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Railway Strike Ballot – Railway Board agrees to many of Railway Unions’ Demands to avoid Railway Strike
The Indian Railway has agreed to several demands of the National Federation of Indian Railwaymen (NFIR) including the scrapping of the new pension scheme among others.
The NFIR along with the Chairman – Railway Board and Member Staff held a meeting on Friday and presented their charter of Demands. The railways had taken a strike ballot on January 17 and 18 where 97.03% employees voted in favour of general strike. The meeting was attended by NFIR general secretary M Raghavaiah, NFIR president Gumansingh and NFIR working president R P Bhatnagar. NFIR vice-president J G Mahurkar said that NFIR had opposed the decision of new pension scheme imposed from January 1, 2014. A special communication was being sent to ministry of finance with the approval of railway minister recommending scrapping of the new pension scheme.Also, it was decided that the railway board will go in for up-gradation of track maintainers. The board has also agreed granting appointment to wards of a railwaymen under the LARSGESS Scheme by relaxing norms.Mahurkar said that the railway board has also agreed to grant appointment under the LARSGESS Scheme to employees. Also, it decided for up-gradation of 3,335 apex level group ‘C’ post to group ‘B’ gazetted. The railway board has agreed to consider absorption of quasi administrative staff and to find the solution. The railway board has agreed to discuss the anomalies of modified assured career progression, said Mahurkar.
Source : The Times of India