Tuesday, September 30, 2008

To,
The General Secretary,
A.I.R.F.,
New Delhi.
Date: 29.09.2008
Reg: Anomalies in the pay scales of Cash & Pay Office Staff in the 6th PC.

Ref: RBE No. 108/2008 and 124/2008.

Dear Sir,

In reference to the above referred Railway Board Estt. Serials, we noticed following discrepancies in relation to the pay scales of Cash & Pay Staff of Indian Railways. The anomalies, as per the RBEs published so far, are needed to be addressed to the Board immediately, before publication of further orders in relation to the pay scales of some categories not published yet.

At the beginning of the matter, let us elaborate our present status as below:

Cash Section
Pay Section
Pay Scale as per Vth CPC
Sixth CPC
Designation
Status as per AVC
Designation
Status as per AVC
Pay Band
Pay Scale
Grade Pay
Shroff
Selection from Gr.D/RRB as Matriculation
-
-
Rs. 3050- 4590
PB 1
Rs. 5200-20200
Rs. 1900
Sr. Shroff
Non-Selection
Cashier
Recruitment Grade thro. RRB as Graduate/ Selection from Shroff/ Other Departments
Rs. 4000 – 6000
PB 1
Rs. 5200-20200
Rs. 2400
Hd. Shroff
Non-Selection
Sr. Cashier
Non-Selection
Rs. 5000-8000
PB 2
Rs. 9300- 34800
Rs. 4200
Assistant Divisional Cashier
Selection
Inspector of Cashiers
Non-Selection
Rs. 5500- 9000
Divisional Cashier
Non- selection
Divisional Cashier
Selection
Rs. 6500-10500

Such fixation of the Cadres, as discussed above, gave rise of the following anomalies:

Anomalies of the Cashiers:

(a) Non-Selection Grade of Cash Section (Sr. Shroff) and Selection Grade of Pay Section (Cashier) are placed in same pay scale. As such (i) being the Recruitment Grade, (ii) being the selection grade, (iii) existence of evidences of Direct Recruitment of Graduates and (iv) existence of Appendix examinations, Cashiers has strong ground to be placed in the pre-revised grade of Rs.4500-7000 and as a matter of fact such facts were duly responded by the members of the 6th CPC and the ED(PC), who ware present at the Oral Evidence at Chennai.


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(b) In the Vth CPC, Sr. Commercial Clerks were placed just at par with the Cashiers i.e. in the pay scale of Rs. 4000-6000. Such caused a similar anomaly of Cashiers with the JAAs (Accounts Department) as of the Sr. Comm. Clerks with the ECRC (Commercial Department) and both such anomalies were highlighted during the Oral Evidence of 6th CPC. As par RBE no. 124/2008, the anomalies of the Commercial Department is redressed by placing the Sr. Commercial Clerks in the pay scale of Rs.5200 – 20200 with the Grade Pay of Rs. 2800 (Corresponding to the pre-revised pay scale of Rs.4500- 7000).

Anomalies of the Inspector of Cashiers:

Inspector of Cashiers (IOC) is the inherent and lone inspection cadre within the Category of Cashiers. Such cadres are acting as the vigilence wing and disburse the responsibility of being vigilant and report directly to the Management concerned. IOCs role in Cash & Pay Wing is juxtaposed as the TIAs, SVs of Accounts Department. Therefore, with the increasing trend of vigilance activities like any other department, such cadres are needed to be placed in the right perspective within the cadre, which not only will help the administration to propagate the commands to the effective line of activities e.g. Cashiers and Sr. Cashiers but also to maintain the vigilant instinct in tact. Therefore, the merging of IOC cadre with the Sr. Cashier in terms to pay scales along with the same grade pay may bounce the commands back and restrain the inspection activities in future. For sorting out such problems, IOCs are needed to be placed with the Grade Pay of Rs. 4600.

Anomalies of the Divisional Cashiers:

Divisional Cashiers are shouldering some distinct responsibilities, as below:

(a) Holds the Office.
(b) Supervisor of the
(i) Cash Porters (Gr. D)
(ii) Cashiers
(iii) Senior Cashiers
(iv) Ministerial Cadres e.g. Clerks, Sr. Clerks, Hd. Clerks, Jr. OS, Sr. OS and Ch. OS.
(c) Sectional In charge of 20 and more staff, unlike 6-8 staff of Section Officers / Sr. Section Officers (in the Accounts Department).
(d) Responsible for all the Operational Activities of the Cash (Receiving) and Pay (Payment) Section.
(e) Holds Material Responsibilities in the form of Liquid Cash and Monetary Instruments.
(f) Nodal point of Rly. to the Banks and/or Financial Institutions and others.
(g) Increasing day by day, with undefined limits, with the increase in newer electronic form of transactions introduced by the Railways e.g. EFT, RTGS, ECS etc.

Placement of Divisional Cashiers in the same pay bracket with the Subordinate staff leads to:

1. Lack of Control on the Cashiers and Sr. Cashiers.

2. Placement of Ch. OS in the pre-revised Rs. 7450-11500, which is revised to Rs.9300-34800 with the Grade Pay of Rs. 4600, completely jeopardizes the functionality of the Cash & Pay Section of the Accounts Department. By such placement Divisional Cashiers in the lower grade than the Ch.OS will loose control over the Establishment of the Subordinate Staff and management of the clerical functions of Cash & Pay Activities; even Divisional Cashiers will not find the required justifications / motivations to hold such responsibilities.



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3. As par the provisions made by the 6th CPC, in the PART - B Section I in para (ii):
On account of merger of pre-revised pay scales of Rs.5000-8000, Rs.5500-9000 and Rs.6500-10500, some posts which presently constitute feeder and promotion grades will come to lie in an identical grade. …………. In case it is not feasible to merge the posts in these pay scales on functional considerations, the posts in the scale of Rs.5000-8000 and Rs.5500-9000 should be merged, with the post in the scale of Rs.6500-10500 being upgraded to the next higher grade in pay band PB-2 i.e. to the grade pay of Rs.4600 corresponding to the pre-revised pay scale of Rs.7450-11500. ………….

From the above provision it can be clearly concluded that merging of posts of pre-revised scales of Rs.5000-8000 (Sr.Cashiers), Rs.5500-9000 (IOC) and Rs.6500-10500 (Divl. Cashier), constitute feeder grade and promotion grade to Divl. Cashier. Moreover, on functional consideration also the scenario in Cashiers Cadre has twisted to completely different way in comparison to other cadres, because the duties, responsibilities and line of commands of the said cadres are completely different, which are to be understood very analytically and sorted out immediately for maintaining smooth transition of the administrative commands and peaceful working by the Cash & Pay Staff.

4. Existance of Sr. Divisional Cashier:

Nonetheless to say, that the duties and responsibilities of the Divisional Cashiers are far more than the Section Officers/Sr. Section Officers of Accounts Department. The material responsibilities, which have no match with the inked responsibilities on the papers, are waiting to be awarded since long. As a matter of fact the board itself recognized the stagnation of the Accounts Assistants (AAs) and resorted the matter by granting pre-revised Rs.6500-10500 to 15% of them, in spite of aversion to such decision by the members of 6th CPC as heard in Chennai (Such order had published after the date of hearing at Chennai). Such efforts witnessed as an effort of the AIRF and the Rly. Board Officials against the wish of the 6th CPC members and makes us strong believer of the idea that what AIRF will wish and make the Board to wish, will sure to happen.

The flow of command for the functioning of Cash & Pay Wing is directly from the DFMs/ADFMs to the Divisional Cashiers. Therefore, if the flow may flow from DFM/ADFM to Sr. SO (pre-revised Rs.7450-11500) then it is hard to believe that there is no justification of flowing the command from DFM/ADFM to Sr.DC. Moreover, to have a proper grip over the ministerial activities and remain free from feeling insultation to act with material responsibilities, pre-revised Rs.7450-11500 is bound to exist in Cashiers Cadre.
In all almost every category there is Non-Selection Supervisors at the top of the Supervisors of Selection Grade and all in these cases pre-revised Rs.7450-11500 (Non-Selection) comes at the top of the pre-revised Rs.6500-10500 (Selection Grade).

This 6th CPC, has taken the opportunity to determine the pay scales of some categories freely, based on responsibilities only. So, the board can from their own can revise and introduce justified pay scales to any categories and so, the Cash & Pay Staff.



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As such, the above mentioned and discussed anomalies, can be sorted out immediately, as below, in reference to the justifications discussed above:


Cash Section
Pay Section
Pay Scale as per Vth CPC
Sixth CPC
Designation
Status as per AVC
Designation
Status as per AVC
Pay Band
Pay Scale
Grade Pay
Shroff
Selection from Gr.D
-
-
Rs. 3050- 4590
PB 1
Rs. 5200-20200
Rs. 1900
Sr. Shroff
Non-Selection
-
-
Rs. 4000 – 6000
PB 1
Rs. 5200-20200
Rs. 2400


Cashier
Recruitment Grade thro. RRB/ Selection from Shroff/ Other Departments
Rs. 4000 – 6000
PB 1
Rs. 5200-20200
Rs.2800
Hd. Shroff
Non-Selection
Sr. Cashier
Non-Selection
Rs. 5000-8000
PB 2
Rs. 9300- 34800
Rs. 4200
Assistant Divisional Cashier
Selection
Inspector of Cashiers
Non-Selection
Rs. 5500- 9000
Rs. 4600
Divisional Cashier
Non- selection
Divisional Cashier
Selection
Rs. 6500-10500
Rs. 4800
Sr. Divisional Cashier
Non- selection
Sr. Divisional Cashier
Non- selection
Rs.7450-11500
PB 2
Rs. 9300- 34800
Rs. 5400


Sir, being the handful in numbers in comparison to the huge no. of Railway Employees, we remain always deprived of getting proper placements in comparison to the other departments especially of Accounts Department. With the excuse of being in the extinct category, as per the recent bureaucrats, we may be permitted to point out that the staff of Medical Department, Education Department, Ministerial Staff of Commercial Department, Ministerial Staff of Personnel Department, Accounts Department – all are in the list of “Dinosaurs”, in the eye of Rly. Administration. Still all are awarded rightly as pleaded before the 6th CPC, some are rightly – some are astonishingly. But, our position did not improve rather are worsened in respect of the pay scales. We strongly believe that the only recognized federation of Indian Railway, AIRF, will definitely negotiate the above mentioned anomalies and will sort out the issues as discussed above, before forwarding the disparities to any Anomaly Committee and protect the handful number of staff of Cash & Pay Section of Accounts Department of Indian Railway.

Thanking you,


Yours Faithfully,



(Y.K.Sharma) (D.Chakraborty)
Northern Rly. S.E.Rly.

3 comments:

gvbk said...

i have posted the same letter to AIRF and advised others to do so.we
may write to FC/RB also on the same lines.
GVBK PRASAD
DC,ECo Rly,WAT

Gopal C. Dhar said...

I agreed with contents of the letter. our railway administration has degraded the morale of the divisional cashier as being a senior supervising official.I urged to all my comrades to move very2 fast track to redresse of the anomally of the grade pay.
Gopal chandra dhar, DC,E.Co.R, khurda Road.

DREAMBOY said...

DEBU Chakraborty is leading the fight for Justice to Cash & Pay Staff but staff concerned are happy enough with their present situation. Y.K. Sharmaji should join hands with Debu'da to remove the anomalies now.... or never...
Dear Friends from Cash & Pay Offices of Indian Railways do you want your upliftment and justice in Pay ? Please show the Unity, Strenth otherwise neither the Unions nor the Administration will give importance to your Demands or Pray. Write to D. Chakraborty and Y. K. Sharma for another AGM to meet and Plan our next course of Actions.