NFIR

Registration No. : RTU/Nnnl3ll2O12

National Federation of IndianRailwaymen 3, CHELMSFORD R O A D ,N E W D E L H I- 11 O0 5 5 Affiliated to : Indian NationalTradeUnion Congress(INTUC) InternationalTransport Workers' Federation(lTF) No.IIl34lParI16

Dated:1810512017

The Chairman, Railway Board, New Delhi Dear Sir,

Sub:

NFIR's Charter of Demands - SPAD Definition to be reviewed to prevent harassment andvictimizationof Runningand Safetycategories'Staff (Item No. 30 of Charterof Demands)-reg.

Ret

(i) (ii) (iii)

NFIR's letterNo. IVAIFIR/WCM12}9dated01/0612013. to Railway Board's letter No. 2013/E(LR)-IJlll15 dated 0210912013 GSAIFIR. NFIR's letterNo. IV34lP€rtXII*illo 10t02t20r6.

on the subject,the While enclosingcopy of its letter No. IV34lPartXIII dated1010212016, Federation conveys its disappointmentover non-responsiveattitude of Railway Board on Federation's communication. 2. In this connection, Federation desires to bring to the kind notice of the Board (CRB) that the subject matter has also been dealt by the High Power Committee (R&S) constituted by the Railway Board to review the duty hours of Rururing and other safety related categories of staff and the HPC (R&S) gave recornmendationsvide Para 9.12 of its report as under:"Existing instructions of minimum punishment to staff for SPAD cases should be reviewed to ensure that the decision takes into account the gravity of the offence (repercussions of the SPAD) and also the Loco Pilot's past record [Para 4.3.1.3 (1)]'. 3. Federation however is surprised to note that the Railway Board had taken arbitrary decisions vide minutes of the meeting of the full Board held on 0611012015& 0811212015which were circulated vide No. E(LL)l2015lHPCl2lPt. MS dated 01/0212016 without caring to consult Federations. 4. Further to above, Federation conveys following points in support of our contention that there is urgent need to define 'SPAD' so as to ensrre that conclusions are arrived yet judiciously. SPAD (Signal Passing At Danger) is an unusual occurrence and can happen on account of human failure or the failure of machine/equipment. Even the human failures could be due to the failure of brake or signalling system or incorrect operation of signal. Contd.Pase ...2

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To monitor the SPAD cases DATA LOGGERS have been provided. It is also an admitted fact that reduction in the distance of Relay after the stop signal from 13 mtrs to 03 mtrs has been contributing for increasein the number of SPAD cases.

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Though there is a provision in General Rules (GRS) that if a train stops at main line, the speed should be reduced to 50 Kmph at outer most facing point to reduce SPAD, the Loco Pilots are however afraid of adhering to the speedlimit to avoid loss of punctualify in trains.

To minimizeleliminate the incidents of SPAD, Federation therefore suggests following 5. measures:'adequate distance' to reduce unusual . The Home Signal of the station may be kept at an occuffences.The adequatedistance may be taken as the distance sufficient to ensuresafety. r

A RectangularSafety Board be placed at about 100/150 mtrs before the Home Signal. The Board could be white with orange inclined alternative reflecting strips with printing thereon with the caption ool,ocoPilot to stop at this board and draw ahead up to Home Signal if Home Signal is at ON".

Reports received by the Federation reveal that more than 80% of SPAD casestakes place when the Loco Pilot just passesthe distance of 100 mtrs or below. These type of casesdo not have financial br any other negative consequenceswhatsoever but the Loco Pilots are imposed with the penalty of removal from service which does not at all commensuratewith the repercussion of such incidents. The authorities while imposing severe punishments do not care realize the truth as to how the Loco Pilot and family members would survive on account of loss of job. The quantum of punishment on alleged SPAD is also justifiably questionable, considering the fact that even a hard core criminal when sent to jail gets three times meal in the jail whereasthe Loco Pilot and his family suffers without livelihood due to imposition of draconian penalty. Keeping total position in view, Federation suggests that in place of "imposition of the penalty" of 'removal from service' on the Loco Pilots, it would be appropriate that the Loco Pilot concemed be taken off from the running duties and placed under "grounding from running duties pending enquiry". Thereafter, on completion of enquiry, opportunity be given for submitting appeal to the Branch Officer to consider the case whether the Loco Pilot be taken back on running duty. NFIR also reminds that the issueof SPAD caseswas discussedwith the Board (CRB, MS, FC, AMS) on2ll0712016 informally, but however without any fruitful decision. NFIR, therefore, requeststhe Railway Board to consider the above points and take a view to define SPAD to save the Running Staff from unnecessaryvictimization. Federation proposesseparate meeting to discuss the issue threadbare.Federation hopes to get a referencein this matter soon.

DA"/As above General Secretary necessary action and information for New Delhi Board, (Safety), Railway Copy to the Advisor please. r\ -Copy to the Exdcutive Director (IR), Railway Board, New Delhi for necessaryaction please. to the General Secretariesof Zonal Unions of NFIR. t4opy " Media CentreA.trFIR. File No. IV/RSAC/Conf.,/Part VII.

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InternationalTransportWorkers'Federation (lTF) No. Il/34lPartXlll

Dated:1010212016

The Secretary(E), Railway Board, New Delhi Dear Sir, Sub:

NFIRs Charter of Demands-SPADdefinition to be reviewedto preventharassment and victimization of Running Staff and Staff belongingto Safetycategories(ltem No. 30 of demands)-reg.

Ref:

(i) (ii)

NFIRs letterNo. IVNFIR/WC1}}9 dated0l/06/2013. Railway Boards letter No. 20l3iE(LR)-ttltlt5 addressed to theGSA{FIR.

dated

0210912013

Federationinvites attention of the Railway Board to the minutesof the meeting held by Railway Board (CRB, MS & FC) with NFIR on 2310812013 whereinNFIRs 34 Point Charterof Demandswas discussed. The Railway Board while conveyingcommentson the 34 PointChafterof Dernandsvide letter cited underreferencehad advisedfollowing positionin respectof demandNo. 30 on the subject:"Definition of SPAD is not laid down as such.Any passingof 'stop' signal (exceptpermissible signals and those permitted under certain rules such as Automatic signals) at danger by a loco without authority is treated as SPAD irrespective of distance travelled by Loco after passinga signal at danger. Safety Directorate is of the view that the sameshould continue. HoweveroRailways were asked to give their suggestionswith regard to review of punishment norms issueby Railway Board including thosefor SPAD. Replies received from Railways are being eompiled and changesproposed, if any, will be put up for.perusal and approval ofBoard". Thereafter,a period of more than two years has passed,the position relating to changesproposed and the decisionof Railway Board thereon is yet to be communicatedto the Federation. NFIR, therefore,requeststhe Railway Board to apprisethe Federationthe proposedchangesand the decisiontaken by the Board at an early date. The Federationalso requeststo make availablethe suggestions receivedfrom railway early.

YoursfaithfuflX, ,l ' / ' (Dr. M. Raghavaiah)_ GeneralSecretary

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