including privatization of Railways, failing which indefinite strike will follow.
Dr.N.Kanniah addresses thousands of Railway men, who had gathered today at Protest Meeting.
In order to privatize Railways, under 100 Days Plan, two Tejas Express Trains (New DelhiLucknow and Mumbai-Ahmedabad) were handed over to IRCTC. Also, it is planned to hand over
600 Railway Stations, Production Units such as, ICF, Workshops such as, PER Carriage, PER
Loco, Electrical, Golden Rock Workshop, Podanur and Arakkonam Workshops, by adopting
Corporatization and subsequently handing over the same to private multi nationals. The
employees are agitating against the proposal of the Government under the leadership of
SRMU/AIRF, Dr.N.Kanniah stated.
Permanent employment in Railways is in danger
In order to expedite privatization of Railways and to facilitate the private companies to earn
more profit, by way of hiring contract workers / temporary workers, for a fixed term, the Railway
is embarking on reducing the existing staff strength by adopting different methods, such as,
declaring Three Lakh employees, who are aged 55 years and above or 33 years of service, as Unfit
and send them under Compulsory Retirement. Similarly, it is planned to send Four Lakh
employees / officers, who are aged 50 years and completed 30 years of service, by categorizing
them as of poor efficiency, receiving charge sheets /memos etc., and thus send them out from
The Railway Ministry also is compiling a list of such of those employees, who are due for
superannuation from 2020 to 2040 and in Southern Railway alone, planning to send 27,041
employees and in their place, deploy fixed term contract workers.
In the next Three Years, it is planned to reduce 30% of the employees at a
yearly attrition rate of 10%
The Railway Board, in order to reduce the staff strength, in a targeted manner, is aiming to
reduce nearly 30% of the employees, i.e. roughly Four lakh Employees before 2022 / 2023. It isplanned to reduce 10% of the employees in 2020-2021 and another 10% in 2021-2022 and another
10% in 2022-2023.
SRMU/AIRF boycotts DC-JCM Meeting with Ministry of Railways,
observes Jan 2 to Jan 7 as “All India Protest Week” and decides to support
the All India General Strike being held on 08-01-2020.
Every Year, the Railway Board holds three meetings under DC-JCM Scheme, with the
recognized Federation, namely, AIRF. This time, Dr.N.Kanniah, GS/SRMU, WP/AIRF presided
over the staff side, AIRF General Secretary, Shri.S.G.Mishra and President of SRMU and Vice
President of AIRF, Shri.C.A.Raja Sridhar, boycotted the meeting to protest against the unilateral
action of the Railway Board / Railway ministry and going ahead with privatization of Railways.
He further added that, from Jan 2nd to Jan 7th , All India Protest Week was observed by Railway
men and Women by wearing Black Badge.
SRMU/AIRF supports the 8th January All India Strike by observing
Protesting against the Anti-labour policies of the Government, especially,
Privatizing the PSU’s, such as, BPCL, IOC, CONCOR, HPCL, ONGC, GAIL, LIC, which
are running profitably, Defense Establishments and Indian Railways.
Attempt of the Central Government to modify the social benefit scheme of Pension to the
Pre-2004 appointees in Railways and converting the NPS Scheme as “Guaranteed Pension”
in respect of employees, appointed after 2004.
Attempt of the Central Government to convert the 44 Labour Laws into that of Four Codes ,
namely, Wage Code, Occupational Hazard and Safety Code, Social Security Code and
Industrial Relation Code.
Under the Industrial Relation code, it is proposed that, the Union which gets 75% votes alone
will be recognized, which is nothing but an attempt to thwart any Union from getting
recognition, thereby weakening the bargaining capacity of workmen in Trade unions. Today,
the HMS and other Central Trade unions have organized one day General Strike, to which
railway men extend their full support, Dr.N.Kanniah added.
Niti Aayog Proposes to privatize Indian Railways
Accusing the Railway officers for not taking quick steps for privatizing Railways, the
Central Government formed a Committee headed by Shri.Amitap Khan, Niti Aayog Chairman.
The said Committee had recommended to the Railways to permit private parties to run 150
Express Trains in 10 to 12 Clusters in 100 Routes. It is proposed that, such 150 trains would be
leased under a global tender for a cost of Rs.22,500 Crores with the least period being 35 years.
Important routes originating or terminating from / at Mumbai, new Delhi, Chennai,
Secunderabad, Howrah, Patna will be given for private / multinationals. It is proposed underChennai Cluster, between Tambaram and Kanyakumari, daily one train to Madurai, two trains to
Tambaram-Tiruchendur / Tirunelveli, one train to Trichy, two trains to Kanyakumari, two trains to
Hyderabad, one train to Jaipur.
The companies which have taken on lease, shall also maintain the assets, which will render
the employees connected with such train running, namely, Commercial Staff, Traffic Staff,
Gatekeepers, Track Maintainers, Signal, Electrical, Mechanical employees etc., will be appointed
under Fixed Term Contract by the private companies. The private companies can also appoint
drivers and guards for running such trains, which will ultimately result in the railway employees
loosing their permanent employment.
Private operators are allowed to fix the stoppages of the trains, fix the ticket fare based on
demand / festivals etc., and also can decide the number of Sleeper Coaches / A.C. Sleeper Coaches
etc., Thus the travelling public will be fleeced by the private operator.
Although Niti Aayog suggests that running of trains should be privatized, it has
suggested that, in the event of an accident, involving the private operator run trains, then the
Railway should do the accident relief work.
Under the guise of running trains by private operators, Is It a proposal to
favour private companies which are close to the power centres in India ?
In its proposal, Niti Aayog has laid out that the companies which wants to participate in the
global tender, should have a networth of 450 Crores and must invest a sum of Rs.2700 Crores
every year for the next five years. It is generally believed that, the above condition is only to
favour two major Indian companies which are closer to the power centre. Niti Aayog also has
mandated that, the private operators should start their services before June 2020.
Save Railways ! Save Nation !!
Since 1853, Indian Railways is functioning for the welfare of Indian Public, by functioning
24 X 365 days in a year. Daily, 2.3 Crore passengers travel in 12,600 trains and 30 lakh
Tonnes of Freight and parcel is carried by 7421 goods trains.
For maintaining 7349 railway stations, 2,39,281 goods wagons, 59,713 passenger coaches
and 9549 engines and for various maintenace activities in Mechanical, Electrical, Signal,
Civil Engineering, Operating, Commercial , Production Units and other allied activities, the
Railways themselves have created 13 Lakh Posts. However, for the past 10 years,
continuously 2 Lakh Vacancies exists and thus 10 Lakh Railway employees, with great
difficulty are discharging their duties and making the Railways a profitable entity.
The Railways is granting a subsidy of Rs.53/- on every Rs.100/- ticket and collects only
Rs.47/- from passengers. In addition, the Railway grants 295 different concessions.
Whereas, under the privatization, IRCTC for New Delhi-Lucknow Tejas Express charges
Rs.1755/- for AC Chair Car. (Railway- Rs.1165) and for AC First class, Rs.2450/-(Railway-Rs.1855). Thus, there is an increase of Rs.600/- for each ticket. Also, IRCTC has
not granted any concessions.
Central Government must subsidize Railways
Railway bears nearly 45 Thousand Crores by way of granting various subsidies to the
passengers and also freight carried. This should be reimbursed by the Central Government. Last
year the total earnings of Railways was Rs.1,96,000 Crores and out of which Rs.40,000 Crores was
spent on Capital Investment and Development Plans, Rs.42,000 Crores by way of Pension,
Rs.47,000 Crores towards employees salary and the balance was spent towards fuel, other
administrative expenses. This year, so far the Railways have earned Rs.2,16,000 Crores. The
Railway Budget was merged with General Budget. The salary of employees of all the departments
of Central Government, are paid only by the Central Government from its own fund. In the similar
manner, the Central Government, if it takes over, the Railway Employees Salary (Rs.47,000
Crores) or pension payment (Rs.42,000 Crores), then the Railways will have an additional
investment of Rs.40,000 Crores every year.
Performance of Railway Production Units exceedingly well.
ICF, in 2017, produced 976 coaches, this year in the first nine months, produced 2919
coaches, and before this March 2020, will produce 3200 coaches, thus, achieving 40%
MCF Rae Bareli against a target of 586 coaches, have produced 1283 coaches.
CLW produced 300 electric locos in the first nine months, which is 28% more than last year
and by this year end, will produce 402 locos and will reach No.1 status in the world.
Bella Wheel Factory in Bihar will produce 4315 wheels, which is 222% more than the
All these achievements were widely publicized by the Central Government, at the same
time, wants to privatize these production units and wants to hand over the profit to private parties.
Privatization failed world over
After 1945, i.e. after the second world war, including India, world over, all the privately
operated railways were nationalized by the respective Government, keeping in view of the public need. Whereas, in 1989, British Government privatized its Railway network. Till now, the British Government invested 6 times of its initial investment in the private train operating companies, byway of subsidy, investment, compensation etc., Even though the private companies are charginghefty fare, still they run under loss, which is ultimately borne by the British Government .
Similarly, in Argentina and New Zealand, the privatized railway companies were repossessed by
the respective governments, after spending thousands of crores on the private operators. In
Australia, the public fought for repossession of rail network, since privatization had not helpedthem. Faced with no choice, the Australian Government took over the private railway network.
He further added that, when the privatization of Railways had failed world over, the attempt of the Central Government will cause great harm to the Country, Indian public and Indian Railways.Central Government must drop the anti-labour proposals and privatization of Indian Railways immediately.
From January 2nd to 7th, Lakhs of Railway men under the leadership of SRMU/AIRF, wore Black Badges, conducted demonstrations and lodged their strong protest against the policies of the Central Government. Today, throughout India, nearly 50 Crore employees, working in Central,State, PSU’s, Private Institutions and unorganized sector are observing One Day Strike.
In order to grow and develop India requires Central Government Institutions, Defense Establishments, Railways and PSU’s, the contribution of employees in this sector is highly essential and the Central Government must drop its anti-worker policies and to hold negotiations with Labour Federations, to create conducive atmosphere, failing which the AIRF, pursuant to the decision taken in the 95th Meeting at Chennai shall proceed with its plan for Indefinite Strike,which will be decided in the AIRF General Body Meeting at New Delhi,
GS/SRMU and WP/AIRF stated