At a time when the youth have been left high and dry waiting for their dream jobs, North Western Railway (NWR) has decided to dole out jobs to its not-so-young staff, that is, its retired employees.
It has decided to re-engage its retired employees in the Jaipur division, and up for grabs is a whopping 1,061 positions. This is being done under the new re-engagement policy of the railways.
Sources said that the situation has arisen in the railways as the positions are lying vacant and no initiative has been taken to fill them up.
In fact, there has been no recruitment for class III and IV that is conducted by the Railway Recruitment Board (RRB).
Of these positions which are to be filled, 748 positions are of track man itself which is considered an important position. Its shocking to note how the NWR’s Jaipur division had been working with so many positions of track man lying vacant.
The other positions which will be filled up with the retired staff include ticket examiner, station master, goods guard, personnel in the electric division and mechanical division; there are requirements in signalling too.
Few days back, in a samwad programme was held in Jaipur and the ticket checkers had demanded more people in their unit when they had met the division’s commercial manager .
The re-engagement is being done in accordance with a letter issued by the railway board in October and in December 2017.
Subsequently, the headquarters of railways had also sent an official letter regarding the re-engagement policy in December itself.
However, there are certain conditions which will be followed under this re-engagement policy of railways.The scheme of re-engagement of retired staff will be valid till December 1, 2019, or 65 years of age, whichever is earlier. This means that retired employees above the age of 65 will not be eligible.