No.AIRF/34 Dated: May 28, 2020
Sub: Payment of Stipend to the Trainees undergoing mandatory training in the Training Institutes
Number of candidates were recruited through RRBs and are undergoing prescribed mandatory training in the Training Institutes. Due to lockdown they have been sent back, but it has come to our notice that, Stipend is not being paid to them.
It is worth mentioning here that, some Zonal Railways, viz. Western and N.E. Railways, are paying stipend in such situations, and Northern Railway has referred the issue to the Railway Board, seeking clarification. During the lockdown it has become very difficult for these candidates to survive, and they are facing acute financial hardships.
Board may consider the matter sympathetically and issue necessary directions to all the Zonal Railways and Production Units to treat it as extended period of training, and full stipend for the period should be paid to them as it has been decided for Act Apprentices and instructions issued through RBE No.37/2020.
Necessary instructions be issued at the earliest.