Coal Pilot Allowance : Report of the Committee Allowances – 7th Pay Commission
Coal Pilot Allowance (Para 8.10.12, 8.10.80)
Existing Provisions: This allowance is paid to Shuntmen and Group D staff of transportation Department of Indian Railways who accompany pilots in the collieries for shunting and similar other duties. The existing rates are as under:Reasons mentioned by 7 th CPC for recommending abolition: This allowance has become outdated.
I. Ministry of Railways: Coal Pilot Allowance is paid to Shuntmen and other transportation staff who accompany Loco Pilots in Collieries and considering the significance of colliery movements in Railway Operations, this allowance may be retained and enhanced by a factor of 2.25
II. National Council (Staff Side), JCM: Coal Pilot Allowance should continue as the staff working as Coal Pilot have to work inside the collieries where there is dust, fume etc. causing potential danger to their health.
Analysis and Recommendations of the Committee:
This allowance is paid to less than 1000 employees in the Ministry of Railways and is required to be retained as working in collieries which includes shunting, is also hazardous for health. Ministry of Railways has strongly recommended that this allowance should not be abolished on functional grounds.
The Committee, therefore, recommends that Coal Pilot Allowance may be retained. The rate of this allowance be multiplied by a factor of 2.25 and rounded off to nearest rupee,as under:
For first trip : ₹101.25/- (rounded off to 102)
For every subsequent trip: ₹33.75/- (rounded off to 34)
This will benefit approximately 1000 employees. Additional annual financial implication is estimated to be ₹ 1.00 crore per annum.