National Federation of Indian Railwaymen
The Secretary (E),
Sub: Claims regarding payment of Travelling Allowance to the Staff promoted under cadre restructuring w.e.f. 0l/11/2013- case of North Western Railway-reg.
Ref: (i) GM(P)AJ.W. Rly's letterNo.600E/Bills/HQ/NWREU/7/2015 dated 25/01/2016.
(ii) NFIR's letter No. I/5(F) dated 01/03/2016.
(iii) Railway Board's letter No. F(E)I/2016/AL-28/17 dated 22/04/2016.
On going through the reply sent by the Board vide letter dated 22/04/2016, Federation is disappointed to note that the issue raised by NFIR vide its letter dated 01/03/2016, has not been gone into thoroughly with reference to the rules on the subject lPara1202 of IREM Vol. I and Para 1602 (2) of IREC Vol. II] and the stipulations mentioned in the footnote where following provision has been made in case of late authorization/drawal of increments by the employees from retrospective effect.
"Note: In the case of late authorization/drawal of increments with retrospective effect, other than where increments were withheld or where the increments take an officer above the stage ' of efficiency bar, there is no objection to the supplementary claims relating to Travelling Allowance, if any being admitted, on the basis of the enhanced pay including the increments."These stipulations however have not been taken into account by the Board while sending negative reply to the Federation.
Incidentally, Federation desires to mention that the issue was raised by the General Secretary, NFIR in the PNM meeting held on 19th/20th May 2016 outside the agenda. It is also worth-mentioning that the benefit of cadre restructuring to be given effect from 0l/1112013 was actually granted after lot of delay due to various administrative reasons, therefore claims of staff for payment of Travelling Allowance at the enhanced rates effective from 01/11/2013 need to be considered as provided under the rules.
NFIR, therefore, requests the Railway Board to kindly review and issue suitable instructions to all Zones etc., on the subject. A copy of instructions issued may be endorsed to the Federation.
Copy to the General Secretaries of affiliated Unions of NFIR.