Jan 2, 2013

Grant of Child Care Leave without any reason.


GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
RAILWAY BOARD
No.E[P&A]I-2012/CPC/LE-5
New Delhi, dated: 17.12.2012
The General Secretary,
NFIR,
3, Chelmsford Road,
New Delhi. – 110055.
Dear sir,
Sub: – Grant of Child Care Leave without any reason.
   The undersigned is directed to refer to your letter No. I/5(f) dated 14.11.2012 and to state that as per the extant instruction contained in Board’s letter dated 23.10.2008 and 12.12.2008, woman railway employees having minor children may be granted Child Care Leave by an authority competent to grant leave for a maximum period of two years (i.e. 730 days) during their entire service for taking care of upto two children whether for rearing or to look after any of their needs like examination, sickness etc. and that Child Care Leave cannot be demanded as a matter of right.
   Therefore, in order to enable the competent authority to decide on the application for CCL, reasons have to be mentioned and this condition cannot be dispensed with. Moreover, DOP&T has issud instruction in this regard which have been adopted in to for the female railway employees. In the circumstance, Ministry of Railways also cannot unilaterally alter the purpose for which Child Care Leave is introduced to female railway employees. In light of this, the demand is not feasible for acceptance.

Source:NFIR

Soon, semi-high speed trains on Indian tracks

Semi-high speed trains will dash on Indian tracks at a speed of 200 kilometres per hour this year.

The Railways plan to acquire six train-sets from European or Japanese manufacturers and "we expect that one or two of these will become operational this year," chairman Railway Board (CRB) Vinay Mittal said.

Railways minister Pawan Kumar Bansal is likely to elaborate on the acquisition plan in his budget speech in February.

The train sets have the potential to run at a speed of 300 to 325 kilometres per hour and run on the standard gauge world-over, but the Indian

consignment will be customised, enabling them to run at lesser speed ( 200 km per hour) on the existing Broad Gauge tracks.

“The Rail Vikas Nigam Limited (a railways PSU) is in the process of completing formalities relating to the acquisition plan. These will be acquired through global tenders,” Mittal said.

A Japanese-sponsored study on running the semi high-speeds in India has been completed and the report is likely to be submitted shortly to the Railway Board.

Though the Japanese consortium chose the Delhi-Mumbai line for the study, the Indian Railways is likely to pilot the semi-high speeds to connect cities that are 500 to 600 kilometres apart.

Delhi-Amritsar and Delhi-Lucknow are likely to be the possible routes to run the semi-high speeds, an official said.

Meanwhile, the plans to run bullet trains (300-325 kmph speed) on the identified Mumbai-Ahmedabad route appear to have been put on the back-burner. "It is a hugely capital intensive area and the Railways are not so much cash happy at the moment," a senior official said.

Building high speed corridors on the Mumbai-Ahmedabad route is estimated to cost Rs.65,000 crore.

But the plans to set up a rail tariff regulatory authority are likely to be shortly implemented, officials said.

Proposed as an advisory body, the tariff authority will help de-link railways operations from political considerations, while enabling the public transporter to rationalise freight and passenger tariffs.
Source - hindustan times

 

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