Protesting railway job seekers halt trains between Dadar-Matunga stations in Mumbai

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Mumbai rail-blockade ends as Piyush Goyal assures agitating job-seekers

The Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) has deployed more buses on this route especially between Dadar and Matunga station to help the affected commuters. Around 400 to 500 students from several states, who have done apprenticeship with the Indian Railways and want permanent jobs now, came out and sat on railway tracks at about 6.45 am.

Making a statement in the house, Fadnavis said Indian Railways has increased the reservation for apprentices from 10 per cent to 20 per cent. He added that recruitment for Indian railways 2018 underway at a large scale and students can apply for that.

Twenty per cent of all positions announced by the Railway Recruitment Control Board for various positions in the Indian Railways has been reserved for "Course Completed Act Apprentices".

"Commuters had to face hardships because of disruption of railway services". Five GRP personnel, including a senior police inspector posted at Dadar and two women constables, were injured in the incident, the official said.

Numerous commuters, who were stranded for hours in trains which bore the brunt of the agitation, later alighted from the coaches and were seen walking along the railway tracks. Goyal has urged them to join the ongoing recruitment drive that ends on March 31. Around 30 trains had to be cancelled in the morning.

A section of the protesters later met Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray and apprised him of their demands. The issue for the apprentices is the sheer proportion of apprentices to the number of openings. "They were demanding jobs in railways, but railways have changed rules regarding recruitment of apprentices", he claimed. Even if the reservation is pegged at 20 percent, there will hundreds without jobs and that defeats the whole goal of an apprenticeship or training.

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