Induction of Course Completed Act Apprentices against Safety vacancies in Railways-reg.
* Ref: Railway Board’s lener No. E(trtG)tt?f_t_En-J/8 dated zU06/zot6.
The Presidents and General Secretaries ofboth the Federations (NFIR and AIRF) met you on 23’d June 2016 and discussed the implications of Board’s decision cited undereference. We, however, bring to your kind notice the following points:-
Traditionally,.the Railway Administrations have been engaging the Act Apprentices w6o are successfully trbined in the Railway Workshops/Sheds etc., against the vacancies in order to availtheir skills for improving the quality of systems and meeting the exigency. They.are being screened after certain period on attainment of temporary status and absorbed against vacancies as regular staff in GP lg00/- (pB-l). This procedure has been working satisfactorily. However in terms of revised policy decision vide dated 2l’t June,20l6, the Course Completed Act Apprenticeiof Railways have to face written test and PET through RRC for recruitment againsr the20% vacancies in GP 1800/- (PB-l)’ The Federations feel that subjecting these qualified Apprentices to written test and PET again is not warranted as they are the trained people by Railways for a period of three years and thereafter they successfully faced the written examination and obtained qualification certificate. In addition, the Act Apprentices take NCVT Training and acquire qualification in particular trades. While these Apprentices are fully qualified to perform duties of technical post, it would be unfair to ask them to face written test and PET again through RRC. We are also disappointed that when this issue is under discussion with the Federations in the special and formal meetings at the level of Railway Board, the arbitrary decision of the Board without taking the Federations into confidence is unfortunate and unfair. The Federations therefore requesthe Railway Board (MS) to kindly review and hold further discussions for finding ways and means for reaching an amicable solution on the sr.rbiecr matter.