National Federation Of Indian Railwaymen
3, CHELMSFORD ROAD, NEW DELHI – 110 055
Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC)
International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF)
The secretary (E),
Ref: (i) NFIR’s PNM Item No.4/2011.
(ii) NFIR’s letter No.1/8 dated 02/04/2010
(iii)NFIR’s Letter No. 1/8/pt. I dated 27/06/2013, 13/09/2013, 5/5/2014, 7/7/2014 7 21/10/2014.
(iv) Railway Board’s letter No.F(E)I/209/Al-28/21/pt.dated 28/04/2015.
In the Fast Track Committee Meeting held in the Railway Board on 08/05/2015, the above subject was discussed without finality. However, NFIR places below detailed justification warranting restoration of payment of TA/DA to the Staff Car Drivers;-
1. the committee constituted by the Railway Board appears to have not recommended payment of daily Allowance to the Staff Car Drivers for performing official journeys during the prescribed duty hours even if they move out beyond a distance of 8 kms. from the Head quarters without consulting extant codal provision.
2. The sub Rule (1) of Rule 1614 of India Railway Establishment code (second Reprint Edition) permits drawal of daily allowance by a railways employees who is not receiving a permanent allowance on any day on which he proceeds on tour beyond a radius of 8 Kms.
The position mentioned above shows that the decision taken by the Railway Board is contrary to the instructions/codal provisions, the same requires to be reviewed. It needs to be appreciated that the staff car drivers carry the officials to accident sites, flood affected areas, and different location in view of administrative requirement. their working is not comparable with other departments of Central Government. Denial of TA/DA is therefore unjustified.
NFIR, therefore, urges the Railway Board to withdraw Board’s letter dates 12/03/2008 and issue instructions to the General Managers of zones/PUs for restoration of payment of TA/DA to Staff Car Drivers undertaking journeys beyond a distance of 8 Kms. A copy of the instructions issued may be endorsed to the Federation.