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Railway staff continue stir against pay panel report

NEW DELHI: Railway employees continued their agitation against the Pay Commission's report and held a demonstration at the Northern Railway headquarters at Baroda House on Wednesday. This came a day after Lalu Prasad's intervention stalled the threat of strike by 8,000 group B officers constituting 80% of railway officers’ strength, supported by virtually the entire 14 lakh railway employees, upset by the commission report. A joint memorandum is being prepared by the five railway officers’ and workers’ federation representatives which will be given to Prasad who will then hand over copies to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and finance minister P Chidambaram by Friday. Representatives of the 5 railway federations — National Federation of Indian Railways (affiliated to Congress), All India Railway Federation (CPI), Indian Railways Promotee Officers Federation, Federation of Railway Officers Association and All India Railway Protection Force (RPF) Association — had met Railway Board chairman K C Jena on Tuesday. Other board members were also present and it was decided that the member (finance) and member (staff) would sit with federation representatives and assist in preparing the memorandum. Sources said that the instruction from top was clear — nip the growing discontent in the bud. "The commission has drastically degraded the gazetted Group B Officers particularly the middle management field officers/engineers...A wide gap has been created between the promotional grade officers and direct recruits," railway officers' representatives told TOI. They said earlier, the pay scales of both groups were the same except that the direct recruits were given status A. But now with a wide difference in the pay scale, there is lot of heart burning among the group B officers who constitute virtually 80% of railway officers’ strength. It is a “highly discriminatory and anomalous recommendation", they said. Even the 62,000 RPF staff, who provide the much needed security to railway property and passengers, are upset with the Pay Commission report. They too have joined the chorus of protest as they say their demand for better promotion avenues for the staff from constable to inspector level, who constitute 99% of the force, "have been ignored". "The pay scales recommended by the commission for constables, head constables, assistant sub-inspectors, sub-inspectors and inspectors...will only lead to a 2.5% increment. This has caused discontent among the RPF men," the All India RPF Association secretary-general, U S Jha, said in his memorandum already submitted to the railway minister.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Esteemed sir,
Sub: To increase Grade pay of Jr.Stenographer (Eng)

We the Jr. Stenos of Indian Railways are being deprived from our actual pay by the last two pay commissions. The actual pay should have been equal to Sr. Clerk and Jr. Account Assistant. But it has not been done yet. Sir, Pay heed to our grievances- we come in office at 9.45 am but we leave office at 8.00 pm. Is it the office decorum? Then why are we not getting our actual pay ? Sir, kindly consider our problem, and increase our grade pay as early as possible. We hope the competent authority will not turn a deaf ear to our problem and be kind enough to deliver us our actual pay.

Thanking you in anticipation. Jr. stenographers from East Coast Railway