Provide Rain Coat, Winter Jacket, Clothing for sub zero climate, Safety Shoes with steel Toes, Luminous Vest, Safety Helmets, Tool Kit Bag and Tricolour LED Torch to Track Maintainers in addition to Dress Allowance – NFIR

Provide Rain Coat, Winter Jacket, Clothing for sub zero climate, Safety Shoes with steel Toes, Luminous Vest, Safety Helmets, Tool Kit Bag and Tricolour LED Torch to Track Maintainers in addition to Dress Allowance – NFIR

Provide Rain Coat, Winter Jacket, Clothing for sub zero climate, Safety
Shoes with steel Toes, Luminous Vest, Safety Helmets, Tool Kit Bag and
Tricolour LED Torch to Track Maintainers in addition to Dress Allowance – NFIR

Keeping in view the hard and strenuous working conditions faced by Track Maintainers while performing duties of Keymen/Patrolmen, Gate Keepers etc, the National Federation of Indian Railwaymen (NFIR) suggests Railway Board Member Engineering (ME) and Member Staff (MS) to provide lump sum cost of Rain Coat, Winter Jacket, Clothing for sub zero climate, Safety
Shoes with steel Toes, Luminous Vest, Safety Helmets, Tool Kit Bag and
Tricolour LED Torch once in a year in addition to Dress Allowance

N F I R
National Federation of Indian Railwaymen
3, CHELMSFORD ROAD, NEW DELHI – 110 055
Affiliated to :
Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC)
International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF)

No.IV/Committee/Track Maintainers/2010/Pt.III

Dated 31/01/2018
The Member Engineering,
Railway Board
New Delhi
The Member Staff,
Railway Board,
New Delhi
Dear Sir,
Sub: Hard and strenuous working conditions faced by Track Maintainers
while performing duties of Keymen/Patrolmen, Gate Keepers etc.- reg.

Ref: GS/NFIR’S letter No.IV/Committee/Track Maintainers/2010/Pt.III dated
01/11/2016 to MS & ME. 

Kind attention of Railway Board is invited to NFIR’s letter dated
01/11/2016 to Member Staff and Member Engineering, Railway Board. 
The Track Maintainers performing the duties of Keymen, Patrolmen and Gate
Keeper have been facing severe hardships due to non-supply of modern equipment/special
gears. These P.Way staff have to perform their duties, facing extreme weather conditions may be extreme hot,
cold or torrential rains and ensure safety of P.Way tracks and uninterrupted flow of traffic inspite of
risk to their lives.
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In this connection, NFIR reiterates again that the role of Keymen &
Patrolmen, who form part of Track Maintainer category for safe running of trains cannot be
underestimated or ignored. Their  duties and responsibilities are placed below in brief:-
  • Detection of any unsafe condition in the Track particularly the rail
    fractures and ensure   protection of trains. 
  • During summer season, when temperatures are high, the Track Maintainer to
    keenly observe  forany sun-kinks to prevent buckling of tracks and avoid unsafe conditions,
  • Check obstructions to the movement of trains in monsoon season, like
    falling of boulders,  breacheson the tracks etc., 
The Keymen and Patrolmen performs duties under hard working conditions. In
order to motivate them to work with devotion duly ensuring their own safety, they are
required to be provided with:-
(a) Protective and safety gears and
(b) Quality bags to carry tools and equipment for performing the assigned
duties more efficiently.

With the issuance of instructions by the Railway Board vide letter dated
03/10/2017, granting Dress Allowance, consequent upon acceptance of recommendation of 7th CPC, the
practice of supplying   uniform items has been stopped on Zonal Railways and the related allowances viz Kit
maintenance allowance, Shoe Allowance, Washing Allowance, Uniform Allowance etc have been subsumed into
a single Dress Allowance to be paid @ Rs.5000/- per annum to the Track Maintainers which
may cover costs of Shirts (both Summer & Winter), Trousers, Woolen Jersey, Headgear (other than
helmet), mittens, socks, water bottle and Washing Allowance only.

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Since the Keymen & Patrolmen have to walk on the ballast of P.Way
tracks under extreme weather conditions, they should be provided the special gears to protect themselves
from extreme weather conditions. The Track Maintainers are also required to walk on ballast
while handling rails, sleepers   etc., in the course of doing track maintenance duties. It may also be appreciated
that these Conditions are job specific, for which the necessity of improvised modern equipments has not
been covered under “normal uniform” and therefore, these are required to be provided separately to the
Track Maintainers.
Considering the hard and arduous working conditions and hassles as above,
NFIR suggests that the following protective gears (as per specification and scale mentioned below)
should be considered for ensuring supply to the Track Maintainers, Keymen, Patrolmen etc for use of
these improvised tools/equipments in their day to day working:-

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NFIR therefore requests the Railway Board (ME & MS) to kindly consider
the above proposal and  see that approval is accorded for sanctioning the amount in the form of
allowances to be paid to the  Track Maintainers for procuring the equipments mentioned vide l to 7 above.

NFIR may kindly be replied of action being initiated by the Board early.

Yours faithfully

(Dr M. Raghavaiah)
General Secretary

Copy to Executive Director (IR), Railway Board, New Delhi.
Copy forwarded to the General Secretaries of Zonal Unions of NFIR.
Media Centre/NFIR.
File No.04/2017 (PNM).

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