Dated 6th May 2010
I along with Sri. R.K. SARASWAT, President, REJI GEORGE, Secretary-Finance and PARTHA BHATTACHARJEE, Working president camped in New Delhi from 28th to 30th April to follow up the pending demands with Railway Board. We had fruitful meetings with top Railway Board Officials.
During our discussions with the Officials of Board we were given to understand that
1. The proposal for granting Grade pay of Rs.4800/- to Sr. AAs has been Cleared by competent authority and orders for the same is expected with in 10 days. This will enable all those who had their II ACP under the previous scheme to get Grade Pay of Rs.4800/- and they will get Rs 5400/- on completion of 30 years under the MACP scheme. We also requested for the clarification to calculating the 5% on the combined strength of SO(A)s and Sr.SO(A)s since both the cadres have been merged.
2. Orders on doubling the Qualification Allowance will be issued in a few days. AIRASA will continue to fight for the reintroduction of Grant of increments for passing App. IIA and App.IIIA.
3. The proposal sent to Finance Ministry for grant of higher Grade Pay Rs.4200/- to JAAs and Rs.5400/- to Sr.SO(A)/Sr.TIA/Sr.ISAs is under active consideration of the Finance Ministry.
4. We were also informed that VI PC Grades in respect of other categories like FPEs is still in pipeline.
5. Regarding the anomalies in MACP Railway Board officials informed that they have received large number of representations from all over Indian Railways ( in the format circulated by AIRASA) and the same are under active scrutiny and it is expected that the matter will be referred to Ministry of Finance shortly. However, the delegation had discussion with top officials including Member, Staff in the matter and impressed upon urgent positive action in the matter. We also came to know that the letter by CAG on the MACP anomalies is under active consideration by the Finance Ministry and some positive development is expected shortly. The delegation also pointed out that some Railways like S C Railway are refusing to act on the Clarificatory letter on MACP issued by Railway Board to Western Railway dated 28-01-2010 and requested the Officials to address the same to all Zonal Railways and Production Units.
6. The delegation’s demand for promotion of erstwhile Group D Staff now in Group C Status on seniority basis to the post of Accounts Clerk was appreciated and the officials agreed to put up the papers positively. AIRASA demanded modification of Recruitment Rules in this regard.
7. To mitigate the grievance of Accounts Clerks stagnated in the cadre for want of vacancies in JAA cadre, AIRASA requested for change in the 80 : 20 pattern as 40 : 60 since there are no direct recruitments being made. The proposal was well received and the Accounts directorate Officials promised to initiate papers in this regard. The matter will be followed up further.
8. We also reminded the demand for modification of Recruitment Rules for selection to the post of AAOs and submitted the copies of Recruitment Rules of other Organised Accounts and Audit which contains selection by seniority cum suitability only.
9. On the issue of creation of additional posts of TIAs/ISAs , reminders have been submitted to give adhoc promotions and the officials were requested to give directions to all the Zonal Railways to create additional posts of TIAs and ISAs.
Group B Status to SO(A)/TIA/ISA.
We expressed our anguish over non affording of Group B Status to SO(A)/TIA/ISA to top Railway Board Officials including Member, Staff and requested them to have a fresh look into the issue.
Restoration of three Additional increments to ASVs.
We pointed out to the officials despite permitting the Cash Office Staff who qualified App. IIA to volunteer for selection to the post of Accounts Stock Verifiers there is no huge response for volunteering to the post. Even the Special Allowance of Rs.1000/- has not attracted the AAs/JAAs to volunteer for the post of ASV. Hence we pointed out that the only way out is to restore the grant of three additional increments for qualifying in the App.IV Exam. We also insisted the need for extending the Special Allowance to those ASVs who came from the Cadre of JAAs. We also pointed out that many Railways are not granting MACP to Stock Verifiers duly taking their combined service in AA and ASV cadre and requested for issue of clarifications in this regard.
Grade Pay of Rs.4600/- to AAs and Arbitration Award :
The Apex JAC has reminded the Finance Minister to implement the Arbitration Award with cash benefit from 1-1-2006 and to extend the Grade pay of Rs.4600/- to all Accounts Assistants on par with Assistants of CSS.
The delegation met Hon’ble MPs Com. Basudeb Acharya and Shri. Raveendra Kumar Pandey. Both the MPs assured to take up the issue of Arbitration Award MACP anomalies with Finance Minister and Minister of DOPT personally.
Reminders on all other pending demands raised by AIRASA were also placed before the Railway Board.
Though Most of the Zonal Railways had implemented the Unit wise Dharna on 08-04-2010 in solidarity to the MASS CL program of other Audit and Accounts Staff, many Zonal Railways like Northern, NE, EC,SW,E Co and production Units have not participated in the program. It is once again reiterated that unless we show the same Unity and Solidarity as we had done during 1998 to 2003, it will be very difficult to achieve the pending demands. Huge participation in such programs only will pressurize the Government to look into our demands.