Railway job aspirants sit on rail tracks, 30 trains cancelled

Mumbai/Bhubaneswar: Protest by job aspirants are on high with railway job seekers today sitting on protest on rail tracks in Mumbai leading to cancellation of around 30 trains.

According to a report of NDTV, hundreds of students (especially those who have cleared the railway apprentice exams) sat on the rail tracks on Tuesday demanding railway jobs.

The students have been reportedly protesting since 7 am between the Matunga and Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT) stations in south Mumbai which is the busiest business railway route.

The students’ protest has forced the railways to stop many a running suburban and express trains.

Holding placards and shouting slogans, the students have been demanding jobs in the railways and didn’t even bother when policemen tried to remove them and also used batons. The students seem firm on their demand.

As per reports, the local trains running in the city also got crippled due to the protest and around 30 trains have been cancelled.

As per railway officials, a fifth of the railway jobs have been reserved for apprentices, but the protesting students want the quota limit to be removed. The students say there has been no recruitment for these jobs in the last four years, NDTV reported.

“We are running from pillar to post. Over 10 students have committed suicide. We cannot let such things happen,” a student told the Press Trust of India.

“We will not budge unless Railway Minister Piyush Goyal comes and meets us,” another student said.