaxations granted in case of Training Institutes ? Full tenure retention is allowed in case of postings as faculties in the Trg. Institutes. Further relaxation of 02 months granted in case of normal transfer may be granted in addition to the special relaxations granted.
5. Whether the earmarked quarter can be retained after retirement / transfer after the permissible period of two months? Non-pooled /earmarked quarters can be retained maximum  up to 02 months on normal rent. Since the earmarked  quarters are meant for higher postings retention may not be allowed beyond two months under any circumstances.
6. Whether the earmarked quarter can be retained after retirement after the permissible period of two months under severe illness clause? Earmarked quarter can be retained maximum  for two months period either in case of transfer or retirement. Retention is allowed in alternative accommodation in any place of choice for the remaining 06 months.  The cases with severe illness may be covered under those alternative provisions.
7. Whether the relaxations granted under school education etc. are applicable in addition to the special dispensations etc? Retention allowed under education/medical ground for maximum period of 06 months.  However, in case of transfer in between academic session up to a maximum period up to the end of academic session plus 15 days but subject to whichever is more of the two above. Except of scholastic ground which may cover the session and go beyond the maximum permissible period of 08 months it is inclusive of the normal permissible period.
8. Whether the period of eight months [two months on normal rent and remaining 06 months at the rate double the normal rent /special license fee] permissible  under normal transfer would be applicable in addition to the relaxations granted in  case of Chairmen/ RRBs. Retention is allowed at previous place of posting for a period not exceeding 3 years on payment of normal rent. Further relaxation of 02 months granted in case of normal transfer may be granted in addition to the special relaxations granted.
9. Whether the period of eight months [two months on normal rent and remaining 06 months at the rate double the normal rent /special license fee] permissible  under normal transfer would be applicable in addition to the relaxations granted in  case of posting to                 J-USBRL [both new line and open line] construction project? Retention is allowed up to 31.03.2018 or the completion of project whichever is earlier. Further relaxation of 02 months granted in case of normal transfer may be granted in addition to the special relaxations granted.
10. Whether re-allotment of quarter in previous place of posting is allowed in case retention is allowed or extended subsequently for the sake of availing retention facility granted post vacation? No such allotment is made for the purpose of availing retention facility.  Re-allotment  of Railway accommodation will not be eligible in the previous place of posting once the same is vacated.

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RBE No.41/2015

 

Board’s letter No. F[E]I/2005/AL-29/4 dated 01.05.2015  [RBE No.41/2015]     

     

Sub: Grant of Washing Allowance to all employees drawing Grade Pay of Rs.1800/- and provided official uniform.

 

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Arising out of a Demand raised in the PNM [NFIR/AIRF], the issue regarding grant of Washing Allowance to all employees who have been supplied with uniform but have not been granted Washing Allowance has been under consideration of the Board for quite some time.  It has been now decided by the Board to extend the benefit of Washing Allowance to all railway employees who are drawing Grade Pay of Rs.1800/- and are provided official uniform.

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

RBE No.42/2015

 

Board’s letter No. PC-VI/2008/1/7/2/2 dated 01.05.2015  [RBE No.42/2015] PC-VI/350 

         

 

 

Sub: Grant of Dearness Relief to Railway pensioners /family pensioners –Revised rate effective from 01.01.2015

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A copy of Office Memorandum No. 42/10/2014-P&PW[G] dated 27.04.2015 of Ministry of  Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions [Department of Pension and Pensioners’ Welfare] on the above subject is enclosed for your information and necessary action.  These orders will apply mutatis mutandis on the Railways also.

 

  1. A concordance of DOP&PW’s instructions referred to in the enclosed Office Memorandum and Railway Board’s corresponding instructions are given 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 OM No.42/10/2014 P&PW[G] dt. 29.09.2014 PC-VI/2008/I/7/2/2 dated  20.10.2014
2. 2 (i) O.M.No.23/1/97-P&PW (B) dated 23.02.1998

(ii) O.M.No.23/3/2008–P&PW(B) dated 15.09.08

N.A
3. 3 (i) O.M.No.4/59/97-P&PW(D) dated 14.07.98

[ii] O.M.No.4/29/99-P&PW(D) dated 12.07.2000

(i) F(E)III/96/PN1/9     dt.18.08.98.

(ii) F(E)III./96/PN1/9   dated 02.08.2000

4 5 [i]  O.M.No.45/73/97-P&PW(G) dt.2.07.99

[ii]  OM No.  38/88/2008-P&PW[G] dated 9.7.2009

(i) F(E)III/99/PN1/21 dated 5.08.99

(ii) F(E)III/2008/PN1/13 dated 20.07.2009

 

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

 

 

 

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Copy of Office Memorandum No. 42/10/2014-P&PW[G] dated 27.04.2015 of Ministry of  Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions [Department of Pension and Pensioners’ Welfare] [DOP&PW]

 

 

Sub: Grant of Dearness Relief to Central Government pensioners /family pensioners –Revised rate effective from 01.01.2015

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The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department’s O.M. No. 42/10/2014-P&PW[G] dated 29th  September, 2014 on the subject mentioned above and to state that the President is pleased to decide that the Dearness Relief (DR) payable to Central Government pensioners/family pensioners shall be enhanced from the existing rate of 107% to 113% w.e.f. 1st January, 2015.

 

  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 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, and are in receipt of ad-hoc ex-gratia allowance of Rs.3500/- p.m. In terms of this Department’s O.M.No.23/1/97-P&PW (B) dated 23.02.1998 read with this Department’s O.M.No.23/3/2008–P&PW(B) dated 15.09.2008.

 

  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 O.M.No.4/59/97-P&PW(D) dated 14.07.98 will also be entitled to the payment of DR @ 113% w.e.f. 1.1.2015 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 fulfilment of the conditions laid down in para 5 of the O.M. dated 14.7.98.  In this connection, instructions contained in this Department’s O.M.No.4/29/99- P&PW(D) dated 12.07.2000 refers.

 

  1. 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 OM No. 45/73/97-P&PW(G) dt.2.07.99 as amended vide this Department’s OM No. F.No. 38/88/2008-P&PW[G] dated 9th July, 2009. The provisions relating to regulation of DR where a pensioner is in receipt of more than one pension will remain unchanged.

 

  1. In the case of retired Judges of the Supreme Court and High Courts, necessary orders will be issued by the Department of Justice separately.

 

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

 

  1. The offices of Accountant General and Authorised Pension Disbursing Banks are requested to arrange payment of relief to pensioners etc. on the basis of these 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 after consultation with C&AG.

 

  1. This issues with the concurrence of Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure conveyed vide their O.M. No. 1[4]/EV/2004 dated 24th April, 2015.

 

 

 

 

RBE No.43/2015

 

Board’s letter No. E[NG]I-2011/PM1/26 dated 05.05.2015  [RBE No.43/2015] 

        

Sub: Selection procedure for promotion to Selection Posts – Formation of panel in the order of seniority amongst those securing qualifying marks.

 

Ref: PNM/NFIR Item No. 2/2012.

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Railway Board, vide letter of even number dated 06.02.2014, have issued certain clarifications with respect to selection procedure for promotion to Selection posts.  Some of the zonal Railways have raised some doubts in conducting selection from erstwhile Group ‘D’ to Group ‘C’ posts.

 

  1. The matter has been re-examined in consultation with both the Federations, viz., AIRF and NFIR and as a sequel to Railway Board’s letter of even number dated 06.02.2014 on the above subject, it is clarified that while conducting selection against 33-1/3% promotion quota from erstwhile Group ‘D’ [GP 1800] to Group ‘C’ [GP 1900/2000] posts, panel is required to be drawn in the order of their seniority amongst the qualified staff as per the provisions of para 189 of IREM, Vol-I and ACS No.154 & 155.

 

 

 

 

 

RBE No.45/2015

 

Board’s letter No. E[NG]-II/94/RR-1/29 dated 11.05.2015  [RBE No.45/2015]   

       

Sub: Upper age limit for direct recruitment to non-gazetted posts on the Railways.

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In terms of Board’s letter of even number dated 10.05.1999 [RBE No. 99/1999], an across the board relaxation of three years  above the prescribed upper age limit in open market recruitment to all non-gazetted posts including engagement of Substitutes on the railways has been provided.  The currency of this relaxation contained in letter of even number dated 10.05.1999 [RBE No.99/1999] has been extended from time to time and was available up to 03.02.2015 in terms of RBE No. 57/2012.

 

The matter has further been reviewed and it has now been decided by this Ministry to provide relaxation in the following manner above the prescribed upper age limit for recruitment to all non-gazetted posts including engagement of Substitutes:

 

S.No. Period Relaxation [in years] in upper age limit above the prescribed age limits for various posts.
[i] 04.02.2015 to 03.02.2017 02 years
[ii] 04.02.2017 to 03.02.2019 01 year
[iii] Beyond 03.02.2019 No relaxation

 

These orders take effect from 04.02.2015. Indents placed after 03.02.2015 may be suitably amended.

 

 

 

 

Board’s letter No. E[NG]II/2009/RC-2/14 dated 03.10.2013

          

Sub: Recruitment of Persons with disabilities from open market-  relaxation in standard of suitability – regarding.

 

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Attention is invited to para 22 of Department of Personnel and Training’s OM No. 36035/3/2004-Estt.[Res] dated 29.12.2005 regarding relaxation of standard of suitability, while conducting open market recruitment for persons with disabilities [PWDs].  Since in terms of para ibid, no clear-cut guidelines regarding the quantum of relaxation are available, this Ministry had approached DOP&T, who advised that the quantum is to be determined keeping in view the facts of the case and Ministry  of Railways may take a decision accordingly as quantum of relaxation of standard of suitability extendable to PWDs has not been prescribed.

 

The matter has been considered and it has been decided by the Board that 02 [two] marks below the minimum qualifying marks for each category, viz., UR/OBC/SC/ST be given as relaxation in the standard of suitability to PWDs in all selections from open market to non-Gazetted posts in terms of stipulation made in para 22 of the OM ibid, in case full panel for PWDs cannot be made with the existing cut-offs, as applicable.

 

 

 

RBE No. 44/2015

 

Board’s letter No. E[G]2012/HO1-13 dated 07.05.2015 [RBE No. 44/2015]

            

Sub: Grant of honorarium to the Inquiry Officer [IO] and Presenting Officer [PO] for conducting Departmental Inquiries in cases other than Vigilance Investigation.

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Proposals have been received from various Railways for extending the provision for grant of honorarium to the Inquiry Officer [IO] and Presenting Officer [PO] for conducting Departmental Inquiries in cases other than vigilance investigations.

 

2]       The issue has been considered by the Board and it has now been decided that Non-Vigilance administrative cases also qualify for the same remuneration as applicable to the Vigilance cases as issued vide Board’s letter No. 2009/V-1/DAR/6/1 dt. 22.09.2011.

 

2.1]    The rates of honorarium for various posts as and when enhanced by Vigilance Directorate, will automatically be applicable to those conducting Non-Vigilance cases.

 

3]       The rates of Non-Vigilance cases will be applicable from the date of issue of this letter.

 

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

 

 

 

Copy of Board’s letter No. 2009/V-1/DAR/6/1 dt. 22.09.2011

 

 

Sub: Enhancement of the rates of honorarium for Inquiry Officer and other assisting officials in the conduct of  Departmental Inquiries arising out of  Vigilance Investigations against Railway servants.

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The question of revision of rates of honoraria for Inquiry Officers [Retired and the serving Railway Officers and their assisting officials, in the conduct of Departmental Inquiry against Railway servants, arising out of Vigilance Investigations, had been under consideration of the Board for some time and it has now been decided that, in supersession of all previous instructions on the subject, the revised rates of honoraria will be as under:

 

[a]      Where Departmental Inquiry is conducted against a Gazetted officer[s] or a combination of Gazetted and the Non-gazetted officials [composite case] by a retired senior Railway officer not below the rank of Selection Grade.

 

          [i] The rate of honoraria for Inquiry Officer

The Inquiry Officer, in such departmental inquiries, will be entitled to a fixed Honorarium of Rs.37,500 [Rupees Thirty Seven Thousand five hundred only], exclusive of local transport charges, per inquiry report.

 

 

[ii] Rate of TA/DA for Inquiry Officer

          Where the duties and responsibilities entrusted to the RIO involve travelling, the rate of TA/DA, in such cases will be the same as applicable to the serving Railway Officers of equivalent rank.

 

[iii] The rate of honorarium for Presenting Officer

 

The Presenting Officer will be entitled to a fixed honorarium of Rs.4690/- [Rupees Four Thousand Six Hundred and ninety only], per Inquiry Report in a case.

 

[iv] The rate of honorarium for Stenographer/Typist

In addition to the fixed amount of Rs.37,500 [ Rupees Thirty Seven Thousand Five Hundred only], the Inquiry officer will be entitled for an additional amount of Rs.6560/- [Rupees Six Thousand Five Hundred and Sixty only] per Inquiry Report, provided the Stenographic/Typing assistance is arranged by the Inquiry Officer himself.

 

Where the services of a serving Stenographer/Typist are placed at the disposal of the Retired RIO, on his request,  the serving Stenographer/Typist will be eligible for honorarium @ of Rs.4690/- [Rupees Four Thousand Six Hundred and Ninety only], per Inquiry Report in a case.

 

[b]     Where Departmental Inquiry is conducted against a Gazetted officer or against a combination of Gazetted and the Non-gazetted officials [composite case] by a serving gazetted Railway officer, not below the rank of Selection Grade [ Heading changed vide Board’s letter No. 2009/V-1/DAR/6/1 dated 04.09.2013 RBV No.4/2013]

 

          [i] The rate of honoraria for Inquiry Officer

The Inquiry Officer, in such departmental inquiries, will be entitled to an Honorarium of Rs.21,100 [Rupees Twenty One Thousand One hundred only], per inquiry report in a case.

 

[ii] Rate of TA/DA for Inquiry Officer

          Where the duties and responsibilities entrusted to the RIO involve travelling, the rate of TA/DA, in such cases will be the same as applicable to the serving Railway Officers of equivalent rank.

 

[iii] The rate of honorarium for Presenting Officer

 

The Presenting Officer will be entitled to honorarium of Rs.4690/- [Rupees Four Thousand Six Hundred and ninety only], per Inquiry Report in a case.

 

[iv] The rate of honorarium for Stenographer/Typist

The Stenographer /Typist assisting the Inquiry Officer, in the conduct of a Departmental Inquiry, will be entitled to an Honorarium of Rs. 4690/- [Rupees Four Thousand Six Hundred and ninety only], per Inquiry Report in a case.

 

[c]     Where Departmental Inquiry is conducted against Group ‘B’ [upto Senior Scale Officers] or a combination of Group ‘B’, ‘C’ and Group ‘D’ officials or only Group ‘C’ and ‘D’ Officials by a  retired Railway officer of JA grade and below upto  the rank of Group ‘B’ gazetted. [Heading changed vide Board’s letter No. 2009/V-1/DAR/6/1 dated 05.09.2014 RBV No.05/2014] 

[i] The rate of honorarium for Inquiry Officer 

The Inquiry Officer, will be entitled to an Honorarium of Rs.9375/- [Rupees Nine  Thousand Three hundred and Seventy Five only], per inquiry report in a case. [para revised vide Board’s letter No. 2009/V-1/DAR/6/1 dated 04.09.2013 RBV No. 04/2013]

 [ii] The rate of honorarium for Presenting Officer 

The Presenting Officer will be entitled to an honorarium of Rs.3125/- [Rupees Three Thousand One Hundred and Twenty Five only], per Inquiry Report in a case. 

[iii] The rate of honorarium for Stenographer/Typist

The RIO will be entitled to an additional amount of Rs.2810/- [Rupees Two Thousand Eight Hundred and Ten only] per Inquiry Report, in a case for Clerical/Stenographer/Typing assistance arranged by him. However, where the services of a serving Stenographer/Typist are made available to the RIO, an amount of Rs.1875/- [Rupees One Thousand Eight Hundred and Seventy Five only] per departmental inquiry report, will be paid to the serving Stenographer/Typist.

 

[iv] Rate of TA/DA for Inquiry Officer

          Where the duties and responsibilities entrusted to the RIO involve travelling, the rate of TA/DA, in such cases will be the same as applicable to the serving Railway Officers of equivalent rank. [ para included vide Board’s letter No. 2009/V-1/DAR/6/1 dated 04.09.2013 RBV No. 04/2013]

 

[d]     Where Departmental Inquiry is conducted against Group ‘B’ [upto Senior Scale Officers] or a combination of Group ‘B’, ‘C’ and Group ‘D’ officials or only Group ‘C’ and ‘D’ Officials by a Serving Railway officer of JA grade and below upto Sr. Supervisory level. [Heading changed vide Board’s letter 2009/V-1/DAR/6/1 dated 05.09.2014 RBV No.05/2014]

  [i] The rate of honoraria for Inquiry Officer

 

The Inquiry Officer  will be entitled to an Honorarium of Rs.6250/- [Rupees Six  Thousand Two hundred and Fifty only], per departmental Inquiry report.

 [ii] The rate of honorarium for Presenting Officer

 The Presenting Officer will be entitled to an honorarium of Rs.3125/- [Rupees Three Thousand One Hundred and Twenty Five only], per departmental Inquiry Report.

 

[iii] The rate of honorarium for Stenographer/Typist

 

The Stenographer /Typist assisting the Inquiry Officer, in the conduct of a Departmental Inquiry, will be entitled to an Honorarium of Rs.1875/- [Rupees One Thousand Eight Hundred and Seventy Five only], per Inquiry Report.

 

[iv] Rate of TA/DA for Inquiry Officer

          Where the duties and responsibilities entrusted to the RIO involve travelling, the rate of TA/DA, in such cases will be the same as applicable to the serving Railway Officers of equivalent rank. [ para included vide Board’s letter No. 2009/V-1/DAR/6/1 dated 04.09.2013 RBV No. 04/2013]

 

[e]Contingency Expenditure

An amount of Rs.100/- [Rs.One Hundred only] is permitted as contingency expenditure to meet the basic courtesy requirement of serving tea/biscuit etc. for each sitting of the Inquiry.  This expenditure will be incurred by the Presenting Officer and will be reimbursed to him by the Railway Administration on certification of Inquiry Officer.  In the absence of Presenting Officer, the Inquiry Officer shall incur the expenditure and the same will be reimbursed to him by the Railway administration along with honorarium.

 

[f] Rate of Local Transport charges

The rate of local transport charges will be the same as applicable to the serving Railway Officers of equivalent rank.  For this purpose, the notified residential address of the Inquiry Officer, will be the deemed HQrs of the Inquiry Officer.

 

[g] Postage and Stationery charges

Postage and Stationery charges, on certification by Inquiry Officer shall be borne by the Railways.

 

 [h] Expenses made by the Inquiry Officer

 

Expenses made by the Inquiry Officer towards Fax and telephone call charges, shall be reimbursed to them on actuals, on certification by Inquiry Officer, subject to a maximum of Rs.250/- [Rupees Two Hundred Fifty only] per Inquiry Report.

  1. This issues with the concurrence of Finance Directorate in the Ministry of Railways and the revised rates will be applicable to the Inquiry reports that have been submitted after the issue of this letter.

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Copy of Board’s letter No. 2009/V-1/DAR/6/1 dt. 04.09.2013 [RBV No. 04/2013]

 

Sub: Enhancement of the rates of honorarium for Inquiry Officer and other assisting officials in the conduct of  Departmental Inquiries arising out of  Vigilance Investigations against Railway servants.

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With a view to bring in uniformity in the rate of TA/DA being provided to Retired Inquiry Officers belonging to Selection Grade and above and Retired Inquiry Officers belonging to Junior Administrative Grade and below, it has been decided to make the following changes to para [b], [c] and [d] of Board’s letter of even number dated 22.09.2011, as under:

[i]       Heading of para [b] of  Board’s letter of even number dated 22.09.2011, shall be read as under:

          Where Departmental Inquiry is conducted against a Gazetted officer[s] or against a combination of Gazetted and the Non-gazetted officials [composite case] by a serving gazetted Railway officer, not below the rank of Selection Grade.

 

[ii]      Para [c] [i] may be read as under:

           [i] The rate of honorarium for Inquiry Officer

 

“The Inquiry Officer, will be entitled to an Honorarium of Rs.9375/- [Rupees Nine  Thousand Three hundred and Seventy Five only], per inquiry report in a case.”

 

[iii]     Include para [c] [iv] and [d] [iv] as under:

 

“[iv]   Rate of TA/DA for Inquiry Officer

          Where the duties and responsibilities entrusted to the RIO involve travelling, the rate of TA/DA, in such cases will be the same as applicable to the serving Railway Officers of equivalent rank.

 

The revised provisions of para [c] [i] and para [c] [iv] will be applicable to the inquiry reports that have been submitted after issue of this letter.

 

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

 

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Copy of Board’s letter No. 2009/V-1/DAR/6/1 dt. 05.09.2014 [RBV No. 05/2014]

 

Sub: Enhancement of the rates of honorarium for Inquiry Officer and other assisting officials in the conduct of  Departmental Inquiries arising out of  Vigilance Investigations against Railway servants.

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          It has been decided to amend the headings of paras [c] and [d] of Board’s letter No. 2009/V-1/DAR/6/1 dt. 22.09.2011 as under:

[i]        Heading of para [c] of  Board’s letter of even number dated 22.09.2011, shall be read as under:

                    Where Departmental Inquiry is conducted against Group ‘B’ [upto Senior Scale Officers] or a combination of Group ‘B’, ‘C’ and Group ‘D’ officials or only Group ‘C’ and

‘D’ Officials by a  retired Railway officer of JA grade and below upto  the rank of Group ‘B’ gazetted.

 

[ii]       Heading of para [d] of  Board’s letter of even number dated 22.09.2011, shall be read as under:

                    Where Departmental Inquiry is conducted against Group ‘B’ [upto Senior Scale Officers] or a combination of Group ‘B’, ‘C’ and Group ‘D’ officials or only Group ‘C’ and ‘D’ Officials by a Serving Railway officer of JA grade and below upto Sr. Supervisory level.

 

The honorarium and all other charges already prescribed in Board’s letters No. 2009/V-1/DAR/6/1 dated 22.09.2011  and 04.09.2013 under the existing paras [c] and [d] shall continue to be followed.

 

The above has the approval of the competent authority of the Ministry of Railways.

 

RBE No.47/2015

 

Board’s letter No. E[W]2013/ISM/1 dated 18.05.2015  [RBE No.47/2015]      

    Sub: Indigenous system of medicine –Homoeopathic/Ayurvedic dispensaries – revised policy reg.

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Kindly refer to Board’s guidelines on the issue of Indigenous system of medicine issued under Board’s letter dated 23.07.2014 in the subject matter.

  1. Pursuant to the requests received from the Federations and zonal Railways, Board have reconsidered the matter and have decided as follows:

[i]    The ceiling limit of the number of Homoeopathic and Ayurvedic dispensaries fixed vide Board’s instructions dated 23.07.2014 stands withdrawn.  As such there will be no ceiling limit on the number of dispensaries in each zone /PU etc. till further decision is taken in the matter.

[ii]    The existing consultants working in 8 hourly Homoeopathic and Ayurvedic dispensaries may be allowed to continue, with the approval of respective SBF Committee.  Fresh engagement in these dispensaries should be done on a 4 hourly basis.

[iii]   The facilities extended to the practitioners [ in 8 hourly dispensaries] prior to issue of aforesaid instructions dated 23.07.2014 may continue till such time they remain engaged with the approval of SBF Committee.

[iv]  Monthly honorarium for Ayurvedic Dispenser working in 8 hourly and 4 hourly basis stands revised to 9000/- and 7100/-.

[v]   Monthly subsidy on medicines for Ayurvedic Dispensaries stands revised to 9800/-.

 

  1. Other terms and conditions as stipulated vide Board’s letter dated 23.07.2014 would continue to be the same.

 

  1. These orders are applicable from the date of issue of Board’s letter dated 23.07.2014 excluding items at [iv] and [v] above which will be effective from the date of issue of this letter.

 

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

 

RBE No.46/2015

Board’s letter No. E[MPP]2015/3/13 dated 14.05.2015 [RBE No.46/2015]

 Sub: Providing training facilities for persons with disabilities –guidelines.

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A need has been felt to issue guidelines to provide certain additional facilities/amenities to persons with disabilities [PWD] to enable them to effectively discharge their duties.  Guidelines have been laid down by the Department of Personnel & Training [DOP&T] for providing facilities such as identification of jobs, post recruitment and pre-promotion training assistive devices, free accessibility etc. and other related areas which require special attention.

Since training is an essential component of the service requirement of an employee, following may be ensured/ provided:

  1. Induction training programme for the persons with disabilities should be imparted together with the other employees.
  1. Job specific post-recruitment as well as pre-promotion training programmes should be organized for the persons with disabilities. Definite action to conduct job specific inclusive training programmes for persons with disabilities along with other employees should be enforced.
  1. Duration and contents of training programmes may be finalized in consultation with the National Institutes under the Department of Disability Affairs, Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment and, if felt necessary, assistance of prominent Associations/Federations /Confederations working in the sphere of disabilities could be taken.
  1. Training programmes may also be arranged for the persons with disabilities, keeping in view changes in job profile on account of, introduction of new technology or promotion of the employees etc. The venue of the training needs to be fixed depending on suitability for conducting such training programmes.

Action taken on the above may be advised to this office.

 

 

RBE No.49/2015

Board’s letter No. E[NG]II/2001/RR-1/45 dated 22.05.2015  [RBE No.49/2015]    

      Sub: Minimum educational qualification for open market recruitment to various posts in Medical Department on the Railways.

 Ref: Letters No.E[NG]II/2001/RR-1/25 dated 13.06.2001 [RBE No.116/2001], E[NG]II/2000/RR-1/56 dated 21.06.2001 [RBE No.118/2001], E[NG]II/98/RR-1/11 dated 09.09.1999 [RBE No.231/1999], E[NG]II/2007/RR-1/49 dated 30.05.2008 [RBE No.68/2008], E[NG]II/99/RR-1/97 dated 22.06.2001, No.E[NG]II/2001/RR-1/20 dated 12.11.2001 [RBE No.225/2001] & 27.12.2006 [RBE No.197/2006], No.E[NG]II/2005/RR-1/32 dated 19.05.2006 [RBE No.64/2006], No.E[NG]II/99/RR-1/98 dated 10.10.2001 [RBE No.202/2001] and No.E[NG]II/2007/RR-1/60 dated 25.06.2008 [RBE No.76/2008] & 03.10.2008 [RBE No.141/2008].

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Minimum  educational qualification for direct recruitment from open market to various categories of posts in the medical department on the railways have been laid down vide letters under reference.

The issue of review of minimum educational qualification for direct recruitment to various category of posts in the Medical Department on the railways has been under consideration of this Ministry for quite some time.  The matter has been deliberated  upon in consultation with Health Directorate of this Ministry and it has been decided by the Board that  henceforth, qualification for various categories of posts will be as under:

 

S.No. Category of post Pay Band & Grade Pay Essential Minimum Prescribed Qualification
[i] Staff Nurse PB-2 9300-34800

GP 4600

Certificate as Registered Nurse & Midwife having passed 03 years course in General Nursing and Midwifery from a school of Nursing or other Institution recognized by the Indian Nursing Council or B.Sc. [Nursing].

 

Note: The Indian Nursing Council has also laid down certain special concessions for the above courses in respect of Auxiliary nurse-Midwives, Midwives and ‘B’ Grade Nurses, by way of reduced course period etc. Candidates obtaining the qualification prescribed above, under these concessions will also be eligible for recruitment.

[ii] Physiotherapist

Gr.II

PB-2 9300-34800

GP 4200

10+2  [with Science] plus Diploma /Degree in Physiotherapy
[iii] Pharmacist Gr.III PB-1 5200-20200

GP 2800

10+2 in Science or its equivalent with 02 [two] years Diploma in Pharmacy and registration with Pharmacy Council of India or registration with State Pharmacy Council.
[iv] Health & Malaria Inspector Gr.III PB-2 9300-34800

GP 4200

B.Sc. having studied Chemistry as main /optional subject in any branch of Chemistry while undertaking the course; plus

[a] One year Diploma of Health /Sanitary Inspector OR

[b] One year National Trade Certificate [NTC] in Health Sanitary Inspector awarded by National Council for Vocational Training, Ministry of Labour & Employment, Government of India, New Delhi.

[v] Radiographer/               X-Ray Technician PB-1 5200-20200

GP 2800

10+2 with Physics and Chemistry and Diploma in Radiography /X-Ray Technician /Radiodiognosis Technology [2 years course] from recognized Institute.  Science graduates with Diploma in Radiography /X-Ray Technician/ Radiodiognosis Technology [ 2 years course] shall be preferred.
[vi] Laboratory Assistant Gr.II PB-1 5200-20200

GP 2000

12th ( 10+2 stage) with Science, plus Diploma in Medical Lab Technology (DMLT)
(vii) Dietician PB-2 9300-34800

GP 4200

B.Sc( Science) with Post Graduate Diploma in Dietetics (one year course) from a recognized institution plus three months internship Training in a Hospital

OR

B.Sc( Home Science) + M.Sc/Home Science ( Food & Nutrition ) from a recognized institution.

(viii) Field Worker Gr.II (Male/Female) PB-1 5200-20200

GP 1900

12th ( 10+2 stage) in Science with Biology or Chemistry.
(ix) Extension Educator PB-2 9300-34800

GP 4200

Graduation in Sociology/Social Work/Community Education disciplines with two years diploma in Health Education from a recognized University.
(x) Dental Hygienist PB-2 9300-34800

GP 4200

(a) Degree in Science ( Biology) from a recognized University or equivalent;

(b) Diploma/Certificate course ( 2 years ) in Dental Hygiene from an Institute recognized by Dental Council of India;

(c) Registered with Dental Council of India as a Dental Hygienist; and

(d) Two years experience as Dental Hygienist.

NOTE : Qualification regarding experience is relaxable at the discretion of the competent authority in case of candidates belonging to SC/ST, if at any stage of selection the competent authority is of the opinion that sufficient number of candidates belonging to these communities possessing the requisite experience are not likely to be available to fill up the posts reserved for them.

 

  1. These instructions will be effective from the date of its issue and ongoing recruitment for the above said categories where notification has been published will be governed by past instructions on the subject. The letters under reference and relevant provisions accordingly stand modified.

 

  1. Advance Correction Slip [ACS] to Indian Railway Establishment Manual, Volume-I [Revised Edition – 1989], First Re-print Edition, 2009, will follow.

 

Board’s letter No. E[P&A]I-2014/RT-5 dated 20.05.2015  

     Sub: Clarification regarding operating of scheme of LARSGESS

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One of the Zonal Railways had sought clarification, whether the service of an employee who worked as casual labourer/temporary status, substitutes in different departments in the past can be reckoned for determining the eligibility of the employee in respect of qualifying service under LARSGESS.

  1. The matter has been examined by Board. Under the SRRS renamed as LARSGESS, 33 years of qualifying service was stipulated for determining the eligibility of the employee considering that full pension was admissible on completion of 33 years of qualifying service.  This period was subsequently reduced to 20 years of qualifying service for GP 1800, as in accordance with the recommendations of 6th CPC full pension is admissible on rendering 20 years of qualifying service.  Hence, the period of service which is being reckoned for purpose of pension in terms of Rule No. 31 & 32 of the Railway Services [Pension] Rules, 1993 may be reckoned for determining the eligibility of the employees in respect of qualifying service viz. 20/33 years, under the Scheme as well.

 

RBE No. 48/2015

 

Board’s letter No. 2015/E(Sports)/4(1)/9/Incentive Increments(CKT) dated 19.05.2015  [RBE No. 48  /2015] Clarification/Corrigendum No. 57 

       Sub: Grant of incentive increments to Railways cricket players for medal winning performance in T-20 Cricket Matches.

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 Some of the Railways have sought clarification on the subject matter. In this connection, it is clarified that as per BCCI, Inter State T-20 Championship are All India Championships, hence medal winning performance in these Championships may be considered for granting incentive increments, as per extant instructions.

 

Board’s letter No. E[NG]II/2014/RR-1/3 dated 27.04.2015         

    Sub: Clarification about educational qualification –Ex-servicemen candidates.

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This has reference to letter No. RRB/Bhopal/Panel/139 dated 26.08.2013 seeking clarification whether an Ex-serviceman with 15 years active service in the Armed Force with matriculation will be considered eligible to apply for the post for which the minimum qualification is University Degree provided the relevant certificate issued by the Military authority is attached with the application.

The issue has been examined in consultation with M/o Human Resource Development and Directorate General Resettlement, M/o Defence and it is clarified that:

[a]      For appointment to any reserved vacancy in Group C posts, a matriculate Ex-serviceman [which includes an ex-serviceman who has obtained the Indian Army Special Certificate of Education or the corresponding certificates in the Navy or the Air Force], who has put in not less than 15 years of service in the Armed Forces of the Union may be considered eligible for appointment to the posts for which the essential educational qualification prescribed is graduation and where,

[b]      Work experience of technical or professional nature is not essential; or

[c]      Though non-technical professional work experience is prescribed as essential yet the appointing authority is satisfied that the ex-servicemen is expected to perform the duties of the post by undergoing on the job training for a short duration.

[d]      For appointment to any reserved vacancy in Group C and Group D posts, where the prescribed minimum educational qualification is matriculation, the appointing authority may at his discretion relax the minimum educational qualifications in favour of an ex-serviceman who has passed the Indian Army Class-I Examination or equivalent examination in the Navy or the Air force and who has put in at least 15 years service in the Armed Forces of the Union and is otherwise considered fit to hold the post in view of his experience and other qualifications.

 

RBE No.51/2015

 Board’s letter No. E[MPP]2015/3/6 dated 22.05.2015  [RBE No.51/2015]  

        Sub: Recognition of Training Centres on Indian Railways.

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Kindly refer to Board’s letter No.E[MPP]2001/3/9 dated 18.09.2003 [RBE No.163/2003] wherein Railways were advised to send the proposals for opening of new Training Centres to Management Services Directorate of Railway Board for consideration and approval.

It has, however, been observed that Railways, despite all instructions have continued to set up new Training Centres without making any detailed analysis of the requirement as also needs of the Zonal Railways/PUs, on their own, without any knowledge of Railway Board.

In order to curb this mushrooming of Training Centres on Indian Railways, Railway Board has decided that:

 

  • A Standing Committee in the Zonal Railway/PU with Chief Personnel Officer [as Convenor], FA&CAO and nominated Training Manager of the Department concerned may be formed. This Committee would review the need and requirement of setting up of new Training Centres/ Up-dation of existing Training Centres etc., keeping in mind the existing facilities, existing infrastructure and also the need to merge one or two training centres to cater to the additional requirement.  The Committee shall also review the need for continuation of existing training centres.
  • All the proposals, recommended by the Standing Committee giving detailed justification will need to be approved by Addl. General Manager or by General Manager in case AGM is not available before being sent to Board [Training Directorate] for approval.
  • It will bethe responsibility of the Standing Committee to ensure that no Training Centre is allowed to open without their clearance and without Board’s approval.

Board desire that Railways/PUs may strictly adhere to the above instructions.  No proposal, henceforth, for opening /updation of a new training centre or recognition of training centre on IR will be considered by Board without approval of the of the Standing Committee.

 

RBE No.52/2015

 Board’s letter No. E[MPP]2015/3/6 dated 22.05.2015  [RBE No.52/2015]        

                        Sub: Recognition of  Training Centres on Indian Railways.

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            In continuation of Board’s letter No. E[MPP] 2013/3/18 dated 14.10.2013 [RBE No. 108/2013],  Ministry of Railways [Railway Board]’s  approval is hereby communicated  to the recognition of 6 more Training Centres on Indian Railways indicated in the Revised List of Training Centres [List Attached] as per details given below:

 

S.No. Railway Name of  Training Centre Shown against S.No. of the Revised List
Main Trg. Centres Other Trg. Centres
1 NCR Divisional C&W  Training Centre, Agra 98
2 NCR RPF Training Centre, Subedargunj 218
3 ECR Signal & Telecom Training Centre, Danapur 20
4 SR Divisional Transportation Training Centre, Perambur 129
5 SR Divisional Transportation Training Centre, Kollam 130
6 SR Divisional Transportation Training Centre, Virdunagar 131

 

Ministry of Railways has also approved the up-gradation of C&W Training Centre/ Samastipur  [appearing at S.No.93 in the list of Other Training Centres] in Board’s letter No. E[MPP] 2013/3/18 dated 14.10.2013 [RBE No. 108/2013], as Supervisors’ Training Centre/Samastipur/ECR [shown against S.No.19 under Main Trg. Centres in the list]

 

Supervisors’ Training Centre/Samastipur/ECR will appear in the list of ‘Main Training Centres’.  Hence making a total of 295 Recognised Training Centres on Indian Railways [ 59 Main Training Centres and 236 Other Training Centres].

Recognition of the above training centres does not imply that they would be granted training allowance automatically.  Grant of Training Allowance to these Training Centres would, however, be considered subsequently.

Accordingly, Ministry of Railways has decided to modify the “Manual on Management of Training” [Edition 1998] as per the Correction Slip No. 1/2015 and the revised list of training centres [Appendix-I] is enclosed with the Correction Slip.  This supersedes all other lists issued earlier.

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MANUAL ON MANAGEMENT OF TRAINING” [JUNE 1998]

Advance Correction Slip No. 1/2015

Appendix-I of the Manual on Management of Training [Edition-1998] may be replaced with the attached list.

[Authority: Board’s letter No. E[MPP]2015/3/6 dated 22.05.2015  ]

 

Appendix-I

NAMES OF MAIN TRAINING CENTRES, MULTI DISCIPLINARY TRAINING CENTRES  AND OTHER TRAINING CENTRES

MAIN TRAINING CENTRES:

  1. Zonal Railway Training Institute/Bhusawal/CR
  2. Zonal Railway Training Institute/Bhuli/ER
  3. Zonal Railway Training Institute/Cdhandausi/NR
  4. Zonal Railway Training Institute/Muzaffarpur/ECR
  5. Zonal Railway Training Institute/Alipurduar Jn/NFR
  6. Zonal Railway Training Institute/Trichy/SR
  7. Zonal Railway Training Institute/Maula Ali/SCR
  8. Zonal Railway Training Institute/Sini/SER
  9. Zonal Railway Training Institute/Udaipur/NWR
  1. Supervisors’ Training Centre/Jhansi/NCR
  2. Supervisors’ Training Centre/Kancharapara/ER
  3. Supervisors’ Training Centre/Lucknow/NR
  4. Supervisors’ Training Centre/Gorakhpur/NER
  5. Supervisors’ Training Centre/New Bongaigaon/NFR
  6. Supervisors’ Training Centre/Bangalore/SWR
  7. Supervisors’ Training Centre/Secunderabad/SCR
  8. Supervisors’ Training Centre/Kharagpur/SER
  9. Supervisors’ Training Centre/Ajmer/NWR
  1. Supervisors’ Training Centre/Samastipur/ECR
  2. Signal & Telecom Training Centre /Danapur/ECR
  3. S&T Training Centre/Byculla/CR
  4. S&T Training Centre/Liluah/ER
  5. S&T Training Centre/Malda/ER
  6. S&T Training Centre/Ghaziabad/NR
  7. S&T Training Centre/Gorakhpur/NER
  8. S&T Training Centre/Pandu/NFR
  9. S&T Training Centre/Podanur/SR
  10. S&T Training Centre/Maula-Ali/SCR
  11. S&T Training Centre/Kharagpur/SER
  12. S&T Training Centre/ Sabarmati/WR
  1. Electrical Training Centre/Thakurli/CR
  2. Electrical Training Centre/Asansol/ER
  3. Electrical Training Centre/Kanpur/NCR
  4. Electrical Training Centre/Ghaziabad/NR
  5. Electrical Training Centre/ Gorakhpur/NER
  6. Electrical Training Centre/Avadi/SR
  7. Electrical Training Centre/Vijayawada/SCR
  8. Electrical Training Centre/Lallaguda/SCR
  9. Electrical Training Centre/Tatanagar/SER
  10. Electrical Training Centre/Vadodara/WR
  11. Electrical Training Centre/Mahalaxmi/WR
  1. Civil Engineering Training Centre/Tambaram/SR
  2. Civil Engineering Training Centre/Kacheguda/SCR
  3. Civil Engineering Training Centre/Guntakal/SCR
  4. Civil Engineering Training Centre/Kanpur/NCR
  5. Civil Engineering Training Centre/Kharagpur/SER
  1. Indian Railway Track Machines Training Centre/Allahabad/NCR
  2. Technical Training Centre/CLW/Chittaranjan
  3. Technical Training Centre/ Patiala/Diesel Modernisation Works.
  4. Technical Training Centre/ Varanasi/Diesel Locomotive Works
  5. Technical Training Centre/ Perambur/Integral Coach Factory
  6. Technical Training Centre/ Kapurathala/Rail Coach Factory
  7. Technical Training Centre/ Bangalore/Rail Wheel Factory
  8. Technical Training Centre/Bhopal/WCR
  9. Welding Training Centre/Varanasi/ Diesel Locomotive Works
  10. Welding Training Centre/Perambur/Integral Coach Factory
  11. Welding Training Centre/RCF/Kapurthala/ Rail Coach Factory
  12. Multi Disciplinary Training Centre/Vishakhapatnam/ECoR
  13. Multi Disciplinary Training Centre/Dharwad/SWR

 

OTHER TRAINING CENTRES:

  1. Area Training Centre/Kalyan/CR
  2. Area Training Centre/Bhusawal/CR
  3. Area Training Centre/Ajni/CR
  4. Area Training Centre/Gooty/SCR
  5. Area Training Centre/Ramagundam/SCR
  6. Area Training Centre/Kacheguda/SCR
  7. Area Training Centre/ Lower Parel/WR
  8. Area Training Centre/Junagadh/WR
  9. Area Training Centre/Vadodara/WR
  10. Area Training Centre/Ujjain/WR
  11. Area Training Centre/Valsad/WR
  12. Area Training Centre/Rajkot/WR
  13. Area Training Centre/Jhansi/NCR
  14. Area Training Centre/Ajmer/NWR
  15. Area Training Centre/Bandikui/NWR
  16. Area Training Centre/Kota/WCR
  17. Area Training Centre/Jabalpur/WCR
  18. Area Training Centre/Bhopal/WCR
  1. Accounts Training Centre/Secunderabad/SCR
  1. Basic Training Centre(C&W)/Mathunga/CR
  2. Basic Training Centre(C&W)/Mumbai/CR
  3. Basic Training Centre(C&W)/Bhusawal/CR
  4. Basic Training Centre(Electr)/Mathunga/CR
  5. Basic Training Centre(Loco)/Bhusawal/CR
  6. Basic Training Centre(Loco)/Parel/CR
  7. Basic Training Centre(Diesel)/Kurla/CR
  8. Basic Training Centre/Nasik/CR
  9. Basic Training Centre(ELW)/Bhusawal/CR
  10. Basic Training Centre(ELS)/Bhusawal/CR
  11. Basic Training Centre(Diesel)/Pune/CR
  12. Basic Training Centre(ELS)/Kalyan/CR
  13. Basic Training Centre(Car shed)/Kurla/Mumbai/CR
  14. Basic Training Centre(TRD)/Ajni/CR
  15. Basic Training Centre( Electric Loco Shed)/Ajni/CR
  16. Basic Training Centre(C&W)/Ajni/CR
  17. Basic Training Centre/Jamalpur/ER
  18. Basic Training Centre/Liluah/ER
  19. Basic Training Centre(C&W)/Alambag/Lucknow/NR
  20. Basic Training Centre(C&W)/Amritsir/NR
  21. Basic Training Centre/Jagadhari/NR
  22. Basic Training Centre/Charbagh/Lucknow/NR
  23. Basic Training Centre/Gorakhpur/NER
  24. Basic Training Centre/Izatnagar/NER
  25. Basic Training Centre/Kurseong/Drjeeling Himalayan Railway/NFR
  26. Basic Training Centre/Erode/SR
  27. Basic Training Centre/Perambur/SR
  28. Basic Training Centre/Engg/Arakkonam/SR
  29. Basic Training Centre(Loco)/Ayanavaram/Perambur/SR
  30. Basic Training Centre/Ponmalai/SR
  31. Basic Training Centre/Tiruchhirapalli/SR
  32. Basic Training Centre(Elec/Mech)/Royapuram/SR
  33. Basic Training Centre/Guntupalli/SCR
  34. Basic Training Centre/Lallaguda/SCR
  35. Basic Training Centre/Vijayawada/SCR
  36. Basic Training Centre(CRS)/Tirupati/SCR
  37. Basic Training Centre/Kharagpur/SER
  38. Basic Training Centre(C&W)/Lower Parel/Mumbai/WR
  39. Basic Training Centre/Dahod/WR
  40. Basic Training Centre(C&W)/Pratapnagar/WR
  41. Basic Training Centre(C&W)/Mancheswar/ECOR
  42. Basic Training Centre(Loco)/Jhansi/NCR
  43. Basic Training Centre(C&W)/Jhansi/NCR
  44. Basic Training Centre(WWS)/Jhansi/NCR
  45. Basic Training Centre/Jodhpur/NWR
  46. Basic Training Centre/Bikaner./NWR
  47. Basic Training Centre(C&W)/Ajmer/NWR
  48. Basic Training Centre(Loco)/Ajmer/NWR
  49. Basic Training Centre/Hubli/SWR
  50. Basic Training Centre/Mysore/SWR
  51. Basic Training Centre(C&W)/Mysore/SWR
  52. Basic Training Centre/New Katni/WCR
  53. Basic Training Centre(TRS)/Itarsi/WCR
  54. Basic Training Centre(C&W)/Itarsi/WCR
  55. Basic Training Centre/Kota/WCR
  1. BOXN Training Centre/Andal/ER
  1. C&W Training Centre/Miraj/CR
  2. BOXN Training Centre/Mugalsarai/ECR
  1. C&W Training Centre/Tikiapara/ER
  2. C&W Training Centre/Asansol/ER
  3. C&W Training Centre/Chitpur/ER
  4. C&W Training Centre/Ambala/NR
  5. C&W Training Centre/Amritsar/NR
  6. C&W Training Centre/Ghaziabad/NR
  7. C&W Training Centre/Jagadhari/NR
  8. C&W Training Centre/Lucknow/NR
  9. C&W Training Centre/DCG/Izatnagar/NER
  10. C&W Training Centre/Charbagh/Lucknow/NER
  11. C&W Training Centre/Varanasi/NER
  12. C&W Training Centre/Kharagpur/SER
  13. C&W Training Centre/Vadodara/WR
  14. C&W Training Centre/Ujjain/WR
  15. C&W Training Centre/Dhanbad/ECR
  16. C&W Training Centre/Sonpur/ECR
  17. C&W Training Centre/Visakpatnam/ECOR
  18. C&W & Safety Training Centre/Kanpur/NCR
  19. C&W Training Centre/Jodhpur/NWR
  20. C&W Training Centre/Lalagarh/NWR
  21. Divisional C&W Training Centre/Agra/NCR
  1. Central Bridge Training Institute/Manmad/CR
  2. Bridge Staff Training Centre/Tuglakabad/NR
  3. Bridge Engineering Training Centre/Mughalsarai/ER
  4. Permanent Way Training Centre/Ghaziabad/NR
  5. Permanent Way Training Centre/Haridwar/NR
  6. Permanent Way Training Centre/Jagadhari/NR
  7. Permanent Way Training Centre/Jalandhar/NR
  8. Permanent Way Training Centre/Lucknow/NR
  9. Permanent Way Training Centre/Izatnagar/NER
  10. Permanent Way Training Centre/Varanasi/NER
  11. Permanent Way Training Centre/Palghat/SR
  12. Permanent Way Training Centre/Villupuram/SR
  13. Permanent Way Training Centre/Madurai/SR
  14. Permanent Way Training Centre/Tambaram/SR
  15. Permanent Way Training Centre/Quilon/SR
  16. Permanent Way Training Centre/Dhanbad/ECR
  17. Permanent Way Training Centre/Mugalsarai/ECR
  18. Permanent Way Training Centre/Samastipur/ECR
  19. Permanent Way Training Centre/Sonpur/ECR
  20. Permanent Way Training Centre/Allahabad/NCR
  21. Permanent Way Training Centre/Jhansi/NCR
  22. Permanent Way Training Centre/Bangalore/SWR
  23. Transportation Training Centre/Ferozpur/NR
  24. Transportation Training Centre/Kalka/NR
  25. Transportation Training Centre/Kurukshetra/NR
  26. Transportation Training Centre/Lucknow/NR
  27. Transportation Training Centre/Shajahanpur/NR
  28. Transportation Training Centre/Villupuram/SR
  29. Transportation Training Centre/Shoranur/SR
  30. Transportation Training Centre/Erode/SR
  31. Divisional Transportation Training Centre/Perambur/SR
  32. Divisional Transportation Training Centre/Kollam/SR
  33. Divisional Transportation Training Centre/Virdunagar/SR
  34. Transportation Training Centre/Mokama/ECR
  35. Transportation Training Centre/Subedarganj/Allahabad/NCR
  36. Transportation Training Centre/Jodhpur/NWR
  37. Transportation Training Centre/Lalagarh/NWR
  38. Traffic Training Centre/Madupur/ER
  39. Divisional Transportation Training Centre/Adra/SER
  40. Traffic Training Centre/Vijayawada/SCR
  41. Divisional Traffic Training Centre/Dongargarh/Nagpur/SECR
  42. Traffic Training Centre/Dharwad/SWR
  43. Staff Training Centre(Operating)/Bhilai/SECR
  1. Divisional Training Centre(Engineering)/Bhusawal/CR
  2. Divisional Training Centre(Engineering)/Daund/CR
  3. Divisional Training Centre(Engineering)/Nagpur/CR
  4. Divisional Training Centre(Engineering)/Karnak Bunder/Mumbai/CR
  5. Divisional Training Centre(Engineering)/Beliaghata/ER
  6. Divisional Training Centre(Engineering)/Aishbag/NER
  7. Divisional Training Centre(Engineering)/Tinsukia/NFR
  8. Divisional Training Centre(Engineering)/./Tfc)/Katihar/NFR
  9. Divisional Training Centre(Engineering)/Alipurduar Jn/NFR
  10. Divisional Training Centre/Lalgarh/NWR
  11. Divisional Training Centre/Lumding/NFR
  12. Divisional Training Centre(Engineering)/Jodhpur/NWR
  13. Divisional Training Centre(Engineering)/Ajmer/NWR
  14. Divisional Training Centre(Engineering)/Bandikui/NWR
  15. Divisional Training Centre(Engineering)/Lalgarh/NWR
  16. Divisional Training Centre(Engineering)/Bhopal/WCR
  17. Divisional Training Centre(Engineering)/Jabalpur/WCR
  18. Divisional Training Centre(Engineering)/Kota/WCR
  19. Divisional Training Centre(Engineering)/DCG/Nagpur/SECR
  1. Divisional Training Centre(Engineering)/Kazipet/SCR
  2. Divisional Training Centre(Engineering)/Vijayawada/SCR
  3. Engineering Training Centre/Purna/NED/SCR
  4. Engineering Training Centre/Chakradharpur/SER
  5. Engineering Training Centre/Adra/SER
  6. Engineering Training Centre/Vadodara/WR
  7. Engineering Training Centre/Ratlam/WR
  8. Engineering Training Centre/Bhavnagarpara/WR
  9. Engineering Training Centre/Rajkot/WR
  10. Engineering Training Centre/Bilaspur/SECR
  11. Engineering Training Centre/Dharwad/SWR
  1. Drivers/Asst. Drivers Training Centre / Ajni/CR
  2. Diesel Drivers’ Training Centre/Jamalpur/ER
  3. Diesel Traction Training Centre/Patratu/ECR
  4. Diesel Traction Training Centre/Andal/ER
  5. Diesel Traction Training Centre/Burdwan/ER
  6. Diesel Traction Training Centre/Howrah/ER
  7. Diesel Traction Training Centre/ Alambagh/Lucknow/NR
  8. Diesel Traction Training Centre/Ludhiana/NR
  9. Diesel Traction Training Centre/Shakur Basti/Delhi/NR
  10. Diesel Traction Training Centre/Tuglakabad/Delhi/NR
  11. Diesel Traction Training Centre/Gonda/NER
  12. Diesel Traction Training Centre/Malda/NFR
  13. Diesel Traction Training Centre/Guwahati/NFR
  14. Diesel Traction Training Centre/Siliguri/NFR
  15. Diesel Traction Training Centre/Ponmalai/SR
  16. Diesel Traction Training Centre/Tondiarpet/SR
  17. Diesel Traction Training Centre/Kazipet/SCR
  18. Diesel Traction Training Centre/Guntakal/SCR
  19. Diesel Traction Training Centre/Sabarmati/Ahmedabad/WR
  20. Diesel Traction Training Centre/Bandra/WR
  21. Diesel Traction Training Centre/Ratlam/WR
  22. Diesel Traction Training Centre/Abu Road/NWR
  23. Diesel Traction Training Centre/Mughalsarai/ECR
  24. Diesel Training Centre/Visakhapatnam/ECOR
  25. Diesel Training Centre/Jhansi/NCR
  26. Diesel Traction Training Centre/Bhagat-ki-koti/Jodhpur/NWR
  27. Diesel Traction Training Centre(NG)/Nagpur/SECR
  28. Divisional Loco Training Centre/Bilaspur/SECR
  29. Divisional Loco Training Centre/Bezonbagh/CR
  30. Diesel Traction Training Centre/New Katni/WCR
  31. Diesel Training Centre/Itarsi/WCR
  32. Electrical Training Centre/Perambur/SR
  33. Electric Traction Training Centre/Mugalsarai/ECR
  34. Electrical Training Centre/Bilaspur/SECR
  35. OHE Training Centre/Dhanbad/ECR
  36. Motorman Training Centre/Kalyan/CR
  37. Motorman Training Centre/Kurla/CR
  38. Traction Training Centre/Tambaram/SR
  39. TRD Training Centre/Chakradharpur/SER
  40. Technical Training Centre(Electrical)/Hubli/SWR
  41. Divisional Training Centre/Moradabd/NR
  1. RPF Training Centre/Kurduwadi/CR
  2. Welding Training Centre/Bhopal/WCR
  3. RPF Training Centre/Nasik/CR
  4. RPF Training Centre/Kancharapara/ER
  5. RPF Training Centre/Dhanbad/ECR
  6. RPF Training Centre/Subedargunj/NCR
  7. RPF Training Centre/Gorakhpur/NER
  8. RPF Training Centre/Damohni/NFR
  9. RPF Training Centre/Trichy/SR
  10. RPF Training Centre/Maula-ali/SCR
  11. RPF Training Centre/Kharagpur/SER
  12. RPF Training Centre/Valsad/WR
  13. RPF Training Centre/Bandikui/NWR
  14. RPSF Training Centre/Gorakhpur
  15. Personnel Training Centre/Jodhpur/NWR
  16. Thermit Welding Training Centre/Lucknow/NR
  17. Thermit Welding Training Centre/Vijayawada/SCR
  18. Technical Training Centre/Metro Rail/Kolkata
  19. NDT Training Centre/RDSO/Lucknow
  20. Geo Technical Training Centre/RDSO/Luknow
  21. Multi-Disciplinary Training Centre /Bilaspur/SECR.
  22. Multi-Disciplinary Training Centre/Palghat/SR
  23. Multi-Disciplinary Training Centre/Pune/CR
  24. Multi-Disciplinary Training Centre/Rangia/NFR

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RBE No.58/2015

Board’s letter No. E[P&A]II-2015/HW-1 dated 08.06.2015   (RBE No.58/2015)

Sub: Rates of Night Duty Allowance w.e.f. 01-01-2015.

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Consequent to sanction of an additional instalment of Dearness Allowance vide this Ministry’s letter No.PC-Vl/2008/I/7/2/1 dated 13.04.2015, 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-2014/HW-1 dated 02.12.2014 stand revised with effect from 01.01.2015 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.

  1. This issues with the concurrence of the Finance Directorate of the Ministry of Railways.
ANNEXURE ‘A’ ANNEXURE ‘B’
Rates of Night Duty Allowance (NDA) with effect from 1.1.2015 for ‘Intensive’, ‘Continuous’ and ‘Excluded’ categories and Workshop staff. Rates of Night Duty Allowance (NDA) with effect from 1.1.2015 for ‘Essentially Intermittent’ categories of staff.
S.No. Pay Band Grade Pay Rate of NDA

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S.No Pay Band Grade Pay Rate of NDA

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1 4440-7440 1300 71.75 1 4440-7440 1300 47.85
2 4440-7440 1400 72.70 2 4440-7440 1400 48.45
3 4440-7440 1600 74.70 3 4440-7440 1600 49.80
4 4440-7440 1650 75.20 4 4440-7440 1650 50.15
5 5200-20200 1800 143.65 5 5200-20200 1800 95.75
6 5200-20200 1900 144.65 6 5200-20200 1900 96.45
7 5200-20200 2000 145.65 7 5200-20200 2000 97.10
8 5200-20200 2400 149.60 8 5200-20200 2400 99.75
9 5200-20200 2800 153.55 9 5200-20200 2800 102.35
10 9300-34800 4200 260.05 10 9300-34800 4200 173.35
11 9300-34800 4600 [and above ] 264.00 11 9300-34800 4600 [and above ] 176.00

 

Board’s letter No. E[NG]II/2015/RC-1/Genl./2 dated 23.04.2015          

Sub: Appointment on compassionate grounds – Clarifications- regarding.

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Attention is invited to this Ministry’s letter of even number dated 14.09.2012 issued under RBE No.102/2012.  Some of the Zonal Railways have sought clarification as regards to the allowances and benefits allowed to a trainee  under Board’s letter dated. 14.09.2012 [RBE No. 102/2012] should be given to a trainee appointed against a working post where it is mandatory for persons being appointed to clear the entire training period before joining a working post.

The matter has been examined in Board’s office and it is clarified that in terms of one of the recommendations of the 6th Central Pay Commission, as accepted by the Government of India, candidates not possessing the minimum qualifications of Matric could not be recruited in the Government service.  At the same time, Commission also recommended that in exceptional circumstances like appointment on compassionate grounds, Government might need to provide employment opportunities to certain classes of persons not immediately meeting the minimum educational standards and Government could recruit them as ‘trainees’ who would be given a regular pay band and Grade Pay only on acquiring the minimum qualification prescribed under the Recruitment rules.

Thus, it is amply clear that Board’s instructions dated 14.09.2012 applies exclusively in cases, where candidates being considered for appointment on compassionate grounds are not meeting the minimum qualification for entry into the Government service that is, in Grade Pay Rs.1800/- and the word ‘Trainees’ have been coined only for this limited purpose.  It has nothing to do with trainees [who get stipend and not salary] in various posts of Grade Pay Rs.1900 and above, where it is mandatory for persons to complete the training successfully, before joining a working post.

 

Board’s letter No. E[NG]I-2015/CR/2 dated 10.06.2015          

  

Sub: Annual Performance Appraisal Report(APAR) of non-gazetted staff-

     Addition of a new column in the proforma for filing Annual Return of

          Immovable Property- Regarding.

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As the Railways are aware, in terms of Board’s letter No. E(D&A)-2007/               GS-1-1 dated 17.06.2009, Supervisory  staff of Group ‘C’ working on the Railways in the scales of pay the maximum of which, is in Pay Band-II, Rs. 9300-34800 with Grade Pay of Rs.4600/- will have to submit annual return of their immovable property. A question whether an additional column may be inserted in the Part-II (Self Appraisal) of proforma  being used for filling up of APAR of non-gazetted supervisory staff on the Railways showing that Annual Immovable Property Return has been filed, has been engaging attention of Board for quite some time.

  1. The matter has accordingly been considered by Board. It has been decided that an additional column No. 03 in Part-II, Self Appraisal in the Annexure-I to IV of forms circulated to zonal Railways under Railway Board’s letter No. E(NG)I-86/CR/5 dated 22.04.1987 or wherever it is required to be added suitably in the case of supervisory staff, may be introduced describing unambiguously “whether Annual Return of Immovable Property for preceding year[s] to which APAR is being reported upon, has been submitted by supervisory staff who are working on the Zonal Railways in Grade Pay Rs. 4600/- and above. The reporting officer shall not accept the APAR without this newly inserted column filled up by the official reported upon and take further action in the process of writing of APAR as per extant procedure contained in Board’s letter No.E[NG]I-2000/CR/3  dated 12.01.2001 assuming that the employee concerned has not submitted his self appraisal within the given time.

 

RBE No.56/2015

 

Board’s letter No. F[E]I/2015/AL-28/23 dated 03.06.2015  [RBE No.56/2015]   

       

Sub: Clarification on travel by Air in Business Class as stipulated in Economy Measures issued by Ministry of Finance.

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 A  clarification has been sought with reference to para 2.4[II] of MOF’s O.M. on Economy measures dated 29th October, 2014 circulated vide Board’s letter No. 2013-B-260 dated 19.11.2014 which reads as follows:

While officers are entitled to various classes of air travel depending on seniority, utmost economy would need to be observed while exercising the choice keeping the limitations of budget in mind.  However, there would be no bookings in First Class.”

 It has been decided by the Railway Board that officers of the level of SAG & above may be permitted to travel by Business Class during their domestic travel as per their entitlement subject to availability of Budget provision.

 

RBE No.55/2015

Board’s letter No. F[E]III/2008/PN1/12 dated 02.06.2015   [RBE No.55/2015]         

Sub: Rounding off of a fraction of a rupee in regulation of additional pension.

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            A copy of Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare [DOP&PW]’s O.M. No.38/8/15-P&PW[A] dated 16.04.2015 on the above subject is enclosed for information and compliance.  These instructions shall apply mutatis mutandis on the Railways also.  DOP&PW’s O.M. No.38/37/08-P&PW[A] dated 02.09.2008 mentioned in the O.M. has been adopted on Railways vide Board’s letter No. F[E]III/2008/PN1/13 dated 15.09.2008.

 

Copy to DOP&PW’s O.M. No.38/8/15-P&PW[A] dated 16.04.2015

Sub: Rounding off of a fraction of a rupee in regulation of additional pension.

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The undersigned is directed to say that vide this Department’s OM No. 38/37/08-P&PW[A] dated 01.09.2008 and O.M. 38/37/08-P&PW[A] dated 02.09.2008, instructions were issued for  grant of additional pension /family pension @ 20% to 100% to old pensioners /family pensioners of the age of 80 years and above.

  1. A question has been raised as to how the amount of additional pension is to be regulated in case the additional pension results in fraction of a rupee. The matter has been examined in consultation with Ministry of Finance [Department of Expenditure] and it has been decided that the amount of additional pension as finally calculated may be rounded off to the next higher rupee.  In cases where the pension/family pension of old pensioners has been fixed /revised without rounding off the additional pension, in those cases also, the additional pension may be rounded off to the next higher rupee hereinafter.  However, no arrears for the period from 01.01.2006 on account of such rounding off would be paid in those cases.
  1. This issues with the approval of Ministry of Finance [Department of Expenditure] ID No.157/EV/2015 dated 30.03.2015.

 

RBE No.54/2015

Board’s letter No. E[W]2014/FU-1/1 dated 01.06.2015 [RBE No.54/2015]

           

Sub: Staff   Benefit    Fund

 Ref: This office letter No. E[W]2014/FU-1/1  dated 30.07.2014

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Sanction of the Ministry of Railways is hereby communicated  to the cash award schemes from Staff Benefit Fund( SBF) for wards of Railway Employees  for outstanding performance in Academics and in the field of sports.

  1. The modalities for the aforementioned schemes are enclosed at Annexure I & II.
  1. These orders are effective from 1st April, 2015.
  1. This issues with the concurrence of Finance Dte. of Ministry of Railways.

 

ANNEXURE-I

Cash Award for wards of Railway Employees for outstanding

Performance in Academics from Staff Benefit Fund (SBF)

  1. The objective of the scheme is to recognize and encourage wards of railway employees for their outstanding performance in the field of academics.
  1. The scheme will be financed under the heading “Education and Scholarship for higher education for girls and boys” under SBF.
  1. The scheme shall be applicable only to the wards of permanent Railway

Employees who are eligible, as per SBF rules.

  1. As per scheme, annual cash award shall be applicable only to the wards of eligible railway employees studying from Vl standard to post graduation from any recognized Board/University.
  1. The parameters of outstanding performance number of such scholarships and cash amount are to be decided by respective Zone/PUs’ SBF Committee depending on availability of funds under SBF. It should have the concurrence and approval of GM and F A&CAO respectively.
  1. There should be continuity in the studies. No drop out will be covered under the scheme.
  1. The Scheme shall be effective from the academic year 2015-16 onwards.

Railway employees shall have to submit their  application to the respective  SBF Committee in the prescribed application form (sample copy enclosed along with a certificate from the Head of the Institution(School/College) and attested photo copy of the mark sheet(copies enclosed).

  1. The amount of cash award shall be given only through account payee cheque in the name of the eligible wards.
  1. Wards/students already in receipt of scholarships as per extant provisions under SBF shall also be eligible for award under the scheme to the extent of the difference in the Scholarships amount of the two schemes.
  1. In case of tie between students, girl child will be given preference In case of tie among boys (or) among girls, the senior in age would get preference.
  1. In case of any dispute the decision of the SBF Committee shall be final.

 

APPLICATION FORM

Cash Award Scheme for wards of Railway employees for outstanding  performance in Academics

 

1 Name of employee
2 Designation
3 Date of appointment
4 Pay Band & Grade Pay
5 Basic Pay( Enclose Salary Slip)
6 RUID or Employees No.
7 Name of the Student
8 Date of Birth of the Student
9 Relationship  with the applicant
10 Name and Address of the Institution

in  which studying

11 Particulars of class/course studying
12 Duration of the Course
13 Scholastic record of the student( to be supported b y copies of certificate/mark sheet duly verified by Principal  of School/College):

 

 

Name of the Exam passed Year in which passed Institution Total marks for the Exam Marks obtained % age Position in Class

 

14 Details of the other scholarships and educational assistance from SBF or any other source.

 

Signature of the applicant ________________

Rly. Phone / Mobile No. _______________

Forwarded to the Secretary, Staff Benefit Fund Committee, in _________ zone /PU / Division / Workshop

 

Signature_____________________

Designation___________________

Department___________________

 

Date:

 

Certificate from the Principal or Head of the institution in which the student is studying

 

Certified  that Mr. /Ms.___________________ son/daughter of Shri /Smt____________  employed as  __________  zone /PU / Division / Workshop, is a student of this Institution [School /College] and is at present studying  or passed ______ class / year [graduation /post graduation] for ____________ course.  He/she has secured _____ position  / %age in __________ class / [graduation /post graduation] for the academic year ________.  This institution is recognised by ________ State or is affiliated to __________ Board /University.

 

Seal of the Institution [School/College]

Signature of the Head of the Institution.

Date:

 

ANNEXURE-II

Cash Award for wards of Railway Employees for outstanding

Performance in the Field of Sports from Staff Benefit Fund (SBF)

 

  1. The objective of the scheme is to recognize and encourage wards of railway employees for their outstanding achievements in the field of sports.
  1. The scheme will be financed under the heading “Sports” under ‘Staff Benefit Fund [SBF]’.
  1. The scheme shall be applicable only to the wards of permanent Railway Employees who are eligible for the benefit of SBF, as per SBF rules.
  1. The scheme shall be applicable only to the wards of permanent Railway Employees covered under Railway pass rules and studying up to post graduation from any recognised Board /University.
  1. As per this scheme, cash award shall be given to eligible wards of Railway employees for their meritorious performance in the field of sports. In this connection some amounts have been suggested as per annexure to serve as broad guidelines and upper limit. However, the concerned Railway/Units’ SBF Committee may  reduce the amount of cash award in consultation with President/ General Secretary of Zonal Railway Sports Association, keeping in view the category of events as per Annexure and availability of funds. It should have the concurrence and approval of FA&CAO and GM, respectively.
  1. The scheme shall be effective from the financial year 2015-16 onwards. For granting Cash Ward as per Annexure, the concluding day of the championship /event shall be taken into account.  Accordingly, the championship /event concluded between 1st April 2015 to 31st March, 2016, shall be considered for cash award during the year 2015-16.
  1. For each recognised sports achievement, separate cash award shall be given.
  1. The amount of cash award shall be given only through account payee cheque in the name of the eligible wards.
  1. SBF Committee shall approve the names of eligible wards for cash award in consultation with the President/ General Secretary of Zonal Railway Sports Association of the concerned Zonal Railway / Production Unit.

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APPLICATION FORM

Cash Award Scheme for wards of Railway employees for outstanding  performance in the Field of Sports

 

1. Details of Railway Employee:  
[i] Name of employee
[ii] Designation
[iii] Date of appointment
[iv] Pay Band & Grade Pay
[v] Basic Pay( Enclose Salary Slip)
[vi] RUID or Employees No.
2 Details of Ward:  
[i] Name of the Sportsperson[s]
[ii] Date of Birth of the Sportsperson[s]
[iii] Relationship  with the applicant
[iv] Details of recognised sports achievement as per scheme [attach a copy of certificate]

 

Name of the Championship Date of the Championship Venue Host Association / Federation Position / Medal

[v].       Details of other scholarship and financial assistance from SBF or any other source.

Signature of the applicant ________________

Rly. Phone / Mobile No. _______________

 

Forwarded to the Secretary, Staff Benefit Fund Committee, in _________ zone /PU / Division / Workshop

Signature_____________________

Designation___________________

Department___________________

Date:

 

Certificate from the Hony. General Secretary/ President from whom the sportsperson got medal.

 

Certified that Mr./Ms. _________________________ son /daughter of Shri /Smt________________ employed as ____________ in Zone/division /PU /Workshop is medal winner in ___________ championship held at ___________ from _____ to ____ .

 

Seal of the Association /Federation

 

Signature of the Hony. General Secretary/ President

Of Association /Federation.

Date:

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RBE No. 60/2015

Board’s letter No. E(NG)I-2008/PM1/6  dated 10.06.2015   [RBE No. 60/2015]

           

Sub: Scheme of General Departmental Competitive Examination (GDCE) for filling up of 25% – 50% of net direct recruitment quota vacancies in Group ‘C’ categories – Partial shift in the duty of agency conducting GDCE regarding.

 

Ref:   (i)   Railway Board’s letter No.E(NG)I-92/PM2/16 dated  20.08.1993.

          (ii)   Railway Board’s letter No.E(NG)I-2011/PM1/2 dated 12.09.2014.

          (iii)  Railway Board’s letters even number dated 20.10.2014 & 14.11.2014

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            Effecting partial modification in the existing provisions governing GDCE, instructions have been issued vide Board’s letters of even number dated 20.10.2014 and 14.11.2014, referred to above. Since other conditions of GDCE remained same, GDCE examination, hitherto, used to be conducted in two stages as have been conducted by RRBs prior to revision in instructions.

 

  1. The issue of stages of examination has since been considered by Board and it has been decided that GDCE, for all posts, may be conducted in single stage only in view of small number of Railway employees appearing against the same.

 

 

 

RBE No.53/2015

 

Board’s letter No. E[W]2008/ED-2/4 dated 01.06.2015   [RBE No.53/2015]       

   

         Sub: Children Education Allowance –Frequently asked questions.     

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            Please refer to Railway Board’s letter of even number dated 01.10.2008 followed by subsequent letters regarding revised policy instructions /clarifications on Children Education Allowance admissible to Railway servants, based on the recommendations of Sixth Central Pay Commission.

 

  1. Now, DOP&T has inter-alia issued clarification on reimbursement of Children Education Allowance in the form of frequently asked questions [FAQ] in terms of their Office Memorandum No. I-11020/1/2014-Estt.[AL]. The text of OM is tabulated below for guidance of all concerned.

 

S.No. Question Answer
1 Whether reimbursement of Children Education Allowance is admissible for the:
[a] Nursery/LKG/UKG as there is no provision of  recognition of these classes in most of the States/UTs Reimbursement is permissible only if the child is studying in a recognized educational institution.
[b] Third child if either of the first two children is disabled to the extent  that he/she cannot go to school: Reimbursement is allowed to only the two eldest surviving children of the Government servant except when the 2nd childbirth results in multiple births or the 3rd child is born due to failure of sterilization operation.
[c] The children borne out of second marriage or the children of second wife /husband in addition to children from first marriage: Reimbursement is allowed to only the two eldest surviving children of the Government servant.
[d] Entitlement of  number of Note Books Reimbursement is permissible for any number of note books as may be prescribed by the recognized educational institution.

 

 

 

 

 

RBE No.57/2015

 

Board’s letter No. 2013/E[Sports]/4[1]/1/Policy Clarifications dated 05.06.2015 [RBE No.57/2015] Clarification /Corrigendum No. 58          

 

Sub: Change in the age group for Col. C.K. Nayudu Trophy for Cricket [Men], for recruitment and incentive purposes on Indian Railways.

 

Ref: Railway Board’s policy letter No. 2010/E[Sports] /4[1]/1[Policy] dated 31.12.2010 [RBE No. 189B/2010] and clarification No. 41 dt. 23.12.2013 [RBE No. 135/2013]

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The Board of Control for Cricket in India [BCCI] has changed the age group for Col. C.K. Nayudu Trophy for Cricket [Men] from Under-25 to Under-23 from theyear 2014-15.

 

  1. Accordingly, sports achievements in Under-23 Col. C.K. Nayudu Trophy from 2014-15 onward may be considered recognized for the purpose of recruitment against sports quota and for granting incentives to Railway sportspersons, as per Board’s policy letter referred to above.

 

 

 

 

RBE No. 61/2015

 

Board’s letter No. E(NG)I-2015/RE-3/2 dated 12.06.2015  [RBE No. 61/2015]

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Sub: Absorption of medically unfit staff of RPF/RPSF in alternative post- Regarding.

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A question as to how the medically incapacitated staff of Railway staff of Protection Force/Railway Protection Special Force may be absorbed in alternative jobs in other departments of the Zonal Railways has been under consideration of Railway Board.

 

  1. Attention in this connection is invited to Board’s letter No.E(NG)I-88/RE-3/2 dated 18.01.1989 which provide that medically unfit RPF/RPSF staff may be first considered for absorption in ministerial post in their own department. The Committee constituted for considering such alternative appointments shall include an officer of the Personnel Department. In case no suitable posts to so accommodate them in RPF department are available, they may be considered for absorption in alternative posts in other departments of the railways within the framework of the provisions contained in Chapter XIII of the Indian Railway Establishment Manual Vol.I, Revised Edition 1989, First Re-Print Edition -2009. Similarly, when staff of other departments are medically de-categorized, they will also be considered for absorption against suitable posts in their own department at the outset and in case no posts are available therein then such staff will be considered against Ministerial posts in the RPF department, if such posts are available in that Department.

 

  1. The matter has been considered by the Board. It is reiterated that the above instructions/procedure may be followed scrupulously in order to maintain the uniformity on all the Zonal Railways.

 

 

 

RBE No.63/2015

 

Board’s letter No. E(G)2015 LE 1-15 dated 15.6.2015 [RBE No.63/2015]

 

Sub: Grant of Special Casual Leave to differently abled Railway employees.

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         In continuation of Board’s letter No.E(G)2007/LE 1-1 dated 22.1.2008 circulating a copy of DOP&Ts OM No. 28016/02/2007–Estt.(A) dated 14.11.2007, copy of DOP&Ts OM of the same number dated 20.3.2008 on the above subject is circulated for information and guidance. These instructions shall apply mutatis mutandis on the Railways also.

 

 

Copy of DOP&T’s OM No. 28016/02/2007–Estt.(A) dated 20th March, 2008

 

Sub: Grant of Special Casual Leave to the differently abled Central Government  employees.

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The undersigned is directed to say that instructions were issued vide this Department’s OM of even No. dated 14.11.2007 that subject to exigencies of work special casual leave for not more than 10 days in a calendar year may be granted to differently abled Central Government servants with disabilities as defined in the Persons with disabilities [Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation] Act, 1995 for participating in the conferences/workshops /seminars /trainings related to Disability and Development related programmes organized at National and State level agencies to be specified by Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment.

 

  1. All Ministries /Departments are now informed that it has been decided in consultation with Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment that the special casual leave to the differently abled Central Government employees with disabilities as per the above O.M dated 14.11.2007 may be allowed for participation in conferences/workshops/seminars/trainings related to Disability and Disability related programmes organized by the following:-

 

(i)         Central Government and State/UT Governments;

(ii)        Central and State/UT Government Institutions/Agencies;

(iii)       International agencies like UN, World Bank etc;

(iv)       Universities & Educational Intuitions set up by Central/State Government, recognized as predominant centres for education on rehabilitation of persons with disabilities and

 

(v)        Recognized institutes for persons with disabilities, under Chapter X (Sections 50 to 55) and  Chapter XI (Sections 56) of the Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act, 1995

 

  1. There shall be no change in the other conditions for grant of special casual leave for the purpose of participation in conferences/workshops/seminars/training for Disability and Development related programmes by the differently abled Central Government employees.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RBE No.64/2015

 

Board’s letter No.E(MPP)2015/3/10 dated 15.6.2015. [RBE No.64/2015]  

        

Sub: Mandatory Yoga Training for all Officers/Staff of Indian Railways including RPF Personnel.

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               Zonal Railways may kindly refer to Board’s letter No.E(MPP)2000/ 19/1/P/Meditation dated 23.11.2001 (RBE No.231/2001), vide which Yoga training was introduced for trainees in the Railway Training Centres. These instructions were reiterated and were made permanent vide Board’s letter No. E(MPP)2009/ 9/1/Pt/.(Meditation) dated 13.11.2003 (RBE No.194/2003).

 

It has been established that Yoga/Meditation courses help in improving levels of concentration, alertness and reduction in stress and hence with a view to provide greater thrust, it has been decided to cover all officers and staff including RPF personnel in the programme, for general well being of employees. Further, in Budget 2015-16, it was emphasized that training in Yoga will be imparted to the staff especially from RPF.

 

In the light of foregoing, Board has decided to include mandatory Yoga Training programmes in all the Centralized Training Institutes and Non-Gazetted Training Centres including RPF Training Centres. Accordingly, all the training programmes whether Initial, Refresher, Promotional or structured training programmes would provide for slots for Yoga Training as per details specified below:

 

Less than 15 days Training Course One hour* Yoga Training for the entire course
15 days to 8 weeks Training Course One hour* Yoga Training per week (fraction of week to be ignored)
8 weeks to 30 weeks Training Course One hour* Yoga Training per week up to 8 weeks and thereafter 1 hour Yoga Training per fortnight (fraction of week/fortnight to be ignored)
30 weeks and above, up to total duration of training One hour* per week up to 8 weeks and thereafter one hour per fortnight for the balance period. (fraction of week/fortnight to be ignored)

(*One hour duration can be split into 3×20 minutes or 4×15 min., or 2×30 min.  etc.)

 

Accordingly, all Training Centres are advised to arrange these training programmes. In case necessary, tie up may be made with certified/Professional Yoga Centres/Trainers on payment basis as may be decided by the concerned General Managers of Zonal Railways, PUs and Heads of CTIs etc., in consultation with their Associate Finance under the Zonal Railways/CTIs budgetary powers. Necessary tie up as mentioned above may be finalized within 2 months and training on Yoga in terms of the aforesaid directions may be started immediately thereafter. There would be no exemption from attendance in this programme unless there are adequate reasons to be accepted by the Head of Training Institution personally.

 

As regards the batch size, the minimum batch size should be 20, however, where more numbers are proposed to be covered in a batch, the same should be decided in consultation with the trainer. In so far as RPF personnel are concerned, RPF Directorate have already issued instructions vide their letter No.2013/Sec(E)/TRG(POL)-1/1 dated 19.3.2015. These instructions are subsumed and would form part of the aforesaid instructions for RPF personnel.

 

These instructions supersede all previous instructions on the subject of Yoga Training including the ceiling limit fixed for payment of remuneration to Yoga Instructors/Trainers, hired for the purpose.

 

As regards the numbers of officers/staff who are being imparted Yoga Training, monthly statement showing total number of officers/staff and RPF personnel trained per month will have to be sent to the Board on a continuing basis once the training programmes begin.

 

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

 

 

 

 

RBE No.66/2015

 

Board’s letter No. E[NG]II/2001/RR-1/6 dated 17.06.2015   [RBE No.66/2015]

           

Sub: Educational qualification for recruitment to Group ‘C’ posts in Track Machine Organisation [TMO] Department on the Railways.

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Attention is invited to this office letter of even number dated 29.08.2014 [RBE No.92/2014] prescribing minimum educational qualification for open market recruitment to the post of Junior Engineer [Track Machine Organisation] and Senior Section Engineer [Track Machine Organisation] as under:

 

(i) Junior Engineer (TMO) Pay Band-2 of 9300-34800 Grade Pay 4200 Three years Diploma in Civil/Mechanical/ Electrical/ Electronics/ Instrumentation & Control Engineering from a recognized University/ Institute.
(ii) Sr.Section Engineer (TMO) Pay Band-2 of 9300-34800 Grade Pay 4600 Four years Degree in Civil//Mechanical/ Electrical/ Electronics/ Instrumentation & Control Engineering from a recognized University/Institute.

 

  1. Pursuant to references received from field units and AIRF, review of the same has been undertaken and it has been decided by the Board that henceforth minimum qualification for open market recruitment to the categories of JE [TMO] and Sr.SE [TMO] will be as under:

 

(i) Junior Engineer (TMO) Pay Band-2 of 9300-34800 Grade Pay 4200 Three years Diploma in (a) Mechanical/ Production /Automobile/ Electrical/ Electronics/ Instrumentation  & Control Engineering from a recognized University /Institute OR (b) a combination of any sub stream of basic streams of Mechanical/ Production /Automobile/ Electrical/ Electronics/ Instrumentation  & Control Engineering from a recognized University /Institute .
 (ii) Sr.Section Engineer (TMO) Pay Band-2 of 9300-34800 Grade Pay 4600 Four  years  Bachelor’s  Degree in  (a) Mechanical/  Production / Automobile/ Electrical/Electronics/ Instrumentation  & Control Engineering from a recognized University /Institute OR (b) a combination of any sub stream of basic streams of Mechanical/ Production /Automobile/ Electrical/Electronics/ Instrumentation  & Control Engineering from a recognized University /Institute .

 

  1. These instructions will be effective from the date of its issue and ongoing recruitment for the above said categories where notification has been published will be governed by past instructions on the subject.

 

  1. Advance Correction Slip [ACS] to the Indian Railway Establishment Manual, Volume-I [Revised Edition 1989] First Re-print Edition 2009, will follow.

 

 

 

 

 

RBE No.67/2015

 

Board’s letter No. E[NG]II/2010/RR-1/17 dated 16.06.2015  [RBE No.67/2015]  

        

Sub:Recognition of qualification  acquired through distance learning mode from Indira Gandhi National Open University [IGNOU], New Delhi- Diploma/ Degrees – Acceptance for the purpose of employment on the railways. 

 

Ref:Letter No. 2002/AC-II[CC]/37/8 dated 17.11.2004 and No. 2002/AC-II/CC/37/8[Vol.I] dated 24.09.2012 

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Minimum educational qualification for open market recruitment to the category of Junior Engineer  [Information Technology], has been prescribed in terms of instructions referred to above.

 

An issue has been raised by one of the Railway Recruitment Boards whether qualification of Bachelor in Computer Application [BCA] obtained from Indira Gandhi Open University [IGNOU], New Delhi through distance learning mode is acceptable for employment on the railways, in lieu of qualification prescribed for the post of Junior Engineer [IT] vide letters ibid.

 

The issue has been examined in consultation with Accounts and C&IS Directorates of this Ministry.  It has been decided by the Board that qualification of BCA obtained through distance mode cannot be accepted in lieu of the minimum qualification prescribed for the post of Junior Engineer [IT].

 

 

 

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RBE No.75/2015

 

Board’s letter No. 2015/E(Sports)/4(1)/5/Probation Period dated 03.07.2015

[RBE No.75/2015] Clarification /Corrigendum No. 60.

          

 Sub: Out of Turn Promotion of sportspersons on sports    account during  Probation period.

 

Ref: Railway Board’s letter of even number  dated 25.03.2015 (RBE No. 27/2015).

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Ministry of Railways [Railway Board] have decided that the instructions contained in Board’s letter  of even number dated 25.03.2015 regarding grant of out of turn promotion to sports persons on sports account during probation period; may be treated as cancelled.

 

 

 

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RBE No.78/2015

 

Board’s letter No. E[P&A]I-2013/RT-3 dated 10.07.2015   [RBE No.78/2015]  

        

Sub: Denial of benefit under LARSGESS in case both mother and father are working in the categories covered under the Scheme – PNM/AIRF Item No. 18/2015.

 

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AIRF raised a demand in the PNM Forum that both husband and wife working in the categories specified for the Scheme may be allowed to avail the benefit of LARSGESS.  The matter has been considered and it is clarified that both husband and wife can avail the benefit of the Scheme, provided they, as well as their wards fulfil the prescribed eligibility conditions.

 

 

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RBE No.74/2015

 

Board’s letter No. E[W]2012/WE-2/3 dated 03.07.2015   [RBE No.74/2015]           

 

Sub: List of Holiday Homes on Indian Railways

 

Ref: E[W]WE2/3 dated 06.06.2012.

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With reference to the above, the holiday home facility is available as per details as follows:

 

Railway Location No. of Suites [Group-wise] Competent authority /official with Telephone No.
A B C D
WCR Maihar,    [Dt. Satna] 02 02 DRM[P], JBP Division, WCR [Phone -55726, Fax – 2620489]

 

This may be circulated amongst all officers and staff of your Railway /Unit.

 

 

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Board’s letter No. 2012/H/PNM/NFIR dated 14.07.2015 

           

Sub: Provision of Emergency Railway Medical Facilities to Railway beneficiaries

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All railway employees, their spouse and eligible dependents are eligible to avail railway medical facilities in Railway Hospitals and Health Units etc. Similarly on joining RELHS-97 retired railway employees, their spouse and eligible dependents also become eligible for same level of medical facilities as that of serving railway employees.

 

Instances have come to the notice of the Board that the railway medical beneficiaries are facing difficulties in availing railway medical facilities during emergencies in places other than the place where their medical card is registered.

 

The matter has been examined in the Board’s Office and it has been decided, with the approval of competent authority, that all Railway Hospitals, Health Units etc., would ensure adequate medical facility to serving employees, their spouse and eligible dependents/ RELHS-97 card holders, their spouse and eligible dependents in emergencies.  Such a facility will be extended on production of railway medical identity card / any other documentary proof that establishes the railway identity in case of serving railway employees and RELHS-97 cards in case of retired railway employees.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Board’s letter No. E[W]2015/PS5-1/4 dated 27.07.2015             

 

Sub: Issue of Special Pass for Scouts & Guides activities

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It has been represented that while instructions exist in Board’s Master Circular on ‘Scouts activities on Indian Railways’ for issue of Special Passes on scouts account as per the entitlement of employee, some of the Railways issue only IInd /Sleeper class Special Passes citing absence of specific stipulation in the Pass Rules.  The issue has been examined in consultation with Finance and with the approval of Board,  it is clarified that when railway servants travel alone or with other railway employees as party of Scouts/Guides [not with family], special pass as per employee’s entitlement on privilege account should be granted.  As far as their travel with family for scouts activities, they would be entitled only for IInd /Sleeper class Special Pass as stipulated in the extant rules.

 

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RBE No.73/2015

 

Board’s letter No. PC-V/2008/PS/1[stipend] dated 30.06.2015  [RBE No.73/2015]           

 

 

Sub: Fixation of stipend for Apprentice JEs  selected through LDCE during their training period.

 

Ref: PNM/AIRF item No. 11/2013

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All Indian Railwaymen’s Federation have raised the issue regarding fixation of stipend for Apprentice JEs selected through LDCE  during their training period.  The issue was discussed in PNM meeting and it has been decided to reiterate the existing relevant provisions of IREM. In this context, attention is invited to para 1905[2] of IREM Vol.II [Revised Edition-1990] which stipulates as under:

 

“…….Permanent Railway servants on appointment as apprentices in any category may be granted pay equivalent to the rate of stipend laid down for that particular category of apprentices or their substantive pay as admissible to them from time to time whichever is higher. Temporary railway servants on appointment as apprentices in any category may be granted pay equivalent to the rate of stipend drawn by the apprentices in their category.”

 

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

 

 

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RBE No.80/2015

 

Board’s letter No. E[NG]II/2001/RR-1/45 dated 14.07.2015  [RBE No.80/2015]        

  

Sub: Minimum educational qualification for the post of Radiographer – Clarification regarding.

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References have been received form some of the RRBs, seeking clarification, whether candidates in possession of Diploma from following institutions can be accepted for direct recruitment to the post of Radiographer in Pay Band of Rs.5200-20200 [Grade Pay: 2800]:

 

[i]       Certificate of Radiological Assistants Course [Two years course]- from Maulana Azad Medical College & Lok Nayak Hospital, New Delhi.

[ii]      B.Sc. Radiation Technology [Part-III]- from Rajasthan University of Health Science, Jaipur.

[iii]     B.Sc. in Medical Technology, [X-Ray] 3 years course- from PGIMER, Chandigarh.

[iv]     Radiographer Training Course [Two year course ]– from Govt. Medical College, Patiala

[v]      B.Sc. in Medical Technology [Radio diagnosis & Imaging]- from PGIMER, Chandigarh.

[vi]     B.Sc. in Medical Technology [Radiology & Imaging]- from H.P. University.

[vii]    Diploma in Medical Lab Technology [X-Ray & Imaging] –awarded by Indian Medical Association [after B.Sc.]

[viii]   One year diploma course from Adult, Continuing Education & Extension Centre, Jadavpur University/ Kolkata conducted in collaboration with Calcutta Medical Research Institute.

[ix]     Three years degree course in B.Sc. Radiation Technology – issued by Rajasthan University of Health Sciences, SMS Medical College, Jaipur.

[x]      Two years Vocational Course in the trade of Diploma in Radiography [X-Ray Technician]- issued by National Institute of Open Schooling, Government of India, New Delhi.

 

The issue has been examined in consultation with Health Directorate of this Ministry  and it has been decided that    the aforesaid Diploma can be accepted in lieu of qualification prescribed for open market recruitment to the post of Radiographer provided the same is at least a two year course and should not have been obtained through distance learning mode.

 

 

 

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RBE No.81/2015

 

Board’s letter No. 2015/E[Sports]/4[1]/11/Open Adv. dated 16.07.2015  [RBE No.81/2015]    

      

Sub: Recruitment against Sports Quota on the basis of medal winning position in All India Inter University Championship only through Open Advertisement Quota.

 

Ref: Board’s letter No. [i] 2010/E [Sports]/4[1]/1 [policy] dated 31.12.2010 [RBE No.189B/2010] and clarifications /corrigendum issued thereto. [ii] 2012/E[Sports] /4[1]/1/Policy Clarifications dated 18.04.2012 [RBE No.52/2012]

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              During the Presidents Secretaries Meeting [PSM] of Railway Sports Promotion Board, held at Rail Bhawan on 18.05.2015, it was decided to stop recruitment of sportspersons against sports quota through Talent Scouting, on the basis of medal winning position in All India Inter University Championships, as per Board’s policy letters mentioned above.  The proposal has accordingly been considered and approved by Railway Board.

 

  1. It is, accordingly, advised that for all future recruitments [from the year 2015-16 onwards] in Grade Pay 1900/2000 in scale Rs.5,200-20,000 [PB-I] against sports quota on the basis of medal winning performance [at least 3rd position]  in All India Inter University Championships may only be considered for recruitment against Open Advertisement Quota.  However, in such cases where trials have already been conducted for recruitment through Talent Scouting, before the date of issue of this letter, the same may be finalized as per policy.

 

  1. This issues with the approval of Board [MS].

 

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RBE No.87/2015

 

Board’s letter No. E[P&A]II-98/HW-6 Vol.III dated 31.07.2015 (RBE No.87/2015)

 

Sub: Grant of Hospital Patient Care Allowance [HPCA] and Patient Care   Allowance [PCA] to Group C & D [non-Ministerial] Railway employees working in Railway Hospitals & Health Units / Clinics

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The Hospital Patient Care Allowance /Patient Care Allowance was introduced on the Railways in terms of Board’s letter No. E[P&A]II-98/HW-6 dt. 09.01.2008.  Further, the rates of HPCA/PCA were revised as per Board’s letter No. E[P&A]II-2013/AL-3 dt. 20.02.2013.

 

  1. The issue of inclusion of left out categories of staff for the grant of HPCA/PCA has been under consideration in this Ministry pursuant to demands raised from various quarters including both the recognized Federations for quite some time and it has now been decided that HPCA/PCA may be made admissible to the following two categories of Group ‘C’ [non-ministerial] railway employees working in railway hospitals and health units /clinics with effect from the date of issue of this letter:

 

[i]         Dental Hygienists

[ii]         Physiotherapists /Occupational Therapists

 

  1. Other terms and conditions would remain the same as per Board’s letter No. E[P&A]II-98/HW-6 dt. 09.01.2008 and Board’s letter No. E[P&A]II-2013/AL-3 dt. 20.02.2013.

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

RBE No.86/2015

 

Board’s letter No. F(E)III/2008/PN1/12 dated 31.07.2015  [RBE No.86/2015]      

    

     Sub: Revision of pension of pre-2006 pensioners-reg

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A copy of Department of Pension and Pensioners’ Welfare (DOP&PW)’s O.M.No.38/37/08-P&PW(A) dated 30.07.2015 on the above subject is enclosed for information and compliance. These instructions shall apply mutatis mutandis on the Railways also. The Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure’s O.M. No.1/1/2008-IC dated 30.08.2008 mentioned in DOP&PW’s O.M. dated 30.07.2015 has been adopted on Railways vide Railway Board’s letter No.PC.VI/2008/I/RSRP/1 dated 11.09.2008.

 

  1. 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 Corresponding instructions of Railway Board
1. 38/37/08-P&PW(A) dated 01.09.2008 F( E)III/2008/PN1/12  dated 08.09.2008
2. 38/37/08-P&PW(A) dated 28.01.2013 F( E)III/2008/PN1/12  dated 11.02.2013
3. 38/37/08-P&PW(A)Pt. dated 03.10.2008 F(E)III/2008/PN1/12  dated  08.10.2008

 

 

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Copy  of DOP&PW’s O.M.No.38/37/08-P&PW(A) dated 30th July, 2015

 

Sub: Revision of pension of pre-2006 pensioners – reg.

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The undersigned is directed to say that as per para 4.2 of this Department’s OM of even number dated 01.09.2008 relating to revision of pension of pre-2006 pensioners w.e.f. 1.1.2006, the revised pension w.e.f 01.01.2006, in no case, shall be lower than 50% of the sum of the minimum  of pay in the pay band  and the grade pay thereon corresponding to the pre-revised pay scale from which the pensioner had retired.  A clarification  was issued vide DOP&PW’s OM  of even number dated 03.10.2008 that the pension calculated at 50% of the minimum of pay in the pay band plus grade pay would be calculated at the minimum of the pay in the pay band [irrespective of the pre-revised scale of pay] plus  the grade pay corresponding to the pre-revised pay scale.

 

  1. Several petitions were filed in the Central Administrative Tribunal, Principal Bench, New Delhi inter alia claiming that the revised pension of the pre-2006 pensioners should not be less than 50% of the minimum of the pay band + grade pay, corresponding to the pre-revised pay scale from which the pensioner had retired, as arrived at with reference to the fitment tables annexed to Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure OM No. 1/1/2008-IC dated 30th August, 2008.  Hon’ble CAT, Principal Bench, New Delhi vide its common order dated 1.11.2011 in OA No. 655/2010 and three other connected OAs directed to re-fix the pension of all pre-2006 retirees w.e.f. 1.1.2006 based on the Resolution dated 29.08.2008 of the Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare and in the light of the observations of Hon’ble CAT in that order.

 

  1. The above order was challenged by the Government by filing Writ Petition No.1535/2012 in respect of OA No.655/2010 and WP No.2348-50/12 in respect of three other connected OAs in the High Court of Delhi.  The Hon’ble High Court in its common order dated 29.04.2013 noted that the DOP&PW had, in the meanwhile, issued an OM No.38/37/08-P&PW[A] dated 28.01.2013 which provided for stepping up of pension of                 pre-2006 pensioners w.e.f. 24.09.2012 to 50% of the minimum of pay in the pay band and grade pay corresponding to pre-revised pay scale from which the pensioner had retired.  Hon’ble High Court observed that the only issue which survived was, with reference to Paragraph 9 of OM dated 28.1.2013 which makes it applicable w.e.f. 24.9.2012 instead of 1.1.2006. Hon’ble High Court  of Delhi dismissed the Writ Petition No. 1535/2012 along with three other Writ Petitions vide its order dated 29.4.2013. Special Leave Petitions [No.23055/2013 and No.36148-50/2013] filed against the said order dated 29.04.2013 of the Hon’ble Delhi High Court have also been dismissed by the Hon’ble Supreme Court.

 

  1. Accordingly, in compliance with the above judicial pronouncements, it has been decided that the pension/family pension of all pre-2006 pensioners /family pensioners may be revised in accordance with this Department’s OM No.38/37/08-P&PW[A] dated 28.1.2013 with effect from 1.1.2006 instead of 24.09.2012. Further, this benefit has already been granted to the Applicants in OA No.655/2010 vide OM of even No. 26/08/2014 read with OM dated 19.09.2014 following dismissal of SLP[C] No.23055/2013 by the Hon’ble Supreme Court.

 

  1. In case the consolidated pension/family pension calculated as per para 4.1 of OM No. 38/37/08-P&PW[A] dated 01.09.2008 is higher than the pension/family pension calculated in the manner indicated in the OM dated 28.1.2013, the same [higher consolidated pension /family pension] will continue to be treated as basic pension/family pension.

 

  1. All other conditions as given in OM No. 38/37/08-P&PW[A] dated 01.09.2008, as amended from time to time shall remain unchanged.

 

  1. Ministry of Agriculture, etc. are requested to bring the contents of these orders to the notice of Controller of Accounts/ Pay and Accounts Officers and Attached and subordinate Offices under them on a top priority basis. All pension disbursing offices are also advised to prominently display these orders on their notice boards for the benefit of pensioners.

 

  1. This issues with the approval of Ministry of Finance ID Note No. 1[9]/EV/2011-Vol.II dated 24.7.2015.

 

 

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Board’s letter No. 2015-V-1/Misc/1/4 dated 24.07.2015 

 

Sub: Honorarium for Inquiry Officer and other assisting officials.

 

Ref: This office letter No. 2009/V-1/DAR/6/1 dated 22.09.2011

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References are being received from some Zonal Railways on the competence of General Managers to approve/sanction honorarium  for Retired Inquiry Officers for conducting inquiry arising out of vigilance investigation.  It is clarified that honorarium and other expenses for Retired / Serving Inquiry Officers, Presenting Officers, Stenographers etc. for conducting/ assisting inquiry arising out of vigilance investigation is governed by Board’s letter No.2009/V-1/DAR/6/1 dated 22.09.2011 [RBV No.12/2011] and the same has been issued with the concurrence of Board [Finance].

 

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RBE No.85/2015

 

Board’s letter No. E(G)2014QR1-3 dated 29.07.2015   [RBE No.85/2015]

          

Sub: Permission to retain quarter at previous place of posting by the Railway personnel on posting to RCF/Raebareli.

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In terms of Railway Board’s letter of even number dated 16.07.2014 [RBE No. 76/2014], approval of the Railway Board was conveyed by relaxing the existing rule provisions permitting Railway Officers/staff posted to RCF/Raebareli to retain Railway accommodation at their previous place of posting  on payment of  normal rent further up to 10.09.2015.

 

  1. The issue of further extension of period for retention of Railway accommodation at previous place of posting  on normal rent  by Railway officials posted to RCF/Raebareli has been considered by Railway Board and in exercise of the powers to relax the existing provisions regarding allotment/retention of Railway quarters and rent to be charged therefor, for a class of people, it has been decided to extend the relaxation period for another one year i.e.. up to 10.09.2016.

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

RBE No.79/2015

 

Board’s letter No. PC-V/2009/A/DR/1 dated 15.07.2015(RBE No.79/2015)PC-VI/352

 

Sub: Grant of Dearness Relief  to CPF beneficiaries in receipt of ex-gratia  payment w.e.f. 01.07.2014 & 01.01.2015, respectively.

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A copy each of Office Memorandum No.42/10/2014P&PW(G) dated 20th Oct., 2014 and 26th May, 2015  of Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions ( Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare) on the above subject is sent herewith for your information and necessary action.

 

  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/PN1/Ex-Gr/3 dated 15.11.2006, para 1[i] of DOP&PW’s O.M. dated 20th Oct., 2014 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 01.04.1957 to 31.12.1985 and have been sanctioned enhanced slab-wise ex-gratia @  3000/-,  1000/-,  750/- and  650/- per month respectively w.e.f. 01.11.2006, in lieu of uniform rate of  600/- p.m. are entitled to Dearness Relief @ 212% w.e.f. 01.07.2014”.

 

and para 1[i] of DOP&PW’s O.M. dated 26th May, 2015 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 01.04.1957 to 31.12.1985 and have been sanctioned enhanced slab-wise ex-gratia @  3000/-,  1000/-,  750/- and  650/- per month respectively w.e.f. 01.11.2006, in lieu of uniform rate of  600/- p.m. are entitled to Dearness Relief @ 223% w.e.f. 01.01.2015”.

 

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

 

Sl.No. Para No. & Date of OM No .and date of Deptt. of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare’s O.M. No. and date of Corresponding orders issued by Railway Board.
1 Para-1 of  OM dt. 20.10.2014 & 26.05.2015 OM No. 42/10/2014-P&PW[G] dated 07.05.2014. PC-V/2009/A/DR/1 dated 30.05.2014
2 Para-1 of  OM dt. 20.10.2014 & 26.05.2015 OM No.45/52/97/P&PW(E) dated 16.12.1997 F(E)III/97/PN1/Ex-Gr/3 dt.31.12.1997.

 

 

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

 

 

 

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Copy of O.M. – F. No. 42/10/2014-P&PW(G) dated 20.10.2014 of Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions ( Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare)

 

Sub : Grant of Dearness Relief to CPF beneficiaries in receipt of   ex-gratia payment  w.e.f. 01.07.2014.

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In continuation of this Department’s OM No. 42/10/2014-P&PW(G) dated 7th  May, 2014, the President is pleased to grant the Dearness Relief at the rate of 5th CPC w.e.f. 01.07.2014 to the following:

 

(i) The surviving CPF beneficiaries who have retired from service between the period 18.11.1960 to 31.12.1985 and are in receipt of ex-gratia @  600/p.m. w.e.f. 1.11.1997 under this Department’s OM No. 45/52/97-P&PW(E) dated 16.12.1997 and revised to                      3000/-,  1000/-,  750/- and  650/- for Group A, B, C, & D respectively w.e.f.            4th June, 2013 vide OM No. 1/10/2012-P&PW[E] dt. 27th June, 2013 are entitled to Dearness Relief @ 212% w.e.f. 01.07.2014.

 

(ii) The following categories of CPF beneficiaries who are in receipt of exgratia payment in terms of this Department’s OM No. 45/52/97-P&PW(E) dated 16.12.1997 are entitled to DR @ 204% w.e.f. 01.07.2014.

 

(a) The widows and dependent children of the deceased CPF beneficiary who had retired from service prior to 1.1.1986 or who had died while in service prior to 1.1.1986 and are in receipt of Ex-gratia payment of  605/- p.m. & revised to Rs.645 w.e.f. 04th June, 2013 vide OM No. 1/10/2012-P&PW[E] dated 27th June, 2013

 

(b) Central Government employees who had retired on CPF benefits before 18.11.1960 and are in receipt of Ex-gratia payment of 654/-,  659/-,  703/- and 965/-.

 

  1. Payment of DR involving a fraction of a rupee shall be rounded off to the next higher rupee. In their application to the 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 OM No. 1(4)/EV/2004 dated 14th October, 2014.

 

 

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Copy of O.M. – F. No. 42/10/2014-P&PW(G) dated 26.05.2014 of Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions (Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare)

 

Sub : Grant of Dearness Relief to CPF beneficiaries in receipt of   ex-gratia payment  w.e.f. 01.01.2015.

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In continuation of this Department’s OM No. 42/10/2014-P&PW(G) dated 20th  October, 2014, the President is pleased to grant the Dearness Relief at the rate of 5th CPC w.e.f. 01.01.2015 to the following:

 

(i) The surviving CPF beneficiaries who have retired from service between the period 18.11.1960 to 31.12.1985 and are in receipt of ex-gratia @  600/p.m. w.e.f. 1.11.1997 under this Department’s OM No. 45/52/97-P&PW(E) dated 16.12.1997 and revised to                      3000/-,  1000/-,  750/- and  650/- for Group A, B, C, & D respectively w.e.f.            4th June, 2013 vide OM No. 1/10/2012-P&PW[E] dt. 27th June, 2013 are entitled to Dearness Relief @ 223% w.e.f. 01.01.2015.

(ii) The following categories of CPF beneficiaries who are in receipt of exgratia payment in terms of this Department’s OM No. 45/52/97-P&PW(E) dated 16.12.1997 are entitled to DR @ 215% w.e.f. 01.01.2015.

(a) The widows and dependent children of the deceased CPF beneficiary who had retired from service prior to 1.1.1986 or who had died while in service prior to 1.1.1986 and are in receipt of Ex-gratia payment of  605/- p.m. & revised to Rs.645 w.e.f. 04th June, 2013 vide OM No. 1/10/2012-P&PW[E] dated 27th June, 2013.

 

(b) Central Government employees who had retired on CPF benefits before 18.11.1960 and are in receipt of Ex-gratia payment of 654/-,  659/-,  703/- and 965/-.

 

  1. Payment of DR involving a fraction of a rupee shall be rounded off to the next higher rupee. In their application to the 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 OM No. 1(4)/EV/2004 dated 25.05.2015.

 

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Board’s letter No. PC-V/2010/A/TA/1 dated 25.08.2015  

          

Sub: Grant of Transport Allowance @ 7000 p.m.+DA thereon to the IRMS officers drawing Grade Pay of 10,000/- under DACP Scheme – clarification regarding.

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Attention is invited to Board’s letter of even number dt. 12.09.2014 [RBE No.100/2014] whereby Board’s decision regarding grant of Transport Allowance @ 7000 p.m.+DA thereon to the IRMS officers drawing Grade Pay of 10,000/- under DACP Scheme have been communicated.  The issue regarding admissibility of Transport Allowance @ 7000 p.m.+DA thereon to IRMS officers is being re-considered. In view of this position, Board have decided that payment of Transport Allowance to IRMS officers @ 7000 p.m.+DA thereon, may be kept in abeyance till further advice.

 

  1. Necessary action as per Board’s above decision may please be taken immediately.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Board’s letter No. F[E]I/2009/AL-28/21 dated 25.08.2015  

          

 Sub: Admissibility of Daily Allowance to Staff Car Drivers.

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It has been decided by the Board, after discussions with both the Federations, to modify  the provisions regarding admissibility of Daily Allowance to Staff Car Drivers contained in para 2 of Board’s letter No. F[E]I/2006/AL-28/15 dated 12.03.2008.  Accordingly para 2 of the said letter, is partially modified to read as under:

 

“2.     As per the provisions contained in Supplementary Rule 186 and Government of India’s order [1] there under, read with Note 8 under Rule 26 of Staff Car Rules, Staff Car Drivers who perform a ‘local journey’ or journey on tour on the official vehicle  in his charge, may draw travelling allowance under the ordinary rules as admissible to other Railway employees even if the journey does not involve the absence of at least one night from his headquarters. When they perform local journeys for distance exceeding 8 Kms. beyond prescribed hours of duty and such journeys involve absence of a night from headquarters, they are entitled to draw D.A. under ordinary rules admissible to other employees for the period beyond duty hours, in addition to OTA.  In case the journey does not involve their absence of one night from their headquarters, they are entitled to draw DA for the period beyond duty hours subject to the condition that no OTA shall be payable for the period with reference to which D.A has been drawn.  In such cases, they have the option to draw either OTA or DA on any day on which such journeys have been undertaken.”

 

  1. This would be applicable to all Drivers irrespective of the type of vehicle they drive.

 

  1. These orders will take effect from the date of issue. Past cases will, however, continue to be dealt with under  provisions of letter No. F[E]I/2006/AL-28/15 dated 12.03.2008.

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Board’s letter No. E[W]2015/PS 5-1/6 dated 12.08.2015  addressed to GM [P] DLW/Varanasi and copied to GMs/All Indian Rlys.

          

Sub: Inclusion of married mentally disabled son of serving / retired railway employee in Privilege /Post Retirement Complimentary Pass [PRCP] – clarification thereof.

 

Ref: DLW’s letter No. DLW/P/Payment /Railway Board/ Correspondence dated 24.06.2015.

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With reference to above cited letter, it is clarified that in the extant Pass Rules there is no bar in including married invalid child covered under para 1 of General Rules relating to Privilege Passes /PTOs, stipulated below Schedule-II of Railway Servants [Pass] Rules, 1986 [Second Edition-1993] of retired railway servants as long as they are fully dependent on the railway servant.  It is, however, clarified that this facility is not available for spouse of invalid dependent child.  The same would also be equally applicable to such invalid family member /dependent relative in case of serving railway employees.

 

  1. Necessary action to dispose off the application received by DLW may be taken accordingly.

 

  1. This issues with the concurrence of Finance Dte. of the Ministry of Railways.

 

 

 

 

 

RBE No.89/2015

 

Board’s letter No. E(NG)-II/2013/SB/3 dated 11.08.2015  [RBE No.89/2015]

 

CORRIGENDUM

                  

Sub: Clarification regarding engagement of Substitutes on the railways.

Words  “-1S Pay Band of   4440 -7440 [Grade Pay: 1300]” appearing in para 5 of Board’s letter of even number dated 29.10.2014  may be read “-1S Pay Band of   4440-7440 without any grade pay”.

 

 

 

 

 

RBE No.92/2015

 

Board’s letter No. E[GP]2005/2/87 dated 18.08.2015   [RBE No.92/2015]

          

Sub: Comparison of grades of running staff with those of stationary staff for the purpose of promotion /selection to Group ‘B’ posts.

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Consequent upon implementation of scales of pay recommended by the Sixth Central Pay Commission, equivalence of grades of running staff with that of stationary staff for the purpose of promotion to the posts in stationary categories where both running and stationary staff are eligible and are considered together was advised in terms of Board’s letter number E[GP]2005/2/87 dated 25.04.2011 [RBE No. 53/2011].  However, taking cognizance of requests from various quarters including the Federations, a Committee was constituted to examine the issues arisen on account of implementation of these instructions.  Now, taking note of the recommendations of the Committee, it has been decided that for the purpose of determining the eligibility of the candidates for promotion / selection to Group ‘B’ posts, the grades of running staff may be equated with those of the stationary staff as indicated below:

S.No Designation Scale  of  pay
applicable (Vl
CPC )
Scale of stationary post to which should be  equated (Vl CPC )
1 Loco Pilot (Mail/Exp.) PB-2 +  GP  4200+1000 addl. allowance PB-2 + GP 4600
2 Loco Pilot (Passenger) PB-2 +  GP  4200+ 500 addl. allowance PB-2 + GP 4600
3 Loco Pilot (Goods) PB-2 +  GP  4200 PB-2 + GP 4600
4 Loco Pilot (Shunting)I NF PB-2  +  GP 4200 PB-2 +GP 4200
5 Loco Pilot (Shunting)II PB-1 +  GP  2400 PB-2 + GP 4200
6 Sr.Asst. Loco Pilot (NF) [80%] PB1 +  GP  2400 PB-1 + GP 2400
7 Asst. Loco Pilot  [20%] PB-1 +  GP  1900 PB-1 + GP 2400
8 Mail/Express Guard PB-2 +  GP  4200+ 500 addl. allowance PB-2 + GP 4600
9 Sr.Passenger Guard PB-2 +  GP  4200 PB-2 + GP 4600
10 Sr.Goods Guard [NF] PB-2 +  GP  4200 PB-2 +  GP  4200
11 Goods Guard PB1 +  GP  2800 PB-2 +  GP  4200

 

  1. It has further been decided that for equating running staff in the erstwhile scale of Rs.5500-9000 [now in PB-2 +  GP  4200] with stationary staff in scale of Rs.6500-10500 [now GP 4600], the running staff in erstwhile scale of Rs.5000-8000 [now GP Rs.4200] shall be placed below running staff in erstwhile scale of Rs.5500-9000 [now in PB-2 +  GP  4200].

 

  1. Selection to Group ‘B’ posts which are already in progress may be proceeded with and finalized as per the existing principles. All fresh selections including those which have been initiated but where the written examination has not been held, should be held in accordance with the instructions contained herein.  The LDCE, wherever  the same is in force, is a part of the process  of filling vacancies in Group ‘B’ and therefore, whatever is followed in the case of 70% Selection, may also be followed in the case of corresponding LDCE.

 

 

 

 

 

 

RBE No.90/2015

 

Board’s letter No. E[G]2014 QR1-2 dated 12.08.2015  (RBE No.90/2015)

 

Sub: Retention of Railway accommodation at the previous place of posting by Railway officers/staff posted to Railway Training Institutions as Faculty members and Railway Officers posted as Chairman/RRBs.

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Board vide letter No. E[G]98 QR 1-10 dated 03.09.2013 had permitted retention of accommodation at the previous place of posting for full tenure  of posting in the Training Institutes to the Officers /staff posted to Railway Training Institutions as Faculty members.  Board also vide letter No. E[G]2009 RN-5-Misc.3 dated 23.11.2009 had  permitted Railway Officers/ staff  posted as Chairman /RRBs to retain Railway quarter at their previous place of posting for a period not exceeding three years on payment of normal rent.

 

  1. In exercise of the powers vested with the full Board for making reasonable relaxations in public interest in all or any of the existing provisions regarding allotment/retention of Railway accommodation and charging of rent therefor for a class /group of employees, the Board have decided as under:

 

[i]         The Chairman and Faculties presently posted to RRBs and CTIs, be allowed retention for their entire tenure.

[ii]        All new Officers to be posted as Faculty or Director to CTIs, shall be allowed retention as normally available on transfer i.e. two months on normal rent and another six months on double the normal rent [special Licence Fee].

[iii]        All new Chairman/RRB to be posted, shall be allowed retention as normally available on transfer as per para [ii] above.  There shall be one exception in respect of Chairman/RRB/Guwahati, who will be allowed full retention for the entire tenure on normal rent as he is treated at par with officers posted to NF Railway and also headquartered at Guwahati.

 

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

 

 

 

RBE No.97/2015

 

Board’s letter No. .E[NG]II/2010/RC-4/6 dated 31.08.2015  [RBE No.97/2015]

          

Sub: Re-engagement of retired staff on daily remuneration basis in exigencies of services.

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Attention is invited to this Ministry’s letter of even number dated 17.10.2014 (RBE No.112/2014) on the above subject. Keeping in view the acute shortage of staff in various categories of posts and consequent hampering of the Railway’s services, Ministry of Railways (Railway Board) have decided to extend the said scheme, in exigencies of services, for a further period of one year, i.e., up to 14.09.2016, on the same terms & conditions as mentioned in  Board’s letter of even number dated 27.09.2012. While implementing the scheme, General Managers may keep in view the fresh recruitment made in the vacant posts.

 

This  issues with the concurrence of the Finance Directorate of Ministry of Railways (Railway Board).

 

 

 

 

 

 

Board’s letter No. E[O]III/2014/PL/05 dated 31.08.2015  

          

Sub: COMPREHENSIVE TRANSFER POLICY FOR RAILWAY OFFICERS

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  1. The transfer policy for Railway Officers has been reviewed by the Ministry of Railways. In supersession of all existing instructions, Ministry of Railways have now decided to formulate a Comprehensive Transfer Policy for Railway Officers. The salient features of the Comprehensive Transfer Policy are given in the succeeding paragraphs:

(i)         Ordinarily a Group ‘A’ officer will not be transferred out of his allotted Zone/Unit till Selection Grade.

On empanelment to Group ‘A’, there may be inter –Zonal transfer of a Group ‘B’ officer with residual service of more than 3 years.

(ii)        Officers will be considered for posting to Railway Board /RDSO /CTIs/ PUs/Other Units in administrative interest after completion of minimum of 5 years in allotted zone.

(iii)       No request for transfer will be considered till completion of 5 years in assigned zone.

(iv)       Transfers and postings will be done against clear vacancy of a sanctioned post.  The present policy of posting officers to the Eastern Region on return from deputation abroad will continue to be followed.

(v)        Posting in Railway Board /CTI/RDSO/RRB is tenure posting having maximum tenure of 5 years and not a deputation post. Hence, normal procedure for inter Railway/Unit transfers be followed.

(vi)       A cooling off period of minimum 3 years between two tenures in Railway Board/RDSO will be required.

(vii)      Normally, minimum tenure on a particular post at a time will be 2 years and maximum tenure will be 5 years. For sensitive posts, maximum tenure will be 4 years. Minimum tenure will not be applicable for Junior Scale/Senior Scale Officers of Group ‘A’. However, in administrative exigencies, relaxation may be granted by cadre controlling officer.

(viii)     Total stay at a stretch at a particular station should not be more than 10 years and the total cumulative stay (in broken spells) should not be more than 15 years. Deputation to PSUs and other Ministries will not be counted for this purpose. This will be implemented in a phased manner.

(ix)       In case of IRMS doctors ( including Dental Cadre) in Railways, the proposed policy will be as per following guidelines:-

(a)       The transfer of doctors within and outside the zone should be decided by the Railways/Board at appropriate level on case-to-case basis, keeping in view the administrative interest. Total stay at a stretch/cumulative stay ( in broken spells in a particular station) be limited to 15 & 20 years respectively. However, while issuing such transfer orders the following guidelines should be observed.

[1]        Super specialist doctors can only be transferred from one super specialty centre to another super specialty center of same specialties.

[2]        Senior specialist of Central Hospital of the Zone or Division should be transferred to another Divisional or Zonal Centre of equal status.

[3]        General Duty Medical Officers and Dental Surgeon can be shifted from one such post to equivalent post in other places.

Note:   The idea behind these guidelines is that specialist services are not disturbed while keeping the administrative interest in mind.

[x]        Transfer of RPF/RPSF personnel will be in terms of Railway Board Standing Order No. 102 and 110 issued by DG/RPF.  Total stay at a stretch at a particular station should not be more than 10 years and the total cumulative stay [in broken spells ] should not be more than 15 years.

[xi]       In terms of para 124 of IREC, Vol.I, GMs have full powers to make rules with regard to non-gazetted Railway Servants.  No change is recommended.  Maximum tenure on sensitive posts will, however, be 4 years.  In case of non-gazetted Railway employees, no inter railway transfer request will be considered till completion of 5 years of joining Railway.

[xii]      Deputation of Railway Officers will be governed by DOP&T’s guidelines as adopted by Ministry of Railways vide letter No. 2010/F[E]II/1[1]/1 dated 28.07.2010.

[xiii]    Transfers other than those caused due to promotion, deputation /return from deputation, retirements etc. will be generally issued from January to March.  However, in administrative exigencies, transfer orders may be issued as and when required.

[xiv]     The controlling officer will ensure that the officer transferred will be relieved within a maximum period of one month.

[xv]      A government servant who is also a care giver of disabled child may be exempted from the routine exercise of transfer /rotational transfer subject to administrative constraints as per OM No. 42011/3/2014-Estt.[Rs] dated 06.06.2014

[xvi]     Every effort will be made to post the husband and wife at the same station as detailed in DOP&T’s Circular No. F.No.28034/9/2009-Estt[A] dated 30th September, 2009.

[xvii]    All fresh transfer orders will be governed by this policy.

[xviii]   In future, requests for inter railway transfers from officers will be done online for which a system will be developed separately and circulated.

 

 

RBE No.101/2015

 

Board’s letter No. E[P&A]I-2015/FE-4/3 dated 10.09.2015    [RBE No.101/2015]

          

        Sub: LARSGESS – Clarification

 

       Ref: Board’s letter No. E[P&A]I-2010/RT-2 dated 28.06.2011 &                       15.07.2011

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In terms of instructions contained in above referred letter, the scope of LARSGES Scheme was extended from GP 1800 to 1900 in respect of those Specified Safety categories in GP 1800, whose list was circulated vide Board’s letter dated 11.09.2010.  It is clarified that Trackmen /Gangmen in GP 1900 are also eligible for the scheme in terms of the above referred letter.  The terms and conditions of GP 1800/- shall also be applicable for GP 1900/- mutatis mutandis so far as the Trackmen /Gangmen are concerned.

 

 

 

 

 

Board’s letter No. E[W]2015/PS 5-2/4/Misc dated 25.08.2015  addressed to GM [P], N.Rly and copied to GMs all Indian Railways 

          

Sub: Entitled members of family and dependent relatives on Privilege Pass issued to widows appointed on compassionate grounds.

 

Ref:  Northern Railway’s letter No. 89/P/Privilege Pass Policy/Pass/14 dt. 08.07.2015

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With reference to NR’s letter cited under reference, it is clarified that if a widow appointed on compassionate grounds exercises the option to avail pass facilities as a Railway servant, she is entitled to Privilege Pass/PTOs alongwith her family members and dependent relatives in her capacity as railway servant.  She is also permitted to include her widow mother-in-law in the pass in terms of Advance Correction Slip No. 37 to the Railway Servants [Pass] Rules, 1986 [2nd Edition-1993] issued vide Board’s letter No. E[W]2001 PS5-1/3 dated 24.09.2001.

 

  1. This issues with the concurrence of the Finance Dte. of the Ministry of Railways.

 

 

 

RBE No.94/2015

 

Board’s letter No. E[NG]I-2015/TR/9 dated 26.08.2015   [RBE No.94/2015]

           

Sub: Insistence upon possession of Educational Qualification for one way request transfer in case of merger of categories and revision of Educational Qualification- regarding.

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As the Railways are aware, in terms of instructions contained in Board’s letter No. E[NG]I-99/TR/15 dated 08.02.2000, transfer on request of Railway employees from one Railway /Division /Unit to another Railway /Division /Unit in grades having an element of direct recruitment against DR quota post is accepted on bottom seniority if the employee possesses the educational qualification prescribed for direct recruitment to the post to which transfer is sought for.

 

  1. A question has arisen as to whether in case of merger of categories in Group ‘C’ non-gazetted post, an employee who has been recruited pre-merger from open market in one of the merged grades would be required to possess the educational qualification prescribed for the new merged category for seeking request transfer or not.

 

  1. The matter has been considered by Board. It has been decided that when one category having an element of direct recruitment is merged with another category also having an element of direct recruitment, in such cases possession of educational qualification prescribed for direct recruitment for the new merged category shall not be insisted upon.

 

  1. Similarly, whenever educational qualification for direct recruitment for any category in Group ‘C’ non-gazetted post is revised upwardly, existing employees recruited with pre-revised qualification shall also be allowed to seek request transfer on bottom seniority against DR quota vacancies. Possession of the revised educational qualification shall not be insisted upon in such cases also. Other terms and conditions for seeking one way request transfer shall remain unchanged.

 

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RBE No.95/2015

 

Board’s ltr No. PC-V/2008/A/TA/2 dt. 26.08.2015  [RBE No.95/2015] PC-VI No. 353

           

Sub: Grant of Transport Allowance to Railway employees.

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Reference is invited to Railway Board’s letter of even number dated 12.09.2008 [RBE No. 111/2008] regarding grant of Transport Allowance to Railway employees, consequent upon the implementation of the recommendations of the Sixth Central Pay Commission [6th CPC].

 

  1. 2. The Government has since considered the re-classification of cities /towns / localities as per Census-2011 [population criteria] for the purpose of Transport Allowance.  Accordingly, the President is pleased to decide the revised classification of cities, towns and localities, for the purpose of grant of Transport Allowance at higher rates to Railway employees, as per Annexure-I.  Therefore, the table below para ‘1’ of Railway Board’s letter  dt. 12.09.2008 stands partially modified as under:
 

Employees drawing Grade Pay of

Rates  of Transport Allowance admissible per month
Cities classified as per Annexure-I All cities, towns and localities other than those included in Annexure-I
Grade pay of Rs.5400 & above Rs.3200 plus  Dearness Allowance thereon Rs.1600 plus  Dearness Allowance thereon
 Grade pay of Rs.4200, 4600 and Rs.4800  

Rs.1600 plus  Dearness Allowance thereon

 

Rs.800 plus  Dearness Allowance thereon

those drawing grade pay below Rs.4200 but drawing pay in the pay band equal to Rs.7440 & above
Grade pay below 4200 and pay in the pay band below Rs.7440 Rs.600 plus  Dearness Allowance thereon Rs.400 plus  Dearness Allowance thereon

 

  1. The revised classification of cities /towns /localities for the purpose of Transport Allowance shall take effect from 1st April, 2015.

 

  1. All other conditions mentioned in Railway Board’s letter of even number dt. 12.09.2008 shall remain unchanged.

 

  1. This issues with the concurrence of Finance Dte. of Railway Board.

 

 

Annexure

LIST OF CITIES  AND TOWNS ELIGIBLE FOR HIGHER RATES OF TRANSPORT ALLOWANCE ON RE-CLASSIFICATION OF CITIES /TOWNS AS PER CENSUS-2011 [WITH EFFECT FROM 1ST APRIL, 2015

S.No. NAME OF THE STATE / UNION TERRITORIES NAME OF CITY /TOWN
ANDAMAN AND NICOBAR ISLANDS
ANDHRA PRADESH /TELANGANA Hyderabad [UA]
ARUNACHAL PRADESH
ASSAM
BIHAR Patna [UA]
CHANDIGARH
CHHATISGARH
DADRA & NAGAR HAVELI
DAMAN & DIU
DELHI Delhi [UA]
GOA
GUJARAT Ahmadabad [UA]; Surat [UA]
HARYANA
HIMACHAL PRADESH
JAMMU & KASHMIR
JHARKAND
KARNATAKA Bangalore /Bengaluru [UA]
KERALA Kochi[UA], Kozhikode [UA]
LAKSHWADEEP ISLANDS
MADHYA PRADESH Indore [UA]
MAHARASHTRA Greater Mumbai [UA]; Nagpur [UA], Pune [UA]
MANIPUR
MEGHALAYA
MIZORAM
NAGALAND
ODISHA
PUDUCHERRY [PONDICHERRY]
PUNJAB
RAJASTHAN Jaipur [UA]
SIKKM
TAMIL NADU Chennai [UA]; Coimbatore [UA];
TRIPURA
UTTAR PRADESH Ghaziabad [UA]; Kanpur [UA]; Lucknow  [UA]
UTTARAKHAND
WEST BENGAL Kolkata [UA]

 

 

 

 

 

Board’s letter No. E[G]2008QR1-15 dated 18.12.2014 

          

Sub: Retention of Railway accommodation at their previous  place of posting by Railway officials on deputation to Railway PSUs beyond 30.06.2014. 

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The question of allowing house retention beyond 30.06.2014 to the Railway officers/staff on their deputation to Railway PSUs have been considered by the Board and it has been decided as under:

 

[a]          The officers presently on deputation  to Railway PSUs may be allowed to retain their Railway accommodation for their entire tenure, including the extended tenure [if any] of deputation.

 

[b]          The officers on deputation to PSUs situated in areas other than  Delhi/NCR may be allowed retention of Railway accommodation for the next two years i.e. w.e.f. 01.07.2014 to 30.06.2016.

 

 

 

 

RBE No.115/2015

 

Board’s letter No. PC-VI/2008/I/7/2/1  dated 24.09.2015 (RBE No.115/2015)PC VI-356

 

Sub: Payment of Dearness Allowance to Railway employees – Revised rates effective from 01.07.2015.

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Please refer to this Ministry’s letter of even number dated 13.04.2015 (S.No.PC-VI/349, RBE No.35/2015) on the subject mentioned above. The President is pleased to decide that the Dearness Allowance payable to Railway employees shall be enhanced from the existing rate of 113%  to 119 % with effect from                     1st July, 2015.

 

  1. The provisions contained in Paras 3, 4 & 5 of this Ministry’s letter of even number dated 09.09.2008 (S.No.PC-VI/3, RBE No.106/2008) shall continue to be applicable while regulating Dearness Allowance under these orders.

 

  1. The additional installment of Dearness Allowance payable under these orders shall be paid in cash to all railway employees. The arrears may be charged to the salary bill and no honorarium is payable for preparing separate bill for this purpose.

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Board’s letter No. E[W]2007/PS5-1/9 dated 02.09.2015 addressed to GM/E.Rly and copied to GMs/All Indian Railways   

        

Sub: Issue of advance Pass from next year’s account.

 

Ref: E.R’s letter No. G.470/0/1/XIV/P dated 31.08.2015

 

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With reference to ER’s letter cited above, it is advised that  Privilege Pass/PTO / Post  Retirement Complimentary Pass from next year’s account should be issued 5 months in advance in terms of amendments made to the Railway Servants [Pass] Rules, 1986 [Second Edition -1993] through ACS No.73, issued vide Board’s letter of even number dated 26.03.2012 which are reproduced below:

 

Item 3[xiv] of Schedule-II [Privilege Pass/PTO]:

 

When an employee has availed all passes due to him/her in a calendar year, one set of passes and/or one set of PTO may be issued to him/her for journeys commencing in the next year only and the Pass/PTO may be debited to the next year’s pass account. Such advance issue of Pass/PTO should not exceed one month more than the Advance Reservation Period i.e. five months at present, of the current year, in general, from the date of issue.

 

Item [i] under Column 4 “other facilities” of Schedule IV, [PRCP]

 

A retired Railway servant may be issued, on his/her request, one set of complimentary pass one month more than the Advance Reservation Period i.e. five months at present, in general, in advance of the current calendar year from the date of issue, for journeys commencing in the next year duly debiting such issue of complimentary pass in the next year’s account.

 

  1. Accordingly, passes debitable to next year’s account and valid for travel in January 2016 may issue in September, 2015.

 

 

 

 

 

Board’s letter No. 2013/H/PNM/NFIR dated 08.09.2015   

          

Sub: Retired Employees Liberalised Health Scheme [RELHS-97]

 

Ref: [i] Board’s letters No. 2003/H/28/1/RELHS dated 28.01.2005, 21.10.2005, 30.12.2005, 10.05.2006, 10.01.2007 & 16.03.2009.

          [ii] Board’s letter No. 2011/H/28/1/RELHS/Court Case dated 31.05.2012.

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The question of extending RELHS-97 facility to those retired railway employees also who joined Railways late but retired at the normal age of superannuation before completing 20 years of service i.e. the minimum qualifying service required for joining RELHS, has been engaging attention of Ministry of Railways for some time.  The issue was also been raised by both the recognized employee Federations [AIRF & NFIR].

 

After careful consideration in the matter, the Competent Authority in the Ministry of Railways has decided to extend facility of joining RELHS-97 to all those railway employees who retired at the normal age of superannuation irrespective of number of years of their service before superannuation.  If such employees have  any previous service from any other Government Department  which makes them eligible for medical facility of that Department also, they should opt for one of the two facilities viz., medical facility of the Department of previous service or RELHS-97.

 

Other terms and conditions of joining RELHS-97, mentioned in Board’s letters cited under reference will remain unaltered.

 

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

 

Wide publicity should be given to the above position.

 

 

 

 

 

 

RBE No.102/2015

 

Board’s letter No. E[NG]I-2012/PM5/2 dated 10.09.2015    [RBE No.102/2015]

          

Sub: Filling up the post of Bridge Inspector Grade III /Junior Engineer [Bridge] with GP Rs.4200 – Change in the recruitment pattern in the Bridge Department under Civil Engineering – regarding.

 

Ref: PNM /AIRF item No. 41/2012.

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As per the existing provisions of para 146[1] of IREM, Vol.-I, the posts in the category of Bridge Inspector Grade-III /Junior Engineer [Bridge] with GP Rs.4200 are filled as under:

 

[i]       75% by direct recruitment through Railway Recruitment Board; and

[ii]      25% by promotion by selection from Bridge Mistries.

 

  1. One of the recognized Federations, viz., AIRF has requested Board to modify the above recruitment pattern to establish parity with recruitment pattern adopted for Junior Engineers in all other departments, including Junior Engineer [Track Machines].

 

  1. The above subject has since been discussed as PNM/AIRF Item No. 41/2012 in consultation with the Zonal Railways and it has been decided that the post of Bridge Inspector Grade-III /Junior Engineer [Bridge] with GP Rs. 4200 will, henceforth, be filled as under:

 

[i]       60% plus any shortfall of Intermediate Apprentice Quota as at [iii] below by Direct Recruitment through the RRBs with Educational Qualification of Diploma /Degree in Civil Engineering from Institute recognized /affiliated to AICTE;

[ii]      25% by promotion through normal selection; and

[iii]     15% by induction as Intermediate Apprentice from amongst the Technicians below 45 years of age, having qualification of ITI/Act Apprenticeship in the relevant trade or 10+2 in Science stream with a minimum 3 years service in skilled Technician-III and above as well as satisfactory service report with respect to application of work, attendance and general conduct, through the process of selection [on application basis].  Service for the purpose for this clause will not include the  training of 3 years imparted to Matriculates recruited for appointment in the Skilled Technician-III.

 

 

  1. Accordingly, para 146[1] of the Indian Railways Establishment Manual, Vol-I, 1989 [First Reprint Edition 2009] is amended as reflected in the ACS No. 229 enclosed.

 

 

 

Indian Railway Establishment Manual, Vol-I, 1989 [First Reprint Edition 2009]

Advance Correction Slip No. 229.

 

            Chapter I, Section ‘B’ containing rules for the recruitment and training of Group ‘C’ and Group ‘D’ and Workshop Staff.

 

Para 146[1]

 

Substitute the following for the existing para 146 [1]:

 

 

[i]       60% plus any shortfall of Intermediate Apprentice Quota as at [iii] below by Direct Recruitment through the RRBs with Educational Qualification of Diploma /Degree in Civil Engineering from Institute recognized /affiliated to AICTE;

[ii]      25% by promotion through normal selection; and

[iii]     15% by induction as Intermediate Apprentice from amongst the Technicians below 45 years of age, having qualification of ITI/Act Apprenticeship in the relevant trade or 10+2 in Science stream with a minimum 3 years service in skilled Technician-III and above as well as satisfactory service report with respect to application of work, attendance and general conduct, through the process of selection [on application basis].  Service for the purpose for this clause will not include the  training of 3 years imparted to Matriculates recruited for appointment in the Skilled Technician-III.

 

[Authority: Board’s letter No. E[NG]I-2012/PM5/2 dated 10.09.2015  ]

 

 

 

 

 

Board’s letter No. 2015/H-1/1/1 dated 07.04.2015   

          

Sub:Modification in the period of Special Casual Leave to Central Government Servants for the various Family Welfare Schemes.

Ref: DOPT’s Office Memorandum No. 28016/02/2007-Estt[A] dated 04.01.2008

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Find enclosed herewith a copy of the letter under reference regarding modification in the period of Special Casual Leave to Central Government Servants for the various Family Welfare Schemes.  The same may be followed as regards Special Casual Leave given to the staff.

 

For your information and necessary action.

 

 

 

Copy of DOPT’s Office Memorandum No. 28016//02/2007-Estt[A] dated 04.01.2008

 

Sub:Modification in the period of Special Casual Leave to Central Government Servants for the various Family Welfare Schemes.

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The undersigned is directed to say that the existing instructions regarding the number of days of grant of Special Casual Leave admissible to Central Government Servants for the various Family Welfare Schemes has been reviewed in this Department  and keeping in view the changes /advancements in the technology /surgical procedures, it has been decided to revise the period of Special Casual Leave admissible to Central Government Servants for the various Family Welfare Schemes as under:

 

Purpose No. of days admissible at present Revised Admissibility
Male Government Servants    
[i] Vasectomy 6 Working Days 5 Working Days
[ii] Vasectomy for second time due to failure of the first operation 6 Working Days 5 Working Days
Female Government Servants
[i] Puerperal tubectomy/ Non-puerperal tubectomy [including laparoscopic method] 14 Working Days 10 Working Days
[ii] Puerperal tubectomy/ Non-puerperal tubectomy for second time 14  Days 10 Working Days
[iii] Salpingectomy after Medical Termination of Pregnancy [MTP] – Not admissible when, after Salpingectomy operation along with Medical termination of pregnancy, facility of maternity leave for six weeks under Rule 43 of CCS  [Leave] Rules, 1972 is availed. 14  Days 10 Working Days
Post Sterilisation complications    
Non-Hospitalisation
[a] Post Vasectomy complications

 

 

 

 

 

[b] Post Tubectomy complications

7 days

 

 

 

 

 

14 days

Commuted leave to be granted if necessary, as complications requiring hospitalization are of minor nature, which do not call for additional special casual leave.

 

Male Government Servants
When wife undergoes Puerperal tubectomy/ Non-puerperal tubectomy including sterilization performed through laparoscopy for the first time or the second time 7  Days 3 Working Days

 

 

  1. There will be no change in the other conditions for grant of Special Casual Leave for the above purposes. The period of Special Casual Leave for the following purposes remain unchanged:

 

[a]        Post Sterilisation Complications: in case of Hospitalisation.

[b]        Female Government Servants: When their husbands undergo vasectomy operation.

[c]        Recanalisation Operation.

 

  1. These orders will take effect from the date of their issue.

 

 

 

 

RBE No.98/2015

 

Board’s letter No. E(D&A)2014 GS1-2 dated 31.08.2015 dated    [RBE No.98/2015]

          

Sub: The Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013 – Submission of declarations of assets and liabilities by the Railway Servant.

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Attention is invited to Railway Board’s letter of even number dated 27.04.2015, whereby Department of Personnel and Training’s O.M.No.407/12/2014-AVD-IV(B) dated 25.04.2015 was circulated, extending the last date for filing the returns under the Public Servants (Furnishing of Information and Assets and Liabilities and the Limits for Exemption of Assets in Filing Returns] Amendment Rules, 2014, from 30.04.2015 to 15.10.2015.

 

  1. In this regard, Department of Personnel and Training has issued OM No. 11013/7/2014-Estt[A-III] dated 23.07.2015 reiterating the last date for filing of returns under the aforesaid Rules. A copy of the O.M. dated 23.07.2015 aforesaid is also enclosed alongwith annexures thereto.

 

  1. Rule 18[1][i] of the Central Civil Services [Conduct] Rules, 1964 referred to in para 1 of the O.M. dated 23.07.2015 corresponds to Rule 18[1][i] of Railway Services [Conduct] Rules, 1966. The Department of Personnel and Training’s D.O. letter dated 30.04.2015, referred to in para 3 of their O.M. dated 23.07.2015 is available at their website ‘persmin.nic.in/DOPT.asp’ under ‘OMs & Orders’ – ‘Vigilance’.

 

 

 

 

Copy of DOP&T’s O.M.No11013/7/2014-Estt.(A-III) dated 23.07.2015

 

Sub: Central Civil Services (Conduct) Rules, 1964 and the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013- Submission of Declaration of Assets and Liabilities by the Public Servant for each year- Regarding

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The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department’s OM.No.11013/3/2014-Estt.(A) dated the 17th February, 2015 regarding submission of declaration of assets and liabilities by the public servants under the Central Civil services (Conduct) rules, and the Lokpal and Lokyuktas Act, 2013 and to say that as per  the  rule  18 (1) (i) of  the Central Civil Services (Conduct) Rules, 1964, every Government servant shall on his first appointment to any service or post submit a return of his assets and liabilities, in the form prescribed by the Government, giving the full particulars of movable, immovable and valuable property and debts and other

liabilities, etc.. Similarly, Government servants other than newly appointed, belonging to Group ‘A’ and Group ‘B’ are required to submit an annual return in prescribed form giving full particulars of the immovable property inherited/ owned/ acquired by him/her or held by him/her on lease/mortgage either in his/her own name or in the name of any member of his/her family or in the name of any other persons.

 

  1. The Lokpal and Lokyuktas Act, 2013 (Lokpal Act) notified by the Government requires all public servants to declare, on first appointment and subsequently every year, a declaration of his/her assets & liabilities. In exercise of powers conferred by sub-section (1), clause (k) and clause (l) of sub-section (2) of Section 59 read with section 44 and 45 of the Act, this Department has notified the Public Servants (Furnishing of Information and Annual Return of Assets and liabilities and the Limits for Exemption of Assets in Filing Returns) Rules, 2014. The form for declarations is at Annexure-1. All Government servants i.e, belonging to Group A, Group B, Group C and erstwhile Group D, are now required to furnish the declaration of their assets & liabilities in the enclosed format.

 

  1. Vide D.O.No.407/12/2014-AVD-IV-B dated the 30th April, 2015, this Department has informed all concerned the time-lines for filing the returns regarding assets and liabilities under the Lokpal Act, which are as follows:

 

[i]       The first return under the Lokpal Act, [as on 1st August, 2014] should be filed on or before  15th October, 2015;

 

[ii]      The next annual return under the Lokpal Act, for the year ending 31st March, 2015 should be filed on or before 15th October, 2015; and

 

[iii]     The annual returns for subsequent years as on 31st March every year should be filed on or before 31st July of that year.

 

  1. It is, therefore, requested that all concerned may be suitably advised to file the return within the time indicated in paragraph 3. It is relevant to state here that as per section 45 of the Lokpal Act, if any public servant willfully or for reasons which are not justifiable, fails to [a] to declare his assets; or [b] gives misleading information in respect of such assets and is found to be in possession of assets not disclosed or in respect of which misleading information was furnished, then, such assets shall, unless otherwise proved, be presumed to belong to the public servant and shall be presumed to be assets acquired by corrupt means.

 

 

 

 

 

APPENDIX-I

{Rule 3[1]}

Return of Assets and Liabilities on First Appointment or as on the 31st March, 20…….*

[Under Sec 44 of the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013]

 

  1. Name of the Railway servant in full

[ in block letters]                                      ……….………..………………………..

 

2[a].     Present public position held                      ………..………………………..……….

[Designation, name and                          ………..……………………………. ….

Address of organisation                       ………………………….………………

 

[b]      Service to which belongs

[if applicable]:                                   ….………………………………………

 

Declaration:

 

I hereby declare that the return enclosed namely, Forms I to IV are complete, true and correct to the best of my knowledge and belief, in respect of information due to be furnished by me under the provisions of section 44 of the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013.

 

Date……………….                                                        Signature……………………….

 

*     In case of first appointment please indicate date of appointment.

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Note 1: This return shall contain particulars of all assets and liabilities of the public servant either in his/her own name or in the name of any other person.  The return should include details in respect of assets/liabilities of spouse and dependent children as provided in Section 44[2] of the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013.

 

[Section 44[2]: A public servant shall, within a period of thirty days from the date on which he makes and subscribes an oath or affirmation to enter upon his office, furnish to the competent authority the information relating to –

 

[a]       the assets of which he, his spouse and his dependent children are, jointly or       severally, owners or beneficiaries;

 

[b]        his liabilities and that of his spouse and his dependent children.]

 

Note 2: If a public servant is a member of Hindu Undivided Family with co-parcenary rights in the properties of the family either as a ‘Karta’ or as a member, he should indicate in the return in Form No.III the value of his share in such property and where it is not possible to indicate the exact value of such share, its approximate value.  Suitable explanatory notes may be added wherever necessary.

 

Note 3: “dependent children” means sons and daughters who have no separate means of earning and are wholly dependent on the public servant for their livelihood. [Explanation below Section 44[3] of Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013].

 

APPENDIX-II

{Rule 3[1]}

Form No.I

Details of Railway Servant, his/her spouse and dependent children

S.No. Name Public Position held, if any Whether return being filed by him/her separately
1 Self
2 Spouse
3 Dependent-1
4 Dependent-2
5* Dependent-3

*Add more rows, if necessary.

Date……………..                                                                   Signature………………….

 

 

 

 

 

 

Form No.II

 

Statement of movable property on first appointment or as on the 31st March 20……..

[Use separate sheets for self, spouse and  each dependent child]

Name of Railway servant/spouse/dependent child: _________________________

 

S.No. Description Remarks, if any
[i]* Cash and bank balance:
[ii]** Insurance [premia paid]:
Fixed /Recurring Deposit[s]:
Shares /Bonds:
Mutual Fund[s]:
Pension Scheme /Provident Fund
Other investments, if any:
[iii] Personal Loans /advance given to any person or entity including firm, company, trust, etc. and other receivables from debtors and the amount [exceeding two months basic pay or Rupees one lakh as the case may be]:
[iv] Motor Vehicles [Details of make, registration number, year of purchase and amount paid :
[v] Jewellery:

[Give details of approximate weight [plus or minus 10 gms. In respect of gold and precious stones; plus or minus 100 gm. in respect of silver

Gold
Silver
Precious metals and  precious stones
Composite items: [indicating approximate value]***
[vi] Any other assets [give details of movable assets not covered in [i] to [v] above]
[a] Furniture
[b] Fixtures
[c] Antiques
[d] Paintings
[e] Electronic Equipments
[f] others
{Indicate the details of an asset, only if the total current value of any particular category [eg. Furniture, fixtures, electronic equipments etc.] exceeds two months basic pay or Rs.1.00 lakh as the case may be. }

 

Date…….                                                                                   Signature…………………

*   Details of deposits in the foreign Bank[s] to be given separately.

**  Investments above Rs. 2 lakhs to be reported individually.  Investments below Rs. 2       lakhs may be reported together.

***Value indicated in the first return need not be revised in subsequent returns as long as  no new composite item has been acquired or no existing items had been disposed of, during the relevant year.

Form No.III

Statement of Immovable property on first appointment or as on the 31st March 20……..

[e.g. Lands, House, Shops, other Buildings, etc.]

[Held by Railway Servant, his/her spouse and dependent children]

S.No. Description of property, [Land/ House/ Flat/ Shop /Industrial etc.] Precise location [Name of District, Division, Taluk and Village in which the property is situated and also its distinct-ive number etc. ] Area of land [in case of land and build-ings] Nature of land in case of landed prop-erty Extent of interest If not in name of Railway servant, state in whose name held and his/her relation-ship, if any to the Railway servant Date of acqui-sition How acquired [whether by purchase, mortgage, lease, inheritance, gift or otherwise] and name with details of person/ persons from whom acquired [address and connection of the Railway servant , if any, with the person /persons concerned] [Please see Note 1 below] and cost of acquisition Present value of the prop-erty [if exact value not known, approx. value may be indi-cated Total annual income from the property Remarks
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12

 

Date:……………                                                                                               Signature…………………..

 

Note[1]: For the purpose of Column 9, the term ‘lease’ would mean a lease of immovable property from year to year or for any term exceeding one year or reserving a yearly rent.  Where, however, the lease of immovable property is obtained from a person having official dealings with the Railway servant, such a lease should be shown in this Column irrespective of the term of lease, whether it is short term or long term,  and the periodicity of the payment of rent.

 

 

Form No.IV

 

Statement of Debts and other liabilities on first appointment or as on  31st March 20……..

S.No. Debtor [Self/ Spouse or dependent children] Name and address of Creditor Nature of debt/ liability and amount Remarks
1 2 3 4 5

 

Date:……………                                                                                               Signature…………………..

 

Note 1: Individual items of loans not exceeding two months basic pay [where applicable] and Rs.1.00 lakh in other cases need not be included.

Note 2: The statement should also include various loans and advances [exceeding the value in Note 1] taken from banks, companies, financial institutions, Central/State Government and from individuals.

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RBE No.  121/2015

 

Board’s letter No. E[P&A)II/2015/PLB-4 dated    07.10.2015   [RBE No.  121/2015]

                  

Sub:  Payment of Productivity Linked Bonus to all eligible non-gazetted   Railway employees for the financial year 2014-2015.

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The President is pleased to sanction Productivity Linked Bonus (PLB) equivalent to  78 [Seventy Eight]  days wages without any ceiling on wages for eligibility for the financial year 2014-15 to all eligible non-gazetted Railway employees (excluding all RPF/RPSF personnel). Where wages exceed 3500/- per month, Productivity Linked Bonus will be calculated as if ‘wages’ are 3500/- p.m.

 

  1. ‘Wages’ for the purpose of calculating Productivity Linked Bonus shall include ‘Basic pay’ as defined in the Railway Services ( Revised Pay) Rules, 2008 and dearness allowance drawn during the financial year 2014-15. 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.
  2. It has also 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 2014-15 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 8975  towards Productivity Linked Bonus for the financial year   2014-15.  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.

 

  1. Further, in relaxation to 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 [2003 Reprint 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.

 

  1. Disbursement of Productivity Linked Bonus for the financial year 2014-2015 to all eligible non-gazetted Railway employees mentioned in para 1 above should be made on priority in the same mode as payment of salary before the ensuing Puja /Dussehra holidays.

 

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

 

 

RBE No.100/2015

 

Board’s letter No. E[P&A]I-2008/CPC/LE-8 dated 10.09.2015    [RBE No.100/2015]

          

Sub: Leave applicable to railway school staff, Child Care Leave and Commuted Leave –Frequently Asked Questions.

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Please refer to the provisions contained in Rule Nos.525, 551E, 521 of IREC Vol.I in respect of leave applicable to school staff, Child Care Leave and Commuted leave/Leave on Production of Medical Certificate by the Railway servants.

 

  1. Now, DOP&T has inter-alia issued clarification on leave to school staff, Child Care Leave and Commuted leave in the form of frequently asked questions [FAQ] in terms of their Office Memorandum No.21011/08/2013-Estt[AL]. The text of OM is tabulated below for guidance of all concerned.

 

S.No. Questions Answer
1 What are the leave entitlements of Railway servants serving in Railway schools? The Rule No. 525 of IREC Vol.I, which came into effect from 01.09.2008 regulates the grant of Leave on Average Pay for persons serving in the Railway Schools.  The said rule provides for as follows:

[1][a] A Railway servant serving in a Railway School such as a teacher, principal, headmaster, librarian, laboratory assistant or a waterman shall not be entitled to any Leave on Average  Pay in respect of duty performed in any year in which he avails himself of the full vacation.

[b] In respect of any year in which a Railway servant avails a portion of the vacation, he shall be entitled to Leave on Average Pay in such proportion of 30 days, as the number of days of vacation not taken bears to the full vacation.

Provided that no such leave shall be admissible to a Railway servant not in permanent employment or quasi permanent employment in respect of the first year of his service.

[c] If, in any year, the Railway servant does not avail any vacation, Leave on Average Pay shall be admissible to him in respect of that year under Rule 523.

·         For the purpose of this rule, the term ‘year’ shall be construed not as meaning a calendar year in which duty is performed but as meaning twelve months of actual duty in a Railway School.

·         A Railway servant entitled to vacation shall be considered to have availed a vacation or a portion of a vacation unless he has been required by general or special order of a higher authority to forego such vacation or portion of a vacation.

·          Provided that if he has been prevented by such order from enjoying more than fifteen days of the vacation, he shall be considered to have availed himself of no portion of the vacation.

·         When a Railway servant serving in a Railway School proceeds on leave before completing a full year of duty, the Leave on Average Pay admissible to him /her shall be calculated not with reference to the vacations which fall during the period of actual duty rendered before proceeding on leave but with reference to the vacation that falls during the year commencing from the date on which he completed the previous year of duty.

·         As per Rule 526 of IREC Vol.I the half pay leave account of every Railway servant, permanent or temporary including the one who is serving in a Railway school, shall be credited with Leave on Half Average  Pay in advance, in two installments of ten days each on the first day of January and July of every calendar year.  This is subject to conditions laid down in Board’s letter No. E[P&A]I-2008/CPC/LE-10 dated 06.03.2009.

2 Whether Govt. servant can be permitted to leave station / go abroad while on CCL? Child care leave is granted to a woman employee to take care of the needs of the minor children. If the child is studying abroad or the Railway servant has to go abroad for taking care of the child she may do so subject to other conditions laid down for this purpose.
3 What is the intention behind the instruction that CCL is to be treated like LAP and sanctioned as such? The intention is that CCL should be availed with prior approval of leave sanctioning authority and that the combination of CCL with other leave, if any, should be as per the restriction on LAP.

The restriction of the limit of 180 days at a stretch as applicable in the case of LAP will not apply in case of CCL.

4 Whether commuted leave is admissible based on medical certificates of Hospitals /Medical Practitioner approved by the employer of the spouse in cases where the concerned employee has been allowed to avail such facilities from the employer of the spouse? Leave on medical grounds may be allowed on the basis of certificates issued by Hospitals /Medical Practitioners approved by the employer of the spouse in such cases.
  1. This issues with the concurrence of the Finance Directorate of the Ministry of Railways.

 

 

 

 

RBE No.107/2015

 

Board’s letter No. E[P&A]I-2015/CPC/LE-3 dated 18.09.2015    [RBE No.107/2015]

          

Sub: Requirement of taking permission by railway servant for leaving station /headquarters.

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A copy of O.M. No. 11013/8/2015-Estt.A-III dated 27th July, 2015 received from the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions [Department of Personnel & Training] on the above subject is enclosed herewith for information and necessary action.

 

 

Copy of DOP&T’s O.M. No. 11013/8/2015-Estt.A-III dated 27th July, 2015

 

Sub: Requirement of taking prior permission for leaving station / headquarters for going abroad while on leave.

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1.  No. 11013/7/2004-Estt.[A] dt. the 1st September, 2008

 

2. No. 11013/7/2004-Estt.[A] dt. the 15th  December, 2004

 

3. No. 11013/8/2000-Estt.[A] dt. the 7th  November, 2000

 

4.  No. 11013/7/94-Estt.[A] dt. the 18th May, 1994.

        Undersigned is directed to refer to the Office Memorandum mentioned in the margin and to say that as per the existing instructions, when Government servant applies for leave for going abroad on a private visit, separately prior permission of the Competent authority for such visit is also required. While granting such permission, many factors are required to be kept in view. For example, permission may be denied in the interest of security. Individuals facing investigation/inquiry on serious charges, who may try to evade apprehension by police authorities, or facing the inquiry, may also not be permitted to leave the country. On the other hand, it is also desirable that requests of Government servants for such permission are dealt with expeditiously.

 

 

  1. Keeping the above in view, it has been decided that requests for permission for private visits abroad may be processed in the attached formats. As clarified vide the OM dated 1st September, 2008, the competent authority for granting permission will be as per instructions issued by the Cadre Authority/administrative Ministry/ Department. In the absence of any such instructions, it is the leave sanctioning authority. In case due to specific nature of work in a Department, administrative exigencies, or some adverse factors against the Government servant etc., it is not expedient to grant permission to the Government servant, such decision for refusal should not be taken below the level of Head of Department. It may be ensured that the decisions are conveyed to the Government servants within 21 days of receipt of complete application to the competent authority. Any lacunae in the application should be brought to the notice of the Government servant within one week of the receipt of the application. In the event of failure on the part of the competent authority to communicate its decision to the Government employee concerned within 21 days of receipt of the application, the employee concerned shall be free to assume that permission has been granted to him.

 

  1. If in case some modifications are considered necessary due to specialized nature of work handled by any organisation, changes may be made with the approval of this Department.

 

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PROFORMA FOR TAKING PRIOR PERMISSION BY RAILWAY  SERVANTS FOR PRIVATE VISITS ABROAD

Part A – To be filled by the Railway Servant applying for visit abroad.

  1. Name and Designation:
  2. Pay:
  3. Ministry / Department
  4. Passport No.
  5. Details of Private Foreign travels to be undertaken:
Period of travel Name of foreign countries to be visited Purpose Estimated expenditure [travel, board, lodging, visa, misc. etc.] Source of funds.
  1. Details of private foreign travel undertaken during the last four years:
Period of travel Name of foreign countries to be visited Purpose.

Signature

Date:                                                                                                          Name and Designation.

Part B – To be filled by the Administration

  1. Whether the Railway servant is handling large amounts of railway cash.
  2. Whether the Railway servant is dealing with secret /top secret matters.
  3. Whether any case involving serious charges against the Railway servant is under investigation [Details].
  4. Whether the Railway servant is under suspension.
  5. Whether any disciplinary proceeding /criminal case is pending against the Railway servant [Details].

Signature

Date:                                                                                                                                  Name and Designation.

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Board’s letter No. E[NG]-II/2013/RR-1/8 dated 09.09.2015  

          

Sub: Clarification regarding acceptance of educational qualification obtained through distance education mode from Open University without undergoing formal education for the purpose of employment on the Railways –reg.

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Attention is invited to the clarification issued vide this Ministry’s letter of even number dated 18.03.2015 [RBE No. 22/2015] on the above subject.  References are being received in this office regarding the applicability of the date of the said instructions.  Accordingly, the matter has been looked into and it is clarified that the said instructions  will be applicable from the date of Notification No. F.1-17/83[CPP-II] published by University Grant Commission published on 18.10.1995.

 

 

 

 

RBE No.106/2015

 

Board’s letter No. E(GP)2001/2/32 dated 11.09.2015     [RBE No.106/2015]

          

Sub: Holding of selections for promotion to Group ‘B’ post of Law Officer on the Railways-Authorities for setting up of Question Papers and evaluation of Answer sheets.

 

Ref: Board’s letter no. E(GP)2001/2/32 dated 25.10.2001

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In terms of instructions contained in Board’s letter No.E(GP)2001/2/32 dated 25.10.2001, the authorities for setting up of the Questions papers and evaluation of answer sheets of the written examination held as part of Selections & LDCEs for promotion to Group ‘B’ posts have been defined. Accordingly, while PHOD of the concerned Department is the authority for setting up of Question papers, any SAG officer of the Department is to be entrusted with the evaluation of answer-sheets.

 

  1. Now the Hon’ble Supreme Court, has passed following interim orders dated 27.03.2015 in SLP No. 31926-31927 of 2011 filed by Shri. P.Rajasekaran of Southern Railway:

 

“the respondent authorities shall consider its policy with regard to the appointment of examiners and persons having sufficient knowledge of law should be assigned the work examining answer sheets pertaining to the subject of Law.”

 

  1. Board has now decided that the aforestated directives passed by the Hon’ble Apex Court should be kept in view while nominating the evaluators of answer-sheets of examinations held as part of Selections for promotion to Group ‘B’ post of Law Officer.

 

  1. Selections to Group ‘B’ posts of Law Officer which are already in progress may be proceeded with and finalized as per the existing instructions.

 

 

 

 

 

Board’s letter No. 2015/E[LR]III/REF/NFIR/5 dated 21.09.2015  

          

Sub: Facilities to recognized trade unions –Meetings of Divisional Committees.

Ref: Board’s letter No. E[LU]71UT 3-3 dated 09.03.1971.

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In the above matter, instructions contained in Board’s letter cited above reads as under:

 

“ Passes and Special CL will be granted to all the members of the Divisional Executive Committee for two meetings. In respect of two more meetings which would be held in conjunction with the meetings under PNM Machinery, they would be allowed to avail of an extra day of Special CL before or after PNM Meetings.”

 

  1. As a result of discussion of PNM/NFIR item No. 16/2015, it has been decided to grant upto 2 (two) days special CL for Divisional Council Meetings to be held otherwise than in conjunction with PNM.

 

2.1         For two more meetings which would be held in conjunction with meetings under the PNM Scheme, they would be allowed to avail of an extra day of Special CL before or after the PNM Meetings, as presently applicable.

 

 

 

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RBE No.109/2015

 

Board’s letter No. E[NG]I-2013/TR/7 dated 21.09.2015  [RBE No.109/2015]

 

          

Sub: Implementation of Supreme Court’s judgement dated 31.10.2013 in WP[C]82/2011 – Postings / Transfers in Railways – Corrigendum – regarding.

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Pursuant to the directives of Hon’ble  Supreme Court dated 31.10.2013 in WP © 82/2011, instructions were issued, vide Board’s letter number E(O)III-2014/PL/03 dated 10.06.2014 for constitution of Placement Committees for officers and staff working on Zonal Railways in various offices/work units. Some of the Zonal Railways have been expressing difficulties in implementing the above scheme and suggesting  alternative ways to form the Placement Committees for different work units. Considering the difficulties experienced and the feedback received from some of the Zonal Railways observing ground realities, the matter has been reconsidered by the Board who have decided to replace paras 2(iv) and 2(v) of Board’s letter dated 10.06.2014 quoted above as under :-

 

(iv)    For officials of the level of Group ‘C’ in Railway Divisional Office :-

 

(a) One officer of Personnel Branch at least one scale below the Cadre Controlling Authority ( minimum Junior scale)

 

(b) One officer of the concerned Department at least one scale below the Cadre Controlling Authority ( minimum Junior scale )

 

(c) One officer outside the Department at least one scale below the Cadre Controlling

Controlling Authority ( minimum Junior scale )

 

Accepting Authority: The competent authority to accept the recommendations of the above Placement Committee shall be the Cadre Controlling Officer (JAG/SG/Sr.Scale) of the Department or the Branch Head.

 

(v)   For officials of the level of Group ‘C’ in Production Units and RDSO/Workshop:-

 

(a) One officer of Personnel Branch at least one scale below the Cadre Controlling Authority ( minimum Junior scale)

 

 

(b) One officer of the concerned Department at least one scale below the Cadre Controlling Authority ( minimum Junior scale )

 

(c)   One officer outside the Department at least one scale below the Cadre Controlling officer ( minimum Junior scale ).

 

 

 

Accepting Authority: The competent authority to accept the recommendations of the above Placement Committee will be the Cadre Controlling Officer (JAG/SG/Sr.Scale) of the Department or the Branch Head.

 

 

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RBE No. 119/2015

 

Board’s letter No. E(D&A)2012 RG6-34 dated 30.9.2015 [RBE No. 119/2015]

          

Sub: Imposition of penalties of dismissal, removal or compulsory retirement – Determination of appointing authority reg.

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Attention is invited to Railway Board’s letter No. E(D&A)2002 RG6-36 dated 25.11.2002 on the above subject relating to determination of appointing authority for the purpose of imposition of the penalties of dismissal, removal or compulsory retirement on a railway servant.

 

  1. It was clarified in the above referred instructions that the intention of Rule 2(1)(a) of RS(D&A)Rules,1968 is that the penalties of dismissal, removal or compulsory retirement from service should  be imposed on a Railway servant only by the highest of the following authorities viz. the authority which actually appointed the railway servant to the relevant grade or post, or the authority which is empowered to make appointment to that grade or post at the time of imposition of penalty.  It was further emphasized that the penalty of dismissal, removal or compulsory retirement from service should not be imposed by an authority which has merely issued the offer of appointment or order of promotion with regard to the appointment or promotion ordered by a competent authority higher to that authority.

 

  1. In a PNM meeting with the NFIR, the Federation has stated that inspite of the above mentioned instructions, in some instances, the penalties of dismissal, removal or compulsory retirement were imposed on a Railway servant by an authority lower than the authority which had actually ordered the appointment/promotion of the Railway servant. It is therefore reiterated that a lower authority who has merely issued/signed the order regarding appointment/promotion which has been ordered by a higher authority, is not competent to impose the penalty of dismissal, removal or compulsory retirement from service on such Railway servant.  Such action is not only violative of the RS[D&A] Rules but also unlikely to withstand judicial scrutiny.  Railways may therefore impress upon all concerned to adhere to the provisions of Railway Board’s letter No. E[D&A]2002/RG6-36 dated 25.11.2002, as brought out in para 2 above.

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RBE No.110/2015

 

Board’s letter No. E[NG]II/2015/RR-2/1 dated 21.09.2015  [RBE No.110/2015]

          

Sub: Recruitment against Scouts & Guides quota – procedure for.

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Attention is invited to this Ministry’s letter numbers No. E[NG]II/79/RR-1/25 dated 19.09.1979 & 25.08.1980, E[NG]II/82/RR-1/32 dated 13.03.84, E[NG]II/84/RR-2/1 dated 14.09.1984, E[NG]II/90/RR-2/1 dated 22.10.90, letter No. E[NG]II/99/RR-2/3 dated 04.05.2000 [RBE No. 82/2000], E[NG]II/2003/RR-2/4 dated 19.11.2003 [RBE No. 201/2003],  E[NG]II/2005/RR-2/3 dated 03.05.2005 [RBE No.71/2005], E[NG]II/2011/RR-2/2 dated 22.09.2011 [RBE No.127/2011], laying down guidelines for filling up posts against Scouts & Guides quota on the Railways.

 

  1. With a view to consolidate various instructions and to streamline procedure for recruitment against this quota, the entire issue has been reviewed by the Board. Accordingly, in supersession of all the instructions quoted in the above para, it has been decided to lay down the following procedure:

 

  1. Recruitment should be done at the Zonal Administration level. For this, each zone should conduct the recruitment by clubbing the requirement / quota fixed for all their respective divisions as well as Production Units [which are also districts under their respective zones], falling within their territorial jurisdiction.  This should be done by way of open advertisement following the procedure laid down vide this Ministry’s letter No. E[NG]II/96/RR-1/62 dated 17.09.98.

 

  1. The recruitment will be done only in Group ‘C’ [Pay Band-1 of 5200-20200/- having Grade Pay of 1900]and erstwhile Group ‘D’ [Pay Band-1 of  5200-20200/- having Grade Pay of 1800].  The educational qualification and age limit for consideration for appointment against the quota will be the same as applicable for direct recruitment to Group ‘C’ and erstwhile Group ‘D’ categories respectively.  Examination Fee may be charged @ 100/- [Rupees One Hundred] per candidate. However, no such fee shall be charged from SC/ST candidates and also from those candidates as stipulated in this Ministry’s letter No. E[NG]II/96/RR-1/62/Vol.II dated 08.12.2010 [RBE No. 179/2010].

 

 

  1. The annual quota for recruitment will be as under:

 

G P 1900:    02 per Railway per year

01 per Production Unit per year

G P 1800:   02 per Division / Production Unit per year.

 

[Note:  Northern Railway will recruit additional 1 per year in G P 1900 and 2 per year in GP 1800 who will be posted in RDSO, not to be utilized elsewhere].

 

  1. Powers for recruitment of Scouts & Guides quota shall lie with the General Manager. Application shall be called for separately for Pay Band  5200-20200/- Grade Pay 1900/- and Pay Band  5200-20200/- Grade Pay 1800/-.  The selection shall also be conducted separately.  A candidate may apply  both for Grade Pay  1900/- and Grade Pay 1800/-.

 

  1. The following qualification would apply for recruitment of Scouts & Guides to posts in Grade Pay 1900/- and Grade Pay 1800/-:

 

[a]     A President  Scout/Guide/Rover/Ranger OR Himalayan Wood Badge [HWB] holder in any section;

[b]     Should have been an active member of a Scouts organisation for the last 5

Years.  The ‘Certificate of Activeness’ should be as per Annexure-I; and

[c]             Should have attended two events at National level OR All Indian Railways’ level AND Two events at State level.

 

  1. The candidates, who apply in response to the Notification and are found eligible for consideration for appointment against Scouts & Guides quota, should be assessed on the basis of following criteria:
[A] Written Test 50 Marks
The written test will consist of 40 objective questions [ 40 marks] & 1 essay type question [10 marks] relating to Scouts and Guides Organisation and its activities and General Knowledge for Grade Pay 1900/- and Grade Pay 1800/-.  The syllabus for this will be as per Annexure-II.  
[B] Scouting Skill Assessment 10 Marks
A Skill Assessment Committee will assess the practical ability of the candidates.  
 [C] Marks on certificates 40 Marks
[i] Participation /Service rendered in National Events /National Jamboree [including All Indian Railway Events]: 10 Marks
·        First two certificates [i.e. minimum eligibility qualification Nil
·        One additional event 07 marks
·        Two or more additional events 10 marks
[ii]   Participation / Service rendered in State Events / Rallies: 10 marks
·        First two certificates [i.e. minimum eligibility qualification] Nil
·        One additional event 07 marks
·        Two or more additional events 10 marks
[iii] Specialised Scout /Guides course organized at National /State /All Indian Railways level: 10 marks
·        One Course 07 marks
·        Two or more Courses 10 marks
[iv]   Participation in District Rallies: 10 marks
·        One certificate Nil
·        Two certificates 07 marks
·        Three certificates 10 marks
TOTAL 100 MARKS

 

  1. For selection in Grade Pay 1900/-, the Recruitment Committee shall consist of three Senior Administrative Grade [SAG] officers to be nominated by the General Manager, whereas for selection in Grade Pay 1800/- the committee shall consist of three Junior Administrative Grade [JAG] Officers. One of them should be an officer holding honorary post of Commissioner in Scouting / Guiding organsation in the committee of a Zone /Division / Unit other than the one conducting the recruitment.  One of the three members should necessarily be from Personnel department.

 

  1. For Scouting Skill Assessment Committee, one Advance Leader Trainer [ALT]/ Leader Trainer [LT] and HWB should be nominated by the General Manager. If ALT/LT is not available in the Division / Production Unit, necessary assistance may be taken from zonal railway/ state headquarter / other Divisions /District for the nomination of ALT/LT/HWB.

 

  1. A written declaration will be obtained from all the candidates who finally qualify for appointment as per Annexure-III. If the candidate violates any of the said declarations furnished by him/her, he/she should be taken up under D&AR by the concerned CPO/Senior DPO on the recommendation of State Chief Commissioner / District Chief Commissioner, as the case may be.

 

  1. Higher fixation of pay will not be admissible to a person appointed against Scouts & Guides quota.

 

  1. The persons appointed against Scouts & Guides quota to the category of clerks will be required to possess proficiency in typing within a period of two years from the date of appointment, and their appointment will be provisional subject to the prescribed typing qualification within the stipulated period. In case of non acquisition of typing skill within the prescribed period, no additional time will be given and services of such candidate[s] will be summarily terminated.

 

  1. The candidates selected for appointment under the Scouts & Guides quota should be posted by the competent authority in consultation with the concerned State Chief Commissioner /District Chief Commissioner.

 

  1. It may be noted that instead of notifying the posts against this quota as unreserved [UR], this should be mentioned as open to all candidates and candidates belonging to SC/ST/OBC categories who apply against notification published for this quota be extended relaxation in age limit as admissible in a general open market recruitment. However, in case of being selected with any relaxation on account of being a candidate from the above categories, he/she will be taken against reserved roster point.

 

  1. The field units are directed that they should finalise and fill up the posts against this quota during the respective financial year without fail.

 

 

ANNEXURE-I

 

Certificate no. …………………

CERTIFICATE OF ACTIVENESS

 

This is to certify that  [name]……………………………… of …………………………… [State /District /Division] is an active member of ……………………..Group since ………years duly registered with the State /District Association.

 

Date:

 

[Name & Sign]

Group Leader [S/G]

[Name & Sign]

DOC [S/G]

[Name & Sign]

DC [S/G]

 

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ANNEXURE-II

PROPOSED SYLLABUS FOR SELECTION UNDER  SCOUTS & GUIDES QUOTA FOR GROUP ‘C’ AND GROUP ‘D’ POSTS.

 

History of Scouting/Guiding; Law & Promise; Organisation –‘Distt. & State Level; Training Centre Distt.& State Level; Knowledge of Books; Scouting for Boys /Guiding for Girls in India;  Motto left hand shake; Salute; Prayer; Flag song; National Anthem; Know the National & Scouting flags; Social Services at various occasions; Hiking;  Proficiency Badges, How these are earned?; States in Scouting /Guiding; Thinking Day; Progressive Training of Scouts /Guides/Rovers /Rangers; Pioneering; Handicrafts; Indian Railway Jamborette;  National Jamboree, Jamboree  on the Air.

 

Organisation at National level; National Training Centres; WAGGGS/WOSM-Uprashtrapati Award Competition; Prime Minister Shield Competition;  Community Development Programmes; Aims and Methods of Scouting; How Scouting is useful in producing better citizens.

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RBE No.116/2015

 

Board’s letter No. E[P&A]II-2015/HRA-7 dated 24.09.2015  [RBE No.116/2015]

          

Sub: Re-classification of cities /towns on the basis of 2011 Census grant of House Rent Allowance to Railway employees.

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Attention is invited to Board’s letter No.E[P&A]II-2008/HRA-10 dated 12.09.2008 relating to grant of House Rent Allowance [HRA] to Railway employees on the recommendations of the Sixth Central Pay Commission whereby a list of cities/towns classified as ‘X’, ‘Y’, and ‘Z’ for the purpose of grant of HRA was enclosed as Annexure.  The matter relating to re-classification of cities/towns on the basis of Census-2011 for the purpose of grant of HRA to Central Government employees has been considered by the Government.

 

  1. The President is pleased to decide that in supersession of all the existing orders relating to classification of cities/towns for the purposes of grant of HRA to Railway employees, cities/towns shall now be re-classified as ‘X’, ‘Y’ and ‘Z’, for the purpose of HRA as enumerated in the Annexure to these orders.

 

  1. Consequent upon implementation of the recommendations of the 5th Central Pay Commission, certain cities/town were placed in a lower classification as compared to their existing classification for CCA/HRA purpose, vide Board’s letter No. PC-V/97/I/7/13 dated 16.10.1997. However, these cities/towns were allowed to retain their existing higher classification, vide para 3 thereof; and further extended vide Board’s letter No. E[P&A]II-2004/HRA-16 dated 17.05.2005 &  Board’s letter No. E[P&A]II-2008/HRA-10 dated 20.03.2009.  As other cities/towns to which protection of retaining earlier higher classification was allowed, got upgraded during the intervening period, as on date only two cities i.e. Ajmer in Rajasthan and Durgapur in West Bengal were retaining such protection.  Consequent upon upgradation of these two cities also on the basis of their population as per Census-2011, provisions contained in Para 3 of Board’s letter No. PC-V/97/I/7/13 dated 16.10.1997 which were allowed to further continue vide  Board’s letter No. E[P&A]II-2004/HRA-16 dated 17.05.2005 & Board’s letter No. E[P&A]II-2008/HRA-10 dated 20.03.2009 stand withdrawn / discontinued.

 

  1. Special orders allowing continuance of HRA [a] at Delhi [‘X’ class city] rates to Railway employees posted at Faridabad, Ghaziabad, NOIDA, Gurgaon and [b] at Jalandhar [‘Y’ class city] rates to Jalandhar Cantt. and [c] at ‘Y’ class city rates to Shillong, Goa, Port Blair, vide Board’s letter No. E[P&A]II-2008/HRA-10 dated 12.09.2008 and [d] continuance of HRA at par with Chandigarh [‘Y’ class city] to Panchkula vide Board’s letter No. E[P&A]II-2008/HRA-10 dated 16.05.2011, shall continue to be applicable till the recommendations of 7th CPC are considered by the Government.

 

  1. These orders shall be effective from 01.04.2015.

 

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

 

 

 

 

ANNEXURE to Board’s letter No.E[P&A]II-2015/HRA-7 dated 24.09.2015

LIST OF CITIES /TOWNS CLASSIFIED FOR GRANT OF HOUSE RENT ALLOWANCE TO RAILWAY EMPLOYEES.

 

S.No. NAME OF THE STATE / UNION TERRITORIES CITIES CLASSIFIED AS ‘X CITIES CLASSIFIED AS ‘Y
1. ANDAMAN AND NICOBAR ISLANDS
2. ANDHRA PRADESH / TELANGANA Hyderabad [UA] Vijayawada [UA], Warangal [UA], Greater Visakhapatnam[M.Corpn.],

Guntur [UA],     Nellore [UA]

3. ARUNACHAL PRADESH —-
4. ASSAM Guwahati [UA]
5. BIHAR Patna [UA]
6. CHANDIGARH Chandigarh [UA]
7. CHHATISGARH Durg –Bhilai Nagar [UA],        Raipur [UA]
8. DADRA & NAGAR HAVELI
9. DAMAN & DIU —-
10. DELHI Delhi [UA]
11. GOA —-
12. GUJARAT Ahmadabad [UA]; Rajkot [UA], Jamnagar [UA], Bhavnagar [UA], Vadodara [UA], Surat [UA],
13. HARYANA Faridabad * [M.Corpn], Gurgaon*[UA].
14. HIMACHAL PRADESH
15. JAMMU & KASHMIR Srinagar [UA], Jammu [UA]
16. JHARKAND Jamshedpur [UA], Dhanbad[UA], Ranchi [UA], Bokaro Steel City [UA]
17. KARNATAKA Bangalore /Bengaluru [UA] Belgaum[UA], Hubli-Dharwad [M.Corpn], Mangalore [UA], Mysore [UA], Gulbarga[UA]
18. KERALA Kozhikode [UA], Kochi[UA], Thiruvananthapuram[UA], Thrissur [UA], Malappuram [UA], Kannur [UA],

Kollam [UA]

19. LAKSHWADEEP ISLANDS —-
20. MADHYA PRADESH Gwalior [UA], Indore [UA], Bhopal [UA], Jabalpur [UA], Ujjain [M.Corpn]
21. MAHARASHTRA Greater Mumbai [UA]; Nagpur [UA], Pune [UA] Amaravati [M.Corpn], Nagpur [UA], Aurangabad [UA], Nashik [UA], Bhiwandi [UA], Solapur [M.Corpn], Kolhapur [UA] Vasai –Virar City [M.Corpn], Malegaon [UA], Nanded-Waghala[M.Corpn], Sangli [UA].
22. MANIPUR
23. MEGHALAYA
24. MIZORAM
25. NAGALAND
26. ODISHA Cuttack[UA], Bhubaneswar [UA], Raurkela [UA]
27. PUDUCHERRY [PONDICHERRY] Puducherry /Pondicherry [UA]
28. PUNJAB Amritsar [UA], Jalandhar [UA], Ludhiana [M.Corpn]
29. RAJASTHAN Bikaner [M.Corpn], Jaipur [M.Corpn], Jodhpur [UA], Kota[M.Corpn], Ajmer [UA]
30. SIKKIM
31. TAMIL NADU Chennai [UA] Salem[UA], Tiruppur [UA], Coimbatore [UA]; Tiruchirappali [UA], Madurai [UA], Erode [UA]
32. TRIPURA
33. UTTAR PRADESH Moradabad [M.Corpn], Meerut [UA], Ghaziabad* [UA]; Aligarh [UA], Agra[UA], Bareilly [UA], Lucknow  [UA], Kanpur [UA], Allahabad [UA], Gorakhpur [UA], Varnasi [UA], Saharanpur [M.Corpn], Noida*[CT], Firozabad[NPP], Jhansi [UA]
34. UTTARAKHAND Dehradun [UA]
35. WEST BENGAL Kolkata [UA] Asansol[UA], Siliguri [UA], Durgapur [UA].

 

*only for the purpose of extending HRA on the basis of dependency.

 

NOTE:

The remaining cities /towns in various States /UTs which are not covered by classification as ‘X’ or ‘Y’, are classified as ‘Z’ for the purpose of HRA.

 

 

 

RBE No.111/2015

 

Board’s letter No. PC-III/2014/FE-II/1 dated 21.09.2015  [RBE No.111/2015]

          

Sub: Introduction of category of Sr. P.Way Supervisor – Staff medically de-categorised. 

 

Ref: Board’s letter No. PC-III/2004/CRC/1 [Pt.1] dated 22.03.2007

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The Staff Side [NFIR] had raised the issue in the PNM that instructions issued vide Board’s letter No. PC-III/2004/CRC/1 [Pt.1] dated 22.03.2007 regarding introduction of new category of Sr. P.Way Supervisor [Rs.5000-8000] in place of P.Way Supervisor [Rs.4500-7000+100 SA] do not cover the cases of staff who are medically de-categorised between the period from the date of issue of orders to the actual date of implementation of these orders.

 

The issue has been examined by Board and it has been decided that the employees who were on sanctioned cadre strength of the Track Supervisors [erstwhile P.W.Mistries/Supervisors Permanent Way] as on 22.03.2007 but medically de-categorised between the period from the date of issue of Board’s orders dated 22.03.2007 to the actual date of implementation of these orders, are also entitled to the fixation benefit and arrears as per Board’s orders dated 22.03.2007, till the date of their medical decategorisation as in the case of employees who retire/ resign /expired from service during this period.

 

This issues in consultation with the Establishment and Finance Directorates of this Ministry.

 

 

 

 

 

RBE No. 105/2015

 

Board’s Notification issued under letter No.E[D&A] 2015 RG 6-2  dated 8.9.2015 (RBE No. 105/2015)

          

NOTIFICATION

 

GSR.- 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 Servants ( Discipline and Appeal) Rules,1968, namely:-

 

  1. 1. Short title and Commencement: (1) These rules may be called the Railway Servants ( Discipline and Appeal) Amendment  Rules,2015.

 

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

 

  1. In the Railway Servants ( Discipline and Appeal) Rules,1968, in rule 6, in the Explanation, after item (ix), the following item shall be inserted namely:-

 

“(x) any compensation awarded on the recommendation of the Complaints Committee referred to in the proviso to sub-rule (2) of rule 9 and established in a unit under the Ministry of Railways for inquiring into any complaint of sexual harassment within the meaning of rule 3 C of the Railway Services (Conduct) Rules,1966.

[ File No. E(D&A)2015 RG6-2]

 

 

Note: Principal rules  were published vide Notification No. S.O. 3181, dated the 14th September, 1968 and subsequently amended vide numbers :-

 

S.No. Published in the Gazette of India Part II Section 3 Sub-section (i)

GSR/SO No.             Date of Publication

1. 2
1. SO No.1531 dated 24.06.1969
2. SO No.1925 dated  08.05.1971
3. SO No.2501 dated 03.07.1971
4. SO No.5078  dated 06.11.1971
5 SO No. 4050 dated 30.10.1971
6 SO No. 5264 dated 04.12.1971
7 SO No. 9467 dated 08.04.1972
8 SO No. 3918 dated 25.11.72
9 Notification No. E[D&A]69 RG6-9 dated the 5th  February, 1973
10 SO No.2897 dated  06.10.1973
11 SO No.1413 dated 14.05.1977
12 SO No.2193 dated 29.07.1978
13 SO No.0364 dated 23.12.1978
14 Notification No. E[D&A]77 RG6-30 dated the 7th  April, 1978
15 SO No.3057 dated  08.09.1979
16 SO No.3777 dated 17.11.1979
17 SO No.3990 dated 08.12.1979
18 SO No.0143 dated 19.01.1980
19 SO No.0441 dated 23.02.1980
20 Notification No. E[D&A]81 RG6-72 dated the 31st August, 1982
21 GSR/982 dated 17.12.1983
22 GSR/632 dated 23.06.1984
23 SO No.1822 dated 27.04.1985
24 SO No.5667 dated 06.07.1985
25 GSR/667 dated 22.02.1986
26 GSR/241 dated  04.04.1987
27 GSR/708 dated 19.09.1987
28 GSR/869 dated 21.11.1987
29 GSR/420 dated 21.05.1988
30 GSR/739 dated 17.09.1988
31 GSR/850 dated 11.11.1989
32 GSR/900 dated 02.12.1989
33 GSR 734 dated 08.12.1990
34 GSR/723 dated 01.12.1990
35 Notification No. E[D&A]91 RG6-42 dated the 8th June, 1991
36 GSR/568 dated  05.10.1991
37 GSR/86 dated 22.02.1992
38 GSR 504 dated 14.11.1989
39 Notification No. E[D&A]92 RG6-148 dated the 9th November, 1992
40 GSR/63 dated  30.01.1993
41 GSR/327 dated  16.07.94
42 GSR/422 dated 27.12.-97
43 GSR/106 dated 6.6.1998
44 GSR/87 dated  20.3.1999
45 GSR No. 385 dated 20.11.1999
46 GSR/617 dated 24.11.2001
47 GSR/342 dated 24.08.2002
48 GSR/50 dated 01.02.2003
49 GSE/134 dated  29.03.2003
50 GSR  376 dated 30.10.2004
51 GSR 62 dated 19.02.2005
52 GSR / 195 dated 11.06.2005
53 GSR 226 dated 09.07.2005
54 GSR 190 dated 29.07.2006
55 GSR 154 dated 21.05.2011
56 GSR No. 253 dated the 5th September, 2011

 

 

 

 

 

RBE No.126/2015

 

Board’s letter No. E[D&A]2014 GS1-2 dated   12.10.2015   [RBE No.126/2015]           

 

     

Sub: The Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013 – Submission of declarations of assets and liabilities  by the Railway servants.

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Attention is invited to Railway Board’s letter of even number dated 31.08.2015, whereby Department  of Personnel and Training’s OM. No.11013/7/2014-Estt.(A.III) dated 23.07.2015 was circulated, reiterating the last date for filing the returns under the Public Servants ( Furnishing of Information and Assets and Liabilities and the Limits for Exemption of Assets in Filing Returns) Amendment Rules, 2014, as 15.10.2015.

 

  1. In this regard, Department of Personnel and Training has issued O.M. No.407/12/2014-AVD-IV[B] dated 11.10.2015 extending the last date for filing of returns under the aforesaid Rules from 15.10.2015 to 15.4.2016. A copy of the O.M. dated 11.10.2015 aforesaid is enclosed.

 

  1. The Department of Personnel and Training’s d.o. letter dated 30.04.2015, referred to in para 1 of their O.M. dated 11.10.2015 is available at their website ‘persmin.nic.in/DOPT.asp’ under ‘OMs & Orders’ – Vigilance.

 

 

 

 

Copy of DOP&T’s O.M. No.407/12/2014-AVD-IV[B] dated 11.10.2015

 

 

Sub: Declarations of Assets and Liabilities  by public servants under section 44 of the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013 – extension of last date of filing of revised returns for the year 2014 and the returns for the year 2015 by  public servants.

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The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department’s D.O. letter of even number dated 30th April, 2015 regarding the furnishing of information relating to assets and liabilities by public servants under section 44 of the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013 and forwarding therewith copies of the Central Government’s notifications dated 27th April, 2015 containing –

 

[a] amendment to the Lokpal & Lokayuktas [Removal of Difficulties] Order, 2014, for the purpose of extending the time limit for carrying out necessary changes in the relevant rules relating to different services from “eighteen months” to “ twenty one months” from the date on which the Act came into force, i.e. 16th January, 2014; and

 

[b] The Public Servants [Furnishing of Information and Annual Return of Assets and Liabilities and the Limits for Exemption of Assets in Filing Returns] Amendment Rules, 2014, extending the time limit for filing of revised returns by all public servants from  30th April, 2015 to 15th October 2015.

 

  1. In this regard the undersigned is directed to convey that the last date for filing of revised returns for the year 2014 ( as on 01.08.2014) and the returns for the year (as on 31.03.2015) by public servants under the rules indicated in para 1[b] above has now been further extended from 15th October, 2015 to 15th April, 2016. Formal amendments to the Public Servants [Furnishing of Information and Annual Return of Assets and Liabilities and the Limits For Exemption of Assets in Filing Returns] Rules, 2014 and to the Lokpal &  Lokayuktas [Removal of Difficulties] Order, 2014 are being notified separately.  They will also be uploaded on the website of this Department, i.e. http://persmin.nic.in/DOPT.asp

 

  1. All Ministries/Departments and cadre authorities are requested to kindly issue orders towards ensuring compliance with the revised Rules by all officers and staff in the respective Ministry /Department/Organisations/PSUs under their control, within the revised time-limit mentioned therein.

 

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RBE No. 118/2015

 

Board’s letter No. E[NG]II/2001/RR-1/45/Pt.A dt. 29.09.2015  [RBE No. 118/2015]

          

Sub: Minimum prescribed qualification for direct recruitment to the post of Electro Cardiogram [ECG] Technician in Pay Band 1 of  5200-20200 [Grade Pay 2400] on the railways.

        

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The issue of prescribing general guidelines for minimum educational qualification for direct recruitment to ECG Technician has been under consideration of this Ministry and after detailed deliberations with Health Directorate, it has now been decided that henceforth the minimum prescribed qualification for direct recruitment to aforesaid category will be as under:

 

10+2/Graduation in Science having Certificate/Diploma/Degree in ECG Laboratory Technonogy/Cardiology/Cardiology Technician /Cardiology Techniques of a reputed Institution. 

 

Note: Certificate should be a minimum of one year duration and above qualification should have been done full time and not have been obtained through distance learning mode.

 

 

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Board’s letter No. E[NG]II/2005/RR-1/8 dated 30.09.2015 

          

Sub: Recruitment to non-gazetted posts on the Railways – Adherence to prescribed qualification in recruitment from open market –clarification regarding.

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Attention is invited to this Ministry’s letter of even number dated 28.08.2014 on the above subject.  References are being received  in this office regarding the applicability of the said instructions w.r.t. other aspects as mentioned in para 3 of the letter ibid, apart from recognition of institutions.  Accordingly, the matter has been looked into and it is clarified that the issues of duration of a course, equivalence etc. may  also be confirmed by the concerned recruiting agency/appointing authority, contacting directly to the Board / University /Institution or the Council as the case may be, provided the said body is run by Central Government /State Government Bodies enacted by Act of Parliament or State Legislature or recognized by Central Government /State Government Bodies enacted by Act of Parliament or State Legislature.

 

 

 

 

RBE No.108/2015

 

Board’s letter No. F[E]I/2015/AL-28/46 dated 21.09.2015   [RBE No.108/2015]

          

Sub: Payment of difference on arrears of TA/DA arising out of Railway Board’s letter No. F[E]I/2011/AL-28/18 dt. 29.04.2014

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One of the Railways has sought clarification regarding a supplementary claim for difference of TA/DA arising out of enhancement of Dearness allowance upto 100% w.e.f. 01.01.2014 after issue of Board’s letter No. F[E]2011/AL/28/18 dt. 29.04.2014.

 

  1. The matter has been examined in Board’s office and it is clarified that where TA/DA has been paid at old rates supplementary claim for difference of TA/DA would be admissible in respect of official tours made on or after 01.01.2014 consequent to increase in the rates of TA/DA by 25% w.e.f. 01.01.2014.

 

 

 

 

. RBE No.122/2015

 

Board’s letter No. E[G]2013/EM1-5 dated 08.10.2015   [RBE No.122/2015]

ub: Fixation of pay of ex-servicemen re-employed on the Railways -clarification reg.

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The issue regarding fixation of pay of ex-servicemen re-employed on the Railways was taken up by NFIR in the PNM. It was pointed out that the policy instructions on the issue were not been implemented on the Zonal Railways in their proper perspective and there was a lot of confusion in the matter. They had requested for issue of suitable guidelines/clarification in the matter.

  1. As the Railway administration are aware, fixation of pay of ex-servicemen re-employed on the Railways is done on the basis of instructions contained in Railway Board’s letter No. PC-VI/2009/1/RSRP/2 dated 30/4/2009 read with instructions contained in letter No. E(G)86/EM 1/8 dated 21/1/87 and the clarificatory instructions issued vide letter No. E(G)2013/EM 1-4 dated 24/7/2013 and E(G)2010/EM 1/2 pt. dated 12/12/2011.
  2. It may be stated that para 3 (iv) of the DOP&T’s OM dated 05.04.2010 as circulated vide Board’s letter No. E(G)2010/EM 1/2 pt, Dated 12.12.2011 is applicable in respect of persons re-employed prior to 01.01.2006 and were in re-employment as on 01.01.2006. Thus, for this category of persons, pay would have been already fixed as per V CPC provisions as on 01.01.2006. Para 3(iv) prescribes manner of pay fixation/migration to VI CPC scales, in case of PBOR persons, Commissioned Officers etc.
  3. Para 3(v) of the OM dated 05.04.2010 prescribes manner of pay fixation/migration to VI CPC scales, in case of PBOR persons, Commissioned Officers etc., who retired prior to 01.01.2006 and have been re-employed after 01.01.2006 and before issue of the OM dated 05.04.2010.
  4. Thus, the Paras 3(iv) and 3(v) have detailed provisions for pay fixation/fitment as per VI CPC rates, for all ranks of re-employed pensioners who retired prior to 01.01.2006 and re-employed as on and after 01.01.2006 and before issue of the OM dated 05.04.2010 respectively.
  5. It may also be stated that the Orders make a clear distinction between fixation of pay of those who were Commissioned Officers and those who were non-commissioned. In the case of Commissioned Officer, non-ignorable pension is deducted, but last pay drawn (with Grade Pay in the re-employment post) is allowed, in terms of para 2 of OM dated 05.04.2010.
  6. In the Case of non-commissioned officers, pension is not deducted and pay is allowed only at the Entry pay in the revised pay structure of the re-employed post aplicable in the case of direct Recruits appointed on or after 01.01.2006 as notified vide section II of First Schedule to RS(RP) Rules, 2008, in terms of para 2 of the OM dated 05.04.2010.
  7. As regards the Federation’s demand that MSP will have to be reckoned for fixation of pay, the provision is already there vide DOP&T’s OM No. 3/19/2009-Estt. Pay-II dated 8/11/2010 which was circulated to the Railways vide Board’s letter No. E(G)2013/EM 1-4 dated 24/07/2013 which stipulates that all defence officers/ personnel whose pension contains an element of MSP, that need not be deducted from the pay fixed on re-e

 

RBE No.84 /2015

Copy of Board’s letter No. 2015-E(SCT)I/31/2 dated 27.07.2015   [RBE No.84 /2015]

          

Sub: Revision of format for OBC Caste Certificate

 

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A copy of Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions’ (DOP&T) O.M. No.36036/2/2013-Estt.(Res.) dated 30.05.2014 on the above subject is forwarded herewith for information/guidance and necessary action.  The instructions contained in the aforesaid O.M. shall come into effect from the date of its issue.

The same may please be brought to the notice of all concerned.

 

 

Copy of Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions’ (DOP&T) O.M. No.36036/2/ 2013-Estt.(Res.) dated 30.05.2014

 

       Sub: Revision of format for OBC Caste Certificate

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The Government of India had issued instructions on 8th September, 1993 vide DoPT O.M. No.36012/22/93-Estt.(SCT) providing for reservation to Other Backward Classes in the services and posts under the Government of India.  The format of the Caste Certificate was prescribed vide Annexure ‘A’ of the O.M. No.36012/22/93-Estt.(SCT) dated 15th November 1993.  In the said format, the then Ministry of Welfare’s Resolution No.12011/68/93-BCC(C) dated 10th September 1993 was mentioned, which contained the list of castes and communities treated as OBCs till that time.  Since then a large number of castes and communities have been added to the Central List of OBCs through various resolutions of the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment.  The details of the resolutions subsequent to the Resolution dated 10th September 1993 do not find mention in the existing format.  The said format also prescribes that the certificate issuing authority should certify that the candidate does not belong to the persons/sections (Creamy Layer) mentioned in Column 3 of the Schedule to the aforesaid O.M. dated 8.9.1993.

 

  1. Representations have been received in this Department wherein candidates belonging to OBC Communities have reportedly faced difficulty in getting the benefits of reservation. This is because of the fact that in the caste certificate issued by the concerned district authorities, although the name of the caste/community is mentioned in the certificate, the specific resolution by which the said caste/community have been included in the Central List of OBCs is not indicated.

 

 

 

  1. Keeping in view such problems faced by the candidates, this issue was examined in consultation with the National Commission for Backward Classes and it has been decided to revise the existing format of OBC Caste Certificate. A copy of the revised format is enclosed (Annexure).  All the certificate issuing authorities are requested to invariably mention the details of the Resolution (Number and Date) by which the caste/community of the candidate has been included in the Central List of OBCs and also to ensure that he/she does not belong to the persons/sections (Creamy Layer) mentioned in Column 3 of the Schedule to the aforesaid O.M. dated 8.9.1993 as amended from time to time.

 

  1. I am to request that the revised format of the certificate may please be brought to the notice of authorities under the State Governments/Union Territories who are empowered to issue the Caste Certificate.

Sd/-

[Sandeep Mukherjee]/Under Secy. to the Govt.of India.

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ANNEXURE

 

FORM OF CERTIFICATE TO BE PRODUCED BY OTHER BACKWRD CLASSES APPLYING FOR APPOINTMENT TO POSTS UNDER THE GOVERNMENT OF INDIA.

 

This is to certify that Shri /Smt./ Kumari____________________________ son /daughter of _______ ____________________  of village / town ______________________________________________ in District /Division ___________________________________________ in the State /Union Territory  ____________________ belong to the  ______________________________________     community which is recognized as a backward class under the Government of India, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment’s Resolution No. __________________________ dated _____________________*.  Shri /Smt/Kumari _________________ and /or his /her family ordinarily reside[s] in the  __________ _________________ District  /Division of the _______________________ State /Union Territory.  This is also to certify that he /she does not belong to the persons /sections [Creamy Layer] mentioned in Column 3 of the Schedule to the Government of India, Department of Personnel & Training OM No. 36012/22/93 –Estt.[SCT] dated 8.9.1993**

 

District Magistrate

Deputy Commissioner etc.

 

 

Dated:

 

 

Seal

 

*  The Authority issuing the certificate may have to mention the details of Resolution of Government of India, in which the caste of the candidate is mentioned as OBC.

**  As amended from time to time.

 

Note:- The term ‘Ordinarily’ used here will have the same meaning as in Section 20 of the  Representation of the People Act, 1950.

 

 

 

 

RBE No.114/2015

 

Board’s letter No. E[D&A]2015GS1-1 dated 23.09.2015  [RBE No.114/2015]

          

Sub: Alignment of Service Rules with the sexual harassment of Women at Workplace [Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal] Act 2013 – Guidelines regarding. 

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Attention is invited to Railway Board’s letter of even no. dated 05.03.2015 on the above subject whereby instructions were issued for alignment of the Service Rules with the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace [Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal] Act, 2013 {SHWW[PPR] Act} and the rules issued thereunder.

 

  1. Basic guidelines regarding the consititution of the Internal Complaints Committee are contained in para 5.2 of the letter dated 05.03.2015.  The following additional guidelines are laid down in respect of constitution and working of the Internal Complaints Committees:-

 

2.1    The Internal Complaints Committee shall function at the Zonal Railway level and  at the Divisional levels.  All the extra-Divisional Units reporting directly to the zonal Headquarters shall be covered by the Committee constituted at the zonal Railway level and the other units shall be covered by the Committees constituted at the Divisional level.  The workshops etc. will also be covered by the Committees at the Divisional level depending on their geographical location.  The Public Sector Undertakings under the Ministry of Railways shall have their separate Internal Complaints Committee.

 

2.2    In terms of section 4[3] of the SHWW[PPR] Act,  the tenure of the Presiding Officer /Members of the Internal Complaints Committee shall not exceed three years.

 

2.3    The composition of the Internal Complaints Committee at the Zonal and Divisional levels and details of their jurisdiction may be published on the official websites of the zonal Railways and the changes in the compositon of the Committees may be promptly updated on the websites.

 

2.4    In terms of Rule 3[1] of Sexual Harassment of Working Women [Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal] Rules, 2013 {SHWW[PPR] Rules}, the Member nominated to the Internal Complaints Committee from amongst non-gvernment organization in terms of section 4[2][c] of the SHWW[PPR] Act, shall be entitled to an allowance of two hundred rupees per day for holding the proceedings of the Internal Complaints Committee and also the reimbursement of travel cost incurred in travelling by train in three tier air-conditioned class or air-conditioned bus and auto rickshaw or taxi, or the actual amount spent by him on travel, whichever is less.

 

  1. In terms of section 22 of the Act, the employer shall include the number of cases filed, if any, and their disposal under the Act, in the annual report of his organization. The Railways etc. and the PSUs under the Ministry of Railways may furnish the requisite information as per the proforma enclosed as Annexure-1, through e-mail at the following address –dell@rb.railnet.gov.in.  It may be ensured that the information for the year ending on 31st March is furnished to Railway Board’s office by 30th April positively, so that the same may be compiled and furnished to the Department of Personnel and Training.

 

  1. Railways etc. may advise their units concerned to refer to the SHWW[PPR] Act, 2013 and the SHWW[PPR] Rules, 2013 which are available at the website of the Ministry of Women and Child Development [wcd.nic.in] under Legislation /Acts, and in case of any conflict /doubt vis-à-vis Board’s instructions dated 05.03.2015, the provisions of the Act/Rules shall prevail.

 

  1. Rule 9[2] of the RS[D&A] Rules, 1968 lays down that the Complaints Committee established for inquiring into complaints of sexual harassment shall hold such inquiry as far as practicable in accordance with the procedure laid down in these Rules. A guide on ‘Steps for Conduct of Inquiry in complaints of Sexual Harassment’, intended to give the procedure as prescribed in the rules/instructions is enclosed as Annexure-II. This is however, not intended as a substitute for reference to the Rules and instructions.  Members of the Complaints Committees and others who are required to deal with such inquiries should acquaint themselves with RS[D&A] Rules, 1968 and instructions issued thereunder.

 

  1. The above provisions may be brought to the notice of all concerned on the Railways.

 

ANNEXURE-1

ANNUAL RETURN ON CASES OF SEXUAL HARASSMENT*

Period: 1st April ………… to 31st March………….

Name of Railway/Production Unit/Public Sector Undertaking……………………………

 

S.No. Subject
1 Number of complaints of sexual harassment received in the year
2 Number of complaints disposed off during the year
3 Number of cases pending for more than 90 days
4 Number of workshops on awareness programmes against sexual harassment conducted during the year.
5 Nature of action Number of employees on whom major penalty was imposed.

Number of employees on whom minor penalty was imposed

Number of employees against  whom administrative action was taken

Number of employees on whom fine was imposed in terms of Section 13[3][ii] of SHWW[PPR] Act

No. of accused employees transferred in terms of Section 12[1][a] of  SHWW[PPR] Act

 

6 Number of Internal Complaints Committee functioning as on last day of financial year.
*  Information is to be provided in consolidated form for the entire zonal Railway /Production Unit/Public Sector Undertaking.

 

Annexure-2

Steps for Conduct of Inquiry in Complaints of Sexual Harassment

Complaints Committees

 

  1. Complaints Committees have been set up at the Zonal and Divisional level in all zonal Railways and other offices under the Ministry of Railways in pursuance to the judgement of the Hon’ble Supreme Court in the Vishakha case.  As per Section 4[1] of the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace [Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal] Act, 2013 [“the Act”] the Internal Complaints Committee [referred to as ‘Complaints Committee’ hereafter] is to be set up at every workplace.  As per Section 4[2], this will be headed by a woman and  at least half of its members should be women.  In case a woman officer of sufficiently senior level is not available in a particular office, an officer from another office may be so appointed.  To prevent the possibility of any undue pressure or influence  from senior levels, such Complaints Committees should involve a third party, either an NGO or some other body which is familiar with the issue of sexual harassment.

 

What is Sexual Harassment

  1. ‘Sexual Harassment’ includes any one or more of the following acts or behavior [ whether directly or by implication], namely:
  • Physical contact and advances;

(ii) a demand or request for sexual favours;

(iii)             sexually coloured remarks;

(iv)             showing any pornography;  or

(v) any other unwelcome physical, verbal or non-verbal con­duct of a sexual nature.

 

  1. The following circumstances, among other circumstances in relation to or connected with any act or behavior of sexual harassment may amount to sexual harassment:

 

  • Implied or explicit promise of preferential treatment in employment; or

(ii) Implied or explicit threat of detrimental treatment in employment; or

(iii)             Implied or explicit threat about her present or future employment status; or

(iv)             interference with her work or creating an intimidating or offensive or hostile work environment for her; or

(v) humiliating treatment likely to affect her health or safety.

 

 

 

Workplace defined:

  1. As per Section 2[o] of the Act, the following places are included within the ambit of the expression ‘workplace’:

[i]      any department, organization, undertaking, establishment, enterprise, institution, office, etc. – established, owned, controlled or wholly or substantially financed by funds provided directly or indirectly by the Central Giovernment;

[ii]    hospitals or nursing homes;

[iii]   any sports institute, stadium, etc., used for training, sports or other activities relating thereto;

[iv]  any place visited by the employee arising out of or during the course of employment – including transportation provided by the employer for undertaking such journey;

[v]    a dwelling place or a house.

 

Initial relief

  1. The Committee will also have the power to recommend:

[a]   to transfer the aggrieved woman or the charged officer to any other workplace; or

[b]   to grant leave to the aggrieved woman upto a period of three months. [The leave will not be deducted from her leave account.]

 

Complaints Committee to be Inquiring Authority

  1. As per proviso the Rule 9[2] of RS[D&A] Rules, 1968, in case of complaints of sexual harassment, the Committee set up  for inquiring into such complaints shall be deemed to be the inquiring authority appointed by the disciplinary authority for the purpose of these rules.   Complaints Committee, unless a separate procedure has been prescribed,  shall hold the inquiry as far as practicable in accordance with the procedure laid down in the Rule 9.

 

Need for investigation:

  1. The Complaints Committees may act on complaints of sexual harassment when they receive them directly or through administrative authorities etc, or when they take cognizance of the same suo-motu. As per Section 9(1) of the Act, the aggrieved woman or complainant is required to make a complaint within three months of the incident and in case there has been a  series of incidents, three months of the last incident. The Complaints Committee may however extend the time limit for reasons to be recorded in writing, if it is satisfied that the circumstances were such which prevented the complainant from filing a complaint within the stipulated period.

 

  1. As mentioned above, the complaints of sexual harassment are required to be handled by Complaints Committee. On receipt of a complaint, facts of the allegation are required to be verified. This is called preliminary enquiry/fact finding enquiry or investigation. The Complaints Committee conducts the investigation. They may then try to ascertain the truth of the allegations by collecting the documentary evidence as well as recording statements of any possible witnesses including the complainant. If it becomes necessary to issue a Charge Sheet, disciplinary authority relies on the investigation for drafting the imputations, as well as for evidence by which the charges are to be proved. Therefore this is a very important part of the investigation.

 

Dual Role

 

  1. In the light of the Proviso to the Rule 9(2) mentioned above, the Complaints Committee would normally be involved at two stages. The first stage is investigation already discussed in the preceding para. The second stage is when they act as Inquiring Authority. It is necessary that the two roles are clearly understood and the inquiry is conducted as far as practicable as per Rule 9 of RS (D&A) Rules, 1968. Failure to observe the procedure may result in the inquiry getting vitiated.

 

  1. As the Complaints Committees also act as Inquiring Authority in terms of Rule 9 (2) mentioned above, care has to be taken at the investigation stage that impartiality is maintained. Any failure on this account may invite allegations of bias when conducting the inquiry and may result in the inquiry getting vitiated. When allegations of bias are received against an Inquiring Authority, such Inquiring Authority is required to stay the inquiry till the Disciplinary Authority takes a decision on the allegations of bias. Further, if allegations of bias are established against one member of the Committee on this basis, that Committee may not be allowed to conduct the inquiry.

 

  1. In view of the above, the Complaints Committee when investigating the allegations should make recommendations on whether there is a prima facie substance in the allegations which calls for conducting a formal inquiry. They should avoid making any judgmental recommendations or expressing views which may be construed to have prejudiced their views while conducting such inquiry.

 

 

Decision to issue Charge sheet, and conducting Inquiry.

 

  1. On receipt of the Investigation Report, the Disciplinary Authority should examine the report with a view to see as to whether a formal Charge Sheet needs to be issued to the Charged Officer. As per Rule 9(6), Charge Sheet is to be drawn by or on behalf of the Disciplinary Authority. In case the Disciplinary Authority decides on that course, the Charged Officer should be given an opportunity of replying to the Charge Sheet. As per Rule 9(9), a decision on conducting the inquiry has to be taken after consideration of the reply of the charged officer.

 

  1. If the Charged Officer admits the charges clearly and unconditionally, there will be no need for a formal inquiry against him and further action may be taken as per Rule 10 of the RS(D&A) Rules.

 

The Inquiry –stages

 

  1. In case the Charged Officer denies the charges and his reply is not convincing, the Charge Sheet along with his reply may be sent to the Complaints Committee for formal inquiry, and documents mentioned in Rule 9(10) will be forwarded to the Complaints Committee. As per Section 11(3) of the Act, for the purpose of making an inquiry, the Complaints Committee shall have the same powers as are vested in a civil court under the Code of Civil Procedure, 1908 when trying a suit in respect of the following matters, namely:-

 

[a]   summoning and enforcing the attendance of any person and examining him on oath

[b]   requiring the discovery and production of documents; and

[c]   any other matter which may be prescribed.

 

The Section 11(4) of the Act requires that the inquiry shall be completed within a period of  ninety days.

 

  1. The Disciplinary Authority shall also in terms of Rule 9(9)(c) appoint a railway or any other Government servant as a Presenting Officer to present evidence on behalf of prosecution before the Complaints Committee/Inquiring Authority. The listed documents are to be sent to the Presenting Officer. The Complaints Committee would, thereafter, summon the Presenting Officer and the Charged Officer. The inquiry would be held in respect of those charges which have not been admitted by the Charged Officer. The Charged Officer is also entitled to engage a Defence Assistant. The provisions relating to Defence Assistant are given in Rule 9(13).

 

  1. The Inquiring Authority is, thereafter, required to ask the Presenting Officer to have the prosecution documents, listed in the Charge Sheet inspected by the Charged Officer. Copies of such documents, if not given to the Charged Officer, would be handed over to him. The Charged Officer would, therefore, be required to submit a list of documents and witnesses which he wants to produce in support of his defense. The Inquiring Authority would consider allowing such documents or witnesses on the basis of their relevance. Normally, any document or witness which reasonably appears to be relevant and helpful in defense may be allowed. Once the documents have been allowed, the Inquiring Authority would send a requisition for these documents to the custodian of such documents.

 

  1. When the regular hearing commences, the Inquiring Authority would ask the Presenting Officer to produce the documentary evidence. Such documents as are disputed by the Charged Officer have to be proved by the witnesses before they are taken on record. The undisputed documents would be taken on record and marked as exhibits.

 

Examination of Witnesses

  1. Summons would, thereafter, be sent to the witnesses listed in the Charge Sheet. The Presenting Officer may choose to produce them in any order he finds appropriate. These witnesses would be examined in the inquiry in the following manner. The examination in chief would be done by the Presenting Officer where the Presenting Officer may ask questions of the witness to ascertain the facts. The witness would, thereafter, be cross -examined by the Defense. After the cross- examination, the Presenting Officer would be given an opportunity to re-examine the witness. In the examination in chief, leading questions are not allowed. These are however allowed in the cross examination.

 

  1. The procedure of Inquiry requires opportunity to the Charged Officer to cross-examine all the witnesses that appear on behalf of the Prosecution. Failure to do so may be construed as a denial of reasonable opportunity to the charged officer, resulting in vitiation of the Inquiry. If the complainant appears as a witness, she would also be examined and cross-examined. The Inquiry Officer may however disallow any questions which are offensive, indecent or annoying to the witnesses, including the complainant.

 

  1. If Inquiring Authority wishes to ascertain some facts for clarity, he may pose questions to the witnesses. This should however, be done in such a manner as to not show any bias for or against the Charged Officer. This has to be done in the presence of the  Presenting Officer and the Charged Officer/Defence Assistant. No inquiry should be conducted behind the back of the charged officer. The witnesses will be examined one by one, and the other witness who are either yet to be examined, or have been examined are not allowed to be present during the examination of a witness.

 

Daily Order Sheet.

 

  1. The Inquiring Authority would also maintain a document called Daily Order Sheet in which all the main events of the inquiry and including requests/ representations by the Charged Officer or the Presenting Officer, and decisions thereon would be recorded. For example (i) if the Charged Officer refuses to cross-examine the witnesses, this should be recorded in the Daily Order Sheet (ii) the Daily Order Sheet should record that the Charged Officer had been advised that he has the right to engage a Defense Assistant (iii) it should also be clearly mentioned that the Charged Officer was also informed as to who are eligible to assist him as Defense Assistant. (iv) the Daily Order Sheet should also record in case request of the Charged Officer for engaging a particular person as Defense Assistant is disallowed in the light of the existing instructions. Daily Order Sheet should be signed by the Inquiring Authority, Presenting Officer and the Charged Officer/Defense Assistant.

 

Defence Evidence

  1. After the prosecution evidence is over, the Charged Officer is required to submit his statement of defense. In this statement, the Charged Officer is required to briefly indicate his line of defense. After this, the Defense evidence will be taken. The evidence will be produced in the same order as the prosecution evidence. First, the documents allowed by the Inquiry Authority would be taken on record and then the witnesses called and their examination, cross-examination and re-examination done. The only difference here would be that the Examination in Chief would be done by defense while the cross-examination would be done by the prosecution. The defense would then have the opportunity of re-examining the witness.

 

General Examination of the Charged Officer

  1. After the Defense evidence is over, the Inquiring Authority shall ask the Charged Officer as to whether he wishes to appear as his own witness. In case he does so, he will be examined like any other defense witness. In case however, he declines to do so, the Inquiring Authority is required to generally question him. At this stage due care is required to be exercised that as per Rule 9(21) the purpose of this stage is to apprise Charged Officer of the circumstances which appear to be against him. This is to enable the Charged Officer to explain them to the Inquiring Authority. Presenting Officer and the Defence Assistant do not take any part in the General Examination. Charged Officer may not be compelled to answer questions during examination by the Inquiring Authority.

 

Brief

  1. After this, the Presenting Officer would be asked to submit his brief. A copy of this brief would be given to the Charged Officer. Both the Presenting Officer and the Charged Officer may be allowed reasonable time for submission of their brief.

 

25.

The Inquiring Authority then writes the Inquiry Report in which the evidence in support of the charges and against them will be examined. The Report should be a speaking one clearly bringing out as to the evidence on the basis of which any particular conclusion has been reached. Based on this analysis, the Inquiring Authority will give its findings on the Articles as proved or not proved. In case any Article of charge is proved only partially, then the Inquiring Authority should record the extent to which that Article has been proved.

 

 

 

Powers of the Committee to make recommendations

 

  1. Normally, the Inquiry Officer is not allowed to make any recommendations in his report. Here the function of the Complaints Committee acting as the Inquiring Authority differs. The Complaints Committee may, however, make recommendations including what has been mentioned in para 5 above;
  • (c) to grant such other relief to the aggrieved woman as may be prescribed; or
  • (d) to deduct from the salary or wages of the charged officer such sum as it may consider appropriate to be

paid to the aggrieved woman or to her legal heirs.

  • Any amount outstanding at the time of cessation of the services of the charged officer due to retirement, death or otherwise may be recovered from the terminal benefits payable to the officer or his heirs.
  • Such compensation will not amount to penalty under Rule 6 of RS(D&A) Rules, 1968 in terms of the explanation (x) to Rule 6 inserted vide notification no. E(D&A) 2015 RG6-2 dated 08.09.2015 .
  • Committee may recommend action to be taken against complainant, if the allegation is malicious, or the complainant knows it to be false, or has produced any forged or misleading document.
  • The Committee may also recommend action against any witness if such witness has given false evidence or produced any forged or misleading document.

 

  1. The Complaints Committee should also remember that as per the Section 16 of the Act, notwithstanding the RTI Act, 2005, information as regards identity and addresses of the aggrieved woman, respondent and witnesses, Inquiry proceedings, Recommendations of the Committee, shall not be published or communicated or made known to public, press or media in any manner. Provided that information may be disseminated regarding the justice secured to any victim of sexual harassment under Act without disclosing the name, address, identity or any other particulars calculated to lead to the identification of the aggrieved woman and witnesses.

 

  1. With the above stage, the inquiry would be formally over. The Inquiring Authority should prepare separate folders containing the documents mentioned in Rule 9 (25) (ii).

 

Suspension

  1. A Railway servant may also be placed under suspension before or after issue of a Charge Sheet where his continuance in office will prejudice the investigation, for example, if there is an apprehension that he may tamper with witnesses or documents. Suspension may also be resorted to where continuance of the Railway servant in office will be against wider public interest such as there is a public scandal and it is necessary to place the Railway servant under suspension to demonstrate the policy of the Government to deal strictly with officers involved in such scandals. It may be desirable to resort to suspension in case of misdemeanor involving acts of moral turpitude.

 

Special provisions to deal with threats or intimidation

 

Disciplinary Authority may also dispense with inquiry under Rule 14(ii), and action may be taken without the inquiry when the Disciplinary Authority concludes that it is not reasonably practicable to hold such an inquiry. The circumstances leading to such a conclusion may exist either before the inquiry is commenced or may develop in the course of be inquiry. Such situation would be deemed to have arisen:

 

  • Where the Railway servant, through or together with his associates terrorizes, threatens or intimidates witnesses who are likely to give evidence against him with fear of reprisal in order to prevent them from doing so; or

 

  • Where the Railway servant himself or with or though others threatens, intimidates and terrorizes the Disciplinary Authority, Members of the Committee, the Presenting officer or members of their family.

 

Disciplinary Authority is not expected to dispense with the inquiry lightly, arbitrarily or with ulterior motive or merely because the case against the Railway servant is weak.

 

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RBE No.120/2015

 

Board’s letter No. E[MPP]/2009/6/14 dated 06.10.2015   [RBE No.120/2015]

          

Sub: System improvement regarding selection of Apprentices for training

                    under the Apprentices Act, 1961.

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Apprenticeship training programme in the industry was made statutory with the enactment of the Apprentices Act, 1961.  The Apprentices Act, 1961 has the following objectives:-

 

  • To regulate the programme of training of apprentices in the industry so as to conform to the prescribed syllabi, period of training etc. prescribed by the Central Apprenticeship Council; and
  • To utilize fully the facilities available in the industry for imparting practical training with a view to meeting the requirement of skilled workers in the industries.

 

As per the Act, it is not obligatory on the part of the Railways to offer any employment to the Apprentices on completion of their Apprenticeship training.  Accordingly, the Act Apprentices imparted training in Railway establishments, will have no claim to seek employment on Railways on the basis of such training.

 

  1. Guidelines such as the number of apprentices to be engaged, schedule of engagement, age etc. have been elaborated in the Master Circular issued vide Board’s letter No.E(MPP)/2001/6/7 dt. 22.07.2002 and as amended from time to time.

 

  1. On review of the entire system including procedure for engagement for imparting training, certain inconsistencies have been noticed, which has also drawn the attention of the Vigilance Directorate. In view of the above and as a system improvement measure, guidelines as detailed hereunder at Para 4 (A to G) are being issued, for guidance.  Zonal Railway administration may keep these in view while deciding the procedure on their jurisdiction.

 

  1. (A) Selection of Units:

 

  • The provisions of the Apprentices Act.1961 apply on the Railways to various units like Workshops, Production Units, Loco Sheds, Carriage and Wagon Depots and Electrification projects and the number of apprentices to be engaged for training are decided through joint survey with RDAT and keeping in view the provisions of the Act.

 

  • Instructions detailing the names of the Railway Establishments and the actual number of training slots (as decided through a joint survey with RDAT officials) have been issued vide RBE No.85/2012 dt. 30.07.2012 and subsequently, on the basis of the joint survey reports, the slots of various railway establishments have been revised vide Board’s Lr. No. E(MPP)97/6/7/Vol.IV dt. 15.02.2013, 07.06.2013, 01.08.2013, 30.10.2013 and 17.07.2014.

 

  • The general philosophy would be decentralized notification by the Unit concerned, where Act Apprentices are to be engaged for training. However, General Managers of the Zonal Railways, Production Units and RE may decide if it  is necessary to club various units for the purpose of selection of apprentices for training, and if so, the specific units to be clubbed for this purpose.  Where certain Units are clubbed, General Managers would also decide the nodal unit, which would issue notification on behalf of all clubbed units.

 

  • Wherever, General Managers decide on centralized notification as opposed to decentralized notification suggested herein, guidelines for such Zonal Railways/PUs shall be as under:
  • A Centralized Notification for all the Units in the Railway may be issued. A JA/SG Grade officer of Personnel Department may be nominated by the CPO of the Railway to coordinate and monitor the work of issuing this notification.  Indents from each Unit for the vacant slots to be notified trade wise/category wise will reach the nominated Dy.CPO in HQrs at least one month in advance to facilitate timely issue of notification. The Notification should clearly mention that last date of application, probable date of display of list of selected candidates and tentative date of commencement of training.  Railways can call the applications online also.  In case applications are called online, the procedure detailed below in Para B(v) and (vi) be followed.

 

  • The notification should be sent to the CPRO of the Railway 10 days in advance for publishing in the local dailies of the region where the respective Railway training establishment is located. All the selection procedures mentioned below for decentralized notification, will also hold good, for centralized notification as well, with necessary modification for centralized notification.

 

(B)Selection Procedure for Decentralized Notification:

As per the guidelines below for selecting Act Apprentices for training, notification is to be issued by each of the concerned Unit individually where Act Apprentices are to be engaged for training and all the procedures for selecting Act. Apprentices for training will continue to be handled by the units concerned in a decentralized manner.

 

  • A JA/SG Grade officer of Personnel Department may be nominated by the CPO of the Railway to monitor the issuing of notifications and to ensure that all Units where Act Apprentices are to be engaged for training, issue their notifications timely.  All individual notifications trade wise/category wise of individual  units will be vetted by this nominated officer.  A report giving compliance of issue of full notification by all the concerned Units in the Zonal Railway, Production Units, RE where Act Apprentices are to be engaged for training, should be put up to General Manager for his information.

 

  • The notification should clearly mention the last date of application, probable date of display of list of selected candidates and tentative date of commencement of training.

 

  • The notification should be published in the local daily where the concerned Unit is located, where Act Apprentices are to be engaged for training.  In addition, copy of the notification should be sent to local employment exchanges, SC/ST Associations of the Railway, controlling Board’s office of ITI’s and the recognized Railway Trade Unions for giving wide publicity and also for information to the prospective candidates.  The applications from wards of Railway employees may be forwarded by the authorities prescribed by the Railway Administration.

 

  • Receipt of applications will be done at one centralized place in each of the Units, where the Apprentices are to be engaged for being imparted training. Addresses of these Units in full along with pin code should be mentioned in the notification.  A postal order/Demand Draft of Rs.100/- as processing fee which is not refundable is to be enclosed with the application form.  No fee is required to be paid by SC/ST/PH/Women candidates.

 

  • Individual Units can call the applications on line also. In case applications are called online, processing fee of Rs.100/- has to be paid online by the applicant using internet banking or debit/credit cards or can be paid through challan in any branch of SBI or computerized post office pay-in-slip .  Applicable service charges will also have to be borne by the applicants.

 

  • If the payment of the fee is made through a challan at SBI branch of computerized Post Office pay-in-slip (Service Charges apply), the receipt of the same should be preserved by the candidates. The same would be called for verification at the time of Document Verification.  Application not accompanied with processing fee, wherever required, will be summarily rejected.

 

  • Applications will either be received in sealed drop boxes kept at a suitable centralized location in the Unit concerned or by registered post or online as the case may be. The period for receiving applications will not be more than one month from the date of notification and should not be extended by the Railway/PU/Unit concerned.

 

  • After all the applications are received and collated at one place, they shall be opened in presence of a three member Assistant Scale Officer Selection committee, one of whom should be a Personnel Officer. The committee will be nominated by the Head of the Workshop/Division/PU. One member of the Selection Committee should belong to Scheduled Caste or Scheduled Tribe.

 

  • All applications received in the box shall be opened, serially numbered, stamped and the list should be signed by all the Committee members on all pages of the list.

 

  • Applications received by registered post will also be placed before this Committee to be duly opened, serially numbered, stamped and the list signed by all the committee members, where the Railway or the training unit decides to receive applications on on-line basis also, the above procedure in part or in full can be dispensed basing upon the need.  However Railway would be required to devise suitable guidelines, for receipt of applications, online, with the approval of General Manager.

 

  • Scrutiny of applications will be done by the said committee along with assisting staff nominated for the same.

 

  • Zonal Railways/Production Unit have the option to prescribe one of the two educational qualifications listed below for candidates applying against the notification for the purpose of selection of Act Apprentices for training. However, once the Railway/Unit decides on one of the options regarding educational qualification the same shall be applied uniformly for all applicants applying against the particular notification.  In other words both the options regarding minimum educational qualification shall not be permitted in a Railway or Production Unit.  Option number one would be to consider the candidature of the candidates on the basis of matriculation {with minimum 50% (aggregate) marks}.  Option number Two would be to consider the candidature of the candidates by taking average of matriculation (with minimum 50% (aggregate marks) plus ITI marks.  It is reiterated that Railways, PUs may decide one of the two options listed above before notification is issued and the same would stand uniformly adopted in their Railway/Production Units for selection of Act Apprentices against this notification.

 

  • The selection of Act Apprentices by the Unit is to be made on the basis of merit list prepared in respect of all the candidates who apply against the notification. The merit list is to be made on the basis of marks obtained by the candidates either in matriculation alone or in matriculation and ITI combined, as the case may be, as decided by the Zonal Railway/PU.  Therefore, on a given Railway, merit list may be prepared either on the basis of %age of marks in matriculation { with minimum 50% (aggregate) marks} or merit list would be prepared taking the average of the %age marks obtained by the candidates in both matriculation {with minimum 50% (aggregate) marks}  and ITI examination giving equal weightage to both.  In case of two candidates having the same marks, the candidate having older age shall be preferred.  In case the dates of birth are also same, then the candidate who passed matriculation exam earlier shall be considered first.

 

  • A merit list will be prepared by the Committee who will then place the result before the Head of Workshop/Unit/Division for approval. The result should be declared within 15 days of the closure of receipt of application.  Call letters for scrutiny of documents will be issued to 1.5 times the identified slots.  Railways or Units can prepare computerized merit list also.

 

  • The panel of selected candidates shall be published and exhibited on the Notice Boards outside the Unit where training is to be imparted under this scheme, other Railway Offices situated in the area of selection, the concerned Workshops/Division, Zonal Railway HQ/PU and individual advise should also be issued to the selected candidates.  The Railways could also display online, the list of selected candidates, on their Zonal Railway official website.

 

  • Certificate/Document verification/scrutiny is to be completed within one month of declaration of result.

 

  • In the event of any slot not being filled up due to non-turning up of selected candidates in the first list or a candidate being declared medically unfit etc., the vacant slot shall be filled from the merit list strictly in the order of merit. Due process should be followed before cancelling the candidature of non-turned up candidates.  Waiting list stands cancelled after one month from the date of commencement of training.

 

(C)    If it is noticed by the Railway Administration that an applicant  has furnished wrong information/fake certificates, the Railway Administration reserves the right to discharge the candidate/selected candidate at any stage without notice even after his selection to undergo training.

 

(D)     Reservation while selecting Act Apprentices for training:

Reservation and age relaxation for various categories/communities shall be as per the Government of India Rules for the purpose and as revised by the Railway Board from time to time.

 

(E)     Qualification:

 

The candidate should have already passed the prescribed qualification on the date of issue of notification.

 

(F)     Physical Fitness:

 

A person shall be eligible for being trained under the Apprentices Act, 1961 and Apprenticeship Rules-1992 as amended from time to time, if he or she satisfies the minimum standards of Physical fitness as prescribed in the aforesaid Act and Rules and the standards prescribed for imparting training to the relevant trades which will be certified by a Railway Doctor.

 

 

 

 

(G)    Age of Engagement of Act Apprentices for training on Railway:

 

Candidates should have completed 15 years of age and should not have completed 24 years as on the cut-off date for receiving application.  Age relaxation for carious categories/Communities shall be applicable as per rules as amended from time to time.

 

It is desired that the selection of candidate for training purpose under the Apprentices Act 1961 as brought out in the aforesaid paras should invariably be followed in the Railways/PUs for batches notified after the issue of this letter.

 

 

 

 

RBV No. 06/2015

 

Board’s letter No. 2012/V-1/DAR/6/2 dated 7.10.2015  RBV No. 06/2015

          

Sub: Enhancement of the rates of honorarium for Inquiry officers in the conduct of Deprtmental Inquiries, arising out of Vigilance investigations against Railway servants. 

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In partial modification to Board’s letter No. 2009/V-1/DAR/6/1 dated 22.9.2011, the revised rates of honorarium to Inquiry Officers for conducting departmental inquiries arising out of vigilance investigations against Railway servants will be as per Annexure-I, subject to the terms and conditions given in Annexure-II.  The rates of honorarium for Presenting officers, Stenographers and other emoluments, i.e. local transport charges, shall continue to be governed by Board’s letter No. 2009/V-1/DAR/6/1 dated 22.09.2011 [RBV No. 12/2011].

 

This issues with the concurrence of Finance Directorate in the Ministry of Railways.  The revised rates will be applicable to those cases in which the Inquriy Officer[s] has/have been appointed after issue of this letter.

 

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ANNEXURE-I TO BOARD’S LETTER NO.2012/V-1/DAR/6/2 DATED 07/10/2015

 

 

HONORARIUM FOR RETIRED AND SERVING INQUIRY OFFICERS

ENGAGED IN CONDUCTING DEPARTMENTAL INQUIRIES ARISING OUT OF VIGILANCE INVESTIGATIONS AGAINST RAILWAY SERVANTS

 

CATEGORY

 

Time taken to complete inquiry
      0-180 days 181-365 days 366 days & beyond
RETIRED IO- RETIRED IN SG & ABOVE 60,000 30,000 15,000
RETIRED IO- RETIRED IN JAG & BELOW, UPTO THE RANK OF GROUP ‘B’ GAZETTED 30,000 15,000 7,500
SERVING IO- IN SG & ABOVE 21,100 12,500 6000
SERVING IO- IN JAG & BELOW, UPTO SENIOR SUPERVISORY LEVEL 12,500 6000 3000

 

  1. It has been assumed that 15 days will be required to start the Inquiry period, and accordingly, time taken will begin to be calculated from the 16th day after the date of issue of the Appointment Order. The date of receipt of report will be taken as the date of completion of inquiry, for the purpose of calculating the honorarium provided the inquiry report is complete in all respects.

 

  1. In case the inquiry cannot be conducted on account of a court order, the period from the date of imposition of court order to the date of vacation of the said order shall not be considered for the purposes of calculating the calendar days taken to complete the inquiry.

 

3 .        Besides the above, an amount of Rs.100/- (Rs. Hundred only) will be permitted as contingency expenditure, to meet the courtesy requirement of serving Tea/Biscuits etc.  for each sitting of the Inquiry. This expenditure will be incurred by the Presenting Officer, duly certified by the Inquiry Officer and will be reimbursed to the Presenting Officer by the Railway administration. In case  expenditure is incurred by the Inquiry Officer, the amount should be reimbursed to him directly.

 

4 .        Postage/stationary charges will be borne by the concerned Railway Administration.

 

5 .        In case of Retired Inquiry Officers, the departmental inquiries are to be conducted at the Headquarters of the Zonal Railways etc., and the duties and responsibilities entrusted to the inquiry officers would not involve any travel in normal circumstances. However, in cases where the travel becomes inescapable, and so approved by the Competent Authority, the rate of TA/DA will be the same as applicable to the serving Railway Officers of equivalent rank.

 

6 .        In case of Retired Inquiry Officers, where the duties and responsibilities involve a travel for conduct of departmental inquiry under the D&AR Rules, the Competent Authority may grant travel authority in the form of Special Duty Pass for self, spouse and attendant as per Railway Board’s letter No.E(W)2000/PS 5-1/24 dated 30.01.2012 (i.e., RBE No.12/2012)

 

7 .        Expenses made by the Inquiry Officer towards fax and telephone call charges shall be reimbursed to him on actuals, on certification by Inquiry Officer, subject to a maximum of Rs.250/- (Rs. Two Hundred Fifty only) per inquiry report.

 

8 .        This honorarium is not applicable to Investigating Officers/Investigating Inspectors posted in the Enquiry cell of Zonal Railways/Production Units.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ANNEXURE-II TO BOARD’S LETTER NO.2012/V-1/DAR/6/2 DATED 07/10/2015

 

TERMS AND CONDITIONS FOR APPOINTMENT OF INQUIRY OFFICERS  TO CONDUCT DEPARTMENTAL INQUIRY, UNDER RAILWAY SERVANTS (DISCIPLINE & APPEAL) RULES, 1968, IN CASES ARISING OUT OF VIGILANCE INVESTIGATIONS AGAINST RAILWAY SERVANTS.

 

A: SPECIFIC TERMS AND CONDITIONS FOR RETIRED INQUIRY OFFICERS:

 

A1. The Inquiry Officer should not be more than 70 years of age on the first day of July of the year of his empanelment.

 

A2. The panel will be reviewed every year. The R.I.O. will be depanelled on attaining the age of 70 years. However, he will be allowed to complete the ongoing Departmental Inquiries already entrusted to him, even if he has crossed the age of 70 years.

 

A3. The Inquiry Officer shall not engage himself/herself in any other professional work or service, which is likely to interfere with the performance of his/her duties as Inquiry Officer. He/She should be in sound health, physically and mentally.

 

A4. Inquiry proceedings will be conducted only in the office premises of the concerned railway so allotted to the Inquiry Officers. A room with furniture and lockable almirahs, will be allotted to the Retired Inquiry Officer in the concerned office on the days of Inquiry.

 

A5. Where the duties and responsibilities involve travel for conduct of  departmental inquiry under the D&AR Rules, the Competent Authority may grant travel authority in the form of Special Duty Passes in the same class to which serving  officers of equivalent rank are entitled, while on duty and one attendant in sleeper/second class from the place of the residence to the Zonal Railway headquarters, where the departmental inquiry is conducted or to the place near the residence of retired charged officer, where inquiry is conducted owing to ill health of the charged officer and in the case of training from the place of their residence to the place where the training programmes are conducted or for any other official purpose in this connection

 

  1. GENERAL TERMS AND CONDITIONS FOR SERVING / RETIRED INQUIRY OFFICERS:

 

B1. The Inquiry Officer shall maintain strict secrecy in relation to the documents he receives or information/data collected by him/her in connection with the Inquiry and utilise the same only for the purpose of  Inquiry in the case entrusted to him/her. No such documents/information or data are to be divulged to any one during the Inquiry or after presentation of the Inquiry Report. The Inquiry Officers entrusted with the Inquiries will be required to furnish an undertaking to maintain strict secrecy and confidentiality of all records/documents/proceedings, etc.  All the records, reports, etc. available with the Inquiry Officer shall be duly returned to the authority which appointed him as such, at the time of presentation of the report.

 

B2. The IO will be entrusted with inquiries, on case to case basis, by the Disciplinary Authority.

 

B3. The Inquiry Officer will be eligible for the amount of honorarium specified in Annexure I only in case of those inquiry reports that are complete in all respects.

(i)It has been assumed that 15 days  will be required to start the Inquiry and accordingly, the time taken to complete the inquiry will be deemed to have started on the 16th day after issue of appointment order.

 

(ii) The date of receipt of report with due acknowledgement will be taken as deemed date of completion of inquiry for the purpose of calculating the number of days taken to complete the inquiry provided that the inquiry report is complete in all respects. The completeness of the inquiry report is to be checked by the Personnel Branch/ Branch dealing with the concerned D&AR case.

 

 

 

(iii) Instances have come to notice that in some cases, the Disciplinary Authority may require the Inquiry Officer to carry out further re-inquiry or fresh inquiry on some charges. For this, while submitting the Inquiry Report to the Disciplinary Authority, an undertaking may be given to the DA by the Inquiry Officer that he shall carry out the subsequent directions of the DA to carry out further inquiry, if any , in terms of Rule 10 of the RS(D&A) Rules, 1968.

 

(iv) In case the Inquiry cannot be conducted on account of a court order, the period from the date of imposition of court order to the date of vacation of the said order shall not be considered for the purposes of calculating the calendar days taken to complete the  inquiry.

 

B4. An Inquiry Officer when entrusted with a composite case comprising both gazetted and non-gazetted officials, will be required to conduct inquiry against all gazetted and the non-gazetted officials. However, honorarium payable for inquiry against each charged official (whether gazetted or non- gazetted) shall be the same as mentioned in Annexure-I of letter No. 2012/V-1/DAR/6/2 dated 07.10.2015.

 

B5. Payment of honorarium to Inquiry Officers shall be made by the Zonal Railways in accordance with Board’s letter No. 2012/V-1/DAR/6/1 dated 11.12.2012.

 

B6. The services of the Inquiry Officer may be terminated at any time by his appointing Authority, without any notice and without assigning any reason.

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Board’s letter No. E[O]III-2007/PL/03 dated 31.10.2007 

          

Sub: Expenditure on treatment abroad while on Ex-India leave – clarification regarding.

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Instructions have been issued vide Board’s letter of even number dated 19.06.2007 detailing the overseas medical insurance required to be purchased as also the declaration required to be submitted by the officers/employees prior to sanction of ex-India leave.

 

  1. Clarifications have been sougt by some of the Railways on the stipulations contained in para 2.1 and 2.2 of the above instructions whether overseas medical insurance to the tune of US$ 50,000/- should be insisted upon as stipulated in para 2.1 or a declaration to purchase adequate insurance coverage for the medical emergency while on ex-Idia leave as contained in para 2.2 will be sufficient. A clarification has also been sought whether purchase of the medical insurance cover is necessary for ex-India leave of short duration i.e. for a few days only.

 

  1. The matter has been considered by the Board and it has been decided that the stipulation regarding purchase of overseas medical insurance to the tune of medical cover of at least US $ 50,000/- contained in para 2.1 of letter dated 19.06.2007 may be dispensed with and only the declaration as contained in para 2.2 thereof should be obtained from the employees of their intent to purchase adequate medical insurance cover keeping in view the cost of treatment in the country they intend to visit, while applying for ex-India leave.

 

  1. As regards the duration of leave for which the insurance cover is required to be purchased, since medical emergency can arise even during ex-India leave of short duration, the declaration as mentioned above may be obtained from all employees proceeding on ex-India leave irrespective of the duration of the leave applied for.

 

  1. The other instructions contained in Board’s letter dated 19.06.2007 referred to in para 2.2 [a] hold good.

 

 

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Board’s letter No. E[NG]I-2011/PM1/4 dated 23.09.2015  addressed to N W R & copied to All Indian Railways   

      

Sub: Selection of OS and Personnel Inspector – adoption of negative marking in North Western Railway.

 

Ref:  [i] NWR’s D.O. letter No. 742 E/R&T/OS-II/[LDCE] dated  07.08.2015

        [ii] Railway Board’s letter of even number dated 10.07.2014.

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On a complaint received North Western Railway  Vigilance through  Vigilance Directorate of Railway Board, the issue of adopting negative marking in selection of OS and Personnel Inspector has been examined in the light of prevalent instructions on this subject and following observation has been made:

 

[1]            In terms of Board’s letter No. E[NG]I-2005/PM1/20 dated 25.08.2005, concept of negative marking is guided as per the policy of RRBs, albeit the task of LDCE for OS and PI has since been shifted to Railways.

 

[2]            In view of this, the action of NWR in adopting negative marking in selection is in order.

 

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RBE No.123/2015

 

Board’s letter No. E[P&A]II-2012/F.E.2/4 dated 12.10.2015  [RBE No.123/2015]

          

Sub: Admissibility of House Rent Allowance in the event of non-acceptance or surrender of railway residential accommodation. 

 

Ref: PNM-NFIR Item No. 40/2012.

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During a meeting held on 15.07.2015 with the Board and the NFIR on the subject mentioned above, the Federation pointed out that railway quarters which are unfit for occupation or in a dilapidated condition are being allotted by the railway administration in the Zonal Railways /Units and thereby the affected railway employees are being denied HRA.  The Federation further requested that necessary instructions may be issued in this regard.

 

  1. In view of the above, all the Zonal Railways /Units may ensure that before allotment of railway quarters to eligible railway employees, it should be ensured that such railway quarters are fit for occupation.

 

  1. This issues in consultation with the Land and Amenities Directorate of Railway Board.

 

 

 

 

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RBE No.125/2015

 

Board’s letter No. E[W]2010/FU-1/4 dated 12.10.2015   [RBE No.125/2015]

          

Sub: Amendment of provisions relating to Railway Staff Benefit Fund – Chapter 8 of the Indian Railway Establishment Code Volume I, 1985 Edition [Second Reprint Edition – 2003 ]

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In exercise of the powers conferred by the proviso to Article  309 of the Constitution, the President is pleased to direct that Rules 805 [1] and 805 [2]  of the Indian Railway Railway Establishment Code, Volume-I 1985 Edition be amended as per enclosed Advance Correction Slip No.127.

 

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

 

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Indian Railway Railway Establishment Code, Volume-I 1985 Edition

[Second Reprint Edition – 2003 ]

CHAPTER-8     RAILWAY STAFF BENEFIT FUND

Advance Correction Slip No.127

 

[1] Clause [1] of Rule 805 may be substituted by the following:

 

In addition to the credits to the Fund detailed in Rule 804, there shall be credited to the fund on the 1st April of each financial year an annual grant from the revenues of the Railway at a per capita rate of 800/- based on the sanctioned strength of non-gazetted Railway employees, permanent and temporary, as on the 31st March, posts charged to capital being excluded.  The Fund shall be credited provisionally on the 1st April each year with an amount equal to the contribution for the previous year, the necessary adjustment being made as soon as the correct amount of the contribution has been determined.  The distribution of 800/-amongst different activities will be as under:

S.No. Head/Activity Allocation

[in  ]

Scope
1 Education – Scholarship for Higher Technical/ Professional education for wards of staff in grade pay of above       2400/- and upto 4200 @ 1500/- per month 116 For railway wards of employees in grade pay of above 2400/- and upto 4200/- pursuing higher technical /professional education.
2 Scholarship for Higher Technical/ Professional education for Girl children  of staff in grade pay upto 2400/- @ 1500/- per month 110 Scholarship for pursuing technical professional diploma /degree for girl children of railway employees in grade pay upto 2400/-
3 Scholarship for Higher Technical/ Professional education for Male children  of staff in grade pay upto 2400/- @ 1500/- per month 100 Scholarship for pursuing technical professional diploma /degree for Male children of railway employees in grade pay upto 2400/-
4 Women empowerment activities including seminar, camps, training programmes and gender sensitization camps etc. 28 Giving support to crèches, arrangement for safety of women railway employees & other initiatives taken by Railways
5 Recreation other than sports 32 Recreational facilities, purchase of gym equipments, employees’ /wards’ holiday camps, study tours.
6 Recreational facilities at Institutes and Clubs etc. 36
7 Promotion of Cultural Activities 16 Organizing cultural programmes in residential colonies, Divisions and schools and purchase/maintenance of instruments etc.
8 Relief of distress, sickness, etc for staff in grade pay up to  4600/- 120 To grant higher amount of relief to employees in need such as immediate financial assistance to railway employees in accidents and for employees who are long sick and hospitalized for a long period and are on leave without pay: no leave (LAP or LHAP) is in his credit. Funeral charges for death of Railway employees be given at 10,000/- in each case.
9 Sports activities 30 Encouraging sports by giving latest sports equipments and imparting training at schools, institutes and clubs.
10 Scouts & Guides activities 22 Augmentation of training facility all over railways
11 Indigenous system of medicine including Homoeopathy 36
12 Immediate relief in times of crisis arising out of floods, famines, landslides, fire or any other calamity 24
13 Developing occupational skills of physically/mentally challenged railway employees and their wards including purchase of wheel chairs, other aides, special software etc. and organizing workshops, seminars, camps etc. 50 Assistance to employees/wards in need of special equipments etc.
14 Miscellaneous 80 Support for improvement in holiday homes, rest  houses, entertainment /information facility viz., colour TV; electrical appliances/ maintenance fund for recurring expenses on such facilities.
Total 800/-

Note:

[1] Allocation provided against Head/Activity at S.No. [1] [2] and [3] will also be utilized for financing the scheme of Cash award for wards of Railway employees for outstanding contribution in Academics & Sports as stipulated vide Annexure-1 to Board’s letter No. E[W]2014/FU-1/1 dated 01.06.2015 [RBE No.54/2015].

[2] Note 3 below Clause [2] of Rule 805 may be substituted by the following:

Based on the overall per capita contribution of 30/- for sports activities, sports allotments shall continue to be made by the Ministry of Railways in consultation with the Railway Sports Promotion Board, to the Railways/Production Units.

Allotment of 22/- for scouting activities, will also be made by the Ministry of Railways. 24/- per capita allotted for “Immediate relief in times of crisis arising out of natural calamities” will be made from the “SBF Calamity Relief Fund” at the level of the Ministry of Railways.  Therefore, allotment for            76/- will be authorised centrally by Ministry of Railways [Railway Board] from sanctioned Budget allotments.

[Authority: Board’s letter No.E[W]2014/FU-1/1 dated 30.07.2014, 08.12.2014 and 01.06.2015]

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RBE No.128 /2015

 

Board’s letter No. PC-VI/2008/I/7/2/2 dated 14.10.2015 [RBE No.128 /2015] PC VI 357

          

Sub: Grant of Dearness Relief to Railway pensioners/family pensioners-Revised rate effective from 01.07.2015.

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A copy of Office Memorandum No.42/10/2014-P&PW (G) dated 28.09.2015 of Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions (Department of Pension and Pensioners’ Welfare) on the above subject is enclosed for your information and necessary action. These orders will apply mutatis mutandis on the Railways also.

 

  1. A concordance of DOP&PW’s instructions referred to in enclosed Office Memorandum and Railway Board’s corresponding instructions are given 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 OM No.42/10/2014 P&PW[G] dt. 27.04.2015 PC-VI/2008/I/7/2/2 dated  01.05.2015
2. 2 (i) O.M.No.23/1/97-P&PW (B) dated 23.02.1998

(ii) O.M.No.23/3/2008–P&PW(B) dated 15.09.08

N.A
3. 3 (i) O.M.No.4/59/97-P&PW(D) dated 14.07.98

[ii] O.M.No.4/29/99-P&PW(D) dated 12.07.2000

(i) F(E)III/96/PN1/9     dt.18.08.98.

(ii) F(E)III/96/PN1/9   dated 02.08.2000

4 5 [i]  O.M.No.45/73/97-P&PW(G) dt.2.07.99

[ii]  OM No.  38/88/2008-P&PW[G] dated 9.7.2009

(i) F(E)III/99/PN1/21 dated 5.08.99

(ii) F(E)III/2008/PN1/13 dated 20.07.2009

 

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

 

 

 

Copy of Office Memorandum No. 42/10/2014-P&PW (G) dated 28.09.2015 of Ministry of  Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions [Department of Pension and Pensioners’ Welfare] [DOP&PW]

 

 

Sub: Grant of Dearness Relief to Central Government pensioners /family pensioners –Revised rate effective from 01.07.2015

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The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department’s O.M. No. 42/10/2014-P&PW[G] dated 27th  April, 2015 on the subject mentioned above and to state that the President is pleased to decide that the Dearness Relief (DR) payable to Central Government pensioners/family pensioners shall be enhanced from the existing rate of 113% to 119% w.e.f. 1st July, 2015.

 

  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 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, and  are in receipt of ad-hoc ex-gratia allowance of Rs.3500/- p.m. in terms of this Department’s O.M.No.23/1/97-P&PW (B) dated 23.02.1998 read with this Department’s O.M.No.23/3/2008–P&PW(B) dated 15.09.2008.

 

  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 O.M.No.4/59/97-P&PW(D) dated 14.07.98 will also be entitled to the payment of DR @ 119% w.e.f. 1.7.2015 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 fulfilment of the conditions laid down in para 5 of the O.M. dated 14.7.98.  In this connection, instructions contained in this Department’s O.M.No.4/29/99- P&PW(D) dated 12.07.2000 refers.

 

  1. 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 OM No. 45/73/97-P&PW(G) dt.2.07.99 as amended vide this Department’s OM No. F.No. 38/88/2008-P&PW[G] dated 9th July, 2009. The provisions relating to regulation of DR where a pensioner is in receipt of more than one pension will remain unchanged.

 

  1. In the case of retired Judges of the Supreme Court and High Courts, necessary orders will be issued by the Department of Justice separately.

 

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

 

  1. The offices of Accountant General and Authorised Pension Disbursing Banks are requested to arrange payment of relief to pensioners etc. on the basis of these 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 after consultation with the C&AG.

 

  1. This issues with the concurrence of Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure vide their O.M. No. 1[3]/2015-E.II[B] dated 23rd September, 2015.

 

 

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RBE No.129 /2015

 

Board’s letter No. E(NG)-II/2000/RR-1/47 dated 19.10.2015  [RBE No.129 /2015]

          

Sub: Minimum prescribed educational qualification for direct recruitment to the post of Assistant Loco Pilot (Diesel/Electric) in Pay Band-1 (Grade Pay: Rs 1900)

 

Ref: Letter of even number dated 03.8.2001 (RBE No. 152/2001) & 07.6.2004 (RBE No.120/2004) and No.E(RRB)/2002/25/10 dated 11.4.2002.

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Attention is invited to instructions contained in letters under reference prescribing minimum educational qualification for direct recruitment to the post of Assistant Loco Pilot (Diesel/Electric) on the railways in the Pay Band of Rs 5200-20200 having Grade Pay: Rs 1900 on the railways as under:-

 

Matriculation Pass plus

 

  • ITI certificate/Act Apprenticeship passed in trade (i) Fitter (ii) Electrician (iii) Instrument Mechanic (iv) Mill Wright/Maintenance Mechanic (v) Mechanic (Radio & TV) (vi) Electronics Mechanic (vii) Mechanic (Motor Vehicle) (viii) Wireman (ix) Tractor Mechanic (x) Armature & Coil Winder (xi) Mechanic (Diesel) (xii) Heat Engine (xiii) Turner (xiv) Machinist (xv) Refrigerator & AC Mechanic;

 

OR

 

  • Diploma in Mechanical/Electrical/Electronics/Automobile Engineering in lieu of ITI.

 

  1. The issue of allowing candidates with combinations of various streams of trades of Engineering prescribed as above has been under consideration of this Ministry and it has now been decided to allow such candidates to be considered for employment on the railways in terms of Board’s instructions contained in RBE No. 162/2001 dated 20.8.2001 subject to the provisions contained in Board’s letter No. E[NG]II/2005/RR-1/8 dated 28.08.2014 and 30.9.2015.

 

  1. Cases/panels yet to be finalized may also be dealt in terms of above instructions. Those finalized need not be re-opened.

 

 

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RBE No. 127/2015

 

Board’s letter No. F[E]III/2008/PN1/12 dated 13.10.2015   [RBE No. 127/2015]

          

Sub: Change in date of birth /age of family pensioners- regarding

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A copy of Department of Pension and Pensioner’s Welfare [DOP&PW]’s OM No. 1/23/2012-P&PW[E] dated 13th September, 2012 on the above subject is enclosed for information and compliance.  These instructions shall apply mutatis mutandis on the Railways also.  DOP&PW’s OMs dated 21.05.2009, 11.08.2009, 25.06.2010 and 28.09.2010, referred to in the enclosed O.M., were circulated on the Railways vide this office letters of even number dated 26.05.2009, 19.08.2009, 07.07.2010 and 11.10.2010 respectively.

 

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Copy of DOP&PW’s OM No. 1/23/2012-P&PW[E] dated 13th September, 2012

 

 

                  Sub: Change in date of birth /age of family pensioners- regarding.

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In accordance with the instructions issued vide this Department’s OM No.38/37/08-P&PW(A) dated 21.5.2009, 11.8.2009, 25.6.2010 & 28.9.2010 and OM No.1/19/11-P&PW(E) dated 3.8.2011, additional pension/family pension to old pensioners/family pensioners is allowed on the basis of the date of birth/age recorded in the Pension Payment Order (PPO) or other office records. Only in case the details regarding date of birth/age are not available in the PPO/office records, additional pension/family pension to old pensioners/family pensioners has been allowed on the basis of certain documents i.e. PAN Card, Matriculation certificate, Passport, CGHS Card, Driving Licence, Voter’s ID Card and Aadhaar Number issued by UIDAI.

 

  1. During his service and at the time of retirement, a Government servant is required to give details of his family, including date of birth of its members, in Form 3. Date of birth/age of the members of family mentioned by the Government servant in Form 3 was not mandatory to be verified by the Head of Office. It is felt that in some case, the date of birth/age of a family pensioner, as recorded in the PPO/office records might be incorrect.

 

  1. Some representations have been received in this Department regarding the hardship being caused to old family pensioners in getting the additional pension on account of incorrect recording of the date of birth/age in the PPO. They have been requesting for allowing the change of date of birth in the PPO on the basis of the documents prescribed in the various OMs mentioned in Para I above.

 

  1. The matter has been considered in this Department in consultation with the Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure and the following decisions have been made:

 

  1. Since the date of birth of the Government servant is recorded in the PPO on the basis of the service records and the date of superannuation etc. also is determined on the basis of this date of birth, there is no question of allowing change in the date of birth of the retired/deceased pensioner in the PPO.

 

  1. The request for change of date of birth/age of the family pensioner (parents and spouse) in the PPO may be submitted by a pensioner/family pensioner to the Head of the Department of the organisation where the Government servant had last served along with at least one of the documents mentioned in Para 1 above and a declaration on a non-judicial stamp paper regarding the correct date of birth of the family pensioner. The Head of the Department may allow the change in the date of birth of the family pensioner if he is satisfied that the conditions indicated in this Department’s OM No.38/37/08-P&PW (A) dated 21.5.2009 have been fulfilled and that a bona-fide mistake has been made in recording the date of birth in the PPO.

 

iii.             No other document will be accepted for allowing the change in date of birth/age of the family pensioner in the PPO.

 

  1. In order to avoid any possibility of recording an incorrect date of birth in the PPO, in future, the Government servant may be required to submit one of the documents indicated in Para 1 above as proof of date of birth of spouse or parents along with the details of family in Form 3. In the case of children, certificate of birth from the Municipal authorities or from the local panchayat or from the head of a recognised school if the child is studying in such a school or from a Board of Education may be accepted.

 

  1. As regards pensioners/family pensioners belonging to the Indian Audit and Accounts Departments, these Orders issue after consultation with the Comptroller and Auditor General of India.

 

  1. This issues with the concurrence of Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure vide their I.D. No 428/E.V/2012, dated 27/8/2012.

 

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RBE No.131/2015

 

 

Board’s letter No. 2014/E[Sports]/4[1]/1/Policy Clarifications [Part] dated 21.10.2015  [RBE No.131/2015] Clarification/Corrigendum No. 61

           

Sub: Recruitment of sportspersons against Sports Quota through Talent Scouting and Open Advertisement – Clarification regarding.

 

Ref: Railway Board’s policy letter Nos. [i] 2010/E(Sports)/4(1)/1[Policy] dated 31.12.2010 [RBE No. 189B/2010] &  [ii] 2014/E(Sports)/4 (1)/1/Policy Clarifications dated 20.01.2014 [RBE No. 11/2014].

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The matter of considering the eligibility of sportspersons for recruitment against sports quota in the games where there is a difference in distance / weight category in Senior Nationals and other recognized sports events [viz. All India Inter-University, Junior National & International],  has been considered and for the said purpose following is decided:

 

“Sportsperson having the sports achievement in any of the recognized championship / event  in the game of Athletics [Walk], Cross Country,  Wrestling (FS/GR), Cycling Track (Individual Pursuit, Point Race and Scratch Race) & Cycling Road (Individual Time Trial, Team Time Trial and Road Mass Start) and fulfilling all other conditions as per extant policy instructions, will be eligible to be considered for trial for recruitment against sports quota, irrespective of any difference in distance/ weight category. However, selection trials for recruitment against sports quota, should be done as per requirement/standard of Senior National Championships for that game & event.

 

In the game of Wrestling (FS/GR) trials shall be conducted as per weight categories of Senior National Championships. In the case of any difference in weight category of Senior Nationals and other recognized championship/event, sportsperson having performance in the weight category which is closest to the notified weight category shall be eligible for recruitment and selection trials, subject to the condition that on the day of the trial, actual body weight of said wrestler should not exceed the weight category for which recruitment is being done’’

 

  1. Accordingly, instructions contained in letter No.2014/E(Sports)/4(1)/1/Policy Clarifications dated 20.1.2014(RBE No.11/14) stand withdrawn.

 

  1. This issues with the approval of Board [MS].

 

 

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RBE No.137/2015

 

Board’s letter No. PC-III/2013/CRC/6[Pt.1] dated 31.10.2015  [RBE No.137/2015] 

        

                  Sub: Restructuring of certain Group ‘C’ cadres.

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President/AIRF has brought to the notice of Railway Board that one of the Railway has denied to extend benefit of cadre restructuring to Ambulance, Staff Car & Motor Lorry Drivers at par with Artisan Staff as these categories are not indicated in Board’s cadre restructuring  orders dated 08.10.2013 [RBE 102/2013].

 

  1. In this context, it is advised that it had already been clarified vide Board’s letter No. E[P&A]I-79/FE-4/2 dated 11.04.1980 that all the categories of Drivers of Motor Vehicles including Truck Drivers, Road Roller Drivers, EOT Crane Drivers, Fork Lift Drivers, Tractor, Jeep, Ambulance Drivers, Staff Car Drivers etc., whether working in the Workshops/ sheds or in the Administrative Establishments and who are subjected to the prescribed Trade Test for promotion, should be classified as Artisan Staff. This had further been clarified vide Board’s letter No. PC-III/93/Misc./3 dated 21.02.1994 [RBE No. 12/94] and PC-III/2005/CRC/17 dated 28.06.2005 [RBE No. 109/2005].  This position still holds good and it is clarified that Motor Vehicle /Staff Car Drivers should be classified as Artisan Staff and percentage distribution as prescribed for Artisan Staff in Annexure ‘C’ of Board’s letter No. PC-III/2013/CRC/4 dated 08.10.2013 [RBE No. 102/2013] may be made applicable to all Motor Vehicle / Staff Car Drivers provided the pre-revised percentages of the Artisan categories were applicable to these categories.

 

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

 

 

 

RBE No.139/2015

 

Board’s letter No. 2014/E[Sports]/4/[2]/3[SCL] dated 29.10.2015  [RBE No.139/2015] Clarification /Corrigendum No.62

          

Sub: Sparing of talented players under Railway’s Centre of Excellence [CoE] Scheme.

Ref: [i] Board’s letter No. [i] 2010/E[Sports/4[1]/1[Policy] dated 31/12/2010 [RBE 189B/2010] and clarifications/corrigendum issued thereto.

        [ii] E[Sports]/2000/Policy/2/AGM dated 22.04.2004

        [iii]E[W]67Spl-15 dated 04.04.1968, 25.06.1968, 05.10.1968,                 24.10.1968 and 24.07.1969

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During the 70th Annual General Meeting of the General Council of Railway Sports Promotion Board, held at Rail Bhawan on 17.10.2014, it was decided to introduce the scheme of granting 330 days Special Casual Leave [SCL] to Railway sportspersons on the lines of Centre of Excellence [CoE] Scheme of Sports Authority of India, for players having medal winning performance in current All India Railway Championships, National Championships and also for participation in those International events which are recognised for recruitment purpose on Railways.

 

  1. The question of granting 330 days SCL to Railway Sportspersons has been examined and it has been decided that 330 days SCL may be granted by Railway Sports Promotion Board to the sportspersons who satisfy the following norms in the recognised games namely, Archery, Athletics, Aquatics, Badminton, Ball Badminton, Basket Ball, Billiards & Snooker, 8 & 9 Ball Pool, Body Building, Boxing, Bridge, Chess, Cricket, Cross Country, Cycling, Football, Gymnastics, Golf, Handball, Hockey, Judo, Kabaddi, Kho Kho, Powerlifting, Shooting, Table Tennis, Tennis, Volleyball, Wrestling and Weightlifting:

 

For individual and single events:

 

[i]       Medal winner in Categories A & B as mentioned in Para-3 of Board’s letter under reference [i] dated 31.12.2010, during the current calendar year or the last 2 completed calendar years whichever championship is the latest.

OR

[ii]      Participants of recognised International Championships as mentioned in Para-3 of Board’s letter under reference [i] dated 31.12.2010, during the current calendar year or the last one completed calendar year whichever championship is the latest.

OR

 

[iii]     Medal winner in National Championships during the current calendar year or the last one completed calendar year whichever championship is the latest        .

OR

[iv]     Medal winner of the last held All India Inter Railway Championships for games other than Billiards, Snooker, 8 & 9 Ball Pool, Golf, Chess, Tennis & Judo.

 

For team, double, relay and group events:

 

[i]       Medal winner in Categories A & B as mentioned in Para-3 of Board’s letter under reference [i] dated 31.12.2010, during the current calendar year or the last 2 completed calendar years whichever championship is the latest.

OR

[ii]      Members of Indian Railway team participating in National Championships and participants of recognized International Championships as mentioned in Para 3 of Board’s letter under reference [i] dated 31.12.2010, during the current calendar year or the last one completed calendar year whichever championship is the latest.

OR

[ii]      Medal winner in National Championships during the current calendar year or the last one completed calendar year whichever championship is the latest        .

OR

[iv]     Gold Medal winner of All India Inter Railway Championships held last for games other than Billiards, Snooker, 8 & 9 Ball Pool, Bridge, Chess & Tennis.

 

  1. The eligible sportspersons will be entitled for maximum 330 days from the next day following the conclusion of event specified in para 2.0 above upto the start of next specified championships or completion of 330 days, whichever event occurs earlier. This list of SCL grantees shall be issued by RSPB only, from time to time.

 

  1. SCL is meant for sport related activity only. SCL grantee sportsperson shall have to take his own leave, of relevant type, for any event other than sport during this period.  Any other kind of leave during this period shall be granted by General Secretary of concerned Railway /PU Sports Association on the recommendation of ASO/SSO.  The same is to be advised to RSPB also for necessary record keeping of SCL.  The reporting authority before and after the coaching camp, will be Secretary/ZRSA during the duration of 330 days SCL.

 

  1. A total of 30 days SCL will be curtailed from the clubbed 120 days SCL, presently granted to players in a calendar year for ordinary and national level tournaments as per Board’s letter under reference [ii], to those sportspersons who are not covered under the 330 days SCL scheme and have no medal winning performance in All India Inter Railway Championships during the current calendar year or the last one completed calendar year whichever championship is the latest. Therefore the period of 120 days SCL, as detailed above, now stands reduced to 90 days SCL except for the games of Billiards, Snooker, 8 & 9 Ball Pool, Golf, Chess, Bridge, Tennis & Judo.  Board’s letter under reference [iii] regarding half day leave to railway servant for participating in practice session may be treated as ‘cancelled’.  In exceptional cases GM is empowered to grant SCL /half day leave, as per extant norms.

 

  1. The facility of SCL for 330 days granted to a sportsperson, shall be withdrawn if,

 

[i]    A sportsperson who is granted 330 days SCL, on account of his medal winning performance on the basis of All India Inter-Railway championship for 2 consecutive years but athlete is not able to win any medal in any National / International championships held during this period.

[ii]   A sportsperson who fails to represent Indian Railway team in National as well as Inter-Railway championships, except in those cases where he/she is representing India during the period National/Inter Railway championship event is being held.

[iii]  A sportsperson found positive in Dope Test and banned by concerned sports Federation /Body for participation in National / International events.

[iv]  In exceptional cases Secretary/RSPB is empowered to grant /curtail/ withdraw SCL.

 

  1. The SCL grantees will practice at their posting place. Secretary/ZRSA is entitled for allowing SCL grantees to train at any place other than their normal posting place for availing better sports facility, accommodation and infrastructure.  Coaching camps, 3-4 times in a year, shall be organised by RSPB where presence of the nominated sportspersons, including 330 days SCL grantee sportsperson, will be mandatory.  Performance of sportspersons will also be reviewed in these coaching camps.  For better monitoring, Data Base of sportspersons will also be prepared.  The railway sportspersons who are enrolled in these coaching camps will be provided with:

 

[i]         Boarding and Lodging facilities

[ii]        Sports equipments

[iii]       Competitions exposure

[iv]       Supplement Allowance of Rs.240/- per day per athlete for the training.

 

  1. The proposed scheme will continue on experimental basis for 3 years from the date of issue of this notification and will be reviewed thereafter. However, the Railway Sports Promotion Board may review / withdraw the scheme even earlier or at any stage.  In all cases of interpretation and admissibility of SCL or otherwise, the decision of Secretary /RSPB will be final.

 

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

 

 

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Board’s letter No. PC-V/2010/A/TA/1 dated 06.11.2015 

 

   

Sub: Grant of Transport Allowance @  7000 p.m.+DA thereon to the IRMS officers drawing Grade Pay of 10,000/- under DACP Scheme- clarification regarding.

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Attention is invited to Board’s letter of even number dated 25.08.2015 whereby Railways were advised to keep in abeyance the payment of Transport Allowance          @ 7000/- p.m.+ DA thereon to IRMS officers drawing grade pay of Rs. 10,000/- under DACP scheme has been communicated. Against this decision IRMS Association has filed an O.A. [No. 3528/2015] before Hon’ble CAT /New Delhi and the Hon’ble Tribunal vide their order dated 27.10.2015 have given interim stay against reduction of Transport Allowance @ 7000/- p.m.+ DA thereon in respect of IRMS officers.

 

  1. In compliance of the aforesaid order of Hon’ble Tribunal, New Delhi, it is advised that the payment of Transport Allowance to IRMS officers  @ 7000/- p.m.+ DA thereon, may be continued till further orders from Board’s office.

 

  1. Necessary action may be taken accordingly.

 

 

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Board’s letter No. E(P&A)I-2015/FE-4/3 dated 27.10.2015 

 

                         Sub: LARSGESS – clarification

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The clarification contained in Board’s letter of even number dated 10.09.2015 on the above cited subject is to be implemented from the retirement / recruitment cycle of July – December  2015 onwards.

 

 

 

 

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RBE No. 130/2015

 

Board’s letter No. E[D&A]2014 RG6-35 dated 21.10.2015   [RBE No. 130/2015]       

  

               Sub: Instructions regarding timely issue of charge sheet under

       RS(D&A) Rules, 1968

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A copy of Department of Personnel and Training’s O.M.                                      No.  11012/I7/2013-Estt.(A) dated 03.07.2015, on the above subject  is enclosed herewith for guidance.

 

  1. Department of Personnel and Training’s O.M.s dated 02.01.2014 & 09.11.1982, referred to in paras 1 and 3 respectively of their  above-mentioned O.M. dated 03.07.2015, are available at their website  ‘persmin.nic.in/DOPT.asp’ under ‘OMs & Orders’ – ‘Establishment’ –  ‘CCS[CCA] Rules’. Rule 18(i) of RS(D&A) Rules, 1968 corresponds to Rule  23[i] of CCS(CCA) Rules 1965, referred to in para 3 of DOP&T’s O.M. dated 03.07.2015.

 

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Copy of DOP&T’s O.M. No.  11012/I7/2013-Estt.(A) dated 03.07.2015

 

Sub: Central Civil Services (Classification, Control and Appeal)                   Rules, 1965 – instructions regarding timely issue of Charge-sheet – regarding.

The undersigned is directed to refer to DoP&T’s O.M. of even no. dated              2nd January, 2014 regarding consolidated instructions on suspension and to say that in a recent case, Ajay Kumar Choudhary Vs Union of India, Civil Appeal No.1912 of 2015 dated 16/02/2015, the Apex Court has directed as follows:

We, therefore, direct that the currency of Suspension Order should not extend beyond three months if within this period the Memorandum of Charges/ Chargesheet is not served on the delinquent officer/ employee;

  1. It is noted that in many cases charge sheets are not issued despite clear prima facie evidence of misconduct on the ground that the matter is under investigation by an investigating agency like Central Bureau of Investigation etc. In the aforesaid judgement the Hon’ble Supreme Court has superseded the direction of the Central Vigilance Commission that pending a criminal investigation, departmental proceedings are to be held in abeyance.
  2. In this connection, attention is invited to this Department’s O.M. No.35014/1/81- Estt.A dated 9.11.1982 which contained the guidelines for timely issue of charge-sheet to Charged officer and to say that these instructions lay down, inter-alia, that where a Government servant is placed under suspension on the ground of “Contemplated” disciplinary proceedings, the existing instructions provide that every effort would be made to finalise the charges, against the Government servant within three months of the date of suspension. If these instructions are strictly adhered to, a Government servant who is placed under suspension on the ground of contemplated disciplinary proceedings will become aware of the reasons for his suspension without much loss of time. The reasons for suspension should be communicated to the Government servant concerned at the earliest, so that he may be in a position to effectively exercise the right of appeal available to him under Rule 23 (i) of the CCS (CCA) Rules, 1965, if he so desires. The time-limit of forty five days for submission of appeal should be counted from the date on which the reasons for suspension are communicated.
  3. All Ministries/ Departments are requested to bring the above guidelines to the notice of all concerned officials for compliance.

 

 

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RBE No.135/2015

 

Board’s letter No. E[GP]2005/1/33 dated 28.10.2015  [RBE No.135/2015]       

  

Sub: Amendment to the Indian Railway Establishment Code, Volume-I, 1985 edition (Third Reprint Edition 2008)

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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, 1985 edition (Third Reprint Edition 2008), may be amended as in the enclosed Advance Correction Slip No.128.

 

 

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ADVANCE CORRECTION SLIP TO THE INDIAN RAILWAY ESTABLISHMENT CODE, VOLUME-I, 1985 EDITION (THIRD REPRINT EDITION 2008)

 

Advance Correction Slip No.128

 

CHAPTER -2, GENERAL CONDITIONS OF SERVICE

Recruitment, Training and Promotion to Group ‘A’ and Group ‘B’ posts.

 

  1. In the existing  sub-para [1] of para 209[B], the following words may be deleted: “ on merit”.

 

[Authority: Board’s letter No. E[GP]2005/1/33 dated 28.10.2015 ]

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RBE No.138/2015

 

Board’s letter No. E(NG)II-2013/RR-1/11 dated 02.11.2015  [RBE No.138/2015]  

       

Sub: Acceptance of Diploma/Degree in Engineering prescribed for open market recruitment to posts on the railways — Duration of course regarding.

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Instances have come to notice of this Ministry, wherein, candidates qualifying the written examination conducted by Railway Recruitment Boards are producing Diploma/Degree in Engineering of varied duration conducted by various institutions.

 

The matter has been looked into and it has been decided that henceforth a minimum of three year Diploma course in Engineering and a minimum of  four year course in Engineering done after +2 shall only be accepted in addition to Diploma in Engineering obtained from Polytechnics. Instructions contained in Board’s letter No.E[NG]II/2010/RR-1/17  dated 08.12.2011 still hold good.

 

 

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RBE No.141/2015

 

Board’s letter No. E[NG]I-2010/PM4/3 dated 10.11.2015  [RBE No.141/2015]

         

Sub: Procedure for conducting Stenography Skill Test for filling up of post of Stenographers – Amendment to para 176 of Indian Railways Establishment Manual Vol.I

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In exercise of the powers conferred by the proviso to the Article 309 of the Constitution of India, the President is pleased to direct that the Indian Railways Establishment Manual Volume-I [Revised Edition], First Re-print 2009, may be amended as per Advance Correction Slip No. 230 enclosed.

 

 

 

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Indian Railways Establishment Manual Volume-I,2009 Revised Edition,

Chapter-I, Section-B, Sub-Section-III (Recruitment and Training)

 

Advance Correction Slip No. 230

Substitute the existing Para 176 and re-number as Para 176[A] and 176[B]

 

STENOGRAPHERS:

 

PARA 176[A]:  The posts in the category of Stenographers [Hindi/English] in   PB-1 Rs.5200-20200 GP 2400 will be filled by direct recruitment through Railway Recruitment Boards as under:-

 

  1. (a) 50% plus shortfall, if any, against [b] and [c] below by direct recruitment   through the agency of RRBs

 

  • 25% by promotion by selection of Shorthand knowing clerks/ Typists;

 

  • 25% by general selection from serving Group ‘C’ in grade pay Rs. 1800 and above with knowledge of shorthand;

 

 

  1. For direct recruitment, qualification etc. are as under:-

 

  • Educational qualification: 12th [+2 stage] or equivalent examination from a recognized Board /University
  • Age: Between 18 and 27 years
  • Professional : The following standards have been prescribed for

the posts in shorthand :-

 

 

STENOGRAPHER [ENGLISH]

 

Speed Duration Transcription time
80 W.P.M. 10 Minutes 50 Minutes
100 W.P.M 10   Minutes 40 Minutes
120 W.P.M 10   Minutes 35 Minutes

 

Note: Direct Recruit Stenographer [English] in PB-1 Rs.5200-20200 GP Rs.2400 to pass written examination [General Awareness and Language Test in English] and skill test at the speed of 80 w.p.m. and 50 minutes in shorthand on computer.  Those Stenographers who pass the examination in English and dictation in shorthand and transcription at 100 w.p.m. and 120 w.p.m. will be granted one or two advance increments respectively at the recruitment stage and while in service.

 

STENOGRAPHER [HINDI]

 

Speed Duration Transcription time
80 W.P.M. 10   Minutes 65 Minutes
100 W.P.M 10   Minutes 55 Minutes
120 W.P.M 10   Minutes 45 Minutes

 

Note: Direct Recruit Stenographer [Hindi] in PB-1 Rs.5200-20200 GP Rs.2400 to pass skill test at the speed of 80 w.p.m. in 65 minutes on computer.  Those Stenographers who pass the examination in Hindi and dictation in shorthand and transcription at 100 w.p.m. and 120 w.p.m. will be granted one and two advance increments respectively at the recruitment stage and while in service.

[Authority: Board’s letter No.E[NG]I-2010/PM4/3 dated 10.11.2015]

 

PARA 176[B]:

 

The posts in the category of Stenographers [English] in PB-1 Rs.5200-20200 GP 2400 will be filled by promotion/ general selection as under:-

 

  1. [a]      25% promotion by selection of Shorthand knowing clerks/ Typists

[b]   25% by general selection from serving Group ‘C’ employees in grade pay Rs. 1800 and above with knowledge of shorthand;  and

[c]       50% plus shortfall, if any, against [a] and [b] above by direct

recruitment   through the agency of RRBs

 

STENOGRAPHER [ENGLISH]

 

80 W.P.M. 10 Minutes 50 Minutes
100 W.P.M 10   Minutes 40 Minutes
120 W.P.M 10  Minutes 35 Minutes

 

  1. Higher grade posts/channel of Promotion :-The following higher grades posts are available to this category of staff in the normal channel of promotion by Selection or non-selection as the case may be :

 

STENOGRAPHER GRADE I                      [PB-2 Rs.9300-34800 GP 4200]

PRIVATE SECRETARY-II             [PB-2 Rs.9300-34800 GP 4600]

 

Note: Stenographers [English] in PB-1 Rs.5200-20200 GP Rs.2400 to pass written examination [General Awareness and Language Test in English] and skill test at the speed of 80 w.p.m. in 50 minutes on computer.  Those Stenographers who pass the examination in English and dictation in shorthand and transcription at 100 w.p.m. and 120 w.p.m. will be granted one and two advance increments respectively at the promotion stage and while in service.

 

[ii]      Stenographers [English] in PB-1 Rs.5200-20200 GP Rs.2400 have to appear in selection and pass the test for promotion to next higher grade viz., Stenographer Gr. I in PB-2 Rs.9300-34800 GP 4200, at the speed of 100 w.p.m.  in 40 minutes.

 

[iii]      Those Stenographers, who have appeared for selection for promotion to next higher grade viz., Stenographer Gr. I in PB-2 Rs.9300-34800 GP 4200, and passed test in shorthand at the speed of 100 w.p.m. in 40 minutes, need not be subjected to professional test again when they are considered in subsequent selection PB-2 Rs.9300-34800 GP 4600.

 

STENOGRAPHER [HINDI]

 

Speed Duration Transcription time
80 W.P.M. 10   Minutes 65 Minutes
100 W.P.M 10   Minutes 55 Minutes
120 W.P.M 10   Minutes 45 Minutes

 

  1. Higher grade posts/channel of Promotion :-The following higher grades posts are available to this category of staff in the normal channel of promotion by Selection or non-selection as the case may be :

 

STENOGRAPHER GRADE I          [PB-2 Rs.9300-34800 GP 4200]

PRIVATE SECRETARY -II          [PB-2 Rs.9300-34800 GP 4600]

 

Note: Stenographers [Hindi] in scale Rs.4000-6000 / PB-1 Rs.5200-20200  GP Rs.2400 to pass written examination [General Awareness and Language Test in Hindi] and skill test at the speed of 80 w.p.m. in 65 minutes on computer.  Those Stenographers who pass the examination in Hindi and dictation in shorthand and transcription at 100 w.p.m. and 120 w.p.m. will be granted one and two advance increments respectively at the promotion stage and while in service.

 

[ii]      Stenographers [Hindi] in PB-1 Rs.5200-20200 GP Rs.2400 have to appear in selection and pass the test for promotion to next higher grade viz., Stenographer Gr. I in PB-2 Rs.9300-34800 GP 4200, at the speed of 100 w.p.m.  in 55 minutes.

 

[iii]      Those Stenographers, who have appeared for selection for promotion to next higher grade viz., Stenographer Gr. I in PB-2 Rs.9300-34800 GP 4200, and passed test in shorthand at the speed of 100 w.p.m. in 55 minutes, need not be subjected to professional test again when they are considered in subsequent selection for PB-2 Rs.9300-34800 GP 4600.

 

[Reference: Railway Board’s letter Nos. E[NG]III 71/ER-1 dated 28.07.1971, E[NG]I- 71/PM1/244 dated 28.02.1973,  E[NG]I- 74/PM1/102 dated 06.07.1974, E[NG]III- 76/RR-1-45 dated 08.08.1978, E[NG]I/PM4/15 dated 20.10.1986 and 94/E[RRB]25/1 dated 27.09.1994]

 

[Authority: Board’s letter No.E[NG]I-2010/PM4/3 dated 10.11.2015 and E[NG]I-2008/PM1/15 dated 03.09.2009  ]

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RBE No.142/2015

 

Board’s letter No. E[NG]I-2010/PM4/3 dated 10.11.2015  [RBE No.142/2015]

          

Sub: Procedure for conducting Stenography Skill Test on Personal Computers for filling up of post of Stenographers.

Ref: [i] Railway Board’s letter No.E[NG]I-2004/CFP/8 dated                                                                                04.07.2005 & 04.02.2011

        [ii] Railway Board’s letter No.E[NG]II/2009/RR-1/27 dated 05.05.2010

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With the advent of technology and gradual weeding out of obsolete mechanism, there has been a continuous demand from Zonal Railways to allow them conducting Stenography Skill Test on Personal Computers, hitherto being conducted on manual typewriters. In fact, Railways have been directed to develop infrastructure to conduct such skill test on Personal Computers in future to keep pace with the latest development. Similarly instructions for testing typewriting skill on Personal Computers, as far as possible, have also been issued.

 

2 .     The issue of conducting Stenography Skill Test on Personal Computers has been examined in consultation with Department  of Personnel & Training and Staff Selection Commission and it has been decided that henceforth the same may be conducted on Personal Computers.

 

3 .     It has also been decided that with each Full or Major mistakes, incumbents will lose one mark.  Similarly, Half or Partial mistake would lead to deduction of half a mark. Maximum number of mistakes (both Full/Major or Half/Minor added together) permitted are limited to 10%  of the total words dictated. It would mean that incumbents, committing more than 10% mistakes will be treated as failed. Procedure to evaluate the transcription and nature of mistakes are elaborated in Annexure-I to this letter.

 

 

Annexure-I to Board’s letter No. E[NG]I-2010/PM4/3 dated 10.11.2015

 

[I]         FULL MISTAKES:

 

a]         Every omission of a word or figure including omission of a definite or indefinite article.  In case a group of words is omitted mark as many mistakes as the actual number of words omitted.

 

b]         Every substitution of a wrong word or figure.  The number of mistakes will be equal to the number of words/ figures dictated which have been replaced/substituted by other word[s] /figure[s].

 

 

c]         Every addition of a word or figure or a group of words or figures not occurring in the passage.

 

[II]        HALF MISTAKES:

 

a]         Mis-spelling, including transposition of letters in a word and also omission of a letter or letters from a word.  However, mis-spelling of proper nouns and unfamiliar names may be ignored.

 

b]         Using singular for plural noun and vice-versa.

 

c]         Wrong use of Capital or small letters at the beginning of the sentence.

 

Note:  [a] All the errors are counted but the total mistakes counted in a single word should not exceed one Full Mistake.

 

[b] Incumbents will not be penalised for any type of errors or mistakes other than those described above.

 

[c] Computer and Shorthand Notebook for the test will be provided by the Administration and incumbents will not be allowed to bring their own key board.

 

[d] Editing Tools and Spell Check facility will not be available to the incumbents.

 

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RBE No.144/2015

 

Board’s letter No. PC-V/2008/PS/1[Stipend] dated 16.11.2015  [RBE No.144/2015]

PC-VI/358

 

Sub:  Revision of rates of stipend to apprentices and trainees on Railways.

Ref:  Railway Board’s letter  of even number dated 15.12.2008 [S.No. PC-VI/61, RBE No. 198/2008] and Railway Board’s letter  No.PC-III/93/Stand/Pt.II dated 01.12.98

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Consequent upon the revision in training period of JE [Drawing /Design], item Nos. 34 & 35 under Drawing office of the Schedule in Board’s letter of even number dated 15.12.2008 stand modified as under:

 

Sl.No Category Revised Designation Training period Revised Pay Band of the post (Rs.) Grade Pay (Rs.) Revised rates            of stipend alongwith cor-responding grade pay       ( Rs.)
34 Draftsman ‘B’ in Mech./Elec. and S&T Deptt.         (Diploma holders) Jr.Engineer              ( Drawing/Design) in Mech/Elec. and S&T Deptt.           (Diploma holders) 52 weeks 9300-34800 4200 9300 + 4200
35 Draftsman ‘B’ in Civil Engg. Deptt. (Diploma holders) Jr.Engineer              ( Drawing/Design) in Civil Engg. Deptt.           (Diploma holders) 52 weeks 9300-34800 4200 9300 + 4200

 

  1. The above revised rates of stipend are applicable to those batches that undergo the modified training modules as indicated against the category.

 

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

 

 

 

RBE No.145/2015

 

Board’s letter No. PC/V/2010/A/TA/1 dated 17.11.2015  [RBE No.145/2015]

         

Sub: Grant of Transport Allowance @ Rs 7000/- + DA thereon to officers drawing Grade Pay of Rs 10000/- on Non-functional basis-clarification reg.

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Attention is invited to Board’s letter of even number dt. 12.09.2014 (RBE No.100/2014) whereby it has been clarified that the officers of organized services drawing Grade Pay of Rs 10000/- under NFU Scheme are not eligible for grant of Transport Allowance @ Rs 7000/- p.m.+ DA thereon. References have been received from some of the Zonal Railways seeking guidelines as regards effecting recovery or otherwise of overpayments made to such officers due to erroneously allowing Transport Allowance @ Rs 7000/- p.m+ D.A  thereon.

 

2 .     In context of the above, it is stated that as per general principles of financial propriety, any amount paid to an employee in excess of what is due to him has to be recovered. Further, the Hon’ble Supreme Court in the matter of Chandi Prasad Uniyal and Ors Vs State of Uttrakand & Ors (Civil Appeal No.5899/2012) vide their order dt.17.08.2012 have observed that “any amount paid/received without authority of law can always be recovered barring few exceptions of extreme hardships but not as a matter of right, in such situations law implies an obligation on the payee to repay the money, otherwise it would amount to unjust enrichment”.

 

3 .     As per mandate of the aforementioned rulings of the Hon’ble Supreme Court, necessary action to recover the excess payment made against Transport Allowance may please be taken immediately.

 

4 .     This issues with the concurrence of Finance  Dte. of Railway Board.

 

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RBE No.147/2015

 

Board’s ltr. No. PC-V/2009/ACP/2 dtd 23.11.2015  [RBE No.147/2015] S.No.PC-VI/360  

       

Sub: Modified ACP Scheme (MACPS) for Railway employees- clarification- regarding.

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Reference is invited to para-2(i) of Board’s letter of even number dated 31.01.2013 (RBE No.08/2013) regarding regulation of MACP Scheme in cases involving unilateral transfer on own volition to a lower  post in another unit/ organization after earning a promotion in previous organization. This issue has been raised in PNM Forum by AIRF as item No.26/2013 and it has been agreed to circulate DoP&T’s instructions contained in para-2(i) of their OM dt. 04.10.2012 as it is. The instructions contained in para-2(i) DoP&T’s said O.M are reproduced below:-

 

“This Department’s O.M No.35034/3/2008-Estt.(D) (Vol.II), dt. 01.11.2010  provides that in case of transfer ‘including unilateral transfer on request’, regular service rendered in previous organization/office shall be counted along with the regular service in the new organization/office for the purpose of getting financial upgradations under the MACP Scheme. However, financial upgradation under the MACPS shall be allowed in the immediate next higher grade pay in the hierarchy of revised Pay Bands as given in CCS (Revised Pay), Rules, 2008. It is now further clarified that wherever an official, in accordance with terms and conditions of transfer on own volition to a lower post, is reverted to the lower Post/Grade from the promoted Post/Grade before being relieved for the new organization/office, such past promotion in the previous organization/office will be ignored for the purpose of MACP Scheme in the new organization/office”.

 

2 .      The instructions issued on MACP Scheme vide para-2(i) of Board’s letter of even number dt. 31.01.13 stands modified to the above extent.

 

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

 

 

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RBE No. 148/2015

 

Board’s letter No. PC-V/2003/I/7/6/1 dated 23.11.2015  [RBE No. 148/2015]  

       

Sub: Admissibility of two additional increments (non-absorbable) in 5th CPC pay scales w.e.f. 01.01.96 to the Nursing staff possessing B.Sc. Nursing.

 

Ref: Ministry of Railway’s letter of even number dated 28.02.2005.

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Both the federations (AIRF & NFIR) have raised the issue regarding admissibility of two additional increments to the Nursing Staff possessing B.Sc. (Nursing) qualification. On this issue references have been received from a few Railways seeking clarification whether the Nursing staff possessing B.Sc. (Nursing) are entitled for the benefit of two additional increments after the implementation of 5th CPC pay scales w.e.f. 01.01.1996.

 

2 .     In this context it is stated that on implementation of Fourth CPC pay scales, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare in supersession of Ministry of Finance’s OM dated 08.5.1975, issued OM dated 23.3.1988 issued instructions regarding grant of additional increments to Nursing Staff. The said OM provides for grant of two increments (non-absorbable) to the Nursing Staff holding B.Sc. Nursing as additional qualification w.e.f.

 

  • 10.1986 to those Nursing Staff in service who possess the Degree/Post Graduate Degree in Nursing as on that date;

 

  • the date of appointment to those who possess the Degree/Post-Graduate Degree in Nursing qualification, who are recruited after 01.10.1986;

 

  • the date of publication of result of the Degree/Post-Graduate Degree in Nursing for those in service who acquire the Degree/Post-Graduate Degree qualification after 01.10.1986.

 

2.1 . The OM dated 23.3.1988 of Ministry of Health and Family Welfare further stipulates that only two additional non-absorbable increments will be admissible to a nurse in a particular grade where possession of such qualifications are not required as per Recruitment Rules and that grant of these increments are subject to the condition that the concerned Nursing Staff is not required to posses the qualification, for which the increment is claimed, as a condition of employment and that they have not been allowed a higher initial pay on account of the said qualification prior to or on or after 01.10.1986.

 

3 .     Subsequently, on implementation of Fifth CPC pay scales, the aforementioned Scheme regarding grant of two additional increments to the Nursing Staff holding B.Sc. Nursing  as additional  qualification was reviewed and in consultation with Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, it was decided to continue the Scheme. Necessary instructions in this regard were issued vide Board’s letter dated 28.2.2005 (RBE No. 37/2005). Evidently, the said Scheme for grant of two additional increments has continued even after 01.01.1996 without any change in the terms and conditions as applicable earlier.

 

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

         

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RBE No.150 /2015

 

Board’s letter No. E(D&A)2015 GS1-7 dated 24.11.2015  [RBE No.150 /2015]

          

Sub: Railway Services (Conduct) Rules, 1966 and the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013 – Submission of declarations of assets and liabilities by the Railway Servants for each year – regarding.

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Attention is invited to Railway Board’s letter No.E(D&A) 2014 GS1-2 dated 31.08.2015, whereby a copy of Department of Personnel and Training’s O.M.No. 11013/7/2014-Estt. (A-III) dated 23.07.2015 was circulated on the Railways. The time lines for filing returns regarding assets and liabilities were laid down vide the said O.M. dated 23.07.2015. It was mentioned therein that all Government servants i.e. belonging to Group ‘A’ , ‘B’, ‘C’ and erstwhile Group ‘D’ are now required to furnish the declaration of their assets and liabilities in the formats prescribed under the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013 (‘the Act’).

 

2 .      Vide Railway Board’s letter No.E(D&A) 2014 GS1-2 dated 27.04.2015, the last date for filling returns under the Act was extended in view of the difficulties faced in filing returns under the Act and the need to simplify the forms and the process in which railway servants are required to make a declaration of assets and liabilities. Vide Board’s letter No.E(D&A) 2014 GS1-2 dated 12.10.2015, the deadline for filing these returns has again been extended up to 15th April, 2016 as the circumstances enumerated in the earlier instructions which necessitated extension still continue.

 

3 .      In view of the difficulty faced in filling returns under the formats prescribed under the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, it has been decided that the Annual Property Returns required to be filed under Railway Services (Conduct)Rules, 1966 for the year 2015 which are required to be filed by the 31st January 2016, may be filed in the forms prescribed under the RS (Conduct)Rules,1966. The returns would be required to be filed by all the Railway servants belonging to Group ‘A’, ‘B’, ‘C’ and erstwhile Group ‘D’.

 

 

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RBE No.149 /2015

 

 

Board’s letter No.E(P&A)II-2015/HW-1 dated 23.11.2015  [RBE No.149 /2015]   

 

      

                  Sub: Rates of Night Duty Allowance w.e.f. 01-07-2015.

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Consequent to sanction of an additional instalment of Dearness Allowance vide this Ministry’s letter No.PC-Vl/2008/I/7/2/1 dated 24.09.2015, 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-2015/HW-1 dated 08.6.2015 stand revised with effect from 01.07.2015 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.

 

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

 

 

 

Annexure to Board’s letter No.E(P&A)II-2015/HW-1 dated 23.11.2015

 

ANNEXURE ‘A’ ANNEXURE ‘B’
Rates of Night Duty Allowance (NDA) with effect from 01.07.2015 for ‘Intensive’, ‘Continuous’ and ‘Excluded’ categories and Workshop staff. Rates of Night Duty Allowance (NDA) with effect from 01.07.2015 for ‘Essentially Intermittent’ categories of staff.
S.No. Pay Band Grade Pay Rate of NDA

( Rs.  )

S.No Pay Band Grade Pay Rate of NDA (Rs.)
1 4440-7440 1300 73.75 1 4440-7440 1300 49.15
2 4440-7440 1400 74.75 2 4440-7440 1400 49.85
3 4440-7440 1600 76.80 3 4440-7440 1600 51.20
4 4440-7440 1650 77.30 4 4440-7440 1650 51.55
5 5200-20200 1800 147.70 5 5200-20200 1800 98.45
6 5200-20200 1900 148.70 6 5200-20200 1900 99.15
7 5200-20200 2000 149.75 7 5200-20200 2000 99.85
8 5200-20200 2400 153.80 8 5200-20200 2400 102.55
9 5200-20200 2800 157.90 9 5200-20200 2800 105.25
10 9300-34800 4200 267.40 10 9300-34800 4200 178.25
11 9300-34800 4600 [and above ] 271.45 11 9300-34800 4600 [and above ] 180.95

 

 

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RBE No.143/2015

 

Board’s letter No. E[P&A]I-2015/RT-38 dated 10/12.11.2015  [RBE No.143/2015]   

      

Sub: Strengthening of Administration – Premature retirement of Railway servants – Periodical review under rule 1802[a]/1803[a]/1804[a] – R-II, 1987 edition – regarding. 

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DOP&T vide their OM No.25013/1/2013-Estt[A] dated 21.03.2014 and 25013/01/2013-Estt.A.IV dated 11.09.2015 have reiterated the instructions on Compulsory Retirement under FR 56[j], 56[l] or Rule 48[1[b] of CCS [Pension] Rules, 1972 with a view to improve efficiency and strengthening of the administrative machinery at all levels.  They have asked to follow these instructions strictly and to review the performance of Govt. servants periodically with a view to ascertain whether the Government servant should be retained in service or retired from service in the public interest.  Provisions in this regard are contained in         FR 56[j], 56[l] or Rule 48[1][b] of CCS [Pension] Rules, 1972.  The corresponding rules in railways are Rule 1802[a]/ 1803[a]/ 1804[a] – IREC Volume II, 1987 edition.

 

  1. DOP&T has also drawn attention to the observation made by Hon’ble Supreme Court in State of Gujarat Vs. Umedbhai M. Patel, 2001[3] SCC  314, which are as follows:

 

[i]       Whenever the services of a public servant are no longer useful to the general administration, the officer can be compulsorily retired for the sake of public interest.

 

[ii]      Ordinarily, the order of compulsory retirement is not to be treated as a punishment coming under Article 311 of the Constitution.

 

[iii]     “ For better administration, it is necessary to chop of dead wood , but the order of compulsory retirement can be passed after having due regard to the entire service record of the officers.”

 

[iv]     Any adverse entries made in the confidential record shall be taken note of and be given due weightage  in passing such order.

 

[v]      Even un-communicated entries in the confidential record can also be taken into consideration.

 

[vi]     The order of compulsory retirement shall not be passed as a short cut to avoid Departmental enquiry when such course is more desirable.

 

[vii]    If the officer was given a promotion despite adverse entries made in the confidential record, that is a fact in favour of the officer.

 

[viii]  Compulsory retirement shall not be imposed as a punitive measure.

 

  1. In order to ensure that the power, conferred on the authorities empowered to retire a railway employee prematurely is exercised fairly and impartially and not arbitrarily, consolidated instructions relating to premature retirement of railway servants with a view to strengthening of administration were issued under the Board’s letter No. E[P&A]I-77/RT-53 dated 15.11.1979. These guidelines have, however, not been adequately followed by the Appointing Authorities.  With the Government’s commitment to provide clean administration, it is essential that the power for premature retirement in public interest is availed of to weed out all those employees whose integrity is doubtful, with due regard to the appropriate procedure laid down for action for premature retirement.

 

  1. The entire service records should be considered in every review. Here Service Record will take in all relevant records viz., ACR/APAR dossier along with personal file of the officer containing valuable material.  Similarly, the work and performance of the officer could also be assessed by looking into files dealt with by him or in any papers or reports prepared and submitted by him.  All these data along with a comprehensive brief should be prepared for consideration by the Review Committee.  Even un-communicated remarks in the ACRs/APARs may be taken into consideration also.  In case of those officers who have been promoted during the last five years, the previous entries in the ACRs may be taken into account if the officer was promoted on the basis of seniority cum fitness, and not on the basis of merit.

 

  1. As far as integrity is considered, the following observations of the Hon’ble Supreme Court, while upholding compulsory retirement in the case of Ramachandra Raju Vs State of Orissa, may be kept in view:

 

“ The officer would live by reputation built around him.  In an appropriate case, there may not be sufficient evidence to take punitive disciplinary action of removal from service.  But his conduct and reputation is such that his continuance in services would be a menace to public service and injurious to public interest.”

 

Thus while considering integrity of an employee, actions or decisions taken by the employee which do not appear to be above board, complaints received against him, or suspicious property transactions, for which there  may not be sufficient evidence    to   initiate   departmental   proceedings,  may   be  taken  into   account. Judgement of the Apex Court in the case of Shri K. Kandaswamy, I.P.S [TN:1966]  in K. Kandaswamy vs. Union of India & Anr, 1996 AIR 277, 1995 SCC [6] 162 is relevant here.  There were persistent reports of Shri Kandaswamy acquiring large assets and of his getting money from his subordinates.  He also indulged in property transactions which gave rise to suspicion about his bonafides.  The Hon’ble Supreme Court upheld his compulsory retirement under provisions of the relevant Rules.

 

  1. Similarly, reports of conduct unbecoming of a Government servant may also form basis for compulsory retirement. As per the Hon’ble Supreme Court in State of UP And Others vs Vijay Kumar Jain, Appeal [Civil]2083 of 2002:-

 

“ If conduct of a government employee becomes unbecoming to the public interest or obstructs the efficiency in public services, the government has an absolute right to compulsorily retire such an employee in public interest.”

 

  1. Further, CVO in the case of gazetted officers, or his representative in the case of non-gazetted officers, will be associated in case of record reflecting adversely  on the integrity of any employee.

 

  1. In addition to above, internal committees may be constituted to assist the Review Committees in reviewing the cases. These Committees will ensure that the service record of the employees being reviewed,  along with a summary bringing out all relevant information, is submitted to the Cadre Authorities at least three months before the due date of review.

 

  1. In view of DOP&T’s present guidelines, the Board’s letters No. E[P&A]I-77/RT-53 dated 15.11.1979 and E[P&A]I-87/RT-4 dated 17.10.1989 containing the provisions on Premature Retirement under Rule 1802 [a]/1803 [a] / 1804[a] – IREC, Vol.II, 1987 edition are enclosed for guidance. In addition to this, instructions issued by Board from time to time on the subject may also be linked while deciding such matters.  Further all Zonal Railways are requested to follow the above instructions and periodically review the cases of railway servants as required under Rule 1802[a]/1803 [a] / 1804[a] – IREC, Vol.II, 1987 edition.  The quarterly data in enclosed proforma in respect of reviewing the cases of retirement under the aforesaid provisions during the period from 01.04.2014 to 31.03.2015 may be furnished immediately.

 

  1. As per the latest guidelines of DOP&T’s OM dated 21.03.2014, para II [3] [c] & [d] of the Board’s enclosed letter dated 15.11.1979 should be read as under:

 

“[c]    While the entire service record of an officer should be considered at the time of review, no employee should ordinarily be retired on grounds of ineffectiveness if his/her service during the preceding 5 years or where he/she has been promoted to a higher post during that 5 year period, his/her service in the highest post, has been found satisfactory.

 

Consideration is ordinarily to be confined to the preceding 5 years or to the period in the higher post in case of promotion within the period of 5 years, if compulsory retirement is sought to be made on grounds of ineffectiveness.  There is no such stipulation, however where the employees is to be retired on grounds of doubtful integrity.”

 

“[d]    No employee should ordinarily  be retired on ground of  ineffectiveness, if in any event he/she would be retiring on superannuation within  a period of one year from the date of consideration of his / her case.

 

Ordinarily no employee should be retired on grounds of ineffectiveness if he is retiring on superannuation with a period of one year from the date of consideration of the case.  It is clarified that in a case where there is a sudden and steep fall in the competence , efficiency or effectiveness of an officer, it would be open to review his case for premature retirement.

 

The above instruction is relevant only when an employee is proposed to be retired on the ground of ineffectiveness, but not on the ground of doubtful integrity.  The damage to public interest could be marginal if an old employee, in the last year of service is found ineffective; but the damage may be incalculable if he is found to be corrupt and demands or obtains illegal gratification during the said period for the tasks he is duty bound to perform.”

 

  1. The first sentence of para 4 of Board’s letter dated 15.11.1979 should be added as under:

 

“The Supreme Court had not only upheld the validity of FR 56[j] but also held that no show-cause notice need be issued to any Government servant before a notice of retirement is issued to him under the aforesaid provisions.”

 

 

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Copy of Railway Board’s letter No.E(P&A)I-77/RT-53 dated 15.11.1979

 

            Sub: Strengthening of Administration – Premature retirement of Railway

                     servants – Issue of consolidated instructions regarding.

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With a view to improving efficiency and strengthening administrative machinery at all levels, Government have the absolute powers under Rule 2046 – R.II and Para 2(2) of Section I of Railway Ministry’ letter No.E.48-CPC/208 dated 8.7.50 incorporated as para 620 of the Manual of Railway Pension Rules to retire a railway employee in the public interest, before his/her normal date of retirement, on attaining a specified age or on completing a specific length of service.  However, in order to ensure that the power, conferred on the authorities empowered to retire a railway employee prematurely is exercised fairly and impartially and not arbitrarily, instructions have been issued from time to time laying down the criteria and procedure to be followed before a railway employee is retired prematurely.  Further, a detailed procedure has also been laid down for consideration of representations from Railway employees who are served with the order or notice of premature retirement.  As the various instructions have been issued over a period of time, they have now been consolidated in the succeeding paragraphs of this letter for the information and guidance of all the authorities concerned.  However, in case of any doubt, relevant original orders may please be referred to.

 

  1. Rule Position.

 

  • In accordance with the provisions of Rule 2046(h) – R.II, the appropriate authority has the absolute right to retire, if it is necessary to do so in public interest, any railway employee as follows:-

 

  • If he/she is in Group A or B service or post and has entered Railway service before attaining the age of 35 years, after he/se has attained the age of 50 years;
  • In any other case, after he/she has attained the age of 55 years;

In other words, a railway servant belonging to Group A or B, who has entered railway service after attaining the age of 35 years, and railway servants belonging to Group C can be prematurely retired after they have attained the age of 55 years.

 

  • Cases of Class-IV Railway servants are not at all to be reviewed under the provisions of Rule 2046 R.II as already clarified vide item (v) of Railway Board’s Confidential letter No.PC-68/RT/5-1 dated 27.11.69 and reiterated further vide Shri D.B.Vohra’s confidential letter No.E(P&A)I-76/RT-38 dated 24.07.1976. This will however, be without prejudice to the review under the Pension Rules in respect of pensionable Class IV Railway servants after they have completed 30 years qualifying service for pension.

 

  • In addition, a Railway servant in Group C post, who is not governed by any pension rules, can also be retired after he has completed 30 years service, under Rule 2046(k).

 

  • Provisions also exists in para 2(2) of section I of Railway Ministry’s letter No.E.48-CPC/208 dated 08.07.50 as amended under Board’s letter No.F(E)III 69 PN-I/15 dated 27.8.69 incorporated as para 620 of the Manual of Railway Pension Rules, 1950, for the retirement of a railway servant by giving him three months notice, if it is necessary to do so in public interest, after he has completed 30 years of qualifying service for pension. In other words, a railway employee can be prematurely retired, irrespective of the age at the appropriate time, after he has completed 30 years of qualifying service, as explained above.

 

  • Provisions exist in the relevant rules which confer reciprocal right on railway employee to seek voluntary retirement after he/she has attained the age of 50/55 years or has completed 30 years of service, as the case may be.

 

  1. Criteria, Procedure and Guidelines.

In order to ensure that the powers vested in the appropriate authority are exercised fairly and impartially and not arbitrarily, it has been decided to lay down the procedures and guidelines for reviewing the cases of railway employees covered under the aforesaid rules as mentioned below:

  • The cases of Railway servants covered under Rule 2046 (h) – R.II or Rule 2046(k) – R. II or para 2(2) of Section I of Railway Ministry letter No.E.48-CPC/208 dated 8.7.50 as amended under Board’s letter No.F(E)III 69PN-I/15 dated 27.8.69 incorporated as para 620 of the Manual of Railway Pension Rules, 1950 should be reviewed six months before any railway employee attains the age of 50/55 years or on completion of 30 years of service /30 years of qualifying service, whichever occurs earlier.
  • Committee shall be constituted for each Department on each Zonal Railway administration as shown in Annexure I to which all such cases shall be referred for recommendation as to whether the officer concerned should be retired from service in the public interest or whether he/she should be retained in service.

 

  • The criteria to be followed by the Committee in making their recommendations would be as follows:-

 

  • An officer whose integrity is doubtful will be retired.

 

  • Officers who are found to be ineffective will also be retired. The basic consideration in identifying such officer should be the fitness/competence of the employee to continue in the post which he/she is holding. If he is not found fit to continue in his present post, his/her fitness/competence to continue in the lower post, from where he had been previously promoted, should be considered.

 

  • While the entire service record of an officer should be considered at the time of review, no officer should ordinarily be retired on grounds of ineffectiveness if his/her service during the preceding 5 years or where he/she has been promoted to a higher post during that 5 year period, his/her service in the highest post, has been found satisfactory.

 

  • No officer should ordinarily be retired on ground of ineffectiveness, if, in any event, he/ she would be retiring on superannuation within a period of one year from the date of consideration of his/her case.

 

 

  • The appropriate authority shall take further action on the recommendations of the committee. In every case where it is proposed to retire a railway servant in exercise of the powers conferred by the said rule(s), the appropriate authority should record in the file that it has formed its opinion that it is necessary to retire the railway servant in pursuance of the aforesaid rule(s) in the public interest. In the case of Union of India Vs J.N.Sinha, the  Supreme Court had observed that “the appropriate authority should bonafide form an opinion that it is in public interest to retire the officer in exercise of the powers conferred by that provision and this decision should not be an arbitrary decision or should not be based on collateral grounds”.

 

  • The rule relating to premature retirement should not be used:-

 

  • To retire a railway servant on grounds of specific acts of misconduct, as a short-cut to initiating formal disciplinary proceedings; or

 

  • For reduction of surplus staff or as a measure of effecting general economy without following the rules and instructions relating to retrenchment.

 

  • Once a decision has been taken by the appropriate authority to retain a railway employee beyond the age of 50 years in the case of employee referred to in Rule 2046 (h)-(i)-R.II or beyond the age of 55 years in the case of others or beyond the date of completion of 30 years service under Rule 2046(k) or 30 years of qualifying service for pension under para 2(2) of Section I of Railway Ministry’s letter No.E.48-CPC/208 dated 8.7.50 as amended under Board’s letter No.F(E)III 69 PN-I/15 dt.27.8.69 incorporated as para 620 of Manual of Railway Pension Rules, 1950, he would ordinarily continue in service till he attains the age of retirement. If, however, the ‘appropriate authority’ considers at any time after a review aforesaid that the retention of the railway employee will not be in the public interest, that authority may take necessary action to retire the officer by following the procedure laid down in this letter.

 

  • When the appropriate authority has come to the conclusion that a railway employee may be prematurely retired, the three months notice, referred to in Rule 2046-(h)-R.II and Rule 2046(k)-R.II may be given before the railway servant attains the specified age or has completed 30 years of service, as the case may be. But, the retirement should take place after the railway servant has attained the relevant age or has completed 30 years of service as the case may be.  In this connection, attention is invited to Note 2 under Rule 2046 R.II.  Accordingly, a notice even longer than three months or before the railway servant attains the age of 50/55 years/completes 30 years service could be given; but the date from which he is required to retire as specified in the notice should not be before he attains the age of 50/55 years, or completes 30 years service, as the case may be.  Similarly, in cases of retirement  under para 2(2)  or Section I of Railway Ministry’s letter No.E.48-CPC/208 dated 8.7.50 as amended under Board’s letter No.F(E)III 69 PN-I/15 dated 27.8.69 while the notice of such retirement could be given before the railway servant actually completes 30 years of service qualifying for pension, the date of expiry of the notice on which the railway servant’s retirement would be effective should be one falling on or after the date of his completing 30 years of service, qualifying for pension.  Orders requiring a railway employee to retire after completing 30 years qualifying service should, as a rule, not be issued until after the fact that the railway employee has indeed completed, or would be completing on the date of retirement qualifying service of 30 years, has been verified, in consultation with the Accounts Officer concerned.

 

  • While computing the notice period of ‘not less than three months’ referred to in Clauses (h), (i) or (o) or (1) of Rule 2046-R.II or in para 2(2) of Section I of Railway Ministry’s letter No.E.48.CPC/208 dated 8.7.50 as amended under Board’s letter No.F(E)III 69 PN-I/15 dt.27.8.69, the date of service of the notice and the date of its expiry shall be excluded. The date of premature retirement of a railway servant should be on the forenoon of the day (which should be treated as a non-working day) following the day of expiry of the notice.

 

  • The notice of retirement served on a railway employee in pursuance of the aforesaid rules will be as in the forms set out in Annexure III. While Forms I and II may be used to serve the notice of retirement in a case where a railway employee has already attained the age of 50/55 years or completed 30 years of qualifying service/30 years of service, as the case may be, Forms III or IV may be used in a case where it is decided to serve the notice of retirement before a railway employee actually attains the age of 50/55 years or completes 30 years of qualifying service/ 30 years of service, as the case may be.  The proforma for ordering retirement in the public interest forthwith under Rule 2046(h)-R.II or Rule 2046(k)-R.II or in terms of para 2(2) of Section I of Railway Ministry’s letter No.E-48-CPC/208 dated 8.7.50 as amended under Board’s letter No.F(E)III 69 PN-I/15 dt.27.8.69 where it is decided to dispense with the three months notice, will be as in Forms V and VI.

 

  • In a case where a railway employee refuses to accept his/her service of notice of retirement or order of retirement along with cheque/cash equivalent to three months pay and allowances, it should be ensured that the ‘refusal’ of the railway employee is witnessed by two gazetted officers. In such a case, a copy of the notice/order of retirement may be sent under registered post with acknowledgement due to the individual concerned at the last officially known address, with a covering letter, stating that the original notice/order of retirement was taken by such and such for delivery to him/her on such and such date and that he/she refused to accept the same and in the said circumstances, its copy is being sent by registered post for his/her record.  In such a case, the date of effect of the notice of retirement/order of retirement would be from the forenoon of the date following the date of refusal by the individual (witnessed by two gazetted Officers).  Where the person concerned has refused to accept the cheque/cash equivalent to three months pay and allowances, the same procedure that is followed in case where a railway employee has failed to accept his/her dues from railway may be followed, in so far as its disbursement is concerned.

 

  • Procedure for consideration of Representations:

 

(1)      A railway employee who has been served with a notice/order of premature retirement under the provisions mentioned above, may submit a representation within three weeks from the date of service of such notice/order.

(2)       On receipt of a representation, the administration should examine the same to see whether it contains any new facts or any aspect of a fact already known but which was not taken into account at the time of issue of notice/order of premature retirement.  This examination should be completed within two weeks from the date of receipt of the representation.  After such examination, the case should be placed before the appropriate Committee for consideration.  The composition of the Committee for the purpose of considering the representations against premature retirement shall be as indicated in Annexure II.

(3)       The Committee considering the representation shall make its recommendations on the representation within two weeks from the date of receipt of the reference from the administrative authorities concerned.  The authority which is empowered to pass final orders on the representation should pass its orders within two weeks from the date of receipt of the recommendations of the Committee on the representation provided that approval of Ministry of Railways will be necessary before passing final orders in cases where the appropriate authority purposes to reject the representation/appeal against the premature retirement.

(4)       If, in any case, it is decided to reinstate a prematurely retired railway employee in service after considering his representation in accordance with these instructions, the period intervening between the date of premature retirement and the date of reinstatement as duty, or as leave or as dies-non as the case may be, taking into account the merits of each case.

(5)       Where the review representation Committee records a definitive finding that the premature retirement of the railway servant was on account of political or personal victimization, the intervening period should be treated as duty with full pay and allowances.  In other case, it would not be appropriate to treat the period during which the employee had not worked, on duty and allow him the duty pay for the same.  In such cases, the period may hitherto be treated as leave due and admissible or dies-on, as the authority ordering reinstatement may decide.

(6)       In the cases of employees who had been prematurely retired on grounds of inefficiency and by the time the Committee to consider the representations against such premature retirement came to the conclusion that premature retirement was unjustified, the date of superannuation of the employee has already arrived or had passed, it has been decided that the authorities empowered to pass final orders may at their discretion reinstate the superannuated railway servants notionally with effect from the date of compulsory retirement and treat the period upto the date of superannuation, as duty, leave or dies-non as may be considered appropriate by the competent authority.

(7)       Representations from railway employees who have been served with a notice/order of premature retirement, but have obtained stay order(s) from a court against the order/notice of premature retirement, need not be considered by the administration, nor sent up to the Committee until the disposal of the court case.  Thereafter, the cases may be examined as outlined above, also taking into account any material of a substantive nature that may feature in the court’s judgement.

(8)       As and when representations are received from affected employees against the orders of premature retirement relating to the period of emergency or on receipt of a fresh representation against the premature retirement had already been considered by the appropriate committee and rejected, they should be examined by the appropriate ‘Representation’ Committees which shall take special care to see that:-

(a)       Over-rigorous standards were not applied at the time of original review in the matter of judging ineffectiveness of the employee on account of a mistaken sense of over-zealousness; and

(b)       Premature retirement was not resorted to as a means of political or personal victimization

(9)       It should be ensured that review of cases of the employees prematurely retired during the emergency is conducted by a Committee of Officers of appropriate status unconnected with the original decision to retire the employee prematurely.

  1. Time Schedule for Review.

In order to ensure that the review is undertaken regularly and in due time, Railway Administrations are requested to maintain a suitable register (or registers) of employees under their control or who belong to cadres/services controlled by them, who are due to attain the age of 50/55 years or complete 30 years of service, as the case may be, and also to instruct their subordinate offices to take similar action.  This register should be scrutinized at the beginning of every quarter by a Senior Officer in the Administration and in Subordinate offices, and the review undertaken according to the following schedule:

Sl.No. Quarter in which review is to be made Cases of employees who will be attaining the age of 50/55 years or will be completing 30 years of service or 30 years of service qualifying for pension, as the case may be in the quarter.
1 January to March July to September of the same year
2 April to June October to December of the same year
3 July to September January to March of the next year
4 October to December April to June of the next year

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Copy of Railway Board’s Confidential letter No.E(P&A)I-87/RT/4 dated 17.10.1989

 

Sub: Guidelines for compulsory retirement under Rules 1802, 1803 and 1804 – R.II and Para 620(ii) of Manual of Railway Pension Rules – Review in the light of Railway references – regarding.

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The Railways have been writing to the Board from time to time suggesting changes in the guidelines for compulsory retirement under the rules referred to regarding the constitution of the review/representation committees, policy, procedures, etc. Suggestions have also been made for delegating powers for conducting reviews to Units such as Workshops which are now headed by senior level officers.  Board have now reviewed the guidelines for compulsory retirement contained in their letter No.E(P&A)I-77/RT/53 dated 15.11.1979 as amended/ modified from time to time and following clarifications/modifications are issued.

 

  1. Some Railways have raised a hypothetical possibility of the ‘appointing’ authority differing with the findings of the Review Committee. Para II (4) of the guidelines of 15.11.1979 refer to ‘appropriate’ authority, who shall ‘ take further action’ on the recommendations of the committee; the ‘appropriate’ authority, who may be the appointing authority itself, should record in the file that it has formed its opinion that it is necessary to retire the railway servant in pursuance of the aforesaid rule(s) in the public interest. The ‘appropriate’ authority should bonafide form its opinion that it is in the public interest to retire the officer, in exercise of the powers conferred by that provision and that this decision should not be an arbitrary decision or based on collateral grounds. The Board desire to point out that there is no conflict between the guidelines and the role of the ‘appropriate’ authority, who will be expected to see whether the committee has acted objectively, arrived at a bonafide conclusion within the framework of the guidelines and, thereafter, take ‘further action’ on the recommendations of the Committee.  If for any reason the ‘appropriate’ authority who has to take action on the recommendations of the Committee would like to differ from the findings of the Committee, he may remit the papers to the next higher authority for a final decision on the recommendations of the committee.

 

  1. Several suggestions have been made that in cases of appeal against compulsory retirement, it is not necessary for the General Manager to record his findings on the recommendations of the Representation Committee which considers the appeal. The Board have accepted the suggestions and have decided that a decision on the recommendations of the Representation Committee, considering the appeal of the compulsorily retired employee, may be taken by the Additional General Manager. Papers may be put up to the General Manager only in cases where the Additional General Manager differs from the findings of the Committee, for a final decision. As at present, if the Additional General Manager/General Manager decides to confirm that the findings of the Representation Committee that the decision of the Review Committee to retire the employee as correctly taken, papers in original should be submitted to the Board within the prescribed time schedule for Board’s final orders.  The Board have very carefully considered the suggestion received from the Railways that in appeal cases the final  decision should stop at the General Manager’s level, in consultation with the Deptt. Of Personnel, the nodal Ministry for this purpose. Since the guidelines for compulsory retirement prescribed by the nodal Ministry are commonly applicable throughout the Central Government and in all other Ministries/Departments the concerned Secretary to the Government is expected to finally decide the cases, the Board have not found it feasible to leave the appeal cases to be decided at the GM’s level in cases where the appeals are rejected.

 

  1. The Board have accepted some of the suggestions for changes in the guidelines received from the Zonal Railways. Accordingly, the Board have decided that the review of Workshop Group C staff may be done at the Workshop level itself, where the Workshop is headed by a SAG/SG/JAG officer. If the Workshop is headed by an officer of the rank of senior scale or below, the review of the Workshop staff will continue to be done by the Committee appointed for the purpose by the headquarters.

 

  1. The Board have also decided to modify the composition of the Review Committees at the divisional level, in view of the fact that all divisions have atleast two SAG officers in DRM/ADRM. Accordingly, the Review Committee at the divisional level will consist of a JAG officer of the department to which the employee belongs, a JAG officer from another department and the Sr.DPO/SPO. In the case of staff of Personnel Department, the Sr.DPO/SPO will be the departmental representative in the committee, the other two being JAG officers of the other departments. However, where the DRM is the appointing authority, the committee will consist of ADRM as Chairman, Sr.DPO/DPO and another JAG officer as members. (If employees of doubtful integrity are to be reviewed, concerned papers will be transmitted to the HQrs. as at present, for the SDGM to record his views, before final orders are passed by the appropriate  authority). The delegation of powers for review at the divisional level will, as at present, be confined only to Group C and Group D staff.  Existing procedures and orders in respect of Group A and Group B staff remain unchanged. (It may be noted carefully that while Group D staff are not to be reviewed under Rule 1802 and 1804 R.II, there is no prohibition at all on review of Group D staff whose performance is inefficient and whose integrity is doubtful, under the provisions of rule 1803 (a) R.II read with Para 620 (ii) of the Manual of Railway Pension Rules.   Accordingly, if there are any Group D staff required to be reviewed with a view to their being compulsorily retired, such reviews may be conducted at the divisional, workshop and headquarters level in terms of Rule 1803 (a) R.II read with Para 620 (ii) of MRPR ).  The composition of the Review Committee for HQrs. staff under extant orders remains unchanged.

 

  1. In so far as the Headquarters Representation Committee for considering appeal cases is concerned, there is no change in the composition of the committee which will consist of 3 SAG officers, one of whom will be from the concerned department and the other from the Personnel Department, the third member will be a SAG officer from another department. However, in case of doubtful integrity SDGM will also be associated as the fourth member of the Representation Committee.

 

  1. Keeping in view certain Court/CAT judgements as well as procedure followed by the Department of Personnel, Board have decided that the Divisional, Headquarters and Workshop Review/Representation Committees of the appropriate level, as prescribed above, should not be drawn from the same division/ workshop/Hqrs but from the adjacent division, railway establishment, zone, workshop, production unit, etc. as the case may be, except for the departmental representative who will be of the appropriate rank in JAG/senior scale of the Division/Workshop/HQrs etc. itself. Similarly, in cases of doubtful integrity, since all the records are available only with the SDGM/CVO of the Reviewing Organisation, he will continue to be associated with it.  To illustrate, the review of Group C and D staff of Bombay Division of the Central Railway should be conducted by a committee of officers of appropriate level from either the HQrs. Of Central or W.Rly. or any of the other divisions of C.Rly. or W.Rly. except that the departmental representative (including Sr.DPO/DPO in the case of staff of the Personnel Department being reviewed) and the SDGM/CVO will be from the Central Railway itself.  Similarly, for the Representation Committee constituted at the HQrs level to consider appeal cases of Central Railway employees, two officers of SAG level will be drawn from the Western Railway while the departmental representative of SAG rank ( and the SDGM cum CVO in cases of doubtful integrity) will be from the Central Railway itself. The Board desire that this should be very strictly followed without any deviations to avoid any adverse Court judgements.  The Board do not envisage any problems or difficulties in constituting Reviews/Representation Committees in the above manner as, usually, a railway establishment should be in a position to draw on the resources of the adjacent railway establishments on a mutual exchange basis.  This should be absolutely essential to ensure a measure of objectivity and detachment, while reviewing employees with a view to compulsorily retiring them under the provisions of the above rules.

 

  1. The Board have had occasions to observe that the Review/Representation Committees are not being properly and adequately briefed for their tasks. The Board have therefore, decided that complete bio-data particulars about the employee who is to be reviewed should be circulated to the members of the Review/Representation Committees as in the proforma annexed as Annexure I. This proforma should be carefully and meticulously filled and should be free from all errors.  The findings of the Review/Representation Committees/SDGM in the case of doubtful integrity, the orders of the appropriate authority and the final orders of the Additional General Manager/General Manager, wherever necessary, should be recorded in the proforma itself.  It may be ensured that members of the Committees are fully and adequately briefed about the  existing rules and orders on the subject and the role expected of them in the committees.

 

  1. The Board have also updated the forms of notice, keeping in view the recent changes in the rules and certain other factors. The forms of notice attached as Annexure II to VII (Form I to Form VI) should be used for service of notice, in supersession of all existing forms. It should be ensured that the notice is properly filled.

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Annexure I

 

Constitution of Committees for each Department on Zonal Railways to review cases of  railway servants.

 

Classification Composition of Committee

 

Class III Railway servants Heads of the Department concerned or the General Manager where he is the appointing authority in respect of certain class III staff as the Chairman and the CPO or one of the two Dy.CPO nominated by the General Manager as Member.

 

In respect of staff of the Personnel Department, however, the CPO will be Chairman and the General Manager may nominate any Administrative Officer (other than Dy.CPOs) to serve as Member.  Where the General Manager is the Chairman of the Committee, he may nominate any Head of the Department to serve as member of that Committee.  Additional Head of the Department may also act as Chairman of the Review Committee provided the Additional Head of Department is higher in rank than that of the appointing authority of the railway servant whose case is proposed to be taken on ground of lack of integrity, the Senior Dy.General Manager/ Dy.General Manager who is in charge of the Vigilance Department shall be associated as a Third Member of the Committee.

 

Note: The Committee for the purpose of all Railway servants in Class I and Class II service/ post and for class III staff of Board’s Office, RDSO, RLO, Railway Service Commissions, Staff College, Advance Permanent Way Training School, S&T School, Secunderabad will be constituted in the Railway Board’s Office. To enable the Board to conduct the review of such staff, procedure laid down in Ministry of Railway’s letter No.E(O)I-69/SR 10/13 dated 12.12.1969 should be followed.

 

 

Annexure II

Constitution of Committees to consider representations from prematurely retired railway servants.

Classification Composition of Committee

 

Non-gazetted officers who are/were working in or under Ministry/Department. Same as the Committee which earlier considered the case of the officer representing against his premature retirement, with the modification that it should include at least one member of appropriate status who was not in the said Committee earlier.  Final order on representations against premature retirement should be passed by the authority superior to the authority which issued order of premature retirement only after obtaining approval of the Ministry of Railways.  Where, however, the order of premature retirement was issued by the President, final orders on the representations shall be passed by the Minister-in-charge of the Ministry/Department concerned.

 

ANNEXRE III

FORM – I

(TO BE USED WHERE THE PRESIDENT IS THE APPROPRIATE AUTHORITY TO RETIRE A RAILWAY SERVANT)

O R D E R

 

Whereas the President is of the opinion that it is in the public interest to do so:

 

Now, THEREFORE, in exercise of the powers conferred by clauses __________________________*  of Rule 1802 (a)/1803(a) read with para 620(ii) of Manual of Pension Rules 1950/1804(a) of IREC, Vol.II the President hereby gives notice to + (Name) _________________ (Designation) __________________  that he/she having already attained the age of fifty/fifty five years/ having completed 30 years of service/ 30 years of service qualifying for pension on the ________ shall retire from service on the forenoon of ** _________________ on the forenoon of the day following the date of expiry of three months computed from the date following the date of service of this notice on him.  If he so desires, he may represent in writing to & _______ within 3 weeks from the date this notice is served on him/her.

 

(Signature)

@ Designation.

 

To

 

Shri/ Smt. _____________

______________________
ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

 

I, __________, now holding the post of _____________________ hereby acknowledge  the receipt of the original notice of the order of retirement as aforesaid.

 

Countersigned                                                         Sd/-

Name                                                             Designation

 

Designation

 

Place                                                              Date

 

Date

 

*Strike off the portion not applicable.

**The date following the date on which he/she attains the age of 50/55 years/ completes 30 years’ service qualifying for pension.

+Instructions contained in para 3 of Board’s Letter No.E(P&A)I-89/RT-20 dated 03.07.1989 should be carefully perused before filling this.

@Any authority who is competent to authenticate orders on behalf of the President can sign this order.

&Please indicate here the head of the organization to whom the appeal is to be submitted.

 

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FORM-II

 

(TO BE USED WHERE  AN AUTHORITY OTHER THAN THE PRESIDENT IS THE APPROPRIATE AUTHORITY TO RETIRE A RAILWAY SERVANT)

 

O R D E R

 

Whereas the ____________ @ (appropriate authority)  is of the opinion that it is in the public interest to do so:

 

Now, THEREFORE, in exercise of the powers conferred by clauses *  Rule 1802 (a)/1803(a) read with para 620(ii) of Manual of Pension Rules 1950/1804(a) of IREC, Vol.II the ______________ @ (appropriate authority)  hereby gives notice ++ to ______________ (Name) _________________ (Designation) __________________  that he/she having already attained the age of fifty/fifty five years/ having completed 30 years of service/ 30 years of service qualifying for pension on the ________,  shall retire from service on the forenoon of @@ _________________ on the forenoon of the day following the date of expiry of three months computed from the date following the date of service of this notice on him.  If he so desires, he may represent in writing to & _______ within 3 weeks from the date of this notice is served on him/her.

 

 

 

(Signature)

Designation of the appropriate authority.

 

 

To

 

Shri/ Smt. _____________

______________________
ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

 

I, __________, now holding the post of _____________________ hereby acknowledge  the receipt of the original notice of the order of retirement as aforesaid.

 

Countersigned                                                         Sd/-

 

Name                                                             Designation

 

Designation

 

Place                                                              Place

 

Date                                                                Date

 

@Same as on Form IV.

 

*Strike off the portion not applicable.

 

@@The date following the date on which he/she attains the age of 50/55 years/ completes 30 years’ service / 30 years of service qualifying for pension.

 

& Please indicate here the head of the organization to whom the appeal is to be submitted.

 

++Instructions contained in para 3 of Board’s Letter No.E(P&A)I-89/RT-20 dated 03.07.1989 should be carefully perused before filling this.

 

 

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FORM-III

 

(TO BE USED WHERE  THE PRESIDENT IS THE APPROPRIATE AUTHORITY TO RETIRE A RAILWAY SERVANT)

 

O R D E R

 

Whereas the ____________ President  is of the opinion that it is in the public interest to do so:

 

Now, THEREFORE, in exercise of the powers conferred by clauses __________*  Rule 1802 (a)/1803(a) read with para 620(ii) of Manual of Pension Rules 1950/1804(a) of IREC, Vol.II the President hereby gives notice to  ______________ (Name) _________________ (Designation) __________________  that he/she on attaining  the age of fifty/fifty five years/ on completing 30 years of service/ 30 years of service qualifying for pension on the ________,  shall retire from service on the forenoon of ** _________________ on the forenoon of the day following the date of expiry of three months computed from the date following the date of service of this notice on him, whichever is later.  If he so desires, he may represent in writing to & _______ within 3 weeks from the date this notice is served on him/her.

 

 

 

(Signature)

@@Designation

 

 

To

 

Shri/ Smt. _____________

______________________
ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

 

I, __________, now holding the post of _____________________ hereby acknowledge  the receipt of the original notice of the order of retirement as aforesaid.

 

Countersigned                                                         Sd/-

 

Name                                                             Designation

 

Designation

 

Place                                                              Place

 

Date                                                                Date

 

 

*Strike off the portion not applicable.

 

**The date following the date on which he/she attains the age of 50/55 years/ completes 30 years of service/ 30 years of service qualifying for pension.

 

@@Any authority who is competent to authenticate orders on behalf of the President can sign this order.

 

&Please indicate here the head of the organization to whom the appeal is to be submitted.

 

 

 

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FORM-IV

 

(TO BE USED WHERE  AN AUTHORITY OTHER THAN THE PRESIDENT IS THE APPROPRIATE AUTHORITY TO RETIRE A RAILWAY SERVANT)

 

O R D E R

 

WHEREAS the ____________ @ (appropriate authority)  is of the opinion that it is in the public interest to do so:

 

NOW, THEREFORE, in exercise of the powers conferred by clauses _________ *Rule 1802 (a)/1803(a) read with para 620(ii) of Manual of Pension Rules 1950/1804(a) of IREC, Vol.II the ______________ @ (appropriate authority)  hereby gives notice to ______________ (Name) _________________ (Designation) __________________  that he/she on attaining  the age of fifty/fifty five years/ on completing 30 years of service/ 30 years of service qualifying for pension on the ________,  shall retire from service on the forenoon of @@ _________________ or on the forenoon of the day following the date of expiry of three months computed from the date following the date of service of this notice on him.  If he so desires, he may represent in writing to & _______ within 3 weeks from the date this notice is served on him/her.

 

 

 

(Signature)

Designation of the appropriate authority.

 

 

To

 

Shri/ Smt. _____________

______________________
ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

 

I, __________, now holding the post of _____________________ hereby acknowledge  the receipt of the original notice of the order of retirement as aforesaid.

 

Countersigned                                                         Sd/-

 

Name                                                             Designation

 

Designation                                                  Place

 

Place

 

Date                                                                Date

 

@As defined in Note 1 under Rule 1805 (2) of Indian Railway Establishment Code Vol.II/Para 2(2) of Section I of Railway Ministry’s letter No.E48CPC/208 dt. 08.07.50 as amended under Board’s letter No.F(E)III 69 PN-1/15 dated 27.08.69.

 

 

*Strike off the portion not applicable.

 

@@The date following the date on which he/she attains the age of 50/55 years/ completes 30 years of service/ 30 years of service qualifying for pension.

 

&Please indicate here the head of the organization to whom the appeal is to be submitted.

 

 

 

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FORM-V

 

(TO BE USED WHERE  THE PRESIDENT IS THE APPROPRIATE AUTHORITY TO RETIRE A RAILWAY SERVANT)

 

O R D E R

 

WHEREAS the ____________ President   is of the opinion that it is in the public interest to do so:

 

NOW, THEREFORE, in exercise of the powers conferred by clauses ____________*  Rule 1802 (a)/1803(a) read with para 620(ii) of Manual of Pension Rules 1950/1804(a) of IREC, Vol.II the President hereby retires Shri/Smt./Kum.  _______________  with immediate effect he/she having already attained the age of fifty/fifty five years/ having completed 30 years of service/ 30 years of service qualifying for pension on the ________.     The President also directs that Shri/Smt./Kum. __________________ shall be paid a sum equivalent to the amount of his/her pay plus allowances for a period of three months calculated at the same rate at which he/she was drawing them immediately before his/her retirement.   If he so desires, he may represent in writing to & _______ within 3 weeks from the date this notice is served on him/her.

 

 

 

(Signature)

** Designation of the appropriate authority

 

 

 

To

 

Shri/Smt. _____________

______________________
ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

 

I, __________, now holding the post of _____________________ in the Ministry/Department of __________________hereby acknowledge  the receipt of the original of the order of retirement as aforesaid along with cash or crossed cheque No. ______________ dated _____________ for Rupees ___________________________  (Rupees ____________________________________________ only).

 

Countersigned                                                         Sd/-

 

Name                                                             Designation

 

Designation

 

Place                                                              Place

 

Date                                                                Date

 

 

*Strike off the portion not applicable.

 

**Any authority who is competent to authenticate orders on behalf of the President can sign this order.

 

&Please indicate here the head of the organization to whom the appeal is to be submitted.

 

 

 

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FORM-VI

 

(TO BE USED WHERE  AN AUTHORITY OTHER THAN THE PRESIDENT IS THE APPROPRIATE AUTHORITY TO RETIRE A RAILWAY SERVANT)

 

O R D E R

 

WHEREAS the ____________ * (appropriate authority)  is of the opinion that it is in the public interest to do so:

 

NOW, THEREFORE, in exercise of the powers conferred by clauses __________________ of  **Rule 1802 (a)/1803(a) read with para 620(ii) of Manual of Pension Rules 1950/1804(a) of IREC, Vol.II _______________  (appropriate authority)  hereby retires Shri/Smt./Kum.  _______________  with immediate effect he/she having already attained the age of fifty/fifty five years/ having already completed 30 years of service/ 30 years of service qualifying for pension on the ________________.     Shri/Smt./Kum. __________________ will be paid a sum equivalent to the amount of his/her pay plus allowances for a period of three months calculated at the same rate at which he/she was drawing them immediately before his/her retirement.   If he so desires, he may represent in writing to & _______ within 3 weeks from the date this notice is served on him/her.

 

 

 

(Signature)

* Designation of the appropriate authority

 

 

 

To

 

Shri/Smt. _____________

______________________
ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

 

I, __________, now holding the post of _____________________ in the Ministry/Department of __________________hereby acknowledge  the receipt of the original of the order of retirement as aforesaid along with cash or crossed cheque No. ______________ dated _____________ for Rupees ___________________________  (Rupees ____________________________________________ only).

 

Countersigned                                                         Sd/-

 

Name                                                             Designation

 

Designation

 

Place                                                              Place

 

Date                                                                Date

 

 

*As defined in Note 1 under Rule 1802 (2) of Indian Railway Establishment Code Vol.II 1987 Edition /Para 2(2) of Section I of Railway Ministry’s letter No.E48CPC/208 dt. 08.07.50 as amended under Board’s letter No.F(E)III 69 PN-1/15 dated 27.08.69.

 

 

**Strike off the portion not applicable.

 

 

&Please indicate here the head of the organization to whom the appeal is to be submitted.

 

 

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ANNEXURE-IV

 

CONFIDENTIAL

PROFORMA FOR COMPULSORY RETIREMENT OF NON-GAZETTED STAFF UNDER THE PROVISIONS OF RULE 1802(a)/ 1803(a)/1804 (a)  OF IREC, VOL.II (6th EDITION,1987) READ WITH PARA 620(ii) OF MRPR.

 

  1. IMPORTANT: This should be accompanied by
  • Full service file/record; and
  • Confidential reports for five years preceding retirement in respect of categories for which CRs are required to be written.

 

 

  1. IMPORTANT: Committee’s Chairman and Members should go through this carefully as well as the total service record and Committee Members should independently go through the total service record and these documents before coming to an independent, bonafide conclusion.

 

  • IMPORTANT: Committee members should fully familiarize themselves with rules, orders and guidelines.

 

 

PROFORMA FOR REVIEW OF SERVICE OF GR.’C’ & ‘D’ STAFF FOR RETENTION OR OTHERWISE IN SERVICE BEYOND 55 YEARS OF AGE / 30 YEARS OF SERVICE /33 YEARS OF QUALIFYING SERVICE

 

  1. BIO DATA

 

Office:                          File No.                                         Date Forwarded:

 

Name Date of Birth Date of appointment in service Date of completion of 55 years of age Date of completion of 30 years service [ in case of PF optee] Date of completion of 30 years qualifying service in case of pension optee Break in service caused, if any
1 2 3 4 5 6 7

 

 

 

Present Designation Present grade Station now employed Details of posts held during last 5 years

Designation        From           To

PF/Pension of optee Designation of appointing authority
8 9 10 11 12 13

 

 

  1. ASSESSMENT

PERFORMANCE REPORT OF THE CONTROLLING OFFICER ON THE BASIS OF LAST FIVE YEARS SERVICE.

[To be recorded by an officer not lower than a Senior Scale officer]

14

a) Is he physically and mentally fit to discharge duties effectively, if continued in service? Yes No Comments on his:
b) His attendance Good Poor i] integrity:

 

ii] General Conduct

 

iii] Performance during 5 years

c) His punctuality Good Poor
d) Does he deal with correspondence promptly? Yes No
e) Does he take decision? Yes No
f) Are his inspections sound and fruitful? Yes No
g) Is he cost conscious? Yes No
h) Can he maintain discipline amongst subordinate? Yes No

 

Signature:

Name:

Designation:

 

*This should be reflected by particulars recorded in Col.No.18

 

  • RECORD OF SERVICE DURING HIS ENTIRE CAREER

 

Appreciation of good work done, if any Particulars of penalties imposed, if any, with reasons Reasons
Nature of penalty imposed No. of times imposed
15 16

 

 

17. REMARKS RECORDED IN THE CONFIENTIAL REPORT,  DURING THE LAST 5 YEARS, IF MAINTAINED [CRs IN  ORIGINAL SHOULD BE ENCLOSED]
Year Year Year Year Year
A Classification
B Remarks about integrity
C Adverse remarks, if any
D Whether adverse remarks were communicated to employee

 

18. ATTENDANCE PARTICULARS FOR PREVIOUS FIVE YEARS
Year Year Year Year Year
1 Sick Leave [i] Full Pay
                 [ii] Half Pay
2 Leave not Due
3 Leave without Pay

 

19. PARTICULARS OF DAR/SPE/VIGILANCE CASES PENDING, IF ANY

 

  1. SPEAKING ORDERS OF THE REVIEW COMMITTEE

 

File No:

 

Signature:

 

Name:

 

Designation:

 

Date:

 

[CHAIRMAN]                 [MEMBER]                         [MEMBER]

  1. In cases of retirement on grounds of ‘doubtful integrity’ only, the remarks /recommendations of the SDGM:

 

NAME:

DATE:

  1. [IN CASE OF APPEAL]:

 

The speaking orders of the Representation Committee at the Headquarters.

 

Signature:

 

Name:

 

Designation:

 

Date:

 

[CHAIRMAN]                 [MEMBER]                         [MEMBER]    *[SDGM/CVO]

  1. SPEAKING ORDERS OF THE AGM /G.M.’s ON THE RECOMMENDTIONS OF THE REPRESENTATION COMMITTEE:

SIGNATURE:

NAME:

DATE:

*[in case of ‘doubtful integrity’]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PROFORMA

 

RETURN OF ACTION TAKEN FOR RETIRING RAILWAY SERVANTS WHO HAVE OUTLIVED THEIR UTILITY OR WHOSE INTEGRITY IS DOUBTFUL FOR THE QUARTER ________ YEAR _____ IN RESPECT OF NON-GAZETTED RAILWAY EMPLOYEES.

 

OFFICE _______________  DEPARTMENT _______________________

 

 

QUARTER ENDING

 

Quarter in which review is to be made No. Of cases to be

reviewed

No. Of cases actually reviewed No. Of cases in which it had been decided to
Retire in public interest Revert to lower substantive post

 

 

N.B.:  Even where information is NIL, a report should be sent.

 

 

 

 

RBE No.146/2015

 

Board’s letter No. E(G)2008 QR1-9 dated 18.11.2015  [RBE No.146/2015] 

        

Sub: Retention of Railway quarter at the previous place of posting by Railway employees posted to Northeast Frontier Railway.

 

Ref: Board’s letter No.E(G)2005 QR1-3 dated 12.9.05, E(G)2008 QR1-9 dated 01.10.08, 11.08.09, 20.09.11 & 30.12.14.

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Instructions governing retention of Railway accommodation in favour of Railways employees transferred and posted to N.F. Railway have been issued from time to time. The existing orders on the subject were valid up to 30.06.2015.  The question of further extension of these orders beyond 30.06.2015 has been considered and it has now been decided with the approval of Competent Authority to extend these orders for a further period of three years i.e. up to 30.06.2018 or till revised orders on the subject are issued, whichever is earlier.

 

Since the retention of quarter at the previous place of posting in favour officers/staff who have been transferred and posted to N.F.Railway is allowed for bonafide use of the dependent family of transferred Railway servant, he/she will furnish certificate on 1st July and 1st January of every year, stating that his/her dependent family members are actually residing in the Railway quarter at the last station of his/her posting. Such a certificate will also have to be furnished at the time of seeking retention.

 

In case no such certificate is received by 31st January and 31st July every year, the quarter controlling authority will be constrained to cancel the allotment of the quarter in question.

 

The request for retention of entitled type of accommodation should be received within a period of one month from the date of relinquishing the charge at the last station of posting, so that further necessary action will be initiated by the quarter controlling authority in time.

 

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

 

 

 

RBE No.136/2015

 

Board’s Corrigendum issued under letter No. E[NG]I/2014/PM/1/3 dated 29.10.2015  [RBE No.136/2015]

        

Sub: Guidelines for providing various facilities including allowing scribes to persons with disabilities at the time of departmental examination.

 

Ref: Railway Board’s letter of even number dated 01.09.2014.

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The instructions contained in Board’s letter of even number dated 01.09.2014 [RBE No. 93/2014] may be read along with letter No. E[NG]II/2006/RC-2/13 dated 29.07.2013 & 18.10.2013 in case of departmental examination also.

 

 

 

 

Board’s  letter No. E[NG]II/2006/RC 2/13 dated 29.07.2013

 

 

Sub: Recruitment of Persons with Disabilities from open market – regarding.

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Attention is invited to this Ministry’s letter of even number dated 17.09.2007, 18.02.2011, 27.04.2012, 25.09.2013 and 18.10.2013 regarding guidelines for providing concessions /facilities including scribes to persons with disabilities [PWDs], while conducting examination for their recruitment from open market.

 

Consequent to issuance of O.M. No.16-110/2003-DD.III dated 26.02.2013 by Department of Disability Affairs, Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment, the Board has now decided that:

 

  1. The assistance of Scribes can also be allowed to be availed by candidate with one arm /muscular weakness apart from Visually impaired candidates/ those candidates whose writing speed is affected by Cerebral Palsy [para 2[ii] of Board’s letter of even number dated 17.09.2007 stands modified to that extent].

 

  1. Para 2[ii] [e] may be amended and the word ‘extra time’ should be changed to ‘compensatory time’ and the same should not be less than 20 minutes per hour of examination for persons who are making use of scribe assistant. All the candidates with disability not availing the facility of scribe may be allowed additional time of minimum of one hour for examination of 3 hours duration which could further be increased on case to case basis.

 

 

 

  Board’s  letter No. E[NG]II/2006/RC 2/13 dated 18.10.2013

 

Sub: Recruitment of Persons with Disabilities from open market –Qualification of scribes – regarding.

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Attention is invited to para 2 [ii] [b] of this Ministry’s  letter of even number dated 17.09.2007 regarding guidelines for providing concessions/facilities including scribes  to persons with disabilities [PWDs], while conducting examination for their recruitment from open market.

 

Pursuant to advice of the Court of Chief Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities, in Case No.389/1041/2013 dated 13/9/2013 that criteria like educational qualification, marks secured, age or other such restriction for the scribe should not be fixed and instead, the invigilation system should be strengthened so that the candidates using scribe do not indulge in malpractices like copying and cheating during the examination, it has been decided by the Board to delete para 2[ii][b] of this Ministry’s letter of even number dated 17.09.2007.

 

Further, where recruitment notices have already been published, the recruiting agency may also issue corrigendum, bringing this fact to the notice of all concerned.

 

 

 

 

RBE No.151/2015

 

Board’s ltr. No. E(P&A)II-2005/RS-34 dt. 30.11.2015  [RBE No.151/2015]

 

 

Sub: Revision of the rates of Allowance in lieu of Running room facilities, Shunting Duty Allowance, Trip Allowance and Commercial duty Allowance payable to the running staff with effect from 1-1-2014.

 

 

Ref:  Board’s letters of even number dated 01.10.2009 and 22.04.2014

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In terms of Board’s letter of even no. dated 22.04.2014, the rates of Allowance in lieu of Running room facilities, Shunting Duty Allowance, Trip Allowance and Commercial duty Allowance which were laid down vide Board’s letter No. E(P&A)-II/2005/RS-34 dated 1-10-2009, were increased by 25% with effect from 01.01.2011 consequent upon increase in the rate of DA to 51%.

  1. Subsequent to enhancement in the rates of Dearness Allowance to 100% w.e.f  01.01.2014, the matter has been examined and it has been decided by Board that the rates of Allowance in lieu of Running room facilities, Shunting Duty Allowance, Trip Allowance and Commercial Duty Allowance shall increase by a further 25% w.e.f 01.01.2014 over the rates laid down vide Board’s letter No. E(P&A)-II/2005/RS-34 dated 1.10.2009.
  2. The other terms and conditions for admissibility of Allowance in lieu of Running room facilities, Shunting duty Allowance, Trip Allowance and Commercial duty Allowance shall remain unchanged.
  3. This issues with the concurrence of the Finance Directorate of the Ministry of Railways.

 

 

 

Board’s letter No. 2013/H/PNM/NFIR dated 17.11.2015  

 

Sub: Retired Employees Liberalised Health Scheme [RELHS-97]

 

Ref: This office letter of even No. dated 08.09.2015

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The decision of competent authority in the Ministry of Railways to extend the facility of joining RELHS-97 to those Railway employees  who retired at the normal age of superannuation irrespective of number of years of their service before superannuation, was conveyed to the Zonal Railways vide Board’s letter cited under reference.  However, one of the Zonal Railways has raised the issue of cut-off date of implementation of the order.  The issue has been examined in consultation with Finance Directorate in the Board’s office.

 

In this context it is clarified that the instruction issued vide Board’s letter cited under reference is applicable to all Railway employees who have retired or retiring from Railway service on attaining age of superannuation without any cut-off date.

 

This issues with the concurrence of Finance Directorate in the Board’s office.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Board’s letter No. E[MPP]2015/3/28 dated 26.11.2015 

 

Sub: Successful completion of promotional training – reiteration of instructions.

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Reference Board’s letter No. E[MPP]99/19/1/5.3 dated 25.02.2002 [RBE             No. 25/2002] conveying Board’s decision that successful completion of promotional training should be mandatory before being promoted to a particular post.

 

The subject matter was discussed during PNM meeting with NFIR.  During the interaction, it was pointed out that those staff, who are on the verge of  retirement should be exempted from attending the promotional training.

 

Federation’s demand has been examined in detail in consultation with various training centres and it has been decided that instructions issued vide Board’s letter dated 25.02.2002 referred above be followed strictly.  No exemptions are permissible.

 

 

 

 

RBE No.152/2015

 

Board’s letter No. F(E)III/2008/PN1/12 dated 04.12.2015  [RBE No.152/2015]

         

Sub: Implementation of Government’s decision on the recommendations of the Sixth Central Pay Commission – Revision of pension of pre-2006 pensioners/family pensioners etc.

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Instructions have been issued vide this office letters of even number dated 08.09.2008 & 08.10.2008 and letters F(E)III/2008/PN1/13 dated 15.09.2008 & 10.10.2008 providing for additional quantum of pension/family pension to old pensioners/family pensioners on attaining the age of 80 years and above. The additional quantum of pension/family pension would be admissible from the 1st day of the month in which the date of birth of the pensioner/family pensioner falls. It has also been mentioned in the instructions that wherever the age of the pensioner/family pensioner is available on the pension payment order, the additional pension/family pension may also be paid by the pension disbursing authorities immediately without any further authorization from the concerned Accounts Officer/Head of Office.

  1. Instances have come to notice wherein the additional pension/family pension are not being paid by the pension disbursing authorities to old pensioners/family pensioners on completion of 80 years of age and above. It is, therefore, advised that sample checks may be conducted to ensure that the extant instructions are strictly followed.

 

 

 

 

RBE No.155/2015

 

Board’s letter No. E(G)2015 QR1-3 dated 10.12.2015 [RBE No.155/2015]

          

Sub: Retention of Railway accommodation in the event of deputation of Railway officers to non-Railway PSUs/Statutory/Autonomous Bodies/Societies.

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The existing policy instructions on retention of Railway accommodation for officer proceeding on deputation to non-Railway PSUs/Societies are contained in Board’s letter No.E(G)2000 QR-1-23 dated 01.06.2001. As per these instructions Railway officers in the event of their deputation to non-Railway PSUs/Societies are eligible to retain Railway accommodation for a period of two months after which they are to be treated as unauthorized occupants.

 

  1. The aforesaid instructions regarding retention of Railway accommodation by Railway officers on deputation to non-Railway PSUs/ Societies have since been reviewed by Railway Board. In exercise of the powers vested with full Board for making reasonable relaxations in public interest in all or any of the existing provisions regarding allotment/retention of Railway accommodation and charging of rent therefor for a class / group of employees, Railway Board have now decided in partial modification of the existing instructions that Railway officers posted to non-Railway PSUs/ Statutory/ Autonomous Bodies/ Societies on mandatory basis shall be eligible to retain Railway accommodation during the period of deputation. In such cases it shall be required that the office of Establishment Officer, Department of Personnel & Training issues a certificate that the posting of the officer concerned to PSU/ Statutory/ Autonomous Bodies/ Society is on mandatory basis without seeking his/ her option and is in public interest.

 

  1. In cases of employees on deputation to PSUs/ Statutory/ Autonomous Bodies/ Societies who are allowed to retain their Railway accommodation as above, the concerned PSU/Organization shall credit to the concerned Railway Unit the amount equivalent to the entitlement for the House Rent Allowance of the Railway employee availing the retention facility plus the flat rate of Licence fee prescribed by the Railway.

 

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

 

 

 

RBE No.157/2015

 

Board’s letter No. E[NG]I-2015/CFP/5 dated 15.12.2015  [RBE No.157/2015]      

   

  Sub: Selection for the post of Ticket Examiner against 16-2/3% LDCE  quota.

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As the Railways are aware, in terms of Para 189 of IREM, 16-2/3% quota of posts in the lowest grade of Commercial Clerks, Ticket Collectors, Office Clerks and other categories of Clerks like Store Clerks etc. are to be filled by promotion of Matriculate erstwhile Group ‘D’ employees GP Rs.1800 to GP Rs. 1900/GP Rs.2000 with a minimum of two years service in the concerned seniority unit entirely on merit on the basis of competitive examination.  The minimum educational qualification to the above categories in GP 1900 for direct recruitment have been revised w.e.f. 17.12.2014 as 12th  [+2 stage] or its equivalent examination with not less than 50% marks in the aggregate, 50% marks is not to be insisted upon in case of SC/ST/    Ex-servicemen.

 

  1. A question has been raised by one of the Railways whether consequent upon revision of minimum educational qualification from Matriculation to 12th[+2 stage] or its equivalent examination, with not less than 50% marks in the aggregate, 50% marks should not be insisted upon in case of SC/ST/Ex-servicemen employees for promotion to the above categories in PB-1 Rs.5200-20200 GP Rs.1900 /GP Rs.2000 against 16-2/3% promotion quota or otherwise.

 

  1. The matter has been considered by the Board. It has been decided that, while the  fresh selection against 16-2/3% promotion quota may be conducted as per the clause of revised qualification in case of SC/ST/Ex-servicemen too, the existing staff eligible otherwise as on 17.12.2014 [date on which the educational qualification has been revised ] with the pre-revised qualification i.e. Matriculation may also be considered to be eligible to the selection for promotion against the said quota irrespective of the fact whether they are  Gen/OBC/SC/ST/Ex-servicemen as per the extant procedure.

 

 

 

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RBE No.158/2015

 

Board’s letter No. E[NG]I-2009/TR/7 dated 17.12.2015   [RBE No.158/2015]          

 

     Sub: Periodical transfer of non-gazetted Railway Employees

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In terms of the extant policy, railway employees holding sensitive posts including those who frequently come into contact with public and/or contractors/ suppliers, are required to be transferred every four years. A comprehensive list indentifying such posts was also prepared and circulated to the Railways. All the instructions issued by Board from time to time in this regard were consolidated at a glance and issued to Zonal Railways & Production Units under Board’s letter of even number dated 03.04.2012 (Copy enclosed) for better implementation of this policy.

 

  1. It has come to the notice that the above policy instructions/guidelines of Board are not being followed in letter and spirit by some of the field units. It is, therefore, considered essential to re-iterate Board’s policy on Periodical/rotational Transfer for strict compliance in its true spirit.

 

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RBE No.48/2012

 

Copy of Board’s letter No. E[NG]I-2009/TR/7 dated 03.04.2012 [RBE No.48/2012]

 

Sub: Periodical transfer of non-gazetted Railway employees

Pursuant to the decision taken in the DC/JCM meeting held on 4th May  &                      29th June, 2011, while taking the views of both the Federations viz., AIRF & NFIR into consideration, instructions on the subject of periodical transfer were issued in a consolidated form on 03.02.2012 incorporating crux/operative parts of the previous rules.  Both the federations have now desired that consolidated instructions should have been in a broad form so that, the employees falling under the policy of Periodical Transfer can have more advantage of such policy at a glance.  Consequently the matter has again been considered and it has  been decided to reiterate these instructions in a widened form covering all the guidelines particularly as contained in Board’s letter No. E[NG]I/2000/TR/17 dated 26.06.2000, as below, for strict compliance by all concerned.

 

  i.      No. E[NG]II/78/TR/85 dt. 27.4.79

ii.      No. E[NG]II/78/TR/82 dt. 07.02.80

iii.      No. E[NG]I/80/TR/28 dt. 22.08.80, 31.12.81, 19.02.86 & 16.10.87

iv.      No. E[NG]I/87/TR/34/NFIR/JCM/

DC dt.27.09.89 & 17.11.92

v.      No. E[NG]I/94/TR/29 dt. 02.05.95

vi.      No. E[NGI/96/TR/42 dt. 26.11.96

 

In terms of the instructions contained in the Ministry’s marginally noted letters, Railway employees holding sensitive posts, including those who frequently come into contact with public and/or contractors /suppliers, are required to be transferred every four years.  For this purpose, a comprehensive list of sensitive posts has also been circulated.  The thrust of these instructions is on transfer from one place to another. However, when transfer of such employees to a different place is not possible, they are to be shifted to a different non-sensitive seat in the same place to meet the requirement of periodical transfer.
i.        E[NG]I/80/TR/28 dt. 22.01.82, 19.02.86 & 16.10.87, 21.7.88 and 13.4.89

 

ii.        E[NG]I/92/TR/32/JCM/DC dated 10.08.93, 05.05.94 and 29.06.95

 

iii.        E[NG]I-98/TR/11 dt. 30.10.98 & 02.11.98

 

Instructions also exist vide this Ministry’s letters quoted in the margin that Ticket Checking staff as also other staff in mass contact areas, detected to be indulging in malpractices should be sent on inter-divisional transfers as a matter of policy. Besides, the case of the staff who have repeatedly figured in substantiated vigilance cases and where penalties have been imposed, are required to be reviewed at appropriate level and such staff are also to be transferred on inter-divisional basis. Such Ticket staff may however, be transferred to an adjoining Division on the same Railway or to a Division of some other Railway adjoining the Railway from which they are transferred if employee concerned make a request to that effect. The ticket checking staff who have been transferred out of the Division on complaints of corruption and who were later exonerated or awarded a penalty of censure, may not be brought back to the parent Division, even if they so desire.
i.        E[NG]II/77/TR/112  dt. 06.02.78 & 27.05.78 The genuine grievance of the staff transferred at the instance of S.P.E and Vigilance Organization, may be heard by the Divisional Railway Manager in respect of divisionally controlled staff and by the Chief Personnel Officer (A) in respect of Headquarters controlled staff before a final decision to effect the transfers is taken.
i.        E[NG]II/70/TR/28  dt. 14.10.70 General Managers could however, exercise their discretion to transfer non-gazetted staff from Stations/Posts against whom there are complaints – the man with longest stay being shifted first and those on the verge of their retirement { with one (1) or two(2) years service left} may be exempted if complaints against them are not serious.

 

i.      E[NG]I/81/TR/19  dt. 23.5.81 Frequent transfer of Railway servants should not be ordered. When the transfer of the railway servant is on temporary basis, the same should be mentioned in his transfer orders.
i.      E[NG]I-2002/TR/19  dt. 13.09.2002 Station Masters/Assistant Station Masters posted at Way Side Stations involved only in train passing duties and not doing any commercial duties may be exempted from the purview of the periodical transfer.
i.        E[NG]I-2009/TR/7  dt. 04.03.2010 It was emphasized that while ensuring compliance and the fundamental objectives of the scheme of periodical transfers, the academic session of the children of the employees being transferred may also be kept in view.
i.      E[L]60UT1-31 dt.19.02.1960

ii.      E[L]61 PE1-43 dt.31.7.1961

iii.      E[LR]75 UT1-176 dt. 08.08.75

iv.      E[LR]III/79/UTF/14 dt. 16.01.1980

v.      E[L]64 UTI-113 dt. 06.10.1964 & 21.11.1964

The instructions as contained in Board’s various letters prescribing the procedure for transfer of Union Office bearers as reiterated vide Board’s letter No. E[LR]III/79/UTF/14 dt. 16.01.1980, still hold good. Kindly ensure compliance.

 

  1. It has, time and again, been noticed by this Ministry that the extant instructions on periodical transfer are being interpreted differently by different Railways.  The position in this regard, is clarified in the following paragraphs.  The instructions for periodical transfer of Railway employees cover two broad categories of staff:

 

[i]     [a] The first category includes staff of Commercial Department [such as Commercial Supervisors, Enquiry-cum-Reservation Clerks /Booking Clerks, Goods Clerks, Parcel Clerks, Ticket Checking Staff etc., ] and the staff of the Operating Department [SSs/SMs/ASMs etc.]

 

[b]  In order to avoid large scale dislocation in the case of this category of staff, periodical transfer may, as far as possible, be effected without involving a change of residence of the staff concerned, so long as the fundamental objectives of such transfers can be achieved by transferring such staff to a  different location in the same station or to a different station in the same urban agglomeration.

 

[c]  However, the instructions regarding inter divisional/inter-railway transfer of staff detected to be indulging in malpractices or substantiated vigilance cases shall continue to be strictly complied with.

 

[ii]          In the second category, consisting mainly of staff working in offices such as Pay Bill Sections, Stores offices, Accounts Offices, Fuel Sections, Medical Department, etc., who cannot normally be transferred to another place for reasons like the seniority unit being different/very small, the office being localized etc., a change in seat which will result in change in the nature of job being performed by the staff, will meet the requirement of periodical transfer.

 

 

  1. While referring to this circular, the original letters referred to herein should be read for proper appreciation. This circular is only a consolidation of the instructions issued so far and should not be treated as a substitution to the originals.  In case of doubt, the original circulars should be relied upon as authority.  If any circular on the subject which has not been superseded, has not been taken into consideration while preparing this consolidated letter due to oversight, the said circular should be treated as valid and operative.

 

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Board’s letter No. E[P&A]I-2014/RT-6 dated 01.12.2015 

          

Sub: LARSGESS –Irregularities in implementation of the Scheme

 

Ref: Board’s letter of even number dated 19.03.2014, E[P&A]I-2011/RT-13 [Statement] dated 05.07.2012, 14.02.2013 and 27.06.2014

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A Safety Related Retirement Scheme [SRRS] was introduced in the year 2004 exclusively for Drivers and Gangmen /Trackmen.  The Scheme was subsequently re-named as Liberalised Active Retirement Scheme for Guaranteed Employment for Safety Staff and was also extended to Specified Safety Categories working in              GP upto 1900.  The list of the categories eligible for the scheme is annexed as Annexure I.

 

  1. The eligibility conditions for seeking voluntary retirement under the Scheme as on date are as follows:
S.No. Category Eligibility conditions on the cut off date
Qualifying service Age
1 Drivers and other specified safety category posts in GP 1900 [i] Total 33 years

[ii] Last ten years in the concerned safety category post.

55-57 years
2 [i] Gangmen and other specified safety category posts in                   GP 1800

[ii] Electrical Power Staff, Track Machine Staff, Bridge Staff, TRD Staff and PWI Khalasis working or track in GP 1800

[iii] Trackmen / Gangmen in             GP 1900

[i] Total 20 years

 

[ii] Last ten years in the concerned safety category post.

 50– 57 years.

 

  1. Further, a Time Schedule has been annexed with Board’s letter No. E[P&A]I-2010/RT-2 dated 29.03.2011 for completion of the retirement /recruitment process for each  cycle  of  the  respective  year.  As  per  the  extant  Schedule, the  entire process of each cycle is required to be completed within six months.  This condition has  been  stipulated  to  ensure  that  an  employee  who  is  at  the  fag  end  of the

prescribed upper age limit does not cross it by more than six months.  Instructions for strict compliance of the laid down eligibility conditions and Time Schedule have been reiterated time and again.  Inspite of this, it has been brought to the notice of the Board, that there are cases where the employees at the time of applying for retirement were fulfilling the eligibility conditions in all respects, but on account of delay in processing of the cases they became ineligible in respect of age and thus were denied the benefit of the Scheme.  In addition there have been cases where the benefit of the Scheme has been allowed to such employees who at the time of retirement /recruitment were having residual service of less than two and half years.  Therefore, retirement /recruitment in such cases becomes illegal ab-initio.  The employees in both the situations seek legal recourse on the ground that they were not at fault and have become in-eligible due to Administrative delay.  This has been viewed very seriously by the Board.

 

  1. It may be ensured that the benefit of the LARSGESS is extended only to the employees belonging to specified safety categories who fulfil the stipulated eligibility conditions relating to qualifying service and age etc. In addition, your attention is also drawn to para 6 of Board’s letter No. E[P&A]I-2004/RT-5 dated 18.03.2008 wherein it was directed that “ the concerned CPO should also certify that he was personally satisfied that the whole process of recruitment of wards has been completed within the time schedule fixed by Railway Board.”

 

  1. It is, therefore, desired that the prescribed eligibility conditions and Time Schedule should be scrupulously followed and the compliance report should reach Board’s Office invariably within one month of the completion of each cycle. In case any deviation comes to notice, the erring Officer /staff should be suitably taken up under D&AR under intimation to Board.

 

 

 

 

RBE No.153/2015

 

Board’s letter No.E(NG)-II/2001/RR-1/20 dated 07.12.2015 [RBE No.153/2015] 

        

 

Sub: Clarification regarding qualification prescribed for open market recruitment to the post of Lab.Assistant, Gr.II in Pay Band of Rs 5200-20200 (Grade Pay: Rs 2000)

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Attention is invited to Board’s letter of even number dated 12.11.2001 (RBE No.225/2001) wherein qualification for direct recruitment to post of Lab.Assistant, Gr.II in Pay Band of Rs 5200-20200 (Grade Pay: Rs 2000) has been prescribed as under :-

 

“Matriculation with Science, plus Diploma in Medical Lab.Technology (DMLT)”

 

2 .        Further instructions were issued vide letter No. E(NG)-II/2002/RR-1/57 dated 04.8.2006 which provided for equivalence of Certificate Course in DMLT with Diploma in DLMT subject to fulfilment of following conditions: (i) The course has been done from the institution which is recognized by a University or Technical Board of State Government/Central Government authority; (ii) The duration of the course is at least 01 year; (iii) During the course the candidate should have done the training on full time basis; and (iv) At the end of the course, there should be a system of examination which has been successfully passed by the candidate.

 

3 .        Matriculation has, however, been replaced by 12th (10+2 stage) in Science vide RBE No.49/2015.

 

4 .        In connection with selection for the category of Lab.Assistant, Gr.II (CEN 06/2010 and 05/2012) undertaken in terms of instructions contained in para 1 & 2 above, following clarification has been sought by one of the Railway Recruitment Boards :-

 

(i)                Whether Certificates/Diploma issuing Institutions (a) Janardan Rai Nagar Rajasthan Vidyapeeth (Deemed), Udiapur (Rajasthan); (b) Rajdhani Institution of Paramedical Technology, Alwar; and (c) S.D.M.Hospital, Jaipur are recognized;

 

       (ii) Whether Certificate/Diploma obtained viz. B.Sc. in MLT (3-1/2 year), Diploma Course in MLT (2 year), One Year Certificate Course in MLT and Diploma Course (2 year) of Training in the Theory and Practical of Medical Lab. Technology (18 month as student Trainee & 6 months as Apprentice Lab. Staff) are acceptable; and

 

(iii)      Whether Certificates/Diploma obtained through distance education/extension education are to be accepted or otherwise.

 

5 .        The matter has been examined in consultation with Health Directorate of this Ministry and accordingly instructions contained in letter No. E(NG)-II/2002/RR-1/57 dated 04.8.2006 and E(NG)-II/2005/RR-1/8 dated 28.8.2014 are reiterated. The same may be strictly adhered to. It has also been decided that qualification/courses which have been obtained on full time basis shall only be accepted towards the prescribed qualification and qualifications obtained through distance learning mode will not be accepted.

 

 

 

RBE No.160/2015

 

Board’s letter No. E(P&A)I-2010/RT-2 dated 18.12.2015 [RBE No.160/2015]          

 

Sub:  Liberalized Active Retirement Scheme for Guaranteed Employment for Safety Staff ( LARSGESS) – Inclusion of additional categories – PNM/AIRF Item No. 38/2012 and PNM/NFIR Item No. 14/2013

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The following five categories in GP 1800 were brought under the purview of LARSGESS vide Board’s letter of even number dated 24.03.2014 :-

 

  • Electrical Power Staff working on track
  • Track Machine Staff working on track
  • Bridge Staff working on track
  • TRD Staff working on track
  • PWI Khalasis working on track

 

  1. Pursuant to issue of the ibid instructions, the employees’ Federations have been demanding removal of the term  “working on track” suffixed with these categories on the ground that the same employee who has been covered under this Scheme may be working at different places at different point of time and may not always be working on track. The matter has been considered by the Board and it has been decided to delete the term “working on track” suffixed with these categories.

 

  1. The revised instructions would be applicable from the retirement/recruitment cycle of January- June 2016 onwards.

 

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RBE No.159/2015

 

Board’s letter No.E(NG)I-2014/PM7/1 dated 18.12.2015  [RBE No.159/2015]

          

Sub: Increasing Promotion Quota percentage for Technician III posts in Diesel/Electric Lco/EMU Sheds on Indian Railways from existing 20% to 25%.

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Attention in invited to Para 159 of Indian Railways Establishment Manual,   Vol-I, 2009 (reprint edition), emphatically towards procedure prescribed for Diesel/ Electric Loco/EMU Sheds, which is filled hitherto by:

 

(i)           60% plus shortfall, if any, against LDCE quota as at (ii) below by selection from Course Completed Act Apprentices, and ITI passed candidates in relevant trades from the open market ; serving employees who are “Course Completed Act Apprentices” or ITI qualified could be considered against this quota allowing age relaxation as applicable to serving employees; and

 

(ii)          20% from serving semi-skilled and unskilled staff with educational qualification as laid down in Apprentices Act; and

 

(iii)         20% by promotion of staff in the lower grade as per prescribed procedure.

 

2 .     Consequent to up-gradation of required minimum educational qualification to Matriculation and demand raised by the General Secretary/NFIR for increasing the promotion quota, the matter has been examined by the Board keeping in view the changed scenario and it has been decided that henceforth posts of  Skilled Artisans in Diesel/Electric Loco/EMU Sheds may be filled as under:

 

(i)      50% plus shortfall, if any, against LDCE quota as at (ii) below by selection from Course Completed Act Apprentices, and ITI passed candidates in relevant trades from the open market ; serving employees who are “Course Completed Act Apprentices” or ITI qualified could be considered against this quota allowing age relaxation as applicable to serving employees; and

 

(ii)     25% from serving semi-skilled and unskilled staff with educational qualification as laid down in Apprentices Act ; and

  • 25% by promotion of staff in the lower grade as per prescribed procedure

 

3 .     Accordingly, Para 159 of Indian Railway Establishment Manual, Vol-I, 2009 (reprint edition) is amended so far concerned with filling up the posts of Diesel/Electric Loco/EMU Sheds, as per ACS No 231 enclosed herewith.

 

 

 

Indian Railways Establishment Manual, Vol-I, 1989 (First Reprint Edition 2009)

Advance Correction Slip No.231

 

Chapter I, Section ‘B’, Sub-Section-III containing rules governing recruitment and training of Group ‘C’ Staff.

 

Change the contents of ‘Note’ and quotas reflected for Diesel/Electric Loco/EMU Sheds as under:

 

 

(i)      50% plus shortfall, if any, against LDCE quota as at (ii) below by selection from Course Completed Act Apprentices, and ITI passed candidates in relevant trades from the open market; serving employees who are “Course Completed Act Apprentices” or ITI qualified could be considered against this quota allowing age relaxation as applicable to serving employees; and

 

(ii)     25% from serving semi-skilled and unskilled staff with educational qualification as laid down in Apprentices Act; and

 

(iii)    25% by promotion of staff in the lower grade as per prescribed procedure.

 

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RBE No.161/2015

 

Board’s letter No. F[E]I/2015/AL-28/57 dated 23.12.2015  [RBE No.161/2015]    

     

Sub: Clarification regarding grant of CTG

 

Ref: East Central Railway’s letter No. ECR/Fin/Admin/CTG/Gaz dated 19.10.2015

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A doubt has been raised by one of the Railways whether reimbursement of expenditure towards transportation of personal effects by road in addition to 100% CTG is admissible when employees do not avail Kit Pass.

 

  1. It is clarified that vide Board’s letter No. E[W]2004/PS-5-9-1 dt. 01.08.2011, personal effects and transportation of car have been permitted by road on reimbursement basis to the place of posting in case of transfer / place of settlement after retirement. This entitlement is in addition to CTG as per the rates prescribed in Board’s letter No. F[E]/2011/AL-28/26 dated 14.02.2012, F[E]I/2008/AL-28/15                 dt. 29.12.2010 and F[E]I/2011/AL-28/18 dated 13.06.2011 & 29.04.2014.

 

 

 

 

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RBE No.162/2015

 

Board’s letter No. E(D&A)2015 GS1-6 dated 29.12.2015  [RBE No.162/2015]

         

Sub: Representation from Railway servants on service matters- reiteration of instructions- regarding.

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Attention is invited to Railway Board’s letter No.E(D&A)2010 GS1-1 dated 25.05.2010 whereby copies of Railway Board’s earlier instructions and Department of Personnel and Training’s office memoranda on the above subject were circulated on the Railways.

 

2 .     In this regard, Department of Personnel and Training has issued O.M. No.11013/08/2013-Estt.(A-III) dated 31.08.2015, reiterating the earlier instructions issued in this regard. Rule 3(1)(iii) of the Central Civil Services (Conduct) Rules, 1964 referred to in para 3 of the O.M. dated 31.08.2015 corresponds to Rule 3(1)(iii) of Railway Services (Conduct) Rules, 1966. The Department of Personnel and Training’s O.M. dated 06.06.2013, referred to in para 1 of their above O.M. is available at their website ‘persmin.nic.in/DOPT.asp’  under ‘OMs & Orders’ – ‘Vigilance’ – ‘CCS(Conduct) Rules’.

 

3 .     It is reiterated that all concerned are required to strictly comply with the aforesaid instructions and violation(s) thereof may entail suitable action.

 

 

 

 

Copy of DOP&T’S O.M. No.11013/08/2013-Estt[A-III] dated 31st  August, 2015

 

Sub:  Representation from Government servant on service matters-   reiteration of instructions – regarding.

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The undersigned is directed to refer to O.M. of even number dated 6th June, 2013 wherein instructions have been issued on submission of representation by Government servants about their service matters. In spite of these instructions, it has been observed that Government servants including officers/ officials of para military forces and Army personnel continue to represent directly to the Prime Minister, Minister, Secretary (P) and other higher authorities, directly.

 

2 .     As per the existing instructions, wherever, in any matter connected with his service rights or conditions, a Government servant wishes to press a claim or to seek redressal of a grievance, the proper course for him is to address his immediate official superior, or Head of his office, or such other authority at the appropriate level who is competent to deal with the matter in the organisation.

 

3 .     Such submission of representations directly to other authorities by- passing the prescribed channel of communication, has to be viewed seriously and appropriate disciplinary action should be taken against those who violate these instructions. This can rightly be treated as an unbecoming conduct attracting the provisions of              Rule 3 (1) (iii) of the Central Civil Services (Conduct) Rules, 1964. It is clarified that this would include all forms of communication including through e-mails or public grievances portal etc.

 

4 .     Attention in this connection is also invited to the provision of Rule 20 of CCS (Conduct) Rules, 1964 prohibiting Government servants from bringing outside influence in respect of matter pertaining to his service matter. Representation by relatives of Government servant is also treated as  outside influence as clarified vide MHA OM No.F.25/21/63-Estt.(A) dated 19.09.1963.

 

5 .     It is reiterated that these instructions may be brought to the notice of all Govt. servants including officers/officials of para military forces and members of armed forces and action taken against those who violate these instructions.

 

 

 

 

 

Board’s letter No. 2013/H/5/5 dated 20.10.2015 

 

Sub: Medical examination of candidates proposed to be appointed in Railways by way of compassionate ground/Land Losers – relaxation in Medical Condition.

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A proposal for extending some relaxation in Physical Handicap (1-39 %) medical standards for appointment of candidates proposed to be appointed in Railway on Compassionate Ground/Land losers has been engaging attention of the Board for some time. The matter has been examined in consultation with Establishment Directorate of the Board and it has been decided that while conducting medical fitness of candidates of Compassionate Ground/Land losers for appointment in Railways, the following procedure would hence forth be adopted:-

 

I .       The candidate for Compassionate Ground/Land loser Appointment will be examined as per laid down yardstick for the post against which the candidate is being considered for appointment.

 

II .      If the candidate fails in laid down medical standards, the Personnel Branch of the Division/Zone/PU will identify a post in consultation with the user department where the candidate can work even with the disability pointed out during medical examination. However, this dispensation can be considered for appointment in medical category Cey-Two only. For example, if a candidate of Compassionate Ground/Land loser Appointment is considered against the specified post[s] and he/she fails in the medical examination, the Personnel Branch of the Zone in consultation with the user department viz. Commercial/Engineering/Medical/ Operating/ Personnel/Stores Department etc.  will identify a post falling in  Cey-Two Medical Category only where it is felt that the candidate can work against the specified post even with the disability pointed out during the medical examination. Both the user department as well as the Personnel Branch of the Division/Zone, will issue a written certificate specifying the particular post against which such a candidate can be accommodated.

 

III .     On receipt of such certificate, the CMS of the Division will refer the matter to Divisional Medical Committee comprising of three doctors out of which one should be a specialist of the area in which the candidate has been found medically unfit. The Divisional Medical Committee would submit its report which will be finally accepted by the CMS of the Division. If the candidate is declared fit for the post by the Divisional Medical Committee with relaxed standards, proposal for appointment can be considered.

 

Advance Correction Slip to Para 511 of IRMM, 2000 is accordingly enclosed herewith.

 

 

 

Advance Correction Slip to Para 511 of IRMM, 2000

 

A Sub -para (Sub -para 10) will be added below sub para 9 of para 511 of IRMM, 2000:-

 

SUB PARA 10, RELAXATION IN MEDICAL EXAMINATION FOR THE CANDIDATES PROPOSED TO BE APPOINTED IN RAILWAY BY WAY OF COMPASSIONATE GROUND/LAND LOSER CASE.

 

While conducting medical fitness of candidates of Compassionate Ground/Land losers for appointment in Railways, the following procedure would henceforth be adopted:-

 

I .       The candidate for Compassionate Ground/Land Loser Appointment will be examined as per laid down yardstick for the post against which the candidate is being considered for appointment.

 

II .      If the candidate fails in laid down medical standards, the Personnel Branch of the Division/Zone/PU will identify a post in consultation with the user department where the candidate can work even with the disability pointed out during medical examination. However, this dispensation can be considered for appointment in medical category Cey-Two only. For example, if a candidate of Compassionate Ground/Land Loser Appointment is considered against the specified post[s] and he/she fails in the medical examination, the Personnel Branch of the Zone in consultation with the user department viz. Commercial/ Engineering/ Medical/Operating/Personnel/Stores Department etc. will identify a post falling in Cey-Two Medical Category only where it is felt that the candidate can work against the specified post even with the disability pointed out during the medical examination. Both the user department as well as the Personnel Branch of the Division/Zone, will issue a written certificate specifying the particular post against which such a candidate can be accommodated.

 

III .     On receipt of such certificate, the CMS of the Division will refer the matter to Divisional Medical Committee comprising of three doctors out of which one should be a specialist of the area in which the candidate has been found medically unfit. The Divisional Medical Committee would submit its report which will be finally accepted by the CMS of the Division. If the candidate is declared fit for the post by the Divisional Medical Committee with relaxed standards, proposal for appointment can be considered.

 

 

 

 

RBE No.156/2015

 

Board’s letter No. E(G)2010/FE1/2 dated 14.12.2015  [RBE No.156/2015]

         

Sub: Updating names of Institutions in the list of recognized Institutions, for membership and reimbursement of membership fee.

 

Ref:  1) Board’s letter No.E(G)2010/FE/1/2 Dt. 28.12.2011. &

        2) Board’s letter No.E(G)/FE-01-3 (SOP) Dt.21.08.2012.

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The Ministry of Railways vide letter Dt.28.12.2011 followed by SOP vide letter Dt. 21.8.2012 has recognized/Updated the names of the Institutes (both National and International) for the purpose of allowing Railway personnel to take Membership and avail reimbursement to the tune of 90% of the membership fee.

 

  1. The names of two Institutes appearing in Annex. A have since been changed as under:-

 

S.No. in Annex “A” of letter dt.28.12.2011 and 21.8.2012 Old name New Name
45 Indian Society of Department of Anaesthesiology Anaesthetists Indian Society of Anaesthesiologists (ISA) Ashwathi, Kasaragod, Opposite Ayyappa Temple, Nullippady. Kerala 671121.
59 Institution of  Industrial Engineers, India Indian Institution of  Industrial Engineering, Plot No.103, Sector 15, CBD Belapur, Navi Mumbai 400614.

 

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

 

 

 

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