Sub: Merger of three categories of posts in the Commercial Department viz -Ticket Checking Staff (TC), Commercial Clerk (CC) & Enquiry-cum Reservation Clerk (ECRC).
5. Further, subsequent to merger above, general re-allotment of functionalities ordered in some units have triggered staff representation and led to court cases.
Annexure to Railway Board’s letter No. E(NG)I/2016/PM 1/12(Pt.) dated 05.04.2019
Methodology for implementing the merger of Ticket Checking Staff, Commercial Clerks & Enquiry-cum-Reservation Clerks.
(i) Existing cadres as on 22.02.2018 of Commercial Clerk and ECRC categories would continue to be in separate seniority groups as per the pre-22.2.2018 position.
(ii) The designation of the posts as laid down in para 2.1 of RBE 28/2018 would, however, continue with the modification that the post in level-6-GP 4200/- would be designated as Chief Commercial-cum-Ticket Supervisor instead of Chief Commercial-cum-Ticket Clerk as mentioned in RBE 28/2018.
(iii) While the designation will remain the same, two seniority groups of ECRC and CC categories would continue to be maintained separately and promotions will also be for vacancies arising in the relevant seniority group only.
(iv) As and when employees in the seniority group of ECRC move up from GP 2800/-/Level-5, the promotional quota of the vacant posts will be filled up by employees in the feeder grade of Commercial-cum-Ticket Clerk in GP 2000/- L-3. This would effectively mean that the posts vacated by ECRCs in their entry grade would be filled up by eligible Commercial Clerks.
(v) Considering the functional work profile, recruitment as only stand alone ECRCs in future will not take place. Such DR is to take place only against the merged designation for all three categories of Commercial employees, i.e. Ticket Checking, Commercial Clerk and ECRC as already underlined in RBE No. 28/2018.
(vi) In short, as regards existing employees, instead of keeping only the TC category separate and merging seniority of CC and ECRCs; it is now recommended that all three seniority groups TC, CC and ECRC be maintained separately for existing employees. Merger into a common seniority and common functionalities will take place for future DR.
2. AS seniority groups would continue to be separate, those originally recruited as ECRCs or as Commercial Clerks would continue to be assigned functions that are in line with their categorization to the extent possible. Orders issued to the contrary in the intervening period would be reviewed. However, in administrative exigencies, there is no objection to employees recruited as ECRCs or CCs being assigned work pertaining to the other, in accordance with the common designation that they still belong to.
3. Restoring original seniority groups by revising of RBE 28/2018 now would have implications on selection/suitability tests already conducted in the intervening period. While Railways/Units that have followed the methodology of filling up vacancies that existed as on 22.02.2018 by the respective seniority groups before effective merger of seniority would likely not face issues after separation of seniority now; the same would not necessarily hold true for Railways/Units that have followed a different methodology. Accordingly, to deal with the situation, the following is recommended;
(a) There will be no reversions on promotions that have already been effected due to the revision in seniority grouping now proposed to be effected.
(b) Asa corollary to (a), those employees in the promotional posts now, who would otherwise have not been eligible due to the separation of seniority groups, would continue in their promotional posts as a measure personal to them until vacancies in the promotional grade arise to accommodate them in the normal course.
(c) Those employees who have not been considered for promotion earlier due to their position in the erstwhile merged seniority groups, but are now found eligible on account of their seniority in the separate seniority group, are to be considered for promotion in the next selection/suitability test for vacancies against their seniority group. On clearing the promotional test and joining the working post in the promotional grade, they may be accorded proforma benefits of pay fixation without any arrears of wages.