Exclusive: Will appoint 2.20 lakh more staff for Indian Railways, says Piyush Goyal

Indian Railways is already in the process of appointing of 1.5 lakh personnel, which will be complete in the next 8-9 months

NEW DELHI: Union Minister Piyush Goyal speaking exclusively with RailNews said that the Indian Railways will appoint another 2.2 lakh personnel to fill the vacant posts at the national carrier. Worth mentioning here is that the Indian Railways is already in the process of appointing of 1.5 lakh personnel, which will be complete in the next 8-9 months.

“10 days ago I have announced another 2.20 lakh jobs, which includes those which will fall vacant in the next two years. The appointment process will start very soon,” Piyush Goyal said.

Goyal further said that in the next phase of appointment, the government will for the first time introduce 10% quota for the economically backward section from the upper caste who otherwise don’t get any reservation.

It may be noted that last month the parliament passed a bill to provide 10% reservation in government jobs and education to the economically backward section in the general category. President Ram Nath Kovind has already given his assent to the constitutional provision.

The minister highlighted that the government is following a completely computerised process for appointment of Railway personnel, which ensures transparency in the system. “All the results are entirely computer controlled…the entire examination is videographed,” the minister said.

However, Goyal said that the attraction for government jobs is gradually fading up as people want to start something of their own. With 15 crore Mudra loan issued in the country, people are making a life of their own, he added.

“There are people who want to start new enterprises, want to experiment with new ideas,” Goyal said.

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