NFIR welcomes the Rail Budget – 2011-12

Railway Minister’s Budget Speech – Brief Extract
On subjects related to Staff Welfare on 25-02-2011

1. The wheels of the railways continue to move 24 hours, all 365 days. Railway’s services are comparable to emergency services, required all the time. I am proud of the 14 lakh members of my railway family, who toil day and night with unparalleled dedication. I am also grateful to all passengers without whose cooperation and consideration, we could not have run this vase system. I have also received unstinted support from our two recognized federations and staff and officers’ associations.

II. Our employees are biggest asset and it is they who keep the wheel of progress moving. Some of the measures I propose to take for their welfare are:-

    i. Expand the scope of Liberalized Active Retirement Scheme for Guaranteed Employment for Safety category staff by enhancing the existing criteria of grade pay from . 1800 to . 1900.

    ii. Considering the Indian Family structure and values, extending Medical facilities to both dependent father and mother of Railway employees.

    iii. Increasing the scholarship for the girl child of gangmen and group ‘D’ employees to . 1200 per month for higher education.

    iv. Setting up of a Railway Vidhalaya Prabandhan Board (RVPB) to improve quality of education to children studying in 269 Railway schools. The Board will draw up a plan for improving the physical and educational infrastructure of these schools to be implemented in a time frame of three years.

    v. In order to provide easy access to medical facilities in remote and inaccessible areas for our employees, it is proposed to provide 20 Medical Road Medical Vans at different locations to begin with.

    vi. All the proposed 20 hostels for children of railway employees have been commissioned and another 20 would be set up next year, i.e. 2011-12.

III. The Ministry is undertaking restructuring of all the cadres in the railways to afford adequate promotional opportunities to the officers and staff.

IV. Recruitment
(a)After the new recruitment policy announced last year, recruitment process has already been set in motion for filling the vacancies of about 1.75 lakh in Group ‘C’ and Group ‘D’ posts. Steps have also been taken to fill up about 13,000 posts in Railway Protection Force. These mega recruitment drives will cover the backlog of SC/ST/Physically handicapped quota.

(b) For the first time, railways are including 16000 ex-servicemen by end of March, 2011. As also announced last year, we are also recruiting more than 12,00 ex-servicemen in RPF. It is our humble tribute to our barve jawans who defend our borders.

koi sikh koi jaat maratha
koi gurkha koi madrasi
sarhad par marnevaala
har veer tha bhaaratvasi
jo shaheed hue hain inki
jara yad karo kurbani……

V. To enhance skills of our frontline staff in dealing with the customers, a training centre is proposed to be stated at Kharagpur. Also multidisciplinary training centre would be set up at Dharwad, Kolkata and Pune including an exclusive international centre at Agra. A new basic Training Centre at Kurseong is proposed to cater to the needs of Northeast Frontier Railway including Darjeeling – Himalayan Railway.

VI. Setting up of Polytechnics Five Polytechnics will be set up at Varanasi, Machlandur, Vadodara, Bhilai and Hubli-Dharwad under MOU with Ministry of Human Resource Development. This will also contribute towards the national mission of skill development.

VII. Sports
    (a) Railways have always provided congenial and enabling environment for breeding of sports talent in the country. I take great pride in reporting that railway sportspersons brought 25 medals (including 13 Gold of the 38 won by India) in the recently held Commenwealth Games, 2010. the excellent performance of railway sportspersons continued in the Asian Games also with a contribution of 7 out of 14 Golds for India. Raiways also ran a special Commonwealth Express which was visited by 8 lakh people.

    (b) Railways will continue to strengthen the sports infrastructure and open more sports academies, stadia and multi-prupose halls. It is also proposed to create a separate sports cadre so that their aspirations are fully met.

General Secretary

NFIR welcomes the Rail Budget – 2011-12
Presented by Railway Minister Ms.Mamata Banerjee
to the Parliament on 25-02-2011

Hailing the Railway Budget as a realistic one, NFIR thanks Railway Minister for making following specific pronouncements:

  Extension of LARSGESS for employees drawing GP of 1900/-, which was demanded by NFIR in its Convention at Kolkata on 12th December, 2010 attended by MR.

  Provisioning of 20 Mobile Road Medical Vans at remote places for providing health care at the door steps of the employees in addition to the existing Mobile Vans. This is also NFIR’s proposal.   Cadre Restructuring shall be undertaken for all Cadres to afford adequate promotional opportunities.

  Scholarships of 1200/- per month for the children of lowest paid employee viz. Gangmen, Gatemen, etc – a laudable announcement.

  NFIR also thanks the Railway Minister for announcing free medical facility to both dependent father and mother of the Railway employees and additional hostel facilities to the children of employees.

  NFIR hopes that the Railway Minster would fulfill the commitment made in the previous budget for ensuring “House for all” scheme to all the Railway Employees.

  NFIR also urges the Railway Minister to see that the corporate welfare plan is further strengthened so as to see that the Railway Quarters and colonies are improved.

  NFIR specially urges the Railway Minister to direct the Railway Board not to resort to outsourcing of Safety Related Activities.

  NFIR demands to see that the High Power Committee is constituted as agreed to for reviewing the duty hours of Running Staff and other Operational Categories.

  NFIR also appeals to the Railway Minister to take initiative for rectification of VIth CPC a Anomalies as the proposals of Railway Ministry are pending with Finance Ministry.

General Secretary


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