Dated: May 13, 2020
Sub: Grant of Transport Allowance to Railway Employees for the month of April 2020
It has come to our notice that, on some of the Zonal Railways a letter has been circulated, quoting Railway Board’s letter supra dated 03.08.2017, that, any official/staff who has not attended office for a day in the month of April 2020 will not be paid Transport Allowance.
Although, it was a recommendation of the VII CPC, implementation of these instructions during this lockdown period is totally against the instructions of the Railway Board, Ministry of Home Affairs and appeal of Hon’ble Prime Minister, that, people should remain where they are and should not move unless there is any emergency.
You are also aware that, Ministry of Home Affairs and Railway Board, both, have issued instructions that the employees should “Work From Home”, and in fact, they are doing so. In spite of that, we are unable to understand, why such letters are being issued?
Presently, in this adverse situation, when Railwaymen are making their all out efforts to fight against COVID-19 Pandemic, such instructions to deduct Transport Allowance are detrimental to the interests of the Railwaymen.
You are, therefore, requested to kindly issue necessary instructions to all the Zonal Railways and Production Units not to deduct Transport Allowance from Railway Employees/Officers those who could not attend office even for a single day due to enforcement of the lockdown, owing to COVID-19 Pandemic, and also as per instructions issued from time to time by the Ministry of Home Affairs and Railway Board.
(Shiva Gopal Mishra)