No plan to cut jobs, letters sent to zonal offices for 'routine' performance review, says Ministry of Railways

The Railways on Tuesday clarified that the letters sent to zonal offices to identify employees above the age of 55 years and those who have completed 30 years in service were for a 'routine' performance review

Press Trust of India July 30, 2019 21:26:32 IST
No plan to cut jobs, letters sent to zonal offices for 'routine' performance review, says Ministry of Railways
  • According to reports, the Indian Railways was in the midst of compulsorily retiring a sizeable number of its employees

  • The railways had sent letters to zonal offices to identify employees above the age of 55 years and those who have completed 30 years

  • Ministry of Railways clarified that the letters sent because the employees above 55 years were up for a 'routine' performance review

  • The Railways said it had recruited approximately 1,84,262 employees in various categories during the period of 2014-2019

New Delhi: The Railways on Tuesday clarified that the letters sent to zonal offices to identify employees above the age of 55 years and those who have completed 30 years in service were for a "routine" performance review.

The clarification came amid speculation that the national transporter was in the midst of compulsorily retiring a sizeable number of its employees.

This review, the Railways said in a statement, was laid down by the Railway Establishment Code and was required to be conducted by the administration in "public interest".

"Letters have been issued to railway zones/production units merely by way of reiteration to conduct the routine review of the performance of the railway employees in pursuance of service conditions," the statement said.

"It is a routine exercise which is required to be conducted by the administration in public interest and the same has been conducted in previous years as well. Any reference regarding the number of employees being retired under such rules is thus without any substance," it added.

The Railways said it had recruited approximately 1,84,262 employees in various categories during the period of 2014-2019.

An exercise for the recruitment of 2,83,637 staffers is underway and examinations have already been conducted for 1,41,060 posts. The process shall be completed within the next two months, it said.

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