Friday, December 28, 2018


Dear Comrades, 

The consistent opposition to neo-liberal policies has come from the trade union movement in the country. The efforts of the left trade unions from 1991 have now resulted in the total unity of central organizations of trade unions and also various independent national federations of employees in different sectors, who also have massive following. 

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

NATIONAL STRIKE on 8 & 9 Jan 2019. 


By Associated PressDecember 17 

ISTANBUL — Turkey’s official news agency says three people have been arrested for their alleged roles in a deadly train accident.

Thursday, December 13, 2018


The State government has formed a five-member officials’ committee, headed by the Additional Chief Secretary, to study the pros and cons of the impact of the National Pension Scheme (NPS) and submit a report. Based on the report, the government will take a decision “on humanitarian grounds”, Chief Minister H.D. Kumarswamy told the Legislative Assembly on Wednesday.

Monday, December 10, 2018

Indian Railways will introduce a system in March which will reduce water filling time from the existing 20 minutes to just five minutes at stations.
All India | Press Trust of India | Updated: December 09, 2018 

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

The Train 18 has successfully completed trials at a speed of up to 130 km per hour in Moradabad. It is now being moved to Kota in Rajasthan for trials at the speed of up to 160 km per hour.INDIA Updated: Nov 27, 2018 
Faizan Haidar Hindustan Times, New Delhi
Indian Railways names Reliance Jio as new service provider to save on phone bills

Under the closed user group service for Railways employees, Reliance Jio, the latest entrant in the telecom market, will provide them 4G connections and calls will be free of charge.

Sunday, November 25, 2018

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Saturday, November 24, 2018


Everything is changing. So are the rules regulating Government Servants/Railway Employees also. Globalisation is bulldozing many Social Security Schemes. Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority( PFRDA) is one among them.

Sunday, November 18, 2018

As part of its efforts to improve passenger safety and punctuality, the Indian Railways is looking to double its efforts to carry out electrification and track related work for the next financial year.

Faizan Haidar  Hindustan Times, New Delhi
Indian Railways plans to train its senior managers to be more emotionally intelligent via workshops
Last Published: Thu, Nov 15 2018. Jyotika Sood

Sunday, November 11, 2018


Dear Comrade, 

AILRSA 22nd All India BGM held at Jodhpur on 24 & 25 September 2018 decided to organize a series of campaign meeting from branch level to Zonal level and educate the running staff and prepare them for a mass agitation, stoppage of work from any date after February 2019 if the demands are not settled.

Monday, November 5, 2018



In an unfortunate incident one Asst. Loco pilot of Railway, stationed at Karagpur Railway station of South Eastern Railway  in West Bengal, Sri Guddu Kumar  Keshari, committed suicide by hanging himself, unable to withstand the harassment of Railway management . The incident happened  on 3.11.18.
At least four workers of the Indian Railways were run over on Monday by a train while they were drilling on the tracks in Uttar Pradesh’s Hardoi, officials said.LUCKNOW Updated: Nov 05, 2018 
HT Correspondent  Lucknow

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Several streets in Melbourne's CBD were closed to traffic as tens of thousands of Victorians joined a union protest calling for greater increases to the minimum wage and better job security.
Demonstrators hold placards as they march for equal pay for Glasgow council worker CREDIT: JEFF J MITCHELL/GETTY IMAGES EUROPE
October 23, 2018

LOS ANGELES (AP) — About 15,000 medical workers on Tuesday started a three-day strike at five University of California medical centers amid a dispute over pay raises and job security, forcing the cancellation and rescheduling of thousands of surgeries and outpatient appointments, officials said.
October 24, 2018

In this Sept. 30, 2018 photo people watch a landing Polish Airlines LOT jetliner at the Chopin airport in Warsaw, Poland. Poland's national airline LOT is cancelling some flights since Oct. 22, 2018, as some crew members don't show up for work as they are striking to protest layoffs and demand better working conditions. (AP Photo/Alik Keplicz)
Eight thousand members of the Unite Here union are demanding a living wage from the company that made $3.2bn last year

Drew Philp in Detroit, Michigan  Fri 26 Oct 2018 
ROME (Reuters) - Travelers and commuters in Italy faced delays on Friday as several national trade unions staged a 24-hour strike, disrupting transport services as well as some public schools.

Rome and Italy’s financial capital Milan were hardest hit, with buses, trams and underground services set to operate a full service only during the morning and evening rush hour. In Rome, many rubbish collection workers also walked off the job.
Services were badly hit in Karnal, Kurukshetra and Yamunanagar districts while the response was mixed in Rohtak, Sonepat, Jind, Jhajjar, Bhiwani and Rewari.INDIA Updated: Oct 27, 2018 09:43 IST
HT Correspondents  Hindustan Times, Chandigarh

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Updated Oct 23, 2018 | Times Now Digital
Fifty-nine people were mowed down by a train on October 19 when they were standing on the tracks to watch Dussehra celebrations near Amritsar.
The engine will be used to haul trains like Rajdhani Express, Gatiman Express and Shatabdi Express.
All India | Edited by Richa Taneja | Updated: October 25, 2018 

Monday, October 15, 2018

One of their contentions is that the state government is not the “appropriate government” as defined in The Right To Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act, 2013, in short Land Acquisition Act, 2013.
Some passengers use the curtains for purposes ranging from wiping their hands to cleaning their footwear, making it tough for the railway operator to maintain the drapes that are meant to provide privacy to travellersINDIA Updated: Oct 14, 2018 
German high-speed rail line to be closed for days after fire

Friday, October 12, 2018

Chief minister Yogi Adityanath has taken cognisance of the train derailment, and directed the district magistrate, police and health authorities to provide all possible relief and rescue.INDIA Updated: Oct 11, 2018 
Saudi Arabia opens new high-speed railway to public; now zip between Mecca and Medina
Saudi King Salman on October 25 inaugurated the high-speed railway, which local officials described as the biggest transportation project in the region.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Dussehra bonanza for Indian Railways employees! Up to Rs 18,000 bonus approved by Modi government

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Over 2,000 workers from 10 trade unions gathered in the National Capital on Friday to protest anti-worker policies of Modi government
Newsclick Report  28 Sep 2018
By business reporter Stephanie Chalmers

Updated 25 Sep 2018, 
STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Unions accused furniture retailer IKEA on Thursday of undermining workers’ rights in the United States, Ireland and Portugal, and asked the Dutch government to mediate.
Some 20,000 people marched in Bern on Saturday demanding wage equality between the genders.
23 Sept 2018
Thousands of travelers affected in Europe by Ryanair strike
Train 18, Indian Railways first engine-less train, to take passengers to India’s 1st world-class station!
Indian Railways first world-class semi-high speed train set will take passengers to India's first world-class railway station at Habibganj!

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Reg. No.17903                                                                                       HQ ADRA
Central Office-bearers elected at 22st All India BGM Held at
Jodhpur  on24 & 25 Sept 2018 :

Sunday, September 30, 2018


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

Chairman,                                                    Hon’ble Minister for Railways/

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

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Mumbai Mirror | Updated: Sep 18, 2018, 

The railway workers’ body has threatened to go on strike over railway workers’ conditions. The National Joint Council of Action (NJCA) of Indian railway workers is planning to observe September 19 as the protest day in all Indian Zonal Railways, including railway workshop. If the railway administration didn't come with solution for their issues, then the union will go on strike in future after serving the strike notice.

Saturday, September 15, 2018

The Importance of struggle of Loco Pilots and Assistant Loco Pilot in the Railway Industry 

The Saga of Loco men’s Struggle 

S.K. Dhar, Secretary General AILRSA ( Published in FIRE Magazine Feb & May 2008 issues)

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

100% railway electrification will reduce Indian Railways’ fuel bill by ₹ 13,510 crore/year and improve safety, capacity and speed
Wed, Sep 12 2018.  Jyotika SoodPrashant K. Nanda

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

New Delhi, Sep 10 The Indian Railways has decided to build 100 additional barracks at key location for the Railway Protection Force in order to step up security for both passengers and rail property, an official letter has said.

Saturday, September 8, 2018

Four Southern Railway employees attached to the Perambur loco workshop were dismissed from service on Thursday for barging into the office of Chief Workshop Manager.
 07th September 2018 
High Power Committee on HOER -PR 


No:ERB-1/2011/18 New Delhi dated 25.05.2011 

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 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.

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.

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.


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 New Delhi  August 20, 2018

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 

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

This drive carried out in two railway stations marks the highest ever collection registered by the Railways on a single day.

Published: 30th July 2018 
In another first, the trains will also have a dedicated room for changing and child feeding, comprising of baby toilet seats, tables for diaper disposal and a low sink for them to wash their hands, according to the design document. 

Monday, July 30, 2018

The maximum permissible speed to cover the distance between Fatehpur and Allahabad is 130 km/h and a minimum of 53 minutes.
BusinessToday.In New Delhi Last Updated: July 26, 2018 | 

Saturday, July 28, 2018

The railways is increasingly adopting the airline model -- from its food to its vacuum toilets -- to give passengers airline-like comforts.
Step By Step Guide To Change Boarding Station, Passenger Name In Railways' Online Ticket
However, Indian Railways (IRCTC) doesn't provide any facility to change the boarding station when the tickets have been booked via offline mode.
Services | NDTV Profit Team | Updated: July 28, 2018 

Friday, July 27, 2018

Wagon 107462 was booked in November 2014 by Indian Potash Limited to send a parcel containing compost to a shop in UP’s Basti district, 1,400 kilometres away.
Qazi Faraz Ahmad | News18@qazifarazahmadUpdated:July 27, 2018, 

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

As per the existing rules, the trade unions are first verified by the Chief Labour Commissioner (Central), consequent to which the Ministry of Labour and Employment provides recognition. There are 13 recognised central trade unions/ federations at present in the country.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Published: July 22, 2018
In a report recently tabled in parliament, the national auditor has also red-flagged the role of private ticket vendors in depositing banknotes in the aftermath of demonetisation.
The Sevoke-Rangpo railway project will reportedly affect over 40,000 people in Sikkim and West Bengal. However, only 26 families have been identified as being impacted by the project and many have refused compensation, asking for the implementation of the Forest Rights Act and standard compensation.

Thursday, July 19, 2018


‘Pilots to attend to duties wearing black badges’
After the 7th Central pay Commission report, all the other allowances were revised, but running allowances were not revised.
Newsclick Report  16 Jul 2018

The members of the All India Loco Running Staff Association (AILRSA) on Tuesday launched a two-day relay hunger strike in Hubballi to press for their long-pending demands.
TNN | Updated: Jun 20, 2018, 
Deaths on railway tracks occur due to trespassing, violating safety and cautionary instructions, avoiding over bridges, using mobile phones and other electronic gadgets while crossing railway tracks.

PTIUpdated:July 19, 2018, 

Thursday, July 12, 2018

DECCAN CHRONICLE / PTI     Jul 11, 2018, 

A rail fracture was reported between Mumbai's suburban Govandi and Mankhurd stations on the Harbour Line at 6:32 pm.

Friday, July 6, 2018

DUBLIN (Reuters) - Ryanair (RYA.I) cabin crew are to hold coordinated strikes in four European countries, a union official said on Wednesday, escalating industrial action at Europe’s largest low-cost carrier which dismissed their demands as “pointless.”

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

No more face towels in AC coaches! Indian Railways to replace them with cheaper, disposable napkins
Months after ordering all the zones to give nylon blankets to those travelling in AC coaches, the Railway Board now wants cotton-rich, non-woven face towels for them.
Sreedharan will head a newly constituted high-level committee to lay down indigenous technical standards for all metro rail systems across the country.

News18.comUpdated:July 2, 2018, 

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Welcome step for rail safety! Indian Railways eliminates all unmanned level crossings from 4 zones
West Central Railway, Central Railway, Eastern Railway and South East Central Railway have now become Unmanned Level Crossings (UMLC) free on broad gauge route.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Published: June 30, 2018 
TNN | Updated: Jul 1, 2018, 

Thursday, June 28, 2018


Regd No. 17903 HQ Adra 

South Western Railway Zone, Hubbali 
Facing criticism over the delays, the Indian Railways seems to have found a way out — by changing the run-time of trains in its timetable to incorporate the delay, officially.

Written by Avishek G Dastidar | New Delhi | Updated: June 28, 2018

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

The order could cost at least Rs 7,000 crore. The railways ministry hopes the bulk order will lower cost of the wagons by 15-20 percent
Moneycontrol News@moneycontrolcom
While Nepal has signed up for a rail link with Tibet, it stands to gain more from projects with the Indian Railways.

Saturday, June 23, 2018

In many cases, workers are either reluctant to file a complaint or they don’t know about their rights, says a labour leader

Written by Parthasarathi Biswas | Pune | Published: June 18, 2018
Source: Xinhua| 2018-06-23 16:34:02|Editor: ZX

BEIJING, June 23 (Xinhua) -- The total volume of goods transported by China's railways in May expanded at its fastest pace this year.
Himanshu Kaushik| TNN | Updated: Jun 22, 2018,

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Mamuni Das The Hundu Business Line
The Railway Board has recently written a letter to the WR informing it that a decision has been taken to preserve the five narrow gauge lines to promote tourism in the state, the official said.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

In a statement on Wednesday, the ministry said that the app will also enable issue and renewal of season and platform tickets, check and load R-wallet balance and help maintain user profile management and booking history.
All India | Press Trust of India | Updated: June 14, 2018

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

At a press conference, highlighting the achievements of his ministry, Goyal said the railways had registered its best ever safety record in 2017-18.

News18.comUpdated:June 12, 2018, 
" It was a landmark chapter in the evolution in the Indian Railways. Its name should not have been changed or rechristened after anybody," lamented noted historian Irfan Habib.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Published: June 10, 2018
RDSO under the Ministry of Railways has proposed modifications in the speed certification procedure for enhancing the speed of trains.

11th June 2018 05:13 AM | Last Updated: 11th June 2018 

The Chairman  Railway Board 

Rail Bhavan  New Delhi 

Friday, June 8, 2018


The Chairman, 

Railway Board 

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Cabinet approves Revision in the wage structure and allowances of Gramin Dak Sevaks (GDS) of the Department of Posts

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

 BusinessToday.In  June 5, 2018 |

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Union Minister Piyush Goyal pitches cadre-merger idea, Railway officials call proposal ‘disruptive move’

Thursday, May 31, 2018

The punctuality performance of the railways in 2017-18 was worse in comparison to the two financial years before that, with almost 30 per cent of trains running late, according to official data.
All India | Press Trust of India | Updated: May 29, 2018 

Monday, May 28, 2018


By Kamal Mishra, Mumbai Mirror | Updated: May 27, 2018, 

Sunday, May 27, 2018

PTI | May 26, 2018, 

Today none of the 7th CPC related demands of Central Government Employees are settled. The assurance given by the Group of Ministers to the NJCA leaders regarding increase in Minimum Pay and Fitment formula is in paper even after a lapse of 20 months. Now the Finance Minister has replied in Parliament that “no change in Minimum Pay and Fitment formula is at present under consideration”. 

Friday, May 25, 2018

In February this year, the railway ministry had undertaken a massive drive which detected more than 13,000 such employees who are on unauthorised absence for a long time.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Published: May 24, 2018
With the help of this machine, only 30 engineers and maintenance staff can replace 400 metres of railway track in just one hour
May 25, 2018 

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

The pride of Indian Railways Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (earlier Victoria Terminus) has completed 130 years. The Central Railways' present day headquarters building, popularly known as Victoria Terminus (now Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus), is an architectural marvel

Monday, May 21, 2018

In a cost-cutting measure, the Railway Board has decided to stop the supply of Rail Neer bottled water at its Rail Bhavan headquarters and asked officials to either bring water from home or drink the water of the recently-installed RO plants.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Published: May 19, 2018

Friday, May 18, 2018

From people attempting suicide right in front of their eyes to having to extract mangled bodies, the job of a loco pilot is far from easy.
Source: Xinhua| 2018-05-18 16:37:50|Editor: Xiang Bo

BEIJING, May 18 (Xinhua) -- China's total fixed-asset investment (FAI) in railways reached 141 billion yuan (about 22.1 billion U.S. dollars) in the first four months, official data showed Friday.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Draft labour code proposes common registration for different sectors.
Published: 04th April 2018 

Sunday, May 13, 2018


The Prime Minister, 

Government of India.  152,South Block, 
Loco Running Staff of Indian railways observing protest black days 

Shailvee Sharda| TNN | Updated: May 12, 2018,


The first batch of smart rail coaches having black boxes like aircraft was unveiled at the rail coach factory in Rae Bareli on Friday.
The video conference was held with the general managers of eight zonal railways which had reported less than 70 per cent punctuality.

Published: 12th May 2018 

Saturday, May 12, 2018

By News Desk  - May 11, 2018

India: The Indian railway has set a target of completing the 498-km Bilaspur-Manali-Leh line and 2 other railway projects by 2019. The final location survey at Leh in Jammu and Kashmir began in the year, as per officials.

Friday, May 11, 2018

The railways has set a target of completing by 2019 the final location surveys of three strategic lines along the country's border with China after the projects received the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) nod in December 2015, officials said today.
By: PTI | Guwahati | Published: May 10, 2018 

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

The project, being constructed by a special purpose vehicle called the National High Speed Rail Corporation (NHSRC), is targeted for commissioning by 2022-23. 
7th Pay Commission: Indian Railways employees union threatens pan India hunger strike from this day
7th Pay Commission: According to a statement issued by the All India Railwaymen's Federation (AIRF) today, despite several meetings of the AIRF with leaders of the central government organisations and Home Minister, Finance Minister, Railway Minister and Minister of State for Railways, the government has not taken any decision on their demands. 
The fine imposed today was over a video dated April 26 which showed that the toilet for the disabled was being used to store water bottles and cold drinks on the Garib Rath express. "The matter was viewed very seriously and a fine of Rs 1,00,000 has been imposed on the contractor of Bandra Terminus--Nizamuddin Garib Rath after the western railway immediately took up the issue with IRCTC besides taking other remedial actions," a statement from the railways said.
K. Kannan THE HINDU MAY 08, 2018 

Monday, May 7, 2018


What is RAC 1980 Formula? 

Sunday, May 6, 2018

The Railway Board chairman has called a meeting of all senior officials of the Northern Zone on Monday, when the course of action in this regard is likely to be decided.
West Bengal Police has arrested Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Mukul Roy's brother-in-law from New Delhi for allegedly duping railway job seekers, a senior official said today. Mukul Roy is a former Trinamool Congress Member of Parliament.

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Across the network, 3,300 user names and passwords have been generated by the Railway board. Also, in order to ensure that the master data is entered as per the specification and given time-frame, the Railway board has designated the Senior Electronic Data Processing Manager in each division as the ‘admin’ of the system.
By: Devanjana Nag | Published: May 4, 2018 
Recently, in a railway station beautification competition organized by Piyush Goyal led Indian Railways, Chandrapur and Ballarshah railway stations in Maharashtra became the nation's "most beautiful" railway stations by securing the first position.
By: Devanjana Nag | Published: May 4, 2018 
Passenger reservation system of these railway divisions to be suspended temporarily on this Saturday and Sunday
The passenger reservation system will remain temporarily suspended for around three hours tomorrow and day after.
By: PTI | New Delhi | Updated: May 5, 2018 

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Ramashankar May 02, 2018 

Wednesday, May 2, 2018


The Southern Railway administration has directed the head of Railway School at Golden Rock in Tiruchi and those functioning at other places in its jurisdiction to stop fresh intake from the academic year 2018-19.
Corridors where high speed and suburban trains run have been prioritised and the Railways have targeted to remove unmanned crossings on these routes by June this year.INDIA Updated: May 02, 2018 
Faizan Haidar  Hindustan Times, New Delhi
Though the April 26 incident in Kushinagar took place at an unmanned crossing that lies in North Eastern Railways, the NR has become alert after this mishap which occurred when a school van was hit by a speeding passenger train.
By: PTI | Published: May 2, 2018 

Sunday, April 29, 2018

These five zones - labelled by the national transporter as 'critical', as they have the most unmanned level crossings - have 2,556 UMLCs out of a total of 3,479 such crossings on broad-gauge across the railway network.
By: PTI | New Delhi | Published: April 27, 2018 

The Anti-Corruption wing of Central Bureau of Investigation arrested a group general manager of the RITES Limited and another person for allegedly accepting a bribe of ₹ 15 lakh for clearing pending bills of ₹1.5 crore out of a total contract value of ₹ 11 crore.

Thursday, April 26, 2018

With the merger of the railway budget into the general Union budget, the government has stopped putting out railway budget papers. Now, little bits of information are selectively given out, making it different to compare like for like.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018


Regd No. 17903 HQ Adra 

South Western Railway Zone, Hubbali New Delhi  April 24, 2018
S. Ganesan, THE HINDU  TIRUCHI, APRIL 25, 2018 

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Source: Xinhua 2018-04-24 23:14:19 

CAPE TOWN, April 24 (Xinhua) -- Seventeen South African trade unions threatened on Tuesday to totally shut down public services if their demand for wage increase is not met.
By Euronewslast updated: 23/04/2018

French railway bosses claim strike is waning
Written By: Stephen Neil Updated: Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Monday, April 23, 2018

By Meera Bhardwaj | Express News Service | Published: 23rd April 2018 

Friday, April 20, 2018

This would be the worst ratio since 2000-01, when it was 98.3 per cent, which was previously the worst-ever for the national transporter. The figures will be communicated to the Controller General of Accounts.
Priya Srivastava|HappyTrips Editors|TRAVEL NEWS, INDIAApr 19, 2018, 

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

The cancellation of the tenders came when the Railway Board withdrew the powers of awarding contracts from railway subsidiary RITES and gave them to railways zones

Shine Jacob | New Delhi Last Updated at April 17, 2018 
Sectors like Delhi to Trivandrum or Chennai and Bengaluru, serviced by Rajdhanis and Durontos see fares of the AC II tier often jump close to those offered by flights.
Written by Avishek G Dastidar | New Delhi | Published: April 17, 2018

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

The high-power electric locomotive was today rolled out from the railway factory here, over 10 years after the project was approved. Prime Minister Narendra Modi flagged off the 12,000-horsepower freight electric locomotive assembled at the Madhepura factory.
On April 10, CR authorities went for one final inspection of the steam engine before deciding to go ahead with this trial run. “We will be conducting a trial run of the steam engine on April 11,” confirmed SK Jain, Divisional Railway Manager (Mumbai), Central Railway.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

REUTERS Neha Dasgupta, Krishna N. Das

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Deaths and injuries from train collisions or derailment in India more than halved to 254 people last fiscal year from a year ago, railways data showed, amid attempts to improve its shoddy safety record through mega investments and recruitments.

Monday, April 9, 2018

PM Modi is learnt to have raised the cost factor as well as the wisdom of rolling out en masse a technology that is untested for Indian conditions and is mainly commissioned in high-speed systems in some global railways.

Written by Avishek G Dastidar | New Delhi | Updated: April 9, 2018

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Simone Rensch  5 Apr 18

French rail workers have walked out over president Emmanuel Macron’s plans to loosen labour rules in the public sector, including an overhaul of the state-run rail network.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

South African anti-apartheid campaigner and former first lady Winnie Madikizela-Mandela has died. 

She and her former husband Nelson Mandela, who were both jailed, were a symbol of the country's anti-apartheid struggle for three decades. 

Monday, April 2, 2018

Srinath Vudali| TNN | Updated: Apr 2, 2018, 

Sunday, April 1, 2018

By Express News Service | Published: 01st April 2018
Dear comrades,

        You are well aware that the Government of India, Department of pension and welfare issued order to revise pension of employees who are retired before 01/01/2016, to give parity of pension with post 2016 retirees

Friday, March 30, 2018

By PTI | Published: 29th March 2018 

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Passenger train 64464 from Panipat was due to arrive at the New Delhi station at 7.30 AM. Instead it took a different course and reached the Old Delhi Railway Station at 7.50 AM. "On realising the mistake, the train was immediately sent back to the New Delhi station," a Northern Railway statement said

Sunday, March 25, 2018

The fines figure, a new high, is for the period April 2017 to February 2018, and Railway officials say March could yield another Rs 200 crore, adding up to what is in some ways a hefty bonus income.

Written by Avishek G Dastidar | New Delhi | Updated: March 25, 2018

Saturday, March 24, 2018

The Trade Union Act in India was enacted in the year 1926. Our constitution, `guarantees’ freedom of association. At the international level, India is one of the founders of International Labour Organisation (ILO).

Friday, March 23, 2018

The move is aimed at giving companies more flexibility in hiring employees and expected to boost job creation—a shift from the earlier strategy of job security
Wed, Mar 21 2018. Remya Nair

Thursday, March 15, 2018


The Chairman, 

Railway Board, 

Global railway and transport unions today cautioned against partial or complete privatisation of the Indian Railways, adding that it could be "damaging" for the country.
By: PTI | New Delhi | Updated: March 14, 2018 

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Indrani Dutta THE HINDU KOLKATTA:, MARCH 13, 2018 
A CAG report tabled in Parliament today recommended a re-look at passenger and coaching tariffs and said prices should be fixed based on the operational costs so as to recover the losses incurred.
By: PTI | New Delhi | Published: March 13, 2018 
The Railway workers also raised concerns over 100 per cent foreign direct investments (FDI) in the railways and said agreements with Alstom (France) and General Electric (USA) for manufacturing electric and diesel locomotives included contracts for maintenance by the foreign agencies for a period of 15 years.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

By Rajat Arora, ET Bureau|   Mar 05, 2018,
Anil Kumar Sastry THE HINDU MANGALURU, MARCH 08, 2018
Maharashtra Oppn., allies close ranks to isolate BJP

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Binay Singh| TNN | Mar 3, 2018, 

Friday, March 2, 2018

ANURAG DEY| Updated on: 27 February 2018, 
The conference was being held after a gap of two years, and was to focus on issues of labour law amendments, social security for workers and employment generation.
Newsclick Report 26 Feb 2018

Monday, February 26, 2018

By S Lalitha | Express News Service | Published: 26th February 2018 

BENGALURU: In a huge relief to railway passengers, a new facility to facilitate movement of trains within the Bengaluru City Railway Station has begun functioning recently. The ‘shunting neck’ that has come up on the Belli Mutt Road will improve the punctuality of trains.

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Railway board is planning to eliminate century old system of Line Box and Box boys to Loco Pilots and Guards. 

Let us discus the merit and demerits. 

Equipments available in the Present Line Boxes: 

Friday, February 23, 2018



Railway Board,  Rail Bhavan 

New Delhi 
A delegation under the leadership of Com. N B Datta (CWP) comprising Com. R Murali (Asst. Sec. Gen.), Com. M P Deo (CVP), Com. Roly M M (COS), Com. K Parthasarathi (Jt. GS/ SR) met CRB at RB/ NDLS on 23.02.2018, along with Com. Tapan Sen MP and represented on KMA, PR, Trolley bag and Parity in pension.
FRONTLINE -R Elangovan

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

By Express News Service | Published: 21st February 2018 
To boost railway connectivity and ease congestion in eastern and central India, the CCEA on Tuesday approved doubling, new-line and electrification projects worth Rs 11,662 crore, which are expected to create 211.74 lakh mandays of work.
By: FE Bureau | New Delhi | Published: February 21, 2018 

Sunday, February 18, 2018

THE HINDU Karnataka Anil Kumar Sastry MANGALURU, FEBRUARY 18, 2018

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Programme of action 

a. Individual Letter Campaign 


Friday, February 16, 2018

The chief of the Prime Minister’s Economic Advisory Council Bibek Debroy has now presented a paper saying the policy of 100 per cent electrification needs more study.

Written by Avishek G Dastidar | Updated: February 16, 2018

Thursday, February 15, 2018

    The Chairman,
    Railway Board,
    Rail Bhavan, New Delhi. Last Updated: February 13, 2018 |
The Railways’ total electrification drive and talk of phasing out diesel completely stem from a Power ministry policy proposal — Piyush Goyal was Power minister then — two years ago, pushing 100 per cent conversion to electric traction.

Friday, February 9, 2018

Danger, camels crossing
Camel trains are holding up Ethiopia’s new railway line

Compensating the owners of camels killed by trains with twice their market value creates perverse incentives
The UDAY Express has state-of-the-art amenities.

by Rayomand EngineerFebruary 8, 2018, 

Regular rail travellers, get ready to save money, and travel conveniently, thanks to the new UDAY express, which is set to make its debut soon.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Pay Commission Objective: It is the endeavour of every pay commission to ensure that the pay and allowances of employees should be ‘fair and reasonable’. The pay structure should also motivate the employees to reasonable levels of performance in the tasks assigned to them, so that the general public derive the benefit of their service as intended.
TNN | Updated: Feb 8, 2018, 

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

By Richa Sharma | Express News Service | Published: 06th February 2018

Monday, February 5, 2018

This website will allow Railway employees at all levels to report any safety lapses they encounter to top officials, including the Railway Board Chairman, in the day-to-day running of the organisation, without risking their identity or job security.
By Jeff Lusanne  5 February 2018

Amtrak Train 91, the Silver Star, crashed into a CSX freight train at 2:35 a.m. Sunday morning in Cayce, South Carolina, near Columbia. The passenger train was improperly routed onto a siding where the freight train was stored, resulting in the collision. Train 91 was traveling at 50 miles per hour, below the allowed speed limit.

Sunday, February 4, 2018

By NAVTAN KUMAR | NEW DELHI | 4 February, 2018
PTI Updated on February 03, 2018 NEW DELHI, 

Friday, February 2, 2018

Lalatendu Mishra THE HINDU FEBRUARY 01, 2018 

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Lalatendu Mishra THE HINDU MUMBAI, FEBRUARY 01, 2018 

Monday, January 29, 2018

Bengaluru: Stone pelters force train engine to be replaced

By S Lalitha | Express News Service | Published: 29th January 2018 
"The modernised automation of the signalling system aims to enhance safety and speed up train movement in a congested network," a senior Railway Ministry official said.

Saturday, January 27, 2018



Chairman, Railway Board, 

Rail Bhavan, New Delhi. 

(Copy to Member Staff)

Our comments on the brief note on the discussion and deliberation of official and staff side held on 4th and 5th Jan 2018, on the issue of kilometerage rate of Running staff reg:

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

JANUARY 18, 2018 
Instead of being pulled by a locomotive, they are powered by traction motors fitted underneath each coach to render them self-propelled. Integral Coach Factory officials said the final product would be no less than their European counterparts.

Written by Avishek G Dastidar | Chennai | Updated: January 23, 2018

Monday, January 22, 2018

These two new trains, ‘Train 18’ and ‘Train 20,’ currently in the process of development at the Integral Coach Factory (ICF) in Chennai, will be the fastest in India, running up to a maximum speed of 176 km per hour. Gatimaan Express, which is India’s fastest running train, has a maximum speed of 160 km per hour.

Friday, January 19, 2018


Regd No. 17903                               HQ Adra

South Western Railway Zone, Hubbali

Thursday, January 18, 2018

The wait for that much-delayed train might just get a tad bearable, thanks to the TVs, beverage dispensing machines and light refreshments that will soon be available at Indian Railway' waiting rooms. PTI | Jan 17, 2018,

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

TNN | Updated: Jan 9, 2018, 
Only the Chief Justice of India can order a probe by any investigative agency against the member (judicial) of the tribunal on the advice of the central government — in this case, the Railways Ministry.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

By B Anbuselvan | Express News Service | Published: 10th January 2018 

CHENNAI: In a significant decision on safety of train operations, the railways has reduced punishment for loco pilots for jumping red signal. The decision taken by the Railway Board came with many loco pilots refusing to operate trains higher than their actual grade citing stringent punishment for minor violations.
A committee is said to have been formed to make an assessment of coach requirements by the Indian Railways till 2027-28
Last Published: Tue, Jan 09 2018.   Jyotika Sood

Monday, January 8, 2018

Updated: January 6, 2018 By News DeskEmail
Maneesh Pandey Last Updated: January 8, 2018 |

Friday, January 5, 2018

Siddharth Prabhakar| TNN | Updated: Jan 5, 2018, 

Chennai: Spending funds on installing and maintenance of signalling infrastructure at level-crossings is 'infructuous' as it does not improve safety and Indian railways should concentrate on constructing subways and over-bridges instead, the chief commissioner of railway safety (CCRS) has written to the chairman of railway board.
Indian Railways to take quantum leap in electrification; will be world’s first fully electrical network: Piyush Goyal
Indian Railways is set to take a quantum leap in electrification and is set to be the world's first to be 100% electrical said Piyush Goyal.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Ambala, Jan 2 (UNI) First woman loco pilot (train driver) Rajni of Haryana and posted in Ambala Railway Division died during delivery in the civil hospital Ambala. She gave birth to a female child early in the morning today after which her condition started deteriorating. She died while being taken to the trauma centre from maternity ward.
GPS-enabled anti-fog devices to ensure safety of trains and reduce delays.Indian Railways all set to install a state-of the art machine that tracks location of the next signal in real time.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Soon, all trains in the Indian Railway network would have 22 coaches, making them suitable for running on any route, irrespective of the time taken by each to complete the journey, he added.

Monday, January 1, 2018

First, the mega-programmes of Bharatmala and Sagarmala would be launched for road and water transport, respectively. Having reviewed the plans for both, it appears that detailed and thoughtful planning has gone into both.
New Delhi | Updated: January 1, 2018
By PTI | Published: 31st December 2017 
Monday, 01 January 2018 | Abraham Thomas | New Delhi
Aiming to enhance safety in train operations, Indian Railways will introduce a Mobile Train Radio Communication (MTRC) system on high-density routes at an estimated cost of Rs 9,000 crore ($1.5 billion).

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