New Railway Board Guidelines on Uniforms and Protective Gear for Shunting Staff – A Comprehensive Overview

Comprehensive Guidelines by Railway Board on Uniforms and Protective Gear for Shunting Staff

Uniform and Protective gears for shunting staff (Pointsman. Gateman, Cabinman & Leverman) of Operating Dept. No.2017/Transf.cell/Civil/03 dated 05.02.2018
Uniform and Protective gears for shunting staff (Points man. Gateman, Cabin man & Leverman) of Operating Dept

In a move to enhance the safety and working conditions of shunting staff across Indian Railways, the Railway Board has issued a comprehensive circular (No. 2023/TT-1/76/Misc/1 dated 17.05.2024) outlining the uniform and protective gear requirements for points men, gatemen, cabin men, and levermen of the Operating Department. This circular builds upon the previously approved protective gear for trackmen, keymen, patrolmen, and other technical staff, further expanding the safety measures for these essential workers.

Key Highlights of the Circular

The circular covers several key aspects, including the types of protective gear approved, the mode of procurement, and the continuation of existing dress allowances. Here are the main highlights:

  • Approval for the provision of special protective gear specifically designed for shunting staff, ensuring their safety while performing their duties.
  • A range of protective gear items, including rain coats, winter jackets, safety shoes, luminous vests, and torches, as well as clothing for sub-zero climates.
  • The mode of procurement for these items will initially follow the same process as for engineering staff, with divisional-level spot purchase committees handling the procurement. Once the system stabilizes, the procurement may transition to the divisional stores department.
  • The existing dress allowance for eligible staff, as per Railway Board’s letter No. PC-VII/2017/I/7/5/7 dated 03.10.2017, will continue to be followed, ensuring financial support for uniform and gear maintenance.

Detailed Specifications of Approved Protective Gear

The circular meticulously outlines the functional specifications and procurement scales for each approved protective gear item:

  1. Rain Coat with cap/hood and separate waterproof trouser: A waterproof coat and trouser with full sleeves, cap/hood, and separate waterproof trouser, to be provided once a year to protect against inclement weather conditions.
  2. Winter Jacket: A jacket with inner lining, available with or without a hood/cap, in a superior quality orange color, to be provided once every two years to combat cold weather conditions.
  3. Clothing for Sub-zero Climate: For staff working in sub-zero climatic regions, a complete set of clothing comprising a jacket, trouser, gloves, snow boots, and cap will be provided. These items will be procured from military clothing suppliers or approved ordinance factories and provided once every two years.
  4. Safety Shoes (with Steel Toes): High-quality safety shoes with steel toes, conforming to IS 15298 (Part 2): 2011 / ISO 20345:2004 standards, from reputed brands like Bata, Liberty, and Action, will be provided once every six months to protect the feet from potential hazards.
  5. Luminous Vest: Retro-reflective orange-colored luminous vests, adhering to IS-15809 of 2008 specified by the EN471 Standard, will be provided once every six months to enhance visibility and safety, especially during low-light conditions.
  6. Tricolor LED 3-cell Torch/Rechargeable Torch: To assist staff deputed for night duty or required to attend failures during the night, a tricolor LED 3-cell torch or rechargeable torch will be provided once a year.
Uniform and Protective gears for shunting staff (Pointsman. Gateman, Cabinman & Leverman) of Operating Dept. No.2017/Transf.cell/Civil/03 dated 05.02.2018
Uniform and Protective gears for shunting staff (Pointsman. Gateman, Cabinman & Leverman) of Operating Dept. No.2017/Transf.cell/Civil/03 dated 05.02.2018

Reference Letters Providing Additional Context

The circular references three important letters that provide additional context and guidelines related to uniform and protective gear provisions:

  1. Railway Board’s letter No. 2017/Transf.cell/Civil/03 dated 05.02.2018: This letter outlines the recommendations of a committee constituted to review uniforms and tool kits for trackmen, keymen, and patrolmen, including details on dress allowances, protective gear, tools and equipment, procurement modes, and other related aspects.
  2. Railway Board’s letter No. PC-VII/2017/I/7/5/7 dated 03.10.2017 (RBE No. 141/2017): This letter covers the implementation of the recommendations of the Seventh Central Pay Commission regarding dress allowances for various categories of railway employees, including officers, personnel below officer rank, and other staff required to wear uniforms regularly.
  3. Railway Board’s letter No. 2018/TF Cell/S&T/S&T Uniform dated 05.03.2019: This letter addresses the provision of uniforms and protective gear for maintainers and helpers of the Signal & Telecom, Electrical (TRD), and Mechanical (ART & ARME) departments, including specifications, procurement modes, and dress allowances.

Full Text of the Railway Board Circular

भारत सरकार GOVERNMENT OF INDIA

रेल मंत्रालय MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS

(रेलवे बोर्ड RAILWAY BOARD)

No. 2023/TT-1/76/Misc/1

New Delhi, dated 17.05.2024

The General Manager, All Indian Railways/PUs, NF(Con), CORE

The DG/RDSO/Lucknow, DG/NAIR/Vadodara,

CAOs, DMW/Patiala, WPO/Patna, COFMOW/NDLS, RWP/Bela, CAO/IROAF

Sub: Uniform and Protective gears for shunting staff (Pointsman. Gateman, Cabinman & Leverman) of Operating Deptt.

Ref: 1.Board’s letter No.2017/Transf.cell/Civil/03 dated 05.02.2018.

2.Board’s letter No.PC-VII/2017/I/7/5/7 dated 03.10.2017.

  1. Board’s letter No. 2018/TF Cell/S&T/S&T Uniform dated 05.03.2019.

In continuation of the protective gears approved for Trackmen/Keymen/Patrolmen vide Reference (1) and Technicians/Maintainers and Helpers of S&T. Electrical (TRD) & Mechanical (ART & ARME) Deptt. vide Reference (3) above. Board (M/O&BD. MF and CRB & CEO) in consultation with DG/HR. have also approved the provision of special protective gears for the Pointsman/Gateman/Cabinman/Leverman of Operating Department The detail are as under:

1. Protective Gears:

The list of the protective gears and other items 1s as indicated below:

S. NoDescriptionFunctional specificationScaleApproximate cost (Rs)
1.Rain Coat with cap/hood and separate waterproof trouserWaterproof coat and trouser with full sleeves and cap/hood.Once in a year1200/-
2(a)Winter JacketJacket with inner lining with/without hood/cap, orange color superior quality.Once in 2 years2500/-
2(b)**Clothing for Subzero climate
1. Jacket
2. Trouser
3. Gloves
4. Snow boots
5. Cap
As per military clothing from Ordinance factories/ approved suppliers of Ordnance factories.Once in 2 years10.000/-
3.Safety Shoes(with Steel Toes)As per IS 15298 (Part 2): 2011 / ISO 20345:2004 Some of the reputed brands are Bata. Liberty. Action etc.Once in six Months1400/-
4.Luminous vestRetro-reflective orange colour. IS-15809 of 2008 specified by EN471 StandardOnce in Six months500/-
5*Tricolor LED 3-cell Torch/rechargeable torchAs being used by SCR/ NROnce a year1000/-

Note: 1* Tricolor LED 3-cell Torch/ rechargeable torch to be provided to staff deputed for night duty or required to attend failures during night.

Note 2:** Winter jackets as per item 2a) will not be supplied in subzero climate region, as provisioning of the same is already included in item 2b) In addition, any specific requirement for any particular area/climatic condition may be assessed by the respective DRM.

2. Mode of Procurement:

Mode of Procurement shall be same as adopted for procurement of protective gears for Engineering staff vide reference (1) above. As on date, Stores Department is procuring luminous vests. The other items mentioned in Table 1 above, may be procured at Divisional Level, through Spot Purchase Committee comprising concerned Branch Officer. StDFM/DFM, SrDMM/DMM. Once the system gets stabilized, and the vendors are developed, these may be procured through Stores Department of the Division.

3. Dress Allowances:

The Dress Allowance for the eligible staff as per Railway Board’s letter No. PC-VII/2017/1/7/5/7 dated 03.10.2017(RBE No. 141/2017) , shall continue to be followed for above categories of staff.

This issues with the concurrence of Finance Dte. and Transformation cell of Ministry of Railways.

Kindly acknowledge the receipt and ensure compliance.

(Satyam Prakash)

Exe. Dir. Traffic Trans. (S)

Railway Board

011-23047302

By issuing these comprehensive guidelines, the Railway Board aims to prioritize the safety and well-being of shunting staff across Indian Railways. The circular not only outlines the specific protective gear requirements but also provides a framework for procurement and financial support through dress allowances.

Adherence to these guidelines is crucial for ensuring a safe and conducive working environment for pointsmen, gatemen, cabinmen, and levermen, who play a vital role in the smooth operations of the railway network. For any further clarifications or queries, employees are encouraged to refer to the official circular or contact the respective authorities.

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