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Good News For Job Seekers! Railways To Recruit 23K People Under 10% General Quota Bill

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| January 24 , 2019 , 15:41 IST

The railway is all set to become the first government department to implement the 10 per cent general quota bill. Railways minister Piyush Goyal announced on Wednesday that his department will recruit around 23,000 employees in the next two years under this bill.

He said the national transporter will recruit around 1.31 lakh employees within the next six months and about a lakh more over the next two years.

The Railway Board said on Wednesday, "The Railways will recruit 2.3 lakh people in various posts over the next two years, to fill up effectively all existing vacancies. This recruitment will have the new provision of 10 per cent  about 23,000 posts  reservation for the Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) in general category."

Goyal said, “We have decided that in all categories as and when vacancies happen over the next two years, we will fill them up. That assessment was done today. This includes around 1 lakh vacancies that arise due to retirements in the next two years.”

He also said, "Currently, Indian Railways has a sanctioned strength of 15,06,598 employees, of which 12,23,622 personnel are on the rolls, leaving 2,82,976 vacant posts.

"With the current drive to recruit 1,51,548 people, 1,31,428 posts will still be vacant. It is estimated that about 53,000 and 46,000 employees will retire in 2019-20 and 2020-21 respectively, creating about 99,000 additional vacancies," he added.

Goyal further said the railways plans to provide around 4 lakh jobs in the next two years. "We have planned in advance so that no posts will remain vacant in railways anymore. As a when retirements happen, the posts will be filled.

However, this will not affect the present reservation applicable for other categories like SC, ST, OBC and others," he assured.

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Of the total 2,30,000 vacancies, about 34,000 posts will be reserved for SC candidates, 17,000 for ST candidates, 62,000 for OBC candidates and 23,000 for candidates from economically weaker sections.

The recruitment will take place in two phases. The first will be initiated in February-March, 2019, while the second cycle is targeted to be completed by April-May, 2020.