Railways in talks with youth who protested for jobs: CM Devendra Fadnavis

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis informed the Legislative Assembly that the railway administration has initiated talks with students who protested in Mumbai on Tuesday demanding permanent jobs.
Lakhs of commuters had to face hardships during the peak office hours as hundreds of agitated students blocked rail traffic, including suburban services between the busy Matunga and Dadar stations, demanding jobs in the Indian Railways.

Lakhs of commuters had to face hardships during the peak office hours as hundreds of agitated students blocked rail traffic, including suburban services between the busy Matunga and Dadar stations, demanding jobs in the Indian Railways.

Nearly 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. The protest was called off at around 10.35am, railway minister Piyush Goyal told reporters at a hurriedly-called press conference in New Delhi.

Goyal has urged them to join the ongoing recruitment drive that ends on 31 March. Making a statement in the house, Fadnavis said railways have increased the reservation for apprentices from 10% to 20%. “The youth are demanding 100% reservation for apprentices in railway jobs. Railway administration has initiated talks with the protesters and a solution would be arrived at,” he said.

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The issue was raised by Leader of Opposition Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil through a point of order before the Question Hour. He said the apprentices protested with a “chakka jaam” on Central Railwaysection for nearly four hours.

 “Commuters had to face hardships because of disruption of railway services. But, we should consider the hardships of the youth as well. The railway administration was not forthcoming to talk to them and understand their demands. Instead, they were lathi-charged in which the youth were injured.

 

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