New Delhi: 13th September, 2013 – Thousands of Railwaymen have thronged to the Metropolis of Delhi from all corners of the country to participate in the meeting of the General Council of the All India Railwaymen’s Federation(AIRF) at Northern Railway Badminton Hall Ground(adjacent to Karnail Singh Stadium), Basant Lane, Paharganj, New Delhi.
The General Council Meeting of the AIRF is being held today to review the entire situation on the “Charter of Demands” formulated in the 88th Annual Conference of the AIRF, held in Visakhapatnam from 18-20 December, 2012, and to decide course of action .
The General Council notes with dismay that, despite all out efforts of the AIRF, to have negotiated settlement on the Charter of Demands, it could not evoke proper response from the Ministry of Railways and Government of India.
After the report of the V CPC, Dearness Allowance(DA) was treated as “Dearness Pay” when it reached 50%. Due to steep rise in the prices of essential commodities, it has become impossible for the Railwaymen to contain their family budget. The percentage of Dearness Allowance due, as on 01.07.2013, has already reached 80% w.e.f., but the same has not been merged with the Pay. In the Public Sector Undertakings, revision of Wages and Allowances takes place at an interval of every 05 years, but in the Central Services, revision takes place after a long gap of 10 years. Every time, due to delay in appointment and submission of report of the Central Pay Commission, all the allowances, other than Dearness Allowance, are denied to the employees for months and years together. The same has happened after the report of the VI CPC as well, when the report of the VI CPC was implemented from 01.01.2006, all the allowances other than Dearness Allowances, were paid after a period of long two years and 8 months, i.e. w.e.f. 1st September, 2008.
This General Council of the AIRF demands for merger of 80% Dearness Allowance with the Pay w.e.f. 1st July, 2013 with consequential benefits in other allowances and appointment of the Seventh Central Pay Commission.
The New Pension Scheme(NPS) has been passed by the Parliament despite serious opposition of the AIRF. The AIRF is totally opposed to the NPS, and this General Council demands for payment of Pension and Family Pension to all the Railwaymen, irrespective of their date of appointment.
The General Council of the AIRF warns the Railway Board and the Ministry of Railways not to play with payment of Productivity Linked Bonus and reduce the payment, otherwise, the Railwaymen shall be compelled to act without any notice, the consequences of which shall squarely rest with the Ministry of Railways and the Railway Board.
The General Council unanimously decides to conduct Strike Ballot throughout the entire system of the Indian Railways on 20th and 21st December, 2013 and calls upon the Railwaymen to participate in the Strike Ballot in a massive way.
For General Secretary/AIRF