The Indian Railways has set to task a mammoth-sized recruitment drive to hire 89,000 employees in levels C and D. The process to hire for the posts of assistant loco pilots, technicians, switchmen, trackmen, helpers, porters and several other openings, has begun. Once hired, the employees will be extended a monthly salary of Rs 18,000 per month and allowances as per the Seventh Central Pay Commission. Applicants must be 18-31 years of age and will be recruited by the Railway Recruitment Cell.
Railway Minister Piyush Goyal tweeted that they have started the recruitment process for group D for 62,907 posts. Candidates that are high school pass or have an ITI or industrial training institute degree are eligible to apply for it. The last date is March 12. He tweeted that other than the vacancies, the Indian Railways also aims to train 30,000 apprentices this year. There are 26,502 vacancies under group C for posts of technicians and assistant loco pilots. A senior railway official said that most of the recruitment is for the safety category and will cost and additional 3000-4000 Crore annually to the railway exchequer. He said the Union Budget 2018 has provisions for this expenditure. Another informed there are over a lakh vacancies in the industries due to retirements, and the ongoing drive would not be able to fill all the gaps.