Nagpur: The All India Train Controllers Association has threatened mass casual leave by train controllers in the Indian Railways on International Labour Day (May 1) demanding higher pay scales and allowances among others.
The Train Controllers are demanding gazetted rank for all the chief controllers and deputy chief controllers along with higher pay scales, stress allowance (30 percent of basic pay), mike allowance (at ten pc basic) and break down allowance as actual, a release from the Association said Tuesday.
They are demanding corresponding pay band of Rs 15,600- 39,100 for chief controllers and deputy chief controllers and Rs 9,300- 34,800 for section controllers.
Association has said that there are about 25 percent vacancies in the cadre on all-India basis. These vacancies are not filled through proper selection. Rather Station Masters, Movement Inspectors and Guards are made to work on Control Boards, Emergency Control and Time Table Controllers.
It has demanded that in view of nature of work, stress and tension involved with the job, the Railway Board should seriously think of raising the percentage of leave reserve post from 18 percent to 30 percent.