Pending burning issues of the Railwaymen
The undernoted burning issues have been time and again brought to your kind notice for early redressal thereof because non-redressal of these issue is causing serious deep sense of discontentment among the Railway Staff……
No.AIRF/24(C) Dated: December 7, 2018
Respected Shri Piyush Gopal Ji,
Sub: Pending burning issues of the Railwaymen
The undernoted burning issues have been time and again brought to your kind notice for early redressal thereof because non-redressal of these issue is causing serious deep sense of discontentment among the Railway Staff:-
- Implementation of four grade structure in the ratio of 10:20:20:50 in case of Trackmen/Track Maintainers – As you are very well aware that, the Joint Committee on Package and Career Progression of Trackmen had, unanimously recommended to grant four grade structure to the category of Trackmen/Track Maintainers in the ratio of 10:20:20:50 with a view to facilitate advancement prospects to this ever neglected category of the staff who are directly involved in safe train operation by maintaining railway track. Despite assurance given by the Railway Board, during the course of discussions in Railway Board PNM with AIRF, that, orders would be issued within a couple of days to implement the said four grade structure, final outcome is still awaited, due to which serious resentment is brewing among the Trackmen/Track Maintainers.
- Revision of the rates of Running Allowance and other allowances related to Running Staff – This issue has also been deliberated at length at several occasions, but unfortunately, Railway Board’s instructions to this effect are yet to be issued. The Running Staff, both Loco & Traffic, are seriously concerned due to inordinate delay in revision of the rates of Running Allowance and other allowances related to Running Staff because on previous occasions the revision used to be done just after implementation of recommendations of the successive Central Pay Commissions.
I would, therefore, seek your personal intervene, so that, revision of the rates of the aforesaid allowances is done without any further delay.
- Restructuring of the IT Cadre – Information Technology has gained paramount importance in all walks of the life. While IT Cadre was formed in the Indian Railways more than a decade ago, but there is still some confusion in regard to dysfunction and Human Resource Management. Railway Board had issued instructions for Cadre Restructuring of IT Cadre (Ref.No.2016/AC-II(CC)/37/9 dated 18.04.2017(RBA No.45/2017), No.2017/AC-II(CC)/37/7 dated 29.06.2017 and No.2017/AC-II/37/9 dated 29.12.2017), but unfortunately, an impracticable condition was imposed to surrender all the vacant posts in the cadre, whereas, in Cadre Restructuring of other categories, only number of posts of Matching Money Value were surrendered and not the entire vacant posts. We have been regularly pursuing this issue, and the present Financial Commissioner, Railway Board, also assured to take necessary action in the matter, but final outcome is still awaited.
I would, therefore, request that, this issue should also be looked into on priority and revised orders issued early.
I sincerely hope that, the above issues would definitely be given due attention and necessary instructions shall be issued without any further delay, keeping in view the discontentment brewing among these vulnerable categories of the Railwaymen.
With Kind Regards,
Shri Piyush Gopal,
Hon’ble Minister for Railways,
Ministry of Railways,
Copy to: Chairman, Railway Board, New Delhi – for necessary action please.
Copy to: Member Staff, Railway Board, New Delhi – for necessary action please.
Copy to: Director General(P), Railway Board, New Delhi – for necessary action please.
Copy to: Addl. Member(Staff), Railway Board, New Delhi – for necessary action please.
Copy to: ED(IR), Railway Board, New Delhi – for necessary action please.
Copy to: General Secretaries, all affiliated unions – for information.