Left Menu
Development News Edition

IRCTC decides to terminate services of over 500 catering supervisors, but says ‘rethinking'

The Railways’ catering and tourism arm, the IRCTC, has decided to terminate the services of over 500 contractual hospitality supervisors, saying they were no more required under the ¨present circumstances”, sources said. In a letter to IRCTC, the employees have said that they were willing to take a 5-15% paycut, but appealed that they not be terminated.

PTI | New Delhi | Updated: 29-06-2020 21:52 IST | Created: 29-06-2020 21:34 IST
IRCTC decides to terminate services of over 500 catering supervisors, but says ‘rethinking'
Representative image Image Credit: ANI

The Railways' catering and tourism arm, the IRCTC, has decided to terminate the services of over 500 contractual hospitality supervisors, saying they were no more required under the ¨present circumstances", sources said. Around 560 supervisors (hospitality) were hired by the IRCTC (Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation) in 2018 to maintain a quality check on contractors assigned to cater food in trains equipped with pantries.

The hospitality supervisors' work is to monitor operations of the pantry car onboard trains which essentially means to look after the preparation of the food, quality inspection, handling passenger complaints, and to ensure that the charges of food are according to prices notified by the national transporter. The IRCTC, in a letter, dated June 25, informed all its zonal offices that there was no requirement for these contractual workers under the present circumstances and they be given one month notice and their contracts terminated. ¨The requirement of Supervisor (Hospitality) engaged on contract basis has been reviewed in the revised catering model and it has been decided that under present circumstances, services of Supervisor (Hospitality), engaged on contract basis are no more required," the letter stated. When contacted, an IRCTC spokesperson confirmed the developments but indicated that the organization was rethinking. ¨We are rethinking the matter. We are mulling if we can reconsider the decision. Certain steps will be taken in this regard," IRCTC spokesperson Siddharth Singh told PTI on Monday.

However, for those who have already been handed termination letters, it looks like no turning back. The contractual employees, who are all from the hospitality industry, have sought intervention of Railway Minister Piyush Goyal. ¨@PiyushGoyal Sir, I am working in Irctc as Hospitality Supervisor but unfortunately, now irctc decided to terminate all supervisors in huge quantity from pan India so we will be jobless now, family depends on us. plz, do needful for us. shall be thankful sir (sic)," tweeted Arun Kumar.

Many among those whose contracts were terminated received their letters on June 26, sources said. In a letter to IRCTC, the employees have said that they were willing to take a 5-15% paycut, but appealed that they not be terminated. They also said they played a major role in increasing revenue and the IRCTC's impact "by glaring and perceptible improvements brought in by academically qualified, skilled, and experienced Supervisors (Hospitality) at workplace which impacted long lasting and favorable IRCTC's business".

"In the backdrop of such challenging situation amid Covid-19, PSU which is owned by Union Govt of India and State, become a role model to other private sectors by supporting the stability of economy and morality towards society by at least safeguarding the employment of their own establishment/organization till COVID -19 neutralized," the letter states. ¨I am employee of IRCTC. Now IRCTC has terminated 540 hospitality Supervisors. In this pandemic situation, where we have to go for a job. Who will give jobs to us? How we will survive.@PiyushGoyal @PiyushGoyalOffc(sic)," said another such employee, Sarabjit Das. Currently, only 230 special trains are in service along with the Shramik Special trains. All regular passenger services have been suspended since March 23.


TRENDING

OPINION / BLOG / INTERVIEW

Uganda COVID-19 response: Was off to a good start but reopening dwindled prospects

Uganda has shown success in using health information to enhance efficiency of disease surveillance, reporting and monitoring. The success, however, has critical challenges confronting it as the country resumes normal activities....

New farm bills in India: Focusing on farms or farmers?

... ...

Kenya’s COVID-19 response: Chaos amid lack of information

Confusing numbers and scanty information on how effective curfews and lockdowns have been in breaking transmission have amplified coordination and planning challenges in Kenyas response to COVID-19. Without accurate data, it is impossible t...

Farkhad Akhmedov: Calculating the price of impunity from the law

In insistences such as the battle over the Luna, Akhmedov has resorted to extreme legal machinations to subvert the High Courts decision and keep his assets from being seized. ...

Videos

Latest News

Former U.S. Homeland Security official says he wrote anonymous op-ed on Trump

A former U.S. Department of Homeland Security official on Wednesday revealed he was the author of an anonymous 2018 New York Times op-ed and later book that excoriated President Donald Trump, stepping forward to urge Americans to vote again...

Soccer-Solskjaer's United finally have strength in depth

Manchester Uniteds 5-0 rout of Bundesliga leaders RB Leipzig in the Champions League on Wednesday showed that manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer finally has the strength in depth that was sorely missing last season.The result against last seasons...

Brazil authorizes import of raw material to produce Chinese COVID-19 vaccine

Brazils health regulator Anvisa said on Wednesday it has authorized the import of raw materials from Chinese company Sinovac for the production of its COVID-19 vaccine.Sao Paulos biomedical institute Butantan plans to produce the vaccine. I...

ECB to pave way for more stimulus as recession fears grow

The European Central Bank is expected to resist pressure to unveil fresh stimulus measures on Thursday but it will likely pave the way for action in December as fresh restrictions aimed at containing the coronavirus pandemic fuel fears over...

Give Feedback