Period of absence of Railway employees sent for Periodical Medical Examination (PME)
- The rules for treatment of the period of absence of Railway employees sent for Periodical Medical Reexamination (PME) are detailed in Rule No. 524 of Indian Railway Medical Manual.
- Time spent in journey to and from the actual medical examination may be treated as duty.
- Periodical Examination of an employee should be completed in 3 days.
- If a Railway doctor is not able to come to a conclusion within a period of 3 days, the entire period required for the doctor to come to a conclusion of the P.M.E should be treated as duty.
- However it will not include the time taken by the employee to procure spectacles or any willful delay by the employee.
- Time taken by the employee to procure spectacles, trusses, etc. will be debited to the leave account of the employee concerned. This period will be from the time the examining authority recommends that artificial aids are necessary till the time the employee obtains such aids and is certified fit for duty by the competent authority.
- However in respect of spectacles, the time up to five days spent by employee to equip himself with spectacles for the first time or to change his existing spectacles should be treated as duty.
- In case the examining authority refers the matter to Chief Medical Director (CMD), the period up to the announcement of the decision by CMD may be treated as duty.
- In case the immediate supervisor or an officer is not available to allow an employee with a fit certificate to join his/her duty on return from periodical medical examination the time taken by such administrative delay may be treated as duty.
1. Rule No. 522 of Indian Railway Medical Manual
2. Railway Board’s letter No. 86/H/5/11 dated 07/12/90)
3. Railway Board’s letter No. 85/H/5/10 dated 12/14-08-86and No.99/H/5/10 dated 12/08/1999)