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Railwaymen ratify all-India strike decision

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Railwaymen ratify all-India strike decision
 GUWAHATI, Dec 26 – The NF Railway Mazdoor Union’s general secretary Rakhal Das Gupta has asked railwaymen to prepare themselves for another countrywide strike after a strike ballot ratified the decision, an NF Railway press release here stated.

It may be noted that the All India Railwaymen’s Federation (AIRF), having given deep thought to the state-of-affairs and the plight of the long-pending major issues of the Railwaymen, had decided, after detailed deliberations, in its General Council Meeting, held in New Delhi on September 9 last, to conduct a strike ballot on December 20-21. The 89th annual convention of the AIRF, held at Patna on November 22-24 last, also took stock of the situation, and after thorough discussions, ratified the decision taken in the General Council Meeting of the AIRF.
Complying with the above decision of the AIRF, a strike ballot was conducted throughout the Indian Railways on December 20-21 wherein Railwaymen took part with full enthusiasm and zeal. Approximately 95% Railwaymen, members of AIRF, voted in favour of strike. The NF Railway Mazdoor Union being an affiliate of the AIRF conducted the ballot from December 19-21, where 97.72 % Railwaymen and members voted in favour of the strike.
According to the Indian Railway Establishment Manual, ballot should be taken from the members before going for withdrawal of labour (strike). There should be three-fourth majority in support of the strike. In NF Railway all the 49 branches of NF Railway Mazdoor Union spread from Katihar to Dibrugarh, Silchar to Murkongselek conducted the strike ballot and after completion of counting the ballot it was found that the railwaymen, agitated over the non-timely fulfilment of their major issues, as enlisted in the 36-point ‘Charter of Demands’, showing their anguish broadly cast their votes in favour of the strike. Thus, AIRF’s stand to launch direct trade union action to press upon the Government of India and Ministry of Railways on the 36-point ‘Charter of Demands’, has been proved to be fully justified, as revealed from the results of the strike ballot, the release added.
Looking at the overwhelming support to the strike, the AIRF will now take stock of the situation, and the president of the AIRF, Umraomal Purohit, who is also secretary, Staff Side (National Council/Joint consultative machinery), will consult other constituents of the NC/JCM in regard to the future course of action as well as dates etc., in case Government of India and Ministry of Railways does not take appropriate action to resolve the issues.

The 36-point ‘Charter of Demands’ of the Railwaymen mainly comprise the following issues – filling up of vacancies, sanction of additional posts commensurate with additional workload, stopping of the outsourcing of jobs which are perennial in nature, restoration of Old Pension Scheme and scrapping of the New Pension Scheme, appointment of 7th CPC, removal of anomalies of 6th CPC and MACP Scheme, removal of ceiling of PLB, implementation of unanimous recommendation of Joint Committee on the Trackman, merger of Technician Gr II with Gr I, provision of GP of Rs 4800 to all the supervisory staff, upgradation of apex level Group ‘C’ posts to ‘B’, merger of GP Rs 2400 with GP Rs 2800, treatment of 100% Casual Labour Service as “Regular Service” for pensionary benefits, extension of scope of LARSGESS irrespective of category and grade pay, recruitment of wards of Railwaymen in the Railways, absorption of quasi-administrative offices staff in the Railways, redress of grievances of the Accounts and Ministerial Staff and Loco & Traffic Running Staff, Traffic Operating, Shunting & Yard Staff, etc.

vacancy position in Railways

Employment News - Latest vacancy position in Railways - Report on Zonal wise as on 1.4.2013 - Total vacancies 1,311,959

The Minister of State for Railways Shri.Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said in a statement in the Parliament on 13th December 2013 that the filling up of vacancies is a continuous process and there is always a lag between occurrence of vacancies and processing the same for filling up which involves issue of notification, holding examination, finalization of select panels and issue of appointment letters.

The total number of employees as on 1.4.2013 is 1311959*, of which SC employees is 219682*, ST employees is 94,879* and Persons with disability is 8814*.

The number of fresh face substitutes engaged directly by the General Managers in various Railway Zones in last 3 years is 1784.  General Managers on Zonal Railways have been authorized by the Ministry of Railways to engage Substitutes in exigencies of services against vacancies to the extent of 10% in Safety Category and 2% in Other Categories, in order to avoid Railway Services getting adversely affected.

The total number of vacancies in Railways, zone-wise as on 1.4.2013 is given as under:-
East Central21,175
East Coast11,457
North Central16,577
Northeast Frontier11,150
North Eastern9,449
North Western11,690
South Central20,667
South East Central11,332
South Eastern16,702
South Western6,336
West Central10,375
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Special Class Railway Apprentices’ Examination, 2014

Posted: 20 Dec 2013 12:51 AM PST
Special Class Railway Apprentices’ Examination, 2014

The Union Public Service Commission will be conducting the Special Class Railway Apprentices’ Examination, 2014 on  January 12, 2014 at various centres all over India as per notification. E-Admit Cards are available on the Commission’s website  Candidates are advised to download and check their e-admit cards carefully and bring discrepancy, if any, to the notice of the Commission immediately.  

Rejection letters citing the ground(s) for rejection have been issued through e-mails and also put on the Union Public Service Commission’s website  In case any difficulty is faced by the candidates in downloading e-admit cards, they may contact the UPSC Facilitation Counter on Telephone Nos. 011-23385271011-23381125and 011-23098543 on any working day between 10.00 AM and 5.00 PM.  The candidates can also send Fax message on Fax No. 011-23387310.  No  Admit Card will be sent by post.

In case the photograph is not printed clear on the e-admit cards, candidates are advised to carry three (3) photographs (one identical photograph for each session) along with proof of identity such as Identity Card or Voter Identity Card or Passport or Driving License and printout of e-admit card at the venue of the Examination.

Source : PIB News


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Reservation to Disabled

Reservation to Disabled Persons

Press Information Bureau 
Government of India
Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment 

10-December-2013 17:32 IST

Reservation to Disabled 

As per Section 33 of the Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act, 1995, every appropriate Government shall appoint in every establishment such percentage of vacancies not less than three per cent for persons or class of persons with disability of which one per cent each shall be reserved for persons suffering from-

(i) blindness or low vision; 
(ii) hearing impairment; 
(iii) loco motor disability or cerebral palsy, in the posts identified for each disability. 

The Supreme Court in its judgment dated 18.10.2013 in the matter of SLP (7541 of 2009) titled Union of India & Anr. Vs. National Federation of the Blind & Ors has, inter alia, held that the computation of reservation for persons with disabilities has to be computed in case of Group A, B, C and D posts in an identical manner viz., computing 3% reservation on total number of vacancies in the cadre strength. 

The Supreme Court has also directed to modify the O.M. 29.12.2005 issued by Department of Personnel and Training consistent with its order. 

In pursuance with order of the Supreme Court, Department of Personnel and Training has issued an O.M. dated 3.12.2013 requesting all concerned to take necessary action for implementing the order. The State Government/Union Territories have also been appraised by Department of Personnel and training in this regard. 

This information was given by the Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment, Shri P. Balram Naik in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today. 
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Restructuring of certain Group 'C' cadres.

Railway Board Orders - Restructuring of certain Group 'C' cadres in Railways

RBE No.102/2013
No. PC-III/2013/CRC/4
New Delhi, dated 08-10-2013
The General Managers/ Director General,
All Indian Railways/ Production Units,
RDSO etc. Central Training Institutes.

Sub. : Restructuring of certain Group 'C' cadres.

The Ministry of Railways have had under review Cadres of certain Group 'C' staff in consultation with both the recognized Federations (AIRF/NFIR) with a view to strengthen and rationalize the staffing pattern on Railways. As a result of the review undertaken on the basis of functional, operational and administrative requirements, it has been decide.d with the approval of the President that the Group 'C' categories of staff as indicated in the Annexures 'A' to 'H' this letter should be restructured in accordance with the revised percentages indicated therein. While implementing these orders the following instructions should be carefully and strictly adhered to:

Date of effect
1.The restructuring of the cadres will be with reference to the sanctioned cadre strength as on 01-11-2013. The staff who will be placed in higher grade pay as a result of implementation of these orders will draw pay in higher grades w.e.f. 0141-2013. The benefit of restructuring will be restricted to the persons who are working in a particular cadre on the cut-off-date i.e. 01-11-2013.
Applicability to various cadres
2.These orders will be applicable to the permanent regular cadres (excluding surplus & supernumerary posts) of the Open Line establishments including Workshops, Production Units, RDSO and Centralized Training Institutes. Only those temporary posts which are in operation for atleast three years may also be taken into account for the purpose of applying revised percentage. This will be subject to certification that these posts are meant for regular activities which will continue and not for any sporadic requirements.

 2.1 These orders will also be applicable to the regular posts of Group 'C' cadres, borne on the permanent establishment of Centralized Training Institutes, chargeable to Revenue and identical in AVC, Grade Structure, Designation &. Recruitment pattern to that of same categories on the Zonal Railways.

 2.2 These orders will not be applicable to ex-cadre work- charged posts which will continue to be based on worth of charge. 2.3 These instructions will also not be applicable to construction Units and Projects, where posts are generally created on worth of charge basis. For creation of posts in these units the percentage distribution of posts as in Open Line/Production Units may be generally kept in view, taking into account the availability of funds and extant rules for the same.
Pay Fixation
3. The pay of staff promoted against the additional higher grade posts as a result of restructuring (including chain/resultant vacancies) will be fixed as per Rule 13 of RS(RP) Rules,2008 with the benefit of one increment @ 3% of basic pay, with the usual option for pay fixation as per extent rules.
Existing classification and filling up of the vacancies
4. The existing classification of the posts covered by these orders as selection' and 'non-selection', as the case may be remains unchanged. However, for the purpose of implementation of these orders, if any -individual Railway servant becomes due for promotion to a post classified as a 'selection' post, the existing selection procedure will stand modified in such a case to the extent that the selection will be based only on scrutiny of service records and confidential reports without holding any written- and-/or -viva-voce test. This modified selection procedure has been decided upon by the Ministry of Railways as a one time exception by special dispensation, in view of the numbers involved, with the objective of expediting the implementation of these orders. Similarly for posts classified as 'non-selection' at the time of this restructuring, the promotion will be based only on scrutiny of service records and confidential. reports. In the case of Artisan staff, the benefit of restructuring under these orders will be extended only on passing the requisite Trade Test. 

4.1Normal vacancies existing on 01-11-2013 (except direct recruitment quota) and those arising on that date from this cadre restructuring including chain/resultant vacancies should be filled in the following sequence: (i) From panels approved on or before 01-11-2013 and current on that date; (ii) and the balance in the manner indicated in pare 4 above. 

4.2Such selections which have not been finalized by 01-11-2013 should be cancelled/abandoned.

4.3 All normal vacancies arising from 02-11-2013 will be filled by normal selection procedure.

4.4 All vacancies (including chain/resultant vacancies) arising purely due to this cadre restructuring • should be filled up by senior employees who should be given benefit of the promotion w.e.f. 01-11-2013 whereas for the normal vacancies existing on 01-11-2013, junior employees should he posted by modified selection procedure but they will get promotion and higher pay from the date of taking over the posts as per normal rules, Thus the special benefit of the promotion w.e.f. 01-11-2013 is available only for vacancies arising out of cadre restructuring and for other vacancies, the normal rules of prospective promotion from the date of filling up of vacancy will apply.

4.5 In cases where percentages have been reduced in the lower grade and no additional post becomes available as a result of restructuring, the existing vacancies on 01-11-2013 should be filled up by normal selection procedure.

4.6 Direct recruitment percentages will not be applicable to the additional posts arising out of these restructuring orders as on the date of effect. The direct recruitment percentage will apply for normal vacancies arising on or after the date following the date of effect i.e. 01-11-2013. The direct recruitment quota as existing prior to the date of effect in certain categories will continue to be maintained.

4.7 Employees who retire/resign or expire.inbetween the period from the date of effect of these orders to the date of actual implementation of these orders, will be eligible for the fixation benefits and arrears under these orders w.e.f. 01-11-2013, if they are otherwise eligible for the said benefit. 5. Extant instructions for D&A/Vigilance clearance will be applicable for effecting promotions under these orders with reference to date of effect of these orders.
Minimum years of service in each grade
6. While implementing the restructuring orders, instructions regarding minimum period of service required for promotion issued from time to time should be followed. However, while considering any relaxation in the residency period prescribed for promotions to various categories, General Managers would personally ensure that the safety aspect of Railways is not compromised.
Basic functions duties and responsibilities
7.Since the cadres as detailed in the annexures to this letter are being restructured on functional, operational and administrative considerations, the posts being placed in higher scales of pay as a result of restructuring should include the duties and responsibilities of greater importance.
Adjustment of excess number of posts.
8.If prior to issue of these instructions the number of posts existing in any grade in any particular cadre exceeds the number admissible on the revised percentages, the excess may be allowed to continue to be phased out progressively with the vacation of the posts by the existing incumbents.
Provision of reservation
9. The existing instructions with regard to reservation of SC/ST wherever applicable will continue to apply.
Pin pointing of posts
10. The administration should take steps to pin-point the additional posts arising out of this restructuring as per administrative requirements. However, in those cases where due to pin-pointing of posts staff is required to join duties in the upgraded posts at a different station, such staff may be allowed the benefit of upgradation/promotion on "as is where is basis" for the time being and allowed to join the pin-pointed post at the new station within six months time from the date of issue of promotion order, subject to the satisfaction of HOD on merit in each case.
Refusal of promotion
11. Such of the Staff as had refused promotion before issue of these orders and stand debarred for promotion may be considered for promotion, in relaxation of the extant provisions as a one time exception, if they indicate in writing that they are willing to be considered for such promotion against the vacancies existing on 01-11-2013 and arising due to restructuring on the date. This relaxation will not be applicable to vacancies arising after the date of effect i.e. 01- 11-2013.
Matching Savings
12. Entire scheme of restructuring is to be a self-financing and expenditure neutral proposition. Financial implications should be worked out taking into account the revised basic pay (including the Grade Pay) corresponding to the midpoint of the pre-revised pay scales in respect of each post as listed in the fitment table circulated vide Railway Board's letter no. PC-VI/ 2008/i/RSRP/1 dated 11-09-2008 and 12-09-2008, along with the Dearness Allowance as applicable on date of effect of these orders. 

 12.1 After working out the financial implications, the matching savings should be effected from the category itself. Wherever it is not possible to do so from the category itself, the matching savings should be arranged from the department at the divisional/zonal level. But before restructuring the cadre as per the revised percentage distribution of posts, matching savings will have to be ensured and if the Department/Railways are not able to provide the matching savings, the particular category/department will not be restructured. While effecting surrender of posts of equivalent financial value, the existing vacant posts available in the categories on the date of effect should be considered for the purpose of off-setting the cost of restructuring/financial effects of restructuring. Board desires that the General Managers should ensure that the restructuring is implemented expeditiously with matching saving without any exception and difficulty. There would be no restructuring without matching savings by surrender of posts. 

 12.2 Revised percentage distribution of posts as per these orders is to be based upon the sanctioned cadre strength as on 01-11- 2013. Surrenders are to be effected on this sanctioned strength and the resulting imbalance/variation in the cadres is to be reviewed at the time of next annual review as indicated below
Annual review
13. As per instructions contained in Board's letter No. PC-VI/ 2009/CRC/4 dated 26.03.2010, the Annual Review due to be conducted as on 01-04-2010 on the cadre strength of 01-04- 2010 was suspended. It has now been decided that the next: Annual Review will be undertaken from 01.04.2015taking into account the cadre strength as on01.04.2015.

This issues in consultation with the Establishment Directorate and with concurrence of the Finance Directorate of this Ministry. The receipt of this letter may please be acknowledged. 

(Vikram Gulati) 
Director, Pay Commission –II 
Railway Board 


1Annexure 'A'Transportation Traffic &(Power) Department.
2Annexure ‘B’Commercial Department.
3Annexure ‘C’All Engineering Departments including Workshops.
4Annexure 'D'S&T, Mechanical and Stores Departments
5Annexure 'E'Medical Department.
6Annexure 'F'Accounts and Cash & Pay Department / Staff Common to
more than one Department.
7Annexure `G'General Administration/ Personnel, Statistica Publicity Departments.
8Annexure 'H'Categories specific for RDSO.

Source: AIRF 


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Mumbai to get first AC local only in June next year - Mumbai - DNA

Mumbai to get first AC local only in June next year - Mumbai - DNA

The new deadline for the city’s first air-conditioned local train, to run on the Western Railway (WR), has now been set for June 30, 2014. The train was announced in the railway budget for the current financial year.

According to WR officials, the delay was caused by the time taken to select a new design for the rake and because technical gaps related to the electrical systems that will power the train had to be plugged. The train’s power system will be provided by Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited’s Bhopal plant.

Speaking to dna, Pankaj Kumar, chief mechanical engineer, Integral Coach Factory (ICF), Chennai, said, “This train will have a completely new design in the history of Indian Railways. It will be a 12-coach rake, broad gauge, as wide as the locals running in Mumbai and will be completely vestibuled. The furnishings will be state-of-the-art and different from those in the trains running in the city at present.”

Kumar told dna that the design for the new train has almost been finalised and the production of the rake could start in March putting it into service by June 30. The various tenders would be beginning as early as next month, said ICF officials.

In Mumbai, officials said that the fare of the train is still a matter of debate because pricing it too high or too low could be a problem. “The train should not be so crowded that we have trouble closing the doors. That would delay the trains following it,” said a WR official.

A group of officials believe that in the face of the saturation in the suburban system, an air-conditioned train isn’t a solution. “It is best that we run longer, 15-coach regular trains on the suburban system and run air-conditioned ones on the elevated corridors being planned between Churchgate and Virar and CST and Panvel,” said an official.

India's first train trial run turns 161 today

India's first train trial run turns 161 today

Monday, Nov 18, 2013, 7:49 IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: DNA

Pic courtesy: Central Railway archives
Pic courtesy: Central Railway archives

“There was immense excitement and enthusiasm. The train and railway tracks were a new thing to arrive in Bombay in the 1850s, and were a city-wide attraction,” recalls Surendra Sunkersett, the great-great-grandson of Jagannath ‘Nana’ Sunkersett, one of Mumbai’s biggest philanthropists back in the 1850s.
Sunkersett is referring to the day Mumbai — then Bombay — had its first end-to-end train trial run. It had taken place on this day, November 18, exactly 161 years ago.
“The date was November 18, 1852. Nana was one of the Indian directors of the railway company called the Great Indian Peninsula Railway. It was a big day for the railway. Nana had made persistent efforts for the railway system to be started in Mumbai. This was India’s first train trial run,” 80-year-old Sunkersett told dna, adding, “When the engine and the train took a trial run to Thane, my great-great-grandfather was proud to be on it.”
Many people might be able to tell you that India’s first train ran between Bombay and Thane on April 16, 1853. But not many would know that it was in November the previous year that the trial run took place. Railway history books state that the engines were yet to arrive and that the trial run was done with a shunting locomotive.
“Nana was so enthusiastic to start a railway in Bombay that he had offered one of his bungalows in Girgaum as a ticket booking office because the railways did not have any land back then. The gesture went down very well with the new railway company,” he said.
The British thanked Nana by offering him a golden pass, which entitled him to travel anywhere on the train. The family surrendered the pass after his death.
“The VT station building, built in 1888 and designed by FW Stevens, has a bust of Nana on its facade, where we pay homage to him every year on his death anniversary,” Sunkersett said.
Nana played an important role in some of the major reconstruction efforts in the city, beginning 1857, including setting up schools. He was also one of the Indians to be nominated to the Legislative Council of Bombay.
“We want the railways to rename Mumbai Central in Nana’s honour,” Sunkersett added.
Deja vuAs the first stretch of the 11.4km-long Mumbai Metro conducted its first end-to-end trial from Versova-Andheri to Ghatkopar, it gave a sense of déjà vu as it was in November 1852 that the end-to-end trial of the first train of Indian Railways had taken place. The trial run between Bombay and Thane carried prominent people of the day, apart from railway engineers.


Lug typewriter to railway exam centre

Lug typewriter to railway exam centre
    The Railway Recruitment Board (RRB) refuses to change with the times and has stuck to the age-old system where a candidate carries his own typewriter to the examination centre. At a time when most of the government as well as the private sector have been conducting their examinations online, the RRB’s move is retrograde and baffles many.
    The tests which commenced on November 6 would go on till November 15 for which more than 10,000 candidates would appear for the existing 800 vacancies in Southern Railways, among which 500 vacancies are for Assistant Station Masters (ASMs) and 300 for the rest.
    The announcement for the examination was published sometime in the middle of 2012. Preliminary examination was conducted on December 2, 2012. Those who cleared it were called for the main examination which was held on August 8, 2013. Those who made the cut have been asked to appear for the final stage of aptitude and skill tests.
    T Praveen of Tiruchy was seen carefully dusting a typewriter, which he has borrowed from a friendly lawyer’s office. Praveen always had an impression that the typewriter was a thing of the past—he couldn’t have been more wrong!
    Praveen was desperate to get hold of a typewriter, but it was hard to come by. “When I approached the lone typewriting institute in Thiruvanaikoil, they refused to lend one fearing I might damage it. So I had to seek help from my friend,” Praveen fumed. S N Karuppannaswami, Member-Secretary, RRB, Chennai said, they are simply following the norms laid down by the board

    Railways improving passenger experience - Eight ways in which Indian Railways is improving passenger experience | The Economic Times

    Railways improving passenger experience - Eight ways in which Indian Railways is improving passenger experience | The Economic Times

    तबादले की तलवार

    सुप्रीम कोर्ट ने अधिकारियों के तबादले को लेकर जो आदेश दिया है, वह बेहद महत्वपूर्ण है। उम्मीद की जानी चाहिए कि इसका प्रशासनिक कामकाज पर पॉजिटिव असर पड़ेगा। कोर्ट ने केंद्र और राज्यों से कहा है कि वे सिविल सर्वेंट्स के ट्रांसफर और पोस्टिंग के लिए तीन महीने के भीतर सिविल सर्विस बोर्ड का गठन करें। अदालत ने एक और अहम बात यह कही है कि अधिकारी सरकार से कोई भी आदेश मौखिक नहीं बल्कि लिखित में लें। गौरतलब है कि पूर्व कैबिनेट सेक्रेटरी टी.एस.आर सुब्रह्मण्यम समेत 82 पूर्व नौकरशाहों ने ब्यूरोक्रेसी में सुधार को लेकर सुप्रीम कोर्ट में एक जनहित याचिका दायर की थी जिसमें कहा गया था कि राजनीतिक हस्तक्षेप की वजह से अधिकारी कोई कदम नहीं उठा पाते हैं। नौकरशाही के कामकाज में राजनीतिक हस्तक्षेप का मुद्दा नया नहीं है। बीच-बीच में यह जोर पकड़ता रहा है। पिछले दिनों यूपी कैडर की आईएएस अधिकारी दुर्गा शक्ति नागपाल और हरियाणा कैडर के आईएएस ऑफिसर अशोक खेमका को लेकर उठाए गए कदमों से यह मामला काफी गरमा गया है।

    तबादलों के प्रश्न पर राजनेताओं का कहना है कि आम तौर पर ट्रांसफर तभी किए जाते हैं जब कहीं कोई तनाव पैदा हो गया हो, हालात संभल नहीं रहे हों। इसके पीछे जनता को शांत और संतुष्ट करना और मामले की निष्पक्ष जांच कराना मकसद होता है। यह बात एक हद तक सही है। लेकिन बड़ी सचाई यह है कि हर सरकार मनमाफिक अफसरों को तैनात करना चाहती है। सत्ता संभालते ही वह पहले से तैनात अधिकारियों को हटाकर अपने अनुकूल अफसरों को अहम पदों पर बिठाती है। इसमें जातीय और दूसरे समीकरण भी काम करते हैं। कई राज्यों में तो मलाईदार पद पैसे लेकर बांटे जाते हैं। वहां ट्रांसफर-पोस्टिंग ने इंडस्ट्री का रूप ले लिया है। सोचा जा सकता है कि पैसे देकर या किसी की कृपा से पद पाने वाले अधिकारियों की प्राथमिकता क्या होती होगी। लेकिन ऐसे माहौल में उन अफसरों के लिए काम करना सबसे मुश्किल होता है जो ईमानदारी से अपने फर्ज को अंजाम देना चाहते हैं। ऐसे नौकरशाहों के लिए ट्रांसफर और पोस्टिंग को बतौर सजा इस्तेमाल किया जाता है। कुछ ऐसे मामले भी हुए हैं कि सत्तारूढ़ दल के किसी कद्दावर नेता ने अपनी सनक में या फिर एकदम निजी स्वार्थ की वजह से या किसी वर्ग या संप्रदाय के तुष्टीकरण के लिए किसी ईमानदार अफसर का ट्रांसफर करा दिया।

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    Indian Railways’ Passenger Friendly Initiatives | Northern Voices Online

    Indian Railways’ Passenger Friendly Initiatives | Northern Voices Online

    Indian Railways continuously strive to provide comfortable and affordable travel experience to its passengers. Following steps/initiatives have been taken in this direction:
    Proliferation of E-Ticketing: Owing to liberalization of norms, increase of booking hours and increased convenience, the percentage of tickets being electronically booked is progressively increasing and is currently about 45 per cent  of total Passenger Reservation System (PRS) tickets booked. On an average, 3.65 lakh reserved tickets are being booked through internet daily.
    Ticketing Through Mobile Phone: E-tickets can also be booked through the mobile phone by downloading software from Indian Railways Catering & Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) website to the mobile phone. Further since February 2012, passengers booking e-tickets need not take a print-out of the Electronic Reservation slip (ERS) and instead display authorized SMS sent by IRCTC containing all vital details on laptops/palmtops/mobile phones. They are also required to carry their valid photo-id in original. This is a passenger friendly and an eco-friendly measure.
    Ticketing Through SMS: In order to improve access and tap the potential of mobile phone market, a pilot project of SMS-based ticketing through non-internet based mobile phones has been launched by IRCTC on July 1, 2013.
    Tatkal Facilitation:  In order to improve accessibility of Tatkal tickets, the timing of opening of reservation of Tatkal tickets has been shifted to 1000 hours on the previous day of journey instead of 0800 hours, since 10.07.2012. Further, no authorized agents, including agents of IRCTC and RTSAs/RTAs are allowed to book Tatkal tickets from 10:00 hours to 12:00 hours.
    Diversification of Booking Modes
    Proliferation through Tie-up with other institutions (Post offices): PRS terminals are being provided in Post Offices for which MOU has been signed with Department of Posts. About 249 Post offices currently have this facility.
    Reduction of pressure through Automation: Automatic Ticket Vending Machines (AVTMs) have been introduced to facilitate sale of unreserved tickets and reduce the pressure at the UTS counters. Incentives are offered to passengers for using Smart Cards at ATVMs. 811 ATVMs are functional, at present. Further, in order to benchmark Indian ticketing-facilitation initiatives with Global Best Practices, a pilot project of Coin/Currency Operated ATVM has also been made operational in Mumbai.
    Alternate Mode of Sales for Unreserved tickets: With a view to facilitate issuing of unreserved tickets, Jansadharan Tickets Booking Sewaks (JTBS) are being appointed in city areas. They are provided UTS terminals and are allowed to realise commission from the passengers. Around 993 JTBS have been commissioned at present.
    Reduction in Advance Reservation Period: The Advance Reservation Period has been reduced from 120 days to 60 days w.e.f 01.05.2013.
    ID Proof Mandatory For All Reserved Classes To Prevent Misuse of Ticket – With a view to keep a check on the passengers travelling on transferred tickets, provision was already there for production of proof identity in case of e-tickets, Tatkal tickets and passengers travelling in AC classes (except 3E). The scope of this provision has been expanded and w.e.f  01.12.2012, any one of the passengers booked on a ticket for travelling in any reserved class has to produce any one of the ten prescribed proof of identity in original during the journey , failing which all the passengers are treated as travelling without ticket and charged accordingly. There is, however, no change in the condition of production of same proof of identity (in original) as indicated on the Tatkal ticket.
    New Passenger Friendly Amenities
    Facility of Modern Luggage Trolleys had been introduced as a pilot project for senior citizens and women passengers. These were earlier operated through Rail Yatri Sevaks. Subsequently, instructions have been issued to Zonal Railways on 03.05.2013 to hand over the Modern Luggage Trolley to licensed porters at all other stations except Howrah and Sealdah where these trolleys will continue to be operated by Rail Yatri Sevaks up to May, 2014.
    Cleanliness Improvement: For improving the standards of cleanliness, Railways have been planned multi-pronged action by synergizing technology, education of Users and provision of better mechanized equipments.
    Battery operated vehicles at Railway stations for disabled, old age and sick passengers. This facility is to be provided through Commercial Publicity route with no charge to be levied either from the passenger or from the Railway. The scheme which was initially started for one year had been extended further up to 26.08.2016. The facility is presently available at 25 stations.
    Adarsh Stations: The scheme of Adarsh stations has already been introduced Indian Railways. Adarsh Stations are provided with basic facilities such as drinking water, adequate toilets, catering services, waiting rooms and dormitories especially for lady passengers, better signage, etc. Under this scheme, 1052 Railway Stations have so far been selected for development.