Piyush Goyal, the railway minister, announced the start of this recruitment drive talking about the Group C & D openings, through a tweet.
In one of its largest recruitment drives, Indian Railways has started the process of hiring 89,000 C and D Group employees which include assistant loco pilots, technicians, gangmen, switchmen, trackmen, cabinmen, welders, helpers and porters.
The Indian Railways published a notification about Group D vacancies for candidates who have passed Class X or have an industrial training diploma and are in the age group of 18-31. The monthly salary along with allowances as per the Seventh Pay Commission (level 1) will be given to the selected candidates. Applications for these jobs will be accepted till March 12. Group C will follow a similar process with 26,502 vacancies to be filled for assistant loco pilots and technicians.
Piyush Goyal, the railway minister, announced the start of this recruitment drive talking about these Group D openings, through a tweet.
A livemint report quoted a senior railway official, who requested anonymity, “Most of the recruitment is for the safety category and as per our estimates this additional recruitment will cost around Rs3,000-4,000 crore annually to the railway exchequer. The Union Budget 2018-19 has provisions for this expenditure.”
Another government official said the recruitment is mainly due to retirements in the railways and that this drive will not completely level the vacancy gap in the Railways. “It’s not easy to fulfil the gap of over one lakh vacancies and the issue of safety in railways will remain unaddressed. There were proposals to shift some of these vacancies from permanent to contractual work, but that the decision on this was yet to be taken.”On an average, 40,000 to 45,000 employees retire annually from the Railways and data from the Railway ministry suggests that 122,000 positions were vacant in the safety department as of April 2016. An All India Railwaymen’s Federation spokesperson said that this year, 56,000 railway employees are expected to retire. Many experts are of the opinion that this move was long overdue and it should be carried out regularly.