Gazette Notification issued by Ministry of Railways on July 28, 2016 consequent upon Ministry of Finance Gazette Notification of 7th CPC issued on 25th July 2016
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
New Delhi, the 28th July, 2016
RBE No. 90/2016 G.S.R. 746(E).—In exercise of the powers conferred by the proviso to article 309 of the Constitution, the President hereby makes the following rules, namely:-
1. Short title and commencement : –
(1) These rules may be called the Railway Services (Revised Pay) Rules, 2016.
(2) They shall be deemed to have come into force on the 1st day of January, 2016.
2. Categories of Railway servants to whom the rules apply: –
(1) Save as otherwise provided by or under these rules, these rules shall apply to persons appointed to
(2) These rules shall not apply to : –
(i) Permanent employees of former Indian States absorbed in Railway Services so long as such persons continue to be governed by the pre-absorption conditions of service under the Railway Services;
(ii) persons locally recruited for services in Diplomatic, Consular or other Indian establishments in foreign countries;
(iii) persons not in whole-time employment;
(iv) persons paid out of contingencies;
(v) persons paid otherwise than on a monthly basis including those paid only on a piece-rate basis;
(vi) persons employed on contract except where the contract provides otherwise;
(vii) persons re-employed in Railway service after retirement;
(viii) any other class or category of persons whom the President may, by order, specifically
exclude from the operation of all or any of the provisions contained in these rules.
3. Definitions: – In these rules, unless the context otherwise requires: –
(i) “existing basic pay” means pay drawn in the prescribed existing Pay Band and Grade Pay or pay in
(ii) “existing Pay Band and Grade Pay” in relation to a Railway servant means the Pay Band and the
(iii) “existing scale” in relation to a Railway servant means the pay scale applicable to the post held by the
(iv) “existing pay structure” in relation to a Railway Servant means the present system of Pay Band and the existing scale;
Grade Pay applicable to the post held by the Railway servant as on the date immediately before the notification of these Rules whether in a substantive capacity or in officiating capacity; Railway Servant as on the date immediately before the notification of these Rules in the Higher Administrative Grade, Higher Administrative Grade + and the Apex scale whether in a substantive or officiating capacity;
Grade Pay or the Pay Scale applicable to the post held by the Railway Servant as on the date immediately before the coming into force of these Rules whether in a substantive or officiating capacity.
Explanation- The expressions “existing basic pay”, “existing Pay Band and Grade Pay” and “existing scale”, in respect of a Railway Servant who on the 1st day of January, 2016 was on deputation out of India or on leave or on foreign service, or who would have on that date officiated in one or more lower posts but for his officiating in a higher post, shall mean such basic pay, Pay Band and Grade Pay or scale in relation to the post which he would have held but for his being on deputation out of India or on leave or on foreign service or officiating in higher post, as the case may be;
(v) “existing emoluments” mean the sum of (i) existing basic pay and (ii) existing dearness allowance at
(vi) “Pay Matrix” means Matrix specified in Part A of the Schedule, with Levels of pay arranged in
(vii) “Level” in the Pay Matrix shall mean the Level corresponding to the existing Pay Band and Grade
(viii) “pay in the Level” means pay drawn in the appropriate Cell of the level as specified in Part A of the
(ix) “revised pay structure” in relation to a post means the Pay Matrix and the Levels specified therein index average as on 1st day of January, 2016; vertical cells as assigned to corresponding existing Pay Band and Grade Pay or scale;Pay or scale specified in Part A of the Schedule; Schedule; corresponding to the existing Pay Band and Grade Pay or scale of the post unless a different revised Level is notified separately for that post; matrix; and
(x) “basic pay” in the revised pay structure means the pay drawn in the prescribed Level in the pay
(xi) “revised emoluments” means the pay in the Level of a Railway servant in the revised pay structure;
(xii) “Schedule” means a schedule appended to these Rules.
4. Level of posts: – The Level of posts shall be determined in accordance with the various Levels as assigned to the corresponding existing Pay Band and Grade Pay or scale as specified in the Pay Matrix.
5. Drawal of pay in the revised pay structure: – Save as otherwise provided in these rules, a Railway servant shall draw pay in the Level in the revised pay structure applicable to the post to which he is appointed:
Provided that a Railway servant may elect to continue to draw pay in the existing pay structure until the date on which he earns his next or any subsequent increment in the existing pay structure or until he vacates his post or ceases to draw pay in the existing pay structure:
Provided further that in cases where a Railway servant has been placed in a higher grade pay or scale between 1st day of January, 2016 and the date of notification of these Rules on account of promotion or upgradation, the Railway servant may elect to switch over to the revised pay structure from the date of such promotion or upgradation, as the case may be.
Explanation 1 – The option to retain the existing pay structure under the provisos to this rule shall be admissible
Explanation 2 – The aforesaid option shall not be admissible to any person appointed to a post for the first time in
Explanation 3 – Where a Railway servant exercises the option under the provisos to this rule to retain the existing only in respect of one existing Pay Band and Grade Pay or scale. Railway Service or by transfer from another post on or after the 1st day of January, 2016, and he shall be allowed pay only in the revised pay structure.pay structure of a post held by him in an officiating capacity on a regular basis for the purpose of regulation of pay in that Pay Structure under Rule 1313 (FR 22) of Indian Railway Establishment Code, Volume II, or under any other rule or order applicable to that post, his substantive pay shall be substantive pay which he would have drawn had he retained the existing pay structure in respect of the permanent post on which he holds a lien or would have held a lien had his lien not been suspended or the pay of the officiating post which has acquired the character of substantive pay in accordance with any order for the time being in force, whichever is higher.
6. Exercise of Option: –
(1) The option under the provisos to Rule 5 shall be exercised in writing in the form appended to these Rules so as to reach the authority mentioned in sub- rule (2) within three months of the date of notification of these rules or where any revision in the existing pay structure is made by any order subsequent to the date of notification of these rules, within three months of the date of such order:
Provided that –
(i) In the case of a Railway servant who is, on the date of such notification or, as the case
(ii) where a Railway servant is under suspension on the 1st day of January 2016 , the option may be, date of such order, out of India on leave or deputation or foreign service or active service, the said option shall be exercised in writing so as to reach the said authority within three months of the date of his taking charge of his post in India; and may be exercised within three months of the date of his return to his duty if that date is later than the date prescribed in this sub-rule.
(2) The option shall be intimated by the Railway servant to the Head of his Office along with an
(3) If the intimation regarding option is not received by the authority within the time specified in sub- rule (1), the Railway servant shall be deemed to have elected to be governed by the revised pay
(4) The option once exercised shall be final.
Note 1 – Persons whose services were terminated on or after 1st January, 2016 and who could not exercise the
undertaking, in the form appended to these rules.
structure with effect from the 1st day of January, 2016.
Note 2 – Persons who have died on or after the 1st day of January, 2016 and could not exercise the option within
Note 3 – Persons who were on earned leave or any other leave on 1st day of January, 2016 which entitled them to option within the prescribed time limit, on account of discharge on the expiry of the sanctioned posts, resignation, dismissal or discharge on disciplinary grounds, shall be entitled to exercise option under sub-rule (1).
prescribed time limit are deemed to have opted for the revised pay structure on and from the 1st day of January, 2016 or such later date as is most beneficial to their dependents if the revised pay structure is more favourable and in such cases, necessary action for payment of arrears shall be taken by the Head of Office. leave salary shall be entitled to exercise option under sub-rule (1).
7. Fixation of pay in the revised pay structure:-
(1) The pay of a Railway servant who elects, or is deemed to have elected under rule 6 to be governed by the revised pay structure on and from the 1st day of January, 2016, shall, unless in any case the President by special order otherwise directs, be fixed separately in respect of his substantive pay in the permanent post on which he holds a lien or would have held a lien if such lien had not been suspended, and in respect of his pay in the officiating post held by him, in the following manner, namely : –
(A) in the case of all employees: –
(i) the pay in the applicable Level in the Pay Matrix shall be the pay obtained by multiplying the existing basic pay by a factor of 2.57, rounded off to the nearest rupee and the figure so arrived at will be located in that Level in the Pay Matrix and if such an identical figure corresponds to any Cell in the applicable Level of the Pay Matrix, the
same shall be the pay, and if no such Cell is available in the applicable Level, the pay shall be fixed at the immediate next higher Cell in that applicable Level of the Pay Matrix.