Feb 7, 2014

Feedback of the meeting held on 07.02.2014 with Full Board on the strike ballot charter.रेलवे बोर्ड की ऑल इंडिया रेलवेमेंस फेडरेशन (AIRF) के साथ बैठक

Source - nrmu

Railway Recruitment Cell Results 2014 declared

The result for the Railway Recruitment Cell Employment Notification 220-E/Open Market/2012 DT 30.12.12 has been declared. Candidates who appeared for the examination can have a look at their results on: http://www.rrcnr.org/Written_Result.aspx
Current vacancies:
The Indian Railways is also set to recruit candidates for 26,567 vacancies across India.
The recruitment will be done for two posts: assistant loco pilot (ALP) and technician Grade III categories such as technician, signal GR ll, telecommunication maintainer, wireless maintainer, moto driver, carpenter, signal GR Ill, fitter, blacksmith, painter and mechanic.
The pay scale for the jobs is between Rs 5,200 and Rs 20,200 with a grade pay of Rs 1,900.


Those aged between 18 and 30 can apply for the posts. There will a relaxation in age limit to five years for SC/ST candidate and three years for OBC candidates. The candidate should also have completed their Matriculation exam and have completed Act Apprenticeship/ITI in the respective trade from a recognized Institute/ University.

How to Apply

To apply for the ALP or Technician Grade post, send a written application to the respective RRB address you are interested in, with a copy of your relevant certificates by ordinary post.

Important dates 

Last date for applications: February 17
Date of written examination: June 15
Source..India Today

Railways opens doors to outsider to head tariff authority

NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 6: The Indian Railways is perhaps one of the last bastions where non-Railway service officers were not able to occupy top posts.

However, this is now set to change.

The Chairperson of the Rail Tariff Authority, which is slated to regulate Indian Railways, can now be from a non-Railway background, according to the new eligibility norms.

This is a departure from the present state of affairs. For instance, the Railway Board has seven Secretary-level positions, including that of the Chairman, all of which are occupied by officials from different Railway services.

New eligibility norms

The new eligibility norms also ensure the presence of two officials from the Railway service background in a regulatory body, which can have up to five members, including the Chairperson.

Here is the operative part of the norms for the Chairman’s post: “….a person shall not be appointed unless he has held the post of Secretary to the Government of India or any equivalent post.”

This makes the race for these posts — applications for which have just been invited — interesting.

The Chairperson and members are assured of a five-year tenure, until they attain the age of 65 years. The retirement age for Secretary-rank posts of all ministries, including the Railway Board, is 60 years.

External pressure

While some officials see this as Railways bowing to external pressure to “hand over” a Secretary-rank post to non-Railway cadre, many other Railway officials say it is a good move as an outsider can bring in a fresh perspective to the functioning of Indian Railways.

Neutral perspective

“It is important for an outsider to be exposed to the processes and operations of this large organisation. Moreover, the views taken by a non-Railway person are likely to be seen in a more neutral perspective,” said a senior Railway official.

“Indian Railways is an asset-based organisation and requires funds to operate — not just for the creation of new assets such as trains, wagons, stations and rail tracks — but also for maintenance of the assets.

Hopefully, the regulator will take a holistic view on the state of the Railways. To that extent, it is good to have officials from non-Railway service,” said a source.

Source-The Hindu Businessline

Railways robs Brindavan Express to pay Bangalore double-decker

CHENNAI: It was once billed as the most prestigious day trains of Southern Railway. Now, the Chennai-Bangalore Brindavan Express is in a state of disarray, thanks to railway authorities' attempts to boost patronage of the Chennai-Bangalore double-decker train. 

Southern Railway has started to scale down reserved coaches of the popular Brindavan Express to ensure passengers opt for the air conditioned double-decker train which was introduced in April last year. The double-decker departs at 7.25am and Brindavan leaves at 7.50am. Nevertheless, Brindavan Express has a long waitlist everyday. The ill-designed double-decker which has cramped seats goes empty on most of the days. 

When the double-decker train was introduced, it evoked curiosity among passengers. However, it failed to take off as passengers complained of cramped seats and aisles, and an air-conditioning system that breaks down often. 

Instead of rectifying the flaws of the double-decker coaches, railways found a rather easy way out: It cut down the number of AC chair car coaches on the Brindavan Express from three to one with the hope that passengers would shift to the double-decker train. As Brindavan still remained popular, the only AC coach and four second class chair cars (reserved) were withdrawn from January 16, leaving it with six second class chair cars. 

"Railways is destroying a popular train and eliminating a choice of travel for passengers to improve patronage of an ill-designed double-decker," said S Sadagopan, who travels frequently to Bangalore. 

Brindavan Express has been getting short shrift for about a year. Railways shifted it to another time slot and introduced the double-decker in its place, thinking it would fetch more revenue. That was not to be. A senior railway official said that trains are introduced more due to political pressure than for passenger convenience. "Garib Rath, Duronto Express, double-decker are all showpieces that neither add value to passengers nor generate revenue for railways. Shortage of staff and high maintenance cost make it worse." 

A guard on the double-decker, said: "The double-decker train can be exciting for some passengers, but it can never match the emotional attachment one has towards Brindavan Express which has fewer stops and reaches its destination in less than five hours. For a regular traveller and someone like me who is assigned duty on this route, Brindavan Express is any day better."

Source-Times Of India

Central Railway services hit again within 12 hours

MUMBAI: Central Railway witnessed its second disruption in 12 hours after a rail fracture was reported near Thakurli station on Thursday morning. Several commuters were inconvenienced as trains were delayed during peak hours and six services were cancelled.

"The rail fracture was detected on the Up slow line between Kalyan and Thakurli around 8am. Four services were diverted on the Up fast line between Kalyan and Diva stations, and six Down (Kalyan to Kurla) services were cancelled," said CR spokesperson A K Singh.

CR chief public relations officer Atul Rane explained that a rail fracture did not mean that it was "unsafe for trains to ply". "When there is a hairline rail fracture, it automatically affects the signalling system. So, when we notice that there is something wrong with the signal, we immediately examine the tracks for rail fracture," said Rane, adding that the problem was identified and rectified within half an hour.

On Wednesday night too, commuters had faced were put to hardship as services were badly hit due to a "signal failure" near CSTPassengers had also complained of no proper announcements on platforms, and the crowds kept increasing on Chinchpokli, Currey Road and Parel stations were packed with the office crowd waiting to catch a train back home. "It is really bad to face another day of disruption," said Vimal Shah, who had experienced the delay in services on Wednesday night too and also on Thursday morning. "As trains were delayed by 20 minutes, there was a mad rush of passengers at the station." Even as a We waited impatiently as a train arrived, but this too was packed with commuters. Very few of us managed to board and the rest had to wait for another 15 minutes for the next train. It was frustrating,'' he recalled.

CR chief public relations officer Atul Rane explained that a rail fracture did not mean that it was "unsafe for trains to ply".

"When there is a hairline rail fracture, it automatically affects the signalling system. So, when we notice that there is something wrong with the signal, we immediately examine the tracks for rail fracture," said Rane. He stated that the problem was identified and rectified within half an hour. "We also diverted all slow trains from the fast tracks and ensured that services did not come to a standstill,'' he added.

The situation was restored to normalcy by noon, sources stated.

Source-Times Of India

3 held for killing railway commuter at Tambaram station

CHENNAI: A week after suburban train commuter K Loganathan was stabbed to death at the Tambaram railway station, the Government Railway Police claimed to have solved the case on Thursday by apprehending three men with criminal antecedents from the neighbourhood. 

Loganathan, a resident of Chitlapakkam, was found bleeding with a knife piercing his back on a Tambaram railway platform last Friday. He died at the Government General Hospital the next morning. 

Dispelling theories of rivalry, police said it was a case of mugging and murder by a gang targeting late-night passengers who were drunk and unsteady. 

Senior GRP officials said a meticulous investigation had helped them solve the case. 

"We probed every possible angle and found that Loganathan was attacked for money. We narrowed down on men who hang around near the station at odd hours. The suspects had robbed a few other passengers in the past three months. Most of their victims were passengers who had passed out on trains or platforms." 

Police said the trio had confessed to having committed the murder. "We need to verify some facts based on their confession. They claimed their intention was not to kill him. They said they followed Loganathan — as he was drunk — when he stepped out of the train after it halted at the Tambaram railway station," a police officer said. 

As Loganathan noticed that the three were following him, he jumped off the platform and walked through the tracks, holding his shirt pocket in which he had kept his mobile phone. But the gang gave chase as they suspected he was carrying a large amount of cash.

Source-Times Of India

HC quashes railway goods guards' selections

HYDERABAD: Sending a strong message against whimsical application of rules, the AP High Court on Thursday quashed the selection of 16 Railways Goods Guards by the South Central Railway's Guntur division and directed the railway authorities to start the process of selection afresh as per rules.

The bench described the entire selection process adopted by the Guntur Division of SCR as wholly perverse and in contravention of the rules. The bench therefore quashed all the selections and set aside the orders of the CAT.

The division bench comprising Justice K C Bhanu and Justice Anis pronounced the order after hearing the aggrieved applicants who made out a strong case against the errant officials. Justice K C Bhanu, speaking for the division bench, rejected the contention of the Railways and held that if the interpretation as suggested by the Railways is to be accepted, it would amount to re-writing and twisting rules. Since there is no ambiguity in the rules, strict rules of interpretation would apply. If so applied, it is inescapable that the private respondents, who did not have the minimum 3 years of service in the feeder category, are not even eligible to apply, he stated.

The railways were directed to prepare a fresh list of selections taking into consideration only those candidates who have mandatorily put in the minimum 3 years of service in the grade/feeder category and then make promotions within a period of 8 weeks.

Citizens can invoke Land Grabbing Act

The AP High Court has ruled that any citizen of the state who comes across instances of unlawful encroachments of land belonging to the government or endowments, can invoke the provisions of the Andhra Pradesh Land Grabbing (Prohibition) Act, 1982, by filing a petition before the special court.

The division bench comprising Chief Justice Kalyan Jyoti Sengupta and Justice PV Sanjay Kumar was closing a petition by one Battula Ramaiah and seven others of Prakasam district challenging the inaction of the endowments authorities in evicting the alleged encroachers (including a former MLA and his men) of endowments land.

The bench said that to resolve the dispute with regard to the land grabbing, a special court has been constituted under the Act of 1982. Referring Section 8 of the act, the bench observed that the special court may, either suo motu or on application made by any person, officer or authority take cognizance of and try every case arising out of any alleged act of land grabbing.

It also noted that if the petitioners are poor within the ambit of section 12 of the Legal Services Authority Act, 1987, they may then approach the District Legal Services Authority concerned for getting free legal aid.

Source-Times Of India





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