All applicants will get fair, equal opportunity in Rlys: Goyal

Elias Hubbard
March 21, 2018

Railway authorities have begun talks with apprentice-students whose agitation for jobs threw the city's suburban services out of gear on Tuesday, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis told the Legislative Assembly.

He said, "The youth are demanding 100% reservation for apprentices in railway jobs. The government has taken note of the students' concerns and was holding talks with them". Most of the aspiring job applicants are of the demand to scrap the 20% upper limit for hiring.

The Leader of the Opposition, Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil, had raised the issue through a point of order before Question Hour. The students stalled the Central Railway services for four hours, he said. "The police resorted to lathi-charge because some protesters hurled stones, but the situation is under control", the CM said". He also highlighted the hardships faced by people who travel by local trains on the CR.

Railway Minister Piyush Goyal through a tweet informed that the railway will start the recruitment to fill vacancy of 9,500 candidates under Railway Protection Force (RPF) category. Goyal has urged them to join the ongoing recruitment drive that ends on March 31.

Recruitment notification for 9,500 posts in Indian Railways is expected to be released soon.

More than 4.5 million commuters were badly hit for the second consecutive day following a strike called on Monday by drivers of cab aggregators and app-based taxis that disrupted Mumbaikars' schedules. "The railway administration was not forthcoming to talk and understand their demands". No rules have changed, 20 per cent seats are reserved for apprentices but they are demanding more.

At least seven students sustained minor injuries in the lathi charge and 11 officials were injured during the stone pelting.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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