Appointment of land losers affected by land acquisition for railway projects
1. The consolidated instructions issued under letter of even number dated 16.07.2010 and subsequent corrigendum dated 13.08.2010 may be read as under:
In supersession of all previous instructions on the subject, it has been decided that Railways may call and consider applications for employment to PB-1 Pay Band of Rs. 5200-20200 with grade pay of Rs. 1800/- only, from land losers on account of acquisition of land for the projects on the Railways [excluding those for Deposit works]. Applications shall be invited, by Personnel Branch of Zonal Railways, from the land losers fulfilling the screening criteria as enumerated in para 2 below:
2. Screening Criteria :-
i. The applicant shall be a person (sole owner of land or son/daughter/husband /wife of the sole owner) whose land or a portion thereof has been acquired for the project. In case the land is owned by more than one person, the Competent Authority, as defined in the Railway (Amendment) Act, 2008/Land Acquisition Officer, will decide who shall be considered as applicant. Only one job shall be offered to an applicant from the land loser family.
ii. It must be ensured that the displaced person has not received any land from the State Government in lieu of his/her land acquired/being acquired for the project.
3. Railway administration should request the concerned Competent Authority/Land Acquisition Officer to issue certificates to those persons whose land has been acquired to facilitate proper verification of the claims.
4. An applicant claiming appointment shall be required to submit the application with his/her signatures and photos duly certified by local MP, MLA or any Gazetted Officer. Candidates shall also submit affidavits fulfilling eligibility criteria stipulated in para 2 above, duly certified by the Competent Authority / Land Acquisition Officer. This shall be co-ordinated by respective Divisional Railway Managers.
5. The applicant should normally fulfill the eligibility and other conditions prescribed for the post against direct recruitment quota from open market. In special cases, General Manger of the Railway can relax these conditions and in respect of educational qualifications, applicant with read/write only capability shall also be considered.
6. General Manager of the Railway in whose jurisdiction the land acquisition is to be undertaken, shall be responsible for ensuring a fair and transparent selection of candidates.
7. Once an offer of appointment has been made, no further application claiming appointment on ground of acquisition of the same piece of land shall be entertained.
8. These instructions normally will not be applicable in those cases where land acquisition process has been concluded by way of possession of land by Railway.