The Indian Railways is likely to face a major layoff as many as three lakh employees may be asked to take early voluntary retirement.
It is presumed that employees above the age of 55 may be asked to quit their positions.
In this regard, the Ministry of Railways and Railway Board have already written to all zonal chiefs, seeking a report on the performance of employees and also sought a list of all employees above the age of 55 and of those who complete 30 years of service in the first quarter of 2020.
All zonal managers have been asked to hold performance review of staff members which will take into account employees’ physical and mental fitness, daily attendance record and discipline and prepare their service record on its basis.
The letter was sent to the officials on July 27 and they have been asked to arrange the reports and send them to the ministry and Railway Board by August 9.
“Ministry of Railways is now studying profiles of many officers to see if some action can be initiated to give a message to the others,” as said by Union Railways Minister Piyush Goyal .
The Indian Railways intends to reduce its workforce from 13 lakh to around 10 lakh with this attempt.