Indian Railways Killing Thousands Of Jobs By Merging Junior, Mid-Level Employees
Indian Railways is India’s biggest employer, with 13 lakh employees. But soon, this will change.
In a massive overhauling of their human resource, Indian Railways can soon merge thousands of junior and mid-level job profiles, thereby killing thousands of jobs.
How will this happen?
Indian Railways Likely To Merge Junior, Middle Level Jobs
As per reports coming in, Indian Railways is all set to merge thousands of junior and mid-level job profiles, and a formal announcement is coming soon.
This is now almost confirmed, since the Union Cabinet has approved Railways’ plan to merge 8 major cadres into central services Indian Railway Management Service, thereby reducing employees.
Now, the next phase will be merging junior and mid-level job profiles.
Officials from Railway Zones have written to Govt and suggested merger of job profiles across accounts, commercial, electrical, mechanical, engineering, medical, personnel, operating, stores, and signal & telecommunication departments.
How Will This Work Out?
To start with, all ticket checking, reservation and enquiry job posts will be merged into one, thereby eliminating thousands of jobs.
And then, Railway Protection Force constables will be asked to check tickets, instead of Railways ticket check employees.
The proposal said, “A single category may be defined with a particular training schedule,”
Another Railway Zone member has suggested merging of guard and the Loco Pilot job profiles too.
Besides, there can be heavy job cuts in the accounting department too. The proposal suggests “preparation of salary and passing can be done by same department… Disbursement of salary should be streamlined along the lines of pension payments which are managed by banks and except supervisory staff of personnel and accounts department, all other categories should be extinguished.”
Ticketing and booking counters can be removed, and/or reduced, and airlines mode of booknig tickets will be encouraged.
Besides, unskilled jobs such as cleaners can be outsourced.
Govt in 2019 had already approved reducing the number of Railways Board members from 8 to 4, thereby triggering biggest human resource reform in Railways’ 150 year old history.
An unnamed Railways official said, “The plan is to streamline the organisation; 1.3 million employees is too manpower intensive and becomes under productive too hence it is broadly to reduce manpower,”
We will keep you updated, as more details come in.