Monday, October 27, 2014



AILRSA/SBC Divn/12/2014                                                   Dt: 16/10/2014
To      
        SHRI. ANIL KUMAR AGARWAL
        Divisional Railway Manager
        Bangalore Division
        South Western Railway



Respected Sir,   
All India Loco Running Staff Association/Bangalore Division had conducted a divisional meeting at KJM on 27-01-2014 and elected a branch committee for SGT Depot. The names of committee members are as follows.

Sl No
Portfolio
Name S/Sri
Designation
1
President
D. Rajkumar
LPG
2
Vice President
Preetham Kumar
ALP
3
Secretary
P S Sujith
LPG
4
Joint Secretary
S J Naik
LPG
5
Treasurer
V Krishnanand
LPG
6


Executive members
V Mariappan
LPS
7
Khaja Hussain
ALP
8
Sivakumar
ALP
9
F C Meena
ALP
10
P P Shijumon
LPG
11
Mishra
ALP



The members discussed various issues pertaining to loco running category of Bangalore division and brought them before your esteemed office for your kind intervention and necessary action.

1.   DENIAL OF Periodical Rest
In Bangalore division getting 4/5 periodical rests in a month has become a history. Authorities nominated to ensure welfare of the employee is trying to harass them by curtailing their legitimate rests creating rules which are nonexistent in HOER. Employees are losing one or two PR every month because neither PR is given in time, nor CR is sanctioned. No HOER restricts compensatory rest for forgone PR and it is a gross injustice done to loco running category. Moreover  sanctioning of PR shall be intimated to the employee before its commencement & practice of instructing to avail PR after the completion of normal rest to be stopped herewith, because this will restrict the running staff from meeting their necessary social obligations. We demand your good office to issue necessary orders in this regard.
2.   DENIAL OF LEAVE
          No words to say about the sanctioning of leave, as even on the day on which we have to proceed on leave the same will be confirmed or denied. To make it too worse, at times, to get at least an oral assurance of leave sanctioning, we are made to call several times or wait endlessly in the CCRC office to meet him and know the position. Every time we ask for leave or PR, the usual answer from the CCRC will be, “POSITION IS VERY TIGHT.” The running staff, particularly who are requesting for leave and who have to travel for 48 hours to reach their native should be given preference to get at least 15 days of leave as most of their leave period is wasted only for journey.
          Even though leave of any kind is applied well in advance, it will not be sanctioned till the completion of leave. So normally the particular employee will be shown in available position even on the day of commencement of leave and leave will be sanctioned or marked absent according to the availability of employees.
To this effect we expect your good self to issue necessary orders to maintain a Leave Priority Register to maintain the priority and, the self serving the purpose of a record indicating the status of the leave for future reference, and display the status of leave on the notice board, at least one day in advance.


3. ISSUANCE OF SICK MEMO                  
Running staff are put in hardship to collect the sick memo, as the same will be issued to us either at SGT or SBC crew booking depots only. Few running staff are residing in and around SGT. Many are residing near to KJM and surrounding areas. So we strongly demand your good self to issue necessary orders to see that sick memo to be issued at KJM as per the IRMM guidelines.
          In the Railway hospital running staff are getting step motherly treatment and they will be forced to go for duty even though they are ill. There were instances of loco pilots falling ill and unconscious while on duty, after declared fit by Rly Doctor and utilized for train services. This is happening because of the callousness attitude of the administration with respect to health care of running staff.
          Even staff who are reporting sick at outstation and those who are undergoing treatment in private hospitals are been marked absent. This should be stopped and after scrutinizing the fact and circumstances the staff shall be granted sick leave. So we strongly demand to look into this and issue necessary orders towards this otherwise this may worsen our working condition still further.
        4.  SERVING ALERT CALL DURING REST HOURS
          A new practice of serving alert call is started in SGT depot causing lot of inconvenience to loco men. The reason for above is that they are unnecessarily disturbed during their rest hours or while they are sleeping. There is no provision in HOER to serve alert call as and when required. Call can be served only two hours in advance for a train order. Disturbing loco running staff unnecessarily in the name of alert call that is also during their rest hours is a hindrance to their family life and cannot be accepted except in case of emergency. So we request your good office to give necessary instructions to stop this inhuman practice immediately.
5.  DAY TO DAY GOODS WORKING         
Goods working condition in SGT depot has deteriorated owing to non filling up of vacancies and improper planning of electrical and diesel trainings. Some are made to suffer because they are dual trained and juniors are deputed to work passenger trains violating established provisions for utilizing staff for officiating.
The working hours and absence from headquarters are not monitored and relief is not planned by the mechanical department. After signing on they are at the mercy of traffic department and are made to suffer due to longer hours of working and increased absence from headquarters and family life. So the maximum limit regarding working hours and absence from headquarters shall be enforced during unavoidable circumstances only. More over it is requested that provision to be made to bring the crew to rest room/ headquarters within overall limit of 12 Hrs and not after completion of the above. Absence from headquarters shall be limited to 36 Hrs as per Railway Board guidelines.
          6.  REQUEST FOR DISPLAY OF CREW BEAT AT  SGT CREW LOBBY              
          Hours of employment regulations clearly stipulates that the crew beat shall be prominently displayed in every crew lobby. Such practice is not available in SBC division. So action to be taken to display crew beat at a convenient location in both depots.
          7. CCRC/SGT POST TO BE FILLED THROUGH SELECTION   
          Post of CCRC/ SGT is not filled properly as per procedure of selection and medically de categorized staff are utilized as a stop gap arrangement. So the person occupying the post will not know about the real problem faced by loco running staff, hence will not consider and prioritize issues and becomes unaccountable. So we request your good office to conduct selection and post a suitable loco pilot for the above job.
              All India Loco Running Staff Association has submitted a detailed representation to railway administration citing problems faced by loco running staff, but no action was taken. So we request your good office to kindly intervene and take necessary steps to upkeep the harmony of working class.
Thanking you,
                                                                                                                                                                                                Yours faithfully
Copy to: The CCRC/SBC&SGT                                                                                                               

                                                                                                                                                                    (Divisional Secretary)              

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