The Ministry of Railways in India has issued an advance correction slip (No. 08) amending Para 706 of the Indian Railway Vigilance Manual (2018 Edition) regarding the criteria for empanelling serving/retired railway officers as arbitrators.
The updated criteria state that such officers cannot be empanelled if they are on the current ‘Agreed/Secret list,’ involved in any current vigilance/CBI cases or disciplinary/prosecution proceedings, or have been imposed with a major penalty during the last 20 years of service or a minor penalty during the last 10 years of service due to vigilance/CBI action.
The officers working in the Vigilance Organisation are also not considered for appointment as arbitrators.
Criteria for Empanelment of Serving/Retired Railway Officers as Arbitrators
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
New Delhi, Date: 09.05.2023
All Zonal Railways/PUs
Sub.: Advance Correction Slip No. 08- Para 706 of IRVM regarding Criteria for Empanelment of Serving/Retired Railway Officers as Arbitrators
It has been decided by the Competent Authority to amend Para 706 of Indian Railway Vigilance Manual (2018 edition) regarding Criteria for Empanelment of Serving/ Retired Railway Officers as Arbitrators as per the enclosed Advance Correction Slip No. 08.
DA: As above
Director Vigilance (Mech.)
ADVANCE CORRECTION SLIP No. 08
Amendment in Para 706 of Indian Railway Vigilance Manual-.(2018 Edition)
Existing Para 706 of Chapter VII of the Indian Railways Vigilance Manual (2018 Edition) shall be replaced as under:-
- Empanelment of serving/ retired Railway officers as Arbitrators cannot be done for:
a) Persons borne on current ‘Agreed/Secret list.
b) Persons involved in any current vigilance/CBI cases or against whom disciplinary or prosecution proceedings are in process.
c) Persons who had been imposed major penalty during the last 20 years of service as a result of vigilance/CBI action.
d) Persons against whom minor penalty has been imposed during the last 10 years of service as a result of vigilance/CBI action.
(i) If any officer appointed as Arbitrator is subsequently detected to be involved in a Vigilance/CBI case, action will be taken as per extant guidelines.
(ii) The officers working in the Vigilance Organisation should not be considered for appointment as Arbitrators, even if empanelled, as per extant guidelines.