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Board at a unique juncture: Member posts ex-cadre now, RR yet to be drafted?

All posts of Members of the Railway board are now ex-cadre and should be filled out of seniormost suitable officers on the basis of seniority and residual service. Yet, the reforms in the Railways need to be persuaded cautiously. 

The post of Director General HR (DGGHR) was filled with an IRPS officer even though far senior officers of other cadres are eligible and available.

The post of Member Traffic & Rolling Stock (MTR&RS) is proposed to be filled with an IRSEE officer. Now, there is a proposal to fill up the post of Member (Finance) with an IRAS Officer. The only cadres that seem to have lost out in this game of half-baked reforms are IRSE and IRSME, who have lost out on apex grade posts.

The Railway Ministry has not even drafted the Recruitment Rules for the now ex-cadre posts of Members of the Railway Board and ad hocism continues as a result. Though the inordinate delay in drafting of RR may not be intentional yet it raises questions. With the Railway Ministry with relatively little work at its hands in view of non-running of passenger services, there is certainly no shortage of time to write the Recruitment Rules for a much-touted reform.

(By Rakesh Ranjan)

06 Oct 2020
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Cadre merger that never was

The perpetually warring cadres of Indian Railways were said to be the curse of the government. They were said to oppose reforms, fought for resources and lobbied for sub-optimal projects. The Prime Minister ordered the right anti-dote for the sickness - MERGE THE CADRES.

 

Accordingly, a proposal was made for a merger and the Cabinet approved the plan in double quick time, such was the urgency of the matter. The Chairman Railway Board, V K Yadav, asked for and got an extension for a year to implement the plan. This was many months before the COVID crisis, yet little action was taken. Now the COVID is considered a deterrent to the merger of the cadre.

 

Interesting to recall that the cadre merger plan met with vehement resistance from the Civil Services entrants, who claimed that the interdepartmental fight of IRSME and IRSEE should have been solved just by merging these two cadres. Why create a serious technical crisis by bringing humanities and engineering graduates into a single fold?

 

Well, the plan doesn’t end there. There was a proposal to restructure the Railway Board, first such exercise after 1925, when the Railway Board was created. The Cabinet was assured, which was accepted in good faith, that the Board would be restructured on a functional basis, with separate Members looking after Passenger Business, Freight Business, Infrastructure, Finance and headed by the CRB, now wielding the power of a CEO. All these posts would be ex-cadre. Also, there would be a DG, Human Resources, an ex-cadre post again.

 

Now, not only is the IRMS cadre nowhere near creation, having been assigned to an Empowered Group of Ministers or Secretaries, the restructuring of the Board, which was a far easier task has been put off as well. As a result, the following are the distortion’s that have crept in and being further enhanced:

 

1. The post of Financial Commissioner, originally encadred for the Indian Railways Accounts Service (IRAS) continues to be so. An Additional Member or IRAS, Majula Rangarajan, has been looking after the role for several months now. Now, there is a proposal to promote her to Apex Grade to make her a full-fledged FC, just a few months before her retirement. Many say it is a reward for her signing on the dotted lines on proposals to privatise the Railways. But several others say that in fact she was the only one who wrote on file against the merger of cadres and for which she was denied full-fledged FC for long and she continued as AM/Finance looking after the post of FC.

 

2. The post of Member Staff, which was to be surrendered under the Cabinet Approved reforms, continues to exist. Member Traction, Rajesh Tiwari held this post on a dual charge basis for many months. Upon protests by the IRPS cadre, the Additional Member (Staff), Anand S Khati was deputed to look after this post for some time. Anand Khati has recently been moved as DG Human Resources (DGHR) in the same grade as AM. Now, there is a proposal to grant him, Apex Grade, as DGHR.

 

3. DPC for grant of Apex Grade to Manjula Rangarajan and Anand Khati is underway. People ask if this is a restructured Board, the posts of FC and DGHR should be filed on ex-Cadre basis from out of General Managers. Why are these officers being given higher grade in ex-Cadre posts over many seniors, who are working as General Managers and are in the same grade as these two from earlier dates.

 

4. It is not clear if the Railway Board has been restructured or not. The post of Member Rolling Stock (MRS) encadred to IRSME should have gone to LC Trivedi, General Manager of East Central Railway, who was eligible by all norms. In another case of alleged discrimination against the IRSME, LC Trivedi was never promoted. If Restructuring of the Board was the cause for not promoting LC Trivedi, why was the post of MRS not surrendered? Why was it given on a dual charge basis to PC Sharma an IRSS officer?

 

5. The posts of FC and DGHR now open to all cadres are sought to be filled from old cadres. The appropriate step would have been to make new recruitment rules and define eligibility of candidates for these if Rail Bhawan was serious about the Cabinet approved cadre merger plan.

 

The above-mentioned facts, perspectives may appear mutually differing and at some point mutually contradictory as well. But all its part of a process. Like any new move creation of combines IRMS cadre too can not be full-proof and can not keep everyone contended. But it is also true that running on the steel wheels Indian Railways itself is run by the very bureaucracy termed as a steel frame and behind the iron curtains of the Rail Bhawan, everything is not so fair causing frustration and anger of officers.

 

A discontented lot of officers of Indian Railways blame DOPT saying either has its hands are full or it does not care for eight thousand Group A Officers, a group larger than most other cadres put together. The intervention of the PMO or the DOPT is not always a solution rather it calls for introspection to restore the faith of Railway Officers in government, governance and administration.

(By Rakesh Ranjan)

28 May 2020
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Board at a unique juncture: Member posts ex-cadre now, RR yet to be drafted?

By Rakesh Ranjan 06 Oct 2020

All posts of Members of the Railway board are now ex-cadre and should be filled out of seniormost suitable officers on the basis of seniority and residual service. Yet, the reforms in the Railways need to be persuaded cautiously. 

The post of Director General HR (DGGHR) was filled with an IRPS officer even though far senior officers of other cadres are eligible and available.

The post of Member Traffic & Rolling Stock (MTR&RS) is proposed to be filled with an IRSEE officer. Now, there is a proposal to fill up the post of Member (Finance) with an IRAS Officer. The only cadres that seem to have lost out in this game of half-baked reforms are IRSE and IRSME, who have lost out on apex grade posts.

The Railway Ministry has not even drafted the Recruitment Rules for the now ex-cadre posts of Members of the Railway Board and ad hocism continues as a result. Though the inordinate delay in drafting of RR may not be intentional yet it raises questions. With the Railway Ministry with relatively little work at its hands in view of non-running of passenger services, there is certainly no shortage of time to write the Recruitment Rules for a much-touted reform.

(By Rakesh Ranjan)

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Cadre merger that never was

By Rakesh Ranjan 28 May 2020

The perpetually warring cadres of Indian Railways were said to be the curse of the government. They were said to oppose reforms, fought for resources and lobbied for sub-optimal projects. The Prime Minister ordered the right anti-dote for the sickness - MERGE THE CADRES.

 

Accordingly, a proposal was made for a merger and the Cabinet approved the plan in double quick time, such was the urgency of the matter. The Chairman Railway Board, V K Yadav, asked for and got an extension for a year to implement the plan. This was many months before the COVID crisis, yet little action was taken. Now the COVID is considered a deterrent to the merger of the cadre.

 

Interesting to recall that the cadre merger plan met with vehement resistance from the Civil Services entrants, who claimed that the interdepartmental fight of IRSME and IRSEE should have been solved just by merging these two cadres. Why create a serious technical crisis by bringing humanities and engineering graduates into a single fold?

 

Well, the plan doesn’t end there. There was a proposal to restructure the Railway Board, first such exercise after 1925, when the Railway Board was created. The Cabinet was assured, which was accepted in good faith, that the Board would be restructured on a functional basis, with separate Members looking after Passenger Business, Freight Business, Infrastructure, Finance and headed by the CRB, now wielding the power of a CEO. All these posts would be ex-cadre. Also, there would be a DG, Human Resources, an ex-cadre post again.

 

Now, not only is the IRMS cadre nowhere near creation, having been assigned to an Empowered Group of Ministers or Secretaries, the restructuring of the Board, which was a far easier task has been put off as well. As a result, the following are the distortion’s that have crept in and being further enhanced:

 

1. The post of Financial Commissioner, originally encadred for the Indian Railways Accounts Service (IRAS) continues to be so. An Additional Member or IRAS, Majula Rangarajan, has been looking after the role for several months now. Now, there is a proposal to promote her to Apex Grade to make her a full-fledged FC, just a few months before her retirement. Many say it is a reward for her signing on the dotted lines on proposals to privatise the Railways. But several others say that in fact she was the only one who wrote on file against the merger of cadres and for which she was denied full-fledged FC for long and she continued as AM/Finance looking after the post of FC.

 

2. The post of Member Staff, which was to be surrendered under the Cabinet Approved reforms, continues to exist. Member Traction, Rajesh Tiwari held this post on a dual charge basis for many months. Upon protests by the IRPS cadre, the Additional Member (Staff), Anand S Khati was deputed to look after this post for some time. Anand Khati has recently been moved as DG Human Resources (DGHR) in the same grade as AM. Now, there is a proposal to grant him, Apex Grade, as DGHR.

 

3. DPC for grant of Apex Grade to Manjula Rangarajan and Anand Khati is underway. People ask if this is a restructured Board, the posts of FC and DGHR should be filed on ex-Cadre basis from out of General Managers. Why are these officers being given higher grade in ex-Cadre posts over many seniors, who are working as General Managers and are in the same grade as these two from earlier dates.

 

4. It is not clear if the Railway Board has been restructured or not. The post of Member Rolling Stock (MRS) encadred to IRSME should have gone to LC Trivedi, General Manager of East Central Railway, who was eligible by all norms. In another case of alleged discrimination against the IRSME, LC Trivedi was never promoted. If Restructuring of the Board was the cause for not promoting LC Trivedi, why was the post of MRS not surrendered? Why was it given on a dual charge basis to PC Sharma an IRSS officer?

 

5. The posts of FC and DGHR now open to all cadres are sought to be filled from old cadres. The appropriate step would have been to make new recruitment rules and define eligibility of candidates for these if Rail Bhawan was serious about the Cabinet approved cadre merger plan.

 

The above-mentioned facts, perspectives may appear mutually differing and at some point mutually contradictory as well. But all its part of a process. Like any new move creation of combines IRMS cadre too can not be full-proof and can not keep everyone contended. But it is also true that running on the steel wheels Indian Railways itself is run by the very bureaucracy termed as a steel frame and behind the iron curtains of the Rail Bhawan, everything is not so fair causing frustration and anger of officers.

 

A discontented lot of officers of Indian Railways blame DOPT saying either has its hands are full or it does not care for eight thousand Group A Officers, a group larger than most other cadres put together. The intervention of the PMO or the DOPT is not always a solution rather it calls for introspection to restore the faith of Railway Officers in government, governance and administration.

(By Rakesh Ranjan)

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MoR soon to reach DoPT for consultation on IRMS

By IndianMandarins 10 Feb 2020

If some well-placed sources are to be believed, Ministry of Railways (MoR) is expected to reach DoPT with its proposal on modalities of the merger of 8 Group A Services under the MoR as a majority of officers have supported the formation of Indian Railway Management Service (IRMS).


However, officers of Indian Railway Traffic Service, Indian Railway Personnel Service and Indian Railway Accounts Service have submitted their suggestions, which will be kept in view while finalizing the modalities of IRMS. Modalities of IRMS will be finalized in consultation with Department of Personnel and Training and approval of Alternate Mechanism. Merger of 8 organized Group ‘A’ services having 8401 sanctioned posts has been approved.


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NaMo Administration and 'Integration' drive?

By IndianMandarins 06 Jan 2020

Various developments that took place in recent months are clear indicators that the NaMo Government is aiming at promoting ‘Integration’ to ensure effectiveness and results. Though, only time will tell about the output.

Such developments may be seen in its decision on creation of Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), merger of existing eight Group A services of Railways into a Central Service called Indian Railway Management Service (IRMS).

Proposed National Civil Service University (NCSU) to oversee the training for all IAS, IPS, IRS and other civil services appears to have ‘integration’ as its objective.

Further, National Population Register (NPR) too appears to have emanated from NaMo’s appetite for integration of fractured framework of data.

Implementation of GST which involved high political risk, importance to Aadhar and DBT facilitated schemes have also emphasised on integration.

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Railways: CRB clears apprehension of officers via VC

By IndianMandarins 04 Jan 2020

As the post of Railway Board chairman will be changed to CEO, its last Chairman from Indian Railways services V K Yadav, who is working on extension, on Friday addressed hundreds of officers from existing eight Group A services of the Railways (SAG and above) through video conferencing to clear air on certain apprehension plaguing them. If top officials are to be believed, Yadav clarified that merger of existing eight Group A services of Railways into a Central Service called Indian Railway Management Service (IRMS) would be an year-long process and hence it is not going to adversely affect promotional and career prospects of any officer.

Insiders say that Yadav further indicated that in another one month it may execute a few provisions:-

- Appointment of four members for the Railway Board based on functional lines (instead of existing departmental lines) and a few Independent Members, according to Apex Grade to GMs of Railways

Reportedly, it was a confidence building measure for Railway officials so that they contribute their services and are able to stop productivity and performance of railways depleting any further.

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IRMS: Ten officers empanelled for HAG post

By IndianMandarins 01 Apr 2019

The ACC cleared the empanelment of ten Indian Railway Medical Service (IRMS) officers to hold HAG post in Govt of India for the panel year 2018-19.

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