1. In terms of the instructions contained in this Ministry's letter No.E(NG)/64/RCI/25 dated 14.5.66, as last modified through its letter No.E(NG)/I/93/IC2/5 dated 2.1.96 and 12.9.97, and letter No.E(TRG)/94/28/1 dated 17.4.2000,Group "C" railway employees are allowed lumpsum incentive on the scale indicated in the instructions for acquiring higher technical/professional qualifications as indicated therein and the powers to grant such incentives rest with the heads of Departments.
2. A demand has been raised in PNM/NFIR that the powers to grant incentives maybe delegated to the Divisional Railway Managers(DRMs) in order to expedite disposal of such cases. The matter has been considered by the Board and it has been decided that, while the powers to sanction incentive to Group "C" staff working in the Headquarters offices will continue to be exercised by HODs in consultation with FA&CAOs, the same may be exercised by DRMs/CWMs in respect of Group "C" staff working in the Divisions/Workshops in consultation with Sr.DAOs/Workshop Accounts officers.