Railways recruitment competitive, transparent, says Piyush Goyal

Cheryl Sanders
March 20, 2018

MNS and Shiv Sena leader joined the protest to support the students and Sena will meet Railway Minister Piyush Goyal over the protest.

There has been no recruitment for four years. "They were demanding jobs in railways, but railways have changed rules regarding recruitment of apprentices", he claimed. Stay tuned for all the LIVE updates here:10:05 am: Kirit Somaiya speaks to Railway minister Piyush Goyal10:00 am: Trains canceleld At least 30 trains have been cancelled on the Central Line due to the protests that have blocked the tracks between Dadar and Kurla railway stations. "Lathicharge was done after agitators started pelting stones, no one was injured", said Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis in State Assembly while speaking on the situation.

Among the injured, five are Government Railway Police (GRP) personnel and six are from Railway Protection Force (RPF).

More than 3000 students from AIAA are demanding jobs in the railway sector.

The students from the All India Act Apprenticeship Association had launched the rail roko movement at 7 am.

The protest was called off when railway authorities brokered peace.

Meanwhile, the BEST has announced special buses from Dadar and Matunga station.

A CR spokesperson said that there was no provision of giving job to apprentices as per the Apprentice Act who are only trained for a specific period to hone their skills and gain experience. The notification is already issued with the last date of submitting application on 31 March. "Was in continuous touch with officials". In an official statement, the CR spokesperson said, "However, the Ministry of Railways has taken a decision and reserved 20% of the seats filled through direct recruitment". They are conducting lathi charge to ensure students move out of the tracks.

He sought to know why even after three hours of the agitation, no railway official reached the spot to have a dialogue with the protesters.

Mumbai came to a halt for 4 hours during the peak office time on Tuesday as thousands of students blocked Railway tracks, stalling the Maximum City's lifeline - the local trains.

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