Main issues of Multiple Factor in 7th CPC Report – IRTSA
INDIAN RAILWAYS TECHNICAL SUPERVISORS ASSOCIATION
(Estd. 1965, Regd. No.1329, Websitehttp://www.irtsa.net )
Central President, IRTSA
# 4, Sixth Street, TVS Nagar, Padi,
Chennai – 600050.
Email- [email protected]
General Secretary, IRTSA,
C.Hq. 32, Phase 6, Mohali,
No:IRTSA/7th CPC/RB/2015-2 Date:14.12.2015
Railway Board Rail Bhawan,
New Delhi – 110 001
Sub: 7th CPC Report – Main issues of Multiple Factor, Allowances & major Anomaly Reg. Pay Level of Technical Supervisors on Railways
Central Government employees in general and Technical Supervisors on Railways in particular are seriously aggrieved by extremely adverse& unjust Report of the Seventh Pay Commission and appeals to the Government& Ministry of Railway to suitably modify the recommendations especially in respect of the following major issues including those of the Technical Supervisors working on Indian Railways.
1. PAY LEVEL OF TECHNICAL SUPERVISORS ON RAILWAYS
i) 7th CPC observed that Technical Supervisors on Indian Railways play a vital role in the safe and efficient running of trains, but the Pay Level 6 & 7 recommended for this vital category is not commensurate with their duties, responsibilities, accountabilities and job requirements.
1.1. PAY LEVEL OF TECHNICAL SUPERVISORS(Para 11.40.104):
a) Need for higher Pay scales for Technical Supervisors in Indian Railways has been grossly ignored by the Pay Commission – in spite of their higher Recruitment Qualifications, Training, Job Requirements, onerous Nature of Duties, and increase in their Responsibilities due to modernization and introduction of high speed trains. Relativity against other non-technical cadres like Accounts etc. has been further disturbed.
b) As per established law, an equal cannot be over an equal and that Promotion’ implies advancement to a higher grade & Supervisor should be in a scale higher than Supervised whereas the JEs (Junior Engineers) on the Railways have been placed in level-6 in which the Senior Technician are placed even though JEs supervise the Senior Technicians.
c) Railways had agreed for higher Grade Pay for Technical Supervisors (JE & SSE) as recorded in item-3 of Minutes of the Departmental Anomalies Committee (Railways) held on 01.06.2010. “It was brought out in the discussion that Technical Supervisors have superior recruitment conditions, duties and multifarious responsibilities to ensure out-turn targets, optimum productivity, quality control, safety, material management, optimum utilization of man-power machinery, equipment, rolling stock and other resources for efficient train operations. They are also given induction training after recruitment for 18 months period which is very much longer compared to other categories….”
d) It is regretted that all the above points have been ignored while finally recommending the Pay levels for the Technical Supervisors on the Railways.
e) It is, therefore, requested that the Junior Engineers (JEs) on the Railways may please be placed in Level 8 (instead of level 6); and Senior Section Engineers (SSE) may please be placed in Level 10 (instead of Level 7) in the new Pay Matrix – keeping in view the above submissions.
1.2. UPGRADATION OF 33% POSTS OF SSE AS PRINCIPLE SSE AND PLACING THEM IN LEVEL-11 (PARA 11.40.113):
a. 7th CPC vide para no 11.40.113 in the chapter related to Technical Supervisors, accepted that there is stagnation at the stage of Grade Pay Rs.4600 (SSE)
b. Great degree of confusion in the work hierarchy and order of command is thereafter the implementation of Restructuring of certain Group ’C’ cadres in Railways, (RBE No.102/2013), No.PC-111/2013/CRC/4, dated 08/10/2013, the pyramid of Technical Supervisors become inverted with 67% in higher grade post (SSE) and 33% in lower grade post (JE).
c. SSEs gain expertise in their relative fields after putting in years of service. Utilizing the senior most Technical Supervisors as part of managerial post will be to the advantage of Indian Railways.
d. Officers in the Junior Scale & Senior Scale who are from different stream cannot directly look after the work at the field level and as such cannot optimizing performance of their own without a on the spot Manager in the shop / shed / depot etc. It is, therefore, imperative to have posts Principal SSE for better efficiency and effective management at each level with clear line of control.
e. Most SSE including even the Graduate Engineers recruited as SSE (placed in Level-7) are not able to get promoted to next grades of AWM/AE/AEE/ADME etc, due to lack of avenue of promotion since only 0.4% chances are available to them for their promotion.
f. Historically, pay scales of senior most of post of Technical Supervisors were placed even in higher scale than Group ‘B’ & ‘A’ officers by the 3rd& 4th CPC.
g. Foremen ‘A’ & Assistant Shop Superintendent & Special Grade of Principal Foreman were granted the pay scale of Rs.840-1040 & Rs.840-1200 respectively above the pay scale of the rest of the Group C especially because they supervised the later.