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Indian Railways to hire 1,48,463 over next year

The railways said on Tuesday it would hire 1,48,463 people over the next year, compared to an average of 43,678 people hired each year for the past eight years.

The move came after Prime Minister Narendra Modi was instructed to recruit 10 lakh people across various departments and ministries over the next 18 months.

According to the latest annual report of the Remuneration and Allowance Expenditure Department, the total number of regular civilian central government employees in post (including in Union Territories) as of March 1, 2020 was 31.91 lakh compared to at the sanctioned strength of 40.78 lakh and about 21.75% of the positions were vacant.

The report states that almost 92% of the total workforce is covered by five major ministries or departments – railways, (civil) defence, internal affairs, post and revenue.

Of the total workforce of 31.33 lakh (excluding union territories), the percentage share of railways is 40.55.

Government sources said that various departments and ministries were asked to prepare details of vacancies following Modi’s instructions to do so and that the decision to recruit 10 lakh people was taken after a comprehensive review.

In various Assembly polls, opposition parties have tried to corner the BJP on the unemployment issue.

The railways said that from 2014-15 to 2021-22, its total recruitment was 3,49,422 people with an average of 43,678 per year, while in 2022-23 it will recruit 1,48,463 people.

Of the total spending on salaries and allowances in 2019-20, the Ministry of Railways continues to hold the largest share of 35.06%, down slightly from 36.78% in 2018-2019.

PTI reported earlier that according to official documents, the national carrier has cut more than 72,000 jobs over the past six years against a proposal to divest 81,000 jobs over the same period.

All of these positions are C and D groups which have become superfluous due to technology, and they will no longer be available for recruitment purposes in the future.

Employees currently occupying such positions are likely to be absorbed into various departments of the Railways.

Officials said these positions needed to be cut as rail operations have become modern and digitalised.

According to the documents, the 16 zonal railways divested 56,888 “non-essential” positions in fiscal years 2015-16 to 2020-21, with another 15,495 expected to be divested.

While Northern Railways shed over 9,000 positions, South Eastern Railway shed around 4,677. Southern Railway shed 7,524 positions and Eastern Railways over 5,700.


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