Railway men likely to get 65 days' basic pay as bonus: Choube

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Kanchrapara, West Bengal, Sep 25: Railway employees are likely to get 65 days' basic pay as bonus before the forthcoming Sharadiya and Id festivals this year, President of the All India Railway Men's Union J P Choube said here.

An agreement to this effect was finalised between the Railway Unions and the Board, Mr Choube informed yesterday.

Addressing the open session of the 8th Biennial Conference of the All India Railway Men's Union here the Union's chief said though Railway Ministry had agreed to increase the rate of bonus, it was hardly taking interest in its employees' financial security and was exercising the new pension scheme which the union had boldly objected.

There would be no security for the employer's contribution towards pension, Mr Choube said.

Mr Choubey said the Railway Men's union at the National level protested against the government's policy to introduce private-public partnership in the production units of the Railways, adding that the PPP policy would not only hamper productions, but the Ministry would also incur revenue losses.

Mr Acharya raised concerns over the tendency of Railway Minister Lalu Prasad to sever two more divisions -- Jamalpur and Bhagalpur from the Eastern Railway(ER) while he had taken away Dhanbad and Mughal Sarai divisions from ER earlier.

Mr Acharya demanded Dhanbad and Mughalsarai divisions back to the Eastern Railwayand saying this had incurred at least 52 per cent revenue loss due to excess expenditure for two divisions.

He also criticised the Railway Minister for taking up multi-storied housing scheme for Group-D employees in the Indian Railways setting up Gandhi Colonies at different places.

At least six such colonies would be set up in the Eastern Railway areas, he added.

Eastern Railway General Manager N K Goel, among others, attended the open session of the Union's conference.

UNI

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