Mumbai rail roko LIVE: Students call off protest; train services between Matunga and CSMT resume
A day after Railway Minister Piyush Goyal announced that the Indian Railways will begin the recruitment to fill the vacancy of 9,500 candidates under Railway Protection Force (RPF) category, scores of agitated students demanding jobs in railways on Tuesday blocked rail traffic, including suburban services between Matunga and Dadar stations, causing difficulties to lakhs of commuters. The students blocked the rail track at 7 am, pushing railway to halt the suburban as well as express train in the affected section between Matunga and Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT).
Railway officials, who were engaged in talks with the agitators, have claimed to have ended the stalemate. They have further said that the students will call off the protests soon. The Central Railway has released a statement on the protest: “There is no provision of giving jobs to the apprentices as per the Apprentice Act.”
“They are given only training of a specified period to improve their skills and experience of having worked in the field. However, the Ministry of Railways has taken a decision and reserved 20 percent of the seats filled through direct recruitment.”
Mumbai rail roko
“The notification is already issued with the last date of submitting the application as 31.3.2018. Apprentices can apply against this notification and Special Examination will shortly be held for Apprentices who have done training in Railway Workshops under Apprentices Act.”
Meanwhile, News18 reported that Shiv Sena leaders will meet Piyush Goyal over the protests in Mumbai. Congress has also come out in “full support of the protest of agitating students”.
“Due to agitation by Railway apprentices between Dadar and Matunga Rly Stations, Train services of Central Railways affected,” the Mumbai Police had tweeted this morning.
Notably, entire four lines are affected between Matunga and CSMT. “There has been no recruitment since last four years. We are struggling from pillars to post. Over 10 students have committed suicide. We cannot let such things happen,” a protester said.
“We will not budge from here until and unless Railway Minister Piyush Goyal come and meet us. Our several prayers made to DRM (Divisional Railway Manager of Mumbai Division) have failed,” another student said.
“The Mumbai Police, along with GRP (Government Railway Police) and RPF (Railway Protection Force) jawans, are having talks with the students and railway’s first priority was to clear the track first,” Chief PRO of Central Railway Sunil Udasi said.
RRB Recruitment 2018 for nearly 90,000 posts closes next week, 5 things to remember
Students shouting slogans against railways held a placard in their hands demanding one-time settlement from GM quota and said that they demand jobs from government