Railway to change Appointment rules for its officers

| June 5, 2017

NEW DELHI: In order to motivate its cadre to perform better, the Railway Board has changed the appointment rules for top level officers. Now, there will be equal representation from all eight Railway services for appointment of 17 general managers (GM) irrespective of age or seniority.


Railway officers are inducted in eight cadres which include civil engineering, mechanical, electrical, stores, signalling, traffic, personnel and account services. Aiming to end the rivalry among these services, the Railway Board had planned to merge cadres into two groups, technical and non-technical. However, it did not materialise.

The new rules coming into effect from April 2017 ensures that there must be equal representation from all eight railway services at top posts. At present, there are no GMs from the services like accounts and personnel.

According to railways, the whole thing has to do with aspirations as if someone joins Railway services after such a grueling competition, also aspires that he/she should work as DRM (divisional railway manager), principal head of department or GM or board member.

“So far, the appointments were made on seniority. Officers of certain cadre could not be posted as GMs due to less vacancy. That happened because the seniors in other cadres used to occupy several posts,” said Railway Board Member staff Pradeep Kumar. Kumar says now the change has been made to ensure that there is one GM from each service.

“Now if there is at least one representation from eight services, it will motivate people to perform. At present, there are no GMs from accounts and personnel and at one point of time there was none from traffic. With this equal opportunity they feel motivated,” he said.

Railways follow the predominance rule whereby there is a norm that not more than 10 officers will become GM.

“We hope that such rule will encourage young officers to perform better,” he added. Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu had also conducted an HR audit of gazetted officers and now there are plans to conduct similar kind of audits for non-gazetted staff to rationalise staff strength given the technological development, changes in operational and maintenance practices.

Railway is the biggest public employer with over 13 lakh workers on its payroll and staff cost, including pension, is the biggest expenditure for Railways.

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