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Transport Allowance- Deprival of Higher Rate to those working in Pay Level 1 & 2

Transport Allowance- Deprival of Higher Rate to those working in Pay Level 1 & 2 


Government’s decision on recommendation of the 7th Central Pay Commission – Transport Allowance to the Railway employees – Deprival of higher rate to those working in pay Level 1 & 2- NFIR 


NFIR 
National Federation of Indian Railwaymen 
3, CHELMSFORD ROAD, NEW DELHI- 110055 

Affiliated to :
Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC) & 
International Transport Workers' Federation (ITF) 

No.IV/NFIR/7 CPC(Imp)/Allowance/2016/Part I

Dated: 05/04/2018 

The Secretary (E),
Railway Board,
New Delhi

Dear Sir, 

Sub: Government’s decision on recommendation of the 7th Central Pay Commission – Transport Allowance to the Railway employees – Deprival of higher rate to those working in pay Level 1 & 2-reg. 


Ref: (i) Railway Board’s leffer No.PC/V/2017/A/TA/1 dated 17/08/2017 (RBE No.96/2017).
(ii) NFIR’s letter No.IV/NFIR/7 CPC/Allowance/2016/Part I dated 28/08/2017.
(iii) Railway Board’s letter No.PC-V/2015/PNM/NFIR/4 dated 17/20-11-2017. 

Federation does not agree with the view taken by the Railway Ministry in this case as conveyed to NFIR vide Board’s letter dated 17/20-11-2017. Federation wants that the Railway Ministry should prepare proper case based on the facts and contentions of NFIR as explained in our letter dated 28/08/2017 tobe placed before DoP&T/MoF. 

II. Federation reiterates that as a result of issuance of instructions dated 17/08/2017, a situation has arisen wherein the Railway employees in Pay Level 3, drawing pay Rs. 21,700/- and above upto Level 8 hitherto entitled for Transport Allowance @ Rs. 3600 + DA thereon (in A1/A class cities and in other cities @ Rs.1800 + DA thereon) have been deprived of the said rate due to the new norm for entitlement only when their pay reaches Rs. 24,200/-. 

III. Further it is relevant to take note that pursuant to acceptance of the recommendations of 5th CPC and 6th CPC, the rates revised as follows:- 

(a) Recommendations of 5th CPC – Transport Allowance 


     RBE No. 179/1997 (rates w.e.f. 01/08/1997)


S.No.
Pay Scale of the Employees
A1/ A class city
Other Places
1
Rs.8000-13500 or above
800
400
2
Rs.6500-10500 or above but below Rs.8000-13500
400
200
3
Below Rs.6500-10500
100
75


Above position reveals that all the employees working in pay scale below Rs. 6500-10500 i.e. upto Rs. 6000-9800 (S1 to S10A) were allowed Transport Allowance at the uniform rate of Rs. 100/- p.m. in A1/A class cities irrespective of their pay. 

(b) The Railway Board vide circular (RBE No.111/2008 – effective from 01/09/2008 and RBE No.95/2015) had prescribed following rates for payment of Transport Allowance to the Railway employees.

Employees drawing Grade Pay of Rate of
Transport Allowance for A1/ A class cities
GP 5400 & above
3200 + DA
GP 4200 – 4800,
GP below 4200 and pay in pay band: Rs.7440
1600 + DA
GP below 4200 and Pay below Rs.7440
600 + DA


IV. From the comparison of two tables mentioned above, it could be seen that the Railway employees were allowed higher rate of Transport Allowance on drawing pay Rs. 7440/- irrespective of Grade Pay/Pay Band. The modified Board’s instructions issued vide letter dated 03/08/2017 and 17/08/2017, have deprived the Transport Allowance @ Rs. 3600+DA thereon to those in Pay Level 1 and 2 (7th CPC) due to imposition of restriction i.e. reaching the pay Rs.24700/- ignoring the fact that the staff were already drawing pay @ Rs.7440 in 6th CPC Pay Band/Grade Pay. 

Federation, therefore requests the Railway Ministry to kindly arrange to make out case in the light of NFIR’s contentions for rendering justice to those staff of Pay Level 1 & 2 for granting Transport Allowance at rate i.e. 3600/- + DA thereon when they reach the corresponding pay @ Rs.21700/- and not 24200/- to meet the ends of justice and refer to MoF. A copy of the reference made to the MoF may be endorsed to the Federation for taking follow up action. 


Yours faithfully, 

Sd/- 
(Dr.M.Raghavaiah)
General Secretary 

Source:- NFIR India

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