Indian Railways on Friday14 Jan announced its decision to re-designate the
post of ‘guard’ as ‘train manager’, fulfilling a long-pending demand.
of ‘train manager’ is “more in consonance with their existing duties and
The ministry of railways said that the
issue of designation had been under deliberation in Railway Board in
consultation with recognised federations. The ministry added that the new
designation of ‘train manager’ is “more in consonance with their existing duties
and responsibilities” and will improve the motivation level of the employees.
In an order dated January 13, the ministry of railways
said that ‘assistant guard’ and ‘goods guard’ will now be known as ‘assistant
passenger train manager’ and ‘goods train manager’, respectively. The
‘mail/express guard’ will be known as ‘mail/express train manager’. Similarly,
‘senior goods guard’ and ‘senior passenger guard’ have been re-designated as
‘senior goods train manager’ and ‘senior passenger train manager’,
will remain unchanged after redesignation
The ministry clarified that the pay levels will remain
unchanged after redesignation. The method of recruitment, seniority and avenues
of promotion will also remain unaffected by the decision.
“The revised designations will not entail any change in
their pay levels, method of recruitment, existing duties and responsibilities,
seniority and avenues of promotion,” the order stated.