CPI protest over railway jobs on June 18

Anantapur: With a majority of the jobs in the Guntakal railway division going to candidates from Bihar and UP anger is rising among the unemployed youth of Rayalaseema. The Communist Party of India has decided to stage a protest at the Divisional Railway Manager’s office at Guntakal on June 18.

The CPI wants a probe into all the recruitments in the last decade and the filling of Group-D posts with zone-wise local candidates. The party will also press for recruitment through local employment exchanges instead of the Railway Recruitment Board (RRB).

CPI district secretary D. Jagadish told this newspaper that the recruitment of Group-D posts through the  RRB was mostly helping candidates from Bihar. Most of the Group-D posts in the South Central (Secunderabad) zone and Guntakal division were held by Biharis at present, he noted.

“Around 90 per cent of the employees including kalasis and pointsmen working in Guntakal division hail from Bihar.” Referring to the recent scandal in which the Union Railway minister resigned, the CPI leader said that question papers of the examination for filling Group-D posts were being leaked and given to select candidates so that they can prepare well and come out successful.

“The railway ministry was headed mostly by ministers from Bihar since the last two-three decades,” he said. He said that the most of the employees were not regular in their duties after getting recruitment in Guntakal division as they engage in private jobs in their own states too.

The Guntakal railway division is the second largest revenue earner in the South Central Railway since many years. CPI state secretary K. Nararayana will attend the huge protest at the Divisional Railway Manager’s office in Guntakal on June 18. Youths from various parts of Rayalaseema region would take part in the protest, he said.