June 21, 2022

Indian Railway fires 19 officials for non-performance – The New Indian Express

Express press service

NEW DELHI: In a bid to weed out underperforming civil servants and employees, the Ministry of Railways terminated the services of 19 senior civil servants from various areas at once on Wednesday night. Communicating a strong message of “Perform or Go Home”, the railway management terminated the services of 19 civil servants based on a vigilance report on their reported inefficiency in their duties.

The Ministry of Railways terminated the services of 19 officers under Section 56(J)/(I), Rule 48 of the Central Civil Service (CCS) Retirement Rules and 1972 under review periodical of civil servants.

Official sources said on Thursday that among the 19 officers fired, one was the Indian Railway Service Mechanical Engineering Officer, 2 officers belonged to the Indian Railways Personnel Service, 3 belonged to the Indian Railways Health Services railways, 1 belonged to the Indian Railway Traffic Service, 3 belonged to the Indian Railway Service of Engineers and 9 belonged to the Indian Railway Service of Electrical Engineers.

They were stationed in various areas including the Central Railway, Northern Frontier Railway, South Central Railway, Eastern Railway, Northern Railway and D other wings. Official sources said that out of 19, 9 railway officers dismissed were additional and joint secretary levels.

Apart from the dismissal of 19 officers on Wednesday, 77 other railway officials have so far been prematurely retired in the VRS category in the last 11 months in Indian Railway since Ashwini Vaishnaw took over as head of the ministry railways under the Modi government.

Meanwhile, a senior source at the Ministry of Railways said the government has the absolute right under Section 56(J) to force employees or officials to take the VRS on the grounds of a lack of efficiency in their functions.

Wednesday’s severance services of 19 officers comes ahead of a recent periodic review meeting by Union Railways Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw, held with Chief Executives (GMs) of all areas, during which the Minister reportedly warned officials to ‘make or take home rest home’.

Although the railways cited inefficiency and poor job performance as reasons for approving early retirement for these officials, reliable sources said the majority of them, who had gone through the VRS, were under extreme stress and faced unbearable workloads with the launch of numerous projects.

“The real causes of the VRS demand are not those cited by railway officials. The real causes are an unsustainable workload which has multiplied many times over after the launch of various railway mega-projects,” said a senior railway officer, preferring anonymity.

Recently, Ravindra Gupta, as sources said, had applied to the VRS for the post of Director General of Rail Safety with effect from May 1. He was among others who had approached the VRS by requesting the waiver of the three-month delay clause against the SRV.

Recently, Rahul Jain received the VRS from Board Member of Railways (Traction and Rolling Stock) with effect from March 1. He wasn’t the only one who had to take the VRS from the railroad services. A total of 11 civil servants were given the VRS for their services alone in January by the Ministry of Railways.

According to RTI information sought by the TNIE, 8 employees, including officers, took the VRS alone in the South Western Railway, which is headquartered in Mysure this year until April. No less than 3 employees and civil servants, working at the railway authority, were among others to have passed the VRS this year.

Sources further added that the departments of dozens of other non-performing civil servants and employees of various ranks are also seriously considering being laid off by the railways following the report from insiders in the coming months.

Not only that, sources said that many officials and employees are also planning to apply for the VRS in the coming months as well.