Railways raises age limit to re-engage retired employees to 65

The railway raised the age limit of the retired employees seeking re-engagement from 62 to 65 years, allowing more of such employees to lend their expertise.

NEW DELHI: Retired from the railways, but yet to turn 65? Now, retired rail employees can seek re-engagement with the national transporter till they attain the age of 65 years.

In a letter written by the Railway Board to all the general managers today, the age limit of the retired employees seeking re-engagement has been enhanced from 62 to 65 years, allowing more of such employees to lend their expertise to the railways.

“The board has decided to enhance the maximum age limit for re-engagement of retired hands to 65 years from the existing age limit of 62 years.

“Further, it has also been decided to extend the validity of the scheme of re-engagement of retired employees to 12 January 2019 as against the existing validity up to 14 September 2018,” the letter stated.

The board, in a letter dated 16 October, had empowered the divisional railway managers (DRMs) to re-engage retired rail personnel in appropriate posts. It had also said that those re-appointed could only be in service till they turned 62, which has now been extended to 65 years.

The retirement age for the employees is 60. The monthly remuneration of such employees would be determined by “reducing the pension amount from their last drawn salary”, the letter written in October had stated.

It had also said the suitability or competence of the staff should be assessed before their re-engagement and their safety record as well as other operational requirements should be adequately addressed. These norms, however, would remain the same, the letter written by the Railway Board today clarified.

Railway employees in Madurai Division protest against re-employing retired staff

About 100 railway employees under the aegis of Dakshin Railway Employees Union (DREU) supported by AILRSA (All India Loco Running Staff Association) staged a protest against the Indian Railways re-employing retired staff in all categories, including safety sector. The protest took place at the western entry of Madurai Junction railway station on Monday.

In November, Madurai division issued a notification on re-engagement of retired staff in 715 posts of which 247 are track maintenance, 63 station masters, 16 guards, all falling in the safety category of train operation. Divisional secretary of DREU, R Sankaranarayanan questioned the logic of deploying retired staff in laborious tasks like track maintenance. Such move will endanger safe operation of trains, he said.

Instead of filling up vacancies in Indian Railways, especially two lakh in safety category alone, the railway authorities are finding numerous short-cuts including re-employment of retired staff, which will deprive the job openings to hundreds of youngsters looking towards railways for a career, union leaders charged. Further, such decision will affect lot of railway employees looking towards internal promotions since the existing vacancies will be filled by recruiting retired staffers.

During the protest, they raised their demands of filling up all vacancies on a war-footing and stop recruiting retired staff. The union also batted for giving priority in appointing youngsters from Tamil Nadu when it comes to postings in the state through Railway Recruitment Board.

Gopinath from Democratic Youth Federation of India and Kannan from AILRSA also addressed the protest.