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Government announces Seventh Pay Commission for central employees - The Times of India

Government announces Seventh Pay Commission for central employees - The Times of India

प्रधानमंत्री ने दी 7वें वेतन आयोग को हरी झंडी

प्रधानमंत्री ने दी 7वें वेतन आयोग को हरी झंडी
प्रधानमंत्री ने दी 7वें वेतन आयोग को हरी झंडी
केंद्रीय कर्मचारियों के लिए एक बड़ी खुशखबरी है. प्रधानमंत्री ने सातवें वेतन आयोग के गठन की मंजूरी दे दी है. वेतन आयोग की सिफारिशों से करीब 50 लाख केंद्रीय कर्मचारी और 30 लाख पेंशनभोगी लाभान्वित होंगे. वेतन आयोग के गठित होने और उसकी सिफारिशों के लागू होने के बाद केंद्रीय कर्मचारियों का वेतन पहले के मुकाबले और बेहतर हो जाएगा. केंद्र सरकार की यह घोषणा आगामी लोकसभा चुनाव में लाभ लेने की कवायद मानी जा रही है.
गौरतलब है कि छठे वेतन आयोग की सिफारिशें एक जनवरी 2006 से लागू हुईं थीं. वेतन आयोग को अपनी सिफारिशें सौंपने में औसतन 2 वर्ष का समय लगता है.
अगर आयोग अपनी सिफारिशें सौंपने में 2 वर्ष का समय लेता है तो इसकी सिफारिशें जनवरी 2016 से लागू की जा सकती हैं. आयोग के चेयरमैन और सदस्‍यों के नामों पर निर्णय जल्‍द ही ले लिया जाएगा.
छठे वेतन आयोग से पहले पांचवा वेतन आयोग एक जनवरी 1996 और चौथा वेतन आयोग एक जनवरी 1986 को लागू किया गया था.
गौरतलब है कि सरकार अपने कर्मचारियों के वेतनमान में संशोधन करने के लिए हर दस साल में वेतन आयोग का गठन करती है और अकसर राज्यों द्वारा कुछ संशोधन के साथ इन्हें अपनाया जाता है.
छठे वेतन आयोग में लागू की गईं कुछ महत्‍वपूर्ण सिफारिशें
-केंद्रीय कर्मचारियों के वे सभी पद जिनके वेतन मान 26,000 रुपये से कम हैं और फिक्‍स्‍ड हैं उनके लिए परिवर्तनीय पे स्‍लैब लागू किया जाना चाहिए.-एंट्री लेवेल पर न्‍यूनतम वेतनमान 6,660 रुपये होनी चाहिए. सचिव स्‍तर पर अधिकतम वेतनमान 80,000 रुपये होनी चाहिए -सचिव स्‍तर के पदों क लिए एक निश्चित वेतनमान होना चाहिए.
-ग्रेड की कुल संख्‍या घटा कर 20 कर देनी चाहिए और इनके लिए चार परिवर्तनीय पे स्‍लैब होना चाहिए.
-प्रमोशन के समय नए पद के अनुसार पे स्‍लैब तय किया जाना चाहिए और वेतन में एक.
बढ़ोत्‍तरी तो दिया ही जाना चाहिए.
-वेतन में वार्षिक बढ़ोत्‍तरी कुल वेतन का ढ़ाइ फीसदी होना चाहिए.
-वेतन में बढ़ोत्‍तरी एक जुलाई से ही दी जानी चाहिए.

Mainline Electrical Multiple Unit (MEMU) Coach Factory near Rupaheli station in Bhilwara

Ruling Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) chairperson Sonia Gandhi laid the foundation stone for a Mainline Electrical Multiple Unit (MEMU) Coach Factory near Rupaheli station in Bhilwara district of Rajasthan today.
The factory was approved in the Railway Budget for 2013-14 at an estimated cost of Rs 800 crore. It is a joint venture between the Railways, the government of Rajasthan and the public sector Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL).
The Rajasthan government has provided 518 acres of land free of cost for the project.
Once operational, the factory will meet the demand for MEMU Coaches on Indian Railways to a large extent. Besides, it will generate direct and indirect employment and give a thrust to development activities in the region.
The entire cost of the factory will be incurred by BHEL. At present, MEMU coaches are being manufactured by Rail Coach Factory (RCF), Kapurthala, which has a capacity of 112 coaches per year. The new factory at Bhilwara will meet the growing demand for coaches.
MEMU trains are very popular in non suburban sections. These trains are usually used by local commuters to commute from nearby rural areas and small towns to bigger cities for work. They have higher carrying capacity. 
"MEMU trains ensure a better and economical mode of transport for people to commute daily for their livelihood. These trains are more powerful and have faster acceleration and deceleration as compared to conventional trains. This results in less running time resulting in saving of 30 percent in energy consumption. These trains are equipped with toilets and are vestibuled for greater passenger comfort," the release said.
Railways Minister Mallikarjun Kharge, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and former Railways Minister C P JOshi, the Lok Sabha member from Bhilwara, were present on the occasion.

India's northeast to be linked to Trans-Asian Railway Network - NY Daily News | NewsCred SmartWire

India's northeast to be linked to Trans-Asian Railway Network - NY Daily News | NewsCred SmartWire
Agartala, Sep 16 — Mountainous northeast India would be connected to the railway network of neighbouring Myanmar to link up with the ambitious 81,000 km-long Trans-Asian Railway Network (TARN), an official said.
"To connect with the TARN, a 118-km railway track would be laid between (Manipur capital) Imphal and (border towns) Moreh and Tamu (the latter in western Myanmar)," Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) Chief Engineer (Construction) Harpal Singh told IANS.
"The survey work is now on and it would be completed by March next year," Harpal Singh said.
He said that another 257-km railway route from north Tripura's Jawahar Nagar railway station to northern Mizoram's Kolashib and Myanmar's Darlon has been proposed to connect with TARN.
"If Tripura and Manipur linked with the TARN, the northeastern states would be the gateway to Southeast Asian countries," Harpal Singh explained.
"For the development of northeast India's economy, tourism and people-to- people contacts between the region and Southeast Asian countries, the TARN would play a vital role," he added.
The proposed TARN covers 80,900 km of rail lines, including 22,600 km in South Asia, Iran and Turkey. The southern corridor begins in Kunming in China and Bangkok in Thailand and ends in Kapikule in Bulgaria.
The length of the route between Bangkok and Kapikule is 11,460 km and provides trans-continental connectivity to China, Thailand, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Pakistan, India, Iran and Turkey.
Harpal Singh said that as per the 'Vision-2020', prepared by the North Eastern Council, the NFR would connect all the state capitals of northeastern states by 2020. Currently, Assam's main city Guwahati and Tripura capital Agartala are linked with the Indian Railways network.
Agartala is one of the newest stations and came on the country's rail map in October 2008.
The NFR is one of the 16 railway zones in India. Headquartered at Maligaon in Guwahati, it is responsible for rail operations in the entire northeast and parts of West Bengal and Bihar.
Harpal Singh also said that work on a new rail link between India and Bangladesh along Tripura would start later this year.
"To ease surface transport between the hilly northeastern states and rest of India and the neighbouring country, thisline would also play a key role," he added.
At a cost of Rs 252 crores, India will build a 15-km track linking Agartala with Bangladesh's southeastern city of Akhaurah, which is also an important railway junction connected to Chittagong port, resource-rich Sylhet and capital Dhaka.
"Necessary survey and alignment of the railway tracks have been completed. Bangladesh would soon engage the agency for laying railway tracks on their side. We expect the work on the line would start this year," the NFR construction chief added.
An agreement for the new railway line was signed between Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his Bangladeshi counterpart Sheikh Hasina during the latter's visit to India in January 2010.
"The entire cost would jointly born by the ministry of external affairs and the ministry for development of northeastern region. The Indian Railway Construction Company (IRCON) would lay the track on the Indian side," the official added.
A steering committee under Radhika Lokesh, an additional secretary in the external affairs ministry has also been formed to implement the new India-Bangladesh railway project, for which a memorandum of understanding was signed in Dhaka on Feb 16.
"The NFR is now extending the 135 km railway network up to (southern Tripura's border town) Sabroom. With the establishment of the new railway link, northeast India would be connected to the Chittagong port by rail," Harpal Singh noted.
From Sabroom, Chittagong is just 72 km away.
Surface connectivity is an important factor as the landlocked northeastern states are surrounded by Bangladesh, Myanmar, Bhutan and China. The only land route to these states from within India is through Assam and West Bengal. But this route passes through over 70 percent hilly terrain with steep roads and multiple hairpin bends.
India has for long been seeking land, sea and rail access through Bangladesh for ferrying goods and heavy machinery to the northeast from abroad and other parts of the country.
Agartala, for instance, is 1,650 km from Kolkata and 2,637 km from New Delhi via Guwahati and West Bengal, whereas the distance between the Tripura capital and Kolkata through Bangladesh is just about 350 km.
(Sujit Chakraborty can be contacted at

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new train enquiry website

train-enquiry-systemThe Indian Railways has pulled the plug on Rail Radar and Train Enquiry, and launched its own Train Enquiry system. An announcement on the new train enquiry website informs visitors that, starting September 6th 2013, they should use instead of Rail Radar and Rail Yatri, which had launched the Rail Radar and Train Enquiry that have now apparently been shelved have declined to comment: we contacted them after receiving a note from a user unable to access Rail Radar. Note that CRIS (the Central Reservation Information Systems) had launched Rail Radar at our #NAMA conference last year.
An announcement in the press (read this) calls the new Train Enquiry, as “a new, enhanced interface”, which frankly, is a ridiculous assertion if you compare the ugly new interface and user experience with what existed just a week ago. To put things into context, we’ve moved from:


It’s not just the interface, but the experience is also much worse: it’s ridiculous that the CRIS version of Train Enquiry asked me to fill out a CAPTCHA form before I could access the page.
This switch from Rail Yatri to CRIS is also a surprising move, especially given that, just last month Rail Yatri recently launched Rail Wisdon, an initiative for collecting (crowdsourcing) information relevant for train travelers – information such as which exit to leave the station from, which train stations the doors usually are locked at, interesting food and tourist places near train stations, among other things. Rail Wisdom is still available on the RailYatri website.
Our Take
Why should CRIS have a monopoly on railways information, and decide who uses this information and how? Why can’t they just release an API, so that, not just Rail Yatri, but anyone who wants to pull their train timings data can use it as they deem fit? Think of online and mobile travel guides that can integrate live train information. If someone can do a better job of it than CRIS, then why not? By monopolising information, CRIS is limiting consumer benefit.
For the Indian Railways, which is a public sector undertaking, the focus should be on making it easier for users to get the information they need, and for this, they need to be less territorial about it. What’s better for consumers is what matters, and the switch that we have seen here is a significant step backward.

Smokers Beware! Railways to Install Smoke Detection in Coaches

Indian Railways has decided to install fire and smoke detection system on its coaches to check smoking inside trains and also to send alarm in case of initial stages of fire, thereby giving valuable time for shifting to safe areas and evacuation.
The automatic fire and smoke detection system was tested on trial basis on Very Early Warning Smoke Detection System (VEWSD) strategy to detect smoke/fire at incipient stage of smoke, fire through continuous multipoint sampling and analysis of coach environment. The system is suitable for controlled environment in AC coaches only.
There are 4 alarm levels which will be introduced as Alert, Action, Fire-1 and Fire-2. Depending on severity of fire, the passengers will be taken to safety. The system has been subjected to trials on Bhubaneshwar Rajdhani. During trial period, two actual fire incidents were detected by the system in two coaches of Bhubaneshwar Rajdhani and timely warning was sent saving loss of property and life, said authorities.
Rail Coach Factory has recently installed this system on one more rake of LHB Rajdhani dispatched to Northern Railway which will be used to run 12454/12453, New Delhi Ranchi Rajdhani train.
Based on the feedback from this trial, Research Design & Standards Organisation (RDSO), a research wing of the Ministry of Railways, has improved on the specification and also made provision of interfacing the system with the air brake system of the coaches so that in the event of Fire-2 alarm, train gets stopped before hooter is sounded. It will ensure that passenger can safely get down without panic. The arrangement has been tried on the Bhubaneshwar Rajdhani. The system is also planned to be fitted on more rakes in the current year.