PERMANENT NEGOTIATING MACHINERY (PNM) MEETING HELD BETWEEN GM/NCR AND UNION (NORTH CENTRAL RAILWAY EMPLOYEE SANGH)
Today the first day of the two-day meeting of the Permanent Negotiating Machinery (PNM) between GM/NCR and Union (NCRES) was held in NCR/HQ in Subedarganj, Allahabad. The meeting began with a formal welcome of all present by the Principal Chief Personnel Officer, Ms. Nisha Tewari. She said that PNM forum is an excellent opportunity by which the problems and issues of staff can be collectively solved. She thanked NCRES for the positive role played by the union in solving employee issues in partnership with the administration. She also informed that the ‘Nirakaran’mechanism established at the Zonal and Divisional level was working efficiently to resolve the grievances and problems of railway staff, with 5930 grievances out of the 6270 received since their establishment standing successfully resolved. She thanked the NCRES for always providing constructive and positive support to the administration in its efforts to create a zero-grievance environment in the zone. After the welcome, GM/NCR, Shri Rajiv Chaudhry addressed the PNM.Welcoming the Zonal President, Zonal General Secretary and Office bearers of NCRES to the meeting, he said that due to the hard work and dedication of the staff, works of permanent nature costing 440 Crore pertaining to the Kumbh Mela were completed within target time, which are serving the Kumbh Mela Passengers now and, which will continue to serve the passengers coming to Prayagraj in future also. He praised the employees of NCR, in particular those of the RPF, for the discipline and dedication exhibited by them in the management of the Kumbh Mela 2019. He went on to say that in the past year NCR has made notable progress in all fields, the credit of which goes to the hard work and commitment of railway employees and that NCR railway administration has always received cooperation from NCRES. Praising the same he expressed the hope that such cooperation would be continued in future also.
Talking about the achievements of NCR in the past one year, GM NCR informed the PNM that compared to previous Financial Year, in this Financial Year (upto December 2018) there has been an improvement of 11.4% in loading. In order to check the menace of ticketless travelling, special drives were launched, as a result of which, from April to November 2018, 15.14 lakh irregular/ticketless passengers were apprehended and a penalty of Rs 76.83 Crore was realized from them, which is 6.84% more than the corresponding period of the last Financial Year. He also informed that 147 Automatic Ticket Vending Machines have been installed at various important stations of the NCR, in order to enable passengers to purchase unreserved tickets without having to stand in queues. Speaking on the cleanliness aspect, he said that ‘Swachhta’ has been taken up in a mission mode in NCR, and, as a result, till December 2018, 1121 Coaches have been equipped with Biotoilets along with a visible and appreciable improvement in the level of cleanliness at the stations of NCR. Speaking about important measures taken for staff welfare GM/NCR mentioned efficient functioning of ‘Nirakarn’ (staff grievance redressal centres) in the zonal headquarters and divisions, ‘Project Saksham’ for imparting training and skill improvement of railway staff (in which out of 66845 employees of NCR, 65296 have been trained), 100% Digitization of the service records of employees of NCR , promotion of 8776 eligible railway staff from April 2017 to December 2018, successful disposal of 569 cases ofcompassionate appointment of wards/dependents of railway employees who had passed away etc. Informing about the ‘All India Pension Adalat’ held on 18th September in which 274 cases related to pension were successfully disposed of, he said that it is the good fortune of NCR that it has a capable and responsible workforce and we are committed to looking after their welfare. The address of the GM was welcomed with a round of applause by the office bearers of the union. Speaking after the address of the GM, Central President of NCRES thanked GM/NCR for the improvements made in the medical facilities available to the staff of NCR. He suggested that pathology facilities for staff at Tundla should be allowed at Agra through contract with speciality pathology labs in Agra. Concluding his address, President NCRES thanked GM/NCR and all present for organizing the first PNM of the Financial Year well in time and in a very constructive atmosphere.
Speaking after the President, General Secretary NCRES, Shri R.P.Singh acknowledged that there had been substantial improvement in the overall health of the Zone in the last one year. He thanked GM/NCR for acknowledging the role of railway staff in the achievements of NCR especially in the management of the Kumbh Mela 2019 and said that NCRES would be continuously striving to put its best foot forward in all the spheres of activity of the zone, especially the management of the Kumbh Mela. Speaking on the upkeep of railway colonies, he suggested that separate ‘Zonal Contracts’ should be put in place for better and more effective maintenance of Railway Colonies housing railway staff. He also suggested that the process of procurement of medicines in Railway Hospitals through Local Purchase should be made more streamlined to ensure that the LP medicines are made available to the patients within 24 hours.
Apart from the above, discussion was done on the provision of more doctors at Mathura station of Agra Division, better upkeep and repairing of roads and boundary walls in railway colonies of Kanpur, Filling up of vacant posts in Jhansi workshop, better provision of drinking water at stations situated at arid and dry areas of NCR, Improving the maintenance of pit-lines etc. The officials of the NCRES voiced the greivances and concerns of the Railway Employees and urged the administration to work on them. The vote of thanks was given by Chairman Railway Recruitment Cell, Shri Vivek Prakash. The meeting proceeded and concluded in a cordial and cooperative atmosphere. The meeting will continue on 24th January also.