The Railway Board has set a target of “surrendering” 11,040 zonal railway posts in 2018-19 to trim its workforce because of rising manpower costs. Indian Railways, which has a workforce of nearly 13 lakh, has identified excess posts in each zonal railway headquarter to be included in the “pool of surrendered posts”.
These posts have been vacant for years because of reasons like computerisation and adoption of new technology that does not require manpower.
Northern Railway and Southern Railway have been asked to surrender 1,500 posts each, the highest among 16 zonal railways. Zonal railways are generally reluctant to surrender excess posts because they want to retain the capacity for recruitment. Read More
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