Implementation of recommendations of VI CPC - Merger of grades - Revised Classification and mode of filling up of non-gazetted posts - Scheme for filling up of vacancies after 31.12.2013
All India Railwaymen’s Federation
4, STATE ENTRY ROAD
NEW DELHI – 110055
Dated: September 2, 2014
The Member Staff,
Sub: Implementation of recommendations of VI CPC - Merger of grades - Revised Classification and mode of filling up of non-gazetted posts - Scheme for filling up of vacancies after 31.12.2013
Ref: Board’s letter No.E(NG)I-2008/PM1/15 dated 7.8.2014(RBE No.87/2014)
Reference is drawn on Railway Board’s letter cited above, which inter-alia stipulates the methodology to be followed in calculating the DR, LDCE Quota after implementation of the recommendations of the VI CPC and consequent merger of grades into single Grade Pays.It has been laid down in the said letter of the Railway Board that the total strength of merged grades may be taken into account while calculating DR, LDCE Quota etc.
The above decision taken by the Railway Board unilaterally would have adverse affect on the prospects of advancement of the seniors in the feeder category as the posts meant for promotion would get reduced drastically with this methodology.
It may be recalled that, before implementation of VI CPC recommendations, 50% of the posts in the category of JE-II in scale Rs.5000-8000 only were earmarked for Direct Recruitment while 25% of the post were being filled-up through the scheme of LDCE and there was no Direct Recruitment Quota in the category of JE-I scale Rs.5500—9000. As a result of implementation of VI CPC recommendations, the posts of JE-II have been merged with those of JE-I and placed in PB-II GP Rs.4200. Now, calculating 50% of the total number of posts in the merged Grade Pay of Rs.4200 will automatically increase the number of posts earmarked for Direct Recruitment, thereby reducing the actual number of posts left, to be filled-up by promotion from amongst the senior most staff in the feeder category, as the other 25% posts of the total strength in merged grade would be earmarked for LDCE, based on the total strength on the basis of percentage effective from 01.11.2003. Similarly, 20% DR Quota in S.E. in Rs.6500-10500 will become 20% of the total number of post of both S.E. and S.S.E., i.e. Rs.6500—10500 and Rs.7450—11500 merged under GP Rs.4600.
Moreover, implementation of Cadre Restructuring w.e.f. 01.11.2013 has further reduced the number of posts in Entry Grade Pay of Rs.4200, the proposed methodology, as laid down in Board’s letter supra, for calculating DR Quota and LDCE Quota, shall adversely affect the chances of promotion for the senior staff in the feeder category.
The same situation would arise in other similarly situated cases also, where two or more pre-revised pay scales have been merged together and placed in one common grade pay and there is an element of Direct Recruitment in any one of the pre-revised pay scales merged after implementation of VI CPC recommendations.
In this connection, it is pertinent to mention here that, after implementation of recommendations of VI CPC, as a result of which, certain pre-revised scales were merged together and placed in Common Grade Pay, like JE-II and JE-I, an agreement was arrived with the Railway Board, wherein it was decided that, after merger of pre-revised pay scales also, the number of posts earmarked for Direct Recruitment shall not be increased and would be calculated on prorata basis, i.e. on the percentage of JE-II before merger and not on the total strength of JE-II and JE-I merged together. All the calculations for Direct Recruitment, LDCE etc. were being done accordingly, based on the above agreement with this federation. Evidently, instructions contained in the Railway Board’s letter under reference are in gross violation of the already arrived agreement on the subject.
AIRF, therefore, demands that the above instructions of the Railway Board may be withdrawn forthwith in the light of the above.
An early action in the matter shall be highly appreciated.
(Shiva Gopal Mishra)