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GOLDEN JUBILEE CELEBRATION &23rd BGM 2022 November 28,29&30 At Vijayawada,Inauguration Com. Tapan Ex MP & SenGeneral secretary CITU

Dear comrades, Loco Running staff movement in Indian Railways is going to hold its Golden Jubilee BGM, with the legacy of 50 years of struggle, again on the land where AILRSA was built in the trade union form in 1970. That follwed historical strikes of 1971, 1972, 1973 against the brutal exploitation of running staff by way of their unlimitted duty hours that too with highest physical exhortion in the most adverse atmosphere. The leading role played by AILRSA had become pivotal in the historic Railway strike of 1974, which is counted as the biggest ever strike in terms of man days lost. And also foremost in terms of the number of workers victimised ever, by a Govt. to crush the strike. Railway administration make repeated attempts not only to curtail our legitimate rights but also to impose unbearable work load. The only weapon to resist those attacks for running staff, is AILRSA. We had a series of serious agitations to protect our legitimate pay element in the running allowance. constitution of RAC 80, for a scientific formula to fix running allowance rates was a fruit of our agitation in 1978. By the implementation of RAC 80 formula we were getting our legitimate pay element and TA through running allowance. Railway administration started the foul game to reduce our pay element through RAC 2002 to 10%&20% for service benifits and retirement benefit respectively. This most deceitful and venomous recommentation of RAC 2000 triggered series of nation wide agitation. Parliament street witnessed a huge rally of running staff which was portrayed the wrath of running staff. Our central committee decided to participate in the strike of central government employees declared on 1st March 2006. In the 20 point charter of demands of the central government employees, our two demands, "Scrap RAC2002" and "reduction of duty hours to 8" were included. When the matter came for discussion with cabinet secretary, central government compelled to agree to freeze RAC 2002 and to declare judicial review of HOER. Comrades, Just imagin what would be our DA, pension and mileage if RAC 2002 was implemented! Railway bosses were unjust, unethical and inhuman to argue that Railway Act does not provide any limit for daily work. 1973 locomen strike forced the govt. Of India to put a limit for it through 10 hour agreement. As to prove the proverb " the spots of the lepeords will not vanish in a day" there were all sorts of attempts to foil the agreement.10 hour agreement became a rule only when threatened of another strike in 1978. The order was made obsolete by 3.4.81 order. The agitations braving punishments and legal fights ended in throwing the order into Arabic sea by CAT/ ERS Even today the proverb is true for Railway Bosses. So the judicial review of HOER agreed in 2006was diluted by a High Powered Committee - HPC, and it was formed after six years!There were lot of favourable recomendations in HPC and as a result of our agitation, some recommendations were implemented.Our duty hour at a stretch reduced by one hour. Continouse night duty reduced to 4 from 6, sixteen hours rest at HQ irrespective of incoming working hours etc are implemented. Recommendation to allow 40 hrs PR is kept in cold storage. Our agitation should continue for 40 hrs PR. Comrades we are continuing our agitation against the injustice done by various CPCs. Against the unjust recommendations of 6 th CPC especially on the GP of ALPs and distinct higher GPs for LPs we had staged serious nation wide agitation. Amid our agitation, the then Railway Minister Sri. LaluPrasad Yadav asked Railway board chairman in a public rally to redress the greivence of running staff. That resulted in increase of Sr ALP posts in 2400 GP ( level4) to 80% from 30%. Our demand is not to grant L4 for a certain percentage of ALPs but to grant L6 to all ALPs and distinguished higher pay levels to LPs. Anil Kakkordhar committee recommended to enhance the education qualification of ALPs as Diploma instead of ITI. Now every where BTech/MTechholders are appointed as ALPs. Considering these aspects, railway administration cleverly curtailed the training period drastically and extracting work from BTech/MTech holders by paying low treating them as ITI holders. Comrades,our golden jubilee celebration and BGM is holding amid of crucial situation. Railway administration showing their lethargy in coceding our just and genuine demands but showing alacrity in implementing all sorts of anti running staff and anti working class policies. When we are celebrating our Golden Jubilee along with our BGM, we could see a sea change in Indian railways. Speed, load, types of loco motive, number of signals to encounter etc are multiplied ,Our work load physical as well as mental increased manyfold. Risk of our job increased. Dishonouring the assurance of Railways before various committees on the matter of reduction of duty hours, crew beat extention and running of crack goods became the regular practice. Above all now our existence is under great threat as central government is heading fast with Privatisation. While public announcement are being made that railways will not be privatised, privatisation is progressing at every part of Railways like cancer cells in a human body. We have to protect our livelihood, We have to protect our pay element, we have to acheive our eligible pay levels, we have to reduce our duty hours, we have to acheive calender day rest every week. For that we have to fortify our unity and strengthen AILRSA. The atomic fission triggered in the unity conference held at Zimkhana grounds of Vijayawada in 1970 had its chain reactions. All are requested to join togther when our red flag raise at BZA on 27 th Nov 2022 for our historical Golden Jubilee BGM at Madineni BasavaPunnaiah Vignana Kendram to become one among those create history. T Hanumaiah Convenor,Reception committee

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PROTEST AGAINST THE DECISION TO ISSUE TROLLEY BAGS TO LOCO PILOTS

This association vehemently protest against the decision of railway which is communicated vide order in reference as the entire running staff feel that the Railway Board did not consider the working nature , dignity and status of the posts. We demand to cancel the order to avoid unwanted expenditure to Railway and also staff unrest. 1. Running staff are a special category of staff working in a moving vehicle and do not have a fixed roster. They are detailed for an outstation stay for 3 to 4 days in a tour of duty. The allowed rest time of running rooms are 8 hours or even less. At the same time their duty hours is 12 hours or even more, without toilet facility, drinking water, meals break etc. So every running staff is bound to carry the following item in every tour of duty. a. Minimum two sets of uniform. b. Minimum two set of casual dress for use in running room. c. Bed spreads and bath towels. d. Track suits for morning and evening walk. e. Sanitation items. f. Food parcel for two times g. 5 litters of water in two bottles, one for drinking and one for sanitation. h. Rain coat and umbrella in rainy season. i. Winter cloth in winter. j. Bathroom chapels and canvas shoe k. Medicines l. Rough journal book, caution order pad, magnets etc. m. Mobile phone. n. Spare spectacle o. Various booklets on local instructions. p. Keys and brake handles of dead locos The average weight of these things will be 30 to 35 kg, in three bags are water, cloth and food cannot be kept inside the same bag. So it is practically impossible to walk to various lines in goods yard/sidings with the additional trolley bag of railway equipment’s In addition, the keys and brake handles of loco motives will be issued from the crew lobby/stations. A running staff carrying this much of bags may be easily mistaken as a licenced coolie porter by the public. So it is a humiliation to the Loco Pilot and Guards who are termed one big three along with station manager. 2. In most of the goods yards there is no proper pathway and a trolley bag has got no difference In carrying the present metal box. 3. The railway board order says nothing about the custody of the trolley bag when off duty, whether it to be carried to running room at out stations and to home at headquarters. The experiment hither to done by various Zonal/divisional administration indicate that the same is supposed to carry by the Loco Pilots as his personal bag while on duty as well as off duty. 4. Detonators are dangerous explosives that cannot be handled without proper safe guards in public places. 5. Finally it is a decision which incurs huge financial burden to railways during the economic crisis. We have around 12,000 locomotives in service. As such we need only 12,000 tool boxes alone .The tools required for different types of locomotives are different and hence the individual line box /common line boxes are provided with the tools required for all types of locos. There are around 40,000 Loco Pilots in Indian Railways. Proposed individual trolley bag means 3.5 times more number of tool kit. In addition it brings an additional expense of the 5000/- per employee once in three year. So this association request your good office to cancel the controversial order referred above and provide the tools in loco cab, and incorporate rules books, WTT, safety pamphlets, TSD in RTIS as proposed in the order. We placed before your august office to take a judicious decision to prevent an outburst of protest. MN Prasad Secretary general

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1. The identical pay scale allowed to all the post from Loco Pilot(shunting) to Loco Pilot(Mail).

The identical pay scale allowed to all the post from Loco Pilot(shunting) to Loco Pilot(Mail). Rising in the ladder on a cadre means, more responsibility and more remuneration. This is the basic principle. In the case of Loco Running Staff, every climb on ladder on promotion from Loco Pilot(shunting Gr.I) to Loco Pilot (Goods), to Loco Pilot (Pass) and then to Loco Pilot (Mail) impose more responsibility, demand more skill etc. But all these posts lie in the level 6 of the pay matrix denying progression from one level to another higher level in the pay matrix, violating general principle of pay commission. Thus, the feeder and promotional posts are lying in same pay scale. As per Railway establishment rules in force LP(Goods) and LP(Pass) posts are selection posts and the candidates has to obtain competency certificate given after specified training programs to become eligible to appear for the selection tests. The duty of Loco Pilot(Shunting) confined to station yard, whereas 2 Loco Pilot(Mail) has to work all express, Super fast trains etc. but both are on same pay scale of L6 in pay matrix. Added to that, the same pay given to Guards are allowed to Loco Pilot(Mail) and Loco Pilot(Pass). It may please be noted that higher medical standard, higher skill and more stress are expected from Loco Pilot(Pass) and (Mail) than from Guard, thus allowing with same scale and emoluments for both is totally unjustified. The Assistant Loco Pilots are still in L2 in Pay Matrix with a starting pay of Rs. 19900/- just above the lowest employee in Railways whose starting pay is Rs. 18000/-. The educational qualification, the induction training, the knowledge, skill required to perform the duty, the highest medical standard to hold the post not been reflected in their pay. While 7th CPC recommended that the post of ASM in grade pay of 2800 upgraded to grade pay of 4200 on the ground that qualification required to hold the post of ASM and SM is equal. In the case of ALP, the qualification required to hold the post of ALP and Sr. ALP is also the same. But the 7th CPC did not noticed the similarity in the case of ALP and Sr. ALP as considered in the case of ASM and SM. The post of ALP in Grade pay 1900 would have been merged with Sr. ALP in GP 2400 as done for ASM and SM posts. Normally the new recruits reach the post of Loco Pilot(Shunting) in L6 of Pay Matrix within a span of 7 to 9 years. It is ironical to note that thereafter, even if he has climbed the Ladder and become LP(Mail), he is doomed to sit, rot and die on the same scale for around 25 years. Whereas all other categories ie, Travelling train examiners, Permanent way Inspectors, Signal Inspectors, Station Masters and clerks etc can move to L7, L8 and L9 in Pay Matrix either by promotion or by MACP. In the present situation a Loco Pilot(shunting) to LP(Mail) will get only two increments in his entire service period of 25 to 30 years, on account of promotion. As the posts are treated as promotional posts benefits of MACP are not allowed to Loco Running Staff. This is the pathetic situation knowingly or unknowingly created by the Ministry of Railways. So this Association reiterates the demand to allot L6 scale to Assistant Loco Pilots and distinct higher pay levels to Loco Pilots to mitigate the injustice of lesser wage hither to pay to Loco Running Staff when compared to the work extracted from them. It may please be noted that the Guards(Passenger) and Guards(Mail) are being allowed with L6 in pay matrix, the very same L6 in pay matrix were allowed to entire Loco Pilots without considering the difference in higher responsibilities than the Guard.

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2.Non reflection of 30% Pay element in Running allowance rate.

Non reflection of 30% Pay element in Running allowance rate. This association have represented earlier against the injustice brought by the Railway Board order RBE 85/2019 dated 20/05/2019, revising the rate of kilometerage allowance to the Running Staff of Indian Railways. The time tested formula for fixing the rate of running allowance for LP(Passenger), which is the base rate formulated by RAC 1980 is as under. Rate of running allowance = ( 30% of Mean Pay of LP(Passenger) + 20 days ) National average kilometers of LP(Passenger) After the 7th CPC, the parameters are:- 3 The rate of running allowance for 100 Kms for LP(Passenger) on the basis of above parameters under 7th CPC, works out to Rs 748/-. But the rate fixed by Railway Board vide order dated 20/05/2019 is Rs 525/-. It seems that this rate is arrived as follows. Rate of Running allowance = (30% of 35400 + 20 days TA(16000) X 100) 5100 = Rs 522/- (Rounded to Rs 525/-) The rate is derived by taking the 30% of minimum basic pay + 20 days TA, divided by national average kilometer of LP(Passenger). It is our contention that a rate basing on the minimum of scale is against the existing provisions contained in the IREM and also the decision of the President of India in this matter. So this association hereby request that the rate of kilometer allowance to be fixed as per the statutory rules as defined under IREA and code. It is defined in IREM code that Kilometer rate include the 30% of the minimum of the basic pay of the Running staff. It may be noted that the individual Running Staff draws different basic pay in the scale and not the minimum of the scale. By taking 30% of basic pay to fix the Running allowance rate is nothing but denial of eligible 30% of basic pay through Running allowance. The RAC 1980 has considered this position and recommended to take 30% of pay element on the mean pay of scales for fixing the Running allowance rate, that has been followed till 2006, for a period of 26 years. The argument advanced by the management, that taking the mean pay for the purpose of KMA rate is not feasible as the pay band recommended by the 6th CPC is based on amalgamation of several scales. But the decision to take minimum of basic pay is not the solution, as it deprive the 30% pay element through KMA rate, as defined in IREM, to those who are drawing a pay higher than the minimum of scale. At least the recommendation of 7 th CPC to calculate the night duty allowance basing on the actual pay drawn by the staff would have been applied to KMA rate. Before the 7th CPC to calculate the NDA and KMA the mean pay has been taken. For NDA the recommendation of 7th CPC is not to take mean pay, but to take actual basic pay. This has accepted and implemented. Had the issue of Running allowance considered by the 7th CPC, the same recommendation definitely would have been given to. On the request of Railway Board and recognized federations, not to deliberate on Running Allowance by the CPC, the CPC has left the issue to the Board. Such being the position a reasonable decision would have been taken by the Railway Board, and allowed different KMA rate for different basic pay as done in the case of NDA. We plead to concede our demand in this issue. Railway Board constituted a committee vide order dated 11.07.2019. The committee must compute the rate of KMA as per the 1980 RAC formula

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3. Imposing a pay limit for eligibility of NDA.

Recently Railway Board has issued RBE 83/2020 on the issue of Night Duty Allowance. With reference to RBE 83/2020, divisional authorities have stopped the payment of NDA to running staff who is having basic pay of Rs 43600/- and above. This caused serious financial deprivation and exploitation of staff. Neither the 7th CPC nor the allowances committee suggested any ceiling for NDA eligibility. Instead allowance committee had accepted the recommendation of 7th CPC to rationalize calculation of rate of NDA without any basic pay and DA of employee and to pay for its employee who are covered under HOER, due to the binding nature of the RLT 69 award, which was accepted by the Government. As per RLT 69 direction, para 2.28 “The demand of the Federation, the Night Duty Allowance should be granted to all Railway employees irrespective of their classification or irrespective of the Pay limit, which is at present impose, is granted”. Therefore prescribing pay limit for NDA to Railway employee is against the Industrial Award of RLT69, which was accepted by the Government in toto, vide para 4.15 of the Indian Railway Administration. Therefore the limit imposed on eligibility for NDA should be removed.

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4. Limit the duty hours of Loco Running Staff who are detailed for crack goods trains.

The meeting vehemently protest against the running of crack goods trains bye passing crew changing points. Non-stop running of heavy loaded goods trains is more tedious than that of intensive class of work. All committees had described running job as more tedious than that of intensive category and hence demanded super intensive classification of running staff before HPC, with 5 hours upper limit. As such enforcing duty limits prescribed for continuous workers on crew working non- stop crack goods trains is illegal, unethical and inviting accidents. This meeting demand to limit the maximum duty hours of such non-stop trains to 8 hours from signing ‘ON’ to ‘OFF’. It is true that average speed of goods trains have doubled during the lock down period from 25 Kmph due to clear path obtained on account of cancellation of passenger and express trains. Goods crew are classified as “Continuous” category on the consideration of the detention at way side stations for passage and the relaxed duty of shunting etc, which constitute 40% of overall duty of goods crew. As the enroute detention has considerably reduced, the running duty need to be declared as intensive. When the factual position remain so, there are reports from many places that, the Railway Administration is driving unilateral extension of the existing crew beat. It may be noted that, Ministry of Labour had ordered reclassification of running staff as intensive in 2012. Railway administration had pleaded before HPC for status quo in duty at a stretch mainly on account of system inadequacy such as congestion of traffic, inadequate line capacity at major stations, enormous vacancies in running cadre etc. cancellation of passenger trains have eliminated all these hindrance and reduction of duty hours is possible, if there is a will. But some of the officers in various divisions are maintaining a mind set reminding the proverb “able to see the trees not the forest”. They are unable to see the safety and human aspects but able to see the personal gains by projecting himself as a champion of running a few faster trains. So this meeting demand to stop the unsafe experiment of extending crew beat and implement the labour Ministry to reclassify running staff as intensive with 6 hours duty.

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5. Experimental of running long haul goods trains.

Some ambitious officers are engaged in a wild experiment of running ‘long haul’ trains and videos were posted in social media to gather fame. Those trains run violating all rules for running trains on Indian Railway. Such massive safety violations done under the direct control of those officers will seriously affect the safety consciousness of Railway employees. This will lead to accidents in short run. This meeting demand to stop the long haul trains immediately.

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6. Closing/degrading of Railway Hospitals.

Stop the move to close/degrade 77 divisional/sub-divisional Railway hospitals on account of less bed occupation. Less bed occupation in Railway hospitals is only because those hospitals are not equipped with modern medical equipments and modern procedures for which the Railway administration alone is responsible.

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7. Online system for Pass/PTO and UMID.

Railways had taken the decision to issue privilege passes and PTO online in a haste. Similarly online registration of UMID has made mandatory for medical facilities. There are many complaints from staff and pensioners that due to technical problems in HRMS they could not use the availed privilege passes or avail the medical facilities. So meeting demand to revert back to old procedure till HRMS become trouble free.

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8. Withdrawal of Line Box.

The meeting strongly protest against the move to entrust the responsibility of carrying the tool box on running staff by withdrawing the line boxes. It is highly provocative as the running staff are over burdened already by carrying the dress for 4 days, winter cloth, good parcels, drinking water, walkie talkie flags troches etc. so the meeting demand to desist from the move.

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9. Declare equivalent non running scale for the medically unfit Running Staff who are posted in non Running category.

An amendment for the IREM rule 1307, regarding the non granting of equivalent pay level/grade pay to disabled/medically unfit running staff in non running category pay scale while re fixing their pay was brought into force during the pay band + GP system of 6 th CPC. During the era of 6th CPC there was no question of stagnation in pay as switching over to next pay band was stipulated while on stagnation. Without 6 appreciation this position the same rule is being discontinued in the pay matrix structure of 7th CPC. Because of this, the staff are getting stagnated at the apex basic in level 6 of the pay matrix and not getting any increment for the rest of their service. Such financial and status suppression is against the natural justice as per the rule 47 of persons with disability act and as well as the prevailing policy of the Government and Railway Board as they clarified in RBE53/2011 in which the corresponding non running grades for various of running staff were specified. So we demand to declare equivalent non-running staff pay scales in the present 7th CPC pay levels as has been done after every Central Pay commission. The above amendment in IREM rule 1307 was discriminative and unjust because your kind honour is well aware that as under the 1981 running allowance rule, while deciding the pay element, Loco Pilot(Passenger, Rs 550-750) was equated with group C apex post (Rs 840-1040). So this Association reiterate the demand for notifying the equivalent non running pay scales to all running pay scales as been done after every CPC

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10. Non Payment of leave salary to Loco Running Staff.

Loco running staff of all divisions are not yet paid difference in Leave salary(LMA) arrears for the period of 01/01/2016 to 30/06/2017 according to clause 3 of item 7 of RBE 90/2016. Even after clarification issued vide RBE 204/2018 with reference to RBE 148/2017 that the element of pay in running allowance continue as 30% of BP in the revised pay structure w.e.f 01/01/2016. Immediate action to be taken in this regard

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11. Excess income tax deduction from 2012 onwards due to non enhancement of exemption limit at par with rate of KMA.

11. Excess income tax deduction from 2012 onwards due to non enhancement of exemption limit at par with rate of KMA. The financial deprivation faced by running staff from 2012 is in the form of excess income tax deduction due to non enhancement of ceiling limit of tax exemption for 70% of running allowance from Rs 10000 under section 10(14)(ii) of income tax act 1961, even after the revised rate of kilometer allowance were declared in 2012, later in 2014 and recently in 2019(w.e.f 01/01/2017) after the implementation of 7th CPC. This ceiling limit must be enhanced along with revision of rate of kilometerage allowance as 30% of running allowance is already defined as ‘Pay’ as per rule 4 of Running allowance rules 1981 & 70% as TA portion. Prior to 2012, this ceiling limit of exemption limit under section 10(14)(ii) of income tax act 1961 was Rs 3000/- per month when KM allowance rate was Rs 36 per 100 Km. later it was enhanced to Rs 6000/- per month when rate of Km allowance was increased to Rs 83.80 per 100 Km. Thereafter to Rs 10000/- per month in 2008-09 when Km allowance rate revised to Rs 170 per 100 Km. But the same was not revised in 2011, 2014 and 2017 when kilometer allowance rate was increased from Rs 170 per 100 Km to Rs 212 per 100 Km, Rs 255 per 100 Km and Rs 530 per 100 Km on 25/05/2019 (Rs 530 rate w.e.f from 01.07.2017). Because of this delay in enhancing the limit of the exemption of 70% of running allowance from income tax, the entire amount of running allowance drawn more than Rs 10000 per month is reckoned for the purpose of income tax. And loco running staff are facing excess deduction of Income tax on the earning of Km allowance. So proportionately this ceiling limit of exemption for 70% of running allowance must be raised to Rs 12500/- per month from 2011, Rs 7 15000/- per month from 2014 and Rs 32000/- per month from 01/07/2019 on par with the increase in the rate of Km allowance to Rs 212 per 100 Km, Rs 255 per 100 Km an on Rs 530 per 100 Km respectively.

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12. Stop unsafe train operations like – a) Running of trains without guard, and utilisation of ALP/LP as a Guard, b) Single man working in MEMU/DEMU/EMU, c) Stop utilization of loco pilot for GDR check. Utilize C&W personnel to certify trains after loading/ unloading, stabling shunting etc. 13. Loco running staffs are mostly harassed by the operating department with the help of officers of Electrical (Operating) department with misleading reports. Most of the local JPO instructions are against the original operating rules. 14. Local level railway officials are either violating rules/instructions/circulars on the Periodical rest, trip rest at HQs& out station. 15. Appropriate separate arrangements for ladies running staff in running room and at work place to be arranged. 16. Provide necessary fittings in the loco for the safe train operation such as a) roll flap sun vizor to all look out glasses, b) side mirror for load and pantograph check, c) AC cab and one DDU towards ALP side for RTIS, ACD, FSD with GPS based SPM, d) well calibrated SPM etc. 17. Selection of non-qualified loco pilots as loco inspector: - Railway administration themselves are well conversant with the fact that due to erroneous policy of the administration many such loco inspectors are selected in most of the divisions of Indian railway who actually don’t have required qualifying train driving services. And such loco inspectors are the main cause of loco running staff’s harassment and victimization, as loco inspectors are unable to understand driving difficulties and fail to investigate the actual cause of unusual incidents. Actually, CLI post must be in promotional hierarchy and have status equivalent to LPM. Preference should be given to induct in post of CLI from LPM as recommended by Task Force Committee on the basis of suitability and seniority. And further CLS post to be filled under selection process. 18. In addition to Rajdhani, Shatabdi high speed nonstop trains, all non – stop trains/ mail express trains including crack freight trains to be given Co- Pilots of equal grade. 19. Compensate the loss of loco running staff forced for premature retirement/medical decategorisation/physical or mental disability due to occupational diseases with appointment of wards. - It is a well-known fact that the job of Loco running staff is too tedious and tiresome and hence they are very often fall prey of a number of occupational diseases and are subjected to medical de-categorization. In most of the cases these 8 employees find difficulty in continuing in alternative jobs and forced for premature retirement. The demand to utilize Loco Pilots on non-running duties beyond 55 years of age, as envisaged in rules for air pilots, is not yet accepted in Railways. The safety related Voluntary Retirement Scheme introduced earlier in 2004 was a great relief, but eventually it was abandoned. We loco running staff demand to allow compassionate appointment to the wards of Loco Running Staff who opt for premature voluntary retirement out of compelling health conditions. With all this, we all loco running staff request to your kind honour to redress our above grievances and allow us to perform our duty with devotion dedication and with determination. 20. Recognition of AILRSA. The Loco Running staff of Indian Railways is a very much distinct category of staff due to the unique nature of recruitment, qualification required with highest medical standards, Aptitude test, specified initial training, refresher training, distinct nature of duty, uncertain duty hours, unexpected and strange problems in running duty, a complicated system of pay structure and allowances. Every post of loco running staff of Indian Railway having functional difference in nature of duty and having a very distinct nature of grievances of loco running staff with their conditions of service. Since no trade union can effectively represent the real grievances of loco running staff, this association is to seek the status of a collective bargaining agent for their members by granting recognition to “All India Loco Running Staff Association” in terms of Rule 2510 to Rule 2518 of chapter XXV and XXVI of IREM Vol II. Once again request the competent authority to allow an interview for a delegation from this association to submit the evidences in support of this demand in person.

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Proceedings of Central Working Committee Meeting of AILRSA on 5th and 6th January 2022.

Proceedings of Central Working Committee Meeting of AILRSA on 5th and 6th January 2022. Central Working Committee of All India Loco Running Staff Association was held at LIC Sahakar Bhavan, Nagpur on 5th and 6th January 2022. The meeting was presided by Com. NB Dutta, Working President and Com. Ramsaran Vice President, strictly adhering the Covid protocol. The following resolutions were adopted in the meeting. 1) Compensate the loss of loco running staff forced for premature retirement/medical de-categorisation/physical or mental disability due to occupational diseases with appointment of wards. It is a well-known fact that the job of Loco running staff is too tedious and tiresome and hence they are very often fall prey of a number of occupational diseases and are subjected to medical de-categorisation. In most of the cases these employees find difficulty in continuing in alternative jobs and forced for premature retirement. The demand to utilise Loco Pilots on non-running duties beyond 55 years of age as envisaged in rules for air pilots is not yet accepted. The safety related Voluntary Retirement Scheme was introduced earlier in 2004 was a great relief, but eventually it was abandoned. This meeting demand to allow compassionate appointment to the wards of Loco Running Staff who opt for premature voluntary retirement out of compelling health conditions. 2) Sanitisation of Loco cab, crew lobby & Running Rooms. Our nation is facing the third wave of Covid 19 with the spread of Omicron variant. Many Railways have stopped the precautionary measures of sanitisation and supply of protective equipment’s to railway employees. This meeting demand to reintroduce the protective measures as per the directions of Ministry of Health. 3) Provide Co Pilot in trains running non-stop above 110 Kmph in mail express train and in freight train non-stop crack link as per HPC recommendation 9.2 Every increase in speed and less running time has its tremendous effect on the stress levels of the Loco Pilots making them exhausted early. It is known to everybody that faster we run, faster we get exhausted. Moreover, this fact was conformed by different psychometric stress assessment reports. Based on that HPC report specifically endorsed this fact and recommended to provide Co-pilot of equal rank for superfast trains run at a speed above 110Kmph and we demand to implement it. Non stop goods trains too should be provided with co- pilots. This meeting demand to cancel the RB order enhancing the criterion of speed for classification as Superfast for providing Co Pilots from 110Kmph to 130Kmph. 4) Fixation of pay of medically unfit running staff in the alternative stationery post in the 7th CPC pay structure. RBE 17/2019 clarifies that “with the restoration of fixed and defined pay intervals in the form of distinct cells within each pay level in the 7th CPC Pay Matrix, the principle of pay fixation enunciated in Boards letter of even number dated 29.04.1999 will stand good”. Basing on the above orders Central Railway has issued order No. P/CR/HQ/ET/510/06 – 14 dated 11/11/2021 for fixation of pay of medically de -categoriesed running staff to higher pay levels adding 30% in the minimum and maximum of existing pay level of running staff. The corresponding non running pay level to each running pay level also attached in the order. This meeting demands the RB to advise every zone to fix the pay of medically decategoriesed running staff to higher pay level adding 30% in the minimum and maximum of the pay level as per RBE 17/ 2019. 5) Extend Coverage of employees under Railway Services (Pension) Rules, 1993. (NPS to OPS) Government of India as a matter of policy took a decision to give an opportunity to employees to cover under CCS (Pension) Rules 1972. Railway board vide RBE 28/2020 extended this benefit to Railway employees. The very spirit of the above order is that to give an opportunity to certain employees those who are appointed against the vacancies existed as on 31/12/2003, but the appointment process delayed on account of administrative reasons, to switch over from NPS to OPS. In some Railways the process of recruitment was delayed due to administrative reasons and appointment was done after 01/01/2004. They are denied the benefit of above RB order, which is a violation of the spirit of the above policy. This meeting demand an early corrective action in this matter. 6) Wrong fixation of pay on promotion. There are wide spread complaints from Loco Running Staff promoted from LPG to LPP and LPP to LPM and opted for fixation of pay under FR 22 (1) from the date of next increment (DNI), (option B) vide RBE 212/2017 are not fixed at the next higher cell in the level of the post to which he is promoted, from the date of his promotion. RBE 79/2017 in para 3(ii) says “from the date of promotion till his/her DNI (Date of Next Increment) the government servant shall be placed at next higher cell in the level of post to which he/she is promoted” with an illustration there under. In the HRMS illustration (ESS/HR calculation/ pay fixation/ pay fixation ref. RBE 212/2019) also the fixation at higher cell as per RBE 79/2017 is correctly shown. This CWC meeting demand to give necessary instructions to all railways to extend the benefit of RBE 79/2017 to all promoted employees. 7) Support the general strike called by Central Trade Unions on 23rd &24th February 2022. This meeting ratifies the demands put forth by the Central Trade Unions for the general strike on 23rd & 24th February 2022 and call up on its branch, division and zonal bodies to propagate the demands among railway men and public, and gather support to the strike, through all the possible means. 8) The Association again request to consider the demand of reorganisation (Channel of negotiation to resolve the grievances) in the interest of smooth working and harmonious Labour relation. 9) Protest against DOPT order to deny democratic rights of workers. This CWC vehemently protest against the order no.11013/1/2016- Estt.A.III dated 27.02.2020, curtailing the democratic rights of workers to form their trade unions. The above letter prohibits democratic election of the office bearers of the union and also restrict TU leadership to five years of the whole service. We demand the Government of India to withdraw the said undemocratic order immediately. 10) Problems of HL rakes. Railway board is fully conversant with technical error about APM (Automatic Pressure Monitoring device) and Auxiliary reservoir of BTFLN, BOX HL RAKES. For the operation of this rakes, the operating instructions most of the time seen disregarded at divisional/zonal level. And hence there is increase of unusual incidents like SPAD etc. This Association demands immediate rectification of this matter. 11) Denial of preparation time after 16 hrs HQ rest with the misuse of power at divisional level officers. Railway board had correctly clarified that the trip rest of 16 hours at HQs and 8 hours at out station shall not be interrupted and call shall be served to running staff only after completion of the rest hours vide order dated 17/07/2018. We vehemently protest against the order dated 02/08/2018 by which the former order was kept pending for years together citing the reason of acute shortage of staff. It is endangering railway safety. We demand strict implementation of serving call after completion of eligible rest as per railway board order dated 17/07/2018. 12) Non- compliance of 36 hours' limit for out station stay. It is seen that Divisional level controllers with the patronage of officers and under pressure of operating department, loco running staff are being harassed by keeping running staff out of HQ for more than 36 hours unwarrantedly. So Association demands strict implementation of 36 hours maximum limit for stay out of HQ. 13) Non registration of IDT/ IRT applications and cancellation of PCPO/MAS order Dated 30/11/2020 It is everybody’s desire to get a dignified job at his native place. Indian social order dictate children are bound to care the parents, and the inability to save the parents when they are in need is considered a disgrace. So every management have adopted the policy of transfer on request. Railway board too have made many rules for inter railway and inter division transfer on request. A web portal in name COMPTRAN too is created for regulating the transfer. But in practice the applications are left uncared for years together in the CCRC office or at divisional office. This meeting demand to process every such application in a time frame and upload the same in COMPTRAN. The order dated 30/11/2020 issued by PCPO/MAS is in gross violation of the railway board order by stipulating an increased residency period of 5 years to submit an application for transfer and limiting the transfers to mere 25% of vacancies. This is a severe discrimination against loco running cadre. So this meeting demand to end the discrimination immediately. 14) Programme of action a) Mass signature campaign. A mass signature campaign will be organized in support of the charter of demand submitted to CEO, among entire loco running staff. Signature campaign will be started with a demonstration in branch level on 1st February 2022. b) The mass memorandum will be submitted to respective General Manager with a mass demonstration on15th March 2022.

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REPUBLIC DAY

REPUBLIC DAY Republic Day honours the date on which the Constitution of India came into force on 26 January 1950 replacing the Government of India Act (1935) as the governing document of India. The Constitution was passed by the Constituent Assembly of India on 26 November 1949 but was adopted on 26 January 1950 with a democratic government system, completing the country's transition toward becoming an independent republic. 26 January was selected for this purpose because it was this day in 1930 when the Declaration of Indian Independence (Purna Swaraj) was proclaimed by the Indian National Congress. But after 72 years of India become republic, it is clear that we do not live in India of our dreams. The evils of Slavery and Poverty still existing in India. As Charlie Chaplin’s great speech in the Great Dictator, “ machinery that gives abundance has left us in want. Our knowledge has made us cynical, our cleverness hard and unkind….. The aeroplane and radio has brought us closer together. The very nature of these inventions cries out for the goodiness in men,cries out for universal brotherhood for the unity of us all. You the people have the power, the power to create machine, the power to create happiness. You the people have the power to make life free and beautiful, to make this life a wonderful adventure….Then in the name of democracy let’s use the power –let us all unite. Let us fight for a world where science and progress will lead to all men’s happiness” These are lasting dreams that can never desert man. In last two years India and entire world is struggling with pandemic Covid 19. Many people succumbed to death and many are suffering due to after covid complications. Vaccination is going fast and which reduced the complication of present cases. Jobless, Unemployment percentage is increasing. The entire industries are fighting for survival; On contrary the Central Government is taking this situation as an advantage to amend many Labour laws against the working class and Agriculture laws against the farmers. . Even the Government is trying to polarize the people on religious and caste basis. Join hands to resist the anti labour, anti farmer and anti people policies of the ruling class. RED SALUTE. C.SUNISH. ASST. SECRETARY GENERAL AILRSA 26.01.2022.

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THREE DAYS RELAY HUNGER FAST ON 7, 8 & 9 DECEMBER 2021

While our country is resuming to normalcy after Covid-19 pandemic with caution of Third wave or Omicron mutation, Loco Running Staff are forced to intensify our democratic Trade Union Agitations to solve incessant issues. During Covid times inspite of our relentless services our Night duty allowance was snatched away stealthily by introducing ceiling limit of pay against the Railway Labour Tribunal Award 1969 para 2.28 that the Night Duty Allowance should be granted to all Railway employees irrespective of their classification or irrespective of the Pay limit. Though Railway recommends to DOPT, decision is not yet arrived. Therefore the limit imposed on eligibility for NDA should be removed. Even though various committees had described running job as more tedious than that of intensive category, our Railway administration is indulging in various zones to extend crew beat and imposing bye passing of crew changing points/ headquarters, unfilled vacancies . These unsafe experiments should come to an end and the order of labour Ministry to reclassify running staff as intensive with 6 hours duty is to be implemented. Further it is a wild experiment of running long haul trains and videos were posted in social media to gather fame. Those trains run violating all safety rules that too under the direct control of those officers will seriously affect the safety consciousness of Railway employees. This will lead to accidents in long run. More Women ALPs are being recruited in Railways is seen as empowerment of women and proud moment for all. The intricate /adverse working conditions in running duties especially in goods train working which renders them incompatible. There is no separate rest room in every crew lobby for women LP/ALP. At present a dormitory is provided at running rooms for ladies common for ALPs and Guards and call is served either through phone or by knocking the door by the male care taker in charge. In both the case rest of others getting interrupted. So separate individual cubicles to be provided at all running rooms for ladies and lady attender to be deployed. It is highly hazardous to work longer hours without attending nature's call. So all locos to be provided with toilet facilities. While Lady employees are in long leaves such as CCL, ML, the burden over others cause to increase.This peculiar situation to be taken in to account and sanction strength to be suitably increase to meet this situation. Around 370 loco running staff and 23 CLI’s died due to Covid-19. Our demand of Introduction of an insurance coverage of Rs 50 Lakhs to all serving loco running staff against death due to Covid is not yet considered. While Medical experts warn third wave and mutation of virus like Omicron, precautionary measures including improved hospital facilities in all divisions, free supply of equipments such as mask, sanitisers, gloves etc. and Proper sanitization of loco cabs and running rooms are to be done immediately. Loco running staff are facing excess deduction of Income tax on the earning of KM allowance from the year 2012 onwards. The ceiling limit of income tax exemption for 70% of running allowance under section 10(14)(ii) of income tax act 1961 was enhanced to Rs 10000/- per month in 2008-09 when KM allowance rate was revised to Rs 170/100 KM So proportionately this ceiling limit of exemption for 70% of running allowance must be raised to Rs 12500/- per month from 2011, Rs 15000/- per month from 2014 and Rs 32000/- per month from 01/07/2019 on par with the increase in the rate of KM allowance to Rs 212 per 100 KM, Rs 255 per 100 KM an on Rs 530 per 100 KM respectively. Even after repeated failure in their attempts, the clear intention and rapid action of Government to Privatise the Indian Railways is to be understood. Almost all the organizations, Trade unions including left unions, socialist HMS, BMS, AIRF and NFIR are also opposing Privatisation of Railways. But concerted efforts to United action is missing. Even now many employees are in the syndrome of It will not come to me. The Privatisation of Railways is going to achieve is job losses, worsening of the already alarming unemployment, loss of opportunities for the socially oppressed sections of our society, deterioration of working and service conditions of the workers, the people and the entire economy will worsen. All the infrastructure including Indian Railways will be ruined. In the issue of minimising SPAD, when cab ergonomics is abysmal in many aspects like ventilation, lighting, cab seat, non provision of meal break time and suppressing nature call in the absence of toilet in cab, provision of cab air-conditioning etc.are not given due attention but installation of camera and release video footage exposing the Locopilots in poor light, constant policing will lead to forced behavioural changes, will cause tremendous stress on Locopilots will cause distraction and may lead to Accident. AILRSA decided to conduct three days Hunger Fast from Morning to Evening on December 7, 8 & 9 on the following Loco Running Staff demands on various Divisions HQ duly following COVID Protocols. Remove the pay limit for eligibility of NDA. Ensure protection from COVID Enhanced Pay Level to Assistant Loco Pilots and Distinct Higher Pay Levels to all the post from Loco Pilot(shunting) to Loco Pilot(Mail) Stop running goods trains bye passing HQs/crew changing points; cancel all extension of crew beat. Stop privatisation and selling of railway assets Non reflection of 30% Pay element in Running allowance rate Restore paper pass; treat E-pass as travelling authority Allow equivalent non running Pay Level for the medically unfit Running Staff who are posted in non- Running category to avoid stagnation of their Pay. Payment of leave salary to Loco Running Staff is delayed even after Rly.Bd clarification Enhancement of IT-exemption limit for running allowance at par with rate of KMA is long due. Recognition of AILRSA and resolve issues through negotiation. Improvement of Running Rooms and Conducive working / service conditions suitable for Lady LPs/ ALPs Reduce Duty Hours of Loco Running Staff as accepted by Railway Board on HPC recommendations. Fill up all vacancies. ALL LOCOPILOTS AND ASSISTANT LOCOPILOTS ENSURE YOUR PARTICIPATION

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BHARATH BANDH 27 SEPTEMBER

All India Loco Running staff Association (AILRSA) welcomes the call given by the Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM), for ‘Bharat Bandh’ on 27 th September 2021. SKM intensifying their struggle for the repeal of the three anti farmer farm laws, Electricity Amendment Bill and for legally guaranteed Minimum Support Price (MSP). It calls upon the entire working class to extend total support to the ‘Bharat Bandh’ on 27th September. The two day national convention of SKM, the joint platform of over 500 kisan organisations across the country, attended from over 2000 delegates from 22 states unanimously decided to intensify and expand the struggle. Farmers are fighting against the policies of the Government for the past 10 months at New Delhi. AILRSA appreciates the initiative taken by the SKM to involve the trade unions, organisations of the agricultural workers, students, youth, women etc whose lives, livelihoods and basic rights are under attack by the policies being pursued by the BJP government led by Modi. Different sessions of the two day convention focussed on the specific issues of the workers, agricultural workers and others. The convention unanimously adopted resolutions on their issues, including against the labour codes and privatisation. This lays the ground for widening the struggle in the coming days. The joint trade union movement have been, from the beginning, extending solidarity including active physical support to the ongoing struggle of the farmers on their most genuine demands. AILRSA condemns the autocratic behaviour of the government of India and its refusal to concede the demands of the farmers, in its bid to corporatise our agriculture to benefit its cronies. We also strongly condemns the oppression unleashed by the BJP government in Haryana against the farmers peacefully demonstrating in Karnal, which has led to the death of a farmer. The Modi government is highly mistaken if it thinks that it can suppress people’s struggles through such high handed measures. According to the message from Com MN Prasad, Secretary General AILRSA " As you know that the Samyukta Kishan Morcha has given a call for Bharat Bandh on 27 September, we should support the Bandh by our solidarity action which is possible either through gate meeting, wearing badge, demonstration etc duly maintaining Covid protocol."

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भारत बंद, 27 सितंबर

अखिल भारतीय लोको रनिंग स्टाफ एसोसिएशन (AILRSA) संयुक्त किसान मोर्चा (SKM) द्वारा 27 सितंबर 2021 को 'भारत बंद' के आह्वान का स्वागत करता है। SKM ने तीन किसान विरोधी कृषि कानूनों, बिजली संशोधन विधेयक और कानूनी रूप से गारंटीकृत न्यूनतम समर्थन मूल्य (MSP) को रद्द करने के लिए अपने संघर्ष को तेज किया। यह पूरे मजदूर वर्ग से 27 सितंबर को 'भारत बंद' को पूरा समर्थन देने का आह्वान करता है। देश भर के 500 से अधिक किसान संगठनों के संयुक्त मंच एसकेएम के दो दिवसीय राष्ट्रीय सम्मेलन में 22 राज्यों के 2000 से अधिक प्रतिनिधियों ने भाग लिया और सर्वसम्मति से संघर्ष को तेज और विस्तारित करने का निर्णय लिया। नई दिल्ली में पिछले 10 महीनों से किसान सरकार की नीतियों के खिलाफ संघर्ष कर रहे हैं। एआईएलआरएसए एसकेएम द्वारा ट्रेड यूनियनों, कृषि श्रमिकों के संगठनों, छात्रों, युवाओं, महिलाओं आदि को शामिल करने के लिए की गई पहल की सराहना करता है, जिनके जीवन, आजीविका और बुनियादी अधिकारों पर मोदी के नेतृत्व वाली भाजपा सरकार द्वारा अपनाई जा रही नीतियों का हमला है। दो दिवसीय सम्मेलन के विभिन्न सत्रों में श्रमिकों, कृषि श्रमिकों और अन्य के विशिष्ट मुद्दों पर ध्यान केंद्रित किया गया। कन्वेंशन ने सर्वसम्मति से उनके मुद्दों पर संकल्पों को अपनाया, जिसमें श्रम संहिता और निजीकरण के खिलाफ भी शामिल थे। यह आने वाले दिनों में संघर्ष को और व्यापक बनाने की आधारशिला रखता है। संयुक्त ट्रेड यूनियन आंदोलन, शुरू से ही, किसानों की सबसे वास्तविक मांगों पर चल रहे संघर्ष को सक्रिय भौतिक समर्थन सहित एकजुटता प्रदान करता रहा है। एआईएलआरएसए भारत सरकार के निरंकुश व्यवहार और किसानों की मांगों को मानने से इनकार करने की निंदा करता है, जो कि अपने साथियों को लाभ पहुंचाने के लिए हमारी कृषि को निगमित करने के प्रयास में है। हम हरियाणा में भाजपा सरकार द्वारा करनाल में शांतिपूर्ण प्रदर्शन कर रहे किसानों के खिलाफ किए गए दमन की भी कड़ी निंदा करते हैं, जिसमें एक किसान की मौत हो गई। मोदी सरकार बहुत गलत है अगर उसे लगता है कि वह इस तरह के उच्च-स्तरीय उपायों के माध्यम से लोगों के संघर्षों को दबा सकती है। कॉम एमएन प्रसाद, महासचिव एआईएलआरएसए के संदेश के अनुसार "जैसा कि आप जानते हैं कि संयुक्त किशन मोर्चा ने 27 सितंबर को भारत बंद का आह्वान किया है, हमें अपनी एकजुटता से बंद का समर्थन करना चाहिए या तो गेट मीटिंग, बैज पहनकर, प्रदर्शन आदि के माध्यम से कोविड प्रोटोकॉल को बनाए रखते हुए संभव है।"

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सरोज कुमार धर (एसके धर), एलएलआरएसए के दिग्गज नेता ....

जीवन प्रोफ़ाइल 14.02.1936 को बांग्लादेश में जन्म। बाद में डब्ल्यूबी स्थानांतरित कर दिया। नई दिल्ली, १५ सितंबर, २००८ - एआईएलआरएसए के महासचिव के रूप में सेवा करते हुए 72 वर्ष की आयु में ऑलएमएस में निधन 1956 में डीएसएल शेड खलासी के रूप में ईआर में शामिल हुए। एआईआरएफ शाखा / डिवि पदाधिकारी के रूप में सेवा की। इसके बाद उन्होंने अनारा/आंड्रा मंडल में रनिंग कैडर में इलेक्ट्रिक असिस्टेंट ड्राइवर ज्वाइन किया। १९६५ में जब वे सहायक चालक थे, तो उन्होंने टूल बॉक्स/पीटीबॉक्स-श्रेणी संघ बनाने के लिए अधिकारियों के आदेश के खिलाफ विरोध प्रदर्शन किया। 1965 में भारत में फायरमैन आंदोलन -। एसके धर सहित पूर्व नेताओं और वर्तमान वरिष्ठ केंद्रीय नेताओं ने उस समय विभिन्न क्षेत्रों में आंदोलन का नेतृत्व किया था। अनिश्चितकालीन काम के घंटे, वेतन आदि... एसआर / एससीआर में किसान परिषद का गठन ..... इस अहसास के आधार पर कि संगठित संघर्ष ही सफलता दिलाएगा एसके धर ने एक संगठन के गठन का नेतृत्व किया जिसमें एलआरएस (एन.क्लीनर, डीसी, एसीए।, जी.ड्राइवर, पी.डायवर, एम.ड्राइवर) की सभी श्रेणियों के कर्मचारी शामिल थे। एलएलआरएसए का गठन 24 और 25 सितंबर 1970 को एससीआर विजयवाड़ा में किया गया था। पहले एलएलआरएसए अध्यक्ष सबापति थे और महासचिव पीके बरुआ थे। कॉम: एसके धर संयुक्त महासचिव थे..... 1973 एलआरएस की ऐतिहासिक हड़ताल - श्रम मंत्री द्वारा संसद में 10 घंटे के काम की घोषणा की गई। एसके धर ने संघर्ष का नेतृत्व किया। 1973 की हड़ताल की सफलता के बाद 1974 में एनसीसीआरएस का गठन किया गया, जिसने भारतीय रेलवे में 1974 की ऐतिहासिक हड़ताल का नेतृत्व किया। इस संघर्ष ने केंद्र सरकार को बदलने में भी योगदान दिया कॉम. एस के धर एनसीसीआरएस के अखिल भारतीय नेतृत्व का हिस्सा थे वह 1978 से एआईएलआरएसए के महासचिव रहे हैं 1974 की रेल हड़ताल के प्रतिशोध में, केंद्र सरकार ने आपातकाल के दौरान भारत के विभिन्न क्षेत्रों में एलएलआरएसए नेताओं को गिरफ्तार कर जेल में बंद कर दिया। 1976 में आपातकाल के दौरान, कॉम. एसके धर 2 साल तक मीसा कैदी के तौर पर तिहाड़ जेल में बंद रहे। 1978 में कोटा में 7वें BGM WR में, एसके धर को महासचिव चुना गया। 1981 में एलआरएस अखिल भारतीय संघर्ष - 10,000 से अधिक कर्मचारियों पर अनुशासनात्मक कार्रवाई की गई। 14/2 के तहत लगभग 1000 एलआरएस को बिना जांच के खारिज कर दिया गया। इसके अलावा सीआर भी दिया गया, जिसमें रिवर्सन/सर्विस ब्रेक/टीएफआर भी शामिल है।... (संगठन को इस बात पर गर्व हो सकता है कि हमारे कई केंद्रीय नेता अनुभवी अग्रिम पंक्ति के नेता हैं जिन्होंने इन संघर्षों में संगठन का नेतृत्व किया है और कई अनुशासनात्मक कार्रवाई का सामना किया है। हमें यह भी समझना चाहिए कि मान्यता प्राप्त यूनियनों के कई रेलवे ट्रेड यूनियन नेता हैं। हड़ताल का ऐसा कोई अनुभव नहीं है। LRS के अधिकार - 5वें और 6वें CPC के संबंध में अधिकारों के लिए संघर्ष में पूर्ण समर्थन और नेतृत्व। लाभ / वेतन तत्व और सेवानिवृत्ति लाभ सहित काम के घंटे हासिल करने के लिए संघर्ष ..... रेलवे कर्मचारियों के एकजुट संघर्ष का नेतृत्व करने के लिए एलआरईसी का गठन किया गया था। डब्ल्यूबी चित्तरंजन लोको वर्कशॉप संघर्षों का नेतृत्व किया ... केंद्र और राज्य सरकार के कर्मचारियों के अखिल भारतीय नेतृत्व में काम किया। उनके बहुमुखी टीयू ज्ञान और समझ ने एलएलआरएसए संगठन का मार्गदर्शन करने में महत्वपूर्ण भूमिका निभाई है। कॉमरेड ने कई अनुशासनात्मक कृत्यों का सामना किया और डीएसएल सहायक के रूप में सेवानिवृत्त हुए। कॉमरेड को इंटरडिवीजन/इंटरजोन ट्रांसफर का सामना करना पड़ा..... यद्यपि उनका वर्षों से लीवर सिरोसिस सहित विभिन्न बीमारियों का इलाज चल रहा है, उन्होंने अपनी पत्नी के वेतन से पूरे भारत का भ्रमण किया और संगठन का निर्माण किया। 25 वर्षों तक उन्होंने केंद्रीय समिति कार्यालय के रूप में, पूर्व सांसद और रेलवे स्थायी समिति के अध्यक्ष, कॉमरेड बासुदेवाचार्य के आउट हाउस का उपयोग करके दिल्ली में काम किया। वह सितंबर 2008 की शुरुआत में होने वाली सीडब्ल्यूसी में आए, लेकिन खराब स्वास्थ्य के कारण सीडब्ल्यूसी को स्थगित कर दिया गया और उन्हें ऑलएमएस में भर्ती कराया गया। 15 सितंबर को निधन हो गया। 15 सितंबर को कॉमरेड का पार्थिव शरीर प्राप्त करने के लिए एएलआरएसए के कार्यकर्ता एनआर/दिल्ली में उपलब्ध नहीं थे, जिसे कॉमरेड एमके पंथे ने बताया कि जब 25 और 26 जून, 2009 को नागपुर में 18वीं जीबी का उद्घाटन किया गया था, तब कमजोर संगठनात्मक स्थिति की तुलना मजबूत स्थिति से की गई थी। बाद में। आज यह सबसे बड़े सदस्यता क्षेत्रों में से एक बन गया है। दिल्ली १००% सदस्यता के साथ एक डिपो के साथ एक मंडल बन गया है। कॉमरेड एसके धर को क्रांतिकारी श्रद्धांजलि जिन्होंने 1978 से 2008 तक 30 वर्षों तक संगठन को एएलएलआरएसए के एसजी के रूप में बरकरार रखा और हमें अधिकारियों द्वारा हमलों के खिलाफ खुद को बचाने के लिए लड़ाई का मंच दिया ... रेड सैल्यूट कॉमरेड एसके धार लाल सलाम। लाल सलाम M. P. Deo

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JOIN HANDS TO WIN OUR JUST DEMANDS : AILRSA CWC

1. Stop privatization of Railways and public sector units. Do not hand over 15 sports stadiums to RLDA. Cancel the scheduled finance bidding of trains. 2. Scrap NPS and extend statutory pension scheme to that appointment after 01.01.2004 3. Remove eligibility limit for night duty allowance. 4.. Pay Rs. 50 lakhs compensation and expedite payment of pension benefits and compassionate appointment to the wards of Covid victims. Extend Rs.50 lakhs insurance coverage, ensure free supply of protective equipments and expedite Covid-19 vaccination of running staff. Setup covid hospitals in all divisions to fight third wave 0f covid. 5. Stop closing/degradation of 77 Divisional/Sub Divisional Railway hospitals as poly clinics without inpatient treatment. 6. Restore paper pass till HRMS become trouble free. Treat E-Pass as travelling authority to enter train. 7. Fill up all vacancies 8. Reduce duty hours to 8 as per HPC recommendation. 9. Cancel all orders of extension of crew beat, obey orders of safety directorate dated 14.06.21. Stop bye passing of HQs/ crew changing stations in the name of crack goods, Relieve crews of non-stop (crack) goods trains in 5-6 hours as they are performing highly intensive nature of work without any rest or relaxation. 10. Sanction 35% additional LP/G posts to meet the increased demand of freight traffic. 11. Speed up induction training to ALPs considering restoration of passenger services. 12. Stop the move to withdraw line box. 13. Improve running room facilities. 14. Revise Running allowance with 30% mean pay of scale of LP/P(level-6). 15. Declare equivalent non-running pay scales to every running pay scale to avoid stagnation of pay at apex level of pay matrix of 7th CPC, for medically decategorised running staff in their alternative employment post. 16. Increase the limit of exemption of running allowance from Income Tax from Rs 10000 to Rs 32000 per month considering the increase in running Allowance rate from Rs 172/- to Rs 530/-. 17. Stop unsafe train working with EOTT,without Guard,without brake van,without BPC etc. All Loco running staff shall participate in the one day Divisional hunger fast from morning to evening on 21st September

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OBSERVE REMEMBRANCE DAY OF Com.S K DHAR IN COLOURFUL MANNER:AILRSA/CWC

Com. Saroj Kumar Dhar widely known as Com. S.K. Dhar born in Chattgram district of Bangladesh on 14.02.1936, move from Bangladesh at his early age to West Bengal and joined Railway as engine cleaner at Burdwan in 1956.From his early stage of service, he associated with trade union movement and occupied a position in ERMU affiliated with AIRF, the AILRSA was then not in existence but the Loco Running Staff at the different place started to organize in different names. Com. Dhar subsequently came in South Eastern Rly and joined as an Electric Assistant Driver at Anara in Adra division being selected by Railway Service Commission in 1965. When Com. Dhar came in South Eastern Rly at Anara, the Elect. Asst. driver has to carry the tool box and PT box (portable telephone box) from Crew Booking point to Loco. Com. Dhar then started to resist this system and simultaneously started to organize the Asst. Driver’s Association. The resistance to this system went to a peak and the trains started to be detained. Lastly the administration had to modify the system and the Asst. Driver Association became a forceful organization. While Com. Dhar organizing the categorical Association, his thinking was not sectarian. He always tried to use the forceful organization in the interest of struggle of common Railways and working class movement. He always paid a vital role to bring the Railways in main stream of national working class movement. As a first step, he took lead to organize Loco Running Staff Association in South Eastern Rly uniting all three wings i.e. Electric, Diesel and Steam. By the time All India Loco Running Staff Association came in force whose first conference was conducted at Jamnagar in Western Rly in 1965. It was a time when in Southern Railway the Firemen Council became a forceful organization and struck the work, paralyzed the Railway. It was Com. Dhar’s and Com. YD. Sundaramurty’s effort that a unity convention (special convention) could be organized in 1970 at Vijayawada to unite all the Loco Running Staff organization which were functioning on the different names under one single Banner of AILRSA. Com Dhar was elected as Joint Secretary General. The Burdwan Conference in 1973 in which Com. Dhar played an important role for taking strike decision. Com. Dhar was in negotiating committee which led a successful and historical negotiation resulting the strike period converted into SCL. These strikes encouraged AILRSA effort and the NCCRS was formed which lead the 1974 strike. Com. Dhar was also in NCCRS highest committee. It is countless and can’t be narrated the instances of able leadership of Com. Dhar. That quality of leadership had elavated him to the post of Secretary General of AILRSA from our seventh BGM which was held at Kota in Western Rly in 1978 and since then he has been continuing as Secretary General of AILRSA till his death maintaining a workable relation with all the fighting section of working class. In our BGM at Varanasi in 1974, there was strong resistance to the decision of participation in historical Railways strike in 1974 from a small group of delegates which we could be fought back and decision was taken to participate in Strike and his role in this fight was very much important. Similarly there was an attempt to split the AILRSA in 1980 in Agra BGM and we successfully could fight back this conspiracy under his leadership. There have been continuous attempts from anti-unity force and the Rly. Administration to disrupt the AILRSA but under his wise leadership, we could be able to maintain the status, position and unity of AILRSA. Com. Dhar’s life was full of struggle. He not only participated in 1968 token strike of Railway men but took a leading part to organize it. He was arrested under MISA in 1976 during the period of internal emergency and was in jail at Tihar and then shifted to Jaipur for 2 years term. He also faced suspension, removal and penal transfer but nothing could break him. Com. S.K. Dhar for whole life continue to struggle against a reformist idea which has a wide influence over Railways movement and upheld the principle of unity and struggle. In the year 1981, AILRSA was forced to stage a strike because of the massive victimization like summary removal and other dreadful onslaughts, unleashed as a policy of government of India, by the Railway administration headed by the then Railway Board Chairman Mr. M.S.Gujral Agitations started from SER for local issues later in Western and Southern Railways in the month of Dec, 1980. In the background of bursting out of struggles at various places, the All India leadership of AILRSA given a national call without any preparation. Prior to the strike, there developed some kind of difference of opinion between Com.M.R. Sabhapathy and Com. Dhar. Com. M.R.S resigned from All India President post, which ought not have been done by him, if he had placed association interest and integrity above all other interests and considerations. That paved the way for the administration to strike against the loco men. Around 950 workers were removed from service by imposing 14/2 and article 311, ie. Without enquiry, 500 were compulsory retired, around 1000 reverted, break in service was imposed on 7000 Loco men. This strike was failed due to poor preparation and leg pulling by a section of leadership. For every victory hundred number of claiming will be there but for defeat no one will take responsibility. Some of the leaders blamed Com. Dhar for the failure of strike. Some revisionist leaders left the organization blaming Dhar and it was com. Dhar’s responsibility to bring back the removed employees back to service. He left with empty cash balance, abandoned trade union and fearing work force. He then approached Com. Somnath Chatterjee, CPI (M) leader. With Somnath’s letter he met leading Supreme Court Advocate KK Venugopal. At that time his consulting fee was Rs.35000/-. But Sri.Venugopal told “my consulting fee is Sri. Somnath’s letter”. His case fee was 105000/- . But Dhar was only able to collect 47000/- in many installments. Even then Adv. Venugopal fought the case and succeeded. The Railway authorities not utilized the 14/2 and article 311 after that incident. This was a unique achievement. During the period 1980-1990, this organization had a lean period of activities because of the massive victimization. Com Dhar traveled entire country to build up the organization. He succeeded in making 13 zonal bodies for AILRSA out of 16 zonal railways. He was a simple man in personal life. He developed unity among the railway trade unions, where the AIRF and NFIR were maintaining domination. He along with Com. NS Bangoo worked hard to organize All India Railway Employees Coordination Committee (AIREC) as a challenge to the recognized federations. He was Assistant Secretary General of AIREC. His commitment to the ideals and the ideology he believed in, made him an ardent supporter and participant in all activities connected with the workers, which led to his arrest and incarceration during the dark days of emergency. His entire life had been a saga of struggles and sacrifices. It is the life sketch of comrades like S.K Dhar that shall provide inspiration and motivation for thousands of workers in the days to come for more than ever, they face today the toughest challenge of existence and survival imposed by the inhuman imperialist intimidation and exploitation. RED SALUTE TO THE MEMORIES OF COM. SK. DHAR. C. Sunish.

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ON MEDICAL DECATEGORISATION

A large number of Loco Running Staff who are medically decategorised and posted in alternative stationary posts have reached the maximum of the level 6 pay matrix and remain stagnated without further increment. Hence it is urged to amend IREM para 1307 akin to V CPC regime to allot equivalent higher level of pay so as to render justice.

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UTILISATION OF ALP AS GUARD

This CWC meeting vehemently protest against utilizing ALPs as Guards as primarily an attempt for denying authorized CPC pay to those working as Guard. Railways are exploiting the ALPs by extracting the job assigned for a post with level 5 pay and allowing a lesser pay admissible in level 2. Utilization of ALP as Guard is also against the safety rules under GR 4.25 as the rule stipulates that “when a train is worked without a Guard, such of his duties as can be performed by the Loco Pilot shall devolve on him (Loco Pilot)”. Loco Pilot is in level 6 and hence if at all loco running staff Is required to work as Guard, Loco Pilots in level 6 shall be booked and any shortcoming may be filled by allowing ALP to officiate as LP/G. 6 Moreover utilization of ALP as Guard will create shortage in loco running cadre and may lead to protest against denial of leave and rest. And for working as Guard, authorized institute is required to issue a competency certificate as mandated. Further this Association demands that such policy to be implemented with clear instructions of payment of remuneration admissible under the existing rules too, in order to avoid complaints later.

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EOTT

Introduction of EOTT instead of Guard in the brake van is a potential safety hazard. Railway safet slogan “Machine may fail, Man shall not” itself points this danger. In addition to that the engine crew of two persons is not sufficient to arrange train protection. In case of Train Parting, it will not be possible to recouple. As the loco cannot be left unmanned, all defects enroute need to be attended by single man. In both cases midsection detention will be enormous. There is a chance for the theft of unmanned EOTT equipment when the train is detained at wayside stations or midsection. The duties of Guard is entrusted to LP which is highly objectionable as they are already shouldering unbearable work pressure. So this Association demands to abandon trains working with EOTT and provide Guards in all trains.

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ON CCVRS IN LOCOMOTIVE

Installation of CCVRS in the Locomotive cab for the surveillance of the Crew in day to day working in highly objectionable and will cause a tremendous stress to the Locopilots. The constant policing of the engine crew through camera will Lead to forced behavioural changes than normal which is not 4 conducive for smooth operation of trains. The work of Locopilots requires higher degree of concentration which warrants a congenial atmosphere in the Cab but the watching always through cameras will cause distraction in duties.The CCVRS in Locomotive Cab has to be for limited purpose as to that of flights which is not meant for watching the cabin Crew always. The retrieval of footage from camera as a regular measure and subjecting the Locopilots disciplinary action is harsh when cab ergonomics is abysmal in many aspects like lighting, ventilation,etc., non provision of meal break time and suppressing nature call in the absence of toilets in cabin. Unfortunately, the provision of air-conditioning, ergonomically seat arrangements etc. are not given due attention but inordinately delayed but releasing the video footages exposing the Locopilot in poor light which will lower the morale of the work force and hence stop circulating CCVRS videos/audios Footages in social media/in crew lobbies.

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Issues of lady loco running staff

Large number of lady ALPs are being inducted in to the railways in all zones. This Association is duty bound to point out the difficulties faced by them in the crew lobbies and the locos and demand early redressal. Most of the crew lobbies in Indian Railways does not have a separate lobby and rest room for lady ALPs due to which they are unable to relax freely and to attend nature calls. Also it is an often repeated demand of this Association to provide toilet facility in the locos. In its absence the working crew face extreme hardship to relieve themselves of the natural urge. This Association demands to expedite the process of providing toilet facilities in locos and till such time, extra time may be provided at all scheduled stoppings of passenger carrying trains to enable the crew and particularly the lady ALPs to attend their call of nature. The lady employees are given with 9 months of Maternity leave as well as CCL upto 2 years. When the lady ALPs are availing such leave, the work burden falls on the other ALPs. Hence this Association demands to consider this aspect while assessing the strength of the cadre and suitably increase the sanctioned strength of the cadre. Now-a-days, in all running rooms lady running staff are allotted beds alongwith lady Guards who are served call through mobile phone. Since the care takers are male and not allowed to enter the hall, all those taking rest in the hall are awakened frequently disturbing the sleep.

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Stop extension of crew beat

Quoting the reason of increased average speed of goods trains, many divisional administrations have issued instructions extending the existing beat of the crews, involving bypassing of crew HQ. It is a fact that the marginal increase in the average speed of the goods trains is due to the cancellation of regular Mail / Express and Passenger trains and once the existing pandemic situation eases to normal, the average speed of goods trains is very much likely to reduce. Extending the crew beat based on this temporary situation is unwarranted and creates unrest among the staff. Assuming that the increase in the average speed of goods trains is permanent, denying the advantage of it to the loco running staff by extending the beat of the crew is unjust. 3 This meeting demands the administration to withdraw the proposal of extending the crew beat in view of safety.

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Resolution on Monitisation pipeline

Govt. of India has declared a policy decision to amass Rs. 6 lakh crore in the next 4 years by monetising the core asset owned by Govt. of India in Railways, Roads, Power generation and distribution, Air and Sea ports, telecom towers, optical fiber cables, Natural gas and petroleum pipelines, Warehouses owned by FCI and Warehousing corporations, rail museums and sports stadiums. The major share of monetization is proposal on Railways worth 1.5 lakh crores by transfering 400 stations, 90 passenger trains, 1400 kms of Railway track, Konkan Railway as a whole (741 km), 4 hill Railways, 265 goods sheds, 673 2 kms of commissioned track of DFC, 15 Railway stadiums, selected Railway colonies, OHE and signaling system to the private operators. Monetization means handing over the assets for a specified period of time to own, develop, fix the rate of service and collect the fees and return the assets to Govt. at the end of contract. The proposed monetization is stated as a pilot project and the same will be extended further. In a nutshell, the monetization project is nothing but handing over of entire Govt assets to the private operators and thereby withdrawal of Govt. from all sections. The prime victim of such a decision is that it will put an end to the security of jobs enshrined in article 309, 310 & 311 of the Constitution. Segregation of Railways into hundreds of pieces and entrusting the ownership and management to different firms or individuals will spoil the entire system adversely affecting the further development of Railways, escalated fares and closing down of services in non profitable areas. This CWC appeal the Govt. of India to abandon the proposal as a whole. We also appeal entire Railwaymen and Loco running staff, in particular, to enlighten the entire rank and file, rail users and the general public the dangers of the Privitisation and organize agitations to force the Govt. to rethink.

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AILRSA CWC meeting held at Gadwal Bhavan, New Delhi on 4 and 5 September 2021. :

A physical meeting almost after 2 years. Due to Pandemic COVID-19 the entire country was paralyzed and even trade union functioning came to a halt. During this period we continue our activities through online meetings and webinars. Many running staff including our leaders become victims of covid and sacrificed their lives Now the situation is changing and restrictions are relaxing. AILRSA CWC attended by the representative from different zones and division. Secretary general Com MN Prasad submitted the working report. More than 40 comrades participated in healthy discussion. After detailed deliberation meeting decided many action programs. * On 21 September Divisional level hunger fast from morning to evening by maintaining covid protocol. * Second stage program a relay hunger fast for three consecutive days during day only. On 7, 8 and 9 December. During this period the branches Divisions and Zones to be made functioning by conducting physical meeting with the participation of Zonal and Central leaders. 2021 Membership campaign to be completed by December first week. As we have to submit our membership statement to ministry of labour for renewal of trade union registration. The CWC passed a number of resolutions emphasising the burning issues of Loco Running staff and against the privatization. It will be circulated shortly. Hence all the comrades to wake up and energise the Trade union to required level. Sunish C. Asst Secretary general

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Stepping down of a dynamic dedicated trade union leader from Railway service :

When Com.K.C.J retiring from service........... Yes it became true that our veteran leader ending his Railway service on 10/10/2020 on his VRS request. No running staff like to hear it. Right from joined in Railway in the year 1986, com. K.C.James was in front of AILRSA. He served running staff through various capacities of AILRSA as Branch Secretary/SRR, Divisional Secretary/Palakkad, General Secretary/South Zone and continuing as our Joint Secretary General. On each and every issues Com.K.C.J will approach in depth with all earlier and existing norms and finalize the strategy which will acceptable to all. Even for simple personal issues of workers K.C.J will stand with them till end. In his life after joined in Railway he gave most priority to AILRSA than his personal life. He has faced many losses in his personal life as well as service career. Railway administration purposefully failed him in Passenger Driver selection only on because of his trade union Leadership. Com.K.C.J is a different charector in trade union work. For every union functions K.C.J will be first man who present and last man who leave the venue. For all our CWC meeting K.C.J is the man who nominated for preparing draft resolutions. Even without sleeping in the night he will finish the draft resolutions well before the scheduled time of presentation. He is one who filled the ability of leading a movement with both theoretically and practically approach on the issues. Com K.C.J is keen in enquiries of personal problems of the workers ( not only workers for all human beings) and will initiate all possible remedial measures. When shouldering the dynamic leadership of AILRSA ,KCJ was talking every step to unite all sector of railway employees and trade unions to make a platform to fight against the working class issues. Com.KCJ is dynamic leader not only for a particular area but over nation and for every employees. When Com.KCJ retiring from service the situation ahead us is too crucial. Threatened the existence of railway employees, Privatization process is at its rampant growth. It is KCJ one who studied the ill effects of Privatization in depth and atleast among running staff we could develop a spark. Under the leadership of KCJ a joint trade union movement could initiate in Southern Railway , and trying to build up a national platform of trade unions unity. There is nobody to substitute KCJ. Even though he is retiring from service, he will be with us , with working class as long we need his service. The only pain is that he is retiring from service at a situation when we are unable to honour him in a manner he deserved, which is the right of every AILRSA members. Any way we will honour our veteran leader suitably at appropriate level when condition relaxed. I wish a Happy and prosperous retired life to my "Guru" of AILRSA. Baburajan U Secretary AILRSA/SOUTH ZONE

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Ceiling for Basic pay for the entitlement of NDA. :

Ceiling for Basic pay for the entitlement of NDA. In compliance with the DoPT OM No.27016/02/2017-Estt dt.13/07/2020 Railway board have issued order vide above cited reference to provide a cap on the Basic pay for calculation of NDA rate. As per the above order ceiling of Basic pay for deriving NDA rate is fixed as 43600/ is unjust and discrimination to all employees drawing basic pay above 43600/-. This order is unjust, illogical and amounts to total violation of earlier recommendations of various committees and decision of Government of India. Earlier various committees have made many recommendations on NDA and Ministry of Railways have also accepted it. Subsequent on acceptance of Justice Miabboy Tribunal (RLT-69) award RB have issued order Vide No.PC-72/RLT-69/1 dt 09/03/73 extending payment of NDA to various categories of employees of Indian Railways. RLT(69) award vide Para No.2.28(1) says that "the demand of the federations that night duty allowance should be granted to all Railway employees irrespective of their category and irrespective of the pay limit which is at present imposed is granted'. The award of RLT-69 removed the pay limit for entitlement of NDA was accepted by the Government. Considering this award pay limit for allowing NDA is not affected to the Railway employees,even though upper limit of pay scales are implemented for other central government employees. So long as the arbitration award of RLT-69 prevailed Ministry of Railways is debarred from prescribing an upper limit in pay for allowing NDA. 7 th CPC after a detailed examination on various authorities such as Night work convention 1990 of ILO, various study on deterioting effect of health by prolonged period of performing night duties and interruption of sleep during day time etc recommended to continue to pay NDA to all staff who are in receipt of NDA. Further recommended to abolish the existing formulation of giving same rate of NDA for all employees with a particular GP and recommended to calculate NDA based on the basic pay of individual employees considering the computerisarion of pay roll. Further committee constituted to finalize the recommendations of 7 th CPC on various allowances,vide Para No.5.4.17 decided to accept and continue the recommendation made by 7 th CPC on payment of NDA. The arduous task in performing night duties and its ill effects on health conditions have already proved by various committees. Indian Railway is one of the establishment functioning round the clock irrespective of all climatic conditions. When compared to other sectors majority of employees performing night duties belongs to Railway and the implementation of DoPT OM on NDA will largely affect Railway employees. In case of running staff the night duties are irregular and supposed to perform 3-4 continuous night duties. In such performance of duty required to pay continuous attention without a fraction of second lapse. Due to this most of the running staff facing multiple health problems such as BP, diabetes etc at early age. Many running staff became medical unfit only due to the nature of duty especially by performing such continuous night duties. When the above order is implemented majority of running staff happened to receive much lower NDA rate than eligible. Discriminative treatment of one who performed night duties without giving any weightage and one who enjoys night rest is quite unjust. So this association demand to scrap the above RB order and to continue the existing system for the payment of NDA. Baburajan U Secretary AILRSA/SOUTH ZONE

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form co-ordination committee :

Once more I hereby advice all of branches of AILRSA to sincere effort to form a co-ordination committee (Jt. Committee) taking the interested organisations which are existing at your place (branch ) to fight against Privatisation, DA/DR freezing, reducing the workforce, and different allowances in different ways, amending the labour laws against working class etc. to what extend possible and report me back the progress. MN Prasad Secretary General AILRSA

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solidarity to strike in defence sector :

I advice all unit of running staff to support and show their solidarity to strike in defence sector on 12 th. Oct at their working place maintaining all the advices in way what is possible to you but exhibit the poster in support of striking defence workers. MN Prasad Secretary General AILRSA

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Central Trade Unions and Independent Federations declare #Nationwide_General_Strike

Central Trade Unions and Independent Federations declare #Nationwide_General_Strike #On_26_November_2020 Central Trade Unions and Independent Federations declared Nationwide General Strike on 26 November 2020 against the anti worker, anti farmer, anti people anti national policies of BJP Government in an online National Convention of Workers held on Gandhi Jayanti Day, 2nd October 2020. The National Convention strongly condemned the onslaught on the basic democratic and constitutional rights of the workers, farmers and common people of our country by Modi led BJP government at the Centre as well as by BJP State Governments. The convention expressed support and solidarity with the struggles of different sections of the society and workers from both organised and unorganised sectors. The convention noted the militant resistance struggles of the workers against the privatisation, Corporatisation, FDI etc in various sectors including the Railways, Coal, BPCL, BSNL, Finance Sector. The Convention adopted resolutions in support with the struggles of Electricity employees in Uttar Pradesh, Proposed struggles of Coal and defence sectors. Workers all over the Country will hold militant demonstrations in support of the strike of defence sector in all the workplaces on 12th October, 2020 and after every week thereafter, till the strike is settled honourably. This convention extended full solidarity to the farmers who are demanding withdrawal of anti farmer agri-laws which have been passed without even allowing voting on them and declared that the joint trade union movement would continue to support and express solidarity in all forms to their struggle at the national level as well as in any part of the country.The convention condemned the divisive machinations being played out, by the BJP governments to tear up the secular fabric of our society by implicating all those express dissent. The convention expressed serious concern over the increasing violence against women and condemned the Hathras rape and demanded justice to the victim. The convention was addressed by G Sanjeeva Reddy (INTUC), Amarjeet Kaur (AITUC), Harbhajan Singh Sidhu (HMS), Tapan Sen (CITU), Shankar Dasgupta(AIUTUC), G Devarajan (TUCC), Soinia George (SEWA), Santosh Roy (AICCTU), M Shanmugham M P (LPF) and Shatrujeet (UTUC). Thegroup convention which was telecasted live in facebook has reached more one lakh workers through various links. In many workplaces workers joined the convention in groups. The following programmes were adopted by the convention Ø Joint state/ district/ industry/sectoral level conventions (physically wherever possible, online otherwise) will be organised in October 2020 Ø Extensive campaign on the adverse impact of the labour codes on the workers down to the grass roots level up to mid November Ø One day country wide general strike on 26th November, 2020. Let it be known that this One Day Strike is in preparation for more intense, more tenacious and longer struggles that lie ahead. The Convention called upon all the working people, whether unionised or not, affiliated or independent, whether from organised sector or unorganised sector, to intensify the united struggle against the anti-people, anti-worker, anti-farmer and anti-national policies of the Govt and make the call for countrywide general strike on 26th November, 2020 a total success. INTUC*AITUC*HMS*CITU AIUTUC*TUCC*SEWA AICCTU*LPF*UTUC And INDEPENDENT FEDERATIONS/ASSOCIATIONS....

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DECISIONS OF CWC MEETING HELD ON 3rd & 4th SEPTEMBER 2020 :

Decisions of CWC meeting held on 3rd & 4th September 2020. I. Program of action against Privatisation: 1. Secretary General shall initiate to convene a virtual meeting of Railway Trade Unions within this month to form a national coordination Committee for “Save Railways to Save India” campaign. All out efforts to be taken to organise the trade unions, democratic forces, rail users, youth organisations, students and the general public to join the campaign.. 2. Com. K. C. James shall take the responsibilities to contact all Railway trade unions and prominent leaders in SR, SWR and SCR. 3. Com. Chandan Sarkar and Com.Paras kumar shall be responsible for ER, SER, E Coast, ECR, SECR, NFR and Metro. 4. Com. M. P. Deo shall be responsible for CR, WR, NCR and WCR 5. Com. Padom Singh shall be responsible for NR, NER and NWR. All Zonal, Divisional committees shall undertake intensive campaign against ill effects of Privatisation through Leaflets, door to door campaign, webinar etc. to enlighten our cadre and prepare them to take anti-privatisation movement ahead. II. Programme of Action on loco running staff grievances : The CWC identified the following demands to be highlighted at this stage. (i) Revise Running allowance rates with mean Pay as per RAC 80 formula and pay arrears from 01.01.2016. (ii) Limit maximum duty to 10 hours as recommended by HPC, pending reduction to 8 hours with 90 hours fortnightly limit. (iii) Allow L6 pay scale to ALPs (iv) Allow 30 hours PR independent of 16 hours trip rest. (iv) Restrict continuous night duties to two. (v) Ensure parity in Pension to pre 2016 running staff pensioners. (vi) Vacate victimisation of Loco running staff of KGP division. (vii) Grant recognition to AILRSA. (ix) Ensure COVID safety protocol similar to health workers. (x) Stop unsafe working, introduce unified SR for rules pertaining to train operation. (xi) Do not entrust FSD and cab sanitisation on ALP. (xii) Conduct safety audit on vulnerable signals and provide starter indicators to starter signals on curved platforms. Programme of action: 1. Memorandum detailing all the issues in the above may be sent to the Hon. Prime Minister, MR and CRB by 20th September 2020 by the Central Committee. All Branch committees too shall send it after conducting protest demonstrations at depot level. Memorandum will be prepared by Southern Railway comrades. 2. Mass signature campaign from 1st (Thursday) to 10th (Saturday)October 2020 in divisional level and to be submitted to respective DRMs. 3. Black day on 30th (Friday) October 2020 – wearing badge and holding demonstration at all depots or at divisional level if Covid situation subside. 4. The next CWC will decide further course of action. 5. All branches and divisions are directed to organise immediate protest locally against every anti-labour actions from Railway administration and the matter may be reported to Central President , Secretary General and Central Office bearers. III. Golden jubilee BGM Golden jubilee BGM proposed in September 2020 at Vijayawada was forced to postpone at the stage of forming reception committee due to COVID situation. SCR is advised to form reception committee when normalcy is regained and advise the probable date of holding BGM in a historical and memorable manner. The date of the BGM will be decided by CWC meeting on receiving the probable date. IV. Victimisation fund for KGP division: Decided to continue till the Comrades are reinstated. The default zones are once again directed to send the financial assistance as decided. V. Membership 2020: CWC congratulate the branches those had taken the pain to enrol membership amid the COVID situation and many enrolled more than last year. All other branches shall complete the same with a target of 50,000 all over India, in this month itself. Zonal Secretaries shall monitor, send the membership statement and central quota by 31st October. VI. Fire magazine To publish the Hindi Fire, last CWC had decided to send Rs. 5000 as an advance to Com. Giriraj Sharma. As proposed by 21 divisions out of 69 send the advance amount and the amount received is Rs. 1,50,000. The printing charge for one volume is Rs. 2,50,000 and hence printing could not be done. Once again direct the divisions to send Rs.5000 as decided. All the dues to English Fire also to be cleared. Your’s Comradely (M.N.Prasad) Secretary General

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Two private British Companies namely the East Indian Railway Company and the Great Indian Peninsular Railway Company founded in London in 1845 started the construction of the Indian Railways. The first Trade Union formed in Indian Railway was Amalgamated Society of Railway Servants in India (ASRSI) in 1874. Later the name was changed as United Service and Railway Servants Association in India (USRSAI). In 1920 All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC) was formed. Later the name was changed as United Service and Railway Servants Association in India (USRSAI). In 1920 All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC) was formed. Around 18 Railway Trade Unions participated in the conference. In 1924 All India Railway Men's Federation (AIRF) was formed.

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