Almost 500 students from several states, who have done apprenticeship with the Indian Railways and want permanent jobs, came out and sat on railway tracks at about 6.45 AM.
Making a statement in the house, Fadnavis said railways have increased the reservation for apprentices from 10 per cent to 20 per cent. To curb ticketless travel and ensure a smooth journey for genuine passengers, the railways conducted a massive drive detecting about 6.5 lakh who did not possess proper tickets.
Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis informed the Legislative Assembly that the Indian Railways administration has initiated talks with students who protested in Mumbai today demanding permanent jobs. The agitating railway job aspirants however were present at the spot where they have been protesting, between Matunga and Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus railway station. We are struggling from pillars to post. Addressing a press conference on the issue, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal said, "Recruitment in Railways is underway at a large scale. We can not let such things happen", a student, who was part of the protest, said. Some retaliated by pelting stones at the police. "The police resorted to lathi-charge because some protesters hurled stones, but the situation is under control", the CM said". "Instead, they were lathi-charged in which the youth were injured", he claimed. The BEST deployed extra buses to ferry commuters to and from various points like Dadar, Matunga, Kurla, Sion and other stations.
More than 4.5 million commuters were badly hit for the second consecutive day following a strike called on Monday by drivers of cab aggregators and app-based taxis that disrupted in Mumbaikars' schedules.