Suresh Prabhu seeks higher pay for Railway Board Chairman, GMs

Wants chairman to be brought on par with Cabinet secretary.

Written by Avishek G Dastidar | New Delhi | Updated: July 29, 2015 6:40 am
Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu, Suresh Prabhu, pay commission, Railway Board General Managers, zonal railways, Railway Board Chairman, Indian express Suresh Prabhu (Source: Express photo by Prem Nath Pandey)

Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu has written to chairman of the pay commission, seeking higher payscale for the posts of Chairman of the Railway Board and General Managers (GM) of zonal railways.

In the letter, Prabhu has strongly endorsed an old demand from Railways to make the GM’s post equal to that of a state’s chief secretary in pay and to give the Railway Board Chairman the same payscale as that of the Chief of Army Staff, Cabinet Secretary and a few topmost officers in the Indian bureaucracy.

“Every ministry gives representations to the pay commission. I have forwarded the one related to GMs and Chairman of Railway Board,” Prabhu told The Indian Express.

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The demand is not new. In fact, the Railway Board had sent the same demand about six months ago. What is new is the endorsement from the minister, and the bureaucracy is hoping it will strengthen their case.

Earlier, payscales of GMs of zonal railways were higher than top bureaucrats in states like chief secretary, DGP, and chief conservator of forests. But over the years, while other services raised their payscales, that of the GMs, who are ex-officio additional secretaries to the government, remained unchanged.

“A railway GM’s jurisdiction spreads across multiple states. There are regular coordination issues in which he has to speak to multiple chief secretaries and DGPs. So a parity is needed. It existed earlier,” said a Railway Board member who did not wish to be named.

The case for the Chairman of the Railway Board is believed to be stronger. During the first pay commission, the Commissioner of Railways enjoyed the highest payscale among bureaucrats. It was only after the third pay commission that this changed. Now, although the Railway Board Chairman is an ex-officio principal secretary to the government, his payscale is equal to that of any other departmental secretary and the other six members of the Railway Board who have the rank of ex-officio secretary to the Government of India. If the demand to raise the payscale is accepted, the top post will get a Rs 10,000 raise in pay band and the post will reflect the stature of being a top bureaucratic position.

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    Feb 18, 2016 at 7:25 am
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    1. P
      Aug 12, 2016 at 6:14 am
      ref : Sandhya's comments, i agree, 7th pc ref para 11.40.81 and 11.40.82. 7th pc admitted that it is an anomalous situation and recommended for 5400 with stepping of pay to sr. section officers. kindly look into sympathetically.
      1. S
        Feb 23, 2016 at 11:36 am
        We are thinking about the pay hike of highest level officers but r we thinking about the problems faced by the pengers in various trains of different routes. we r planning to run bullet train but unfortunately we could not be able to end the waitlists in trains. it is high time to ponder over the issue and immediate action is required to be taken to remove the waitlist. the common people is expecting a lot from this government. Therefore, i urge all concerned authorities to take immediate action in this regard. Public will be ever grateful and the govt will be ever remembered for this pious act.
        1. S
          Aug 11, 2016 at 6:35 am
          the most hon. prabhu sir , you are the most favourable minitster of railways doing well done good for your railway staff declaring seventh pay commi. but the anomaly for the accounts section officers in grade pay 4800 is very distinct and they actual suffering in the same grade from 20 years DOPT should not take more time to give the green signal for their fixation in 5400 grade pay why it left on DOPT WHEN IT CAN BE ACCEPTED BY PAY COMMI. STRATELY SIR THIS IS UNJUSTICE ON THE SECTIN OFFICERS OF ACCONT DEPARTMENT PLEASE SIR DO THE NEEDFUL AND DO MERCY ON THE ACCONT SECTION OFFICERS
          1. C
            Jul 29, 2015 at 6:31 am
            uming the honest officers would be rewarded and compatible ranks in the commercial world get higher pay the proposal is in order. What about the news that the lobbying for positions of GM/Member Railway board/Chairman Railway board with vast financial powers and rampant corruption prevails at these levels and checks and controls the Minister proposes to arrest this trend? I think, it is wise on part of the Minister to devolve powers and decentralize monolithic organisation like the Railways. At that level getting pay of hike would hardly a deterrent for efficiency or efficacy of individuals.
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