Sunday, September 30, 2018

To:

1. Sri. AshwaniLohani,                              2. Sri. PiyushGoel,

Chairman,                                                    Hon’ble Minister for Railways/

Railway Board, Rail Bhavan, New Delhi.    New Delhi.           


3.Sri. ArunJaitly,

   Hon’ble Minister for Finance,

    New Delhi.

Respected Sir,

The General body meeting of All India Loco Running Staff Association held on 24th& 25th September 2018 at Jodhpur unanimously passed this resolution which we are sending to your good office.

None of the Central Pay Commission evaluated the job profile of loco running staff and given an appropriate pay structure for the loco running staff. We had drawn the attention of Ministry of Railways including the Hon’ble Prime Minister through various representations & programmes of actions such as, sit in Dharna& Fast at various point of time. At last the entire running staff observed 48 hours fast commencing from July 17th, 2018 to draw the attention of Ministry of Railways to resolve the grievances of running staff, particularly on the issue of non-revision of kilometerage allowance and parity in pension of pre-2016 retired running staff with that of post-1.1.2016 retirees, as ordered in the DOP & PW OM No. 38/37/2016-PW(A) dated 12.05.2017 on account of recommendation of the VII CPC. 

Against the grievances of VI CPC recommendation on pay and against the running allowance committee report of 2008 which did not give appropriate KMA rate on par with rise in the TA rate, several agitational programmes were executed. Considering this, the Regional Labour Commissioner (Central), Delhi held a conciliation proceedings which ended in failure. The Government referred the dispute to the National Industrial Tribunal in the year 2012, with a direction to adjudicate the disputes within 3 months. Considering this development, the Association deferred the earlier decided programme of strike action in the hope of early settlement of our claims. Due to the delayed tactics pursued by the Railway management the adjudication before the NIT is still dragging for the past seven years. As a result, the employees also have lost their confidence.


Added to these, the VII CPC also did not give an appropriate recommendation for revision of pay of loco running staff. Entire loco pilots from Sr. Loco Pilot (Shunting) to Loco Pilot (Mail) grade have been allotted with identical pay level in the pay matrix. Moreover, the Assistant Loco Pilots’ pay scale had not been upgraded as demanded by the loco running staff. Instead of making appropriate recommendation in the matter of running allowance the VII CPC left the issue to the management to adjudicate. These recommendations on running allowance rate has been accepted by the Govt. and directed the Ministry of Railways to fix the running allowance rate, considering the revision in pay and the travelling allowance rate, in consultation and agreement with the staff side. Already one year has lapsed, but no decision has been taken by the management even after deliberations with the staff side. It may be noted that the benefit of implementation of VII CPC recommendation has been extended to all the govt. employees from 01.01.2016/ 01.07.2017, except for running staff whose revision of running allowance rate still pending before the Min. of Railways/ Min. of Finance for want of a decision. 

The Govt. of India decision to give parity in pension to pre-01.01.2016 retired staff with that of post-01.01.2016 retirees, has not been extended to running staff pensioners of the Indian Railways in letter and spirit. In addition to all these problems, the recommendations of the High Power Committee on duty hours and rest period have not been implemented fully. On the contrary many a recommendations were diluted, though they were related to safety in train operations and well-being of the loco running staff.

All our efforts to draw the attention of the Railway management to resolve these grievances fell on the deaf ears, which invariably caused a serious resentment among the running staff. This forced this organisation to take a decision to go for a strike, though this Association is not for stoppage of trains. But the attitude of the railway administration and the failure of all democratic processes, has compelled us to resort to this extreme step of strike.

This Association reiterates its request to the Railway management to resolve the grievances of the loco running staff, at least within a month, so as to avoid this Association from taking an extreme step of stoppage of work.

We demands,

1. Revise running allowance rate as per RAC 1980 formula first from 01.01.2016 on account of increase in Pay and further revise from 01.07.2017 on account of revision of TA rate.

2. Ensure parity in pension to pre-2016 retired running staff with that of post-01.01.2016 retired running staff.

3. Implement the recommendations of High Power Committee on duty hours and rest period in letter and spirit.

4. Maintain Railways in public sector undertaking and stop privatisation and outsourcing.

5. NPS to be withdrawn instead old pension scheme to be introduced.

6. Enclosed herewith the detail Loco Running Staff’s urgent & justified grievances on which many times Association had drawn the attention of Railway Administration but no satisfactory result, once more through 22nd BGM and its resolution request to resolve it satisfactory.


                                                                                                                Yours faithfully,



date: 29.09.2018                                                                                                   (M.N. Prasad)



                                                                                                           Secretary General/AILRSA
Copy to ;


1. Member Staff, Railway Board

2. Member Traction, Railway Board

3. Finance Commissioner, Railway Board 



After a thread bare discussion on various issues, the BGM passed the following resolutions unanimously for the attention of concerned authorities.


1. ON THE FACILITIES TO THE WOMEN RUNNING STAFF

Indian culture gives utmost respect to women and also administers special safeguards to their dignity, privacy and safety. There are many rules made under many Acts passed by the Govt of India. There are special provisions for women employees for providing lavatories at work place, concession to the lactating mothers, accommodation facilities with woman caretaker and isolation protection at work place, etc. Such things need to be taken care of by the Railway administration while inducting women into the running cadre. We demand to provide the legitimate facilities to them immediately.


2. ON EARMARKED LEAVE RESERVE AND TRAINEE RESERVE POSTS.

Previously there was separate posts earmarked for leave reserve and trainee reserve on 30% and 10% respectively while sanctioning the posts of loco running staff. This was diluted and both the reserved post are clubbed together and the total percentage also reduced. As a result when these employees are nominated for training the others are denied their leave. And sometimes the leave sanctioning percentage comes to 0, which add fire on the misery of running staff already denied with calendar day rest. This BGM demand to earmark separate leave reserve and trainee reserve on 30% and 10% respectively as followed earlier.


3. ON ENHANCING THE EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATION OF ALPs

In the view of operational skill required for train working many committees like HLSRC and Task Force Committee recommended to enhance the qualifications of ALPs. This BGM demand to enhance the educational qualification of ALPs as Diploma as suggested by Task Force Committee.


4. ON IMPROVEMENT OF RUNNING ROOM TO ACCOMMODATE LADY RUNNING STAFF

Nowadays number of ladies entering into running cadre has increased. But many of the running rooms has no proper facilities required to occupy the ladies. So this BGM demand to provide better facility at all running rooms to suit for the ladies to occupy. This BGM also demand to return back lady running staff those who are at the stage of breast feeding after single duty.

5. ON POSTAL VOTING

It is a well known fact that the nature of duty of running staff compel them to remain away from headquarter for 2-3 days. Due to this majority of running staff are unable to cast their vote during the course of democratic elections conducting time to time. So this BGM demand to provide postal vote facility for running staff as provided in case of military forces.

6. ON MEALS BREAK

Running staff are suffering a lot as unable to take food in time to ease their hunger. Due to the untimely and irregular practise of taking food, most of the running staff are suffering from stomach related diseases. Working trains by supressing the nature call also bring us serious health problem. The untimely and irregular meals practise and suppressing the nature calls create serious hazards. Hence this BGM demand to allow meals time and time to attend natures call for running staff while on duty.


7. ON MODIFICATION OF LOCO CABS

Many safety committees have recommended to modify and uniform design for the cab to improve the safety. Locations of driving and braking equipment varies loco to loco, which may lead mis operation. The high heat inside the loco cab bring the crew to get fatigue which may endanger safety. This BGM demand to modify the loco cabs uniformly with AC facility.

8. ON PRIVATISATION OF INDIAN RAILWAYS AND BIBEK DEBROY COMMITTEE REPORT

This BGM strongly condemn the accelerated move of Central Govt. to privatise Indian Railways in line with the Bibek Debroy Committee report. The BGM observe that the move to unbundle Indian Railways and steps taking in this direction like allowing 100% FDI, handing over railway stations to private players etc. are against the interest of public and workers. The BGM demand to stop all such movements and keep Indian Railways in public sector.

9. ON AMENDMENTS OF LABOUR LAWS

Most of the amendments in labour laws sought to be done will have serious negative impact on the working condition including trade union rights of the workers and the employees. All moves of amendment both by the central government and by some state governments are aimed at empowering the employer to retrench/lay off workers or declare closure/shut down and will also resort to mass scale contractorisation. These are also designed to push out more than 70% of the industrial and service establishments in the country out of the purview of almost all labour laws and their protection and hence demand to stop the move.

10. ON NEW PENSION SCHEME

This BGM demand to scrap PFRDA ACT and new pension system (NPS) and grant pension and family pension to all railway employees recruited after 01/01/2004 under railway service (pension rules, 1993). Running staff are compensated for the tough and inhuman working conditions while on service by way of allowing an enhanced rate of pensionary benefit adding 55% pay element to basic pay. The NPS does not take care of this aspect but left the subscribers under market vagaries and hence we demand to continue the old pension scheme.

11. AGAINST IN ORDINATE DELAY IN FINALISING KMA RATE

 The resentment among the entire running staff alarmingly increased over the inordinate delay in finalising KMA rate. For the past two and a half years we are working trains without getting the due pay element and revised TA. This BGM demand to finalise and implement KMA rates as per RAC 80 formulae immediately to put out the staff unrest and maintain industrial harmony.

12. ON PENSION PARITY

As a matter of policy Govt. of India has taken a decision to allow pension parity to pre-and-post 01/01/2016 retirees. DOPT order has also issued in this regard. Defeating the true spirit of the above policy Railway Board has issued an order Dt. 24/-1/2018 which tend to deny the benefit of retired running staff prior to 01/01/2016. This BGM expressed strong protest against this discrimination and demand to scrap the Railway Board order Dt. 24/01/2018 and to ensure parity in pension to the retired running staff as given to Railway Doctors.

13. ON RE-ENGAGEMENT OF RETIRED STAFF

Indian Railway is the biggest public sector and the biggest employer of our country where lakhs of unemployed educated youth are vested their home. The move of Railway administration to re-engage retired staff into service not only against the prospects of youth but also against the safety of Indian Railways. This in addition to the already large scale contratorisation and outsourcing of permanent jobs is a severe blow to the unemployed youth and people in general. This BGM demand to stop the move to re-engage the retired staff.

14. ON DENIAL OF ELIGIBLE LEAVE SALARY TO RUNNING STAFF

 In order to meet the pay element portion when running staff are spared from duty on account of leave, sick, leave salary is paid. This leave salary should be equivalent to the pay element portion of the present pay. But even after two and a half years is over after 7th CPC implementation, running staff are paid leave salary rate as per 6th CPC pay. This has resulted an erosion in their pay when on leave. This BGM demand to pay leave salary at the 7th CPC pay.

15. ON VACANY FILLING UP

 At present there are more than 2.5 lakh vacancies remain unfilled in Indian Railways including the vacancies in safety categories. In this, more than 16000 vacancies are in loco running staff category itself which are lying vacant for the past several years causing a great threat to safety. Leave and rest are drastically curtailed to maintain traffic. This BGM demand to expedite the recruitment process and fill up all vacancies on war footing measures. BGM demand to reduce the recruitment process time to 6 months from the existing 2 years and to fill up all vacancies in loco running cadre.

16. ON INTENSIVE CLASSIFICATION OF LOCO RUNNING STAFF

As per the appeal of loco running staff of MDU division against the wrong classification of loco running staff as continuous before Regional Labour Commissioner (C), Chennai a job analysis was conducted and the RLC/Chennai ordered for re-classification of loco running staff working in passenger carrying trains as intensive category of workers with 6hrs daily duty. The appeal against the order of RLC/Chennai before the Labour Ministry by the Railway administration was let down vide order no. 2-20026/B/2012/CLS-1 dt. 18/02/2013 and the decision was published in Govt. of India gazette and it became final order in the subject.

 This meeting vehemently protest against the lethargy of Railway administration in implementing the same and demand to implement the same immediately.

17. ON INCOME TAX CEILING ON RUNNING ALLOWANCE RATES

 The kilometreage allowance for LP/Mail during 5th CPC was Rs.85 and the ceiling limit of income tax on those days was Rs. 6000. Subsequent on recommendations of 6th CPC the kilometreage allowance was doubled from Rs.85 to Rs.170. But the ceiling was not doubled from Rs.6000 to Rs. 12000 but only to Rs.10000. Again when DA was raised 50%, Rs.170 kilometreage allowance became Rs.212.50 and when DA was enhanced to 100%, Rs.212.5 became Rs.255. But still the ceiling remained at Rs.10000 which is a grave injustice to running staff. The non running staffs whose TA also increased according to hike in DA are fully exempted from income tax whereas the running staff were forcibly made it to pay due IT in the whole period from 6th CPC.

 So it is demanded to revise the ceiling amount on kilometreage allowance to Rs.12000 from 01/01/2006 and enhance the same according to the hike in DA at stages 50% and 100%. Recalculate the income tax according to the new ceiling amount with retrospective effect and refund the excess income tax amount. This meeting also urged the Finance ministry to respond positively on the letters of Railway Board on this account.

18.CONTINUOUS NIGHT DUTIES

Continuous night duty for running staff is a serious matter in the case of safety of Railways. The High Power Committee looked into this matter very seriously. To reduce the number of SPAD incidents, The Member Traction, Railway Board vide his letter No. 2016/Elect(TRS)/113/Safety. Misc, Dt. 24/01/2017 strictly instructed that continuous night duty for running staff should be limited to 2.
The summary of the proceedings of all General Managers of Indian Railway held at New Delhi on 28/07/2016 recommended that continuous night duty for running staff should be limited to 2 nights to obviate circadian load and there by to reduce SPAD incidents and hence demand to limit continuous night duty of running staff to 2 as per RB orders and ensure Railway safety.

19. ON FIXATION OF PAY OF RUNNING STAFF WHEN POSTED TO STATIONARY POSTS

 While fixing the pay of running staff in stationary post due to medical de-categorisation etc. They shall be allowed their pay plus pay element of running allowance (30%). While adding this pay element the pay of some of the running staff in stationary post exceeds the maximum pay of pay in the 7th CPC pay matrix, which is disadvantageous to them. In similar circumstances during 6thCPC when pay of running staff reaches maximum in pay band (due to 30% fixation) they will be moved to the next higher pay band thereby protecting their pay. A clarification on this matter has not arrived. This is against the persons with Disability Act and Rules and hence demand to fix the pay of running staff to next higher cell while fixing the pay in stationary posts.

20. ON DISPOSAL OF APPEALS IN DAR

  The inordinate delay in disposing the appeal in DAR cases is causing unnarrated difficulties and unintended sufferings to the staff. Many appeals are pending with various authorities for years together. This BGM demand the authorities to dispose all the pending appeals immediately and further fix a time limit for prompt disposal of appeals as provided in the case of completion of the DAR proceedings.

21. ON SPAD PUNISHMENT

At the outset this BGM welcome the decision of RB to modify the punishment norms for SPAD and further demand that the modifications should be extended to all cases irrespective of reception and despatch signals.

22. ON UNIFORM ALLOWANCE

The quantity of uniform allowance to the loco running staff is not sufficient considering the nature of work and working condition. This BGM demand to increase the uniform allowance as Rs.10000/year instead of the present Rs.5000/year.   

23. REGISTRATION OF INTER DIVISIONAL/INTER RAILWAY TRANSFER REQUEST

Of late it is noticed that most of the Railways are reluctant to register the request for IDT/IRT and arbitrarily extended the time limit for registering the IDT/IRT transfer request to 3 years is against the Railway Board order. This BGM strongly oppose this and demand that the transfer request of the employees to be registered immediately and status should be uploaded on line.

24.ON LINE BOX

 This BGM protest against the move to supply trolley bags to running staff to replace the present line box system. All the equipment's in the line box are not for the personal use of LP but for the train working. This BGM demand to find suitable place in the locomotive to carry all the equipment required for train working and pending such system the present system to be continued.

Expecting a speedy action on the above subject matters.

0 comments:

Welcome To AILRSA....

Visitors

Admin Area

Blog Archive

AILRSA 1970 - . Powered by Blogger.

Follow by Email

Google+ Followers

Are You Satisfied with 7th Pay commission ?

Popular Posts

Recent Posts

Text Widget

Followers

-------------------------------------------------------

-------------------------------------------------------