RBE No. 17/2020
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
New Delhi, dated February 04, 2020
The General Managers
All Zonal Railways & PUs.
(as per standard mailing list)
Sub : Norms/procedure for promotion in the unified cadre of Track Maintainer – Clarification.
Consequent to instructions issued vide Board’s letter No.2010/CE-1/Spl)/GNS/15 Pt.1 dated 17.08.2012 for restructuring/reorganization of the staffing pattern of Trackmen on the Indian Railways. further instructions were issued vide letter No. E(NG)I/2012/PM 5/1 dated 13.08.2013 and letter of same number dated 14.10.2014 laying down the norms/procedures for future promotion in the unified cadre of Track Maintainers.
Subsequently, instructions were issued vide letter No. 2010/CE-1/Spl)/GNS/15 Pt.1 dated 22.09.2014. stipulating the assignment of duties to the various Grades of Track Maintainers, wherein inter-alia, the erstwhile categories of Mate and Keyman have been shown designated as Track Maintainer Grade-I in GP Rs.2800 (Level-5) whereas in the earlier letter dated 17.08.2012 ibid, these categories are shown in GP 1800 (Level-1) and GP Rs.1900 (Level-2) respectively.
The aforesaid anomaly in the instructions dated 22.09.2014 ibid has lead to a number of court cases in the matter of promotions in the category of Track Maintainers.
In view of the above, to obviate arising of such ambiguity in the matter, it is clarified that instructions contained in letter No. 2010/CE-1/Spl)/ GNS/15Pt.1 dated 22.09.2014 is meant to show only the standard/usual assignment of duties in the various grades of Track Maintainers category and it may be distinguished from the AVC and normal residency period for promotion in this category, which is laid down in Board’s letter No. E(NG)I/2012/PM5/1 dated 13.08.2013 and letter of same number dated 14.10.2014.
In case of similar issue arising in future Court cases, the aforesaid clarification may be brought to notice while defending the matter.
This issues in consultation with the Civil Engineering Directorate of Railway Board.