India’s national railway system, Indian Railways has initiative a giant recruitment process set to hire about 89,000 employees in levels C and D. The massive hiring drive has been started to find capable talents to fill the positions of assistant loco pilots, technicians, switchmen, trackmen, helpers, porters and many other openings.
The Railway minister, Piyush Goyal in a tweet on Wednesday (Feb 14) said that they have begun the recruitment process for group D that consists of 62,907 posts. Eligible candidates to apply for the openings should be high school pass or have an ITI or industrial training institute degree, with the last date for the application is March 12.
If hired, the employees will receive a monthly salary of Rs 18,000 per month along with other allowances as per Seventh Central Pay Commission (Level 1). In addition, the applicants must be 18-31 years of age and will be recruited by the Railway Recruitment Cell.
Apart from the group D posts, there are 26,502 available vacancies under group C. The posts are mainly for technicians and assistant loco pilots. Further, the minister also tweeted that besides these vacancies, Indian Railways is also aiming to train 30,000 apprentices this year, Business Today reports.
According to a report, a senior railway official who wishes to remain anonymous said that most of current recruitment is aimed for the safety category. He said that this process will cost an additional Rs 3,000-4,000 crore annually to the railway exchequer, in which the Union Budget 2018 has provisions for this expenditure.
Meanwhile, another anonymous senior government official said that there are still over a lakh of vacancies in the railways owing to massive retirements, and even this immense hiring would not be able to fill all the gaps.
Regarding to this matter, former railway board chairman, Arunendra Kumar stated that this is an annual recruitment which has been long overdue, especially following the average trend of 3.3 percent of the workforce entering the retirement phase every year. Meanwhile, safety is an important aspect for railways and the workforce is required to ensure it. Therefore, continuous recruitment should happen regularly, he said.