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Discussion Forum for IRPS Officers & Visitors

Untitled

by NAMELESS



Sushil Kumar Bansal*

Very recently, I have come across a comment/article by a retired General Manager of Indian railways on Face book regarding the recruitment in Railways in Officer’s Cadre, and also stating what and how much a person should aspire for a promotion/status. Strangely, the author of this article - is not fixing the aspiration limits of his own cadre but its emphesis is more to lay down the limits of other cadre’s aspirations. In my view he is a bit late in fixing the limits of one’s aspirations, otherwise one Tea sellor could not have become the Prime Minister of India. It is stated therein that a Group ’B’ officer; who enters Group ‘C’ cadre, if he gets the highest status in Supervisor cadre itself. It is just like a dream coming true and if he becomes Gp ’B’, at the most Sr. scale officer on adhoc - it must be taken as bonus, and not a matter of right. On the other hand, a direct recruit should have limitless aspirations according to him. In my opinion it is beyond one’s thinking to say something on aspirations of others. It is now a well known fact that a large number of Group ‘C’ & Group ‘B‘ officer have at least equal qualifications – if not more - in the cadre of Accounts, Traffic & Personnel Deptts. – which is a graduation only. In other departments, Engg. & Stores – many Group ’B’ & ‘C’ have equivalents – Engg. degree – qualification. Even a diploma holder, with five years service is considered to be equivalent to degree holder.

Apart from the degree, the other qualities viz. intelligence, dedication, labour, sincerity etc. etc. cannot be preserve of any cadre belonging to one source of recruitment only. Therefore, any person, having a right on the basis of his birth in the service cannot claim all credits to him. Our constitution is based on equality of all kind based on his merit. Thinking that all Direct recruits are more intelligent and all promotees are not, can only be thinking of a perverse mind.

Secondly, a person who has retired from such a high post – General Manager, there are only 27 posts of this rank on Indian Railways - out of 13.5 lakh employees working there, should not have such narrow thinking. I am aghast to think that with such a mind, how many promottee officers fate must have been damaged during his regime/working. Though otherwise, I have myself heard many – say all the higher ups – Members, Addl. Members, PHODs, General Managers including himself and ministers even Prime Minister (Shri V.P. Singh). Complimenting Gp B officers’ intelligence, sincerity, labour and dedication and saying that this category of officers is actually the back bone of the Railway administration. In this way, direct recruits after entering a Junior officer’s cadre becomes a promottee when he is promoted to Sr.Scale and therefore the posts of JA grade, SAG grade, atleast PHOD/GM level should always be filled by direct recruitment only. This person was himself a promottee General Manager, having reached to this status through 6-7 promotion only - in between.


On going through the complete write up I feel that I may not say that he lacked the knowledge of rules but at least I can definitely say that he is misinformed vastly.

All his statements that the reduced intake of DRs, increased intake of Group ’B’ officers, system of calculation of vacancies, promotions to Sr.Scale posts, and quota for recruitment and effect on DRs promotional prospects etc. as given by him are wrong and misplaced. All this is very strange because he was not only GM but he was a top office bearer also for a long period of FROA, who are considered to be fountain of knowledge, especially, in respect with recruitment and Promotions etc. I am particularly he himself was the author. I think before writing this piece of information, he should have consulted the known stalwarts of FROA S/Sh. Neeraj Kumar, (the then ED/MPP), J. C. Pant, (GM/RWF.Retd), J. Verghose, Krishnamurthi, K. Balakrishna (both Retd.MS and S. C. Manchanda, Addl. Member Staff (Retd.). All of whom contributed immensely in many decisions regarding cadre management and vacancy calculations/statistics. (I am most lucky to have close touch with all these knowledgeable, analytical and logical officers).

Since I was also an important office bearers of IRPOF when the Hon’ble General Manager retd. (writer of the comments) was also the General Secretary of FROA) – important fact is - but for the intervention of RPF Association and of IRPOF, he would not have been PHOD/GM even, I feel it my duty to put the facts straight before extending the discussions further. For that the following facts are mentioned for the information of all.

The quota for Group “A” & Group “B” w.e.f. 01.01.97 (and not 60 : 40 as mentioned by him. (25% before 1953, increased to 33.3% by Sh. Lal Bahadur.

The quota is in posts – not in vacancies – as per DoPT rules and High level Administrative Reform committee, and 5th Pay Commission and Govt. of India decision and notification.

The intake of Group 'B' in Group 'A' is not linked to Group 'A's intake/recruitment. This is independent. Vacancy calculation System is such that neither the intake vacancies for Group 'B' can be inflated, nor for DRs.

The statement that excess recruitment of Group 'B' is affecting promotional prospects of DRs wherein the promotions to JA grade may be 12 years or more, is just wrong and a statement to mislead DRs and for agitating their minds.

The Railway Board have not been following the ratio laid down for recruitment of DRs for the last years, and also not following the DOPT rules, is not based on facts and is totally false.

That the call to GMs for creating _enough opportunities for ensuring the promotion of DRs after 3 years on adhoc basis is nothing but mischivious and contrary to all existing rules (Now It can be understood, that why ECoR is worst in promoting the Group “B” officers, to Sr.Scale (adhoc) and many officers with 8-10 years or service are still waiting for promotion and there are bare minimum Group ‘B’ officers are working in sr.scale (adhoc).

IMPORTANT FACTS to KNOW:

Despite the claim of author regarding inflated intake of Group ‘B’ officers beyond their quota – the Total quota occupied by Group ‘B’ in Group ‘A’ as on 01.06.2014 is 21.6% of the total sanction posts of Group ‘A’ or 27.1% quota laid down as on 01.06.2014 in cadre. The status of officers working is as under:-

Total Wkg. Promotees Sanctioned
HAG 272 nil 191
SAG 1831 13 1211
SG 1433 244 3528
JAG 1221 +484(ad-hoc) 851 + 313(adhoc)
SS 1180 747 3404)
JS 1313 7 (1875 (as per Rly.Bd.1647 only)

As already stated above that the quota is in posts and not in vacancies, therefore there should have been 50% promottee officers right from HAG to SS or even in JS cadre.

The claim that the JA grade may be after 12 years is proved in correct, in view of the above mentioned statement because - as many as 797 officers are working in JA (ad-hoc) for want of eligible officers.

At present the achieving of the laid down eligibility periods for promotions is as under:-

(i) HAG/SAG 18 yrs Attained with non-function___ .
(ii) SG 14 yrs No eligible officer is overdue or stagnating
(iii) JA 8+ yrs -do-
(iv) SS 4+ yrs -do-
(as many as 2000+ Group ’B’ officers are
Working on adhoc basis due to non
availability of eligible Group ‘A’ officers..

On the other hand the status for Group ‘B’ is as under:

(i) Group ‘A’ induction 3yrs regular service Not a single officer is
inducted in GP’ A in 3+ yrs.
Average length of service is 9 yrs+
(Accout-17 yrs+Personnel-16 yrs+
Civil–15 yrs+) are still waiting for
Group ‘A’ induction.
(ii) Sr.Scale(adhoc) 3yrs regular service Average 8-9 yrs.
More than 3000 officers with 6 yrs
or more are waiting

Recruitments at JS level :-

Before 1996, the vacancy calculations used to be every year w.e.f. 1997, system of calculations of vacancies every year has been dispensed away with. Now the same was/is as under:-

Gp.B DRs
1997-2000 250/yr 250/yr
2001-2002 180/yr 180/yr
2003-2005 318/yr 318/yr
2006-todate 411/yr 412/yr

Since the vacancy calculations is not every year, separately and the vacancies are based on a set system, there cannot be any inflation in the number of vacancies for promotes or DRs. (However the vacancies for DRs are in fact are being inflated every year in the sense that on account of a ban by the government of India only 1/3rd of the vacancies can be filled in DR quota which are being filled to full in Railways through a wrong declaration).

The figure of 411 is based on the total Junior scale sanctioned cadre, wherein only 50% of the cadre strength are filled every year. 25% of JS cadre from Direct Recruits & 25% from Promottees.

(The total cadre strength in JS is 1273 regular Posts+602 LR posts=1875)

However Railway Board is taking 1647 JS posts (and not 1875) and filling 50% of this 823 (411 from Group ‘B’ and 412 from Direct Recruitment every year). Every year is asked to fill 412 posts from DR quota. Therefore no chance of increase in quota whereas for promottees, the number is reduced by 15% as the persons selected gets retired before declaration of result, with 2-3 years delay in DPC. And further above 10% are also retired within one year – a reduction of above 20-25% in annual intake. The fixed number department wise is as under :

Civil Mech Tfc Elect S&T Acts Per Store
74 84 66 55 48 29 28 27 = 411

The system of calculation given in the article by respected GM that it should be 40% (actually 50%) of the total Group ‘A’ officers minus the officers leaving the service, is just not logical & practical. In that way the vacancies for Group ‘B’ shall be calculated after the intake of DRs i.e. after 1-1/2 yrs, of vacancy year and then taking 2-3 yrs for DPC means 3-4 yrs after the direct recruit. Moreover why the intake of Group ‘B’ officers should be on the basis of Group ‘A’ intake. Both are independent and not dependent on DR intake. Otherwise Promottees can demand that it should be based on the intake of Group ‘B’ officers i.e. on the number of Group ‘B’ officers inducted in Group ‘A’ officers after DPC (with 2-3 yrs delay) and then as much DR should be recruited i.e. for the vacancy year 2014. The number of DR be decided after DPC of Group ‘B’ which may be in 2016-17 and then 1 yr for recruitment of DR means the recruitment of DR for the yr 2014 shall be in 2017-18 only. I feel the DR shall not/cannot have any grudge for this.

The contention of respected author that the promotional prospects of DRs are being affected adversely on account of excessive recruitment of Group ‘B’ officers, which in view of him is not required, as promottees should only be satisfied with their promotions up to the higher level of supervisor or at the maximum upto Group ‘B’ officr. He is very kind to agree that since there are sufficient number of posts left after promoting the DRs after 3 yrs service (on adhoc basis only), hence the bacha-kucha may be given to Group ‘B’ officers as a matter of kindness on his part, forgetting that promotion of Group ‘B’ officers to Sr.Scale (adhoc) is not the kindness but it is their compulsion, as it is just not possible to run the railway administration with effective sr.scale officers. It is very important to point out that as on 01.06.2014 there are 2773 (86.5%) promottee officers against a total of 3306 (working) officers i.e. 2026 (adhoc) and 747 in Group ‘A’, where as DRs are only 433 (13.3%) only.

Similarly in JA grade also against 1705 officers wkg (1221 regular + 484 ad-hoc) there are 1174 (851 reg + 323 adhoc) i.e. 68.6% promottee officers. It is known at all level that Sr.scale & JA grade are the only grades on which the efficiency of railway operations depends.

The contention that the JA grade may be after 12 yrs for DRs on account of excessive intake of Group ‘B’ officers, therefore is not based on facts but it is a statement to arouse the sentiments of DRs against the recruitment of Group ‘B’ officers. A few paragraphs earlier it has been shown that at present, all officers – of all departments are being promoted within periods of their due eligibility (except Group ‘B’ off-course). The fact is that there being no eligible officer available (8 yrs + officers) for promotion, as many as 484 posts of JA grade (27%) are filled on adhoc basis. It is also a fact, due to acute shortage of JA grade eligible officers the eligibility of JA grade (adhoc) promotions period was reduced to 5 yrs from 6 yrs – on the express demand of DRs, and an impressive number of officers have been promoted to JA grade (ad-hoc) after just 5 yrs which means after their promotion to Sr.scale in 4 + yrs they are being promoted to JA grade within one year experience in Sr.Scale. This is applicable for DRs only because Group ‘B’ officer can only be promoted to JA grade after they get DPC induction which is normally 9-10 yrs. (even 17 yrs for Accounts & 15 yrs for Engg).

As per the author, the only reason of delayed promotions to DRs is excessive recruitments of promottees and should be opposed even to the extent of inviting the PHODs/GMs to see that DRs are promoted to Sr.scale –even on adhoc basis after 3 years i.e. 1-1/2 yrs only service experience after their training/probation period. Everybody knows the extent of the intensive training being undertaken for probationers. As per this author, the 25-30 year experience of working in Group ‘C’ and then 8-9 years in Asstt. Officer’s cadre is not comparable to 1-1/2 year working experience on easy posts of DRs and that these officers should first be promoted. What is balance may be given to promottes as a matter of kindness.

Therefore, it has been contended – by the author – if the promottes are being given more, it is on account of conspiracy of RBSS staff and less knowledge / no interest of higher ups of railways i.e. his own counterparts in PHOD/GM/Member post. For one thing, I am thankful to him that he at least has agreed that people like him and others his seniors working on higher posts, do not have adequate knowledge regarding cadre and establishment. Everybody knows that RBSS staff is up to JA grade. There is no RBSS officer at PHOD/GM/members level and these officers cannot ask the RBSS staff to behave as per them.

Very important – information :

I wish to say emphatically, the whole cruxe of the author’s discussion - that main reason of inadequate or delayed promotions to DRs is excessive induction of Group ‘B’ officers in Group ‘A’ which is being done by RBSS staff by violating the rules laid down by DOPT on the subject, and excess recruitments of Group ‘B’ officers is being managed by mis-manipulating the rules for that and so on. The only remedy lies in filing the court case against this, and making the panels of many years of past controversial by making FROA & IRPOF as opposite parties to it.

I know that I am a very small fry in this context and do not stand any where in front of very large number of higher officials belonging to DRs (or even promottees) in respect with status, intelligence, resourceness, but still I dare to say, if you want to make - one drawn line shorter and you do it by erasing only, You are making yourself bigger but that means you have not progressed rather you are still there where you were. Wise shall be - which will be beneficial also - is to make yourself big by achieving more, by improving upon and by performing better.

It has been suggested that to snach from promottee officers, what they got as per rules, court cases be filled saying that the excess recruitment in Group ‘B’ is affecting adversely the chances of promotions of Direct Recruits and that Board has not being following 60:40 ratio for induction into Group ‘A’ for many years and that on this basis the panels of many years behind say 10-15 years be revised and finally asking for direction to Railway Board not to deviate from DOPTs instructions on the subject.

In this respect I would like to emphasis that if the statistics of recruitment for the last 20-25 yrs say 1985 to 2014 are scrutenised I am sure it will show that only Group ‘B’ officers are at the receiving end not the direct recruits (emphatically so because I am one of the few person including Railway Board having such information) and that implementation of 60:40 (actually 50:50) rule has been implemented against the promottees only. Further, it is very important to say that as per the existing law, promotional chances are not the part of fundamental rights as per the constitution.

Revealing - one information

I wish to reveal one information to you all with which I myself is a previe is that FROA and some very important and prominent stalwarts of Direct Recruits - I can even name them i.e. Neeraj Kumar (the then ED/MPP), J. C. Pant, (the then Adv) be it known to everybody that the more recruitment for Direct recruits and less induction for Group ‘B’ officers is detrimental to the promotional prospects of both and create acute stagnation. That the recruitment level for Direct recruits should be reduced was the demand of these gentlemen and they proved with plethora of statistics.

Though this demand of these high level bosses was opposed by IRPOF (because it means lowering the intake of Group ‘B’ officers too). But basically it is true. The issue is clear by the fact that excessive recruitment in the year 85, 86, 87 created acute stagnation in early 2000-01 whereas lesser recruitment in 2002-05 has enabled the officers to improve their promotion prospects.

Wef 01.01.1997, we were successful in getting a decision from Board of 250 induction/year upto 2001. Naturally to do justice - as per the sentiments of people like present ex.GM - Direct recruits, 250 officers were also to be recruited from DRs. Seeing the adverse effect of excessive recruitments, these wise gentlemen started a complain against this larger recruitment for DRs. As per the papers submitted by them any recruitment beyond 168 (for all department) shall create stagnation in the cadre of DRs. They were therefore successful in reducing the intake from 250/year to 180/year despite our opposition to this (The calculation/papers are available with us). Had the intake would have continued the JA grade definitely would have been in 12 years. In fact the intake between 2002-05 was much less (between 60-70) which saved the day for today’s direct recruits. The logic of this calculations is very simple that the vacancies created after 18 years due to superannuation and or new creation should be the level of intake today so that by the time the present lot reaches in 18th year, there may not be any person who may not get promotion for want of vacancies.

Conclusion :

It has been made amply clear that the ills of direct recruits are not on account of Promotee Officers. You are now required to analyse all these aspects and find out what are the other basic reasons of your problems and how these can be solved.

As per my view, I can say emphatically that there is one most important reason for the problem of the officers in Railways (not DR – Promotee) is that in Railways there is no forum/organisation existing in this organization to look after the management of the Cadres. No analyses are made in the problems of the officers cadre. Therefore, there can not be any solution. In all departments or as per the instructions on the subject – cadre restructuring should be done every 3-5 years. How much it has been done in Railways ( Officers Cadre) it is known to everybody.

I would like to share one thing with all of you - based on my experience – is that when I was a Train Examiner – who were in all respects being treated as second class supervisors – started their campaign to get justice, we started as direct recruits and promotee TXRs. We did not get any success despite symapathy being shown by everyone in the higher echelons. The day we took up the challenge unitedly – as C&W department – both Promotee & Directs – I was then DR- together in 1971 – there was no looking back and got all we wanted by 1980. Similarly, the fight within various departments – Mechanical versus Electrical or Civil versus Traffic or one department versus the other cannot help the cause of officers for getting satisfactory level of promotions / facilities.

Appeal :

I wish to make an earnest appeal to all DRs and even Group ‘B’ officers for not creating bad blood amongst them by spreading wrong and misleading information, and advise as this will not only create problem for both the cadres but also for Railways. Infighting among higher-ups to achieve one-up man-ship over the other fellow officers and excessive departmentalism has led us to a stage where everybody is asking to put other outsiders at the helm of affairs of Railways. Please note the might of Group ‘B’ Officers and their contribution in the well being of the Railways cannot be sidelined by spreading wrong and ill- advice.

The total number of Group B / Promotee officres today is 8274 (59%) against only 5850 Direct Recruits. This may also be borne in mind that GMs, PHODs, SAGs & SGs and JAGs who are getting promotions in time or who have already got promotions will not support any idea of bifurcating the cadre between Direct and Promotees. All whatever is suggested – the larger intake or court cases – not to be decided in near future – and will help only the people who are in colleges now and not the persons who are in service today. We have already lost much due infighting amongst ourselves and among various departments. Do no escalate this further as it will put total future of the Railway Officers at stake.The loss more is of direct recruits and not of Promotees, as, as per the respected GM, we the promottees have already achieved more than their dream.

*The Author is Former President of Indian Railway Promottee Officers Federation (IRPOF)


Posted on Oct 30, 2014, 7:40 PM

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dismissal from railway service

by aditya

Can any body explain what is the meaning of dismissal. After dismissal from railway Can any body get a job in state government.


Posted on Oct 30, 2014, 1:14 AM

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Updating info of IRPS 2011

by Shirish Kamble

Sir,

Following officers of our batch are posted as under:

Rajesh kumar Sharma APO BHOPAL
Ashish Sachan APO CLW
Sudhagaran C APO PALAKKAD
Shirish Kamble APO NJP( New Jalpaiguri)
Shreerangam Haritash APO Chakradharpur

Kritika Kulhari,Lakshmi priya and Ramesh Bharati
have moved out of service.

Please update this info in officers list.

Thank you.


Posted on Oct 29, 2014, 10:38 PM

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Online train reservation for Retired Officials of Railway

by Well Wisher

This is in reference to my earlier message of March 2014.
Till date no response has been received from any corner.

I, once against request IRPS Officers/Association to take up
the issue of provision of Online train reservation facility to
Retired officers and staff to avoid hardship to them and
their family members.

Posted on Oct 29, 2014, 12:48 PM

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Future of Civil Services Officers in Railways

by KK Mishra

There are three pressing issues which will guide the future course for Civil Services Officers in Railways.

1. How do we respond to and impress upon the new Restructuring Committee (RC). The notification letter of 22Sept2014 gives Terms of Reference as:
a. Reorganising and Restructuring the Borad,
Seperation of Policy making and Operations,
b. Exchange of Officers with other departments
c. Financial needs of Railways
d. Modalities for Rail Tariff Authority

Read somewhere that RC will start with already done reports and interim 'implementable' report will be submitted by Mar2015.

2. How do we see the role of Civil Services Officers in Railways with the ensuing proposal of Railway University. Since details are not available, assuming will be selected from planned Railway University, and the lineage of Civil Services.

3. How do we respond to 7th Pay Commission. I am told IRS association is strongly representing regarding pay parity with IAS (the issue of 2 additional increments), Domestic Funding of Foreign Training (DFFT) issue and Secretary level posts.

For your kind perusal.

Regards,
KK Mishra
kk.mishra@outlook.com

Posted on Oct 29, 2014, 10:13 AM

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Non Functional HAG to IRPS officers

by Sunil

http://www.indianrailways.gov.in/railwayboard/uploads/irpersonel/Promotion_Posting/PP_EOIII_271014.PDF

Posted on Oct 28, 2014, 7:27 PM

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Shame on IRPS Association and IRPS Seniors

by Well wishers only

We are wondering on the tolerance level of IRPS brotherhood. This is right time to approach DOPT and CAT/HIGH Court wherein prejudiced HR Policy of Railways is under exposure. IRPS is the worst sufferer of Railway's faulty Policy as it looks like it was never meant for Railways. Railways Chairman don't want this cadre after justifying for 35 years, Railway don't want this cadre after exploiting it for 35 years but how can people who have given their 35 years to this Sevice can tolerate it we wonder. PLEASE REALISE COMING IRPS fraternity will never excuse you if you and your Association do not take it seriously and represent to DOPT and UPSC and fight at CAT/High Court/Supreme Court.

Posted on Oct 27, 2014, 8:32 PM

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change of designation

by Nikhil Dhongari

Serial no 387 Nikhil Dhongari posted as APO/Ambala/Northern Railways

Posted on Oct 20, 2014, 4:20 PM

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resignation from IRMS

by dr suresh babu

sir, I am working in southern railway. my initial appointment was 2007 and after doing 2 years of service I got selected for post graduation. but I did not got any leave from railway and I absconded. railway conducted disciplinary action against me. meanwhile I gave resignation in 2011, but it was not accepted as DA case was against me . in 2014 I came back in railway after an application for withdrawing my resignation. my DA case is still continuing. but due to some unavoidable condition I can not continue my service. if I give resignation now , it will not be accepted as there is a pending DA case. so I want to ask u what will be the consequences if I give resignation now.

Posted on Oct 19, 2014, 2:16 AM

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Acceptance of resignation when DAR action is pending

by Venkataraman


Normal rule is that when D&A action is pending, request for VR or resignation will not be entertained. However, there is an exception to the above rule position, which can be seen in Master Circular No.21 and the exception provision reads as under:

2.In case a Railway servant against whom an enquiry or investigation is pending (whether he has been placed under suspension or not) submits his resignation, such resignations should not normally be accepted. Where, however, the acceptance of resignation in such cases is considered necessary in the public interest, the same may be accepted with the prior approval of the authority competent to dismiss the Rail­way servant concerned provided one or more of the conditions laid down below are fulfilled;

(a) where the alleged offences do not involve moral turpitude ;

OR

(b) where the evidence against the delinquent officer is not strong enough to justify the assumption mat if the departmental proceedings were continued the officer would be removed or dismissed from service ;

OR

(c) where the departmental proceedings are likely to be so protracted that it would be cheaper to the public exchequer to accept the resignation.

If you are able to satisfy your appointing authority that your case falls within any one of the above said stipulations, the AA can give your relief.

Posted on Oct 19, 2014, 5:07 PM

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resignation from IRMS

by dr suresh babu

Mr Venketraman, thanks for your reply. Actually I wanted to know if my resignation is not accepted what may be the consequences. If I don't come back after giving resignation ( e.g resignation from 1/1/2015 submitted on 31/12/2014 and not coming to duty from 1/1/2015). Are they going to start a new DA case of unauthorized absence? If yes what will be the consequences?

Posted on Oct 21, 2014, 10:13 AM

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Resignation from service

by Venkataraman

Dear Sir,

You have submitted your resignation letter, requesting the Railway Admn to accept the same with prospective effect. In my considered view, the Master-servant relationship in such a situation will come to an end only when the Master (Railway Admn) accepts your resignation. You cannot simply throw your resignation letter on the table of the Master and vanish. If you do so, you are liable for disciplinary action on this ground also. You may ask: I have given notice of resignation and why should I wait? The answer is: Employment is a contract in which there are 2 parties, one is the Servant and the other is the Master. Both of them are competent to terminate the contract, provided they satisfy the agreement conditions. If you are a temporary employee, short notice is prescribed. If you are a permanent employee, long period is prescribed. Further-more, acceptance of resignation by the employer is a must. You may ask: How long I have to wait? The answer is: You have to necessarily wait till such time the Master makes up his mind either to accept or reject your request. For this purpose, the Master has to keep in mind whether any disciplinary proceeding is pending against you or whether you are suffering from any penalty, etc. In the instant case, you have been issued with a Major Penalty charge memo, which is yet to come to its logical conclusion. Once again kindly go through the Master Circular and see the conditions stipulated therein. Kindly persuade your Appointing Authority and get the relief at his hands. This is the only solution available to you in the present scenario.

Posted on Oct 23, 2014, 6:58 AM

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Re: Resignation from service

by Suresh babu

Thanks for reply.



Posted on Oct 30, 2014, 1:11 AM

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JAG

by Sanjiv Kumar

SL.no.232 JAG from 7.10.14 for update with modification date of joining 22.08.2005plz.
Regards,

Posted on Oct 16, 2014, 10:15 AM

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Buddys, Fight elese you are finished

by A Non IRPS Sympathiser

Where the IRPS will end up. Class I are retiring in SAG. Clerks too are retiring in SAG. High time one get their due.

1. IRPS can not become Member at the Board.
2. Now IRPS will not become Additional Members
3. IRPS will hardly become GM, even if Staff College is the slot
4. IRPS has hardly any chance to become DRM, under the new proposed System

High time IRPS fraternity should come together for their right than merely bothering on petty politics or feeling contended with some small achievements. IRPS Association need to write to all concerned to rectify the mistakes or give Platinum Handshake to IRPS Officers with option to continue with other organised services. PLEASE SEND A MERCY PETION TO ALL>
1. UPSC which has recruited us as Class 1 Officers
2. DOPT which frames rules for organised Services
3. Secretary DOPT
4. Cabinet Secretary
5. Additional Secretary PMO
6. Secretary PMO
7. Minister DOPT
8. Home Minister
9. Prime Minister
10. Chairman Railway Board
11. Minister Railways
12. President of India

Posted on Oct 15, 2014, 4:19 PM

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Re: Buddys, Fight elese you are finished

by NamelessFaceless

sir you seem to sound right and the horn seems to be at the appropriate time but the place, this site, how many irps see this and how many will act i am doubtful.

Posted on Oct 17, 2014, 7:33 PM

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The sleeping IRPS Association

by A surprised onlooker

I am surprised the IRPS association has still not taken an appropriate move. Before them CRB has done enough damage by recommending closure of the service? If it is the future what bargain IRPS Association is expected to bargain for its existing members. Please rely on the saying God helps those who helps themselves. While I have nothing to do with IRPS I feel sorry about many talented upright IRPS colleagues and request IRPS association to augments it's efforts before it becomes too late.

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list to be corrected

by M B Singh

sr. no. 330 Rajnikant Awadhiya IRPS resigned from railway. Kindly update.

Posted on Oct 14, 2014, 11:54 PM

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Physically Challenged Verssus Logically Challenged

by T.D. Dinakar, Dy. CPLO, SR

Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Physically Challenged Versus Logically Challenged
By Subhash Chandra Vashishth

There is an inherent bias in the executive when it comes to giving equal opportunities to those living with disabilities in employment despite the tall claims on paper by the Government and harshest judgements from the Courts criticizing the executive and the government. Now whether it is born out of age old mis-beliefs, myths and resultant negative attitudes towards the disabled or an utter lack of awareness about the possibilities and potential of those living with disabilities - the result is insurmountable barriers for disabled people on every step of their lives.

A committee of High Court Judges decides that those with vision impairments and those with hearing and speech impairment can not function as Judges (Blind/deaf can't be judges, say govt and HC; PIL questions it) , the Babus decide what a person with disabilities is capable of, without even knowing a, b, c of disability! And these decisions are taken in solo without involving those with disabilities or their organisations.

We recently saw certain candidates with disabilities who passed the UPSC's Civil Services Examination way back in 2007 -08 continue to await allocation of posts! The principles of natural justice particularly in a democratic set up as ours, demand that an opportunity of being heard be given to those affected by the proposed action. This is amazing way of functioning displayed by the Indian bureaucracy where the bureaucrats and not the law decides whom they want to allow in their gang!

Section 32 and the List of Identified Jobs
The List of Identified Jobs for persons with disabilities which had been prepared by the Babus with some experts from field also on the panel has done more harm than good for persons with disabilities of this country. The list has been used to deserving people out by State governments from several key posts. The successive committees of babus have not allowed the stakeholders to even know what was added or removed in the successive list of jobs published through gazettes. Each time a list of published, the earlier was removed from the website, without even explaining what new post(s) have been added or deleted from the list and the basis for the same! And this business of identified jobs has been in business since 1989 even before the disabilities Act came in to force.

The list doesn't seem to have applicability in all the states and union territories since so many states (read babus) have published their own selective lists of posts (read... unimportant posts) jobs, keeping the posts to the minimum that could be held by persons with disabilities. Certain states and Ministries have been on an exemption seeking spree under the proviso of Section 33 of the Disabilities Act. For instance the post of Judge has been identified in the Central List whereas states like West Bengal, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh seems to have taken regressive steps by obtaining exemptions of judicial posts from the purview of section 33 (reservation in favour of persons with disabilities particularly against the candidates with visual and hearing and speech disabilities.)

3% reservation in promotion under Section 33

Similarly, by twisting the interpretation of section 33, the Babus have for long denied the 3% reservation in promotional posts to employees with disabilities particularly in group A and B posts citing various untenable reasons.

Now the Bombay High Court has dealt with the issue in a PIL filed by an NGO - National Confederation for Development of Disabled. The petition pointed out that the ratio of percentage of direct IAS to IAS by promotion or election was 67% : 33% in Maharashtra state at present. Thus effectively, out of 100 new posts, 67 were being filled by people who have been directly recruited in the IAS category and 33 posts were filled by state civil service officers. Thus the reservation in 33% promotional posts was being denied to the disabled officers from State Civil Services (for the impugned executive orders provide for no reservation in promotion in Group A and B posts!).

In a remarkable judgement the Division Bench of Chief Justice Mohit Shah and Justice M S Sanklecha has on 04 December 2013, directed that the rule be applied to the promotion of officers, who were recruited through the disabled quota i.e. now reservation would be applicable on all the 100 posts. The court held that it is clear that reservation has to be computed with reference to total number of vacancies in the cadre strength and, therefore, no distinction can be made between the posts to be filled in by direct recruitment and by promotion. Total number of vacancies in the cadre strength would include the vacancies to be filled in by nomination and vacancies to be filled in by promotion. [Click here for the copy of Bombay High Court judgement in PIL No. 106 of 2010 titled National Confederation for Development of Disabled and another versus Union of India and ors.]

Manner of computation of reservation under Section 33
The manner of arriving at or computing 3% reservation in various posts has not been spelled out in the Act. and thus in exercise of the powers conferred by sub-sections (1) and (2) of Section 73 of the Act, the government (read babus) used their discretion to spell it out through executive orders (read DoPT Memos) thereby restricting the reservation benefits to the minimum particularly in Gp A and B posts.

For Eg. Office Memorandum (OM) dated 29.12.2005, issued by the Department of Personnel & Training, inter alia provides a system for ensuring proper implementation of the provisions of the Act for the persons with disabilities, wherein the 3% reservation for the disabled persons was being computed by taking into account the total number of vacancies arising in Group C and D posts for being filled by direct recruitment in a recruitment year both in the identified and non-identified posts under the establishment. Similarly, all vacancies in promotion quota shall be taken into account while computing reservation in promotion in Group C and Group D posts.

However, interestingly, when it came to Gp A and B posts, it was specifically restricted to be computed on the basis of vacancies occurring in direct recruitment quota in all the identified Group A posts in the establishment.

Justification to such a restriction given was that since the reservation for Group C and D posts is being calculated on the basis of the vacancies in identified as well as unidentified posts prior to the Act came into existence and in view of the provisions of Section 72 of the Act (Act to be in addition to and not in derogation of any other law), continued in the same way, however, reservation for Group A and B posts is to be calculated on the basis of the vacancies for identified posts as per the provisions of the Act.

The court thus decided that the modus of computation of reservation on the basis of total number of vacancies (both inclusive of identified and unidentified) in the cadre strength will uniformly apply to Group A, B, C and D and not just Gp C and D). Supreme Court Judgement dated 08 October 2013 in Union of India Versus National Federation of Blind (Civil Appeal 9096 of 2013) (click on link for judgement).

Accordingly, the DoPT issued a revision on 03rd December 2013 to its Memo dated 29.12.2005 (click link for a copy)

The way ahead

The tendency of the Government (read Babus) is to find ways to block the entry of the disabled into the mainstream of employment. This undeclared blockade has no direct link with abilities of persons with disabilities and indicates a greater malady that exists in our system. This can only be tackled by a sincere attempt to raise awareness of all government employees from the top order to the lowest about the capabilities of the disabled and also supporting employees with disabilities with reasonable accommodation and equal opportunities to work and prove their worth. At the same time, the executive has to be interpret the benevolent provisions of the Act so as to give effect to the will of the legislature and the mandate of international convention called UN CRPD.

One out of box idea is to scrap the Identification List and the present system of effecting reservation on identified posts. Let all posts be open for persons with disabilities with only condition that each person showcases how he/she will perform the functions of that post. Those competing on merit be not adjusted against reserved vacancies (policy exists but seldom implemented thereby defeating the intent of legislature of minimum 3% reservation). The government on their part must provide reasonable accommodation and an enabling environment to the employees with disabilities. I am sure this will work out and we must give it a try.

Here are some stories on such undeclared blockade and court intervention that recently made headlines in Indian Express and Times of India.

Civils: Centre, state told to implement quota rules for disabled

Aamir Khan, Indian Express, Mumbai, Thu Dec 05 2013, 11:58 hrs

The Bombay High Court on Wednesday directed the state and Union governments to implement the rules of reservation for differently-abled candidates in civil services. The court also said the rules would apply during promotions.

The court was hearing a PIL filed by the National Confederation for Development of Disabled, stating that the People With Disabilities (PWD) Act was being violated. It sought the implementation of the rule, which provides 3 per cent reservation to disabled people in civil services recruitment. Directing the state and the Union government to implement the rule, the division bench of Chief Justice Mohit Shah and Justice M S Sanklecha directed that the rule be applied to the promotion of officers, who were recruited through the disabled quota.

The petition said the ratio of percentage of direct IAS to IAS by promotion or election was 67%:33% in the state at present. "Therefore, out of 100 new posts, 67 are filled by people who have been directly recruited in the IAS category and 33 posts are filled by state civil service officers. As per the PWD Act, three per cent of the posts in the IAS are reserved for such class of people. Thus, reservation should be applicable to all the 100 posts," the petition stated. It also contended that the quota for PWD had not been filled for 15 years. According to the Constitution, the authorities are under obligation to apply the provisions of the PWD Act. Granting relief to the petitioners, the HC disposed of the petition.

Source: Indian Express

Disabled people clear UPSC, but wait for service allocation

Rema Nagarajan, TNN | Dec 2, 2013, 04.55 AM IST

MUMBAI: Several persons with disabilities (PWDs) who crack one of the toughest exams in the country and get selected for the civil services are routinely rejected with the government claiming there is no suitable service for them.


Source: Times of India, 02nd Dec 2013
They are good enough to overcome their disability and get selected for the civil services after clearing two levels of exams and the interview, but the Department of Personnel and Training, the allocating authority, rejects them and cancels their candidature.
In the last two years alone, out of 67 such candidates who got selected, 11 are still waiting to be allocated services. Many selected PWDs are allocated lower services than their ranking merits, on the plea that the nature of their disability prevents them doing the job in most services.

So how do babus sitting in offices decide what candidates with varying levels and kinds of disabilities are capable of? The answer lies in a totally arbitrary list called "list of services identified suitable for physically disabled category along with physical requirements and functional classification" published in the gazette. It lays down what service a successful candidate with disability can get. For instance, under the category of locomotor disability, if the disability affects both hands or arms, you can get into the most sought-after Indian Administrative Service (IAS) but you would not be eligible for any of the other 23 services.

Again, the Delhi Andaman and Nicobar Islands Police Service (DANIPS) is open to those with one leg affected or whose hearing is impaired. However, there is no place for people with these or any other disability in either the Pondicherry Police Service or the Indian Police Service (IPS). How different can the job be in different police services? In an age of economic crime and cybercrime, will the police service be limited to physical fitness or brawn and not brains?

All accounts services, the Indian P&T Accounts & Finance Service, Gr.A, Indian Civil Accounts Service, Gr. A and Indian Railway Accounts Service are open someone with one arm (OA) or one leg (OL) affected or with one arm and one leg affected (OAL) and to those with both legs affected (BL). However the Indian Audit & Accounts Service Gr. A alone is not open to persons with both legs affected. Why is only this accounts service not open to people with both legs affected? Nobody seems to know.

"My disability says both legs affected. But I use crutches and can do all jobs. However, most services are closed to me because some officials who have never met me decided that if both legs are affected, I must be immobile or unable to do most jobs. It is totally unfair. This identification of service has to be done away with. Let them select us, meet us, see what we can do and allocate us services accordingly and by our ranks," says a candidate who cleared the exam earlier but will be appearing again for the civil service exam on Monday, hopeful of getting in again through the 3% quota in all services for PWDs mandated by the Disability Act 1995.

The identification of service ought to be abolished as it is discriminatory under the Disability Act and under international conventions signed by India on ensuring equal rights to the disabled, pointed out yet another PWD.

Officials in the DoPT did not comment despite several attempts to get their version."Frankly, I am appalled that nine years after this issue was first brought to light, it remains unresolved, that too, against the express orders and directions of the Prime Minister. If the country, the government and the prime minister's office in particular wish to demonstrate their true commitment towards protecting the rights of India's disabled citizens, they ought to resolve this issue once and for all," said Javed Abidi of the National Centre for Promotion of Employment for Disabled People (NCPEDP). He added that in protest against such apathy, NCPEDP will not take part in the "charade" of celebrating World Disability Day on December 3 when "speeches would be delivered, advertisements issued, and some more false promises made".

News Source: Times of India


Posted by Subhash Chandra Vashishth at 1:43 AM

The Bombay High Court Judgment on 3% reservation in recruitment, promotion and deputation, and the order of the Supreme Court upholding this judgment can be downloaded from:

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/8956113/UoI_Vs_NCDD.zip

Source:

http://disabilityrightsthroughcourts.blogspot.in/2013/12/physically-challenged-versus-logically.html



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Discriminatory Attitude

by a v m kutty

i am deeply pained by efforts being made to undermine the activities of Deputation branch and Secretary's branch by officers belonging to group A services particularly IRPS.

Posted on Oct 13, 2014, 3:33 PM

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The massacre of Railway Cadres

by A K Raghvan

Dear Mr Kutty are you aware of HR crisis in Railways. How organised services in Railways are suffering due to partition role of RBSS. See the mess in careers of organised services officers in Railways vis a vis RBSS. Today these services are running behind by 10 years than other services curtesy mess by RBSS. Mess in posting of DRMs and GMs. Today Railways has no option than looking beyond RBSS to safeguard its interest who has worked on show me the face I will show you the rule philosophy and enjoyed immensly. God save the Railways from such turn coat custodians who have ruined the Railway Services .

Posted on Oct 14, 2014, 5:28 AM

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Delayed promotion

by IRPS

who should be blamed for delayed JAG and SG promotions for the organised service ? 2000 and 2001 batch of all services lost their pay, perks etc for 2-3 years due to delay in JAG regular promotion by 2 -3 years due to the arrogance and inaction of then adv Conf and his team.. The things are now in order after IRPS took over

Posted on Oct 14, 2014, 7:52 PM

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rti

by anonymous


All information about a government servant is private

The appellant sought certified copies of the documents of all the lecturers/HODs of a Polytechnic college relating to their names, appointment orders, promotion orders, pay fixation orders, pay fixation orders after 6th Pay Commission, enhancement orders, pay modification/alteration orders, etc. The matter came up before the Central Information Commission which ruled that except for information that can be disclosed u/s 4(1)(b), all other information about the employees would be personal information, which includes the service details, property returns, etc. The CIC directed the public authority to give only the information relating to the names of the lecturers working in the Polytechnic, along with their designations and pay scale.

Comments

Many public information officers are harassed by RTI applicants who seek information about a government servant through a series of RTI applications. This order provides a way to deal with such cases.


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regarding pay and seniority protection.

by Mr Shinde Pandurang Shrimant

Respected Sir,
I am working in Indian Railways medical department on the post of Staff Nurse. but before that i was working in AIIMS New Delhi. while working there i applied for railway post (with NOC) and then to ESIC Gulbarga (through proper channel), which is autonomous body under ministry of labor and employment. firstly I got selected to ESIC, after submission of technical resignation to AIIMS I joined ESIC. while working in esic again I joined Railways. but ESIC did not considered my resignation on technical ground. now sir, can I claim for pay protection and service continuance in railway department. thanks. please suggestions of all the people are most welcome.


Posted on Oct 6, 2014, 12:33 PM

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Re: regarding pay and seniority protection.

by Gyani

Nope!!
since ESIC didn't accepted ur technical resignation therefore ur joining into Railways will be similar to freshers.

Posted on Oct 7, 2014, 12:01 AM

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REGD. LETTER

by Mrityunjaya Roy

R/SIR,
I NEED THIS LETTER------ (OM-99-E(SCT)1/25/13 DATED 11/09/2013) FROM YOUR END AS EARLY AS POSSIBLE.
THANKS,

Posted on Sep 27, 2014, 1:17 PM

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Changes-IRPS

by sunil

Link of Boards orders issued on 26/09/2014. Two of these are of Non functional SAG/IRPS and one of SAG/IRPS... Regards...
http://www.indianrailways.gov.in/railwayboard/uploads/irpersonel/Promotion_Posting/E(O)_III_PP_260914.PDF

Posted on Sep 27, 2014, 10:57 AM

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List has been updated. Thanks a lot.

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change of designation

by Aravind. B.A

Have been posted as APO Trivandrum, SR

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change of designation

by R.S Charan

srno 388 raghuveer singh charan is now posted as APO JAIPUR division nwr..

Posted on Sep 23, 2014, 7:46 PM

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IRPS Training someone please elaborate

by H Narayan

can someone plz tell the approx timeframe and outline of IRPS probationers training schedule.....

thanks in advance

regards

Posted on Sep 17, 2014, 11:27 PM

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Resignation while on deputation.

by R. Narayan

How a permanent Group A employee can resign ( Not a Technical resignation)
from his services while he is on deputation.
To whom he will be addressing his resignation
letter either CMD of the PSU or Railway Board or GM.


Posted on Sep 15, 2014, 11:48 AM

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Resignation

by Reader

Resignation has to be accepted by the Appointing Authority.
(See Rule 41 of RSPR'93).
For a Group A officer, the appointing Authority is the President of India.
Hence it has to be accepted by the President of India(or Minister on his behalf).

Posted on Sep 15, 2014, 2:50 PM

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Re: Resignation

by NamelessFaceless

in simple words it has to go to Railway Board through the department where the employee is on deputation and the railway board will take necessary action (where necessary in consultation with the CVC or UPSC)and convey the sanction = the president is pleased to accept....

Posted on Sep 15, 2014, 3:03 PM

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Resignation of permanent Gr. A Employee

by Ganesh Murthy

Sir, at first, the substantive Grade of the post in which the Officer, who is on deputation, is holding on the Railways, has not been spelt out.

As per para 8 (note) circulated by Railway Board vide their letter No. F(X)II-2010/PW/2 Dated 11.10.2010 (Advance Correction Slip No. 69), sanction of higher authority for acceptance of Resignations is necessary for Administrative Grade Officers.

In case the Officer who is on deputation, is holding the substantive post upto Senior Scale in the Railways, the General Manager of the Railway concerned can accept the resignation of the Officer concerned, though he is on deputation. After acceptance of the resignation by the GM, an advise should be sent to the Organisation in which the Officer is working on deputation basis, regarding acceptance of his resignation. If the Officer is working in Administrative Grade, then the GM of the Railway concerned should give recommendations for accepting the resignation of the Officer and then the same should be forwarded to Railway Board for acceptance of resignation by the higher authority. The General Managers, while accepting the resignation of the Officers holding substantive post upto Senior Scale, will have the power to waive the prescribed notice period in respect of probationary Officers selected for IAS/IFS/IPS. I am sure the readers of this esteemed forum will agree with this and in case i am wrong, the readers may throw light on the issue please.

Posted on Sep 19, 2014, 10:00 PM

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Resignation of permanent Gr. A Employee

by Y Singh

Up to senior scale Resignation shall be accepted by concerned GM.
And Letter of resignation shall be forwarded by concerned PSU.
Resignation should be addressed to CMD of PSU.

Posted on Sep 20, 2014, 11:35 AM

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Re: Resignation of permanent Gr. A Employee

by nameless faceless

the issue in question is who is the competent authority to accept the resignation ? the other formalities like forwarding the letter to railway concerned etc should off course need to be complied and observed with, which need not be eloborated.

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For webmaster

by DyCPO/SECR

Srl No. 276 Sri J S Sukhdeve is now posted as Chairman/RRC/SECR/Bilaspur at Bilaspur.

Kindly update please

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Change of Designation

by Ullas Kumar

Sr 381 Ullas Kumar is APO Jhansi NCR.
Kindly update.

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CHANGE OF DESIGNATION

by KUMAR CHANDRESH

sr no 394 kumar chandresh is now posted as APO KGP SER

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Change of Designation

by Arun ravichettu

sr no 377 Arun Ravichettu is now posted as APO Hubli SWR wef 26-8-2014

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training of B.Tech CGA in Technicain Grade III

by NamelessFaceless

a candidate appointed through Compassionate Ground Appointment (CGA) as Technician Grade III in railway workshop will undergo training for six months or Three years?

Railway Board's circular prescribes six months training period for Diploma holder candidate. However, this letter does not include B.Tech as educational qualification of CGA candidate for appointment in Technician Grade III.

Is it correct to extrapolate provision for Diploma holder candidate for B.Tech candidate also?

Posted on Aug 31, 2014, 11:19 AM

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Gazetted officers

by NamelessFaceless

those whose names are published on their appointment, promotions, superannuation are called gazetted officers and enjoy the benefit of gazetted officers. in the case of IAS officers their events are published in the respective gazettes of the states. i wonder if any even taking place in the case of IRPS or IRAS or any of the services are published in any gazette (or a supplement as gazette of india) and if not how can they be called gazetted officers exercising the powers of President of India. Can anyone clarify this point and if i am wrong and their names are published in the gazette of india i may be corrected. i know in good old days there used to be a gazette published by each railway and such events are published at least in those gazettes. i wonder if such a publication exist now a days!!!!pardon my ignorance.

Posted on Aug 30, 2014, 9:40 PM

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IRPS DAY

by tpvssrao

IT IS MY OPINION THAT EACH RAILWAY MAY CELEBRATE IRPS DAY LIKE IRSME DAY. I AM MISSING IRSME AND ALSO IRPS DAY BECAUSE INITIAL TEETHING PROBLEMS TO START.

Posted on Aug 28, 2014, 12:18 AM

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Definition

by Vijay Kumar

Who is a PHOD, a CHOD and a HOD ? Is it defined somewhere ?

Posted on Aug 23, 2014, 1:10 PM

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HOD defined

by Reader

It is President who by order can declare an Authority to be HOD.
For eg CPO is an HOD but not CPO(IR) or CPO(A).

See Indian Railway Estt Code Vol I


103. Definitions.
Unless there be something repugnant in the subject or context, the terms defined below are used in this Code in the sense herein explained.


(21) Head of a department means any authority which the President may by order declare to be the head of a department for the purpose of these Rules.


Posted on Aug 23, 2014, 5:52 PM

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Re: HOD defined

by vijay kumar

But who shall be PHOD & CHOD ?

Posted on Aug 25, 2014, 4:47 PM

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Re: HOD defined

by ganesh

Sir PHOD will normally be in the rank of HAG. In case, there are SAG Officers, who are juniors and working under him, he will be the PHOD, being senior most amongst them. All the SAG Officers will report to him.

As far as CHOD is concerned, the seniormost Officer amongst all the Officers in a particular dept will be the CHOD. For example, if there are 04 SAG Officers in a particular dept, the seniormost amongst them will be the CHOD. If there is only one Officer in a particular dept, he will be the CHOD of the dept. I am sure all the readers of the forum will agree with this view, if I am right.

Posted on Aug 26, 2014, 10:42 PM

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HOD Defined.

by S. Tamilcholai

Mr. Ganesh is correct. However, let me further clarify the terms as under: PHOD is Principal Head of the Department and is in HAG. He is in-charge of the department in the headquarters office in which he is posted.

CHOD is the Co-ordinating Head of the Department and is in Senior Administrative Grade(SAG). In a department where two or more SAG officers work, the senior-most among them would be the CHOD and is responsible for co-ordinating the functions of that particular department. HOD is Head of the Department and is in Senior Admininistrative Grade. HOD may be in-charge of a specific function like Track, Bridge, Rolling Stock(FHOD-Functional Head of the Department)or he/she may be in-charge of a territorial jurisdiction(Territorial HOD).

Posted on Sep 5, 2014, 1:04 PM

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Re: HOD Defined.

by ganesh murthy

thanks cholai sir for confirming my stand on phod/chod regards

Posted on Sep 6, 2014, 10:00 PM

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irps days

by shameful

it is time to highlight the personnel officers who gives bad to cadre he is habitual for correption see his past record as dy cpo rec

Posted on Aug 23, 2014, 12:12 PM

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GP of 6600 on Promotion to Sr Scale

by Railway_AAP

An anamoly has been noted in one of the Railway Units that when a Group A Officer is promoted to SrScale after three years service, he is not given GP of 6600 but given GP of 5400 with some Charge Allowance.

However, in case of Group-B Officers, after putting in three years of service in Group-B, they are promoted to Sr Scale and are given a GP of 6600.

SrScale post is a Group A post and a Group B Officer's promotion remains an ad-hoc promotion till he is promoted to Group-A; giving GP of 6600 to Group B Officer on ad-hoc promotion to SrScale after three years service in Group-B is illegal.

Further, how a Group-A Officer is denied GP of 6600 on promotion to SrScale after three years service in Group-A; is beyond comprehension.

Am I correct?? What are the guidelines in this reference. Learned members may please comment.

Posted on Aug 20, 2014, 12:17 PM

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Reminder

by Railway_AAP

Where all experts have gone???
We are discussing all sorts of issues but are not discussing this pertinent issue.
Is the silence delibetate??? OR We donot know the rules????

Posted on Sep 4, 2014, 10:47 PM

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Promotion in Senior scale

by NAMELESS FACELESS

The pertinent issue has been deliberated in detail with the rule position. There is no response now. Is the silence deliberate ?

Posted on Sep 15, 2014, 8:34 PM

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Re: GP of 6600 on Promotion to Sr Scale

by ganesh murthy

Sir, I would like to humbly submit my views regarding filling up of the vacancies in Senior scale

Railway Board vide their letter No. E(GP)2007/1/93 DATED 29.02.2008 have issued consolidated instructions governing officiating promotion from Group 'B' to Senior scale on adhoc basis. Para 1 of this letter stipulates the eligibility condition for adhoc promotin to Senior scale. Para 1.1(a) mentions that vacancies in Senior scale in the 8 organised services should be filed up by regular promotion of Group 'A' (Junior Scale) Officers who are eligible for appointment to Sr. Scale, having rendered 4 years of service in Junior Scale, as prescribed in the Recruitment Rules. Para 1.1(b) states that If eligible Group 'A' Junior Scale Officers are not available, the vacancies in Senior scale may be filled by adhoc promotion of Officers with the approval of the competent authority, as indicated below:-

(i) Group 'B' Officers who have rendered not less than 6 years of regular service in Group 'B' subject to their being adjudged suitable by a committee of PHODs.

(ii) Failing (i) above, Group 'A' (Junior Scale) Officers with a minimum of 3 years of service in Junior Scale and who have completed the probation successfully.

(iii) Failing (i) and (ii) above, Group 'B' Officers who have rendered not less than 3 years of regular service in Group 'B', subject to their being adjudged suitable by a committee of PHODs. Para 1.2 states that only those Group 'B' Officers who have rendered not less than years of non-fortuitous service in Group 'B' are to be considered for the adhoc panel. Para 2.2 of the said letter also indicates a caution clause that adequate number of vacancies in Senior scale is made available for promotion of Group 'A' Junior Scale Officers to Senior Scale after they complete 4 years' service, so that there may be no reasonable chance of Group 'B' Officers having to be reverted, once they are promoted to Senior scale even on adhoc basis. Para 8 of the said letter speaks of the entitlement of pay on adhoc promotion to Senior scale both for Group 'A'and Group 'B' officers, who promoted to officiate in Senior scale on adhoc basis. While the Group 'A' Officer in Junior scale on adhoc promotion to Senior scale is entitled to a charge allowance in addition to his pay in Junior scale, the Group 'B' Officers on promotion to Senior scale will be entited to draw pay in the Senior scale under normal operation of rules.

It may please be appreciated here that the recruitment rules are entirely different for Group 'A' Officers and Group 'B' Officers. While Group 'A' Officers, on completion of 5 years, are eligible for promotion even to JAG, Group 'B' Officers, who are yet to be conferred with Junior Scale, will continue to officiate in Senior scale on adhoc basis, against a Group 'A' post.

In the instant case brought out, it may be a situation where the Group 'B' Officer, on completion of three years (the Officer would have also completed six years of Group 'B' service), would have been promoted to officiate in Senior scale on adhoc basis. The Group 'A' Officer would have joined the Railway service afterwards and he would have been promoted to Senior scale with charge allowance only because of the fact that he has not completed 4 years of service. Since the recruitment rules are entirely different for Group 'A' Officers and Group 'B' Officers, I am of the opinion that the promotion of Group 'B' Officer to Senior scale on adhoc basis is not illegal, as per the priorities laid down by Railway Board for filling up of vacancies in Senior scale in organised services. I would like the learned members of the forum to opine and give their views on the issue please.

Posted on Sep 11, 2014, 11:46 PM

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Shame!

by An IRPS officer

IRPS officer arrested for accepting bribe

http://www.firstpost.com/bollywood/bribery-case-censor-board-ceo-rakesh-kumar-arrested-by-cbi-1669743.html

Posted on Aug 19, 2014, 4:59 PM

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More shame

by IRPS officer

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/CBI-arrests-censor-board-CEO-Rakesh-Kumar-for-taking-bribe/articleshow/40379497.cms

Posted on Aug 19, 2014, 5:04 PM

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Re: Shame!

by NamelessFaceless

most shame is most of the people do not know to which service this officer belongs and why publicise it in thbis colm.

Posted on Aug 19, 2014, 6:14 PM

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Defending Shame?

by Informed Nameless faceless

Mumbai, Aug. 18:(ABP, News ) The CBI Monday arrested Rakesh Kumar, the CEO of the censor board who was under the scanner for allegedly demanding a bribe of Rs 70,000 to clear a regional language film from Chhattisgarh.

Kumar, 45, was questioned for a few days before being formally arrested, agency officials said. CBI spokesperson Kanchan Prasad confirmed the arrest. “He has been arrested as part of an ongoing anti-corruption investigation involving the censor board,” Prasad said.

Another CBI officer said Kumar was taken into custody around 8.15pm tonight at the agency’s Mumbai office and would be produced in court tomorrow.

“Kumar was arrested after we found his involvement in bribes involving more films,” the officer added.

Kumar a 1997-batch officer of the Indian Railway Personnel Service (IRPS) on deputation to the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) or the censor board had taken charge as CEO in January.

Kumar came under the CBI lens last week after an agent approached the CBI with a complaint that another agent, Shripati Mishra, had demanded a bribe of Rs 70,000 for a certificate to Chhattisgarhi film Mor Dauki Ke Bihav (my girlfriend’s marriage), whose producers wanted the clearance urgently as the movie was to release on August 15.

The agency had on Thursday arrested Mishra and Sarvesh Jaiswal, an advisory member of the CBFC, on charges of demanding the bribe on behalf of Kumar. That was followed by a search of Kumar’s residence.

“Kumar would delay issuing certificates unless the producers approached the board through select agents and put pressure on filmmakers who had scheduled their releases. His agents would then demand bribes from hapless producers, who paid up,” a CBI officer said.

Kumar had been at loggerheads with the industry soon after he took over in January. He had in an interview accused Bollywood filmmakers of “pushing the envelope” on foul language and adult scenes, and cited examples of how his wife and even his five-year-old daughter found the content offensive.

In the interview, Kumar had said that he and his wife had walked out of the Hrithik Roshan-starrer Agneepath after finding the violence in the film repulsive, while his five year old daughter had found “too much love” in Shuddh Desi Romance, which revolves around live-in relationships among the young.

Kumar had also slammed the language of Anurag Kashyap’s Gangs of Wasseypur, a box-office success, and defended the wider ban on smoking scenes challenged by the filmmaker in court.

Kumar had been functioning as the de facto board chief after danseuse Leela Samson resigned as chairperson. The information and broadcasting ministry which oversees the board had not appointed any replacement for Samson.


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Re: Defending Shame?

by NamelessFaceless

a shame is a shame and for a shameless fellow a shame is not a shame and why should we waste our time on that. we dont know with what purpose he left his cadre and chose an entirely differently line and with what political connection. if you look at those facts the same lies on him and somewhere else. that is the end of this sad story which brings shame if a railwayman as a railwayman sees this.

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Shame

by Reader

The Telegraph
Censor probe reels off films

OUR BUREAU

Aug. 19: The Central Bureau of Investigation is probing allegations that arrested censor board CEO Rakesh Kumar arm-twisted top producers and actors into paying bribes for timely clearance of all recent “big-banner” releases.

“We have got reports that producers and makers of all the recent big-banner films allegedly paid bribe to the censor board chief,” a senior CBI official said today.

Kumar, under the scanner for allegedly demanding Rs 70,000 to clear a regional language film from Chhattisgarh, was arrested yesterday. Two others — an agent and an advisory member of the Central Board of Film Certification, or the censor board — are also in custody.

CBI sources said some top names in Bollywood apparently paid money to get movies cleared in time with the desired certification. “The common threat was to chop off item songs. Clearance was delayed till the last moment, which made producers frantic,” said a CBI source in Delhi.

Kumar, a 1997-batch Indian Railway Personnel Services officer, had joined the censor board on deputation in January and was its de facto chief after danseuse Leela Samson resigned last year. Produced before special CBI judge A.D. Karanjkar in Mumbai today, Kumar was remanded in the agency’s custody till Friday.

The CBI counsel, who spoke of a “deep conspiracy”, said searches at Kumar’s residence last week had thrown up 33 expensive watches of foreign make, including Rolex and Rado. Kumar, the counsel added, had failed to explain how he got them. The agency also claimed that Kumar used to demand up to Rs 1.5 lakh for screening a film at short notice and getting it cleared.

The CBI said that Shripati Mishra, the arrested agent, had revealed that he paid Kumar up to Rs 5 lakh. Mishra also claimed to have paid Rs 3.5 lakh to Sarvesh Jaiswal, the arrested advisory member. The money was apparently intended for Kumar, who had refused to clear films submitted through Mishra, the CBI told the court.

Another agent, Krishnapalli, had told the agency he had collected Rs 18-25 lakh on Kumar’s behalf over the past eight months.



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Kick

by Reader

The CEO of the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), who has been booked in a bribery case by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), had delayed certifying two Hindi films -Kick and Singham Returns - which led to their producers making several visits to the CBFC office in Mumbai to get censor certificates before their release dates, according to the CBI probe.

Kick was released in late July and Singham Returns on August 15. CBI sources said that `Singham Returns' director Rohit Shetty even visited CBFC CEO Rakesh Kumar's residence in Colaba to request him to clear his film as soon as possible. The movie was cleared after this visit. Similarly, Kick producer Sajid Nadiadwala also called on Kumar at the latter's office just before his film's release after Kumar ex pressed reservations about some scenes in the movie.

Kumar was booked on August 14 after a censor certification agent and a CBFC advisory panel member for

Mumbai were arrested for allegedly seeking a Rs 70,000 bribe on his behalf to clear a film from Chhattisgarh, 'Mor Dauki ke Bihav', which was slated for an August 15 release.

CBI sources said that although Kick and Singham Returns are not part of their current case, they will investigate these developments to ascertain Kumar's conduct with regard to film producers and TV production houses.

As of now, the CBI is interrogating CBFC panel member Sarvesh Jaiswal and agent Shripati Mishra, who were arrested. Mishra allegedly demanded money from the Chhattisgarh film

producer and said the money was to be paid to Kumar. The information on 'Kick' and 'Singham Returns' came from the interrogations of Jaiswal and Mishra, sources said.

Jaiswal, a Congress worker from north Mumbai, was recommended for the CBFC panel member's post by a former Congress MP. Although Jaiswal's bio-data says he is a graduate, he reportedly told the CBI that he was an SSC dropout.

Sources said that the long weekend, which included public holidays, had delayed searches of Kumar's bank lockers and the assessment of transactions involving close to half-a-dozen bank accounts belonging to him. The lockers will be opened on Tuesday, following which a decision will be taken on whether he should be arrested, sources said.

Shetty and Nadiadwala cound not be reached for comment. 'Singham Returns' and 'Kick' are doing well at the box office, with the former collect

ing Rs 50-crore-plus in India in its first two days and the latter collecting Rs 373 crore worldwide to date.

Meanwhile, the CBI has recorded the statements of at least four agents who, in CBFC circles, are known to have frequent contact with Kumar.

The CBI registered an FIR against Kumar, Mishra and Jaiswal based on a complaint given by a Chhatisgarh film producer. Members of the film fraternity had earlier expressed shock at the case. "It's an exceptional case and, I'm guessing, unprecedented," said filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt.

CBFC chairperson Leela Samson, who said she had received complaints about Kumar's conduct, said, "There were no complaints of bribery, but issues over delays. When I confronted him, he would listen to me, but the complaints didn't stop." The CBI in its searches at Kumar's house in Badhwar Park recovered Rs 10.3 lakh in cash. Sources said Kumar may be questioned soon.
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about training of IRPS Probationers

by harendra

sir.....
can u plz tell the general schedule of irps probationers

thanks in advance

Posted on Aug 19, 2014, 4:16 PM

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IRPS Day 2014

by ravinder kumar

IRPS Day ka kya hua ?
kya ab bhi manaya jaayega ?
If yes, kahan ? Delhi me ya sab apna apna manayenge ?
is avsar par ek brochure ki yojna thi kya hua ?
A timely clarification is solicited please from the ones who mooted/owned the idea

Posted on Aug 18, 2014, 10:25 PM

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Regarding Loco Pilot (M/E & Pass.) Rest

by Mrityunjaya Roy

SIR,
I WANT TO KNOW THE REST GIVEN TO LOCO PILOT MAIL/EXPRESS/PASSENGER WORKING ON LINK AND THE LOCO PILOT NOT WORKING ON LINK.PLEASE GIVE ME THE TYPES OF REST GIVEN TO LP WORKING ON LINK AND NOT ON LINK. PERIODIC HOUR OF WORKING IN 15 DAYS.
THANKS,
MRITYUNJAYA ROY

Posted on Aug 16, 2014, 9:10 PM

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Judiciary's Similarity with Indian Railways

by NamelessFaceless

http://www.ndtv.com/article/india/alleging-sexual-harassment-by-high-court-judge-a-junior-judge-quits-570298?curl=1407137210


The case is similar to what is being done in Indian Railways (as far as transfer is concerned)

Posted on Aug 4, 2014, 1:58 PM

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RTI Reply

by D.K.Srivastava


RAIL COACH FACTORY (KAPURTHALA)

Office of the
Controller of Stores
Rail Coach Factory (KXH)
Tilak Bridge, New Delhi.

No. 119-S/RTI/TKJ Dated:

PIO
RCF,
Kapurthala.

Sub:- Information sought by Shri Bhupinder Singh (address: B-702, Rama Apartments, Plot No. 25, Sector-43, Gurgaon-122 002: Haryana), under RTI Act-2005.

1.0 The Applicant Sh. Bhupinder Singh, who is working in this office as a senior clerk, has submitted following applications seeking information under RTI Act-

S.N. Date of application Information sought

1. 04.02.2014 Logbooks of all the officers using RCF vehicles for the last two years
2. 04.02.2014 1. Certified copies of all the work contracts/orders/supply order of all the cases in which the order/contract could not be given to the lowest rate quotation/Bid, due to any reason, for the last five years.

2. Certified copies of the minutes of meeting of TC in all the cases mentioned in SN 1.

3. Name, address & contact number of all the lowest rate bidders mentioned in SN 1
3. 05.02.2014 1. Detailed purpose of duty along with duty reports of all the officers of RCF who claimed TA from 01.01.2012 till date.

2. Certified copies of all the monthly TA Bills of all the officers of RCF from 01.01.2012 onwards.

3. Total amount of TA Paid to all the officers of RCF since 01.01.2012 till date

4. Details of expense incurred by the RCF on the official tours/visits (In India or abroad) of all the officers since 01.10.2010 till date.

4. 06.02.2014 1. List of the items which are purchased by RCF from two or more vendors having a price difference of more than 10% alongwith their respective rates.

2. Total number of items purchased from each of the vendors (From SN 1) during the last two years.

3. Name & designation of the orders sanctioning authorities for the purchases mentioned in SN 2.


5. 17.02.2014 1. Certified copies of the “Income Tax Returns” of all the officiers of RCF for the last three years.

2. Certified copies of the declaration regarding the possession of movable/immovable properties/Assets alongwith the details of properties/assets acquired by all the officers of RCF and their dependent family members since last three years.

3. Certified copies of all the Bank Account statements of all the RCF officers & their dependents for the last three years alongwith the declaration that neither they themselves nor their respective family members have any bank accounts other than those of which the account statements are being supplied.


6. 17.02.2014 1. Total number of coaches for which the material has been purchased by RCF since last five years.

2. Cost of the material purchased as per SN 1 above.

3. Detail of the stock of material of coaches brought forward five years ago.

4. Cost of the material carried forward five years ago as mentioned in SN 3 above.

5. Total number of coaches manufactured during last five years.

6. Number of coaches for which material is in stock with RCF as on date.

7. Cost of the material present in RCF as on date as mentioned in SN 6.

7. 28.03.2014 1. Detailed purpose of all the visits/inspections of the vendors/suppliers/firms or any production units, done by any of the RCF officials during last three years.

2. Certified copies of all the inspection notes/reports submitted by the RCF officials as per SN 1 above.
8. 10.04.2014 1. Detailed list of the total Contractors/Suppliers/Vendors (with their Names and Addressed) supplying Part/Spares to RCF.

3. Detailed list of the total Contracts/Vendors (with their Names and Addresses) whose eimployees (with their details) are working within the premises of RCF.

3. Total number with details of items supplied/work done by the Contracts/Suppliers/Vendors and total amount paid to them as mentioned in SN 1 & 2 above.

9. 25.04.2014 1. Details of all purchases (alongwith the copies of PO, Quotations, Comparative statements, minutes of TC Meetings) of the computers, printers, scanner, routers and other related accessories thereof since last five years.

2. Yearly number and their cost of printer cartridges of various makes purchased by RCF during last five years.

3. Yearly expense incurred by RCF of toner refilling of the printer cartridges during last five years.

2. To put up the case in perspective, the brief background seems necessary. The Applicant is servicing in this office as Sr. Clerk. As a consequence of Departmental disciplinary proceeding, he was removed from service in 1992. Subsequently, after 21 years, he was reinstated in the service because of judicial intervention. Since then, he has been using RTI as a tool for vendetta against the organization. During informal interaction, the Applicant has said that since he has been harassed by the Department, he would now harass the Department by asking for extensive information under the RTI Act, and he would continue to do so and if in the process, department is getting harassed, well, so be it. As is evident from the details of his Applications, he has been seeking the different information at the interval of almost every 2 to 3 days. With this background, let me briefly discuss his request and my views thereon.
3. In his application dated 04.02.2014, he had asked for the logbooks of all the officers using official vehicles for the last two years. There are 161 officers in RCF, and if logbooks of all the officers for the last two years are to be supplied, it would run into hundreds of pages. In addition, disclosure of log books for the period of 2 years of all officers, without any exception, would lead to disclosure of movement of all officers on day-to day basis over a prolonged period giving a definite hint of routine life of an officer/individual that might be used to harm them, and thereby, having adverse impact on their personal safety.
4. In the another application of the same date, he has sought certified copies of all the work contracts/orders/supply order of all the cases in which the order/contract could not be given to the lowest rate quotation/Bid, due to any reason, for the last five years. He has further sought the certified copies of the minutes of meeting of TC in all the cases. Now, let me examine his request on practical consideration.. Leave alone the works contracts; there are more than 3000 items, which are being purchased by RCF every year to manufacture the coaches. Hence, we are entering into thousands of supply contracts every year, and therefore, documents for the last 5 years would run into tens of thousands of pages. Any attempt to extract the documents from the relevant files is likely to bring the official work to grinding halt for several days. In addition, TC proceedings do contain the information of large number of third parties disclosure of which might adversely affect the competitive/trade information of their business.
5. On next day dated 05.02.2014, he had asked for TA bills of all the officers of RCF along with certified copies of all the purposes of their official visit from October,2012. Since Railway is an operational organization, frequent travelling, unlike other departments, is inescapable. When on duty, Railway officers and employees do travel on duty passes and no traveling allowances in form of fare etc are paid to them. They are only paid dearness allowances. Hence, TA bills are limited to the payment of Dearness allowances only. Here again, information asked (TA bills of all officers) would run into hundreds of pages.
6. Similarly, he has asked for Income Tax Returns for the last three years of all officers alongwith certified copies of the declaration of movable/immovable properties. He has further asked for certified copies of the Bank Account Statements of all the officers and their dependants for the last three years alongwith the declaration that neither they themselves nor their family members have any bank account other than those of which the account statement are being supplied. At the outset, it is submitted that IT Returns are filed by officers with Income Tax Department and not available in this office. Further, asking for Bank Account statement of the officers and their dependents from the Department is ridiculous. This is not available with the Department. It is purely personal information pertaining to an individual and clear cut case of “invasion of privacy” of any individual. Looking from a different angle, disclosure of information related to individual bank accounts is fraught with dangerous consequences for individual safety. By asking for such information, the Applicant has taken his right to an absurd length.
7. The list his requests are endless and I understand that many more such applications from him are in the pipeline. As a matter of act, entire organization of Rail Coach Factory seems clueless and struggling with itself to deal with such intensity of harassment which the Applicant is inflicting in the garb of his right available to him under the RTI Act.
8. On the basis of the above mentioned facts, I am of the view that the case is purely one of the personal grievances having no relevance to larger public interest. After all, RTI Act is meant for genuine information seekers to fulfill the objectives set out in the preamble of the Act and not to settle scores either with any individual or with the Department where the Applicant is working. His deliberate attempts to harass the Department under the garb of RTI shock the basic foundation stone on which four corners of RTI Act rest. It is painful to note that the applicant has absolutely misused the right given to Indian Citizen. It is felt that it is for the Applicants like him, RTI is getting a bad name and the present case is an example to the ridiculous length to which a person can take a beneficial piece of legislation and make a mockery of it.
9. Before I part with my views, I would like to put it on record that in the past, 2 almost identical cases had come up for decision before the Central information Commission i.e. Apex body on RTI matters. In case of Smt Uma Kanti & Sh. Ramesh Chandra V/s Navodaya Vidalya (No. CIC/OK/C/2007/00362 and 367 dated 05.01.2008) and also the case of Sh. Fakir Chand V/s North Western Railway, Bikaner (No. CIC/OK/A/2007/00951 dated 20.12.2007), the facts were almost identical to the instant case. CIC’s decisions in above referred two cases are squarely applicable to the instant case. In the aforsaid cases, Commission while upholding the decision of CPIO not to supply the information went on to add that such cases are fit for taking punitive action against the Applicant had there been provision for this in the RTI Act. Commission also observed that such cases do show the necessity of some provision in the RTI Act for taking punitive action against the Applicants who seek to misuse the RTI Act in such a blatant fashion.
10. In the light of the above stated facts and by placing on reliance on the the CIC’s decisions as brought out in the preceding Para, the information sought in the Applications mentioned in Para 1 are hereby denied.
D.K.Srivastava
CMM/RCF


Posted on Aug 3, 2014, 1:05 AM

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Re: RTI Reply

by NamelessFaceless

Why this posted on IRPS forum? Do u expect IRPS officers to do anything in this subject matter?

If yes, then ........!

Posted on Aug 4, 2014, 1:53 PM

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Dealing with vexatious RTI applicants

by Balachandra Iyer

Yes, unfortunately there is no penal provision against vexatious RTI applicants. Having said that, let me share some of the ways that I adopted while working in a sensitive post in the UPSC to deal with such applicants (of whom, there were quite a few with no love lost for the UPSC!)
a) Apart from the CIC decisions quoted by you, there are also others, including by Shri Shailesh Gandhi as IC that allow the CPIO to not respond to future frivolous queries of the applicant. As it is now over a year and a half since I left UPSC, I do not readily recollect the case reference. There is also a decision by Mr Wajahat Habibullah in a case where an applicant asked around a 1000 questions from the UPSC that the CPIO is not bound to respond to this long list.
b) I have also used the clause that Rs.10/ is the fee for an RTI application/query and used the wording in the RTI Act to argue that this does not imply that an application can have multiple queries of dissimilar nature. Again, some CIC decisions support this interpretation.
c) In at least a couple of important cases (probably in 2010 or so), the Hon'ble Supreme Court had held that the Preamble of the RTI Act was as important as the Sections of the Act. As the Preamble speaks clearly of harmonising interests of Govt efficiency and confidentiality of sensitive information with interests of transparency, it can be argued that diversion of sizeable manpower resources to service an RTI query that has no public interest is against the Preamble and against the spirit of the RTI Act.
d) An important thing to realise is that the CPIO is under no obligation to do any research or separate compilation/collation just to answer an RTI query. A DoPT memorandum of July 2008 also reiterates this. Therefore, if an applicant asks how many non-LI bidders were awarded contracts; unless this information is already compiled in a return/report, you are under no obligation to count such cases and generate a report for him. Section 5(9) of the Act is also helpful to the CPIO in this regard.
e) Of course, exemption clauses specified in the Act need to be used well and this can be the subject of a long essay by itself.
e) Finally, one way of dealing with queries asking for information to be gleaned from different records and large volumes of data/files (unless they are exempted from disclosure) is to call the applicant to 'inspect' all these records and take notes of whatever he wants. In practice, surrounded by a sea of crumbling registers and thick files, and with the added burden of having to handle these carefully (to prevent damage, as the applicant is to be specifically told), and with the physical discomfort/inconvenience involved, frivolous applicants will lose interest quickly enough. The fact that inspections were offered but not availed of would go against the applicant if he goes in appeal.

Hope these will be useful to CPIOs who definitely are often a harassed lot!

Balachandra Iyer

Posted on Aug 12, 2014, 11:00 PM

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Submission of declaration of assets and liabilities by the public servants

by Reader

IMMEDIATE

F. No. 21/2/2014-CS.l (PR)

Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions

Department of Personnel & Training

CS.l Division

2nd Floor, Loknayak Bhawan,

Khan Market, New Delhi

Dated July 31st July, 2014

Subject: The Lokpal and Lokayktas Act, 2013 – Submission of declaration of assets and liabilities by the public servants

The undersigned is directed to refer to the subject mentioned above and to say that the Government has since notified the Public Servants (Furnishing of Information and Annual Return of Assets and Liabilities and the limits for Exemption of Assets in Filing Returns) Rules, 2014 under the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013 on 14.07.2014. The same is available in the website of this Department.


2. Every public servant is now required to file declaration, information or return, as the case may be regarding his assets and liabilities as on 31st March every year, to the competent authority, on or before the 31st July of that year. Every public servant is also required to file revised declarations, information or as the case may be, annual returns as on the 1st August, 2014, to the competent authority on or before, 15th September, 2014.


3. All Ministries/ Departments are, accordingly, requested to bring the provisions of the Public Servants (Furnishing of Information and Annual Return of Assets and Liabilities and the limits for Exemption of Assets in Filling Returns) Rules, 2014, to the notice of all CSS Officers under their administrative control.


4. The web based cadre management system will be modified to include all the forms now prescribed under the above quoted rules. However, it will take some time before it is incorporated in the system and made operational for filing of declarations, returns etc. In the meanwhile all CSS Officers are advised to file hard copy of the revised declarations, information and returns to their Ministries/ Departments well before the closing date of 15.9.2014. Ministries/ Departments are requested to forward the declarations, information, returns submitted by US and above level officers of CSS to CS.I Division, DoPT for records. A


sd/-

(Utkarsh R Tiwaari)

Director

Posted on Aug 1, 2014, 9:30 PM

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Re: Submission of declaration of assets and liabilities by the public servants

by NamelessFaceless

What will those Public servants do, specially of Indian Railways, who manage their personal business during office hours?

Posted on Aug 2, 2014, 9:36 AM

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Rbss vs grp A services

by NamelessFaceless




In all probability , it will b a bit difficult to stop RBSS from aiming and achieving higher posts and fast promotion in Board and the best strategy could be to include them rather than to exclude them .The RBSS cadre and posts at dy secy level or US level onwards need to be merged with IRAS and IRPS suitably modifying the 50 Percent of promotional qouta in these services . The earlier decision to exclude them from entering IRPS has now proved to be one of the worst decisions as IRPS till date do not have any influence in any of the policy decions of the board . Perhaps some smart RBSS turned IRPS at the top by this would have shaped a better role for IRPS






Posted on Aug 1, 2014, 10:36 AM

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Re: Rbss vs grp A services

by NamelessFaceless

What is this so called fight between RBSS and other Group A railway services?

Who is losing anything if RBSS gets faster promotion as compared to other Group A railway services?

When IAS and IRAS/IRTS get earlier promotions as compared to other Group A railway services, no one complains.

RBSS any way enjoys posting in Delhi through out their career. Compare it with posting of a Group A officer in Dongapusi.

Let them have other benefit also, as these promotions are also expenditure neutral for Indian Railways.

Within Group A railway services, careers of Juniors are being deliberately ruined for ulterior motives.

No transparency is followed in issuing transfer orders.



Posted on Aug 1, 2014, 11:27 AM

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