“Premature Retirement in Railways: Review Criteria”
The premature retirement of railway employees is a topic that requires careful consideration of several factors. The criteria for review of services include the employee’s job performance, years of service, age, and any medical conditions that may affect their ability to work. This is not an easy decision to make, as it can have a significant impact on the employee’s livelihood and future prospects. Therefore, it is crucial to conduct a fair and comprehensive assessment of each employee’s individual circumstances before making any decisions regarding their premature retirement.
On the 8th of August, 2019, the Railway Board, a governing body responsible for overseeing Indian Railways, issued an order of crucial importance. This order pertained to the periodic review of railway employees, and was issued under a specific rule―Rule 66(b) of the Railway Services (Pension) Rules, 1993. The rule requires that railway employees be reviewed periodically to assess their performance and suitability for continued employment. This order from the Railway Board is an important step in ensuring the efficiency and effectiveness of the railway workforce.
The order said, improving of efficiency and strengthening of administrative machinery at all levels by the Government by exercising of its powers under Rule 1802(a)/1803(a)/1804(a)-R.II. 1987 read with Rule 66(b) of RSPR, 1993 to retire a Railway servant in public interest before the normal date of his retirement subject to fulfillment of conditions laid down in the instructions.
The salient points of the various instructions on the subject have been consolidated with a view to improving clarity and understanding and are enclosed for reference.
An important aspect of Criteria for review of Services as per age and service rendered…
1) Group A and B: After attaining 50 years (if entered service before age 35)
2) Group A and B: After attaining 55 years (if entered service after age 35)
3) Group C: After attaining 55 years of age
4) Group C: After completion of 30 years of service, if not governed by any pension rules, under Rule 1804(a).
5) Group D: In pensionable cases, can be done after completion of 30 years of pensionable service.
6) Any employee, irrespective of age, can be retired prematurely by giving him three month’s notice after he has completed 30 years of qualifying service.
What are the criteria for premature retirement for Group A and Group B employees?
Group A and B employees can be retired prematurely after attaining 50 years of age if they entered service before the age of 35. If they entered service after the age of 35, premature retirement can be considered after attaining 55 years of age.
What are the criteria for premature retirement for Group C employees?
Group C employees can be retired prematurely after attaining 55 years of age. Additionally, they can also be retired after completing 30 years of service if they are not governed by any pension rules under Rule 1804(a).
What are the criteria for premature retirement for Group D employees?
In pensionable cases, Group D employees can be retired prematurely after completing 30 years of pensionable service.
Can an employee be retired prematurely regardless of their age?
Yes, any employee, irrespective of age, can be retired prematurely by giving them three months’ notice after they have completed 30 years of qualifying service.