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Khati as DG HR and Manjula as Member Finance: ACC approval awaited

Indianmandarins has reliably learned that the Railway Board headed by CRB Vinod Kumar Yadav has sent two apex grade proposals to the ACC last week. The proposal appears in consonance with the framework of combined IRMS cadre yet the Recruitment Rules (RR) are yet to be framed for both the posts.

 

Reportedly, Mrs Manjula Rangrajan (IRAS) may be appointed as Member Finance and A S Khati (IRPS) may be appointed as Director General HR. Presently, Mrs Mnjula is Additional Member Finance and Khati is Additional Member Staff in Railway Board.

 

As per the Cabinet approval both are of apex level posts and are open to all services yet officers proposed for the posts belong to the respective IRAS and IRPS cadre to which these posts were earlier earmarked for.    

 

Interestingly, the combined Indian Railways cadre IRMS and a smaller restructured Railway Board was announced with a lot of fanfare earlier in December last year. This turned out to be a ground for giving an extension to CRB however that seems to have served its purpose. In the backdrop of COVID crisis it was declared that IRMS will not be possible this year.

10 minutes ago
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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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Khati as DG HR and Manjula as Member Finance: ACC approval awaited

By IndianMandarins 10 minutes ago

Indianmandarins has reliably learned that the Railway Board headed by CRB Vinod Kumar Yadav has sent two apex grade proposals to the ACC last week. The proposal appears in consonance with the framework of combined IRMS cadre yet the Recruitment Rules (RR) are yet to be framed for both the posts.

 

Reportedly, Mrs Manjula Rangrajan (IRAS) may be appointed as Member Finance and A S Khati (IRPS) may be appointed as Director General HR. Presently, Mrs Mnjula is Additional Member Finance and Khati is Additional Member Staff in Railway Board.

 

As per the Cabinet approval both are of apex level posts and are open to all services yet officers proposed for the posts belong to the respective IRAS and IRPS cadre to which these posts were earlier earmarked for.    

 

Interestingly, the combined Indian Railways cadre IRMS and a smaller restructured Railway Board was announced with a lot of fanfare earlier in December last year. This turned out to be a ground for giving an extension to CRB however that seems to have served its purpose. In the backdrop of COVID crisis it was declared that IRMS will not be possible this year.

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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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Railway Board: Four IRTS officers appointed as Additional Member

By IndianMandarins 21 Feb 2020

The Railway Board on February 21 appointed as Additional Member, Railway Board as follows:

  1. N Madhusudan Rao (IRTS)- Additional Member, Commercial
  2. Mukesh Nigam (IRTS)- Additional Member, Safety; to be operated as Director General /IRITM, Lucknow
  3. Sanjay Singh Gehlot (IRTS)- Additional Member, Marketing & Business Development
  4. Sushant Kumar Mishra (IRTS)- Additional Member, Traffic

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Railway Board to give option to officers to opt-out of RMS

By IndianMandarins 15 Feb 2020

In an attempt to calm down unease among Indian Railways officials, Railway Board has decided to give an option to officers in the service of not opting for the unified cadre. Indian Railways’ officers see this initiative as unfair because this will merge eight distinct services which at present are divided on the basis of domain expertise.

The new service will come up as Indian Railway Management Service (RMS). There are around 8,400 Group A service officers in Indian Railways. Civil services officers from thirteen railway zones submitted a memorandums in January to the Railway Board Chairman and PMO saying the decision will negatively impact the safety of train operations and also affecting careers of 2,500 civil services officers.

The Union cabinet in December last year approved restructuring by trimming Railway Board’s strength from eight to four and unifying its eight railways services into a central service in a bid to reform the Railway Board.

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Seven senior officers promoted and appointed to Additional Member and DG level posts

By IndianMandarins 13 Feb 2020

The Govt of India on Tuesday cleared the promotion and posting of seven senior officers at various positions in the Ministry of Railways:

  1. Sudheer Kumar (IRSEE) appointed as Additional Member (Railway Electrification), Railway Board. Presently, he is working as Principal Executive Director (Transformation).
  2. N P Pande (IRAS) appointed as Additional Member (Budget), Railway Board. Presently, he is working as Principal Financial Adviser (PFA), North Eastern Railway.
  3. Santosh Kumar Agarwal (IRSE) appointed as Director General, IRICEN. Presently, he is working as AGM in NWR.
  4. Naresh Salecha (IRAS) appointed as Additional Member (Revenue), Railway Board. Presently, he is working as Principal Executive Director (Finance), Railway Board.
  5. A K Pandey (IRSS) appointed as Special Director General  (Vendor Development), RDSO, Lucknow. Presently, he is working as Principal Executive Director, Railway Stores (C).
  6. V R Mishra (IRSS) appointed as Additional Member (Railway Stores), Railway Board. Presently, he is working as PCCM, South Central Railway.
  7. C M Jindal (IRAS) appointed as Director General, IRIFIM. Presently, he is working as Principal Financial Adviser (PFA) in RCF.

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Railway Board Chairman''s tenure extended for a year

By IndianMandarins 31 Dec 2019

The NaMo administration on Tuesday extended the tenure of Chairman Railway Board V K Yadav for a period of one year beyond his scheduled retirement i.e. December 31. He will continue to head Railway Board from January 1, 2020 to December 31, 2020. His extension comes in the wake of the Union Cabinet decision to restructure the eight services into one.

In a major move to reform Indian Railways, the Union Cabinet on Tuesday approved to restructure the apex body (Railway Board) by trimming its strength to half, and unifying its eight railways services into a central service called the Indian Railway Management Service.

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Railways: Board to be restructured, various services will be merged into a single cadre

By IndianMandarins 24 Dec 2019

The Union Cabinet, on Tuesday, approved the restructuring of the Railway Board. The Board will now have a Chairperson and four Members. Presently, Railway Board has a Chairperson and seven Members. Further, the Cabinet also decided the merger of different cadres into a single Railway Management System.

Instead of Railway Board Members for Traffic, Rolling Stock, Traction and Engineering, the newly constituted Board will have Members for Operation, Business Development, Human Resources, Infrastructure and Finance.

Indian Railways will now have a single cadre i.e. Indian Railway Service, instead of current eight services for various departments including Engineering, Traffic, Mechanical and Electrical.


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Privatisation of railways gains momentum; process to take six months

By IndianMandarins 13 Dec 2019

Privatisation of Railways has gathered momentum with Union Railway Minister asking bureaucrats to prepare a plan for introducing around 150 new routes covered by trains like Duronto, Tejas and Rajdhani Express. They will be run by private operators. A call on this has been taken at a high-level meeting held on December 8-9.

Around 30 private trains are likely to run from Mumbai on both central and western Railways. This will be on the lines of the Mumbai-Ahmedabad and Delhi-Lucknow Tejas Express trains, which will soon be operated by IRCTC.

Private operators will decide fares and the food that will be served on-board. The companies will also arrange concierge services and pick up luggage from passengers’ homes. The trains are expected to be punctual – they will be given priority clearance in order to ensure there is little delay.

This is happening for the first time in the country and the bidding process will take time. However, this system is in place all over the world. The entire process will be completed in two parts, the first being Request for Qualification, where in the bidding process private bidders will qualify. In the second step, there will be Request for Proposal. The entire process will take six months. The details of revenue generation and routes will be decided during the RFP. 

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