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Jul 15, 2016
GOOD NEWS - Revision of the existing rates of Daily Officiating Allowance in the Pay structure recommended by the VI Central Pay Commission RBE 80/2016
Revision of the existing rates of Daily Officiating Allowance in the Pay structure recommended by the VI Central Pay Commission RBE 80/2016
Ref:- Board’s letter No. E(P&A)I-98/CPC/PA-3 dated 08.03.1999
The NFIR had raised a demand in the PNM Forum for revising the rates of Daily Officiating Allowance in the pay structure recommended by the VI CPC. A reference in this regard was also received from AIRF.
2. The matter has been considered by Board and have decided to revise the existing rates of Daily Officiating Allowance in the VI CPC pay structure as indicated in the enclosed Annexure.
New Delhi / Vijayawada: Minister of Railways Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu inaugurated/ launched following facilities/Initiatives from Rail Bhawan today i.e. 12th July, 2016 :-
- Announcement of policy opening Category I and II Goods Sheds for Container Lift on/Lift off operations by private container operators.
- Announcement of policy opening parcel sector to container operators
- Flagging off of a new tri-weekly express train between Vijaywada and Dharmavaram Via Anantpur through video-conferencing.
- Flagging off ex. Gurgaon, of a time table Auto Car Freight train service between Gurgaon and Nidvanda (near Bengaluru) through video-conferencing.
Minister of State for Railways & Minister of State for Communication (Independent Charge) Shri Manoj Sinha and Minister of State for Science & Technology and Earth Science Shri Y.S.Chowdary were specially present to grace the occasion. Chairman, Railway Board, Shri A.K.Mital, other Railway Board Members, several other dignitaries and senior officials were among those present on the occasion.
Speaking on the occasion, Minister of Railways Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu said that today’s flag offs and new initiatives are one more step towards serving the country better. He said that auto industry which is the fastest growing industry is expanding with the increasing population and thus railways can extract revenue out of this opportunity by improving its auto traffic. He said that today’s flag off that too with time table run of freight train would ensure timely delivery of the autos which would increase confidence of auto industry on railway’s credibility.
Speaking on the occasion, Minister of State for Railways & Minister of State for Communication (Independent Charge) Shri Manoj Sinha said that Indian Railways is firm in its commitment to complete budget announcements at the earliest. He further said that Indian Railway has a large shelf of projects ranging from passenger amenities to infrastructure development. He said that the today’s flag offs and other measures are going to help the people and industry in a long way.
Speaking on the occasion, Minister of State for Science & Technology and Earth Science Shri Y.S. Chowdary thanked the Minister of Railways for introducing New Train Service between Vijaywada-Dharmavaram and keeping in the mind the long pending demand of the Andhra Pradesh people. He said that the Indian Railways has now been passing through a new era of modernization and wished Indian railways success for its future initiatives.
SALIENT FEATURES OF THE FACILITIES/INITIATIVES LAUNCHED
Opening of parcel sector for Container Train Operators(CTOs)
In pursuance to the budget announcement, the following guidelines are being issued to open parcel segment for the Container Train Operators:
(i) Container Train Operators (CTOs) shall be allowed to operate Parcel Special trains (non-leased) consisting of Parcel Vans on indent basis.
(ii) The minimum composition of Parcel Special train shall be 20 Parcel Vans + one Brakevan as per Freight Marketing Circular No. 17 of 2010. Accordingly, Container Train Operators (CTOs) shall place indent for minimum of a rake.
(iii) Container Train Operators (CTOs) shall aggregate the parcel cargo from various customers and offer the same in full rake load. At destination, the parcel cargo shall be delivered to the CTO for further segregation and handing over to various customers.
(iv) Container Train Operators (CTOs) shall be permitted to load/ unload the Parcel Special train from Container Rail Terminal (CRT), Inland Container Depot (ICD), Domestic Container Terminal (DCT), Multi-modal Logistic Park (MMLP) and all Railway’s terminals notified for handling of parcel trains.
(v) The existing tariff shall be made applicable, which is at present at “Scale P” as per Coaching Tariff No. 25, Part-III, effective from 01.10.2013. Any revision in tariff shall be made applicable under this scheme.
Opening of Group-I & II terminals for operation of container trains by private container operators by notification as Container Rail Terminals (CRTs)
- In the Railway Budget 2016-17 Minister of Railways has announced that ‘All existing terminals/good-sheds would be granted access to container traffic, where considered feasible’.
- Presently, all Group-III terminals (handling less than 7 rakes) are opened for operation of container trains including Lift on-Lift off. Group-I & II terminals (handling more than 12 and between 7-12 rakes respectively) with certain exceptions, are opened for chassis stuffing/de-stuffing operation only. The number of goods sheds/stations classified into Group-I, II & III are 378, 232 and 716 respectively.
- Fulfilling the promise made in the Budget, it has been decided to open Group-I & II terminals also for container train operators (including Lift on-Lift off) so as to provide them access to 610 more goods sheds/stations, with following conditions –
Ø Station/goods shed should have multiple handling lines
Ø Traffic dealt at such terminal does not exceed seven rakes per handling line per month
Ø Both Lift On-Lift Off operation and Chassis Stuffing/De-stuffing will be allowed
Ø Permission will be given on joint recommendation of COM & CCM and with the approval of GM
Ø It must be ensured that the contemplated container handling activity will not in any way hinder or restrict or hamper handling of inward or outward traffic in rail wagons at present or in foreseeable future.
- Encouraging Lift On-Lift Off operations provides first and last mile road bridging services (‘door-to-door services’). This will lead to better utilization of unutilized/less utilized good shed lines, lead to expansion of container operations & widening of commodity basket through small packet size and attract traffic from Road to Rail through Containers.
- Targeted beneficiaries are private container train operators, logistic companies, all freight customers, third party freight cargo aggregators, small packet size parcel operators & end-users and manufacturers.
Time tabled run of freight train (Automobile Traffic)
— Indian Auto Industry is one of the largest in the world with annual production of about 24 million vehicles.
— During year 2015-16, IR has loaded 708 rakes carrying 235907 units of four wheeler/three wheeler/two wheeler .
— IR‘s present Rail Share in the automobile transportation is only about 3%.
— The production and consumption pattern of Automobile is growing in such a way that there is substantial demand for transporting automobiles from one area to other area – to a distance much beyond 500 m.
— IR is targeting to achieve 25% rail share of auto traffic.
— At present Major OD pairs are Delhi – Chennai, Delhi – Bangalore, Chennai – Guwahati.
— Delhi –Bangalore is one of the most important OD pair for Auto transportation.
— AUTO Cargo is time sensitive and hence Time Tabled running is important to ensure quality service. The time table for Gurgaon–Nidvanda- Gurgaon circuit is as follows:
|Time (Dep.)||Day||STATION||Time (Arrl.)||day|
|21.30 (dep.)||1st day||GURGAON (GGN)||23.00 (Arr.)||–|
|01.30||2nd day||PALWAL (PWL)||17.00||–|
|02.30||–||MATHURA JN. (MTJ)||16.00|
|13.00/13.10||3rd day||BALLARSHAH (BPQ)||08.40/08.50||2nd day|
|11.00/11.20||4th day||RENIGUNTA (RU)||11.30/11.40||–|
|19.30 (Arr.)||–||NIDVANDA (NDV)||01.00 (Dep.)||1st day|
|70 Hrs.||TOR||70 Hrs.hrs.|
- Days of Run Ex Gurgaon on Monday, Thursday and Saturday.
- Days of Run Ex Nidvanda Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.
— At present average 2000 cars move per month between Gurgaon and Nidvanda. The time tabled run will improve the turn round and the number of trips are likely to go resulting transportation of about 6000 cars per month.
Introduction of New Train service between Vijaywada Dharmavaram (Tri-weekly)
The Indian Railways, (as per Minutes provide by South Central Railway) going to introduces a Over-Night train viz. 17215/17216 Vijayawada-Dharmavaram (Tri Weekly service).
The abstract schedule including timings; composition, stoppages etc. of the train services to be introduced are as under:
|17215 BZA-DMM||↓||STATION||↑||17216 DMM-BZA|
|EX-BZA: MON,WED & SAT||EX-DMM: TUE,THU & SUN|
|510 KM||DISTANCE||510 KM|
|44.08 KMPH||SPEED||39.46 KMPH|
Primary Maintenance: Vijaywada (R/BPC). OEM; Dharmavaram
Days of run:
Ex-Vijayawada – Monday, Wednesday, & Saturday
Ex-Dharmavaram – Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday.
Guntur, Narsaraopet, Vinukonda, Markapur Road, Giddalur, Nandyal, Dhone Gooty,Anantpur .
Composition of regular service:
SLR=2, 3AC=2, 2AC=1, Sleeper=6 (Total= 11 COACHES)
Nairobi: Lawyer Nitin Shah looked out wistfully from his office window in central Nairobi at railway tracks snaking away from the Kenyan capital’s railway station, then sighed and turned around.
His ancestors had helped build the notorious British East African Railway network that in the late 1800s connected Mombasa on Kenya’s Indian Ocean coast to the continent’s landlocked interiors at the cost of four Indian workers’ life per mile.
The Indians, brought by the British as labourers and managers, who survived the construction of the rail network and stayed on formed the first Indian diaspora community in East Africa and are today the region’s wealthiest social group.
But a $14 billion Chinese-funded new rail network that will connect Mombasa to Kampala in Uganda, Juba in South Sudan and Kigali in Rwanda is expected to replace the old, rusting lines by June next year. It promises 120km per hour trains that will allow travellers to cover the 480km Nairobi-Mombasa journey in four hours – it currently takes 12 hours.
Nagpur: The recent announcement by the railway ministry — in its brochure commemorating two years of the Narendra Modi government — of studies to plan a high-speed rail (bullet) route between Mumbai-Nagpur and Nagpur-Delhi has once again raised a debate. This is because the Mumbai-Nagpur line, which was first envisaged by the Congress-led Democratic Front government in Maharashtra, was shelved by the railways a few months ago.
Among the reasons officials had given at the time was that with the state government coming up with a high-speed expressway between the two cities and the Nagpur airport itself undergoing expansion, the economic feasibility of a bullet train was doubtful.
The Delhi-Nagpur HSR (railway lingo for bullet trains) study is part of the first phase of studies commissioned. The feasibility study of the line is yet to be taken up by the China Railway Siyuan Survey and Design Group company, said officials. Delhi-Nagpur is part of the Delhi-Chennai route being studied currently.
Dozen projects have been identified for speedy completion
The Railway Board has set monthly targets for executing new/ongoing projects and urged General Managers to evolve a system for periodical monitoring of the progress made at the zonal level.
Special scanners would be used so that they would not need to come in contact with paper when the books are digitised.
The Dinning Hall in Central Railway, Mumbai prior to the Digitisation of old books
Mumbai: More than 100 historical documents of Great Indian Peninsula Railway (GIPR), the predecessor of Central Railway, are set to be digitised and preserved for posterity.
The digitised documents will be uploaded on the Central Railway’s website to provide a look into the functioning of the country’s oldest railway service.
New Delhi: Minister of Railways Suresh Prabhu in a letter to finance minister Arun Jaitley recommended that the 92-year-old practice of presenting a separate budget for the Railways be discontinued and merged with the general budget.
“Integrating the rail budget with the general budget will enable formulation of a seamless national transportation policy, while insulating the Railways from political pressures,” Prabhu is understood to have said in the letter sent sometime in June.
“No reply has yet been received from the Finance Minister yet,” highly placed sources told.
Talgo train outruns Gatiman clocking 180 km per hour, aims for 220 kmph
The Indian Railways has conducted the second trial run for high-speed Talgo trains of Spain on the Palwal-Mathura section of the North-Central Railway. Spanish-made Talgo has become the fastest train in the country by clocking a speed of 180 km/hr by covering 84 km in 38 minutes in the trial, surpassing the record of Gatimaan Express.
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