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Staff Welfare

Railway Institutes and clubs

             2208. Incidence of cost of maintenance and upkeep of Institutes- A Railway Institute should be looked upon as a club provided by the Railway, rent free, for the benefit of its employees. As a general principle, therefore, the Railway should provide everything which a landlord ordinarily would and the Institute should pay for all that a tenant would usually be liable. 

             2209. (i) The Railway Administration will bear - 

            (a)  The first cost of the Building including the cost of electric installations (which include electric Fans) with necessary furniture, roads, fences, tennis courts and other playgrounds. Wherever possible a garden will also be provided; 

Note-: The terms “furniture” is not intended to include billiard tables, pianos and pictures. It includes lamps other than billiard table lamps and locks and keys of almirahs and book-boxes. 

            (b) The cost of maintenance and alterations except as provided in sub-paragraph (ii) below. 

            In the case of tennis courts and other play-grounds the Railway administration will bear only the cost of ordinary engineering repairs. 

            The expenditure incurred by the Railway Administration will be allocated in accordance with the rules and orders on the subject. 

            (ii) The Institute funds will bear- 


The cost of rolling, watering, grass-cutting and other maintenance charge of play-grounds, other than engineering repairs;


The cost of maintenance of its gardens and ornamental grounds;


The cost of maintenance and renewal, whether partial or complete, of electric installations (which include electric fans) payable at a flat rate of 5 per cent per annum on the capital cost of the installations;


The cost of electric current consumed and hire of meter;


The occupier's share of municipal taxes for specific direct services rendered to an institute by a municipality such as conservancy, water and the like taxes as distinct from taxes of a general.


Water charges calculated at so much per tap, each Railway Administration fixing its own scale of charges.

            In cases where large quantities of water are supplied by the Railway Administrations, as in the case of swimming baths, the actual cost of water supplied should be recovered. 

Note: No charges for supply of water to swimming baths should be recovered in case where waste water from such baths is utilised for definite railway purpose e.g.; flushing of sewers and watering of grounds, etc.

             2210. (i) No rent is recoverable in the case of Railway buildings used as officers club provided conditions stipulated in para 1942-E are fulfilled.

            (ii) No rent is recoverable in the case of officers clubs if the buildings are specially constructed against amounts specifically sanctioned by the Railway Board.

            (iii) No rent is recoverable in the case of clubs, if additional Expenditure is incurred in covering an existing building into a club or providing ancillaries to make it suitable as a club, if the expenditure is incurred with the specific approval of the Railway Board.

            (iv) No rent is recoverable in the case of clubs where the building is erected by the club at its costs on Railway land.

             2211. Accommodation for Class IV Staff of Institutes.- The Class IV Staff employed in Railway Institutes may be given residential accommodation free of rent provided that such accommodation is either part and parcel of the Institute building and its recognised out-houses, or is not required for any other railway purpose or cannot be rented to outsiders and would otherwise lie vacant.

             2212. Organisation of the Institutes.— The Institutes may be organised as Senior and Junior Institutes and should cover as wide a range of staff as possible. Separate institutes for the artisan class may be considered where there are considerable numbers.

               2213. Membership- The membership will be optional.

             2214. Sports, Recreation Clubs and Associations.— The growth of these clubs should be encouraged, the aim being to induce the greatest number of railway servants to participate in healthy physical exercises, rather than to encourage individual prowess directed only to record-breaking.

             2215. Swimming Pools.- These can be attached to institutes or Sports Clubs or organised as a separate amenity provided it can be foreseen with reasonable certainty that the need will continue.

             2216. Children's parks sewing and knitting centres.- A children's park should be provided in all institutes where there is a demand and where there are good prospects of the facilities being, availed of by the children of the railway servants. There should also be a provision in the Institute Rules for the use of the premises by ladies as sewing and knitting centers. This aspect of Institutes activities should be actively promoted.

             2217. Rules.- The General Managers may frame rules to suit local requirements of the Railway Administrations and other circumstances of the place.

            While laying rules for use of Railway premises/institutes, Clubs etc., among other things specific mention of the following must be made:

            (i) The holding of meeting on railway land by recognised unions—no political subject should be discussed in the meetings.

            (ii) Prohibiting the grant of permission to unrecognized unions for holding their meeting on Railway land/premises.

            (iii) Restriction on the use of any railway land for holding election meetings and/or public meet­ings.

                    (Bd's No. E(W) 86-151-2 dt. 3-6-86).

             2218. Mobile Libraries.—(a) Mobile Libraries are intended to supply reading material to the staff posted at wayside stations, where there are hardly any other amenities. Mobile Libraries stocked with adequate number of books may be set up either attached to the existing institutes or independently.

            (b) Incidence of-cost—


The cost of conversion of stock for use as Mobile Library and the hauling charges there of shall be met from Railway Revenues.


Where the Mobile Libraries are set  up independently, cost of staff shall be charged to the Railway Revenues and where the Mobile Libraries are attached to the Institutes the cost of staff shall be borne by the Staff Benefit Fund.


Cost of books shall be met from the Staff Benefit Fund.

Holiday Homes

             2219. Holiday Homes have been. Established as a measure of amenity to staff.

             2220. The broad principles which Railway Admi­nistrations should follow in the setting up and runn­ing of Holiday Homes for non-gazetted staff are as follows:—


No large-scale outlay on the construction or the acquiring-of fresh buildings should be issued without the Railway Board's prior approval. As far as possible fairly large buildings should be hired from any available source at suitable stations and sites, or made available from any surplus buildings which it may be possible for Railway to make available after effecting necessary initial rehabilitation and alterations. Railway administrations are authorized to incur outlay in this connection not exceeding Rs.10Lakh(Ruppees Ten lakh only) for each Railway as a whole in a year, or if a building is hired to incur recurring charges not exceeding Rs.5,000/-(Rupees five thousand only.) per month as rent in each case. The terms of hire should be such as not to involve the Railway in long-term, or indefinite liability beyond one or two years on each occasion. The incurrence of expenditure, etc., will be subject to the usual rules regarding prior financial concurrence.


(Authority Railway Board letter No. E(W)2000/WE-2/2 dated 7.12.2000)


Two types of accommodation-one higher and the other lower- should be provided in the holiday Homes.


Necessary essential equipment such as utensils, furniture and recreational facilities etc., should be provided. Its cost should be included while applying the limit of Rs.10Lakh(Ruppees Ten lakh only). referred to in sub-paragraph (i) above.


(Authority Railway Board letter No. E(W)2000/WE-2/2 dated 7.12.2000)


Running expenses, viz., providing a chowkidar cum-mail and /or a Janitor according to the needs of each case, electricity charges, etc., may be incurred and provided for in the revenue budget.


Where separate Convalescent Homes are set up, a performa account of the. Expenditure should be kept as in the case of Holiday Homes for judging the financial implications of the scheme.


The approval of the Rly. Board will be necessary to the location of a Holiday Home and when the expenditure is to exceed the limits referred to in sub-paragraph (i) above.


There is no objection to a Railway having a Holiday Home for its staff at a place outside its jurisdiction but the Holiday Home will be in charge of the Railway that serves the area.

             2221. The use of Holiday Homes set up by a particular Railway may be allowed to the staff of the other Indian Railways, provided it is possible to do so after meeting the demands from the staff of the home Railway.

             2222. The staff of the Railway Board’s office and its attached and subordinate offices and of Indian Railway Conference Association, Chittaranjan Locomotive works. Integral Coach Factory and Diesel Locomotive Works who have no Holiday Homes of their own, will be eligible for making use of the Holiday Homes of any Railway and should be treated at par with the staff of each Railway for the purpose of allotment of accommodation in the Holiday Homes set up by the Railway concerned.

             2223. Staff who are allotted accommodation in a Holiday Home should not be refused leave except in' very emergent cases.

             2224. (i) The Charges for occupation of the Holiday Homes are as follows:

Charges Per Suite Per Day

Serving Employees

(a)          Gazetted Officers                                        Rs.60/-

(b)         Group " C'                                                    Rs.30/-

(c)          Group ‘D'                                                     Rs.12/-

Retired Employees

(a)          Officers above JAG                                     Rs.175/-

(b)         Officers upto and inclusive of JAG             Rs.  80/-

(c)          Group 'C’                                                     Rs.  60/-

(d)          Group ‘D'                                                     Rs.  30/-

Para 2224(ii): As far as possible, Group" D' staff, both serving and retired, should be provided the lowest type of accommodation; where such accommodation is not available, they may be provided the next type of accommodation at charges applicable to the lower type of accommodation.
(Authority: Board's letter No. E(W) 2012/WE-2/4 dated 19 -09-2012)

A Performa account should be maintained to judge the financial implications of the scheme, and an annual statement showing the non-recurring outlay as well as the running expenditure and income from the Holiday Homes should be furnished by each Railway to the Railway Board as soon as the year'saccounts are closed.   

Convalescent Homes

             2226. (i) To enable Class III and Class IV staff who do not normally have the means to go for a  change of climate at their own expense while they are convalescing,  Convalescent Homes are set up on Railways. If Holiday Homes already exist at places which are suitable for the purpose of being used, as convalescent Homes from the climatic point of view a portion of the Holiday Homes may be utilised as Convalescent Homes. If, however, the Holiday Homes are being adequately patronised, a portion thereof should not be utilised as convalescent Home, without expanding or supplementing it. The intention is that each Railway should have a Convalescent Home so that the convalescing railway servant are treated separately from the holiday makers, but at the same time the latter are not deprived of the facility because of a portion of the Holiday Home being utilised as a convalescent Homes Where separate Convalescent Home are proposed to be provided, the general rules already framed for Holiday Homes will apply except that Railway Board's prior approval will be necessary for the setting up of a .separate convalescent Home. 

            (ii) Medical facilities should be provided at these convalescent Homes. At a station where there is a railway doctor, he should be deputed to attend to the convalescent Home. Otherwise the nearest railway doctor should attend the Home twice a week.

            (iii) Charges as for Holiday Homes as per paragraph 2224 should be recovered from the occupants convalescent Homes. There is, however, no objection if the occupation is allowed free and necessary charge are recovered from the Staff Benefit Fund.

            (iv) Where separate Convalescent Homes are set up, a Performa account of the expenditure should .be kept as in the case of Holiday Homes for judging the financial implications of the scheme.

Scouts and Guides 

             2227. The scouting organisation on the Railway is a Separate State Association on each Railway as a branch of the Bharat Scouts and Guides on conditions similar to those applicable to other State Associations directly under the Bharat Scouts and Guides.

             2227A. Appointment of scouts  against Cultural quota.- General Managers may recruit not more than 2 persons per  Division in Group D (Class IV) posts in unskilled or  semi-skilled category subject to the candidate fulfilling such qualification as may be prescribed by the  Railway Administration in consultation with State Chief Commissioner of Scouts & Guides. The minimum qualification should however preferably be a presidents scout besides other educational/technical qualification and experience, if any. This will be prescribed for each post. The power to recruit in their respective Division can be delegated by the General Manager to the Divisional Railway Manager.

            While filling up the vacancies in Scouts/Guides cells, preference should always be given to person who have sufficient experiences and training in this field.

            (No. E(W) 11-84/RR2/1 dt.14.9.84)

             2228. Special leave and passes/TA/DA- (i) Railway servants, including Apprentices and Trainees, who are Scouts/Guides of the Railway State Associations may be granted special casual leave limited to 30 days in a calendar year for attending training camps or rallies or when engaged under instructions from their scouting authorities, on scouting duties whether in or outside India, provided that this is done without detriment to their Railway duties.

            Special Casual leave may be permitted to be combined with Casual Leave or recorded leave when sanctioned on Scouting dates. However, when regular leave is granted in combination with special casual leave, casual leave will not be granted in combination.

            E(W) 80 WE6-2 dt. 5-1-83)

            (ii) Special passes will be issued to Railway servants in the above connection and also be their bonafids family members who are appointed as office bearers of Rly. State Associations or who enroll themselves as rovers, rangers, cubs bulbuls, scouts and guides as laid down in Chapter XV.


Special Complimentary passes not exceeding 3 sets per year to the retired Railway employees on recommendation of CPO and the Railway State Chief Commissioner for Scouts & Guides from the station of/nearest their residence to the station of nearest training camp and back subject to the following conditions.  


He/she had been an office-bearer of the Railway Scouting organisation or had been an active worker for at least five years assisting Railway administration in Organising training camps or imparting training etc. 


He/she would at least be a president Scout/Guide or Himalayan Wood badge holder; and


A certificate is given by Railway' State Chief Commissioner that the presence of the retired railway official concerned is absolutely essential and no suitable person of his/her qualification or calibre is available for imparting training to railway employees.


These passes are given with a specific purpose of utilising their services for imparting training in the scouts/Guides of the Railway.


These powers given to General Managers/ Addl. General Managers are not delegatable further.


(E(W) 84 P55-18/l Dt.28.1-85).

            (iii) Concession of  special casual leave and free passes referred to in (i) and (ii) above may also be granted to those Railway servants who join the Railway wing of the National Fellowship of the Former Scouts and Guides as and when they .are called to perform scouting duties.

            (iv) TA/DA as on tour at the rates appropriate to the pay of the employee subject to a maximum of'15 days in a calendar year may be paid to Scouters/ Guiders/Adult Leaders/Commissioners /Rover/Rangers for the following activities :


When deputed to attend Training Camps/ Courses organised by the State/District Scouts Associations, Himalayan Woodbadge Training Courses etc. for imparting training to children, Scouts/Guides/Rovers/ Rangers.


When deputed to assist a Railway administration in supplementing Railway's efforts during Melas, Festival, Accidents, Natural Calamities like Floods, Cyclones, breaches, etc.


Scouts/ Guides officials deputed to attend meetings the State/National body;. And


Railway employees who are deputed to import training or organise major Scouts/Guides events. Such as rallies, jambories, conferences etc; at the state or National levels.

The expenditure on TA/DA for scouting activities will be met from Revenue.

            Scouting being a welfare activity, grants are made from the SBF for this purpose. So the maximum expenditure on TA/DA for scouting activities should be proportionate to this grant. For this, Railway may fix a ceiling on expenditure towards TA/DA for scouting activities taking into account the amount of grant sanctioned from SBF for scouting purposes every year.

            Grant of 15 days TA/DA for specific scouting activities is within the limit of 30 days special casual leave and that the total period spent by employee on this account should not exceed 30 days.

            (NO. E(W)80WE6-1 DT 27.9.82 AND 7.5.83 and E (W)84 WE6-7 DT 16.10.84) 

Rules regarding statutory and Non-Salutatory (reconised) canteens on Indian Railways

            The Hon'ble Supreme Courts judgments dated 22.10.1980 and 27.2.1990 treating canteen employees as Railway servants w.e.f. 22.10.1980 (in respect of employees of Statutory and 11 Delhi based Non- Statutory (erecognised) subsidised canteens ) and w.e.f. 1.4.1990 ( in respect of employees of remaining Non-Statutory(recognised) subsidised canteens) have necessitated thorough revision of provisions contained in paras 2229 to 2237 of Indian Railway establishment Manual (Volume II 1990 Edition). These paras have been accoudingly revised. Para 2236 relating to ' Employees Provident Fund' has been deleted and substituted by new para regarding ' Model Canteens' . The chapter thus revised containing paras 2229 to 2238 reads follows:-

             2229. Provisions of Canteens as a statutory obligation- The provisions of section 46 of the factories Act, 1948 impose statutory obligation on the Railway Administrations to provide and maintain canteens in Railway Establishments, which are governed by the Factories Act and employ more than 250 persons.

            Under sub-section 2 of the above Act, State Governments are empowered to frame rules regarding the constitution of Managing committees of canteens falling within the purview of the factories Act and representation of workers in the management thereof. As these rules have statutory force, Railway Administrations should strictly adhere to these rules in implementing the provisions of the Act in so far as they apply to staff employed in Railway Establishments Governed by the factories Act.

            (Authority Railway Board letter No.. E(W) 92 CN1-16  dated 2.12.93) 

             2230. Provision of Canteens other than as a statutory obligation- In addition to provision of Canteens as statutory requirement under the Factories Act, 1948, the Railway Administrations may open canteens in establishments not governed by the Act, as necessary, as per provisions contained in Rule-2231 below.

            (Authority Railway Board letter No.. E(W) 97 CN1-15 dated 16.11.99) 

                 2231. Principles governing the setting up of canteens- The following guiding Principles have been laid down for the setting up of the canteens:-

(i) Canteens should be opened at points where considerable bodies of labour are concentrated such as workshops, sheds, yards, large stations etc. Tiffin rooms may be provided where the strength of the staff is not less than 25 but is less than 100 and a regular canteen provided where the strength of the staff is 100 or more. This scale is only for general guidance. Any scheme for the provisions of new canteens in accordance with this scale should be submitted to the Board for approval indicating financial implications duly vetted by the F.A. & C.A.O.

(ii) Canteens should be self-supporting and sale prices should be adjusted from time to time with reference to the cost of procurement of consumable including gas etc. , running expenses and taking the year as whole, should be worked on a "no loss," no profit" basis.

(iii) They should not involve loss in working hours i.e. light refreshment should go to the worker and not to the worker to the refreshments; while in the case of more elaborate meals, these must be consumed outside working hours;

(iv) Commodities sold should be wholesome and cheap.

        (Authority Railway Board letter No.. E(W) 92 CN1-16 dated 2.12.93) 

Management of Canteens 

             2232. Canteens provided under the statute.— The staff served by Canteens should be actively associated in the management. For this purpose, a Committee of management of staff should be formed in accordance with the rules framed by the State Government concerned in this regard to help in the day-to-day working of the canteen. However, the Committee will have purely advisory functions. The administrations can constitute a staff Committee for the management of the canteens, but the legal responsibility for the proper management rests not with the Committee but solely with the Railway Administration.

                (Authority Railway Board letter No. E(W) 97 CN1-15 dated 16.11.99)

             2233. Canteen provided otherwise than under the statute- 

            (i) These canteens should be run by a Committee of Management to be formed for the purpose. 

            (Authority Railway Board letter No.. E(W) 97 CN1-15 dated 16.11.99)

            (ii) The Committee of Management should consist of the duly elected representatives of the staff for whose benefit the canteen is run, and a representative of the Railway Administration to be nominated either as a Chairman or Secretary or as Member of the Committee. If, however, the Chairman or the Secretary or the Member nominated by the Railway Administration on the Committee feels that any particular decision of the Committee is likely to effect the interests of the Railway administration in its capacity as the owner of the premises and of the furniture , equipments, etc. or is likely to be considerable harm to the staff, he should bring this to the notice of the Administration and should inform the committee that he has done so in which case no action will be taken on that particular decision of the committee till the General Manager has recorded his decision thereon.

            (Authority Railway Board letter No. E(W) 92 CN1-16 dated 2.12.93 & E(W) 97 CN1-15 dated 16.11.99)

(iii)        deleted

(iv)        deleted   

                   (Authority Railway Board letter No. E(W) 92 CN1-16 dated 2.12.93 & E(W) 97 CN1-15 dated 16.11.99)

(v)     Before opening a canteen, the Railway Administration should make a self - contain proposal with the necessary justification and bare minimum compliment of staff required , to the Railway board for their consideration and approval. 

            (Authority Railway Board letter No.. E(W) 92 CN1-16 dated 2.12.93) 

             2234. Incidence of cost.- When it  is proposed to open a canteen as outlined in the above paragraphs the incidence of cost shall be as under: 

(1) Canteens provided otherwise than under the factories Act, 1948. 

            (a) The Railway Administration may provide necessary the necessary accommodation gas equipment, sanitary and electric installations, furniture and cooking utensils, electricity and water. 

            (b) The canteen accounts should be debited with the cost of working and running the canteen including cost of crockery, cutlery, service, etc. required for the canteen.

            (c) UNIFORMS: 

            Keeping in view the sanitary conditions and tidy appearance of the canteen staff in general and bearers in particular,  the uniform shall be supplied by the Railway Administration at the following scales to the categories indicated below:.

1 2 3 4
Bearers i) Trousers  

ii) Coat (Style 3-s and 16- 2)  

iii) Jersey  


iv) Shoes



Navy blue/Woollen



2 sets every year.

2 set every year. 

Same as prescribed for other categories of staff under Dress Regulations. 

 2pairs every year.  

Halwais,Cooks, Asstt.Halwasis/ Cooks/ Helpers/ coffee/ tea/ makers and Washboys.

i) Trousers

ii) Bushshirts
(half sleeve) (Styles 4-s amd 14-s)

iii) Jersey  


Grey/Drill }

Grey/Cellular }

Navy blue/Woollen  


3(Three)sets every year.

Same as prescribed for other categories of staff under Dress Regulations. 

One pairs every year.

weepers i)   Trousers

ii)  Bush shirts(half sleeve) (Styles 4-s and 14-s)

iii)  Jersey


iv)  Shoes

Khaki/Drill }


Navy blue/Woollen  


3 sets every year


Same as prescribed for other categories of staff under Dress Regulations. 

One pair every year.

NOTE:     (1) the shoes will be given to the existing canteen staff as a personal concession till such time a decision is taken by the Board, on entitlement to foot wear for various categories of staff including canteen staff.

             (2) One or two sets of common size gum boots may be kept in the canteen for use of Wash boys. Turbans may be supplied to Sikh employees. Bearers deputed for serving at meetings may be supplied three sets of uniforms per year.

            (3) The scale of supply in respect of Woollen jerseys supplied to all the categories of staff specified in these orders would be the same as prescribed for other categories entitled to jerseys, i.e., once in four years in the case of the areas classified as “Summer and winter”, “very cold” and “winter only”.

            (No. E(W) 90UN1-7 dated 22.5.1992 and 25.8.1992)

NOTE: The Railway Administration should improve the working efficiency and may effect suitable upward revision of tariff to match with the additional financial burden on cost of materials etc. 

(Authority Railway Board letter No. E(W) 92 CN1-16 dated 2.12.93 & E(W) 97 CN1-15 dated 16.11.99)

            (2) Canteens provided under the Factories Act 1948-

            Besides the facilities mentioned in item 1(a) above, the Administration will have to meet statutory obligations, .in respect of the expenditure  on providing and maintaining canteens, arising from the provision of the factories Act and the rules framed by the state Government there under.

Note .— Expenditure on account of the following items is to be met by the Administration and is not to be taken into account in fixing the cost of meals:

(a) the cost of utensils including cooking vessels, plates, glasses and other articles which would be necessary to serve the meals to the workmen;

(b) the cost of furniture;

(c) the cost of coal, fuel including cooking gas and electricity.

             2235. Periodical Cheek- The equipment made over by the Railway to the managing committee will be subject to periodical verification by the Railway and any shortage found will have to be made good by the managing committee as a part of the working expenses of the canteen.

             2236. Improvements in the working of canteens- With a view to effecting improvements in the working of canteens and also their cleanliness and attractiveness, the following steps may be taken, namely- 

(i) As far as possible marble chop floors and mosaic dados for walls should be provided in the  canteens, and the layout of the kitchens and the serving counters therein should be devised in such a way as to make the canteens look more attractive.

(ii) The, successful functioning of the canteen to a  large measure depends on its cleanliness and attractiveness. It is, therefore necessary to impress upon the staff concerned the need for maintaining a high standard of aesthetic appeal in respect of the canteens. 

(iii) The president of the canteen committee should constantly watch the customers needs and introduce reforms in consultation with the canteen committee, which would make the canteen more attractive and useful.

             2237. Quality and cost control—Necessary arrangement should be made to ensure adequate control over quality and cost of the foodstuffs served in the canteen and also over the cost of canteen establishment. 

             2238. Model Canteens: The canteen in DCW, Patiala which is equipped with modern furniture, equipments and other infrastructural facilities should be taken as a model canteen for modernisation of the canteens on Indian Railways. To begin with, the Railways were advised to select one workshop canteen for effecting necessary improvements. However, it was further decided that all other remaining canteens should also be improved on the same lines in a progressive manner. The Railways where selected workshop canteens have not been fully modernised should bring about the necessary improvements immediately. The modernisation of the remaining canteens should also be undertaken in phases. The Engineering, Electrical, Personnel and Mechanical Engineering officials who have not visited the DCW, Patiala to assess the model canteen may do so immediately.

            (Authority: Railway Board's letter No. E(W)92CN1-16 dated 2-12-1993)

Handicraft Centres and Vocation Training Centres

             2239. Handicraft Centres.— (i) Handicraft Centres should be set up for the benefit of the families of the Railway men for imparting training to women members of Railway men families in handicrafts such as weaving, knitting, spinning tailoring of garments, etc. during their spare time with the object of helping them in learning some trade to augment the family income. 

            (ii) Expenditure on this scheme should be met from the staff benefit fund.

            (iii) Accommodation for Handicraft Centres should be provided in spare Railway buildings free of rent. No new building for this purpose should be constructed without prior approval of the Railway Board.

            (iv) Charges for electricity and water consumed by the Handicraft Centres located in Railway buildings should be borne by the Railway Revenues Where the Handicraft Centres are housed in a Railway institute, these charges should be borne by the Institutes.

            (v) Railway Administrations should patronise and encourage the Handicraft Centres by placing orders  for the supply and fabrication of articles required by Railways.

             2240. Vocational Training Centres.— Vocational training Centres should be established at suitable places where classes should be held in the evening to impart— 

(i) (a)

the technical training to unskilled and semi-skilled workmen during their off duty hours for improving their future prospects; and



Vocational training to children of Railway em­ployees.


Classes should be held separately for Railway employees and their children on alternate days of the week.


Outsiders should not be admitted in the Train­ing Centres. Dependants of Railway employees will be eligible for admission and for this purpose, eligibility may be extended to those members of Railway employees families who are eligible for privilege passes.


A Committee for management of Technical Training Centres should be formed at stations where the Centres are established, which should consist of—


An Engineer (Civil, Mechanical Electrical or Signal), preferably in the senior scale and headquartered at the centre where the training centre is opened to function .as Chairman of the Managing Committee. The nomination should be ex-officio and should be made by the General manager;


An Inspector or other senior class III official to be nominated ex-officio by the General Manager;


Two representatives elected by the Area staff council in which the training centre is situated. Where Area Staff Councils have departmental jurisdiction, the number of representatives may be increased to three, the manner of election to be decided  by the General Manager;


Two representatives to be elected by the staff of the station where the training centre is situated ; and


The Welfare Inspector of the section concerned, who will also act as Secretary.


The Committee will enroll candidates for training, appoint instructors, maintain accounts be responsible for the maintenance of tools, equipment and plants and will generally manage the centre.


The training must be restricted to the simple trades. The students must be trained as carpenters or as fitters. They should at the same time be given basic technical training which would enable them to be receptive to the instructions in the more difficult trades that they will be given if and when they are later recruited for such training as Trade Apprentices or considered if already in service for promotion in the normal course. Theoretical instruction in arithmetic and menstruation and in reading of drawings should also be given to those who are literate.


A normal fee of Re. I/- per mensem may be charged from each candidate.


No preference in employment or promotion is to be given to persons who have received training at these centres as it would be against the constitution. . The purpose of the Centres is to provide technical training which would be an asset to the students of the Centre the possession of which is likely to place them at an advantage vis-à-vis others who do not have this asset and also make them technical minded.


For the efficient running of the training centres competent supervisors and even artisans may be engaged as Instructors on payment of suitable honorarium. There is no objection engaging retired employees for the  purpose.


Children of Railway employee who successfully complete the training Course in the vocational Training Centres may be given a certificate in the following form:-

            ...............…………………………Railway Vocational Training Centre.........…………….

            This is to certify that Shri……………….:...…………………………son of Shri……………………….has been given training in the ......................……………..Trade at the Vocational Training Centre............………………. ………………  and passed the examination held
                                                                                             (Name of the station)
 on....................................................................................... Station


Vocational Training    Centre-…………………
(Name of the station)

Vocational Training Centre……………………….
(Name of the station)

             2241. Allotment of accommodation to social Welfare centres, Vocational Training Centres and Homoeopathic Dispensaries- The organisations wherever set up on Railway may be provided with accommodation and facilities as under:-


Spare Railway building may be allotted to these organisations on a nominal fee of Rs. 20/- per annum


No new buildings should be constructed for these purposes without the approval of the Railway Board.


Electricity and water charge should be borne by these Centres and Homeopathic Dispensaries.


The cost of any equipment required for Homeopathic Dispensaries and Vocational training centres should be borne by the staff benefit fund of the respective Railway/Production units. 


Social Welfare Centres should bear the cost of equipment etc., on a self-supporting basis.