Railways to hire 23,000 to fill 10% EWS quota: Piyush Goyal

Indian Railways, which is on a hiring spree to fill 2,82,976 vacant posts, is planning to hire 23,000 candidates from the newly sanctioned 10 per cent quota for the economically weaker sections of the population.

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. The Railways on 23 March announced a massive recruitment drive to hire about 2.30 lakh people in the next two years. Following the 103rd Constitutional Amendment, 10 per cent of the vacancies, ie, around 23,000 vacancies, will be reserved for candidates from economically weaker sections, railway minister Piyush Goyal said.
The 2.30 lakh people to be hired, are in addition to the hiring of 1.5 lakh employees now under way, and is expected to be completed by April.
“These recruitment drives will fix long-standing issues. With the increase in investment in Railways, recruitment needs have also increased,” Goyal added.
Even after the current drive to recruit 1,51,548 people gets over, 1,31,428 posts will 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.
“Therefore, after accounting for the current recruitments in progress, there will be total net vacancies approximately of 2,30,000 employees in the Railways over the next two years,” the minister explained.
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. 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 minister also said that Railways is extending services of 22 pairs of trains across the country. “All these extensions have been planned by utilising the lie-over periods of the existing trains at their respective terminating stations. These extensions will help in more gainful utilisation of coaches and will augment revenue of Indian Railways," he added. 
The full list of 22 pairs of trains which have been extended, along with their additional stoppages are:
  • Train number 18107/18108 Rourkela-Koraput Express will be extended up to Jagdalpur. On extended portion, the train will halt at Jeypore, Kotapar Road stations;
  • Train number 14369/24369 Bareilly-Singrauli and 14370/24370 Shaktinagar Express will be extended up to Tanakpur. On extended portion, the train will halt at Bareilly city, Izzatnagar, Pilibhit, Majhola Pakariya stations;
  • Train number 14630/14629 Firozpur-Ludhiana Cantt Sutluj Express will be extended up to Chandigarh. On extended portion, the train will halt at Sahibzada Ajit Singh Nagar (Mohali), New Morinda stations;
  • Train number 24887/24888 Barmer-Haridwar Link Express will be extended up to Rishikesh. On extended portion, the train will halt at Raiwala station;
  • Train number 18213/18214 Durg-Jaipur Express will be extended up to Ajmer. On extended portion, the train will halt at Durgapura station;
  • ·Train number 19710/19709 Kamakhya-Jaipur Kaviguru Express will be extended up to Udaipur. On extended portion, the train will halt at Ajmer, Bhilwara, Chanderiya, Mavli, Ranapratapnagar stations;
  • Train number 20889/20890 Howrah-Vijayawada Humsafar Express will be extended up to Tirupati. On extended portion, the train will halt at Ongole, Nellore, Renigunta stations;
  • Train number 22604/22603 Villupuram-Kharagpur Express will be extended up to Purulia (for 1 day a week ). On extended portion, the train will halt at Hijli, Midnapore, Bishnupur, Bankura, Adra stations;
  • Train number 18416/18415 Puri-Barbil Express will be extended up to Rourkela. On extended portion, the train will halt at Kendposi, Chaibasa, Chakradharpur, Manoharpur stations;
  • Train number 22632/22631 Bikaner-Chennai Anuvrat Express will be extended up to Madurai. On extended portion, the train will halt at Chennai Egmore, Tambram, Chengalpattu, Villupuram, Vriddhachalam, Ariyalur, Srirangam, Tiruchchirappalli, Dindigul, Kodaikanal Road stations;
  • Train number 22913/22914 Bandra (T)-Patna Humsafar Express will be extended up to Saharsa. On extended portion, the train will halt at Begusarai, Khagaria stations;
  • Train number 12473/12474 Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Katra-Ahmedabad Sarvodaya Express will be extended up to Gandhidham. On extended portion, the train will halt at Viramgam, Dharangdhara, Samakhayali stations;
  • Train number 19301/19302 Yesvantpur-Indore Express will be extended up to Dr Ambedkar Nagar (Mhow). On extended portion, the train will not halt at any station in between;
  • Train number 66019/66020 Salem-Katpadi MEMU will be extended up to Arakkonam. On extended portion, the train will halt at Mukundarayapuramm, Walajah Road, Sholinghur stations;
  • Train number 68433/68434 Cuttack-Brahampur MEMU will be extended up to Ichchapuram. On extended portion, the train will halt at all stations en-route
  • Train number 64511/64512 Saharanpur-Nangal Dam MEMU will be extended up to Una Himachal. On extended portion, the train will halt at all stations en-route;
  • Train number 67249/67250 Secunderabad-Tandur MEMU will be extended up to Chittapur. On extended portion, the train will halt at Mantatti, Nawandgi, Kurgunta, Seram, Malkhaid Road stations;
  • Train number 79457/79458/79459/79460 Surendranagar-Dhrangdhara DEMU will be extended up to Botad. On extended portion, the train will halt at Kundli, Ranpur, Chuda, Limbdi, Wadhwan City, Jorawarnagar, Surendranagar Gate, Surendranagar stations;
  • Train number 74906/74907 Udhampur-Jammu Tawi DEMU will be extended up to Pathankot. On extended portion, the train will halt at all stations en-route;
  • Train number 77673/77674 Mirylaguda-Kacheguda DEMU will be extended up to Nadikude. On extended portion, the train will halt at Kondrapole Halt, Vishnupuram, Pondugula stations;
  • Train number 59121/59120 Pratap Nagar-Chhota Udaipur Passenger will be extended up to Moti Sadli. On extended portion, the train will halt at Padaliya Road station;
  • Train number 58526/58525 Visakhapatnam-Palasa Passenger will be extended up to Brahampur. On extended portion, the train will halt at all stations en-route.