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7th CPC: Upgradation of Chemical and Metallurgical Staff in Railways – Clearance of DoP&T and Ministry of Finance

Upgradation of Chemical and Metallurgical Staff in the Railways recommended by 7th Central Pay Commission – Clearance of DoP&T and Ministry of Finance – NFIR urges to Railway Board

National Federation of Indian Railways
No.IV/NFIR/7 CPC (Imp)/2016/R.B./Pt.I
Dated : 03/10/2017
The Secretary (E),
Railway Board,
New Delhi

Dear Sir,

Sub: Upgradation of posts in the Railways recommended by 7th Central Pay
Commission – Clearance of DoP&T and Ministry of Finance – reg

Ref: (i)Railway Board’s letter No.PC-VII/2016/RSRP/2-RBE No.93/2016 dated
02/08/2016 to GMs etc.
(ii)NFIR’s letter No.IV/NFIR/7CPC (Imp)/2016/R.B. dated 12/09/2016,
30/09/2016, 15/11/2016 & 28/11/2016.
Railway Board’s attention is invited to the above cited references as well
NFIR’s PNM agenda item No.13/2017 (sent to Board on 20/02/2017). 
Federation gives following in-puts with regard to Chemical and
Metallurgical Staff in Railways who have been recommended upgradation of
Grade Pay by 7th CPC, but however not implemented till now. 
a Entry qualification B.Tech in Metallurgy and Chemical/M.Sc Chemistry direct
recruitment 100%.
b Duties & responsibilities The CMA/CMS in Indian Railways are primarily  responsible
for quality control & consequential safety on Indian
Railways. Their duties include checking & testing the
Raw materials used in the manufacture of Rolling stocks to
exact specifications to avoid the use of sub standard
materials in the production repair & maintenance of
Railway Coaches, Wagons and Locomotives. Safety items like
Wheels, Axles, Rails, Bogie Frames and Springs etc.
supplied by the Production & Repair Shops, Firms &
Suppliers etc. are tested and certified by CMA/CMS.

All the testing has to be done on a time bound basis to
ensure productivity and efficiency in production, repair
and maintenance of Rolling Stock and punctuality of Train
services ensuring optimum safety & quality control. The
C & M Engineers (CMAs & CMS) conduct Failure
Investigation of Railway components involved in derailment
and accidents and making suitable recommendations for
preventing further failures & deficiencies. The C &
M Engineers use the NDE (Non-Destructive Evaluation) of
critical components and save crores of Rupees for Indian
Railways. All works by CMA/CMS are done physically by their
own hands. No ministerial staff is provided. Letter
drafting for correspondence, Test report generation, record
keeping and maintenance of roster/attendance of staff etc.
is done by CMS/CMA himself.
c Promotion channel 1. CMA is promoted to CMS Posts;

2. CMS gets promotion to Gr-B post as ACMT through


ACMT posts are very less in numbers, a total of 56 posts
exist in Indian Railways since inception of this cadre, out
of which about 40% are vacant and are being looked after by
ADME/DME/WM etc with additional charge. Poor promotion
avenue as there is only 8-10 JAG posts in Indian Railways
out of which 50% posts are vacant. The directly recruited
B.Tech/M.Sc qualified CMA/CMS will hardly reach to
Junior/Senior scale or JAG post in their lifetime.
d Incentive bonus/Allowance No incentive bonus is given to CMA/CMS despite being
directly involved in the production/outage of a unit. A
best example is a Wheel shop section in a wagon repair
workshops in Indian Railways where in the same section, all
staff viz. helpers, technicians, JEs, and SSEs get
incentive except CMA/CMS. A wheel axle which is a highly
safety items in Indian Railways can’t be fitted in a

wagon/Loco until it is ultrasonically tested (UST)
physically by own hand by CMA/CMS and certified by him.
This axle only after certification from CMA/CMS is fitted
in wagon and counted as production/outage of the section.
Unfortunately all fitting/assembling staff
staff/Supervisors (JE/SSEs) get reward as monthly incentive
for this production but no CMA/CMS, who are truly and
directly responsible for this production/outage. The same
misfortune to CMA/CMS happens in production units and other
units also.
e Manpower yardstick There is no yardstick available for any working unit except
Diesel shed. Yardstick available for Electric Loco Shed is
not followed by Railway Board/Zonal Rlys. which was issued
by Director General/Electrical/RDSO, vide circular
No.EL/ES/TE-VI, dated-12.04.1996. Due to non availability
of yardstick, CMA/CMS are overburdened with the increasing
work and new assets. Technological advancement and
induction of sophisticated new machinery has increased the
workload rather than alleviation since all have to be
operated precisely by CMA/CMS with proper training.

NFIR, therefore, urges upon the Railway Board to expedite the matter for
acceptance and implementation of 7th CPC recommendation with
effect from January 1, 2016. 
Yours faithfully,
(Dr M. Raghavaiah)
General Secretary
Source: NFIR