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Railways no longer has 13,450 posts; The number of employees will be reduced

Kozhikode: The Railway Board has ordered the cancellation of 13,450 posts in the Railways in the year 2021– ‘-22. The reduction in the number of employees is based on the employment census. This number of posts will be taken up in one go in different departments of 16 zonal railways. Order of the Railway Board on the 20th of this month.

The proposal is said to be detrimental to job seekers, pointing out that some posts are overstaffed and need to be reassigned. Even before the census began, it was suggested that a certain number of posts should be surrendered in each zone. This is part of the policy pursued by the Railways to phase out vacancies without filling them for a long time.

According to the annual report released by the Central Government on March 1, 2019, there are 2,85,258 vacancies in the railways. The number of vacancies has not been released since then. Assuming an average retirement of 50,000, there are now more than four lakh vacancies. The Corona epidemic has infected more than 1,000 railway workers every day and has so far killed more than 2,500 workers.

There is a huge shortage of staff in many security jobs and train operations. There will be no new recruitment. Meanwhile, the central government is moving ahead with privatization to reduce the number of existing employees.

Vacancies must be filled on a wartime basis: DREU

Kozhikode: The Central Committee of the Southern Railway Employees’ Union (DREU) has called for action to be taken to fill the vacancies in the railways on a war footing. The appointment should be made immediately in the wake of the Corona epidemic and the exacerbation of unemployment.

Labor census should be conducted only in consultation with the trade unions and in good faith. The DREU also demanded the withdrawal of the unscientific order to reduce the number of posts on the basis of the census.

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