Thursday, February 25, 2010

For Press Release.

Comment on Railway Budget -2010

Railway Minister Hon. Mamata Banerjee has submitted her Railway Budget in Parliament on 24.02.10.

The budget clearly indicates that her eyes are targeted to the Chief Minister Post of West Bengal. It is a Popularity based Budget. But Railway required a proper vision for future development like more kilometer of New track, Gauge Conversion, Doubling, Electrification
And filling up of existing vacancies.

In this budget Minister announced
10 Durantos
101 Suburban Trains for Mumbai,
54 New trains.

But where is the infrastructure and staff?

At present track capacity is saturated in different sections, and hence the punctuality of trains is very badly affected. So present double line sections to change to automatic signaling and Quadruple (4lines, like Chennai-Arakkonam) modernization of signaling and replacing aged bridges and tracks also important. The major thing is alarming vacancy position in general and safety category in particular. As per the knowledge 1, 72,749 vacancies are available in Railways out of that around 12,000 posts of Loco Pilots and Assistant Loco Pilots are existing. Last month Mumbai Motorman agitated demanding filling up of vacancies and pay hike and trains service were paralised.

In Bangalore Division also so many old proposals are kept in cold storage.
Bangalore –Mysore Doubling and Electrification,
Bangarpet –Marikuppam electrification,
Tumkur- Arsikere Doubling,
Bangalore- Guntakkal doubling and electrification,
Chick banavar – Sravanabelegola line
etc are to be given top priority.

The tourist trains presently running in Karnataka(Golden Chariot) is in huge loss, again operating such service will not be viable.
So before announcing any more trains the infrastructure to be developed and staff to be recruited.

Up to 2002 there were only 9 railway zones. But later due to different political and Administrative reasons new zones and divisions formed and as on date there are 16 Railway Zones. In 2000 total number of Officers in Indian Railways was around 6000; and the other Employees was around 17, 00,000. But as on 01.04.2009 the number of Officers is tripled (17680-White Paper) and other Staff reduced to 13, 72,003(white Paper).
In South Western Railway 565 posts of Loco Pilots assistant Loco Pilots are vacant.
Mamata expects more investment through PPP, which is handing over Public Property to the Private.

C. Sunish,
General Secretary,
AILRSA, SWR.

THE HINDU
Thursday, February 25, 2010, Bangalore
‘Where is the infrastructure for new trains?’
Staff Reporter
BANGALORE: Even as Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa termed the Railway Budget 2010-11 as encouraging, many pending projects and proposals from the State have not been given due consideration in the budget.
Union Minister for Railways Mamata Banerjee’s gesture in announcing 54 new trains has come under severe criticism from within the Railway fraternity on the grounds of inadequate infrastructure and manpower.
General Secretary of All India Loco Running Staff Association, South Western Railway, C. Sunish, said many old proposals in Bangalore division, including Bangalore–Mysore line doubling and electrification; Bangarpet–Marikuppam electrification; Tumkur-Arsikere line doubling; Bangalore- Guntakkal line doubling and electrification, and Chikkabanavar–Shravanabelegola new line have been kept in cold storage.
Mr. Sunish said, at present, track capacity was saturated in different sections as a result of which punctuality of trains had severely been affected. Ms. Banerjee should also have focussed on filling up over 1.7 lakh vacancies, of which nearly 12,000 are that of loco pilots. He said the Railways has utterly failed in manpower management. The numbers had dwindled from 17 lakh employees as against 6,000 officers in the year 2000 to 13.7 lakh employees and 17,680 officers in 2009. Kannada Development Authority Chairperson Mukhyamantri Chandru hailed Ms. Banerjee’s decision to conduct recruitment tests simultaneously across the country and in regional languages. Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee Working President D.K. Shivakumar lauded the efforts of Minister of State for Railways K.H. Muniyappa in getting many projects for the State. Bangalore South Lok Sabha member Ananth Kumar said Karnataka is the only State which has continuously contributed and committed a major portion of funds for new rail projects.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA / MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS

(RAILWAY BOARD)

Rail Bhavan, New Delhi, 110001, dated 15.2.2010

No. ERB-I/2010/23/7

ORDER

Ministry of Railways (Railway Board) have decided to constitute a Fast Track Committee to look into the issues of Loco Running Staff including Motormen

raised in different fora consisting of the following:-

i) Executive Director/PC-I, Railway Board – Convenor

ii) Executive Director/PC-II, Railway Board – Member

iii) Executive Director/Finance(E), Railway Board – Member

iv) Adviser/Elect(RS), Railway Board – Member

v) Executive Director/ME(Tr), Railway Board – Member

vi) Executive Director (Chg.), Railway Board – Member

2. The terms of reference of the Committee will be as under:-

The Committee will look into the issues raised by various Federations/Unions/Associations and will also seek views from Federations, Associations, Unions and employees as considered appropriate regarding:

a) Grade Pay and fixation of pay on promotion vis-a-vis direct recruitment;

b) Allowances to Loco Running Staff as per the recommendation of Sixth Pay Commission;

c) Applicability of running allowances with effect from 01.01.2006 based on revised rate of running allowance and related demands;

d) Computed running allowance in suburban sections; and

e) Any other issue/demand which is referred to the Committee.

3. The Committee will submit its report within a period of two months from the date of its constitution.

4. The headquarter of the Committee will be at New Delhi.

5. The Convener and Members of the Committee will be eligible to draw TA/DA as per extant rules.

(J.M.S. Rawat)

Under Secretary (Estt)

Railway Board

Friday, February 19, 2010

Lady ALP at Bangalore.
So far in many divisions Lady assistant Loco Pilots were working.But in Bangalore today is the first day that one Lady Assistant LocoPilot is working in Passenger Train operation. The credit goes toMiss. Alok Nanda, Lady Assistant Loco Pilot recently completedtraining and inducted to service. She is from Orissa. Today she isworking the Passenger train from Bangalore to Tumkur and back . Trainnumbers 221, 222, 225 and 224. Morning 9.20 hours leaving frombangalore reaching Tumkur at 11.05 ,again leaving Tumkur at 11.20arriving 13.20 at Bangalore. Leaving Bangalore at 13.40 and arrivingTumkur at 15.25, Leaving Tumkur at15.50 and arriving bangalore at17.40 hours. She is working with Loco Pilot Pasenger Sri G Narayana.
Conviliation talk between Railway Board and AILRSA held at RLC/NDLS on 19.02.2010. From Railway Board 3 officers attended, and from AILRSA, Com. MN Prasad, Com. L Mony , Com. NB Dutta and Com. Jeet Singh Tank attended.
Railway Board officers requested for some more time since Railway Budget is shortly coming.
RLC ask railways to submit their comment on our demands within 15th March 2010.Next sitting on 15.03.2010.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

8% DA with effect from 01.01.2010
Transportation allowance will also increase by 8%
Notice for Extended CWC meeting


I hereby call an extended CWC meeting up to Divisional Secretary’s on 11th, 12th march 2010 starting from 10:00 hrs on 11th march, will be concluded latest by 20:00 hrs on 12th March 2010 to enable to catch the convenient train to return your Head Quarter. To-wards HWH you may avail 2842 (Coromandal Exp) dept at VSKP 22:10 from VSKP, to-wards Chennai 2841 dept 4:40 on 13.03.2010, for NGP/Delhi by 8518 / 2409 i.e. by 8518 to R and then from R to NGP, and Delhi by 2409 for Mumbai (CSTM) 1020 is available.

Agenda to be discussed

1. Organizational position
2. Our future task in post conclusion of RLC conciliation on 19th Feb 2010
3. Member ship position
4. Any other subject with the permission of chair

All the CWC members / Zonal / Divisional Secretarys must come having a discussion on future task in post RLC conciliation based on actual mental preparation of our workers. They also requested to come in time so meeting will start in time.

Divisional Secretary / WAT and Zonal Secretary / E. Co. Railway will see that all arrangement is done for meeting.

With greeting,

Yours’ comradely




(M. N. Prasad)
Secy. General

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Dear Comrades, all of you who read this blog regularly please give one clarion call to all the Loco Running Staff &Motormen all over the Indian Railways.Forget all the difference of opinions between & among all of us.Forget all the affiliations to Religion, Caste, Unions, etc.Let all of us come together as Loco Running Staff & Motormen.Spread the following message:ALL ALP, LP & MM: PREPARE SERIOUSLY FOR THE ALL INDIA INDEFINITESTRIKE FROM 1st MAY, 2010 IN CASE THE REPORT OF THE FAST TRACKCOMMITTEE NOT IN OUR FAVOR AND/OR NOT IMPLEMENTED ON OR BEFORE 30thAPRIL, 2010.LOCO RUNNING STAFF & MOTORMEN UNITY ZINDABAD.
Mahesh Pandya

Thursday, February 4, 2010
















All India Loco running Staff Association Hubli Divisional ConferenceHeld at Jyothy Basu Nagar (Railway Institute) Castle Rock on01.02.2010. Flag hoisting done by sri C. Sunish, General SecretaryAILRSA SWR, Welcome address by Sri K Nishad, Div. Secretray, Presidedby Sri Donal raj. The conference was Inaugurated By Sri Geomy George, General Secretary Southern Railway, AILRSA. In his welcomeaddress he explained the history of Railway men struggle in indianRailways and formation of AILRSA and the need of unity etc.The Following were also addressed the Conference
1. C. Sunish, General Secretary AILRSA SWR,
2. Sri SD Arnold, , President, AILRSA SWR,
3. Sri Kamal Pasha, Secretary, SWRMU, Castle Rock
4. Sri. MR Radhakrishnan, Joint Secretray, AILRSA, Palakkad.
Sri K Nishad submitted the working report and the meeting afterdiscussion passed the report. The conference elected the folloowing asoffice beareres of the Hubli Division
President : D Murali-Hospet
Vice President : K Rajesh, Hospet, Anoop KR-Hubli
Secretary :K Nishad-Hubli
Joint Secretary : Y Sreedhar-Hubli, S Sudharsan-Hospet
Organising Secretary : Sirish Hubli
Treasurer : Praveen GP-Hubli
The conference has passed a number of resolutions out of which one isthe demand for opening a crew depot at Vasco and Belgam.
Sri Rejith Branch Secretary AILRSA expressed vote of thanks.

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