Non-charging of annual increment in case of prolonged sickness followed by sad demise of the Railway employees
All India Railwaymen’s Federation
Dated: March 15, 2014
Sub: Non-charging of annual increment in case of prolonged sickness followed by sad demise of the Railway employees
As per provision under para 606(ii)(a), Chapter VI of the IREM Vol. I, the annual increment of the Railway employee is charged from the due date, i.e. presently from 1st July, only, when the employee resumes duty in case he/she is on leave or on sick list prior to that day.
It has been brought to the notice of AIRF that there are certain cases wherein the employee, due to prolonged sickness, followed by sad demise, could not resume duty on or after 1st July, i.e. due date of increment, and subsequently expired. Non-resumption of duty in such cases was beyond his/her own control because of serious ailment for which he/she was unable to resume duty and subsequently expired. In compliance of the above provision of the IREM, no annual increment from 1st July, i.e. due date, is charged in such cases and there is substantial cumulative loss at the time of settlement of such deceased employees.
It may be appreciated that non-resumption of duty on the date of annual increment or thereafter due to prolonged sickness and subsequent death of the employee, being a hard case, should not debar him/her from charging of annual increment from the due date, as a result of which, he/she sustains cumulative financial loss, which is highly unfair and unjustified as well.
It is, therefore, urged upon that necessary clarification in this regard may be issued to all the Railway administrations to permit charging of annual increment in cases when the employee is unable to resume duty on the date of annual increment, i.e. 1st July at present and subsequently expires on this account, in the interest of justice, so that no undue financial loss is sustained by the bereaved family of the deceased employee on this account.
An early action in the matter shall be highly appreciated.
Shiva Gopal Mishra