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Piyush Goyal pushes to ‘fast track’ merger of railway services, seeks to convince officers

Union Railways Minister Piyush Goyal Wednesday met the associations of different railway services to discuss ways of fast-tracking the merger of eight services into one common Indian Railway Managerial Service (IRMS), ThePrint has learnt.

Sources said Goyal met the officials of different services in batches in order to address their concerns regarding the merger, and ways of circumventing bureaucratic hurdles and departmentalism that are slowing down the process.

The ministry is seeking to complete the merger by November this year.

“The proposal is being met with resistance from officers, and as a result, the inner bureaucratic tussles within the ministry are impeding the process from taking off,” said an official, who did not wish to be named.

“Every officer involved, including the chairman, is being seen as a representative of their own service’s interests, and hence, the minister wanted to weigh in, and find out ways to fast-track the process.”

ThePrint reached railways ministry spokesperson D.J. Narain via WhatsApp for a comment, but there was no response till the publication of this report.

The cabinet on 24 December 2019 cleared the unification of eight existing railway services into a single IRMS in order to “end the culture of working in ‘silos’ and mark the beginning of a new and unified railway with a coherent vision for the future”.

 

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