NFIR’s Charter of Demands – SPAD Definition to be reviewed to prevent harassment and victimisation of Running and safety categories’ staff
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
No.2014/Safety (A & R)/14/5
Dated : 21.06.2017
The general Secretary,
3, Chelmsford Road,
New Delhi – 110055.
Sub : NFIR’s Charter of Demands – SPAD Definition to be reviewed to prevent harassment and victimisation of Running and safety categories’ staff (Item No. 30 of Charter of Demands) – reg.
Ref : Your Letter No.II/34/Part 16 dated 18.05.17.
I am directed to refer to your letter No.II/34/Part 16 dated 18.05.017 addressed to Chairman, Railway Board on the above mentioned subject and to state that as per the norms of punishment issued vide Board’s letter No.99/Safety (A & R)/6/I dated 23.04.1999, in case of train passing signal at danger, the prescribed punishment is “Removal or Compulsory Retirement where entirely due to negligence of loco pilot, or reduction to a lower grade if there are contributory factors like loss of brake power on run which he could not have detected when he took charge of the engine.”
On Federation’s insistence, the matter regarding punishment norms, was put up to Board (MT an MS) in 2015, whereupon the Board has decided after that the existing instructions need not be changed.
Board had already deliberated in length on the subject and have not agreed to dilute the existing provisions of punishment in case of SPAD.
Prescribed punishment needs to be imposed in established cases of SPAD upon conclusion of accidents inquiry proceedings. However, at the appeal stage, contributory factors and past records of Loco Pilot may be taken into account and punishment reviewed. IN exceptional cases, running duty may also br restored to such loco pilots after re-training and fresh psyco test.
For Secretary /Railway Board
Source : NFIR