Thursday, July 18, 2019

Increasing promotion quota percentage for Technician-III posts in Diesel/ Electric Loco/ EMU Sheds in Indian Railways

Increasing promotion quota percentage for Technician-III posts in Diesel / Electric Loco/ EMU Sheds in Indian Railways

As per the Railway Board orders issued on 12th July, 2019, the promotion quota increased from 25% to 50%.

The RBE order said, 50% plus shortfall, if any, against LDCE quota as at (ii) below by selection from Course Completed Act Apprentices, and ITI passed candidates in relevant trades from the open market; serving employees who are ‘course completed Act Apprentices’ or ITI qualified could be considered against this quota allowing age relaxation as applicable to serving employees; and
(ii) 25% from serving semi-skilled and unskilled staff with educational qualification as laid down in Apprentices Act; and

(iii) 25% by promotion of staff in the lower grade as per prescribed procedure.

Consequent to demand raised by both the recognized Federations i.e. AIRF and NFIR in the PNM, for increasing the promotion quota from 25% to 50% to bring it at par with the provision for Technician-III in the various Engineering Departments, the matter has been examined by the Board, keeping in view the justification put forth by the Federations.

It has been decided that henceforth posts of Technician-III in Diesel/Electric Loco/ EMU Sheds may be filled as under:-

25% plus shortfall, if any, against LDCE quota as at (ii) below by selection from Course Completed Act Apprentices, and ITI passed candidates in relevant trades from the open market; serving employees who are ‘Course Completed Act Apprentices’ or ITI qualified could be considered against this quota allowing age relaxation as applicable to serving employees; and

25% from servmg semi-skilled and unskilled staff with educational qualification as laid down in Apprentices Act; and

50% by promotion of staff in the lower grade as per prescribed procedure.

DIRECT QUOTA IN GRADE PAY RS. 4600 SHOULD BE ELIMINATED TOTALLY

Last year NFIR writes to the Secretary of Railway Board, the Direct Quota in Grade Pay Rs. 4600 should be eliminated totally and to be filled only by promotion.

While the Railway Board had enhanced the entry level qualification for recruitment through all modes in GP 1800/- Pay Level (RBE No.73/2017) in technical departments, the entry level qualification for Technician has not been revised. For improving the efficiency levels, this aspects needs to be addressed.

As highly qualified staff have joined against safety and other than safety category posts, frustration is growing among them due to no career growth for them.

In this connection Federation cites the case of a Senior Technicians on a Zonal Railway who possess MBA/PGD (HRM) qualification but they are not able to become JE/SSE as their qualification is not matching with the requirement.

They are also not made eligible to appear for GDCE due to restrictions laid down by the Board. In order to meet the genuine aspirations of these qualified staff on Zonal Railways

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