IRMS NEWS railways plan to reconsider it’s restructuring
The plan to merge eight different cadres of serving Group A officers of Indian Railways to form a common seniority list of officers is being reconsidered by Piyush Goyal-chaired Railway Ministry. Now, under a new plan, a panel might decide the appointments to all general or “ex-cadre” posts, in which an official from any department can be posted (for example, Chairman, Railway Board).
According to an IE report. Earlier, the idea was to merge nearly 8,400 serving officers belonging to various cadres into a common seniority list of officers and form Indian Railway Management Service (IRMS). The idea of setting up IRMS is still on the table, however, there will not be any recruitment in the future in the existing cadres, serving officers will not be merged.
What report says
According to the report, civil servants are a few years older because of different qualities as well as modes of entrance exams for them as compared to the Engineering Services. The civil servants claim that they miss out on top positions as they often do not have enough tenure left for service or are past the eligible age. Appointments to all Indian Railways’ 650-odd general posts or ex-cadre posts would be thrown open to a panel selection as per the new proposal that is being considered. Besides the Chairman and members of the Railway Board, General Managers, Additional General Managers as well as Divisional Railway Managers fall in this category.
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