CHAPTER-VII  

COMPENSATORY AND OTHER ALLOWANCES 

701. General.—In order to facilitate the correct classification of a compensatory allowance, the reasons for its grant should be briefly recorded in the letter or memorandum conveying the sanction to it. In cases where reasons are of confidential nature and cannot be embodied in an open letter, they should be communicated confidentially to the Audit authorities.  

702. Compensatory Allowance at rates and under conditions applicable to gazetted railway servants will be admissible to non-gazetted railway servants officiating in gazetted posts whether permanent or temporary. 

703 Allowance to Nursing Staff.—The following allowances shall be granted to the nursing staff on railways :— 

Allowance Matrons including Sisters-in-Charge of hospitals Nursing Sisters and all Nurses Midwives  and   Health Visitors
  Rs. Rs. Rs.
Messing 50 per mensem 45 per mensem 25 per mensem
Laundry* 25 per mensem 25 per mensem 25 per mensem
Uniform   300 per annum** 300 per annum** 300 per annum**

*The Laundry allowance rate came into effect from 1-6-1981 vide Boards Letter No. E(PLA) 11-82/AL/1 dated 26-7-1982.

**These rates came into effect from 8-12-1982. 

NOTE : (1) The Uniform allowances may be granted either on a monthly or an annual basis at the discretion of the Railway Administration. 

(2) Nursing staff for whom messing allowance is admissible should be allowed to draw that allowance during leave to the extent indicated below :— 

(i) If the period of leave is on average pay/full pay, messing allowance will be at full rates admissible; 

(ii) If the period of leave is on half pay/half average pay, average pay, messing allowance will be at half of the normal rates admissible; 

(iii) If the period of leave is without pay; no messing allowance   will be admissible; and 

(iv) Messing allowance will be admissible on the basis indicated above during leave on medical certificate or maternity leave. 

Note : (3) Laundry allowance will not be admissible if the period of leave exceeds 15 days at a time. 

(4) The Uniform Allowance will be admissible during leave and subject to the conditions mentioned in Rules. If the allowance is paid on annual basis proportion to reduction should be made if the total period of all kinds of leave exceeds four months at a time. 

Authority : Railway Board's letters No. E(S) 1-57 CPC/AL/7 dated 26th October, 1959 and No. E(S) I-60/CPC/AL/19 dated 2nd July,  1970. 

704. Breakdown allowance.—(1) Non-gazetted railway servants employed in running sheds and carriage and wagon depots who are earmarked for attending to breakdown duties and Relief Train Electrical Staff shall be allowed the following special concessions :— 

(i) A breakdown allowance at   the   following rates :—

Category of Staff Revised Scale (and other scales corresponding thereto) Amount of allowance per month.
Unskilled Workers Rs. 750—940  (Rs.) 10 .00 
Semi Skilled Artisans and other

class IV   (Group 'D' staff)

Rs. 775—1025

Rs. 800—1150

(Rs.) 10 .00 
Other Staff in scales Skilled Worker etc.

Rs. 825—1200

Rs. 950—1500 

 Rs. 15.00
Highly staff Artisans Miseries, Train Examiners etc.

Rs. 1200—1800

Rs. 1320—2040

Rs. 20.00
Charge men & Train Examiners etc. Staff in higher scales and supervisory and above staff.

Rs. 1400—2303

Rs. 1600 -2650

and above

Rs. 25.00

  (No. E (P&A) II-33/BDA-2 dated 25-6-1985)

 (ii) Supply of free food, departmentally or otherwise during the period they are engaged in breakdown duties, and

(iii) Payment for overtime work in accordance with the normal rules, time taken in traveling to the site of the accident and back shall also be reckoned for payment of overtime. 

(iv) Payment of full daily allowance to all staff without the stipulation that they should be out of headquarters beyond 8 kms. for a period exceeding 12 consecutive hours, irrespective of whether they attend to breakdown duties at the place of work/headquarters/station limits or outside their headquarters station limits. 

[Board's letter No. E (P&A) II-72/BDA-2 (Pt.) dt. 13-8-1979]. 

Note 1. The breakdown allowance will be treated as compensatory allowance for all purposes. The controlling officer should review the payment of this allowance to individuals in every case where a railway servant has failed to turn out for breakdown duty within the stipulated time. 

Note 2. Staff earmarked for breakdown duties should be given priority for allotment of quarters, particularly for quarters near the running sheds or the carriage and wagons depots, as the case may be. 

Note  3.  The supervisory staff, holding posts in revised scales upto and including Rs. ------------may be granted the breakdown allowance at the rates prescribed in item (i) above subject to the condition that the allowance shall not be granted to the supervisor who is incharge of Carriage and Wagon Depot/Loco Running Shed or the Electrical Relief Trains, as the case may be. 

Note 4 : Gazetted officers attending to accident duties may also be supplied free food supplied to staff. No special arrangements will be made for gazetted officers separately nor will the cash reimbursement in lieu of free food be permissible. 

[E.  (P&A) II/85/BDA-1 dt. 9-7-1985]. 

(2) All other non-gazetted staff of all departments who are called out in connection with accidents shall be allowed the following concessions— 

(i) Supply of free food, departmentally or otherwise, during the period they are engaged in breakdown duties; 

(ii) Payment for overtime work in accordance with the normal rules; time taken in traveling to the site of the accident and back shall also be reckoned for payment of overtime; 

(iii) Payment of full Daily Allowance to all staff without the stipulation that they should be out of headquarters beyond 8 kms. for a period exceeding 12 consecutive hours, irrespective of whether they attend to breakdown duties at the place of site their headquarters/station limits.

[Board's letter No. E(P&A)   II-72/BDA(Pt.) dated 13-8-1979]. 

Note 1. The concessions enumerated above are also admissible to the supervisory staff who are not in receipt of the standing breakdown allowance in accordance with sub-rule (1) above. 

[Rly. Bd's letter No. E(S)51/CPC/179 dt.  10-11-1956 and No. PC-60/CA-5/1, dated 26-11-1962]. 

Note 2. Where it is not possible to make arrangements for the supply of free food, as provided for under sub-rule 1 (ii) and   2(i) above, cash in lieu thereof may be paid to the staff including Gangmen and Trolleymen engaged in Breakdown duties, whether covered by sub-rule (1) or (2) at the rates fixed by the General Manager in consultation with his FA&CAO. Payment of cash in lieu of free food should, however, be resorted to only in exceptional circumstances. 

(Ministry of Rlys. letter No. E(P&A)II-71/FE2/4 dt. 3-1-1972). 

Government of India's decision—The special concessions specified in sub-rule (1) above are also applicable to the staff of the Perambur Workshops of the Southern Railway and of the Tindharia Shop of the Northeast Frontier Railway who are nominated for breakdown duties. 

[Rly. Bd's letters No. E(S)51/CPC/179, dt. 2nd June, 1953 and 14th September, 1954]. 

Railway Board's decisions— 

(1)  For the purpose of sub-rules (1) and (2) above, a breakdown may be any accident which involves the calling out of a breakdown train or engine with special staff or equipment including MFD equipment and traffic cranes from the nearest breakdown train depot or shed or a breach or wash away on the line which interrupts normal traffic. 

(2)   The following events which interrupt normal traffic on running lines should   also   be treated as breakdown for purposes of sub-rules  (1)  and  (2) above :— 

(i) snapping of overhead electric traction lines which involve calling out of tower wagon or breakdown lorry; 

(ii) Damage/bursting of points requiring the attendance of a breakdown/repair/maintenance gang; 

(iii) breakdown of interlocked lifting barriers; 

(iv) total interruption of telecommunication/communications of power supply. 

(Rly. Bd's letter No. E(P&A)II-72/BDA-2(Pt.) dt. 13-8-1979 and 16-12-1980 and No. E(P&A)II-80/BDA-1 dt. 8-12-1980 and No. E(S)51CPC/179 dated 8-10-1954). 

705. Outturn allowance.—A telegraph signaller/teleprinter operator/wireless operator may be paid additional remuneration per message worked in excess of the specified number of messages during his eight or six hours duty on a nominated circuit under the following conditions, viz. 

(i) 'Outturn allowance' is to be granted for all messages (including service messages which are now to be classified as "T" messages) which are disposed of (sent or received) during an eight hour (continuous) or six hour (intensive) shift in excess of the minimum number of messages as indicated in sub-rule (ii) below. 

(ii) Telegraph Signaller/Teleprinter Operator/Wireless Operator working on an 'Outturn' allowance circuit will be required to handle the following number of messages per term of eight or six hours duty either by "sending" or "receiving" or both without any extra remuneration. 

No. of minimum messages 

(a) Telegraph Signaller

80 

(b) Teleprinter Operator

160 

(c) Wireless Operator link

72

Net.

50

(iii) The 'outturn allowance' will be paid at the rate of 2.5 paise for each message handled over the minimum number of messages (as per sub-rule (ii above) "sent" or "received" in eight or six hours shift as the case may be. 

(a)  A message containing words up to 30 is to be counted as   one   message. Lengthy messages over 30 words should be counted at the rate of one message for every 30 words or part thereof. 

(b)  In the case of multiple messages dealt with on 'net' working, only the actual number of transmissions will be taken into account for working out the outturn allowance. 

(c)   Where the wireless telegraphy circuits are also used occasionally for radio Telephones, radio Telephones calls of 3 minutes duration should be accounted for in terms of having worked one message of 30 words. 

(iv) Subsidiary rules may be framed by individual Railways in consultation with the Financial Adviser and Chief Accounts Officer. 

Railway Board's decision. 

When senior signaller in Grade Rs.  1200—2040 (RS) are put to work on a partially  supervisory post of head signallers grade III in the same scale viz. 1200—2040, they should be granted outturn allowance like other signallers under the outturn allowance scheme. The limit beyond which 'outturn allowance' becomes admissible shall, however, be 40 instead of 80 messages. 

706. Washing Allowance- The following categories of Group ‘D’ Staff  and the Staff  Car  Drivers  (Group  'C')   have been selected for the payment of washing allowance in  terms of Rule 1422 - RII (1990):- 

(i)                 Such  of Class IV Railway  servants in schools  as are provided with  uniforms.

(ii)                Class  IV Railway  servants in hospitals  and dispensaries,   such as dressers, X-Ray attendants, Laboratory  attendants, hospital peons, ayahs, sweepers and stretcher bearers.

(iii)              Drivers  of staff cars

(iv)             Lift  attendants  (Lift  Men)

(v)              All non-gazetted staff  of RPF/RSPF

(vi)             Such of the  casual  labour who  are  employed  as  peons and  Motor  Drivers only  in  Administrative Offices or personally attached to  the Divisional  Engineers in-charge of the construction units/projects in the Construction Department of the Railways.

(vii)           Ambulance car  drivers.

(viii)          Air  conditioned Coach  Attendants.

(ix)             Waiting/Retiring Room Attendants/Ayahs

(x)               Station Lift Attendants.

(xi)             First Class Coach attendants.

(xii)            Group 'D' staff working in catering units either  at stations or in Running Trains.

(xiii)          Safaiwalas working at Railway Stations  engaged  in sweeping/cleaning platforms/station buildings. 

(Authority  Board's letters  No.F(E)I/99/AL-29/4(A) dated 06.01.2000)

 Note :—It will be for the Controlling officers to satisfy themselves that the allowance is actually spent for the purpose for which it is granted. No deduction, whatsoever, of Washing Allowance need be made for the period of any leave taken by the employee." 

(Rly. Bd's letter No. F(E)I-68/AI-29/3 dt. 8-9-1981). 

707. Compensatory (Construction or Survey) Allowance to open line staff employed on construction and survey projects.—Railway servants employed on construction or survey projects may, subject to the following conditions, be granted compensatory (Construction or Survey) allowance at the rates shown below —  

Pay/Grade

Rate/Quantum (per month)

Jr. Administrative Grade (Rs. 3700—5000)

Rs. 150/-  p.m. subject to condition that pay  plus the allowance should not exceed Rs.5000/-

Sr. Scale officers and Asstt. Officers/Non-gazetted railway servants (Group 'B' & Group 'C’ drawing pay Rs. 2200/- and above……..........

 

 Rs.125/-

Other   Asstt.   Officers/Non-gazetted  Railway  servants (Group 'C & 'D')  drawing pay Rs. 1750-2060…….

 Rs. 100/-

upto Rs. 600/-……......

15% of pay

 (Rly. Ministry letter No. E(G)74/AL/12-18 Dt.5-12-1975). 

Note :—The term 'pay' referred to above has reference to the revised scales of pay as notified in the Railway services (Revised Pay) Rules, 1986 as amended from time to time. For persons who have elected to retain the pre-revised scales of pay Compensatory (Construction/Survey) Allowance will be admissible at the above mentioned rates but in their case 'Pay' will include dearness pay, dearness allowance and interim relief at the rates in force on 31-12-1972.

 (ii) For the purpose of calculating the compensatory (Construction/Survey) allowance pay shall include special pay, as defined in Rule 103(35) RI and not any kind of allowance. 

(iii) The allowance shall ordinarily be sanctioned only for 'new lines' or 'restorations' or ('surveys'). 

(iv)The allowance will not be admissible for 'doubling' except under very special circumstances to be decided by the Railway Board. 

(v)The case of 'projects' other than 'new lines' or 'restoration' or 'surveys' will be decided by the Railway Board on merits. 

(a) The allowance will be admissible also to temporary staff recruited through Railway   Recruitment Board or otherwise by a competent authority, if they are not locally recruited staff, as well as to staff engaged on re-employment   terms as Group 'C staff as a rule are not recruited locally and recruitment of Group 'D' staff also is not confined to only the local Employment Exchange, this will exclude only such Group 'D’ staff as are   recruited  locally (through the local Employment Exchange or otherwise). Construction allowance will not be admissible to casual labor. 

(b) Staff employed in connection with surveys, new lines under construction, restoration of dismantled lines and such other projects as are specifically approved by the Railway Board will be eligible for the allowance wherever employed in connection with these works i.e., whether residing within the project site or area or not. 

(c)  This allowance will not be admissible in localities where compensatory and/or house rent allowances have been sanctioned to all railway servants by general orders. As an exception to this general principle, however, staff residing in 'C class Towns, most of whom draw relatively very small amounts as house rent allowance, will be permitted to draw compensatory  (house rent)  allowance, whichever is higher. 

(d.) The staff employed partially on a survey/construction or other project approved by the Railway Board, for the purpose of drawing this allowance, and partially on other projects for which this allowance is not admissible, will be entitled to draw this allowance so long as they are closely associated with the construction/survey or other project work. 

Staff transferred to the project even where such transfers involve promotion, will be eligible for the allowance.

 The allowance will be admissible during leave also, subject to the permission of Rule 2211 of Indian Railway Establishment Code Vol. II (old), i.e. the railway servant should certify that while on leave he continues to incur a considerable portion of the expenditure for which the allowance had been sanctioned. 

Survey, construction and project staff and gazetted railway servants will draw this allowance for the duration of sanction to the staff in connection with the survey, & construction. In the case of surveys, however, the allowance will be admissible only during the period of field work and not during recess periods. 

Note 1—The allowance may be sanctioned by the General Managers but the question whether a particular project/survey/new line construction will qualify for the grant of construction/survey allowance or not should be referred to the Railway Board for decision. 

Note 2—Railway servants governed by the ex-Company Railway rules or ex-Indian States Railways Rules when employed on construction/survey/projects will be eligible for construction or survey and consolidated traveling allowance admissible to them under their respective rules. In case there is no provision for compensatory (construction or survey) allowance under their rules, the principles and the scales of allowance laid down in this rule shall apply. 

Note 3—The staff of the construction organization, who are otherwise eligible for it, may continue to get the allowance for a maximum period of 12 months after the opening of the lines/project for both goods and passenger traffic, provided that— 

(i) When a line/project is opened in sections, the opened section(s) would be treated as a separate line/project for this purpose. 

(a) Staff engaged in connection with the opened section (s)  only will, therefore be eligible for the allowance up to a maximum period of 12 months after the opening of the section (s) to goods and passenger traffic.

 (b) Staff engaged partly in connection with opened section (s)  and partly in connection with the rest of the line/project would be deemed to be engaged in connection with the rest of  line/project for so long as they are closely associated with the rest of line/project; such staff will, therefore, be eligible for the allowance up to a maximum period of 12 months after the opening of the rest of the line/project to goods and passenger traffic. 

(ii) During the period of 12 months referred to above the allowance will be paid only to those staff otherwise eligible for it who were a part of the construction organisation were in receipt or as the case may be the section (s)  thereof for goods and passenger traffic. 

[Railway Board's letter No. E(GR) 56RC2-42 dated 9-10-1956].  

708 Project Allowance 

I. Conditions

 (i) The project allowance is to be given only for large scale projects and not for the construction of individual buildings. It will not be admissible except in such projects which have been declared by special orders by Government as qualifying for the grant of the same. Generally, the allowance will be sanctioned only if the execution of the project involves the establishment of a large construction organization and the construction is spread over a number of years. The allowance is intended primarily to compensate the staff for lack of amenities such as housing, schools, markets and dispensaries etc. Where reasonable amenities already exist, there would be no justification for the grant of the allowance. Government would fix a time limit at the time of sanctioning the project allowance initially, and it would be extended only if conditions warrant the continuance of the same. 

(ii) These orders would apply to Central Government employees working in Central Govt. Projects, State Govt. projects and projects managed by autonomous bodies/corporations, wholly or substantially owned or controlled by Government and where entitlement is governed by Central Govt. rules/orders. 

(iii) The allowance will not be admissible to staff recruited on ad-hoc scales of pay, such as daily rated or casual labor and paid from contingencies.

 (iv) The allowance will be admissible only to such staff as are employed on the project and reside within the project area or in a nearby locality. The allowance may also be granted to such Central Government staff of other Departments as have their offices located in the project area for the work of the project, provided they reside within the project area or in a nearby locality. As an exception, the allowance may also be granted to an employee residing outside the project area, subject to the following conditions :— 

(a)   He should be residing   outside the   project area due to the non availability   of the residential accommodation in the area and   not because such an arrangement is more convenient to him, and 

(b)   No facility of free or subsidised transport is available to such an employee for   journeys to and from the project.

 Note : The term 'project area' will be the area defined as such by Government in respect of each project for which the project allowance is sanctioned.

 2. Central Government staff of other departments, whose offices have been located in the  project area not specifically for the work of the project authorities may  be allowed project allowance at 50% of the rates admissible from time to time to employees directly connected with the work of the project, subject to the other conditions laid down. 

(v) The continuance of the allowance would not be justified for the staff of the project when reasonable amenities have been provided in the project area. Hence, the allowance sanctioned originally for such staff shall be reduced in stages after a review of the amenities provided, until it is withdrawn finally. As an exception, in the case of temporary construction staff who have not been absorbed in the project on a regular basis, the allowance may be continued on a reduced scale until such staff are finally discharged so long as constructions of any magnitude goes on. This concession will, however, be allowed only for a reasonable limited period.  

(vi) The allowance will not be admissible during the periods of transfer out of the project area exceeding two months or during leave for a period exceeding two months, provided that the allowance may be paid for another period not exceeding two months, if the extended period of leave is on medical certificate.

 During the period of suspension, the allowance will be regulated in the same manner and subject to production of a certificate, as prescribed for city compensatory allowance in the Ministry of Finance O. M. No. 2(37)-E.II(B)/64 dated 27-11-65 as amended from time to time and will be admissible only so long as the headquarters of the Government servant under suspension continues to be located in the project area. 

During the period of joining time, the allowance will be regulated in the same manner as City Compensatory allowance. 

(vii) In regard to State projects and projects managed by autonomous bodies/corporations, the Central Government employees will be eligible, subject to the conditions mentioned in these orders for the grant of project allowance from the date they join their duties at the project site, if the employees of the State Government/autonomous body/corporation concerned are already getting it. 

(viii) If the project is located at a place where compensatory city allowance and/or house rent allowance or any other special compensatory allowance are admissible, no project allowance will be admissible. Where, however, the project is situated in the proximity of such a place, a project allowance may be sanctioned if justified, but the ceiling for the project allowance for such cases would be limited to 50% of the ceiling mentioned below. In such a case, the individuals will have an option to draw either the project allowance or CCA/HRA, as may be admissible. In cases where rent free accommodation or HRA in lieu is given to an employee, as a condition of service or a project concession, the project allowance will be reduced by 25%. 

II. Rate of Allowance 

(i) The project allowance shall be subject to the following ceilings :—  

Pay Range

Rates (P.M.)

Below Rs. 950/-

Rs- 75/-

Basic pay of Rs. 750 & above but below Rs. 1,500

Rs. 150/-

Basic pay of Rs. 1500 & above but below Rs. 2,000

Rs. 225/-

Basic pay of Rs. 2000 & above but below Rs. 3,000

Rs. 300/-

Basic pay of Rs. 3,000 & above

Rs. 375/-

 Note :—The term 'Pay' referred to above has reference to the revised scales of pay as notified in the RS (RP) Rules, 1986 as amended from time to time. For persons who have elected to retain the pre-revised scales of pay or who are still drawing pay in the pre-revised scales of pay, the project allowance will be admissible at the above mentioned rates, but in then case 'pay' will include Dearness Pay, Dcarness  Allowance and Interim Relief at the rates in force on 31-12-1985. 

(ii) For the purpose of calculating the project allowance pay shall be as defined in Rule 103(35)RI.

 (iii) The Government will fix the quantum of allowance at the time of sanctioning it and also each time it is reviewed.

 III. Procedure for sanctioning the Project Allowance 

All cases in which it is proposed to sanction project allowance shall be referred to the Ministry of Finance (Establishment Division) through respective associate Finance Branch in the proforma mentioned below, subject to the fulfillment of the conditions enumerated above and after such consultation with other Departments as may be considered necessary, sanction for grant of project allowance will be issued in all cases by the Ministry of Finance.

 [E(G) 73/AL/12-27 dated 27-11-1978]. 

PROFORMA FOR REFERRING PROPOSALS FOR GRANT OF PROJECT ALLOWANCE TO MINISTRY OF FINANCE  

1.  Brief particulars of the Project.

2.  For Central Projects

(i) Financial outlay on the project (Cost of machinery, if any, may be excluded).

(ii) Date of commencement and likely date of completion of the project.

(iii) The period for which project allowance should be given.

2. A. For State Projects/Public Sector projects

(i) Rates of project allowance sanctioned and conditions attached thereto.

(ii) The period for which the project allowance has been sanctioned.

(iii) Whether project allowance is admissible only to the project employees or also to non-project employees stationed/residing alongside.

N.B.—A copy of the orders issued by the state Government/Public Sector concerning point (i) to (iii) above may be appended.

 3. (i) Details of location of the project and the area it covers.

    (ii) Whether the staff resides within the project area or elsewhere. In the latter case   particulars of the place and its distance from the project area.

 (iii) Whether the following basic amenities exist within the project area/nearby locality. If not, the nearest point from the project/residential area at which these are available inter-alia indicating approximate distance upto these points.

 (a) Market

 (b) Dispensary

 (c) Post Office

 (d) Railway Station

 (e) Publication facility

 (f)  School

 (if possible enclose a sketch map showing the project area etc.)

 (iv) Whether any CES/HRA or any other compensatory allowance is admissible?

 4.   (i) Particulars of the offices and their staff for whom grant of project allowance has been recommended and the annual financial effect thereof. 

(ii) Whether the office and staff mentioned at Sr. No. 4(i) have been located in the project area at the specific request of Project authorities. If not, in what way is it associated with the project. 

(if so, a certificate to the effect that the office (s) is/are, located within the project area may be obtained from the project authorities and enclosed with the proposal).

 (iii) Date from which the offices referred to in 4.(i) were opened.  

5. Whether any other Central Government offices are located in the project area. If so, names of such offices so far as are- known 

6.  Whether any of the offices mentioned at Sl. No. 5 has been sanctioned project allowance ? If so, names of the offices may be indicated. 

7.  Will the grant of project allowance to the staff in Sr. No. 4(i) have repercussions on those referred to in Sl. No. 5 ? Give reasons   in either case. 

8.  Any other information relevant for consideration of the case. 

709. Conveyance hire-The following rules govern the grant of conveyance hire to railway servants at headquarters—

 (a) Taxi hire—When a railway servant, gazetted or non-gazetted drawing pay of not less than Rs.  1000 a month, occasionally undertakes journeys on duty at or within a radius of eight kilometers from his headquarters, he may be permitted to draw taxi hire for the journeys subject to the following conditions :-

 (i) Taxi hire shall not be allowed for road journeys from residence or headquarters to railway stations or vice versa in continuation of journeys on tour. However, taxi hire is admissible from duty point to railway station/airport and vice versa either at headquarters or at outstation only once at either end. 

(No. PC. III/79/TA/1-8 of 20-2-1979) 

(ii) Taxi hire shall not be granted in respect of journeys performed on a day on which a railway servant draws daily allowance unless the journeys are unconnected with the journey on tour. 

(iii) No taxi hire is allowed if a Staff car is available. 

(iv) When a railway servant proceeds from his residence directly to perform official duties or returns to his residence directly after performance of official duties, he may be granted taxi hire, provided that when such journey forms part of or partly takes the place of usual daily journeys to and from office, such parts shall be excluded. 

(v) Taxi hire shall not be allowed to a railway servant in receipt of permanent traveling allowance or conveyance allowance of any kind.

(vi) When a railway servant drawing pay of not bss than Rs. 1000 a month uses his own car or Motor Cycle/Scooter for the journey he may, in compensation of the actual expenses incurred in so using his own vehicle, be granted an allowance at the following rates :— 

(a)  When motor car is used—Rs. 2/- per Km of the journey performed. 

(b)   When Auto rickshaw is used-Re. 1/- per km. of the journey performed. 

Road kilometerage allowance admissible for journeys performed by sharing the hire charges or by taking a single seat in taxi/auto rickshaw will be the actual share of the hire charges limited to the amount calculated at half the rates mentioned above. 

(c)   Own car—Rs. 1.30 per Km. of journey performed. 

(d)   Own  motor   cycle/scooter Rs. 0.50 per km. of journey performed. 

[No. F(E)1/85/AL-7/3 dt. 23-8-1985] 

(vii) The total amount of taxi hire drawn for journeys on a particular day shall not exceed the rate of daily allowance applicable to railway servants of the same status for halting at that station while on tour. 

Note—The intention of this clause is that the amount of taxi hire should not exceed  the rate of daily allowance admissible (proforma) to the railway servant in the station where the journey by taxi is performed.

 (viii) A statement of taxi hire actually paid or of journeys performed by the railway servant in his own motor Car or motor cycle shall be submitted by him at the end of each month for necessary sanction (and countersignature) by the Head of his Department or office.

 Note—The Additional Deputy Comptroller and Auditor General of India (Railways) and Chief Auditors have full power to sanction taxi hire to Government servants of the Railway  Audit Department who are drawing pay of not less than Rs. 1000/- a month and are entitled to privilege passes and are also governed by Railway Traveling Allowance Rules for journeys on duty within a radius of 8 kilometers from their headquarters. 

(b) Conveyance charges—Subject to the conditions prescribed in clause (ii) of Note (2) under rule 243 of the Indian Railway Establishment Code, Volume I, and Clauses (i), (iii), (iv) and (v) of (a) above, non-gazetted railway servants drawing pay of less than Rs. 1000/- a month may be allowed by the Head of Office, if he is a gazetted railway servant, to draw actual cost of hiring a conveyance on a journey performed at or within a radius of 8 kms. from headquarters. 

Note 1—Gazetted Railway servants drawing pay below Rs. 1000/- a month may be paid conveyance charges at the rates prescribed in Board's letter No. PC/60/TAI/1 dated 30-12-1960, for their journeys at headquarters (within 8 kilometers radius) subject to the conditions (i) to (vii) of (a) above. 

2.  If railway servant, gazetted or   non-gazetted drawing pay less than Rs. 1000/- a month uses his own Motor Cycle/Scooter for the journey, he may in compensation of the actual expenses incurred in so using his own vehicle, be granted an allowance at the rate of 8 paise per kilometre of journey performed. 

3.  The following types of journeys undertaken by Railway doctors may also be treated as journeys performed on duty for the purpose of calculating kilometreage allowance under rule 246-RI;

 (i) Special trips performed by a Medical Officer from his residence to hospital or vice versa to attend urgent cases;  

(ii) In places like Delhi, Calcutta and Bombay or other places which may be determined, by the General Manager in consultation with F.A. & C.A.O. where residences are scattered at far off places, the journeys connected with the visits to the residences, of patients in spite of the fact that they charge the fees as prescribed in the code;

 (iii) Kilometreage preformed in connection with treatments at the residences of the Officers, Class III and Class IV servants when they are confined to bed and in emergent cases in the case of family of class III and IV servants where no fees are chargeable by the doctors. 

In case of those doctors who are not maintaining their own cars they may be paid actual conveyance charges for the types of journeys mentioned above.  

4. Road Kilometreage  

710.  Traveling allowance  in respect of journeys to airports.—Where a gazetted railway servant   is directed to   proceed   to the airport to   meet   the visiting/departing Minister, &c., or   where a   senior gazetted railway   servant himself   proceeds to   meet   him   at the airport in   order   to discuss   matters   connected with his official work, the journeys to and   from   the airport can legitimately be treated as on duty justifying the grant of travelling allowance   in   respect   of such journeys should be supported   by  a   certificate from the respective controlling officers that   journeys were undertaken for official purposes and that   a staff car was not available for the use   of   the   gazetted railway servant.  Gazetted railway servants, who are their own controlling officers, will themselves record a   similar certificate if they propose to claim traveling allowance for such journeys.  

OTHER   ALLOWANCES 

711.   (a) Laundry Allowance : 

Laundry allowance will not be admissible if the period of leave exceeds 15 days at a time.

(b)  Messing allowance : 

(i) If the period of leave is on average pay/full pay, messing allowance will be at full rates admissible.

(ii) If the period of leave is on half average pay/half pay messing allowance will be at half of the normal rates admissible. 

(iii) If the period of leave is without pay, no messing allowance will be admissible. 

(iv) Messing allowance will be admissible on the basis indicated above during leave on Medical Certificate or maternity leave. 

(c)  Uniform Allowance : During leave on full or half pay etc. Uniform Allowance will be admissible subject to the conditions mentioned in   Rule 2025 (a)-RII and 2211-RII (old). If the allowance is paid on annual basis, proportionate reduction should be made if the total period of all kinds of leave exceeds four months at a time.  

 (No. E(S) I-57/CPC/AL/7 dt. 26-10-1959 and E(S)  I-60/CPC/AL/19 dated 2-7-1970).in addition to those referred to in rule 425 R. I. (No. F(E)  I-72/AL-29/1  dated  17-3-1972).   

712. Hutting allowance during epidemics of plague— 

Railway servants living outside railway premises who, on the outbreak for plague in epidemic forms, are compelled to vacate their houses and to erect temporary huts on railway land or elsewhere, shall be eligible for hutting allowance at the prescribed rate subject to the conditions that if the railway servant concerned desires to build a hut on railway land, he and the members of his family must be inoculated before he is permitted to draw the allowance or build the hut.

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