Dated : 09/10/2019
The General Secretaries of
Affiliated Unions of NFIR
Sub: Federation’s Meeting with Railway Minister Shri Piyush Goyal on 09th October, 2019-reg.
A meeting was held between the Federations (NFIR) and Hon’ble Minister Shri Piyush Goyal at 21/30 Hrs., on 09th October, 2019 at Rail Bhavan, New Delhi. Chairman, Railway Board, Member Staff, ED(IR) and other Officers have participated in the meeting.
The Federation (NFIR) has conveyed its concern over arbitrary decisions of the Railway Ministry —mainly handing over of certain trains to private operators, corporatization of Production Units, outsourcing/privatization of Railway activities, closure of Workshops/Printing Presses and insisted upon the Railway Ministry to first hold consultations on all such proposals for the purpose of taking final view in the interest of Railways and Rail Workforce. It was also explained to the Railway Minister that for preserving healthy industrial relations there should be prior consultations on all such proposals.
After lengthy discussion, the Railway Minister has assured to see that prior consultations are held before taking any policy decision and advised Railway Board Chairman accordingly. It was also assured by the Railway Minister that necessary details relating to proposals will be made available to the Federations.
(a) NFIR has handed over to the Railway Minister, a list containing the proposals of Railway Ministry pending with the Ministry of Finance on Staff upgradation, implementation of 7th CPC recommendations in the case of certain categories etc., (six proposals). The Hon’ble Railway Minister has assured to do the needful.
(b) On safety front, NFIR explained the devotion on the part of employees and suggested that the proposals of the Federation be considered on priority.
(c) Suggestions for improving the earnings and Railways performance :
NFIR has assured that valid suggestions will be placed before the Railway Ministry for consideration and further discussions in order to enhance the Indian Railways earnings.
The President and General Secretary of NFIR have participated in the meeting on behalf of NFIR.
The above is for information of affiliated Unions to convey to the cadre and as well employees down the line. A copy of the statement given to the Hon’ble Railway Minister is enclosed.
(Dr. M. Raghavaiah)