Two senior-grade officers were sacked also on Wednesday. One of them was caught by the CBI with a bribe of Rs. 5 lakh in Hyderabad.
New Delhi: With 139 officers being forced to take voluntary retirement, 38 were removed from service, the Railways has been weeding out one “non-performer or corrupt official” every three days for the past 16 months, several media reports said.
“The (Railways) minister (Ashwini Vaishnaw) is very clear about his missive of ‘performance or perish’. Every three days, we have weeded out one corrupt official from the Railways since July 2021,” an official said.
Two senior-grade officers were sacked also on Wednesday. One of them was caught by the CBI with a bribe of Rs. 5 lakh in Hyderabad while the other was caught with Rs. 3 lakh in Ranchi, sources told PTI.
Those forced to take voluntary retirement or sacked include officials from the electrical and signalling, medical and civil services and personnel from stores, traffic and mechanical departments.
Under the voluntary retirement scheme (VRS), an employee is paid a salary equivalent to two months’ pay for every year of service left. But similar benefits are not available in compulsory retirement.
Under the provisions relating to premature retirement in the Fundamental Rules and the CCS (Pension) Rules, 1972, the appropriate authority has the absolute right to retire a government servant under FR 56(j), FR 56(l) or Rule 48 (1)(b) of the CCS (Pension) Rules, 1972, as the case may be, if it is necessary to do so in public interest.
The Railways invoked Rule 56(J) of the Department of Personnel and Training service rules that says a government employee can be forced to retire or be dismissed after being served a minimum of three months’ notice or pay for a similar period.
The move is part of the Centre’s efforts to weed out non-performers. Ashwini Vaishnaw, after he took office as Railways minister in July 2021, has repeatedly warned officials “to take VRS and sit at home” if they did not perform.
However, among the 139 are several officials who put in their papers and decided to opt for VRS upon being denied promotion or sent on leave. There are also cases where circumstances were created to force them to opt for retirement, the officials said.
(With PTI inputs)