NEW DELHI: The Railway Board has asked the zonal general managers and all production units to suspend the creation of new posts except for safety works till next order. It asked for the surrender of 50% of the existing vacancies, excluding the security sections.
In a letter issued on November 24, the Railway Board has issued a notification to the GMs to review the posts created in the last two years and if no appointments are made against these posts, these can be reviewed for surrender.
Sources said this is being done for two reasons. First, there is the need for rationalization of employees and secondly, the tide about the tight financial position.
The board issued a similar letter in July, requesting zones to begin the exercise and issue a compliance report by July 10. Railway top officials have claimed that the move is “not to be claimed and diminished” and that the posts to be surrendered have been created over the past two years and have yet to be filled.
A Railway Ministry spokesperson said the rationalization of vacancies and the management of expenditure is an important exercise by every organization, including the Government of India. “This internal note should only be viewed in that context. It is observed that the Indian Railways is in the process of checking for a record number of vacancies of about 1.4 lakh. The selection process will begin on December 15, 2020, with more than 2.4 crore candidates expected to participate, ”he said.
Indian Railways is also joining the training and phasing of ALPs, the official said. It is expected to be completed by August 2021.

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