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Indian Railways may lay off at least 3 lakh employees

File photo of Indian railways Photograph:( Zee News Network )

WION Web Team New Delhi Jul 30, 2019, 01.05 PM (IST)

Indian Railways is planning to lay off at least 3 lakh employees who are above 55, according to a ministry letter.

The Railway ministry has written to all zonal heads including zonal managers to prepare a list of employees who are above 55 years. An order for performance review has also been put forth.

Not only this, according to the ministry's order, it has asked the heads to prepare a list of employees who are completing 30 years in the Railways till the first quarter of 2020.

Meanwhile, Indian Railways clarified saying that had recruited approximately 1,84,262 employees in various categories during the 2014-19 period.

Recruitment exercise for 2,83,637 posts is underway, out of which tests have already been conducted for 1,41,060 posts and the process shall be completed within the next two months, it added.

Recently, the railway ministry which is headed by Piyush Goyal had said that it is studying profiles of corrupt officials to see if some action can be taken against them. However, the minister had ruled out privatisation of the national railway declaring there was "no question and no meaning".

UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi had earlier opposed corporatisation of the modern coach factory in Rae Bareli and said it was the first step towards privatisation.
 
Goyal had claimed that the NDA government had completed 1,900 kilometres of track-linking in the last five years. The Railway minister had said track kilometre grew slowly in 64 years, while in the past five years it grew by 7,000 kilometres.

As part of modernisation plan, the Railway minister had said before the general elections that the all-mountain Railways in India will now have vista dome coaches, allowing passengers to enjoy the scenic beauty of hilly terrains.

The latest addition of vista dome or glass-enclosed coaches has been made to the Nilgiri Mountain Railway.

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According to the ministry's order, it has asked the heads to prepare a list of employees who are completing 30 years in the Railways till the first quarter of 2020.