Students protest for permanent jobs in the Railways, Fadnavis holds talks

Modesto Morganelli
Marzo 22, 2018

March 20 (ANI): Union Railway Minister Piyush Goyal on Tuesday said that the agitated railway job aspirants have called off their protest, adding that the discussions will be held in this regard. Around 400 to 500 students from several states, who have done apprenticeship with the Indian Railways and want permanent jobs now, came out and sat on railway tracks at about 6.45 am.

Burmese transport minister Thant Sin Maung said that he hoped the two countries could build on their cooperation and aimed to accept an offer from Indian Railways for signalling and telecommunication training.

These 20 per cent posts were reserved for the "course completed act apprentices", who were already engaged with the railway establishment under the Apprenticeship Act, he added.

"We have registered a case against 800 to 1,000 people under sections 307 (attempt to murder), 353 (assault or criminal force on public servant), 341 (punishment for wrongful restraint) of the IPC and relevant sections of the Bombay Police Act and the Indian Railways Act", Samadhan Pawar, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Central Railway, said. The protestors were demanding a 100 percent reservation and Fadnavis said that the railway administrations was in talks with the protestors to find a solution to the problem.

A senior railway official, requesting anonymity, said, "There were very few students among the protesters".

"Commuters had to face hardships because of disruption of railway services". The railway administration was not forthcoming to talk to them and understand their demands.

Last month, Indian Railways had announced it is recruiting to fill up 89,000 vacancies in Group C and Group D categories. Instead, they were lathi-charged in which the youth were injured. "They were demanding jobs in railways, but railways have changed rules regarding recruitment of apprentices", he claimed.

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