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New Scheme for Railway Staff taking voluntary retirement

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New Scheme for Railway Staff taking voluntary retirement

Indian Railways is all set to start new scheme for its employees who take voluntary retirement from service. Under the safety related retirement scheme, railways will provide employment to one of the family member of the retiring employee. This scheme can be availed by an employee, aged between 50-57 and employed under the safety category, who have completed the minimum tenure of 20 year service.

General Secretary of All India Railway Federation, Shivgopal Mishra, on Wednesday said that this scheme would start with pay scale of Rs.1800 and the employee will be promoted to higher pay scale as well. “This scheme will be beneficial for the older ones and with young blood taking charge, productivity and safety in railways will also increase,” said Mishra. He further said that Ministry will formally announce this scheme soon.

At present , there are around 2.5 lakh employees in the safety category but around 18,000 employees will benefit from the upcoming scheme. Under this scheme, apart from providing employment to one of the family members, regular pension will also be paid to the employee. Regarding the scheme, Mishra said that the said scheme was formulated at the time of NDA Government when Nitish Kumar was the Railway Minister. “The scheme was formulated when Nitish Kumar was the Rail Minister. But at that point of time, the scheme was not passed due to some issues,” said Mishra.

Meanwhile, under the banner of All India Railway Federation a dharna was organised near the DRM office demanding welfare of the employees and putting a curb on the outsourcing of service sector of the railways. “This is in larger interest of the passengers, rail users and the employees.” Mishra said.

Source: The Pioneer

HC relief to woman officer in sexual harassment case

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HC relief to woman officer in sexual harassment case

A woman Research Officer with the Department of Indian Systems of Medicine got relief from the Delhi High Court which has directed the government to constitute a "proper" committee to inquire into her accusation of sexual harassment by a senior colleague.

The woman officer, working in the Department of Ayurveda, Yoga & Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy (AYUSH) under the Health Ministry, had contended that the sexual harassment committee appointed earlier by Department was headed by a person junior to the accused, which was against the law in this regard.

Aggrieved by non-compliance of guidelines laid down by the apex court in this regard by the Department, she had approached the Central Administrative Tribunal which declined to direct the government to re-constitute the committee on the ground of lack of jurisdiction.


'SCs/STs for open seats be treated as general'

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'SCs/STs for open seats be treated as general'

Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe candidates qualifying against open seats for promotion cannot be adjusted against the vacancies earmarked for SC/ST quota, the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) has held while giving relief to a Delhi Police woman constable.

"The official memorandum dated July 2, 1997 has to be applied for reservation to SC/ST category candidates who achieve merit of general category have to be deemed as general category candidates and this quota would not be counted towards reservation.

"If it is so, because of non-following of the aforesaid (memorandum) the fundamental right of the applicant to be considered as a SC category candidate fairly and equitably for promotion has been applied. The action of the respondents cannot be countenanced," the Tribunal bench, comprising Members Shanker Raju and S P Singh, said.

The CAT passed the order on a petition of a woman constable Krishna Kumari seeking direction to the Delhi Government to consider her candidature for promotion to the post of Head Constable.

She submitted that she was eligible for consideration as she held eighth position against 15 vacancies earmarked for the category.

Accepting the plea of Kumari, the Tribunal said the government wrongly applied the instructions laid down in the official memorandum.

"In our considered view, the government has misapplied the instructions to fill up the quota of SC/ST from the candidates belonging to that respective category even if they have achieved the merit on a par with general category candidates," the Tribunal said.

Earlier, the government contended that the vacancies meant for SC/ST have been utilised by those despite merit obtained by them at par with the general category.

While rejecting its contention, the Tribunal said, "The case of Kumari for promotion in promotion list A against SC quota on the basis of the selection of the year 1999 shall be considered and in the event she is otherwise qualified, consideration for promotion shall be accorded to her from the date juniors have been promoted."


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