Minimum educational qualification for recruitment to Pharmacist Gr. III’s position in the Railways Medical Department.
National Federation of Indian Railwaymen
The Secretary (E),
Sub: Minimum educational qualification for recruitment to the post of Pharmacist Gr. III in the Medical Department on the Railways.
Ref: (i) NFIR’s PNM Item No. 52/2018.
(ii) Railway Board’s letter No. E(NG)II/2001/RR-1/45 dated 22/05/2015 (RBE No. 49/2015) and 05/04/2018 (RBE No. 54/2018).
(iii) NFIR’s letter No. II/1/2018 dated 08/05/2018.
(iv) Railway Board’s letter No. E(NG)II/2001/RR-1/45 dated 21/01/2019 addressed to GS/NIFIR.
Federation does not accept the reply of Railway,Board vide letter dated 21/01/2019 on minimum educational qualification for Open Market Recruitment to the post of Pharmacist Grade-III in the Medical Department on Railways as the reply being misleading, illogical and not in conformity with the instructions issued by the nodal ministry viz., Ministry of Health and Family Welfare through the Gazette of India dated 14th March, 2015, wherein notification issued by the CGHS Division dated 11th March, 2015 under G.S.R. 51 has been circulated to all the Ministries/Department to adopt and implement the same.
Federation re-iterates that through Gazette Notification dated 11th March, 2015, recruitment Rules (with the approval of the President) to the post of Pharmacist Grade-III from Open Market were published which superseded all previous instructions. The revised recruitment rules are as follows:-
(a) 12th Class Pass with Science subjects (Physicso Chemistry and Biology), or equivalent from a recognized Board or University.
- Diploma in Pharmacy from recognized institution and registered as Pharmacist under the Pharmacy Act, 1948; and
- Two years’ experience as Pharmacist in any recognized Hospital or Pharmacy after duly registered as Pharmacist under the Pharmacy Act, 1948; and
(b) Bachelor Degree in Pharmacy (B. Pharm.) from a recognized University or equivalentq and
- Registered as a Pharmacist under the Pharmacy Act, 1948.
Though the Federation communicated with regard to revision in the academic/technical qualification and experience for recruitment to the post of Pharmacist vide Federation’s leffer dated 28/05/2015, Railway Board failed to take corrective action.
Despite NFIR’s letter dated 08/05/2018 and PNM Agenda Item No. 52/2018 (sent to Railway Board on 26/06/2018), Railway Board again failed to modify its instructions dated 05/04/2018 (RBE No. 54/2018) and not incorporated the following provision.
Two years experience as Pharmacist in any recognized Hospital or Pharmacy after duly registered as Pharmacist under the Pharmacy Act, 1948.
(portion of part (a) above)
2. Further, the views expressed by the Railway Board that the pay structure of GP 2800/Level-5 is appropriate to the Pharmacist category Grade-III at entry level in Railways is unjustified in view of the fact that the DoP&T vide O.M. No. AB-14017/27/2014-Estt. (PR). dated 20th January, 2015 issued detailed guidelines for prescribing educational qualification and requisite experience in respect of various posts for appointment by direct recruitment etc. On going through these guidelines, it is noted that the two years period of experience when attached to a post having Bachelor’s Degree/Diploma qualiflcation in the professional area, the incumbents are to be placed in GP 4200 + PB-2 and not in GP 2800/- in PB-1.
NFIR again requests the Railway Board to kindly review its decision and issue modified instructions duly improving the minimum educational qualification for Open Market Recruitment to the posts of Pharmacists Grade-II in the Medical Department on Railways and also consider grant of entry GP 4200 to the Pharmacists Grade III.