NEW DELHI: The Railways on Friday mentioned sure job profiles of its workers would possibly change within the coming days but asserted that there shall be no job losses, a day after the nationwide transporter issued a letter, asking its common managers to slash 50 per cent vacancies and freeze creation of new posts.
In a web based briefing, director common (HR) Railway Board, Anand S Khati mentioned the Railways shall be “rightsizing and not downsizing”.
He mentioned on account of technological interventions within the nationwide transporter, sure job profiles would possibly change, whereby the personnel shall be re-expert, but there shall be no job losses.
“We will be rightsizing and not downsizing. Let there be no doubt that the Indian Railways will remain the largest employer in the country. We will move from unskilled to more skilled jobs,” he mentioned.
He mentioned the order (despatched on Thursday) was to give up non-practical, non-security vacant posts which might assist in creating extra security posts for brand spanking new railway infrastructure tasks already underway.
He asserted that each one ongoing recruitment drives for varied classes of posts will proceed as regular, including that these posts which have been notified or marketed is not going to be impacted in any manner.
The Railways presently has 12,18,335 workers and spends 65 per cent of its earnings on fee of salaries and pension.
Since 2018, the Railways has notified 72,274 vacancies in security class and 68,366 in non security class, taking the overall quantity of vacancies notified to 1,40,640.
The letter to the final managers, permitted by the Financial Commissioner, Railways mentioned the freezing of new posts, evaluation of posts created in final two years and surrendering of 50 per cent of present vacancies was half of “an action plan for economic measure and rationalisation of expenditure.”
The letter led to speculations that the Railways was geared as much as downsize its workers.
While Khati maintained that there could be no job losses within the nationwide transporter, in a letter dated June 19, the monetary commissioner of the Railways had instructed the final managers of all of the zones that the visitors earnings of the nationwide transporter dropped by 58 per cent on the finish of May, as in comparison with the corresponding interval of the earlier yr and that there was a “need to explore new areas of expenditure control and enhancement of earnings”.
The monetary commissioner had additionally proposed a slew of austerity measures — freeze within the creation of new posts, rationalisation of manpower at workshops, shifting outsourced work to CSR, shifting ceremonial capabilities to digital platforms and chopping down on use of stationary by 50 per cent.
In the letter, the monetary commissioner had additionally suggested the zones to manage expenditure by lowering workers price, rationalising workers and likewise by making them carry out a number of duties.
It had additionally requested the zones to evaluation contracts, cut back power consumption and minimize price in administrative and different areas.