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Brief of the meeting held today with Hon’ble Minister for Railways

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Brief of the meeting held today with Hon’ble Minister for Railways
A meeting between All India Railwaymen’s Federation(AIRF) and Hon’ble Minister for Railways, was held today, which was continued from 14:00 hrs. to 16:00 hrs. The meeting was held in a cordial atmosphere.Item-wise discussion is stated below…….
 No.AIRF/24(C)
Dated:-  December 28, 2017
The General Secretaries,
All Affiliated Unions,

Sub: Brief of the meeting held today with Hon’ble Minister for Railways

A meeting between All India Railwaymen’s Federation(AIRF) and Hon’ble Minister for Railways, was held today, which was continued from 14:00 hrs. to 16:00 hrs. The meeting was held in a cordial atmosphere.

Item-wise discussion is stated below:-
1. Proper Meetings – The issue was discussed threadbare. The MR assured that, he would meet the representatives of AIRF bi-monthly, and mostly on first Wednesday of the alternate month.

2. Safety – Regarding filling-up of vacancies, the MR assured that, 50% posts in Safety Categories would be filled-up within a period of six months. He also assured that, all steps would be taken to have branded materials/equipments. Training facilities would be streamlined. We have also raised the issue of creation of posts for additional train services and additional workload without insisting on “Matching Saving”. The Minister directed the Member Staff and Director General(Pers.), Railway Board, to make a brief and put-up the papers to him in next week. We have raised the matter of recruitment in the lowest grade Level 1. The MR assured that, the matter of recruitment of the local people region-wise would explored.

3. Seventh Central Pay Commission – The matter was discussed in detail. The Minister has advised the Member Staff to see how National Pension System(NPS) can be streamlined. The MR also promised that, he would raise the issues of Minimum Wage and Fitment Formula with the Finance Minister.

4. Grievances of the Running Staff – Regarding Allowances related to Running Staff and other grievances of the Running Staff , the MR advised the MS to expedite the matter.

5. Continuance of the LARSGESS all over, except jurisdiction of the respective High Courts – There was detailed discussion in respect of continuance of LARSGESS in the states where there is no embargo. The matter was discussed at length. Ultimately, the Minister advised the MS to see how best the cases, already processed, can be dealt with. He also directed the Railway Board to pursue the case in the Supreme Court and move an application for early hearing.

6. Absorption of the Course Completed Act Apprentices in the Railways – This issue was discussed at length. On our ultimate suggestion to de-link appointment of the Course Completed Act Apprentices from regular recruitments. The MR agreed to re-examine. He also asked the Board to enhance the quota for recruitment of the Act Apprentices for training.

7. Absorption of the quasi-administrative offices staff in the Railways – The matter was discussed at length. The Minister advised the MS to submit a brief in this regard.

8. Closure of the Railway Printing Presses – On the request of AIRF, the Minister has agreed to discuss the matter further.

9. Closure of Parel Workshop of Central Railway – On the request of AIRF, the Minister has agreed to discuss the matter further.

10. Shifting of Central Railway Headquarters Building and its conversion into World Class Rail Museum – – On the request of AIRF, the Minister has agreed to discuss the matter further.

11. Improvement in the condition of the Railway Quarters – The Minister said that, he is in favour of the demand made by AIRF in respect of constructing multi-storyed buildings having restricted entry with boundary wall.

12. Improvement in the medical facilities – The Minister is in agreement for improvement in the matter of medical facilities, provision of Mobile Medical Vans in each Division. He also urged the MS to explore the possibilities of reimbursement of medical expenses, specifically for the staff working at the roadside stations as a “Special Case”.

13. Deployment of the wards of the Railwaymen as “Gate Mitras” at the Unmanned Level Crossings – The matter was discussed.

14. Outsourcing – The matter was discussed at length. The Minister advised the MS to see that, all the instructions issued in regard to Payment of Wages, adherence to social security and to take action against the contractors who would be found exploiting the workers, including black listing them.
AIRF strongly demands that, perennial nature of jobs should not be outsourced.

15. Non-implementation of the recommendations of the Trackmen Committee – It was pointed out to the Minister by us that, decision was taken to restructure the cadre of Trackmen in the ratio of 10:20:20:50, and the exercise would be completed by 31.12.2017. During discussion it was pointed out by the MS that the Finance has raised objection in the matter. The Minister asked the MS to put-up the whole papers to him during next week.

16. Employees’ Charter – The matter was discussed, particularly in reference to fill the posts in Ministerial and Accounts Cadres.

17. The issues in respect of extending medical facilities to the parents of the employees and the issue of Companion Pass in the same class were also raised by us. The Minister assured to examine the issues and directed the MS to submit a brief in this regard.

18. The issues of enhancement of production capacity of MCF/RBL and construction of additional Railway Quarters were also raised by us, to which Minister replied that, present target of 1,000 coaches per year would be enhanced to 5,000 coaches per year and availability of the staff would also be explored.

19. On the complaint of AIRF that, hundreds of Railwaymen lay their lives while running the Railways, but they are the unsung heroes, nobody bothers for them, and demanded that, they should also be respected at par with the Martyrs of the Army and Paramilitary Forces. The MR immediately asked the MS that, on all such occasions, some officials must visit and they must be given proper respect.

Source: AIRF

Anomalies in implementation of 6th CPC

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Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Anomalies in implementation of 6th CPC

A National Anomaly Committee, comprising 8 members from the Official-Side and 12 members from the Staff-Side was set up to settle the anomalies arising out of the implementation of the recommendations of the 6th Central Pay Commission.

There were five (5) meetings of the National Anomaly Committee where 55 anomalies were settled out of total 59 anomalies which were raised. The remaining 4 anomalies are pending finalisation.

A National Anomaly Committee comprising 9 members from the Official-Side and 13 members from the Staff-Side has been constituted to discuss the anomalies arising out of the implementation of the recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission. An agenda consisting of 18 items has been received from the Staff-Side for discussion which is under examination for convening the first meeting of the Committee.

This was stated by the Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr. Jitendra Singh in a written reply to question in the Rajya Sabha today.

Source: PIB

Press Note form Ministry of Electronics & IT

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Ministry of Electronics & IT
Press Note
Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has denied the media report published in The Tribune titled “Rs 500, 10 minutes, and you have access to billion Aadhaar details” and has said that it is a case of misreporting. UIDAI assured that there has not been any Aadhaar data breach. The Aadhaar data including biometric information is fully safe and secure.

In a statement issued today UIDAI said that UIDAI has given the said search facility for the purpose of grievance redressal to the designated personnel and state government officials to help residents only by entering their Aadhaar number/EID. UIDAI maintains complete log and traceability of the facility and any misuse can be traced and appropriate action taken. The reported case appears to be instance of misuse of the grievance redressal search facility. As UIDAI maintains complete log and traceability of the facility, the legal action including lodging of FIR against the persons involved in the instant case is being done.

UIDAI reiterates that the grievance redressal search facility gives only limited access to name and other details and has no access to biometric details. UIDAI reassures that there has not been any data breach of biometric database which remains fully safe and secure with highest encryption at UIDAI and mere display of demographic information cannot be misused without biometrics.

Further, the Aadhaar number is not a secret number. It is to be shared with authorized agencies whenever an Aadhaar holder wishes to avail certain service or benefit of government welfare scheme/s or other services. But that does not mean that the proper use of Aadhaar number poses a security or financial threat. Also, mere availability of Aadhaar number will not be a security threat or will not lead to financial/other fraud, as for a successful authentication fingerprint or iris of individual is also required.

Claims of bypassing or duping the Aadhaar enrolment system are totally unfounded. Aadhaar data is fully safe and secure and has robust uncompromised security. The UIDAI Data Centres are infrastructure of critical importance and is protected accordingly with high technology conforming to the best standards of security and also by legal provisions.

Source: PIB

Inclusion of Community in ST List

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Ministry of Tribal Affairs
Inclusion of Community in ST List

The Government of India on 15-6-1999 (further amended on 25-6-2002), has laid down the modalities for determining the claims for inclusion in, exclusion from and other modifications in the Orders specifying lists for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes. According to these modalities, only those proposals which have been recommended and justified by the concerned State Government / Union Territory Administration and concurred with by the Registrar General of India (RGI) and the National Commission for Scheduled Tribes (NCST) are to be considered for amendment of legislation.

The criteria presently followed for specification of a community as a Scheduled Tribe are (i) indications of primitive traits, (ii) distinctive culture, (iii) geographical isolation, (iv) shyness of contact with the community at large, and (v) backwardness.

This Press Release is based on the information given by the Minister of State for Tribal Affairs Shri Sudarshan Bhagat in a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha on 04.01.2018 (Thursday).

Source: PIB

Early Closure of Offices in connection with Republic Day Parade

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Early Closure of Offices in connection with Republic Day Parade

Early Closure of Offices in connection with Republic Day Parade and Beating Retreat Ceremony during January, 2018 - DoPT Orders


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