All India Railway Engineers Federation
( MEMORANDUM )
Hon’ble Minister for Railways .
Government of India
Rail Bhawn, New Delhi.
(Through GM )
Sub:- Memorandum of long pending demands of Sub- ordinate Engineers.
North Central Railway Engineers Association is grateful for your initiative on safety matter. Our old Associations, DEAR (Diploma Engineers Association of Railway) & EAIR (Engineers Association of Indian Railways) hold Safety Seminars at Kolkata in your gracious presence as chief guest during your last tenure as MR, we are very much apprised that our MR has taken another initiative on safety.
NCREA is affiliated with All India Railway Engineers federation (AIREF) is now our apex sole representative body of about 1 lakhs of subordinate Engineers working in the Railways to establish safety by maintaining track, bridges, Coaches, Engines, OHE & all the railway assets.
Even after the several memorandums to Ex. Hon’ble MR / MOSR / CRB through Central Ministers, Members of Parliament and other prominent political dignitaries, the recommendation (with zero financial implication ) regarding subordinate Engineers by various committee on Railway Safety (Like Justice Khanna, Vanchoo, Sikri Committee), have not been given due attention in the Railway Ministry since long back, and hence there are great humiliation and frustration among the Railway’s safety Engineers, because of-
By the SCPC class IV staff have been upgraded to class-III & class IV classification abolished & DOPT had recommended Gr. ‘B’ for all staff of PB-2 vide its gazette notification no.605 of 9 April 2009, but Railway is delaying its implementation.
2. Continuous down fall in pay scales of JE since 3rd Pay Commission and up-graded pay scale to other similar non technical categories but Subordinate Engineers are left behind.
4. Since, there is no participation in the policy making process from Subordinate Engineers side being unrecognized federation / Zonal Railway Engineers Association of Subordinate Engineers in Railway.
We are being treated at par with labour or class IV people in Railway’s trade union policy, where as several Safety committee ( Justice Khanna, Wankchoo, Sikri, RSRC, RRC) have given recommendations for separate recognized Association of technical Supervisor (i.e. Subordinate Engineers). The recommendation of thousands of Crores expenditure have been accepted & materialized but recommendation on human resource without any financial implication have not been finalized till now.
5. Due to Excluded classification in HOER, we are bound to work 24 Hours without any compensation or monitory benefits in the Railway.
6. We are sole responsible functionaries to establish safety in Railway System as we face maximum punishments in this account under DAR policy of Railway and hence dealt with great mental pressure, but we have not been provided financial power of just Rs. 1/- on other part .
In view of above, Association humbly call upon your kind attention towards the injustice with sub-ordinate Engineers of Railways and requested you to bless with few words writing to consider our following long pending demands on generous grounds by the Railway Ministry.
Indian Railway is the biggest Engineering Organization, where approximate one Lac sub- ordinate Engineers are working, but there is no recognized federation of sub-ordinate Engineers in Railways, to represent the voice of these safety Engineers, where as such associations of Junior Engineers are in CPWD, P&T, MES, AIR etc. & all other Departments of Central Government including in the most of State Governments, where these unions are functioning properly with their right and responsibilities.
Justice H. R. Khanna committee has also strongly recommended that Railway supervisor should be promoted to form their own Federation/ Association to represent their interest and grievances. The Railway Reform Committee, (RRC), Railway accident Inquiry committee (RAIC) 1968, 1978 and Firozabad accident Inquiry committee / RSRC have also recommended for separate platform for sub- ordinate Engineers/Technical Supervisors.
RSRC’s recommendation that ‘Supervisors should not allowed to join labour unions and permitted to form their own association, to represent their interest and grievances.’ has been repeated in Annexure ‘B’ of Part –II, (which reiterated from Part-I) but it has been denied by Rly. due to provisions of Current Trade Union Act and remarked that issue may be dealt separately, to amend the provisions under trade union Act.
Subordinate Engineers are defined as cutting edge of management being part of management & being supervisor, may not governed by labour laws but it is shameful to Railway to treat them at par with the class-IV (Group ‘D’ ) people under his trade union policy. Labour union’s attitude is entirely against the technical supervisor and treating them at par with the administration and creating humiliation, injustice with them. There is no match in the problem and grievances and status of Sub. Engineers with the other, hence many Central Govt. Deptts .(CPWD/ MES/ P&T ) and all State Govt. deptt. have given recognition to the associations of the Subordinate Engineers separately and not treating them as labours like in Railways.
Our submission in above regard is that-
In view of above, to ensure Railway safety and for technical development & improvement in Railway system, it is mandatory to provide recognition to the Associations / Federation of sub-ordinate Engineers i. e. Zonal Railway Engineers Associations / All India Railway Engineers Federation i.e. functioning to represent Subordinate Engineers since 1989 & come in to existence in current structure by merger of Diploma Engineers Association of Railways (DEAR) / Engineers Association of Indian Railway (EAIR) during 2000.
Non Implementation of gazetted status to Section Engineers in spite of recommended by DOPT in 5th CPC and hence 5th pay commission has criticized in its report that Railway is the worst most in promotion avenues for subordinate Engineers. All Central Government departments including state Govts. except Railways have granted gazetted status to its subordinate Engineers working in the grade Rs.6500-10500 and above. In Audit deptt. Affiliated with Railways there Jr. Audit officer working in Gr. 6500-10500 is having gazetted status, therefore it is a needs of time to provide gazetted status to all JE/ Asstt. Engineer (Section Engineers/ Sr. Section Engineers ) and time bound pay scale up to JA grade in ACP scheme, if not promoted in normal course.
The 5th pay commission has given the clear recommendation that Junior Engineers & Asstt. Engineer are the standard designation for promotion policies from group ‘C’ Engineer to group ‘B’ gazetted Engineer. But due to present policy the person who join as class III sub- ordinate Engineer (JE) in Indian Railways are retiring as class- III sub-ordinate Engineer (Max. SSE) due to lack of promotions facilities in Railways. Following table showing the Promotion Pattern in Central Govt. Engineering Departments from Group ‘C’ to Group ‘B’ are as follows.
( Data from Vth pay Commission. Report)
Our Association demands for time bound promotion / time scales for sub- ordinate Engineers up to J.A grade in the pattern of other Central Government Departments like in CPWD, P&T, MES, Doordarshan and other State Govt. Department like Himachal Pradesh, Panjab, Hariyana, UP, Uttaranchal, MP, Bihar & Jharkhand etc., they have left behind the Railway in promotional prospect of JE.
It is to specially mention that Bihar/ Jharkhand/ UP/ Uttaranchal and Andhara Pradesh States are those states, which are not economically so sound but their Jr. Engineers are having gazetted status at entry grade or in time bound pattern and also in many other states. Railway is an earning organization, hence there should not be any hurdle for Railway to give Group ‘B’ status, as there is no financial implication but saving in many matters and it will help to provide the optimum use of experienced technocrats in administration.
After MACPS implementation, railway will provide all promotional benefit to the staff completed 10/20/30 year of service with all entitlement upgradations but he/she will not be provide the post as per grade pay and classification accordingly. It is not understood while Rly is paying higher grade pay, why not providing the person such higher responsibilities by providing the post concerned, since it has no financial implication.
Advise & demand- (Railway may attract good academic candidate to join in Sub-ordinate Engineering Service by providing better prospects through MACPS. i.e. provision of time scale at 8/16/24 years of service of AE/DE/SE with post )
Comparative statement of pay scale as per 3rd Pay Commission and 5th Pay Commission shown in tables, highlights the injustice done with the category of Jr. Engineer / Section Engineers, when compared with similar grade categories of other Departments of Railway.
A COMPARISON OF SECTION ENGINEER WITH OTHERS
Subordinate Engineers of Railways in Civil, Electric, Signal, Telecom Mech. Deptt. etc working hard & round the clock through out the year, for the maintenance Track, OHE, locos, Electrical Sub Station, carriage and wagons for trains, under ground Lines and Signaling and Tele Communication, whether it is rains, winter or summer. They are classified as excluded category in the HOER, and hence bound to be ready 24 hours on calling for the work. They works continuously day and night without taking care of themselves or their family, Govt. has not recognized their Federation to solve their grievances on table , hence government has to take pain to solve their grievances.
Railway employees, who are not directly in touch with the train safety, are availing more scale / pay and facilities, in comparison of subordinate (Safety) Engineers of Railways. Many states Govt. like AP, HP, Punjab and Haryana, MP etc. has given the higher pay scale in comparison to the Railway, even DMRC (Metro Railway) has given one grade higher to their JE/ SE in fresh recruitment.
Sub ordinate Engineers were getting higher scale/ pay in 1st pay commission & equal with many cadre in 3rd pay commission but now they are getting less scale/ pay in comparison to others non-technical staff in the same department, these discrepancies can be seen in the table shown above. Presently even non-qualified mistries / MCM has been merge with the grade pay of JE-(GP-4200) in Railway.
Since, cumulative loss to the subordinate Engineers since Vth CPC due to highlighted anomaly comes to many lakhs till now; Hence, federation demands for removing the discrepancies & to over come the loss gained by this category higher grade pay equivalent to Nursing sister Rs. 4800 /- & Grade pay Rs. 5400 (PB-3) to AE (SE/SSE) equivalent to Matron & Grade pay Rs. 6600 (PB-3) to ADEN above the GP of Matron, to be given to subordinate Engineers on the above grounds, since grade pay given to safety Engineers are quite inadequate in terms of the responsibilities shared and capabilities required for the job.
5. 1ST Class pass for JE-II/ JE-I (Proposed as JE)
JE Supervise the work of class III artisans & class IV staff. It is quite discriminating that technical staff, who is working under the control of a Junior Engineer having authority to travels in Ist Class, where as their incase supervisor JE-II/ JE-I is entitle for traveling in IInd class. This anomaly may please be removed immediately by allotting Ist Class pass to all JE. It is against the law of justice.
There are many grounds to provide Ist class pass to JE-II/JE-I, as expressed below.
Federation demands to provide Ist class pass for all JE at entry level to remove frustration among them and provide such social status for which they deserved and was not given in Railways, for their moral boost up.
There is no justification clarified for the three different grade pay of Assistant Divisional/ Executive Engineers i.e. 4800, 5400 of PB-2 & GP Rs.5400 for PB-3. As per present practice of work distribution, all the above grade ADEN/AXEN are doing the same work. They can be deputed at any construction work, site, control office, sections, colonies, stations, shops, depots, factory, special works etc. according to the working capacity of individual person, not as per grade. It is regretted that no other Central Government department has these type four stages for the similar working. In CPWD & Most of the State Govt. and Central Govt Deptt. are providing Std. promotion policy of JE to AE and than to Executive Engineer, which should be implemented in Railways also by removing unwanted Grade pay from the structure of pay.
No manual, code in Railway describe/ define the work for the three grade structure of ADEN & hence it is quite feasible to abolish unnecessary two / three grade given to the class II Engineers .
It is therefore proposed to provided following structure and pay scales for parity with medical staff.
Federation demands a land slide change to keep JE ( 50%) & AE ( 50%) pattern, as recommended by the Fifth Pay Commission and as already exists in other Central / State Government departments, by abolishing unnecessary more grade pays for the same post.
At present, there is no career planning for the sub ordinate Engineers, who join as Junior Engineers in grade Rs.4200 (Class-II-Proposed) and more than 95 % subordinate Engineers will retire in GP Rs.5400 (PB-2) in Class-II (Proposed) after 30-35 years service under MACPS.
Similarly, a Degree Engineer joins in grade pay Rs. 4600 having a very few chance to be Group A due to present promotion policy. In current term, a vast difference has been created by our policy makers to retain such candidates within the class II level.
In MACPs, Diploma Engineers never entitle for Group A grades and as such Degree Engineers shall only be entitle for Gr. A initial grade after 30 year of service, due to unnecessary, nonfunctional, unjustified promotional grades provided in the hierarchy of Gr. B Engineers, hence there are very few prospects of current class III Engineers for their promotion. In Railway, there are a great exploitation of Subordinate Engineers compared to the other Central Govt. Deptt. and state Govt. in the promotional avenue, their duty rosters under HOER, taken up under DAR rules due to responsibility of safety, increasing work load due to increasing of trains / assets day by day and reduction in man power at all level even after increasing the traffic density every year. It is therefore, proper time to provide the due justice to Railway Engineers to save / safeguard the position before blast. It is suggested following module regarding promotion policy.
Suggestion for career planning / time Scale of subordinate Engineers shown below
Note :-● 20 % Engg graduate quota will be made available in Grade pay Rs. 5400(PB-3).
● UPSC Engg. Services qualified Engineers (25 % ) should be entitle and entered in Gr. Rs.6600 after probation with the post of Asstt. Divisional Engineer/DEN.
● LDCE Examination has to be conducted through UPSC for 50% Promottee posts in Gr. Pay Rs. 6600 ( Gr. A ), & remaining 50% post be filled from experienced Engineers according to their seniority by abolishing LGS examination.
Apart from above, some important items repeatedly represented to Rly. Bd but have not been considered from Govt. side, hence still pending and need to take the decisions from Central Govt./ Railway Ministry to maintain industrial peace as follows:
We hope that honourable Madam, will be kind enough to accept our justified demands to encourage the sub ordinate Engineers ( who are the back bone of Railway’s safety system), for more better performance in their technical work.
Subordinate Engineers of Railway shall always be grateful to the Hon’ble Railway Minister, if matter is considered on merits and law of justice, with your kind blessings, since it is appropriate time when deprived cadre of the Railway’s Subordinate Engineers may be given the due justice, since most of the recommendations of the 6th Pay Commission has only to be accepted & implemented by the Railway Board .
With Kind regards.
(Er. A.K.Tyagi )
Copy for kind information and necessary action please.
(Er. A.K.Tyagi )