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Brazen discrimination in Railway Board: Is PMO watching?

During the COVID crisis, when officers are not able to travel and present their cases to higher authorities, the Chairman Railway Board is being blamed by several officers for discrimination and departmentalism; though Railway itself is a department comprising various cadres and services. While blaming the CRB they talk facts and examples as well.

The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet, headed by Prime Minister, approved the promotion of four Mechanical officers to the grade of Additional Member, which is a post equivalent to General Managers. Yet, one officer, A K Kathpal, the Principal Chief Mechanical Engineer of ICF, has been denied the elevation on the ground that there is a Vigilance case against him.

Even as the spate of vigilance cases against ICF officers involved in making the Train 18 have reached nowhere near conclusion, just a case in the initial stage is being used as a ploy to deny promotion to a senior officer.

The rules in this matter are very clear. Unless the vigilance case has reached finality and unless the Central Vigilance Commission has recommenced departmental proceedings against an officer, he cannot be denied promotion. Further, aas per CVC guidelines any complaint within 6 months of vacancy is not to be taken cognizance of.

In  Kathpal’s case the DPC was sent to ACC in April 2020 whereas the vigilance case now cited is much earlier. His case has not even been sent to the CVC. Yet, his promotion has been withheld and the Railway Ministry is planning to send a report to the ACC that Kathpal cannot be promoted. It is a complete mockery of ACC though it is unlikely that the ACC will agree to this nefarious design since the vigilance case existed against Kathpal even when his name was sent for empanelment as an Additional Member to the ACC.

The so-called ‘ism’, if any, is clear from the fact that the same yardstick has not been applied in the case of Electrical Officers. N K Gupta, the Principal Chief Electrical Engineer of ICF was promoted to Additional Member grade even when there were two vigilance cases pending against him. D P Dash, another Electrical officer, who was the Chief Electrical Design Engineer of ICF also had two vigilance cases against him, yet he was granted the Higher Administrative Grade. Two more Electrical Officers of ICF, Amitabh Singhal and Praveen Chauhan were promoted to Senior Administrative Grade in spite of vigilance cases against them.

O P Khare, a Stores Officer, who was the Principal Chief Materials Manager of ICF was allowed to retire with full benefits even as he had a vigilance case against him. 

The ‘ism’ is also evident from his propensity to post Electrical Officers on key posts not identified for the Electrical department. Sudhir Kumar an Additional Member in Railway Board is holding three posts of Additional Members, Planning, Electrification and Transformation. Navin Kumar, another Electrical Officer is holding two posts of Establishment Branch, Executive Director Gazetted Cadre and Joint Secretary Confidential, posts which were traditionally held by Personnel department officers. Yet another Electrical Officer, P C Lochab, is occupying the Establishment post of Railway Sports Control Board.

It is being said that Kathpal’s promotion is being denied to build a precedent to deny promotion to another Mechanical officer to the post to Additional Member or Secretary Railway Board. If the ACC agrees to these manipulations of the Ministry of Railways, it will not only be demoralizing for the officers in general,  it will also violate existing rules on vigilance cases.

23 May 2020
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JS Empanelment: 70 IRSS officers (1991-1996) waiting their turn

Indianmandarins has reliably learnt that approx. 70 officers belonging to Indian Railway Stores Service (IRSS) are waiting their turn for empanelment to hold Joint Secretary level posts in Govt of India. The JS empanelment of five batches (1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995 & 1996) of IRSS cadre is expected to be cleared together. Reportedly, 36 officers may expect to feature on the list.     

10 Dec 2019
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Brazen discrimination in Railway Board: Is PMO watching?

By IndianMandarins 23 May 2020

During the COVID crisis, when officers are not able to travel and present their cases to higher authorities, the Chairman Railway Board is being blamed by several officers for discrimination and departmentalism; though Railway itself is a department comprising various cadres and services. While blaming the CRB they talk facts and examples as well.

The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet, headed by Prime Minister, approved the promotion of four Mechanical officers to the grade of Additional Member, which is a post equivalent to General Managers. Yet, one officer, A K Kathpal, the Principal Chief Mechanical Engineer of ICF, has been denied the elevation on the ground that there is a Vigilance case against him.

Even as the spate of vigilance cases against ICF officers involved in making the Train 18 have reached nowhere near conclusion, just a case in the initial stage is being used as a ploy to deny promotion to a senior officer.

The rules in this matter are very clear. Unless the vigilance case has reached finality and unless the Central Vigilance Commission has recommenced departmental proceedings against an officer, he cannot be denied promotion. Further, aas per CVC guidelines any complaint within 6 months of vacancy is not to be taken cognizance of.

In  Kathpal’s case the DPC was sent to ACC in April 2020 whereas the vigilance case now cited is much earlier. His case has not even been sent to the CVC. Yet, his promotion has been withheld and the Railway Ministry is planning to send a report to the ACC that Kathpal cannot be promoted. It is a complete mockery of ACC though it is unlikely that the ACC will agree to this nefarious design since the vigilance case existed against Kathpal even when his name was sent for empanelment as an Additional Member to the ACC.

The so-called ‘ism’, if any, is clear from the fact that the same yardstick has not been applied in the case of Electrical Officers. N K Gupta, the Principal Chief Electrical Engineer of ICF was promoted to Additional Member grade even when there were two vigilance cases pending against him. D P Dash, another Electrical officer, who was the Chief Electrical Design Engineer of ICF also had two vigilance cases against him, yet he was granted the Higher Administrative Grade. Two more Electrical Officers of ICF, Amitabh Singhal and Praveen Chauhan were promoted to Senior Administrative Grade in spite of vigilance cases against them.

O P Khare, a Stores Officer, who was the Principal Chief Materials Manager of ICF was allowed to retire with full benefits even as he had a vigilance case against him. 

The ‘ism’ is also evident from his propensity to post Electrical Officers on key posts not identified for the Electrical department. Sudhir Kumar an Additional Member in Railway Board is holding three posts of Additional Members, Planning, Electrification and Transformation. Navin Kumar, another Electrical Officer is holding two posts of Establishment Branch, Executive Director Gazetted Cadre and Joint Secretary Confidential, posts which were traditionally held by Personnel department officers. Yet another Electrical Officer, P C Lochab, is occupying the Establishment post of Railway Sports Control Board.

It is being said that Kathpal’s promotion is being denied to build a precedent to deny promotion to another Mechanical officer to the post to Additional Member or Secretary Railway Board. If the ACC agrees to these manipulations of the Ministry of Railways, it will not only be demoralizing for the officers in general,  it will also violate existing rules on vigilance cases.

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JS Empanelment: 70 IRSS officers (1991-1996) waiting their turn

By IndianMandarins 10 Dec 2019

Indianmandarins has reliably learnt that approx. 70 officers belonging to Indian Railway Stores Service (IRSS) are waiting their turn for empanelment to hold Joint Secretary level posts in Govt of India. The JS empanelment of five batches (1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995 & 1996) of IRSS cadre is expected to be cleared together. Reportedly, 36 officers may expect to feature on the list.     

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Railways: Fate of 20 Additional Member level posts hangs in balance

By IndianMandarins 29 Nov 2019

There has been murmuring among senior officers belonging to eight different cadres under the Ministry of Railways as they find their career progression hanging in balance.

In a cadre restructuring approx fifteen new posts of Additional Member (HAG+ level, same as GM) were created in March this year but appointment to these posts are yet awaited. Insiders say that careers of a large number of railway officers has stuck due to inordinate delay in filling up these newly created posts.  

It was also rumoured that top authorities of the ministry establishment didn't want to operate these new 15 posts in the Rail Bhawan. So, a proposal was made, as per the allocation of newly created posts among eight cadres, to distribute these posts across Railway Zones. But, no action has been taken so far.

Contrary to the rumors Indianmandarins learns that Ministry of Railways has sent a proposal to the Department of Personnel & Training for its approval on Recruitment Rules (RR). Once the terms and norms (RR) are approved the Railway Board will start its bit to fill these posts.

It may be mentioned that of 15 newly created posts; IRAS earned 2 posts; IRSE, IRSEE & IRSME earned 03 posts each whereas IRPS, IRTS, IRSS & IRSSE earned 01 post each. In addition, approx. 5 posts of Additional Member are already lying vacant which too may filled up together with newly created posts. 

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Ten officers appointed as GM, Railways

By IndianMandarins 19 Sep 2019

The NaMo administration on Thursday cleared the appointment of as many as ten officers as General Manager Railways. Accordingly;

  1. Rajiv Kumar Vyas (IRSS) appointed as GM, Rail Wheel Factory (Yelhanka)
  2. John Thomas (IRSEE) appointed as GM, Southern Railway (Chennai)
  3. Suneet Sharma (IRSME) appointed as GM, Eastern Railway (Howrah). Presently he is GM Modern Coach Factory (Rae Bareli)
  4. G Banerjee (IRSEE) appointed as GM South East Central Railway (Bilaspur)
  5. R Gupta (IRSME) appointed as GM, Rail Coach Factory (Kapoorthala)
  6. Sanjeev Mittal (IRSE) appointed as GM, Central Railway, Mumbai
  7. V M Srivastva (IRSEE) appointed as GM, Modern Coach Factory, Rae Bareli Vice Suneet Sharma
  8. Sanjay Kumar Mohanty (IRTS) appointed as GM, South Eastern Railway, Garden Reach, Kolkata
  9. Anand Prakash (IRSE) appointed as GM, North Western Railway (Jaipur)
  10. Y P Singh (IRSSE) appointed as GM, CORE, Allahabad

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16 IRSS cadre officers empanelled to hold (HAG) posts

By IndianMandarins 01 Sep 2018

The NaMo administration on Friday cleared the empanelment of nine officers belonging to Indian Railway Stores Services (IRSS) to hold Higher Administrative Grade posts for the panel year 2018-19 along with seven officers in extended panel. Of sixteen; five retiring this year, three will be retiring in 2019, one in 2020 whereas seven officers will be retiring in 2021.  They are: -

  • M K Kaushik
  • Gajanand Prasad
  • H S Roychoudhury
  • P C Mishra
  • Bijay Kumar
  • A Ratna Raju
  • Arun S Vankhede
  • Rajiv Kumar Vyas
  • R R Prasad
  • A K Pandey
  • V R Mishra
  • K Shunmugaraj
  • Ram Lal
  • Rakesh M Gupta
  • Aditya Sharma
  • Ratnakar Pandey

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