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Delay in posting creates buzz: Will RR for GM Railways be rehashed?

There are half a dozen posts of General Managers vacant in the Railways and a few more will fall vacant in the coming months.

After a delay of over eight months a GMs' panel was finally sent by the Ministry and approved by the ACC on 02 September. But, the posts still lying vacant. Proposals for postings have not yet been sent to the ACC. Officers on the panel are vexed since the delay after the panel is published is inexplicable.

It is learned that the Ministry is pondering over the change in Recruitment Rules for GMs and make a new panel altogether. Why did it then go through the painstaking process of making a panel? It needs to be mentioned that this panel was to be made latest by Dec 2019 so that vacancies from January 2020 would be filled up. The confusion over such senior postings is disheartening to the eligible officers and creates doubts over the reasons for inordinate delay in postings.

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Empanelment list for GM Railways out, makers of Vande Bharat Express also out: 25 officers on the list

11 Sep 2020
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Empanelment list for GM Railways out, makers of Vande Bharat Express also out: 25 officers on the list

The NaMo administration has cleared the empanelment of as many as 25 officers for holding General Manager or GM Equivalent posts in the Zonal Railways. Few insiders said that none of the empaneled officers who are considered among the makers of Vande Bharat Express are there on the approved list/panel:-

MAIN PANEL FOR THE YR 2020:

  1. SK Goal (IRSSE:1984)
  2. A Gangal (IRSME:1985)
  3. Sunil Bajpai (IRSME:1985)
  4. VK Tripathi (IRSEE:1985)
  5. Satish K Kashyap (IRSEE:1985)
  6. Om Prakash Singh (IRSE:1985)
  7. Rajesh Argal (IRSE:1985)

EXTENDED PANEL FOR THE YR 2020:

  1. Sunil Sharma (IRPS:1985)
  2. Arun Arora (IRSME:1986)
  3. AK Agarwal (IRSME:1986)
  4. SN Dubey (IRSEE:1986)
  5. RK Saxena (IRSS:1986)
  6. Sanjeev Kishore (IRSME:1986)
  7. A Sharma (IRSME:1986)
  8. Alok Kumar (IRSME:1986)
  9. AK Pandey (IRSME:1986)
  10. DC Sharma (IRSME:1986)
  11. Ashesh Agarwal (IRSME:1986)
  12. Vivek Kumar (IRSME:1986)
  13. SK Yagnik (IRSME:1986)
  14. RK Mangla (IRSME:1986)
  15. Sanjay Chadha (IRSME:1986)
  16. Anil K Lahoti (IRSE:1986)
  17. Ms Anjali Goyal (IRAS:1986)

04 Sep 2020
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Delay in posting creates buzz: Will RR for GM Railways be rehashed?

By IndianMandarins 11 Sep 2020

There are half a dozen posts of General Managers vacant in the Railways and a few more will fall vacant in the coming months.

After a delay of over eight months a GMs' panel was finally sent by the Ministry and approved by the ACC on 02 September. But, the posts still lying vacant. Proposals for postings have not yet been sent to the ACC. Officers on the panel are vexed since the delay after the panel is published is inexplicable.

It is learned that the Ministry is pondering over the change in Recruitment Rules for GMs and make a new panel altogether. Why did it then go through the painstaking process of making a panel? It needs to be mentioned that this panel was to be made latest by Dec 2019 so that vacancies from January 2020 would be filled up. The confusion over such senior postings is disheartening to the eligible officers and creates doubts over the reasons for inordinate delay in postings.

ALSO READ:

Empanelment list for GM Railways out, makers of Vande Bharat Express also out: 25 officers on the list

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Empanelment list for GM Railways out, makers of Vande Bharat Express also out: 25 officers on the list

By IndianMandarins 04 Sep 2020

The NaMo administration has cleared the empanelment of as many as 25 officers for holding General Manager or GM Equivalent posts in the Zonal Railways. Few insiders said that none of the empaneled officers who are considered among the makers of Vande Bharat Express are there on the approved list/panel:-

MAIN PANEL FOR THE YR 2020:

  1. SK Goal (IRSSE:1984)
  2. A Gangal (IRSME:1985)
  3. Sunil Bajpai (IRSME:1985)
  4. VK Tripathi (IRSEE:1985)
  5. Satish K Kashyap (IRSEE:1985)
  6. Om Prakash Singh (IRSE:1985)
  7. Rajesh Argal (IRSE:1985)

EXTENDED PANEL FOR THE YR 2020:

  1. Sunil Sharma (IRPS:1985)
  2. Arun Arora (IRSME:1986)
  3. AK Agarwal (IRSME:1986)
  4. SN Dubey (IRSEE:1986)
  5. RK Saxena (IRSS:1986)
  6. Sanjeev Kishore (IRSME:1986)
  7. A Sharma (IRSME:1986)
  8. Alok Kumar (IRSME:1986)
  9. AK Pandey (IRSME:1986)
  10. DC Sharma (IRSME:1986)
  11. Ashesh Agarwal (IRSME:1986)
  12. Vivek Kumar (IRSME:1986)
  13. SK Yagnik (IRSME:1986)
  14. RK Mangla (IRSME:1986)
  15. Sanjay Chadha (IRSME:1986)
  16. Anil K Lahoti (IRSE:1986)
  17. Ms Anjali Goyal (IRAS:1986)

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Of sixteen railway zones, five have AGMs from a single cadre

By IndianMandarins 01 Jul 2020

This is not something very new and unusual for Indian Railway Services officers to blame and to be blamed for liking towards a particular cadre. Following the posting of two IRSEE cadre officers as Additional GM, senior Railways officials started blaming the Board for favouritism. On June 24, 2020, Navin Gulati (IRSEE) has been posted as AGM in Northern Railway and Gopinath Mallaya (IRSEE) in Southern Railway.

These two postings appear to have provided enough fodder to officers belonging to other cadres for matching the dots, drawing pattern and substantiating their own view. It is said that including Gulati and Mallaya, five AGMs were from a single cadre i.e. IRSEE. Earlier Pramod Kumar (IRSEE) was made AGM in South East Central Railway, Radhey Raman in Northeast Frontier Railway and BP Singh in South Central Railway.

Reportedly, of sixteen railway zones, five AGMs are from a single cadre i.e. IRSEE. Reportedly, many of them are not yet in the HAG+ and have been posted in clear oversight of more senior officers of other cadres. There are many who claim it to be totally disproportionate with the strength of the IRSEE cadre vis-a-vis the total strength of eligible officers in other cadres.

Even earlier, many of key posts in Railway Board were awarded to IRSEE officers. Two important establishment posts of Executive Director (Gazetted) and Joint Secretary (Confidential) have been manned by a single IRSEE officer. These posts were exclusively occupied by either the RBSS or IRPS officers. Likewise, the lucrative post of Secretary, Railway Sports Control Board, which was earlier a preserve of IRPS has been given to an IRSEE officer.

It is said that two Additional Member level ex-cadre posts of Additional Member Planning and Addition Member Transformation is occupied by a single IRSEE officer Dinesh Kumar who also holds a third AM level post of AM Electrification.

This grabbing of key ex-cadre posts by the IRSEE might have led to some heartburn and discontent in the other cadres but this is not new to Railways. They see it as a clear case of favouritism by the Chairman Railway Board, who is from the IRSEE cadre himself. But the blame-game is not new to Railways. When A K Mital (IRSS:1976) was Chairman Railway Board officers belonging to other cadres blamed the Board for being partial towards IRSS cadre.

In the past, various CRBs were often labelled for alleged favouritism towards their own cadres. Still, fair play and transparency in the handling of establishment matters in the Railway Ministry is something which may be attained through Union Government’s approved move of the merger of eight Group A service cadres of the Railways into one unified central service i.e. Indian Railway Management Service (IRMS) which may take some more time to be executed completely.

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Railways plan austerity measures in view of income loss due to Corona

By IndianMandarins 22 Jun 2020

Railways is gearing up to adopt a slew of austerity measures proposed by its financial commissioner in view of serious dent in its earnings due to coronavirus crisis. It plans for a freeze in the creation of new posts, rationalisation of manpower at workshops, shifting outsourced work to CSR, moving ceremonial functions to digital platforms and cutting down on use of stationary by 50 per cent.

The financial commissioner of the railways told general managers of all zones in a letter dated June 19 that the traffic earnings of the national transporter dropped by 58 per cent at the end of May, as compared to the corresponding period of last year. “There is a need to explore new areas of expenditure control and enhancement of earnings,” the letter says.

It also advised the zones to control expenditure by reducing staff cost, rationalising staff and also by making them perform multiple tasks. It also asked the zones to review contracts, reduce energy consumption and cut costs in administrative and other areas.

“Immediate review of re-engaged staff and feasibility of curtailing the same to a bare minimum shall be explored. Freeze new post creation except for safety-related posts.

“Review of posts created in the last two years should be done and if recruitment has not been done against those posts, the same may be reviewed for surrendering, rationalisation of manpower in workshops. Time and motion study of workshops and production units for review of allowed time and incentives,” the letter says.

The financial commissioner also recommended that all file work be moved to the digital sphere and advised that all correspondence must be done through secure e-mails. It also instructed the zones to reduce the use of stationery articles, cartridges and other items by at least 50 per cent. It also asked zones to review and close all uneconomic branches of the ministry.

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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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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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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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Premature-retirement: 154 SAG & HAG officers being reviewed

By IndianMandarins 24 Oct 2019

If some well-placed sources are to be believed Railways Ministry has kick-started the NaMo administration’s directives of periodic review of officials to find out fit cases for premature retirement.

Reportedly, Railway Board is reviewing the services of 154 Indian Railway Medical Service (IRMS) officers at Senior Administrative Grade and Higher Administrative Grade who have attained 50 yrs of age or would be attaining 50 yrs of age in between 01.01.2020 to 31.03.2020.

Railway Board is appeared to have conveyed to the Zonal Railways that the screening of all IRMS officers between the above mentioned age brackets be carried out by an by internal committee. The Board has set 31.10.2019 as the deadline for submition of reports.

It may be mentioned that only 154 IRMS officers are presently working directly under the Railway Board whereas rest of the IRMS officers work under the direct supervision of Zonal Railways.

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