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Mumbaikars will soon be able to travel by the country’s first monorail.

Interview with Additional Metropolitan Commissioner of MMRDA, Ashwini Bhide
With the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) getting final safety clearances for the monorail system from experts in Indian Railways, Mumbaikars will soon be able to travel by the country’s first monorail.
The first phase of the 8.26-km-route from Chembur in suburban Mumbai to Wadala in Central Mumbai is likely to be open for commuters within seven days.
By mid-2015, the second phase of 11.28 km connecting Wadala with Mahalaxmi in South Mumbai is also expected to be commissioned.
Malaysian infrastructure company Scomi, in a joint venture with L&T, is executing the full project, which is expected to cost MMRDA Rs 3,000 crore.
Additional Metropolitan Commissioner of MMRDA, Ashwini Bhide, who has been a driving force behind the project, feels that the service will offer a comfortable alternative to commuters although the route will not make enough commercial profits.
Excerpts from the interview:
Is the monorail system financially viable? Especially, given the fact that the project itself is running behind schedule by two-and-a-half years and only the first phase of 8.26 km out of 19.54 km is being commissioned.
Across the world, transport infrastructure projects based only on fare collection are never profitable.
The same is the case with monorail. Such projects are services, which the local governments have to provide to the citizens that too with government subsidy.
The project will recover costs but it will not generate profits. In a similar venture, MMRDA has pumped in Rs 1,200 crore on the Eastern freeway but that money will not be recovered by the way of toll. At the time of project planning, the construction work was split in phases because, MMRDA was aware of the delays in getting the right of way and laying columns on very congested roads.
Commercial operations in two phases were very much part of the plan.
What is the status of the second phase of theproject?
Today, about 90 per cent of the civil works of the route, which will connect Wadala with Mahalaxmi, has been completed. Simultaneously, stations are also being constructed.
Permission has also being sought from Railway authorities for constructing the elevated track over the existing railway lines in Central Mumbai. Before the onset of monsoon season, the civil works would be completed. In effect, the second phase is likely to be ready in 15 months.
What steps are being taken for passenger safety given the fact that Mumbai is always in the crosshairs of terrorists?
Since the construction started after 26/11 Mumbai terror attack, a number of security steps have been incorporated in the design of the route.
Space for security personnel has been earmarked at stations for quick deployment.
After prolonged deliberations with security agencies, it has been decided that the personnel of Maharashtra State Security Corporation (MSSC) would be deployed at the stations.
Their job profile would be similar to the tasks carried out by the personnel of Central Industrial Security Force. MSSC has already procured security equipment and it is in the process of installing it at the stations.
When can the citizens of Mumbai expect the ride on the monorail?
The first phase of the 8.26 km route would be operational ‘any day’. The physical construction of the elevated route was completed about a year ago. Since then, we have been carrying out independent and integrated safety test for traction, signalling, rolling stock and communication.
safety assessors
The entire tests have been carried out by six independent safety assessors. Singapore Metro Corporation has also certified the route for all safety parameters.
These 12 months were also utilised for handing over the route from the projects team, which undertook the construction to the operation and maintenance team.
Since monorail comes under the purview of Tramways Act, the State Government has appointed the former Commissioner of Railway Safety as an advisor.
He has also given the safety approval.
With his clearance, we are ready for commercial operations.
Only the final clearance in the form of a notification from the Urban Development Department of Maharashtra Government is awaited.
We are fully prepared for the launch.


IRCTC launches online booking of retiring rooms

IRCTC launches online booking of retiring rooms

Monday, January 20, 2014, 10:00 Hrs  [IST]
By HBI Staff | Mumbai
Indian Railway Catering & Tourism Corporation Ltd. (IRCTC) has launched online booking of retiring rooms at railway stations to facilitate passengers with a new channel, in addition to the existing one of manual booking at stations. Any railway passenger with a PNR of a confirmed or Reservation Against Cancellation (RAC) ticket can make an online booking of a retiring room. The ticket may either be a ticket issued at a counter or an e-ticket. The booking can be made for all passengers in the ticket, as per a release.

This facility of online booking is launched both in the IRCTC’s tourism website, and e-ticketing website No registration or login ID is required for availing of this facility. Online booking is available throughout the day, except from 2330-0030 hrs.

A retiring room in the form of a single/double-bedded rooms or even a bed in a dormitory can be booked through the new facility. A retiring room or a dormitory bed can be booked for 12-48 hours. A retiring room can be booked at both the originating and destination stations of a journey.

On filling in the PNR no., name of the passenger and the station name (where the booking is required) in the system, one will have to make payment through net banking or credit/debit card. The system will generate an Electronic Reservation Slip (ERS) as a confirmation of the booking. The passenger will need to carry the ERS during the journey.

For up to 24 hrs of occupying the retiring room, a service charge of Rs 20 will be levied, while for more than 24 hrs up to 48 hrs, Rs 40 will be the applicable service charge. For a dormitory bed, Rs ten will be charged for up to 24 hrs, while for more duration, Rs 20 will be applicable.

Presently, the online booking service is available only for the retiring rooms at Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus station. Gradually the facility will be extended for other major stations at metro cities, tourist places and other important places.


Determination of date of increment after expiry of duration of penalties

RBE No. 9/2014
No. E(D&A) 2008 RG6-36
New Delhi, 15/01/2014
The General Marlager(P)
All Indian Railways and
Production Units etc.
(As per standard list).

Sub: Determination of date of increment after expiry of duration of penalties of withholding of increments/ reduction to lower stage imposed for less than a year regarding.

Ministry of Railways have received a few references regarding certain penalties of rule 6 of Railway Servants (Discipline And Appeal) Rules, 1968 which are having pay element imposed for less than a year. In one case, the penalty of withholding of increments was imposed on 24.3.2008 for a period of six months with cumulative effect and in the other case the penalty of reduction to lower stage was imposed on 9.2.2009 for a period of six months with non-cumulative effect.

2. The question of date of release of increment in the above cases on expiry of the penalty, in the context of fixing of 1st July as the date of increment uniformally for all Government servants following VIth CPC, has been examined in consultation with the Department of Personnel & Training. It is advised that fixing of 1st July as the date of increment for all Government servants under the Revised Pay Rules following the acceptance of the recommendation of the IVth CPC, is relevant, only in respect of Annual increment. This provision is not applicable where the increment is withheld as a measure of penalty. In cases where the increment is withheld as a penalty for a specified period restoration of the withheld increment would be at the end of the currency of the penalty and not postponed to the next 1st July. The person concerned may even be entitled to the next increment on the 1st July following the expiry of the currency of the penalty, (notwithstanding the fact that the penalty imposed on him was having postponing effect on his future increments), if he has net qualifying service of six months prior to the relevant 1st July.

3.  Likewise, where the penalty of reduction to lower stage was imposed, the pay will be restored immediately on expiry of the currency of the penalty. In so far as release of next increment is concerned, the same may also be allowed immediately on restoration if the person concerned has rendered net qualifying service of six month on the 1st July preceding the date of the expiry of the currency of the penalty.

Please. acknowledge receipt,

(Harish Chander)
Dy. Director Est. (D&A)

Source: AIRF


Indian Railways to test airline fare model

Indian Railways to test airline fare model
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Jan 27, 2014
MUMBAI, India - To cash in on the last-minute demand for confirmed tickets on routes perennially choked with waitlisted passengers, Indian Railways has selected 20 routes across India to introduce non-stop trains with dynamic fares.
Like airlines, the closer to the date of journey one books the ticket, the more it would cost — significantly more than the normal price of tickets on the same routes.
Tickets would only be available online and cannot be cancelled. Only AC-II and III classes would be available and food would be provided as part of the fare. The list of routes includes those where getting a confirmed ticket proves difficult throughout the year.
Experimenting with this model on the Delhi-Mumbai route during the Christmas-New Year holiday season, the Railways earned 43 percent more than it does by running the regular Mumbai Rajdhani.
In the New Delhi-Mumbai pilot train, several people paid over 100 percent more for each ticket on December 30 and January 1.
In the 11 days, Railways earned Rs 81 lakh more than it does through the Mumbai Rajdhani. It hopes to replicate this success on 20 other routes. “Now there will be an option for those who don’t mind paying more for a confirmed ticket but don’t want the uncertainty of waitlisted tickets,” said a senior Railway Ministry official.


Grant of financial upgradation under MACP Scheme - wrongful clarification issued by Railway Board

Dated: 03/01/2014
The Member Staff,
Railway Board,
New Delhi

Dear Sir,
Sub: Grant of financial upgradation under MACP Scheme - wrongful clarification issued by Railway Board - reg.

Ref: (i) Railway Board's letter No.PC-V/2009/ACP/2 dated 13/12/2012.
(ii) NFIR’s letter No.IV/MACPS/09/Pt.6 dated 20/01/2013.
(iii) Railway Board’s letter No. PC-V/2011/M/4/NFIR dated 05/03/2013.
(iv) Railway Board’s letter No.PC-V/2009/ACP/7/SCR dated 05/03/2013.

NFIR vide its letter dated 30/01/2013 had invited attention of the Railway Board (MS) to clarification issued by the Railway Board vide letter dated 13/12/2012 and illogically upheld further vide letter dated 05/03/2013. In its letter dated 30/01/2013, while explaining rule position in detail, Federation had demanded meeting at the level of Railway Board (MS) considering its wider implications and the inappropriate stand taken by the Railway Board, besides keeping in abeyance the implementation of instructions dated 13/12/2012. Unfortunately, Railway Board did not take any action despite Railway Board (MS) verbal assurance. The wrong stand taken by the Railway Board on the issue has resulted into affecting undue recoveries from the salaries of staff on some Zonal Railways creating deep sense of resentment among them who are now feeling aggrieved and agitated.

2. In this connection, NFIR wishes to invite once again the kind attention of the Railway Board (MS) that the clarification dated 13/12/2012 allows financial upgradation under MACPS under promotional /cadre hierarchy whereas the MACP Scheme permits granting financial upgradation in Grade Pay hierarchy and is admissible upto GP Rs. 12000/- in PB-4.

This proves the contention of the Federation that the said clarification is grossly erroneous as the same is against the policy guidelines on MACPS and may not withstand judicial scrutiny.

3. Apart from above. NFIR wishes to bring to the notice of Railway Board (MS) following additional facts for kind information and necessary action:-

That the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Nirman Bhawan, New Delhi vide O.M. No.Z2901171/2012-N dated 11th April 2013, which is the nodal ministry in sofar as para-medical stall are concerned has permifted financial upgradation in PB-3 with GP Rs.6600/- to the nursing staff pursuant to the judicial scrutiny of the issue at the level of Supreme Court.

That the Federation is shocked to know from many Zonal Railways that based on Railway Board’s clarification issued on 13/12/2012 recoveries from all similarly placed stall, including para-medical stall has since begun and the staff are being put to totally disadvantageous position.

4. Federation further wishes to clarify that the O.M. dated 11th April 2013, should be implemented mutatis-mutandis in favour of railway mployees who are similarly situated as any action contrary to the said O.M. will be contempt the orders of Apex Court.

NFIR. therefore, requests the Railway Board (MS) to immediately withdraw the clarification issued under letter dated 13/12/2012, as requested earlier and issue suitable instructions to all General Managers etc.. not to affect recoveries. Federation is, however, ready to discuss the issue at the level of Railway Board (MS). Federation may be keptadvised of the action taken.

Yours faithfully,
General Secretary

Source: NFIR


Grant of full sets of Post Retirement Complimentary Passes (PRCP) after 20 years of railway service.

RBE No.132/2013
Sub: Grant of full sets of Post Retirement Complimentary Passes (PRCP) after 20 years of railway service.

A clarification was sought by one of the railway/unit as to whether weightage  of 5 years in qualifying service in PRCP on voluntary retirement is to be continued or not.

2.  After careful examination, President is pleased to decide that the weightage of 05 years in qualifying service for PRCP on voluntary retirement shall be discontinued.  Further, it has been decided that railway employee having railway service of 20 years or more shall be allowed to get full sets of PRCP.  Accordingly columns 1, 2 and item (viii) under column 3 of Schedule IV (Post Retirement Complimentary Passes) of Railway Servants (Pass Rules, 1986 (revised edition-1993) shall be amended as per ACS-74 enclosed.

3.  The revised provisions will be effective from the date of issue of this letter.

4.  In all other respects, the extant provisions of the Railway Servants (Pass) Rules, 1986 (revised edition 1993) shall continue to apply.

5. This issues with the concurrence of Finance Directorate of Ministry of Railways.

6.  Hindi version will follow.

7.  Receipt of this letter may please be acknowledged.

(N.C. Jain)
Railway Board


NFIR - Strike Ballot on pending demands-17th and18th January, 2014.

NFIR - Strike Ballot on pending demands-17th and 18th January, 2014.

National Federation of Indian Raliwaymen
Affiliated to:
Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC)
International Transport Workers Federation (ITF)

No. II/95/Pt.V
Dated: 23/12/2013
The General Secretaries
of affiliated Unions of NFIR


Sub: Strike Ballot on pending demands-17th and 18th January, 2014.

While enclosing copies resolutions passed in the 27th National Convention of NFIR, held at Visakhapatnam from December 10th to 12th, 2013, the affiliates are advised that as per resolution, strike ballot should be organised on 17th & 18th January 2014 on pending demands, for eliciting the opinion of Railway Employees.

While NFIR is despatching posters (English) on Strike Ballot in limited number, the affiliates should print and display strike ballot posters in different languages for generating awareness among the employees on pending demands. The issues listed in the resolution should be displayed through various means to enable the employees to peruse the demands and exercise their opinion through Strike Ballot on 17th & 18th January 2014.

The results of the strike ballot should he conveyed to NFIR promptly for reviewing the same for deciding further course of action. All relevant records pertaining to conduct of Strike Ballot should be preserved by the affiliates.

Yours fraternatly,
General Secretary

10-12th DECEMBER 2013



The Twenty Seventh Annual Convention of NFIR in session at Vishakhapatnam on 11th and 12th December 2013 takes note of NFIR’s consistent struggle since the year 1969 for introduction of the concept of Productivity Linked Bonus” (PLB) to Railwaymen.

Due to the persuasion, initiative and relentless struggle of NFIR, the Government had agreed for evolving the Scheme of PLB to the Railway employees in the year 1979 and consequently an agreement was reached between the Federations and the Railway Ministry for introduction of PLB Scheme in the Railways. The NFIR had from time to time pleaded for bringing positive changes in the scheme more particularly relating to salary eligibility limit and calculation ceiling limit. The continuous efforts of the NFIR has yielded satisfactory results, so much so, the Railway employees in all categories become entitled for Productivity Linked Bonus (PLB)  Rs. 3500/- p.m. (on the basis of number of days of wages). This revised calculation limit was given effect from 2006-07 onwards as approved by the Union Cabinet on 03/10/2008.

Though the railway employees are presently entitled for P.L. Bonus in terms of number of days wages subject to the calculation of the same  Rs.3500/- p.m., the National Convention strongly demands that the notional calculation system presently followed should be dispensed with and the Bonus paid on the actual wages of the employees.

The National Convention therefore, demands that the existing calculation ceiling for payment of PL Bonus should be reviewed to facilitate employees to receive their legitimate P.L. Bonus on the basis of actual wages drawn.

The revision of wage structure for Central Government employees had been undertaken by the successive Pay Commissions appointed by the Government of India during the past decades and gave their reports. These reports have been implemented by the Government with some modifications and improvements. However, anomalies and aberrations continue to persist. 

Previous Pay Commissions (3rd, 4th, 5th & 6th) have by and large covered the aspects of the principles of wage determination. But, however, the job contents, remuneration commensurating with the nature of duties and responsibilities have not been taken into consideration by the Pay Commissions while determining the revised pay structure, consequently the Railwaymen have been put to disadvantage.

The 5th CPC had recommended that the DA must be merged with pay and treated as pay for computing all allowances as and when the percentage of Dearness compensation exceeds 50%. Accordingly, even before the setting up of 6th CPC, the DA of 50% was merged with pay in the year 2004.

Presently, the Dearness Allowance is 90% of pay as on 01/07/2013 and is likely to touch/cross 100% of pay as on 01/01/2014. The recommendation for merger of DA to partially compensate the erosion in the real wages was first mooted by the Gadgil Committee in the post 2nd Pay Commission period. The 3rd CPC recommended such merger when the Cost of Living Index crosses over 272 points i.e. 72 points over and above the base index adopted for the pay revision. In other words, the recommendation of the 3rd CPC was to merge the DA when it crossed 36%. The Government in the National Council JCM at the time of negotiations had initially agreed to merge 60% DA. The 5th CPC had merged 98% of DA with Pay.

As the DA already stood at 90% of pay and further revision is due on 01/0112014 when DA is likely to touch/cross 100%, it is therefore necessary that the Government takes steps to merge 50% with pay for all purposes w.e.f.01/01/2011 for ensuring compensation to the erosion of the value of real wage of Government employee.

The 27th National Convention, therefore, urges upon the Government of India to consider the demand and accord sanction for merging DA component of 50% of pay with the Pay for all purposes with effect from 01-01-2011.

The National Convention also appeals to the Central Government to grant Interim Relief to the employees as well as retired employees to sustain in the light of continued price rise of various commodities.

In the NFIR’s Election Manifesto-2013, Federation has committed to the Railway employees that the NFIR shall struggle for achievement of 7th Central Pay Commission. After Secret Ballot Elections results declared on 2nd May 2013, the NFIR Working Committee met at New Delhi on 30th / 31st May 2013 and passed resolution for preparing Railway employees for launching indefinite strike if the demands, more importantly appointment of 7th CPC, are not redressed by the Government of India and the Ministry of Railways. The Charter of Demands along with NFIR’s communication was sent to Hon’ble Prime Minister of India, Finance Minister, Railway Minister, Labour Minister etc.

It is a matter of satisfaction that the pressure and consistent struggle since Feb 2013, launched by the NFIR and Railway employees on the Government, has yielded result, wherein the Government has made announcement on September 25. 2013 for constituting 7th Central Pay Commission.

The 27th National Convention now in session in Vishakhapatnam unanimously resolves to convey its thanks to the Hon’hle Prime Minister for his decision to set up 7th Central Pay Commission. The National Convention, however, demands inclusion of one of Secretary level Officers of Railway Ministry as member of 7th CPC which may facilitate realistic examination of the issues of Railway employees.The National Convention also appeals to the Government to include a Labour Representative as one of the Members of the Commission.

The National Convention reviewed the labour situation vis-à-vis pending issues relating to Central Government employees including that of Rail Workforce. After lengthy deliberation's, the National Convention listed the issues placed below:

1. Guaranteed pension to those appointed on or after 01/01/2004.

2. Merger of DA with pay with retrospective effect.

3. Grant Interim Relief to Central Government employees (serving and retired).

4. Increase contribution to Group Insurance Scheme (GIS) for all Government employees.

5. Enhance Fixed Medical Allowance of Rs.300/- p.m. to not less than Rs.1000/- for all retired Government employees.

6. Extend special privileges and facilities for Women employees for their empowerment.

7. Productivity Linked Bonus (PLB) on actual wages without enforcing any ceiling.

8. Count Temporary status Casual Labour Service in full as qualifying service for retirement and other purposes.

9. Transport Allowance should be exempted from the purview of IncomeTax. 

10. Merge Technician-II with Technician-I with Grade Pay Rs.2800/- (PB-I) in Railways.

11. Revise entry grade pay of Station Masters as Rs.4200/- in PB-2.

12. Replacement of Grade Pay Rs.4600/- with Rs.4800/- (PB-2) w.e.f. 01/01/2006.

13. Allotment of entry Grade Pay of Rs.5400/- to the Group ‘B’ Gazetted staff.

14. Rectify anomalies of 6th CPC raised in the Departmental Anomaly Committee Meetings.

15. Grant pay fixation under Rule S13 (erstwhile FR 22C) for those promoted to the identical Grade Pay shouldering higher responsibilities.

16. Allotment of higher Grade Pay to the Loco Pilots and Guards.

17. Implement cadre restructuring of all left over categories immediately.

18. Extension of benefit of LARSGESS for all Safety categories of staff including TRD, Train Lighting, Bridge staff.

19. LARSGESS restrictions/adoptions of compassionate appointment procedure-past cases should be considered for appointment of wards and widening scope upto GP Rs. 4200/-.

20. Issues pending with the Ministry of Finance should be settled early in favour of railway employees.

21. Remove ban on filling up of vacancies of Ministerial staff in Railways.

22. Review of recruitment policy of erstwhile Gr ‘D’ post now in PB-I & GP Rs. 1800/- not meeting with the career advancement of the staff recruited.

23. Track patrolling-Support man provision-ensure mandatory requirement under safety.

24. Stop Out Sourcing, Contractorisation and Privatization.

25. Rectify MACPS anomalies.

26. Grant stepping up of pay of seniors where ever juniors drawing higher pay as a result of MACPS.

27. Grant Up-gradation of Apex Group ‘C’ posts to Group ‘B’ Gazetted-as per agreement.

28. Implement the report of Joint Committee for career growth of Track Maintainers in toto.

29. Abolish 12/- Hours duty in Railways — Introduce 8 hours duty roster for Running and Safety categories staff Classify Running Staff working high speed trains as “Intensive”.

30. Reduce Duty Hours of Nursing Staff thus honour Government’s decision.

31. Sufficient number of ticket checking staff posts need to be created for manning trains.

32. Revision of designations of various categories of staff need to be discussed and finalised.

33. Casual Labour/Substitutes acquired temporary status prior to 01/01/2004 should be covered under Liberalised Pension Scheme.

34. Grant Patient Care Allowance to all categories of staff working in the Railway Hospitals.

35. Implement norms for creation/sanction of new posts of SSE/JE (Signal), ESM, Helper (Signal) etc.

36. Negotiating foras of PNM at different levels and DC/JCM & NC/JCM to be made effective for resolving issues speedily.

37. Reduce duty hours of staff through realistic job analysis.

38. Amend Rules for providing employment to Wards of Employees.

39. Ensure Career improvement of Safaiwalis/Safaiwalas in Railways.

40. Provide quality Health care to employees, their families besides retired employees.

41. Fill vacancies of Doctors, Para Medical Staff and provide Super specialists in all Railway Hospitals.

42. Bring all Railway employees under Incentive Scheme in Workshops, PUs etc., wherever not covered.

43. Grant parity in Pay Structure for Stenographers in Railways at par with CSS/RBSS.

44. Training Allowance should be revised to 30% of pay in all Training Centres/Schools.

45. Rectify VIth CPC pay fixation of Loco Inspectors joined prior to 01/01/2006.

46. SPAD definition needs to he reviewed to prevent harassment and victimisation of Running Staff and safety category staff.

47. Make upward revision of Income Tax exemption limit in the case of running staff.

48. Running Rooms should be improved, air-conditioned and upgraded on priority.

49. Grant Project incentive allowance to the staff working in projects on Indian Railways.

50. Ensure creation of posts in safety/operational categories for manning new services and maintaining new assets without linking to matching surrender vis-à-vis automatic creation of posts on the basis of half yearly review.

51. Grant of Daily Allowance to Staff Car Drivers.

52. Absorb quasi administrative units/offices staff against posts in GP Rs.1800/- PB-I.

53. Enhance the rates of Patient Care Allowance and Hard Duty Allowance and also cover other Para-medical staff.

54. Provision of Hostel facility for single women railway employees at all ‘Divisional Headquarters.

55. Setting up of a multi-disciplinary training institute for imparting training in rail related electronic technologies for the wards of Railway Employees.

56. Extension of medical facilities to the dependent parents of railway employees.

57. Liberalize compassionate appointment provisions.

58. Allotment of Pay Band-4 to Junior Administrative Grade Oflicers.

59. Induct Course completed Act Apprentices against Safety vacancies.

60. Remove restrictions on payment of Children Education Allowance/Hostel subsidy.

61. Allow retention of Railway Quarters by the wards of Safety staff employed under LARSGESS.

62. Allot adequate funds for maintenance of Railway Quarters as well as construction of new quarters.

63. Introduce Technological advance warning system to prevent deaths of Track Maintainers while on duty.

64. Grant Study leave with attendant incentives to the employees for pursuing higher studies.

65. Enhance Night Patrolling Allowance for Track Maintainers and adequate compensation should be given to Night Patrolmen.

The 27Ih National Convention resolves to urge upon the Central Government and Railway Ministry to take Steps for ensuring time-bound negotiations with NFIR for satisfactorily settling the issues listed above to generate satisfaction among all categories of Railway employees.

The National Convention also decides to direct NFIR affiliates to organize mass meetings, conferences, demonstrations, rallies at all levels duringthe next five months period to mobilize all categories of employees for mounting pressure on the Government to resolve issues through sustained dialogue.

This National Convention having taken stock of the labour situation as well as status on various pending demands agitating railway employees has come to a conclusion that the negative attitude of Finance Ministry, Government of India on several proposals of railway ministry relating to rectification of  CPC anomalies, improvement of Grade Pay of Running Staff Supervisory Officials etc, has created serious resentment and frustration among 13 lakh railway employees. 

The National Convention takes note that adequate time has been given to the Government as well as Railway Ministry to resolve the issues through negotiated settlement.The National Convention also taken note of the Special Meeting held by the Railway Board on 23rd August, 2013 on important demands listed by NFIR but, however, found that there has been no improvement in sorting out the pending issues.

This National Convention, therefore, directs the NFIR affiliates to conduct Strike Ballot on the issues listed in the resolution passed by this Convention.

The National Convention further directs to conduct Strike Ballot on17th & 18th January, 2014 while launching intensive campaign on the major demands with the Government as well as Railway Ministry which are already listed in there solutions passed by the Convention. 

Source : NFIR
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