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Seventh Pay Commission Report – Allowances for Running Staff of Indian Railways

 Report of Seventh Central Pay Commission

Chapter 8.11 – Allowances
for
Running
Staff
of Indian Railways 

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Other Chapter on Allowances
Allowances payable for Additional/Extra Duty
Allowances related to Knowledge Updates
Allowances related to Deputation
Allowances related to Working on Holidays
Allowances related to Housing
Allowances related to Good Service
Qualification Allowances
Allowances related to Risk and Hardship
Allowances for Running Staff of Indian Railways
Allowances related to Sports
Sumptuary Allowances
Allowances related to Training
Allowances related to Travel
Allowances related to Uniform
Other Allowances

Allowances
Covered

8.11.1 Alphabetical list of Allowances covered here is as under:
1. Accident Allowance

2. Allowance in Lieu of Kilometreage (ALK)
3. Allowance in Lieu of Running Room Facilities
4. Breach of Rest Allowance

5. Ghat Allowance

6. Kilometreage Allowance (KMA)
7. Officiating Allowance

8. Outstation (Detention) Allowance
9. Outstation (Relieving) Allowance
10. Shunting Allowance

11. Special Running Staff Allowance
12. Trip Allowance

13. Waiting Duty Allowance

Present
Position

8.11.2 Running Staff of Indian Railways are entitled to “Running Allowance” that includes Kilometreage Allowance (KMA) and Allowance in Lieu of Kilometreage (ALK). Besides these, they are also entitled to some special compensatory allowances, as outlined above. The present dispensation of these allowances is as under:

Accident
Allowance

8.11.3 It is granted to those Running Staff of Indian Railways who are held up at any station other than headquarters due to an accident for a period exceeding 8 hours. If the period of detention < 8 hours, no payment is made, but the period of detention is counted towards hours of duty. Presently the payment is made at the rate of Kilometreage Allowance equal to 70 km for every 24 hour or part thereof, reckoned from time of commencement of detention. 

Allowance
in
Lieu
of
Kilometreage
(ALK)

8.11.4 This allowance is granted to running staff of Indian Railways when they are engaged in or employed on non-running duties. The present rates are:

When such running duties are required to be
performed at HQ
Equal to Pay Element of Running
Allowance, i.e.,30% of Basic Pay
When such running duties are required to be
performed at outstations
Granted Kilometrage Allowance on notional
kilometres earned @160 km per day

8.11.5 The activities for which ALK is payable are given below:

  • Attending
    Medical
    examinations.
    · Journey on transfer.
  • Joining
    Time.
  • Refresher
    Courses
    and
    Training
    in
    carriage
    sheds.
    · Attending enquiries.
  • Attending
    law
    courts.
  • Attending
    as
    Defence
    Counsel.
    · Trade Union meetings.
  • Attending
    First
    Aid
    classes.
  • Attending
    Ambulance
    classes.
  • Taking
    part
    in
    Territorial
    Army
    camps.
    · Attending Staff Loan societies.
  • Attending
    Welfare
    and
    Debt
    committees.
    · Attending Sports Duties.
  • Undergoing
    Sterilisation
    operation.
    · Attending Hindi examination.
  • Guards
    booked
    on
    escort
    duties.
  • LP/ALP
    kept
    as
    spare
    for
    examination/cleaning
    engine
    for
    VIP
    special
    trains.
    · Any other duties declared in emergency as qualifying for ALK.
  • ALK
    @
    120
    km
    to
    LPs
    working
    as
    Power
    Control/Crew
    Control.

Allowance
in
Lieu
of
Running
Room
Facilities

8.11.6 It is payable to running staff of Indian Railways at outstations where running room is not provided. Half the rate is admissible if running room is there but cook is not provided. The present rates are:
Category
Rate (Rs.) for every 24 hrs or part there
of
 
Loco Pilots 36.00
Guards 36.00
Loco Pilots (Shunting) 26.00
Firemen/Asstt. Loco Pilots 22.40
Brakesman/Asstt. Guards 22.40

Breach
of
Rest
Allowance

8.11.7 It is granted to running staff of Indian Railways who are detained for running duties before completion of scheduled Rest Period. It is payable as Overtime Allowance under HOER at the rate of 2 hours for every hour by which rest fall short of prescribed hours of rest.

Ghat
Allowance

8.11.8 It is granted to running staff of Indian Railways when operating trains on sections with steep gradient (Ghat Sections). This is granted on the premise that the average speed in Ghat Sections is much lower than non-Ghat sections and therefore the Running Staff operating on Ghat Sections will be put to a disadvantage vis-à-vis their counterpart operating on non-Ghat Sections in terms of Kilometreage Allowance if this allowance is not there. The present rates are:
Class-I Ghat Section Computation of kilometres will be 5 times the
actual distance travelled
Class-II Ghat Section Computation of kilometres will be 3 times the
actual distance travelled
Kilometreage Allowance (KMA)
8.11.9 It is granted to running staff of Indian Railways for being employed on running duties. This allowance is granted to incentivize more train running
and to compensate the staff for loss of daily allowance, which is not applicable to them. The current formula for the calculation of KMA is as under:

30% of the mean of scale of Passenger Driver + 20 days’ TA for ordinary class of cities                 
X 100                 
Average Passenger kms per month of Passenger Driver
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8.11.10 Based on the above, the present rates of KMA are:
Kin
d
of
Staff
Category Grade
Pay
Rates
o
f
KM
A
(Rs.
per
100
km)
Loco Running Staff Loco Pilot (Mail) 4200 212.5
Loco Pilot (Pass./Motorman) 4200 211.25
Loco Pilot (Goods) 4200 210
Shunter Gr.-I 4200 162.5
Shunter Gr.-II 2400 157.5
Senior Fireman-I, Senior Assistant Loco Pilot 2400
157.5 (101.25 for shunting)
Fireman-I, Assistant Loco Pilot 1900
151.25 (97.5 for shunting)
Senior Second Fireman, Motorman 1900
151.25 (97.5 for shunting)
Second Fireman 1800
127.5 (76.25 for shunting)
Traffic Running Staff Mail/Express Guard 4200 192.5
Passenger Guard 4200 191.25
Sr. Goods Guard 4200 190
Goods Guard 2800 188.75
Sr. Asstt. Guard/Sr. Brakesman 2400 112.5
Asstt. Guard/Brakesman 1900 107.5

Officiating
Allowance

8.11.11 It is granted to runningstaff of Indian Railways when put to officiatein other “running” or “stationery” posts. The present rates are:
When running staff are put to officiate in a “running post” For 30 days or less Entitled to pay as admissible in lower grade PLUS Running Allowance applicable to higher post enhanced by 15% (except for certain posts
where enhancement is 30%)
For more than 30 days Pay in the higher post shall be fixed under the normal rules
When running staff are put to officiate in a “stationery post” For 30 days or less As per the rules governing Outstation (Relieving) Allowance
For more than 30 days Entitled to pay as admissible in lower grade PLUS 30% thereof representing the pay in the lower post PLUS 30% thereof representingthe
payelement in Running Allowance

Outstation
(Detention)
Allowance

8.11.12 It is paid to running staff of Indian Railways when detained at outstations for more than 16 hours from the time they sign off duty. Presently the
payment is made at the rate of Kilometreage Allowance equal to 70 km for every 24 hour or part thereof after expiry of 16 hours from time of ‘signing off.’

Outstation
(Relieving)
Allowance

8.11.13 It is paid to Running Staff of Indian Railways who are deputed to work temporarily outside their headquarters either on running duties or
stationary duties. When running staff are sent to officiate in higher posts, the allowance shall be paid for 14 days only, and when in the same capacity,
the allowance shall be paid for a maximum period of 2 months. The rate of the allowance is the same as for Outstation (Detention) Allowance for each day
reckoned from the date of arrival at outstation.

Shunting
Allowance

8.11.14 It is paid to running staff of Indian Railways working Van Goods trains and Through Goods trains. The present rates are:
Category Rate
per
shunting
Loco Pilots Rs.33.50
Guards Rs.26.50
Firemen/Assistant Loco Pilots Rs.23.50

Special
Running
Staff
Allowance

8.11.15 Introduced by the VI CPC, this allowance is granted to certain categories of Running Staff in Indian Railways on account of more onerous nature of
work as well as process of selection involved. Dearness Allowance is paid on this allowance. The extant rates are:
Loco Pilot (Passenger), Mail Guard Rs.500 pm+DA
Loco Pilot (Mail/Express) Rs.1000 pm+DA

Trip
Allowance

8.11.16 It is paid to running staff of Indian Railways working on High Speed Trains from shed to shed. The current rates are:
Category Rate
Loco Pilot (Mail) Rs.24
Co-driver (if provided) and Loco Pilot (Passenger) Rs.18
Mail/Express Guard Rs.18
Assistant Guard/Brakesman Rs.12

Waiting
Duty
Allowance

8.11.17 It is granted to running staff of Indian Railways when on waiting/standby duty as per roster or due to cancellation/detention of train, etc.
Presently the payment is made at the rate of Kilometreage Allowance equal to 15 km per hour up to ten hours.

Demands

8.11.18 Both the recognised federations of Indian Railways, viz., All India Railwaymen’s Federation (AIRF) and National Federation of Indian Railwaymen
(NFIR) have requested that “the issue pertaining to payment of Running Allowance(Kilometerage Allowances and ALK) is best left to the Railway Administration,since from time immemorial, the kilometerage entitlements/rates are decided through bi-lateral discussions between Railway Board and Federations.” On the other hand the Ministry of Railway
specifically referred the examination of Running Allowance (RA) to the Seventh CPC for its consideration, vide Letter No.E(P&A)II-2014/Misc.3/7th CPC
of 20.10.2014.
8.11.19 However, subsequently vide letter No.E(P&A)II-2014/Misc.3/7th CPC of 11.05.2015, the Ministryof Railways reverted to the Commission stating
that successive Pay Commissions have “refrained from giving any express recommendations on the methodology/formula for calculation
of
the
rates
of
Kilometreage
Allowance/ALK,
” and “7th CPC may consider to let past practice continue.
8.11.20 Considering the above, except for the Special Running Staff Allowance, which is covered in the Chapter 11.40, the discussion on these allowances is not included in the report.

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COMMENTS

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  • SURAJ SINGH 2 years ago

    Hi,
    You have listed ALK @ 120 km to LPs working as Power Control/Crew Control. Waht will be the creitera for Guard working as Area control and Section control.