Thursday, 3 December 2015

SWR officers not happy with 7th pay commission

South Western Railway Promotee Officer’s Association (SWRPOA), Hubballi, has expressed disappointment over the recommendations of the seventh pay commission and has demanded consideration of some of its demands.

President of the association M. Sreedhar, general secretary Shaju A. Francis and other office-bearers submitted a memorandum to the general manager of South Western Railway Pradeep Kumar Saxena here on Wednesday urging him to forward their plea to the Railway Board for consideration.

In the submission, the officers said although the general impression is that salaries would go up substantially, the gross hike would be around 14 per cent in real terms.

SWRPOA would request the Railway Board to have the minimum pay recommended by the commission (Rs. 18,000) revised suitably and also have other pay levels revised accordingly, they have said.

They have said in the submission that the commission had not considered the long pending grievances of the promotee officers regarding parity in pay.

They have also pointed out that the commission’s recommendations related to seniority, recruitment including induction of Group-B officers into Group-A and other matters were not within the purview of the terms of the reference.

SWRPOA members also pointed out that the commission had not considered the Ministry of Railway’s recommendations about entry-level grade pay of Rs. 5,400 in Pay Band-II to promotee officers and placement of the junior administrative grade in Pay Band-IV.

They said that submission was made after discussing the pay commission recommendations in detail during the Annual General Body meeting of the association.