New Delhi: At least 13,000 Indian Railways employees, in various ranks, might face termination for “unauthorised” leaves for a long time, as the authorities have already initiated disciplinary action against them.
As per news agency PTI, the railways has identified more than 13,000 employees who have been away on long unauthorised leaves, and will be terminating their services, after launching a drive to improve performance of the organisation and boost the morale of dedicated employees.
“A massive drive to identify long-term absentees in various establishments of Railways has been initiated. As a result of the drive, more than 13,000 employees out of about 13 lakh employees were found to be on unauthorised absence for a long time,” the railways said in a statement.
The establishment has initiated disciplinary action under the rules to terminate the service of such absentees.
“Railways have instructed all officers and supervisors to weed out these employees from the employees’ rolls after following due process,” the statement stated.
The Indian Railways, albeit with a better Budget allocation than last year, is struggling to keep itself profitable with the advent of low-cost aviation in the country.
There are several other factors such as subsidised travel that has dug deep into the government’s coffers.
The cost of operation has historically been higher than the margins made by the largest mode of transport in the country. The government hopes to make the Railways profitable again and this seems to be the first step taken towards achieving the goal.