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Recently, Railway Board met for safety concerns in Indian Railways and staff required for it. The GMs and Board members discussed on problems and their solutions. One of the most important decisions taken during the meeting was to recruit one lakh candidates under Safety Category (Sanraksha Shreynee) in Indian Railways. Leading daily Dainik Jagran’s Hindi, Allahabad edition published a report of the meeting.
The posts under safety category have been vacant for a long time. That a move is being taken to fill them now is a positive news for candidates, as well as, the passengers.
Railway Recruitment for safety category will be open for the posts of driver, maintenance employees, loco running staff, station master, signal inspector, guard, control and yard staff, technology supervisor, and others. The recruited candidates will be appointed across 96 divisions. These divisions come under 17 zones of railway which are Central, Eastern, East Central, East Coast, Northern, North Central, North Eastern, North Western, Northeast Frontier, Southern, South Central, South East Central, South Eastern, South Western, Western, West Central, Metro.
It has also been reported that the Railway Recruitment Board (RRB) will be responsible to fill 50% Group C posts. RRB will also be given the responsibility to fill 50% Group D post, whereas, the remaining vacancies are to be filled by the Railway Recruitment Cell (RRC).
The details of the examination have not been announced yet. However, it is expected that the recruitment might be done on the basis of exams. Further, these exams may be online. Such is because last year the exam for NTPC recruitment was held online and was a success.
Railway recruitment is long awaited. Several news reports have been making rounds since the beginning of the year. As per reports, Indian Railway notified that 90,000 posts for the safety staff were vacant in the year 2012. In all, 2.1 lakh vacancies were notified in the same year. Until the end of the year 2015, the count of vacancies was 1,24,201 and in the year 2016, it went up to 1,22,763.
According to the recent stats presented by Indian Railways to the Parliament currently only 700,000 railway safety staff is available. The figure is definitely less for the world’s fourth-largest railways in the world.
The impact of the vacancies is very much evident as it ultimately became the cause of the recent fatal rail accidents. The NITI Aayog study shows that since 2012, 6 out of 10 rail accidents were caused due to the negligence and mistake of the railway staff.
Good news is that the Ministry of Railways (Railway Board) has recognized the need to recruit candidates. Piyush Goyal, the new Minister of Railways and Coal, has made the safety of the passengers the paramount concern. He has also suggested that out-of-turn promotion should be given to those who will take timely actions to prevent mishaps.
Candidates who are looking forward to railway recruitment must keep their Aadhar Card ready. Indian Railway has already made it clear that it will be required to apply. The eligibility for the recruitment will vary as per the post and so will be the paper pattern and the syllabus. Until the notice is released, the candidates may have a look at the previous year question papers of railway recruitment. Also, if you have any queries then leave a comment below.