Friday, August 31, 2018

India is building infrastructure, including pipelines and import facilities, to raise the share of gas in its energy mix to 15 percent in next few years from the current level of about 6.5 percent.
All India | Reuters | Updated: August 30, 2018 
New Delhi: The central government is mulling not to form any Pay Commission for increasing salaries and allowances of central government employees and and pensioners in future.

The report of inflation would be submitted to the Finance Minister Arun Jaitley once every three years.
Cabinet approves additional 2 percent Dearness Allowance (DA) for Central Government employees and Dearness Relief (DR) to pensioners w.e.f. 1st July, 2018 
7th CENTRAL PAY COMMISSION and RUNNING ALLOWANCE:

7th Central Pay Commission was announced by UPA Government in 2013

On 04.02.2014 the them Prime Minister Sri Man Mohan Singh announced approval of 7th CPC.

On 28.02.2014 Government issued Gazatte notification on constitution of 7th CPC 1) Justice Ashok Kumar Mathur, Chairman 2) Vivek Rae, Member 3) Dr. Rathin Roy, Member and 4) Mrs. Meena Agarwal, Secretary

Suppose to submit their report by 31 May 2015(18 months time).  But CPC asked extension up to 31 July 2015

The report, which was supposed to be submitted in August, was delayed when the Pay Commission, on 27.08.2015, asked for an extension of four months to complete its report.

National Joint Council of Action in the meeting on 30.09.15 at New Delhi decided to defer the Indefinite Strike from 23rd November 2015 to FEB 2016. Since 7th CPC is likely to submit their report by December and Govt may not take any decision due to Bihar election.

National Joint Council of Action (NCJA) representing the employees in Central Govt sector- Income Tax, Audit etc, Postal Employees, Defence Employees and Railway Employees organised a massive Dharna in front of Jantar Manthar, New Delhi on 19.11.2015 demanding release of 7th CPC report, same day CPC submitted their report to Government of India.

NCJA organized, Massive Dharna in different parts of country19, 20 & 21 Jan, 2016. The Union Cabinet, chaired by the Prime Minister Sri Narendra Modi, has given its approval for setting up an Empowered Committee of Secretaries under the Chairmanship of Cabinet Secretary, in order to process the recommendations of 7th Central Pay Commission (CPC) in an overall perspective.

NCJA declared indefinite strike from 11.04.2016, but due to elections for 4 states it deferred to 11.07.2016.

AILRSA extended full support and decided to join the strike.

Govt called NCJA for negotiation. Discussion held with Hon’ble Home Minister Sri Rajnath Singh. Government assures that the issues raised by them relating to the pay scales and other recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission would be considered by a High Level Committee of Ministers.

NJCA has decided to defer the Indefinite Strike in the background of meetings with the Ministers and the assurance by the Government of India.

The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi approved the recommendations of the 7th CPC on allowances with some modifications. The revised rates of the allowances shall come into effect from 1st July, 2017.

While approving the recommendations of the 7th CPC on 29th June, 2016, the Cabinet had decided to set up the Committee on Allowances (CoA) in view of substantial changes in the existing provisions and a number of representations received. The modifications are based on suggestions made by the CoA in its Report submitted to Finance Minister on 27th April, 2017 and the Empowered Committee of Secretaries set up to screen the recommendations of 7th CPC.

The above issue was affected to 33 lakhs Central Government Employees and they even organized many agitation program including strike.

But the issue of running allowance is affecting 65000 railway running staff only and our comrades are not prepared to participate in the agitation programs organized by AILRSA and not prepared for a strike. If you are not prepared to fight you are not going to get your rights.

RUNNING ALLOWANCE:
What is RAC 1980 Formula?

30% of mean of the scale of pay of Loco Pilot Passenger + 20 Days TA X 100

Monthly average kilometre of Loco Pilot Passenger

The Running Allowance rate should come to as follows

AILRSA Demand:

Minimum of L6: 35400, Maximum of L 6: 112400 Mean Pay: 73900

30% of Mean Pay: 22170 TA for L6: 800 National Average KMS: 5100

(22170+16000)/5100 x100 =748 per 100 KMS.
NFIR Demand:

Minimum of L6: 35400, Maximum of L 6: 112400 Mean Pay: 73900

30% of Mean Pay: 22170 TA for L6: 800 National Average KMS: 4000

(22170+16800)/4000 x100 =974 per 100 KMS.

Here NFIR took 21 days TA and National Average KMS 4000
AIRF Demand:

Minimum of L6: 35400, Maximum of L 6: 112400 Mean Pay: 73900

30% of Mean Pay: 22170 TA for L6: 800 National Average KMS: 4700

(22170+16000)/5100 x100 =812 per 100 KMS.

Here AIRF took National Average KMS as 4700.

AILRSA, NFIR &; AIRF has a common stand that mileage to be finalized as per RAC 1980 formula. Even NFIR accepted that during finalization of Running Allowance rate in 2008 they were cheated by Railway Board.

5th CPC mileage rate was 83 and TA rate was 105. Joint committee recommended doubling of Mileage and finalized 170 where as TA rate was increased to 340.

Present TA rate is Rs 800/- and effected from 1st July 2017.

Railway Board has conducted a number of meetings with both recognised federations to finalise the Running Allowance. But unable to find a solution and still the decision is dragging.

AILRSA organized BLACK DAYS on 14, 15 & 16 May 2018, and Conducted a Mass Demonstration in front of all DRM offices.

The loco pilots of Indian railways launched the protest agitation of “fasting while on duty as well as off duty” For 48 hrs from 17.07.2018. Around 135 comrades hospitalized in all over India.

Demands:
1. Revise Running Allowance as per RAC 1980 formula.

2. Rectify the anomalous order (RBE 13/2018) on revision of pension and ensure parity in pension between pre and post 2016 retired running staff.

Latest information in this is that Railway board letter dated 23.08.2018 to General Secretary of NFIR

“ …..the issue regarding pay element and rates of KMA /ALK for running staff is under consideration and of present a proposal has been submitted for approval of the competent authority to be sent to the Ministry of Finance for their concurrence.”

Still railway is prolonging the issue further mobilize our friends and prepare for a mass protest.

Conclusion:

The following points to be remembered.

1. Backstabbing of AIRF at threshold, to the

" Indefinite strike" announced by the Joint Council of Action, which negatively affected the prospects of entire 33 lakh central government employees to a maximum.( SRMU action was similar to Katappa in Bahubali)

2. While the UPA government announcing 7 CPC in 2013, Sri. Narendra Modi, Chief Minister, Gujarat and Smt Mamata Banerjee, Chief Minister West Bengal were reacted against the decision.

3. NDA government is continuing it's anti labour politics.

4. Proper resistance against the anti running staff and anti labour policies are lagging.

5. People are marking their protests only in social networks which is insufficient.

AILRSA 22nd All India BGM at Jodhpur on 24 & 25 September will decide future course of action including stoppage of work.

Prepared by C Sunish, Asst Secretary General AILRSA.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

In smart coaches, the sensor will also provide the condition of air conditioners fitted in the train and it will send an alert if an ac needs to be repaired.
DNA Web Team  Aug 28, 2018, 

Monday, August 27, 2018

Trains running with these new couplers are found to have finally eliminated the age-old problem of the jerks and a kind of swaying which passengers of the premium trains have been complaining about for ages.

Written by Avishek G Dastidar | New Delhi | Updated: August 24, 2018
The alleged bribe was the first installment in the total of Rs. 19 lakhs demanded by the accused, an executive engineer posted in Tundla, Uttar Pradesh.
All India | Press Trust of India | Updated: August 25, 2018 

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Kerala floods: Indian Railways introduces special train services to clear extra rush; details here
Following one of the worst floods in Kerala, to clear the extra rush of traffic, Piyush Goyal-led Indian Railways has introduced two special train services.
By: Devanjana Nag | Published: August 20, 2018 
India Today.in New Delhi  August 20, 2018

HIGHLIGHTS
Operating ratio of Indian Railways is 111 per cent
Data for April-July period paint dismal picture
Railways faces finance crunch for its upgradation plan

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Lakhs of Mumbai commuters hassled as motormen resort to protests over workload
The situation remained bad till late evening, forcing most to travel in packed train
Aug 11, 2018  HT Correspondents Hindustan Times

Friday, August 10, 2018

Railways increase vacancies for asst. loco pilots, technicians from 26,000 to 60,000
Around 47.56 lakh candidates have applied for the posts.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Published: August 2, 2018

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Dear Indian Railways, make passengers happy! CAG has these 7 mantras to reduce train delays
Indian Railways often faces criticism for train delays and its recent record of 70% punctuality highlights the infrastructure problems that the network faces. In a recent report, the CAG of India has slammed Indian Railways for lack of adequate infrastructure at the rail stations.

Friday, August 3, 2018

Indian Railways to introduce 200 new rail lines; check here the state-wise list of the ongoing projects
Piyush Goyal-led Indian Railways is working on around 200 new railway lines across the network. At present, the upcoming railway lines across the nation are in different stages of execution.
By: Devanjana Nag | Published: August 3, 2018 

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