Railway Board – Report of the Committee Review Uniform & Tool Kits for Trackmen/Keymen/Patrolmen
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
New Delhi, dated: 05-02-2018
The General Manager, All Indian Railways/PUs, NF(Con), CORE
The DG/RDSO & NAIR,
CAOs, DMW/Patiala, WPO/Patna, COFMOW/NDLS, RWP/Bela
Sub: Report of the Committee Review Uniform & Tool Kits for Trackmen/Keymen/Patrolmen
Ref: Board’s letter No. 2018/Transf.cell/03 dated Jan 8, 2018
Considering the Importance of Track maintainers in ensuring safe running of trains on IR and the hardships being faced by them, Board (CRB) had constituted a committee of GMs of SCR (Convener), CR & NR to recommend measures that would improve their working conditions including better uniform and tool kits.
Committee’s report with all annexures is enclosed herewith and same is uploaded in Transformation Cell section of the Railway Board’s website (http://www.indianrailways.gov.in/railwayboard): Based on the recommendations of the committee, Board (ME, MS, FC & CRB) have approved the following for compliance.
1.0 Dress Allowance:-
1.1 The Dress Allowance for the Track Maintainers as per RBE No.141/2017 dated 03.10..2017, shall continue to be followed. For Track women, dress allowance will cover Kurta (both summer & winter), Salwar, Jersy, headgear other than helmet, mittens, sockt and water bottles. The colour scheme of dress for Track women will be the same as that for Trackmen.
2.0 Uniform and Protective Gears:
As the Track Maintainers have to walk on ballast in. extreme climatic conditions ranging from very high temperature during summer while carrying out hot weather patrolling and also in very low temperatures,in the night for cold weather patrolling, it is necessary to provide special gears to them to protect them from extreme weather . conditions. Also the work of the track maintainers involves working with heavy objects like rails and sleepers, which can topple on their feet while working. The feet need to be adequately protected. Their working conditions are similar to that as existing on a shop floor or in construction projects. Hence following special protective gears are to be provided them:
The following job specific protective gears may be provided to all Track maintainers including P-way-artisans and their helpers. These items may be provided on division basis, modification if any due to local climatic, may be considered with the approval of DRM.
|1.||Rain Coat with
|Waterproof cost and trouser with
full sleeves and cap/hood.
|2(a)||Winter Jacket||Jacket with inner with/without
hood/cap, orange color superior
iv. Snow boots
|As per military clothing from
suppliers of Ordinance factories.
|3.||Safety Shoes||As per
IS 15298 (Part 2): 2011/
Some of the reputed brands are
Bata, Liberty, Action etc.
|4.||Luminous vest||Retro-reflective orange colour, IS-
15809 of 2008 specified by EN471
|5.||Safety Helmet with
|Miner’s helmet to Is specifications
IS 2925-1884 (modified in 2010)
with detachable headlights having
flexibility for rotation provided with
|Once in a
|6.||Tool Kit Bag||As developed by PUNE Division,
CR or Ferozpur Division of NR
Material- Matte Nylon-1680 Black,
Red & Orange Color, with canvas
|Once a Year||1400/-|
|7.||Tricolor Led 3-cell
|As beimg used by SCR/ NR||Once in Year||1000/-|
* Tricolor LED 3-cell Torch to be provided to Mate, Keymen and all track maintainers deputed for night patrolling
** Winter jackets as per item 2a) will be supplied in subzero climate, as provisioning of the same is already included in item 2a). In addition, any specific requirement for any particular area/climatic condition may be assessed by the respective.
3.0 Tools and Equipment:
3.1 Provide light weight improvised tools and equipment such as spanner, hammer, crow bar, mortar pan etc. to track maintainers, as per extant Board's instructions.
3.2 Provide tricolor LED 3-cell Torch/ rechargeable torch developed by NR/SCR in place of H. S. Lamps to Mate, Keymen & all Track maintainers deputed for Night patrolling. Regarding payment for purchase of dry cells to the Track Maintainers deputed for night patrolling duties, it has already been decided by Board (ME & FC) vide Railway Board's letter no.2016/CE-1/GNS/4 pt, dated 07.12.2017 to pay @ RS.150 per month to all track maintainers deputed for night patrolling. Same may be followed
3.3 Improvised staff for patrolman, as being used on SCR May be provided in place of conventional staff.
3.4 Sturdy light weight backpack Tool Kit bag with provision to keep various equipment as developed by Pune Division of Central Railway and Firozpur Division of Northern Railway were considered appropriate. Such Tool Kit bag may be provided to all Track maintainers including P-way-artisans and their helpers.
4.0. Mode of Procurement
As on date Stores department is procuring luminous vests; This system may continue. The other items mentioned in table (para 2.1) above, may be procured at Divisional Level through Spot purchase committee comprising of Sr.DEN/DEN incharge, Sr.DFM/DFM, Sr.DMM/DMM. Once the system gets stabilized, and the vendors are developed; these may be procured through stores department of the division.
5.0 Rakshak "Rakshak" protection system for patrolmen/trackmen has been adopted by SCR on Secunderabad- Kazipeth section in a stretch of 24 KMs and has been found to be useful in getting advance information regarding approaching trains by way of LED indication along. with audible buzzer and vibration. Keeping in view large number of run-over cases of Trackmen that occur during discharge of their duty on Track, putting in place a Rakshak type protection system is essential and needs to' be expeditiously implemented: However since. the system is still in infancy stage, deployment on entire Rail Network may not be feasible right now. However keeping in view large number of run-over cases, it has been decided to extend deployment of Rakshak type protection systems on the entire High Density Network on a crash basis. This being a -safety item, may be booked under RRSK.
6.0 Gang Tool cum Rest Room
A tool cum rest room should be provided in the gang beat of each sectional gang preferably at the station or at level crossing. The room may have resting facility, private lockers for keeping their small belongings. The toolbox can also be accommodated in the same budding. This type of accommodation can be provided near the station building as far as possible or at the level crossing falling in the gang beat. In addition to regular supply of electricity alternate source of solar lighting may also be provided in these rooms. For watering,hand-pump/piped water supply may be provided. Prefabricated modern construction methods already in use on certain Railwap (KGP div of SER & of WCR) may be used for early and quality construction. These should be constructed in a phased manner through funds from Track renewal works/RRSK. Priority may be decided locally by the DRM.
This issues with the concurrence of Associate Finance of Transformation Cell Railway Board.
Kindly acknowledge the receipt and insure compliance.
Executive Director, Transformation