उत्तर मध्य रेलवे इंजीनियर्स एसोसिएशन
NORTH CENTRAL RAILWAY ENGINEERS ASSOCIATION

    (Apex body representing Subordinate Engineers of N.C. Rly.)

    (Affiliated with- All India  Railway Engineers Federation)

 

HQ –Dutt Bhawn, New Ashok Nagar, Vasundhara Enclave, Delhi-110096

Ref:

NCREA/GS/Memo/13/2

Dated:

13/02/13

 

 

 

 To,


        Shri Pawan Kumar Bansal Ji

Hon’ble Minister for Railways

Govt. of India

Rail Bhawan, New Delhi

 

Sub :      Memorandum on plight of Railway’s middle management ( safety) Engineers

 

            Ref.-       1.     AIREF memo. to Hon’ble MR / CRB dated 22.07.09 & 18.12.09 , 22 July 2010

2.         Matter raised in Rajya Sabha on dated 07.08.09 & 17.12.09

3.         Joint Memo. of 3 State Ministers & 8 MPs from Gujrat State to Ex. Hon’ble MR

4.         Samman- Swabhiman Rally at Jantar Mantar New Delhi 17.10.11

5.         All India Post card drive to Hon’ble MR this year in Jan’13

6.         Our detail memorandum regarding grievances of Subordinate    Engineers submitted to Hon’ble Minister for Railways, Hon’ble MOSR,CRB/ Members Railway Board time to time through Hon’ble Ministers / MPs , and issue raised in parliament by Hon’ble MPs  time to time for kind consideration.

Hon’ble Sir,

                    North Central Railway Engineers Association Jhansi Division heartily congratulate you on behalf of thousands of middle management  Engineers (Junior Engineers & Sr.Section Engineers) / CMS/DMS/IT (EDP) staff, for the strengthening of economy & the recent step taken by your self in this regard.

Sir, North Central Railway Engineers Association is an affiliated association of All India Railway Engineers Federation, which is sole representative organization of about one lakh degree / diploma Engineers working over Indian Railways, and those are struggling under the banner of AIREF for respected status since 1989 in the Railway.  

Sir, we Railway Engineers of Railways desired for proper respect to their multifunctional works / untiring efforts to maintain safety in the system as a middle management. It is our great honour to represent our issues before you. Previously, we could have been able to convinced to Board through our previous Railway Ministers Hon’ble Shri K. C. Lenka Ji & Er. Nitish Kumar Ji for ‘Engineers’ designation & Hon’ble Didi Mamata Banerjee in the form of Ist class pass to JE at entry level, we always be grateful to them. We expect that Hon’ble sir, will be convinced with our genuine non-financial demand of group ‘B’ status & recognition to our forum to give voice to the middle management, in respect of implementation of recommendation of SCPC as well as to implement Justice Khanna Committee.  

Sir, We request for your kind attention towards the plight of Railway Engineers and to  spare few minutes from your busy schedule to go through the following justifications & issues in favour of our demands.

1.      There are about 1 lakh middle management Engineers working in Indian Railways, who are diploma & degree holders in Engineering of various branches.

2.      We, working as Junior Engineers and Senior Section Engineers / CMT / DMS/ IT(EDP) are the only technically qualified staff in Group ‘C’ cadre in Railways.

3.      We play the leading role to make Indian Railways one of the leading Railways in world, for which we have been denoted as back-bone of Indian Railways.

4.     We are directly involved with safety and economy of Indian Railways.

5.      It is no need to mention here that the technical works require more skill, education, higher intellectual level, accuracy and deep thinking than others non technical works.

6.      We do the work round-the-clock without any specific rest and also at remote areas.

7.     It is very disappointing to mention here that in the 6th CPC, we the sub-ordinate Engineers have got raw deal. The disappointment still aggravates, when we see that Railway have upgraded the non-technical/ supporting/ assisting staff like nurses, school teachers, accounts staff etc, who are not directly involved in asset building, development, operation and safety of Railways and our plight goes unheard.  It is worth calling here that our non-technical / supporting category of staffs were placed below us till 4th Pay Commission, and now they are placed above us without any extra duty & responsibility!

8.      In Indian Railways, in stead of comparing the Engineers with doctors, the Engineers are now placed below nurses, those are providing their services to look after the employee, while he is sick under the guidance / prescription of Doctors. Where as Engineers are directly involve in Railway operation/ safety / economy and maintaining the image of Railway in the society, but they are given grade pay below nursing staff which is a great social injustice to graduate / diploma Engineers, who are always dedicated to make Indian Railways as leading railways in the world Railways.

9.      Though the nature of work handled by Railway Engineers can not be compared with work of other category, it can at least be compared on the basis of qualification. The required qualification for the post of a nurse in Indian railways is Diploma in Nursing (Matriculation + 3 years), and that for Railway Engineers is degree/diploma in engineering in their respective field like Civil Engg., Mechanical Engg., Electrical Engg., Electronics Engg. / IT etc. Moreover, Engineering is a very specialized professional education, which remains a dream of most, available to top rung students only that too at national level selection.

10.       Further above & over the requisite technical degree / diploma, its only we the Railway Engineers, who are to undergo railway specific training for 1 to 2 years to become Railway Engineers, and these 1-2 year have not been considered for  granting MACPS benefit till now.

11.       The sub-ordinate Engineers are to undergo periodic training/ refresher courses to run the Indian Railways at updated standards in line with world development.

12.       We are screened for higher/highest standard of medical suitability, which demands to remain physically & psychologically fit from entry to end of our career for proper discharge of duty - a phenomenon that has hardly been taken into account despite enacting a rigorous work schedule (HOER) for us.

13.      Professional Hazards involved in our work is quite high, and a number of us are quite promptly de-categorized, without ever being paid adequate weightage for the same in pay structure.

14.      The task, we handle can be comparable to managerial position as we have to take decisions for speedy and efficient disposal of works at every level and we owe direct responsibility for the work we do. It is a matter of great dissatisfaction among the sub-ordinate Engineers that the demanding and challenging nature of our work has not been recognized while fixing up of our pay structures and other benefits.

15.      A comparison (before re-designation) between nursing staff (the highest upgraded cadre in Group ‘C’ ) and Engineers is enclosed herewith as Annexure-I & with other non-technical category as Annexure-II for your kind reference.

16.      If any mishap is happened anywhere, the concerned JEs/ SSEs are immediately made direct responsible, which is not very likely in the case of non-technical staff like nurses/Teachers/ Account personnel.

17.      Considering the nature of duties and responsibilities, we should always be placed above Nursing staff and any other staff in Group ‘C’ cadre. Apex group ‘C’ scale (Rs.840-1040) was only been awarded to our SSE level post upto 3rd pay commission.

18.      Till 4th pay commission the pay scales of sub-ordinate Engineers were the highest among all Group-C cadres.

19.      In other Central Govt. and State Govt. the JEs are assured with time bound promotions/ Time scale with status upto Executive Engineer level and all degree Engineers are of gazetted status right from entry itself but this system is not available in Indian Railways, it demoralize our hard worker Engineers & hence talented Railway Engineers are leaving Railway services to join State Govt / Private Concerned for better prospects. Not a single promotion available in normal hierarchy to the graduate Engineers entering in Railway as SSE/GP-4600

A comparison of Railways with State Govt JE is given below-  

State/ Deptt.

Post

Entry GP

Scale of XEN

PB/GP in SCPC

UP/ Uttaranchal

Junior Engineer

PB-2 / 4200

On 24 Yr Service

PB-3 / Rs.6600

Bihar/ Jarkhand

Junior Engineer

PB-2 / 4200

On 24 Yr Service

PB-3 / Rs.6600

Madhya Pradesh

Sub Engineer

PB-2 / 4200

On 28 Yr Service

PB-3 / Rs.6600

Chattishgarh

Sub Engineer

PB-2 / 4200

On 25 Yr Service

PB-3 / Rs.6600

Punjab Govt.

Junior Engineer

PB-2 / 4800

On 20 Yr Service

PB-3 / Rs.6600

Railways

Junior Engineer

PB-2 / 4200

Not Assured ?

Not Assured ?

 

 

 

 

 

20.      DOPT had recommended to give Group-B status for Pay Band -2  i.e. from Grade Pay Rs. 4200/- to Rs. 5400 vide its India Gazette notification no. 605, dated. 09.04.2009. But Railway did not implemented the part of notification till now i.e. classification of Gr B for PB-2 Supervisory staff but from the same notification , it has been accepted to upgrade the classification of our artisan group ‘D’ staff to group ‘C’ vide Railway Board’s RBE no – 5/2010 dtd. 08.01.2010. It is more panic that our counterpart central Govt deptt accepted the recommendation of 6th CPC to enhance the status of the Subordinate Engineers in Group ‘B and hence in all other Deptt of central Govt JE has been given Group B status , but herein Railways, it has been damaged all the horizontal / vertical relativity in supervisory / supporting (Artisan) staff. It come to know that Railway Board has ignored the recommendation of DOPT for group B status to Subordinate Engineers under the pressure of  Labour Unions. Due to this talented Engineers are  exodus railways, to join other deptt to enjoy the social status of group B since entry grade as JE.

 

21.      Promotional prospects for subordinate Engineers are very limited to become group B and group ‘A’, since group B post in Railway is very limited compared to all other Central Govt Deptt. A Comparison of  employees ratio as per Vth CPC from group C to group A is given below in present term including SCPC upgradations.

 

Organisation

Group “A”

Group “B”

Group “C”

Group “D”

Central Govt. Deptt (All India Average)

2.8 %

5.3%+ Gp-4200 staff

91.8% - GP-4200 staff

Nil

Railways

0.6%

0.5%

98.9%

Nil

After 6th CPC, PB-2 (GP-4200) has also been upgraded to group B in all other central Govt deptt., where as in Railways, all group ‘D’ post has been upgraded to group C, hence ratio of employee in group ‘B’ enhanced compared to existing in Central Govt., but in Railway it is still 0.5%. Hon’ble Sir,  may kindly consider to rectify the situation in Railway to attract talented engineers to join railway .

22.      There are two recognized labour Federations under Indian Railways, who represent all staff from Group-C & D (Now group C) including subordinate Engineers . But they use Railway Engineers as their financial managers and not represent properly at highest level, due to which we have been neglected continuously by Railway Board. After introducing of election process, labour unions started misbehave humiliation and threatening to get favor of majority of labour governed by us. Many cases reported for mishandling , abusing , insulting of Engineers by activist of labour unions

 

23.      We, Engineers are in minority and both the labour Union/ Federations are ignoring our grievances and stand with majority of labour working under our Engineers. We middle management Engineers desired for separate recognition. Since grievances of Supervised & Supervisor can not be dealt in same union, that’s why, Justice Khanna committee had recommended to debarring Railway Engineers from joining labour unions & to give reorganization to sub-ordinate Engineers of Indian Railways separately to represent their problems at proper level but this was not accepted by Railways.

In all other central governments & all state governments, the associations of Subordinate Engineers are recognized by their concerned departments.

Considering the above points and justification, AIREF desired for kind favour of Hon’ble MR to consider our justified demands reiterated as follows-

OUR MAIN DEMANDS: 

1.               Recognition of All India Railway Engineers Federation (AIREF) and its affiliated Zonal Railway Engineers Associations like Engineers Associations/ Federations of all other Central & all State Governments.

a.      Provide opportunity to contest election for recognition and to support any origination after election in achieving required no of votes percentage

b.      Implement right to reject in forth coming election of recognition of labour unions

c.      Implement Khanna Committee, to debar Railway Engineers from joining labour Unions

2.               Grant of minimum Grade Pay

    1. Rs. 4800/- to Junior Engineers at par with Nursing Sisters or as given by Punjab Govt to their JE( Diploma Holder)  at entry grade
    2. Rs 5400/- (PB-3) to Sr. Section Engineers /CMS/DMS/IT(EDP) ( Graduate Engineers) at par with Matrons/Chief Matrons though it should be more with std designation as Asstt. Engineer.
    3. Provide direct entry through UPSE in GP-6600(PB-3) and similarity in grade pay of assistant. Officer with direct recruit for the same post and same duty

3.               Group-B cadre to all sub-ordinate Engineers in PB-2 as per DOPT gazette Notification no. 605 of 09.04.09 with gazetted status, as already implemented in CPWD/ Defence and other central Govt deptt.

4.               Time bound promotions from JE to Junior Administrative grade officer at 8th, 16th & 24th years.

5.               Remove anomaly of Modified Assured career progression (MACPS)

a.      Counting of apprentice period under MACPS

b.      Benefit of MACPS be ensure to JE/SSE of Drg / Design considering current structure of cadre i.e entry at JE(GP-4200) , abolish and merged grade in earlier pay commission  should not be counted under MACPS, which is not in cadre hierarchy (Tracer / Jr Draftsman) now.

c.      Provide stepping up to the senior against the junior, who acquired grade pay more than his senior in MACPS.

d.      Provide upgraded classification as per grade pay and ensure status accordingly.

e.      Provide MACPS at 8/16/24 year of service as given in the Defense ministry

f.        Provide MACPS on cadre hierarchy on functional post / grade only, remove and merged grade pay 4600 with GP- 4800, which is most closer by Rs 200/-.

 

6.               Incentive to all technical cadres that is Design / Store / IT / CMT / Civil / Electrical / Mechanical maintenance working in workshop/ shed/ open line organisation

7.               Superintending / PCO Allowance should be increased 30% in workshops / production Units and Arduous Duty Allowance @ 30% to all J.Es, SSEs in open line and Construction.

8.               At par Cadre restructuring to all subordinate Engineers or technical cadres in the ratio of 10:90 for  JE/AE(SSE) including Drg. design / CMS/ DMS /IT cadres etc.

9.               Provide fixation of pay to promotee at par with direct recruits in promotional post

10.          Abolition of 70% LGS exam to give smooth channel of promotion on the basis of seniority cum bench marking to senior most SSE & to direct recruit graduate Engineers as SSE.

a.      Stop immediately implementation of integrated seniority as per Rly Bd. Letter no. RBE 53/2011 for the purpose of promotion/selection to Group-B posts

b.   Open a promotional channel to qualified loco pilot to became JE / SSE through LDCE / GDCE

11.          Grievances related with passes.

a.      Include Father and mother in the definition of Family as per Indian culture to ensure them also the pass and medical facility.

b.      Provide entitlement in tatkal ticket through privilege / on duty passes/ PTOs

c.      Provide e-ticket facility to Railway employee on pass/ PTOs / e-pass( May me planned).

d.      Remove restriction of no of tickets in Rajdhani/ Shatabdi / Duranto express trains on passes / PTOs

e.      Provide 6 set of passes on GP-4800 and 3 set passes on retirement

12.          Redefine apprentice as probation period or induction training to ensure all benefit on the period spent and ensure that  such training for induction not to be more than one year for degree / Diploma in any cadre.

13.          Conduct LDCE ( 30% ) through UPSE for Assistant officer in GP-6600/- and provide at par channel to these talented Engineers like wise UPSE qualified Engineers

14.          Scrap new pension scheme and ensure financial security in old age through old pension scheme.

15.          Increase no tax limit to Rs 5 Lakhs and  exemption of all allowances from Income tax.

16.          No corporatization in Indian Railway and its Production Units

17.          Provide reimbursement of tuition fee of children studying in higher education ( Engg. / Medical / MBA etc)

18.          Provide improved rest house facilities at all major railway station for Railway Engineers on the model of Sr Subordinate rest house at Bilaspur / SECR or provide hotel facility as given to all Central Govt. employees

19.          Ensure CUG facilities to all Railway Engineers and increase the CUG utility amount to minimum Rs 500/- for JE and Rs 1000/- for SSE

20.          Provide brief case ( amount )  to all JE/SSE irrespective of any condition

21.          Provide one notional increment ,who is retiring in between Jan to June, every year

22.           Set up technical library in all divisional / HQ office including workshops, loco sheds under functional management of Engineers Associations of the unit.

 

           Hon’ble Sir, on behalf of all Railway Engineers, we request to kindly, consider our demands for providing social justice and at par status with other non-technical staff & Engineers of other Central & State Governments.

We shall always be grateful to you.

                                                                                                        Yours faithfully,          

 

 

                                                                                                                          General Secretary

                                                                                                                          NCREA @ JHS

 

Copy-    Hon’ble Chairman, Railway Board, Rail Bhawan, New Delhi

             Er. Alok Johri , Hon’ble General Manager, N.C.Railway, HQ, Allahabad

              Er. Naveen Chopra, Divisional Railway Manager, N.C.Railway Jhansi

             

 

 

 

Annexure-I

 

Comparison of Pay Scales

 

 

 Nurse ( the highest upgraded cadre in Group ‘C’ ) v/s Subordinate Engineers

 

(Note: Comparison is made in equivalent of pay scales of 5th Pay Commission)

 

Table –I (Staff Nurse vs. Jr. Engineer-II)

Pay Commission

Staff Nurse

Jr. Engineer-II

Remarks

4th PC

425-700/-

425-700/-

Both were equal

5th PC

5000-8000/-

5000-8000/-

Both were equal

6th PC

7450-11500/-(GP-4600/-)

6500-10500/-(GP-4200/-)

Nurse, upgraded by one grade  pay & made equal with

Sr Section Engineer

 

Table – II (Nursing Sister vs. Jr. Engineer-I)

Pay Commission

Nursing Sister

Jr. Engineer-I

Remarks

4th PC

1600-2660/-

1600-2660/-

Both were equal

5th PC

5500-9000/-

5500-9000/-

Both were equal

6th PC

7500-12000/-(GP-4800/-)

6500-10500/-(GP-4200/-)

Nurse, upgraded by two grades

& placed above

Sr Section Engineer

 

Table – III (Matron vs. Section Engineer)

Pay Commission

Matron

Section Engineer

Remarks

4th PC

5500-9000/-

6500-10500/-

Engineer was higher by one grade

5th PC

6500-10500/-

6500-10500/-

Nurse, upgraded & both were equal

6th PC

8000-13500/-(GP-5400/-) & PB-3

7450-11500/-(GP-4600/-) & PB-2

Nurse, upgraded by

three grades !

Engineer, made equal with Staff Nurse !

 

Table – IV (Chief Matron vs. Sr. Section Engineer)

Pay Commission

Chief Matron

Sr. Section Engineer

Remarks

4th PC

Not available

2375-3500/-

Apex group C grade available for Subordinate Engineers only up to 3rd CPC

5th PC

7450-11500/-

(Newly Created)

7450-11500/-

Both were equal

6th PC

8000-13500/-(GP-5400/-) & PB-3

7450-11500/-(GP-4600/-) & PB-2

Nurse, upgraded by

three grades !

Engineer, made equal with Staff Nurse !

 

·        Sr. Section Engineer was never upgraded in any pay commission, who plays the main role for safety, operation & economy of Indian Railways, among any cadre.

·        Now, a graduate Engineer & a diploma holder of nursing in same GP (Grade Pay) i.e. Rs. 4600/- ! in Railways.

 

 

Promotional prospectus from direct recruitment grade in Group-C cadre

 

Sl

Post

PB 2

GP 4200

PB 2

GP 4600

PB 2

GP 4800

PB 2

GP 5400

PB 3

GP 5400

1

Nurses

(diploma in nursing)

-

1st

2nd

-

3rd

2

Teachers

(Graduate with B.Ed)

-

1st

2nd

-

3rd

2

Junior Engineer (Diploma in Engg)

1st

2nd

-

-

-

3

Sr. Section Engineer

(Degree in Engg)

-

1st & last

-

-

-

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                                                                     Annexure-II

 

Comparative Statement of Supervising Engineers & other Non-safety Categories

 

Sl

POST

CATEGORY

QUALIFICATION

AS PER PAY COMMISSION

III

IV

V

VI

1

Chief Matron

NON-SAFETY

Diploma in Nursing, promoted from Staff Nurse

Not available

Not available

7450 -11500

5400 in PB-3

2

Senior SO (Accounts)

NON-SAFETY

Promoted from Jr. Accounts Asst.

Not available

Not available

7450 -11500

4800 in PB-2

3

Senior Section Engineer

SAFETY

# Degree in Engg at present & also promotion from JE (Diploma in Engg)

840         -       1040

2375      -      3500

7450 -11500

4600 in PB-2

WHY ?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

Matron

NON – SAFETY

Diploma in Nursing, promoted from Staff Nurse

700              900

2000       -      3200

6500 - 10500

5400 in PB-3

2

Section Officer (Accounts)

NON – SAFETY

Promoted from Jr. Accounts Asst.

700              900

2000       -      3200

6500 - 10500

4800 in PB-2

3

Section Engineer

SAFETY

Degree in Engg (20%) & also promotion (80%)  from JE (Diploma in Engg)

700              900

2000       -      3200

6500 - 10500

4600 in PB-2

WHY ?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

Staff Nurse

NON – SAFETY

Diploma in Nursing

<425-700

 

5000 - 8000

4600 in PB-2

 

2

Teacher

NON – SAFETY

+12th Std.  with D.Ed

<425-700

1200-2040

5000 – 8000

4600 in PB-2

3

Junior Engineer (JE)

SAFETY

Diploma in Engg

425-700

1400      -      2300

5000  -  8000

4200 in PB-2  WHY ?

 

(# - Before 6th Pay Commission, there was no direct recruitment as Sr. Section Engineer & only promotion from Section Engineer. After 6th PC, Section Engineers & Sr. Section have been merged & Graduate Engineers are directly recruited as Sr Section Engineer against 20% vacancies) but they have no further channel of promotion in normal hierarchy .

          Continuous Downfall in Pay Scales:

S No

Designation

3rd CPC

5th CPC

6th CPC

1

Excise Inspector

425-700

6500-10500

PB-2, GP-4600

2

Train Controller

425-700

6500-10500

PB-2, GP-4600

3

Traffic Supervisor

425-700

6500-10500

PB-2, GP-4600

4

Police Inspector

425-700

6500-10500

PB-2, GP-4600

5

Junior Engineer

425-700

5000-8000

PB-2, GP-4200


                                                                                                                       Annexure-III

 

 

A comparison between Senior Section Engineer & others:

 

Posts

Criteria

Matron

(Nurse)

Senior Section Officer

(Accountant)

Primary teacher   (Selection Grade)

Trained Graduate Teacher (Sr. Grade)

Senior Section Engineer

 

Minimum Qualification

Diploma in nursing

B.A / B. Sc/ B.Com

+12th STD with D.Ed

Graduate with B.Ed

B.E. / B.Tech.

Nature of  work

Conventional

Conventional

Conventional

Conventional

Challenging

Activity

Non-core

Non-core

Non-core

Non-core

Core

Role in Train     Movement

NIL

NIL

NIL

NIL

Active role

Safety aspect

NIL

NIL

NIL

NIL

100% Responsible

Category of

Staff

Welfare

Supporting

Welfare

Welfare

Executive

HOER classification

Intermittent (with specific periodical rest)

Intermittent (with specific periodical rest)

Intermittent (with specific periodical rest)

Intermittent (with specific periodical rest)

Excluded (without specific periodical rest)

Old pay scale

6500-10500

6500-10500

6500-10500

6500-10500

6500-10500

New pay scale

15600-39100

9300-34800

9300-34800

9300-34800

9300-34800

Pay Band (PB) /  Grade Pay (GP)

PB-3 / 5400

PB-2 / 4800

PB-2 / 4800

PB-2 / 4800

PB-2/ 4600

Why ?

 

          Upgradation of non safety & non tech. staff:

 

S No

Designation

5th CPC

5th CPC review

6th CPC

1

Primary Teacher

5000-8000

5500-9000

PB-2, GP-4600

2

Staff Nurse

5000-8000

-

PB-2, GP-4600

2A

Jr. Engineer, Gr-II

5000-8000

Not done

PB-2, GP-4200

3

Jr. Engineer, Gr-I

5500-9000

Not done

PB-2, GP-4200

3A

Nursing Sister

5500-9000

-

PB-2, GP-4800

4

SO/Accounts

5500-9000

6500-10500

PB-2, GP-4800

5

Supdt. Legal

7450 -11500

7500-12000

PB-2, GP-4800

6

Matron

6500-10500

-

PB-3, GP-5400

7

Section Engineer

6500-10500

Not Done

PB-2, GP-4600

8

Senior Section Engineer

7450-11500

Not Done

PB-2, GP-4600

          The above comparison is to explain down grading of Railway Engineers.