Over 13,000 Group C & D employees of the Indian Railways are likely to face termination of services for remaining absent from duty for a long time without authorisation.
The move came after railways minister Piyush Goyal asked the top brass to launch a massive drive to identify long term absentees in various railway establishments.
During the drive, it was found that more than 13,000 out of 13 lakh workforce were absent from service for a long time without authorisation.
The Railways has initiated disciplinary action under the rules to terminate services against long term absentees to improve performance of the organisation and boost the morale of sincere and diligent employees.
"A massive drive to identify long-term absentees in various establishments of Railways has been initiated. As a result of the drive, more than 13,000 employees out of about 13 lakh employees were found to be on unauthorised absence for a long time,” the railways said in a statement.
Further, it has instructed all the officers and supervisors to remove these employees from the rolls after following due process.
One of the largest employers in the world, the Indian Railways is likely to see the loss of about 1 per cent of its total workforce due to the drive launched on the orders of Piyush Goyal.