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INDIAN RAILWAY ESTABLISHMENT CODE (Vol - I)

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Chapter 11
Joining Time Rules

             1101. Extent of application. --Joining Time shall be granted to a Railway servant on transfer in public interest to enable him to join the new post either at the same or a new station. 

 1102. On temporary transfer. --No joining time is admissible in the case of temporary transfer for a period not exceeding 180 days. Actual transit time as in the case of journey on tour shall only be allowed. , 

 1103. On discharge for taking appointment at another station. --Railway servants who are discharged due to reduction of establishment from one Railway Office and posted to another Railway Office, shall be entitled to joining time, if the orders of appointment to the new pos t are received by them while working in the old post. If they are appointed to the new post after being discharged from the old post, the period of break may be converted into joining time with- out pay by the Head of Department provided that the break does not exceed 30 days and the Railway servant has rendered not less than 3 years continuous service on the date of discharge. 

 1104. On first appointment.--For appointment to posts under the Railways on the results of a competitive examination and/ or interview open to railway servants and others.- Railway servants and permanent/provisionally permanent Central and State Government employees will be entitled to joining time under these rules. Temporary Railway employees who have not completed 3 years or regular continuous service, though entitled to joining time, would not be entitled to joining time pay. 

 1105. Commencement of joining time.-- The joining time shall commence from the 1ate of relinquishment of charge of the old post if the charge is made over in the forenoon or the  following date, if the charge is made over in the afternoon. 

 1106. Time and place from which joining time calculated.--The joining time shall be calculated from old headquarters in all cases including where a Railway servant receives his transfer orders or makes over charge of the old post in a place other than his old headquarters or where the headquarters of a railway servant while on tour is changed to the tour station itself or where his temporary transfer is converted into permanent transfer. 

 1107. Amount of joining time admissible.--Not more than one day's joining time shall be allowed to a Railway servant to join a new post within the same 'station or which does not involve change of residence from one station to another. 

Note.-For this purpose, the term same station will be interpreted to mean the area falling within the jurisdiction of the municipality or corporation including such of suburban municipalities, notified areas or cantonments as are continuous to the named ml1nicipality etc. 

 1108. Joining time on transfer.--In the cases involving transfer from one station to another and also involving change of residence, the Railway servant shall be allowed joining time with reference to the distance between the old headquarters and the new headquarters by direct route and ordinary mode(s) of travel as indicated in the following schedule. When holiday(s) follow(s) journey time the normal joining time may be deemed to have been extended to over such holidays. 

Distance between the old headquarters and the new headquarters

Joining time admissible

1000 Kms. or less

More then 1000 Kms

More than 2000 Kms.

1000 Kms. or less

12 days

15 days except in cases of travel by air for which the maximum will be 12 days.

 Note.-Distance means actual distance and not weighted mileage for which fare is charged by the Railway in certain ghat/hill sections. 

 1109. Extension of joining time.-Extension of joining time beyond the limits indicated in para 1108 above, can be granted upto the maximum limit  of 30 days by the Head of Departments and on Divisions, by Divisional Railway Managers in the case of Group C and Group D staff and beyond 30 days by the Ministry of Railways, the guiding principle being that the total period of joining time should be approximately equal to 8 days for preparation plus reasonable transit time plus holidays, if any, following the extended joining time. While computing the transit time, allowance could be made for the time unavoidably Spent due to disruption of transport arrangement caused by strike or natural calamities, or the period spent awaiting the departure of steamer etc. 

 1110. Crediting leave account with unutilised joining time.-when a Railway servant joins the new post without  availing of the full joining time, the number of days of joining time as admissible under these rules subject to the maximum of 15 days, reduced by the number or days actually availed of, shall be credited to his leave account as leave on average pay. The credit of the joining time to the leave account will be subject to the usual restriction on accumulation of leave on Average Pay in the leave account. No special Casual Leave in lieu of  joining time will be admissible. 

 1111. Combination with vacation.--Joining time may be combined with vacation and/or regular leave of any kind or duration except casual leave. 

 1112. When transfer orders are modified.--If a railway servant in transit on transfer is directed to proceed to a place different from that indicated in the initial transfer orders, he shall be entitled to joining time already availed of upto the date of receipt of revised orders plus fresh spell of full joining time from the date following the date of receipt of the revised orders. The fresh spell of joining time in such cases shall be calculated from the place at which he received revised orders as if he is transferred from that place. 

 1113. Joining Time Pay and Allowances.--A railway servant on joining time shall be regarded as on duty during that period and shall be entitled to be paid joining time pay equal to the pay which was drawn before relinquishment of charge in the old post. He shall be entitled to Dearness Allowance, if any, appropriate to the joining time pay, compensatory allowances like City Compensatory Allowance, House Rent Allowance as applicable to the old station from which he was transferred, but not conveyance allowance or permanent travelling allowance. 

 1114. On deputation outside Railways.--When a Railway Servant to whom these rules apply, is transferred to the control of Central Government/Defence Services or organisation which has made separate rules prescribing amount of joining time, his joining time for the journey to join his post under that Government/organisation and for the return journey will be governed by those rules, unless different provisions are expressly made in the terms of deputation/foreign service by mutual agreement between the lending and borrowing authorities. 

 1115. On deputation to Railways.--The joining time of Central Government employees Armed Forces personnel and those paid from Defence Services estimates, and the employees of State Government or any other organisation, who are appointed to Railway services and post under the Railways on deputation or on foreign service basis, shall, for joining the Railways and for the return Journey, be regulated in accordance with these rules, unless different provisions are expressly made in their respective terms of deputation/foreign service by mutual agreement between the lending and borrowing authorities.

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