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Mamata starts recruitment process for rlys

Facing flak for failure to fill up of vacant safety-related posts even as a spate of accidents occurred over past months, Railways Minister Mamata Banerjee has taken urgent measures to address the issue.

delhi Updated: Jun 08, 2010 23:25 IST
Srinand Jha

Facing flak for failure to fill up of vacant safety-related posts even as a spate of accidents occurred over past months, Railways Minister Mamata Banerjee has taken urgent measures to address the issue.

Following the Railways Minister’s recent directives, the Railways Recruitment Boards (RRBs) have swung into action — announcing dates of examinations for Group-C recruitments. After the first round of tests for Assistant Loco Pilots on June 6, the examination dates for selection as Assistant Station Masters and Guards have been announced for June 13 and 27 respectively.

At least 40,000 vacant posts in this category will be filled up by November this year, a ministry official said. In all, existing vacancies in Group-C category totals 1, 50,228, which include 8345 vacancies in the Railways Protection Force.

In addition, 49,266 vacancies exist in the Group-D category, which includes posts of gangmen – who are responsible for maintaining the railway tracks.

The Railways Minister has instructed the General Managers of the zonal railways to fill up posts of gangmen on an urgent basis. Written tests are not required for Group-D recruitments.

The recruitment process initiated by former Railways Minister Lalu Prasad was halted by Banerjee, following complaints that the tests had been rigged in favour of candidates belonging to a particular state..

Allegations also were that aspiring candidates sold off agricultural land to kins of the former Railways Minister in exchange of a promise for jobs in the Railways.

Within months of taking charge during UPA-II, Banerjee ordered the removal of the chiefs of all 20 RRBs. An estimated 1,99,494 jobs have remained vacant in the Railways.