Sunday, February 25, 2018

Split Medical Identity Card to serving Railway employees

Split Medical Identity Card to serving Railway employees

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
(RAILWAY BOARD)

No.2017/H-1/2/13/SplitMedicalIdentityCard
New Delhi, dated 09.02.2018
The General Managers, All Indian Railways/PUs
The Chief Administrative Officers/DMW/Patiala/RWP/Bela/Patna
The Director General/RDSO

Sub: Split Medical Identity Card to serving Railway employees.
Ref: Railway Board’s letter No. 2004/H/28/1/RELHS/Card dated 22.03.2005.

In terms of provisions contained in Para 626 (1) of India Railway Medical Mannual (IRMM) -2000, it is necessary to produce medical identity Card for availing of medical facilities in Railway Hospitals. It has been brought to the notice of Board that serving Railway employees/their eligible dependent family members find difficult to avail of medical facilities when one of the family member move out of station carrying Medical Identity Card provision for RELHS beneficiaries though exist vide letter under reference but no such facility existed for serving Railway Employees. The issue has, therefore, been examined and it has been decided to extend the facility of split Medical Card to serving Railway employees covered by RMA rules.

Original Medical Identity Card may be deposited with the issuing authority who may issue split Medical Identity Card to the beneficiaries as requested by them.

Issuing authority of Split Medical Card will be the office of controlling authority where the employee is working and the registering authority of Split card will be Authorised Medical officer (AMO) of nearest Health Unit/Hospitals where the dependents are staying.
S/d,
Mrs.H.K.sanhotra
Dy.Director/H&FW
Railway Board

Wage Negotiation: Negotiating Committee Meeting with Unions / Associations

Wage Negotiation: Negotiating Committee Meeting with Unions / Associations

"Meeting of UFBU will be held on 23 Feb to discuss present Bkg. scenario & to formulate next course of action for wage settlement

A Meeting of UFBU will be held on 23rd February 2018 at "Tarak Illam", Central Bank Union Building, Ameerjan Street, Off Choolaimedu High Road, Nungambakkam, Chennai to discuss the present banking scenario and to formulate next course of action in the matter of 11th Wage Negotiations."
Indian Banks' Association
HR & INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS
No. HR&IR/UFBU/XIBPS/4539
February 17, 2018
Shri Sanjeev K. Bandlish
Convenor
United Forum of Bank Unions (UFBU) & General Secretary
National Confederation of Bank Employees
C/o State Bank of India, LHO
Plot No.1, Sector-17A
Chandigarh- 160 017

Dear Sir,
Wage Negotiation: Negotiating Committee Meeting with Unions / Associations

We draw your kind attention to our letter no HR&IR/UFBU/XIBPS/4476 dated 7th February 2018 and advise that due to some unforeseen circumstances, it has been decided to postpone Negotiating Committee meeting with Unions/Associations scheduled to be held on 21st February 2018. Next date of said meeting will be advised to you in due course.

2. We regard for the inconvenience caused in this regard.
Yours faithfully,
K S Chauhan
Advisor (HR&IR)
Source: http://aipnbsf.org

Denial of improved Pay Matrices to Graduate Engineers/Diploma Engineers of Railways

Denial of improved Pay Matrices to Graduate Engineers/Diploma Engineers of Railways leading to serious disappointment among engineers - Removal of injustice
Item No.3
Sub: Denial of improved Pay Matrices to Graduate Engineers/Diploma Engineers of Railways leading to serious disappointment among engineers - Removal of injustice - urged.
Ref: NFIR's letter No. IV/NFIR/7 CPC(Imp)/2016/RB-Part I dated 14/08/2017.

NFIR invites kind attention of the Railway Board to Para 11.40.104 to 11.40.115 of the 7th CPC report (Page No. 747 to 749). Vide Para 1 1 .40. 109 of the 7th CPC report, it has been stated that "the next post in the hierarchical structure for Technical Supervisors is the post of Assistant Engineer. There is a 1:1 ratio between the posts of Assistant Engineer filled by Direct Recruitment and those filled through promotion".

In this connection, NFIR desires to point out the ground reality is that the SSEs (directly recruited Graduate Engineers) do not have reasonable career growth at all, as they continued to remain in the same Grade Pay/Pay Level (GP 4600/Pay Level 7) for not less than 10 to 15 years. There is also no cadre structure for Technical Supervisors beyond 7th CPC pay Level 7 (6th CPC/GP 4600).

It has also been found that the 7th Central Pay Commission had relied upon the study report given by Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad for the purpose of denying allotment of irnproved Grade Pay/Pay Matrices for Graduate Engineers as well Diploma Engineers. Extract of para 6.16.2 of the study report of IIM, Ahmedabad upon which the 7th CPC had relied upon, is reproduced below:
"6.16.2 Sector-Wise Career progression and promotion Rules:

Table 6.16.2:
Career Progression for Graduate Engineer through RRB in Railways
Job Role: Graduate Engineer
Designation/Post
Promotion Criteria
Entry + 1 Level
Assitant Engineer
Period prescribed for promotion to this level as per
R/Rs is 2 years in the previous level. Actual Average period of promotion is
4 years.
Entry + 2 Levels
Divisional Engineer
Period prescribed for promotion to this level as per
R/Rs is 4 years in the previous level. Actual Average period of promotion is
6 years.
Entry + 3 Levels
Sr.Divisional Engineer
Period prescribed for promotion to this level as per
R/Rs is 4 years in the previous level. Actual Average period of promotion is
4 years.
Source: Based on
data provided by the Seventh Central Pay Commission

In the above context, NFIR states that never, the Graduate Engineers have been granted promotion to the post of Assistant Engineer on completion of 4-years period and to the post of Divisional Engineer on completion of 4-years in the previous pay level. It seems, the IIM's distorted study report has done grave damage to the career of directly recruited Graduate Engineers in Railways. The incorrect information through IIM's study report with regard to career progression and salary details of Graduate Engineers in Railways had caused irreparable harm to their career, resulting alround resentment among Graduate Engineers/Diploma Engineers.

While the 7th CPC had evolved its own principle (Para 4.1.19 of its report), for pay grading, sadly the pay commission had failed to adhere to its own principle in the instant case of Technical Supervisors in Railways who are either Graduate Engineers or Diploma Holders. It is also surprising to note that the Railway Ministry (as recorded vide Para 11.40.112 of the 7th CPC report) had defended the continuance of existing arrangements on functional grounds, ignoring the truth that the Railway Ministry itself had, in the year 2010 proposed replacement of GP 4600/- with GP 4800/- for improving the career of SSEs etc. The Railway Ministry had also failed to apprise the 7th CPC of its decision as well its proposal to Ministry of Finance for upgradation of Apex Level (GP 4600/-) posts to Group 'B' Gazetted (decision yet to be implemented).

NFIR, therefore, urges upon the Railway Ministry to review the entire issue de-novo for rendering justice to the category of Engineers (Graduate/Diploma) in Railways duly modifying the existing Pay Matrices with retrospective effect.

Source: NFIR

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