Labour, Jobs and Employment – Harmonization of labour laws, gender gap, unemployment, etc.

Railways halts 2004 job scheme for children of staff opting for VRS


Mains Paper 2: Governance | Government policies & interventions for development in various sectors & issues arising out of their design & implementation.

From UPSC perspective, the following things are important:

Prelims level: Principle of equal opportunity, Article 14 and 16 of the Constitution

Mains level: Schemes/provisions that violate basic principles of Constitution

Employment initiative for family members of employees stopped

  1. Railways has stopped an employment initiative launched in 2004 when it started giving jobs to children of employees in the lower tier in return for voluntary retirement
  2. The Liberalised Active Retirement Scheme for Guaranteed Employment for Safety Staff (LARSGESS) was suspended indefinitely last month
  3. Railways decided to approach the Supreme Court to determine if the scheme is Constitutionally tenable

Why suspension of the scheme?

  1. The move comes after the Punjab and Haryana High Court said in July while hearing a case over the scheme, that it violated the Constitution on the “principle of equal opportunity” for all in government jobs
  2. Such a policy was violative of Article 14 and 16 of the Constitution of India the court found

Divergent views of judiciary

  1. In the past, the Kerala High Court and Patna High Court had found merit in the scheme
  2. So, railways wants SC to decide this matter for entire country as jurisdiction of high courts is limited in their respective states
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