The merger of eight main cadres of the Indian Railways into one single service — the Indian Railway Management Service (IRMS) — is likely to be accomplished by November this yr, officers stated Thursday, including that the nationwide transporter has employed consultancy agency McKinsey & Company to finalise its modalities.

Railway Minister Piyush Goyal and Railway Board Chairman VK Yadav held a gathering with representatives of assorted cadres and railway unions on Wednesday on the merging of the railway providers, the officers stated.

In December 2019, the Union Cabinet accepted the restructuring of the nationwide provider by trimming the Railway Board’s power to –half — from eight to 4 — and unifying its eight railway providers into a central service.

During the assembly, the Railways knowledgeable the cadres that they have been considering of uniform promotion for all providers until increased administrative grade (HAG) based mostly on greatest performing service within the grade for Senior Administrative Grade (SAG).

It has additionally been conveyed that future recruitment of IRMS could be by UPSC civil service examination whereas posts requiring technical experience like these within the Research Designs & Standards Organisation (RDSO) will probably be stuffed up by a different course of, stated an official who attended the assembly.

We are concentrating on the merger to be accomplished earlier than November. All the posts of merged cadre will probably be open for all members of IRMS. Fresh recruitment to IRMS will probably be performed from the united states civil service examination. Positions requiring technical experience like these in RDSO will probably be stuffed up by different course of like the best way it’s performed in ISRO/DRDO, the official stated.

They additionally stated the formulation for built-in seniority was nonetheless underneath dialogue, however Yadav stated in the course of the assembly that some factor of benefit could be taken into account for key posts, not simply seniority.

The merger providers had earlier been proposed by varied committees that studied methods of reforming the Indian Railways together with the Prakash Tandon Committee (1994), Rakesh Mohan Committee (2001), Sam Pitroda Committee (2012) and the Bibek Debroy Committee (2015).