Rail merger of eight cadres into IRMS prone to be accomplished by November this yr

New Delhi, August 6

The merger of eight main cadres of the Indian Railways into one single service—the Indian Railway Management Service (IRMS) — is prone to be accomplished by November this yr, officers mentioned Thursday, including that the nationwide transporter has employed consultancy agency McKinsey & Company to finalise its modalities.

Railway Minister Piyush Goyal and Railway Board Chairman VK Yadav held a gathering with representatives of assorted cadres and railway unions on Wednesday on the merging of the railway providers, the officers mentioned.

In December 2019, the Union Cabinet accepted the restructuring of the nationwide service by trimming the Railway Board’s energy to—half—from eight to 4—and unifying its eight railway providers right into a central service.

During the assembly, the Railways knowledgeable the cadres that they had been considering of uniform promotion for all providers until increased administrative grade (HAG) primarily based on greatest performing service within the grade for Senior Administrative Grade (SAG). 

It has additionally been conveyed that future recruitment of IRMS could be by UPSC civil service examination whereas posts requiring technical experience like these within the Research Designs & Standards Organisation (RDSO) will likely be stuffed up by a distinct course of, mentioned an official who attended the assembly.

“We are targeting the merger to be completed before November. All the posts of merged cadre will be open for all members of IRMS. Fresh recruitment to IRMS will be done from UPSC civil service exam. Posts requiring technical expertise like those in RDSO will be filled up by different process like the way it is done in ISRO/DRDO,” the official mentioned.

They additionally mentioned the formulation for built-in seniority was nonetheless beneath dialogue, however Yadav mentioned through the assembly that some ingredient of advantage will likely be taken under consideration for key posts, not simply seniority.

The merger providers had earlier been proposed by varied committees that studied methods of reforming the Indian Railways together with the Prakash Tandon Committee (1994), Rakesh Mohan Committee (2001), Sam Pitroda Committee (2012) and the Bibek Debroy Committee (2015). PTI


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