NFIR WRITES TO MINISTER OF RAILWAYS
Shri Piyush Goyal,
Hon’ble Minister of Railways & Coal,
Sub: Meeting with the Federations on 4th April, 2018 at Rail Bahvan, New Delhi-reg.
Ref: Railway Board’s letter No. 2018/E(LR)III/Ref/NFIR & AIRF/03 dated 02/04/2018.
While thanking you for sparing your valuable time and joining the Federations during discussions with Member Staff on 4th April, 2018 at Rail Bhavan, New Delhi, I desire to bring your kind notice that though agreements were reached on the following issues years back, between the full Board and the Federations, the orders are however yet to be issued:-
(i) Stepping up of pay of Loco Inspectors inducted prior to 01/01/2006.
(ii) Replacement of 6th CPC GP 4600 with GP 4800.
(iii) Upgradation of Apex Level Group ‘C’ posts of 6th CPC GP 4600 to GP 4800 (3335 posts).
You may kindly appreciate that abnormal delay on the part of Railway Ministry has been causing disappointment among Railway employees in general and those working in critical safety categories in particular. I seek your kind intervention to see that Railway Board issues orders for implementation of commitment on the above.
Yesterday i.e. on 04th April, 2018, during discussions I made a special appeal to you to reach the Finance Minister and Hon’ble Prime Minister for exempting Railways from the National Pension System (NPS), considering the uniqueness of Railways and its complex working and un-comparable nature of duties being performed by Railway employees under open sky facing all odds for ensuring uninterrupted movement of trains and maintenance of infrastructure. I am thankful to you for positive response on the subject. I however, once again appeal to you to kindly take special initiative so that Railways is exempted from NPS. I also enclose copy of my letter No. IV/NPS/PFRDA BILL/Part I dated 19/03/2018 for kind perusal and necessary action.
(Dr. M. Raghavaiah)