THE INDIAN Railways Promotee Officer’s Federation (IRPOF) has demanded an end to the discrepancies in salaries of directly appointed officials and promotee officers.
Both officials who are recruited directly and those who become officers through promotions have the same duties and responsibilities but different pay, alleged Indian Railways Promotee Officer’s Federation secretary general Jitendra Singh, who demanded an end to the ‘colonial legacy’.
Singh said the salaries of railway officials should be increased and in the process officials were ready to forsake a section of clerical and class fourth staff.
On a query that it could affect loss of jobs in the class fourth level, Singh said unless officials got good salary they would not remain in the services and would switch over to private sector that was offering much better pay packages. Singh alleged that Hindi officers and Public Relations Officers (PROs) had been denied several benefits.
“The railway officer is on duty for 24 hours and can be called at any time thus he needs better deal,” he added. Singh also said the categories of Class III and Class IV should be done away with and all employees should be classified as either gazetted or non-gazetted officers. Singh was on a visit to Bhopal.