According to the order by the railways, it has been decided that no fresh appointments to the post of ‘khalasis’ or ‘bungalow peons’ who work at the residence of the railways’ senior authorities will be accepted. Instead, those posts will be filled up with the posts which are for the “regular employees” / “substitute” (Telephone Attendant-cum-Dak) ‘khalasis’ (TADKs) by the general managers.
The Railway Board issued a letter in August 2020 indicating that the colonial-era practices of appointing the ‘khalasis’ will be finished off, but with the current order released on December 1, it has been notified that the practice would be continued, albeit with no new appointments, but with those who were posted among the existing members.
Considering the operational and functional aspects of TADK posts, the general managers are required to review the vacancy and their requirements for such posts.
These posts will be filled from the substitutes of TADKs who are available in Indian Railways. Along with the substitutes, these posts may be filled by the regular employees belonging to any unit, subject to the willingness and the concerned officials.
It was also mentioned that the existing posts of incumbent TADKs would be continued and their employment would be considered by the existing rules of railways. If any candidate joins the Railways temporarily, then TADKs come under group D staff, in which they've to undergo a screening process after 3 years.
During the olden days, Officers who are posted in remote areas or fields will be provided a TADK to ensure the security of his family and he must have to look after the odd official works including answering phone calls or ferry files.
After that period, these TADK staff would be posted as a ticket examiner, mechanic for AC coaches, porters, and cooks in the running room. But over the years, the TADK role has changed as domestic help or office peon.
Amid complaints of abuse and ill-treatment, the Railways had ordered a review of the post, and in 2014, constituted a joint secretary-level committee of nine members of the Railway Board to review the policy.
The Railways authorities in 2014 constituted a joint secretary-level committee of 9 members in the railway board to review the policy of the TADK Post after receiving complaints of abuses and ill-treatment. However, TADK staff who have passed class 8, are paid around INR 20,000-22,000 per month with assured benefits to Group D staff of the railways.
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