No. I/5(g)/Part V Dated: 23/11/2016
The Secretary (E),
Sub: Non-payment of Hospital Patient Care Allowance/Patient Care Allowance (HPCA/PCA) to the Kitchen Staff working in the Railway Hospitals-reg.
Ref: 1. NFIR’s PNM item No.12/2016.
2. Railway Board’s letter No. E(P&A)II-98/HW-6 dated 09/01/2008, 20/02/2013 & letterNo. E(P&A)II-9/HW-6-vol III dated 31/07/2015.
3. Railway Board’s letter No.E(P&A)II-98/HW-6 vol.III dated 02/06/2016.
4. NFIR’s letter No. I/5 (g)/ Part V date 09/06/2016
5.Railway Board’s letter No. E(P&A)II-2016/FE-/2 dated 09/11/2016 addressed to GS/NFIR.
On perusal of the report of the EDs Committee constituted to examine the feasibility for payment of Hospital Patient Care Allowance/Patient Care Allowance (PCA) to the Kitchen Staff working in the Railway Hospitals/Health Units, the Federation finds that the following vital points have been ignored by the Committee while finalizing its recommendations:-
o Railway Board vide letter No. E(P&A) II-98/HW-6 dated 09/01/2008 issued orders for payment of Hospital Patient Care Allowance (HPCA).Patient Care Allowance (pCA) to the Group ‘C’ &’D’ staff working in Railway Hospitals/Health Units/Clinics with effect from 01/01/2008 pursuant to the directives issued by the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare vide OM No. Z. 28015/24/2001-H dated 4th February 2004 duly removing ambiguity in this regard.
. The Principal Bench/CAT, New Delhi vide order dated 2lst February 2014, while deciding OA No. 974/20I3,has also relied on Railway Board’s circular daied 09/0l/2008 and directed to pay HPCA/PCA to the Kitchen Staff working in the Railway Hospitals/Health Units/Clinics i. e. from 01/01/2008.
o Railway Board have issued orders granting HPCA/PCA to a few more categorie such as Physiotherapist, Pharmacist working in the Railway Hospitals/Health Units/Clinics and these staff have been paid the HPCA/PCA w.e.f. 01/01/2008
The Kitchen staff working in the Northern Railway Central Hospital are disappointed consequent upon issuance of unjustified orders by the Railway Board for payment of HPCA/PCA frorh prospective date i.e. 02/06/2016 instead from 0l/01/2008. A copy of representation dated 0811112016 received by the Federation from the Kitchen Staff of Northern Railway, Central Hospital is enclosed for reference as the representations have been rightly demanding payment of HPCA/PCA from 01/01/2008.
NFIR, therefore, requests the Railway Board to re-consider the matter and issue instructions for allowing payment of HPCA/PCA to all Kitchen Staff working in Railway Hospitals/Health Units/Clinics w.e.f. 0l/0l/2008.
The issue will be discussed in NFIR’s PNM meetins to be held with the Railwav Board on 22nd/23rd December 2016.
(Dr. M. Raghavaiah)