The railways will undertake another mega recruitment drive in two phases to hire nearly 2.3 lakh employees in the next two years and 10% of these jobs will be reserved for the economically weaker section (EWS), Union railway minister Piyush Goyal said on Wednesday.
The recruitment of 1.5 lakh employees, which is underway, will be completed by March-April, railway board chairman V K Yadav said. Goyal said a total of four lakh people will be hired by railways in the next two years. “We have about 12 lakh employees and annually about 40,000-50,000 retire. We have planned in advance so that no posts will remain vacant in railways any more…railways has become the first central government to implement the 10% quota for EWS in jobs,” he said. Yadav said the focus will be to ensure all vacancies are filled.
However many believe it to be a ‘Jumla’ with the general elections approaching, as the previous round of vacancies are yet to be filled despite being announced more than a year ago.