New Delhi: Railways are yet to fill 2.1 lakh vacant posts, including 90,000 safety-related vacancies, crucial for train operation. The safety-related posts include loco running staff, driver, station master, guard, technology supervisor, control and yard staff, signal inspector and maintenance employees.
Besides safety, there are also large number of vacancies in workshops, commercial section, para-medical and office staff in Railways which needs to be filled up. Railways, however, maintain that an aggressive recruitment drive is underway to fill up vacant posts. "Six months before the total vacant posts were 2.6 lakh and now it has come down to 2.1 lakh as we have undertaken a massive recruitment drive," a senior Railway official said, adding that "the number will further go down to 1.5 lakh in the next six months."
Altogether 67 accidents have occurred in the current fiscal while six have occurred in October itself. "Railways maintain sufficient cushion in safety posts like drivers. The recruitment is an ongoing process and due to a well defined procedure and constant retirements, there will always remain some unfilled vacancies at a given point of time," he added....more
04:42 AM, Oct 25, 2012