INDIAN RAILWAY ESTABLISHMENT Manual (Vol - II)

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CHPATER XIX
Apprentices

             1901. The rules applicable to apprentices other than those governed by the Apprentices Act, 1961, recruited on the railways are contained in the following paragraphs.

             1902.  An Apprentice means a person deputed for training in a trade or business with a view to employment in Government service, who draws a stipend at monthly rates from government during such training but is not employed in or against a substantive vacancy in the cadre of a department (Rule 103 (4) RI).

             1903. Recruitment - Recruitment of Special Class Apprentices on the railways is made through the union Public service Commission. Recruitment of all other Apprentices (other than trade apprentices) is made through the Railway Recruitment Board. The rules regarding the recruitment of apprentices other than special class Apprentice on railways are contained in Section B of Chapter I.

             1904. Training - Apprentices are required to under go a prescribed course of training and to pass such examinations as may be-laid down in their respective syllabi. They do not become eligible for appointment to working posts until they have successfully completed their training.

             1905. Stipend.-    (1) During the period of training apprentices are entitled to such stipend and allowances as may be prescribed for them from time to time.

            (2) Permanent and temporary railway servants, who fulfill the terms and conditions of recruitment to various categories of apprentices as applicable to outsiders, may be allowed to compete for appointment as apprentices along with outsiders but no relaxation of educational qualifications will be made in their favour. Relaxation in respect of age may, however, be allowed upto a ceiling limit of 30 years. However, in posts for which a Degree or Diploma in the Engineering is prescribed as basic qualification, the upper age limit will be raised by 5 years. (Bd's No. E(NG) 141-73 RR 1-3 of 10/12-4-73).They will not be required to severe their connection with the railway before taking up the apprenticeship. Permanent Railway servants on appointment as apprentices in any category may be granted pay equivalent to the rate of stipend laid down for that particular category of Apprentices or their substantive pay as admissible to them from time to time whichever is higher. Temporary railway servants on appointment as apprentices in any category may be granted pay equivalent to the rate of stipend drawn by the Apprentices in their category. Both permanent and temporary railway servants appointed as apprentices will also be granted house rent and compensatory (city) allowances during the period of their apprenticeship on the basis of their pay as apprentices.

            For this purpose, the place from where they proceeded on training should be treated as their headquarter. House rent allowance will be given even if they have been given Hostel accommodation at their place of training. This will be with reference to place from where he went on training. HRA with reference to place of training or 3/4th the normal rate may be given if they rent accommodation for their family at that place, if otherwise admissible.

            (Bd's No. E (Trg) 1-67 TR1/144 Date 13.11.(68)

          (3) Apprentices selected from amongst working Railway employees continue to remain railway servants during apprenticeship so long as they hold lien on a permanent or temporary post. If such apprentice is suspended during apprenticeship in terms of rule 1706-RI, he should be deemed to be reverted to his post and subsistence allowance paid to him as per rules applicable to such Railway servant.

            (Bd's No. E(D&A)67 RG 6-5 dt 5.9.68).

             1906. Dearness allowance.- Apprentices will be entitled to dearness allowance at the rates as applicable to their stipend.

Note.—In the case of Apprentice Mechanics and Apprentice train Examiners, who are provided with free board and lodging, and, therefore, get a lower stipend, the dearness allowance should be granted on the basis of the full stipend irrespective of the fact that they are actually drawing a lower stipend.

             1907. Travelling Allowance.- (i)     Special Class Apprentice moving from one headquarter to another in connection with their training will only be eligible for daily allowance for the period covered by the journey and will not be granted either joining time or travelling allowance as on transfer, but in cases where they proceed from one station to another for training for a period not exceeding six week they will be treated as on tour. The eligibility of daily allowance in that case will, however, be subject to the provisions of rules 205 of the Indian Railway Establishment Code, Volume I.

Note- During their stay at the Railway Staff College, Baroda, Special Class Apprentices will be granted daily allowance at full rates for the entire period of their training at the college. The mess charges will be set off against the daily allowance so admissible and no adjustments either by recovery from or payment to the special class apprentice of the difference between the mess charges and the daily allowance will be made.

            (ii) Apprentice mechanics may be granted travelling allowance applicable to the category to which they are apprentices in respect of the period of their absence from HQ in connection with their training provided they are required to undertake such journey as part of the training and that free board is not provided.

Note- This concession is admissible only to such of the apprentice mechanics as are in receipt of the concession of free Board and lodging at their headquarter and are in receipt of stipends at the reduced rates. It is not admissible to those apprentices who are not in receipt of the concession of free board and lodging at their HQ.

             1908. Leave.- (i)     Special Class Apprentices may be granted leave on full stipend for a period not exceeding one month in any year of apprenticeship, provided that except on grounds of ill-health, the leave shall not be granted to an apprentice if it would interfere with his training. Leave in excess of one month in any year may be granted on grounds of ill-health and when the excess leave is so granted the apprentice should not be eligible for any stipend for the period in excess.

            Apprentice Mechanics under training in workshops and other apprentices who are not governed by apprentices Act1961, attached to the workshops and printing Presses who are at present getting only 15 paid holidays will in addition, be entitled to casual leave for 12 days in a calendar year.

            (Bd,s No E(G)70 LE1-5PT. Dt 22.6.73)

            (ii) Apprentice Mechanics in mechanical Workshops, may be granted leave on on full stipend for a period not exceeding 16 days and on half stipend on medical certificate for a period not exceeding 20 days in any year of of apprenticeship in terms of rules 533 of Indian Railway Estt. Code Volume I.

            (iii)     Apprentices under training for non-gaztted posts in all other departments who are posted to supervisory posts after training such as Apprentice Train Examiners, Apprentice Permanent Way Inspectors, Stores Apprentices, etc., may be granted leave like Apprentice Mechanics as in sub-paragraph (ii) above.

            (iv) Trade apprentices may be granted leave on full stipend for a period not exceeding 12 days and leave on half stipend on medical certificate for a period not exceeding 15 days in any year of apprenticeship.

            (v) Apprentices referred to in sub-paragraph (ii) and (iv) above may be granted by the General manager or the Head of the Department if the powers have been delegated to him, extraordinary leave(without stipend) under the rules applicable to temporary railway servants.

            (vi) In all cases of absorption of the apprentices, referred to in sub-paragraph (ii) and (iv) above in service without a break, recalculation of leave shall be made immediately on absorption and not left over till the date of confirmation. In such case the entire service as apprentice shall be taken as one spell and recalculation made under the normal rules. the leave already taken during the period of apprenticeship shall be adjusted. 

            In the case of apprentices referred to in sub-paragraph (i) above the benefit of recalculation of leave shall be allowed from the commencement of their 5th year of service. The leave already taken during the period of apprenticeship (i.e. before the commencement of their 5th year of service) shall be adjusted.

            (vii) Permanent railway servant, who take up apprenticeship, will continue to be eligible for earned leave under the rules applicable to them prior to their appointment as apprentices. The rate of leave salary will be regulated with reference to the rate of pay as apprentice.

            (viii) Apprentices injured on duty are entitled to hospital leave.

             1909. Medical attendance.- Special Class Apprentices and Apprentice Mechanics shall be entitled to free medical attendance and treatment at railway hospitals and dispensaries on the same scale as applicable to railway servants, in the categories for which they are apprentices. Medical attendance and treatment will be given to them to the extent facilities are available in railway hospitals or dispensaries and the scope of attendance and treatment shall not include reimbursement of medical expenses etc. as are admissible to railway servant under rules. Apprentices may be treated on the same basis as railway servants in the matter of recovery of diet-charges the stipend drawn by them being treated as pay for this purpose.

             1910. State Railway Provident Fund. — (i)     Permanent railway servants shall continue to be eligible to subscribe to the fund during the period of their apprenticeship under the terms applicable to them prior to their appointment as apprentices. The subscription to the provident fund will be regulated with reference to their rate of pay as apprentices.

            (ii) Apprentices in all categories appointed to working posts after 15.11.57 will be governed by Pension Rules coupled with non-contributing State Railway Provident Fund Rules.

             1911. Agreement.- Directly Recruited apprentices will be required to enter into an agreement to serve the full term of apprenticeship. Such agreement must be attested by the parents or guardian of the apprentice, if he is a minor.

            (Bd’s No. E(NG)II-69/AG/4 dt 21.11.70)

             1912. Date of Posting of Apprentices - The apprentices should be absorbed in the working posts on the working day following the date of completion of the apprenticeship/ training period. The suitability of the apprentices for absorption against working post should be judged well in advance of the expiry of the apprenticeship/training period.

            In case where there is delay in holding examinations, valuation of answer books, issue of office orders etc. owing to administrative reasons, the period intervening the date of complication of the apprenticeship training period as extended period of training apprenticeship and the apprentices should be paid stipend for that. In no case an apprentice should be absorbed against a working post with retrospective effect.

            (Bd's No. E(NG)II-67/AG1/4 Date 17.1.69)

             1913. Termination of Apprenticeship. - Except as Otherwise provided in his service agreement the apprenticeship shall be liable to termination by the Railway Administration on one week’s notice. However, if the Apprentice is one to whom the provisions of the Industrial Dispute Act, 1947, apply he shall be entitled to notice or Wages in lieu thereof in accordance with the provisions of that Act. 

             1914. Employment.- No guarantee or promise of employment can be given to an apprentice. But on the satisfactory completion of their training the apprentices will be considered for appointment to the post for which they are apprentices subject to the existence of vacancies. They will, however, be taken on probation for a period to be specified in each case. 

             1915. Applicability of provisions of other Acts. -  Apprentices will be governed, by the provisions of workmen’s Compensation Act, Factories Act, 1948 and Industrial Disputes Act, ,1947, as may be applicable in each case.

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