New Delhi: Highlighting the lacunae in the hiring procedure of the department, the Standing Committee on Railways has slammed the department for not evaluating its recruitment process, which leads to duplicity in the process and unnecessary expenditure.

The report of the Parliamentary Committee, which was tabled in the Parliament recently, highlights that as various Railway Recruitment Boards have been conducting tests for similar posts in different Railway Zones, it gives a candidate multiple chance to appear in entrance exams for the same post in different zones.

Such repetitions lead to duplicity as a successful applicant, who later gets selected in a zone of his choice, quits his previous job. The department is then forced to conduct exam for the same post again, which leads to extra burden and unnecessary expenditure.

Though the loophole was subsequently plugged by the department by resorting to single test across zones for similar vacancies, it failed to satisfy the Parliamentary Committee completely.

The Committee in its report has contended that the department must take pre-emptive measure to remove such limitations and not act after bearing the consequences of such anomalies.

The Committee has opined that ideally the Railway should scientifically review the recruitment process over a period of time to avoid such malfunctioning on a frequent basis at all levels.

Expressing surprise over the surplus recruitment for the Group A and Group B posts, the Committee even sought a reply from the Railways.

The Committee found that while the Northern Railways has recruited 32 extra employees for such positions, the Northeast Frontier Railway and South - Eastern Railway had 86 and 48 surplus recruitments, respectively.

Similarly, the Central Railway had 141, Eastern Railway had 183, North-Eastern Railway 156, Southern Railway 159, Southern and Western Railway had 258 and 125 extra employees, respectively.

While the Committee has expressed shock over the surplus recruitment, it has also highlighted the number of unfilled vacancies in the department across zones.

The committee failed to understand that as to why no appointments were made in the Group C and Group D grade, which had a total of 1,66,100 vacancies. Out of them, 85,663 vacancies are in Group D grade itself.

Unsatisfied with the explanation of the Railways on the issue, the Parliamentary Committee has asked the department to fill the vacancies at the earliest.

The Committee also questioned the appointment of retired people for the posts like Loco pilot, Assistant loco pilots, firemen, guards, brakeman and motorman.

The Committee has asserted while such measures are fine to meet the immediate needs, it can’t be a policy of recruitment in the long run.

The committee also expressed surprise over the vacant seats under SC, ST and OBC categories, which had 8304, 10 939 and 5336 vacancies respectively.

The committee has advised the department to fill the posts by March 31, 2012.

The rights of the General Managers in the recruitment process have also been questioned in the report.

(JPN/ Bureau)