Productivity Linked Bonus (PLB) for 2018-19 to Railwaymen – AIRF to Railway Board
No.AIRF/387 Dated: August 19, 2019
Sub: Productivity Linked Bonus for the Financial Year 2018-19 to Railwaymen
You may recall that, Productivity Linked Bonus has been an outcome of bilateral agreement arrived at between Ministry of Railways(Railway Board) and Staff Side (Federations) on 22.11.1979. The formula for calculation of PLB, that was formulated as a result of aforementioned agreement, is sacrosanct, on the basis of which payment of Productivity Linked Bonus is being made to all eligible Railway employees every year till last financial year.
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It is worthwhile to mention here that, the Indian Railways are running around 22,000 pairs of trains per day, carrying more than two-and-a-half crore passengers and a substantially high volume of freight traffic. This is only possible with the dedicated and sincere services rendered by the Railway employees, the number of whom has drastically reduced over the years despite tremendous increase in the workload with addition of new trains, new railway lines, stations and other installations during this period. It is only because of their dedication and sincere efforts that, the wheel of the Indian Railways are moving in a hassle-free manner in all weathers, and even under arduous conditions round-the-clock, which is ultimately a tool of progress of our country. It is also a well-established fact that, the Railwaymen, to the tune of 400-600, sacrifice their lives while performing their duties every year, and this figure is even higher than the number of Armed Force Personnel.
It is worth-mentioning here that, the Railwaymen, putting their all efforts, have increased Net Tonne Kilometres and broken the record of carrying Freight as well as Passengers.
It would, therefore, be in all appropriateness, that the number of days, calculated for PLB, should be enhanced this year.
(Shiva Gopal Mishra)