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Guwahati: Trains parked at Guwahati Railway station. (PTI)
Guwahati: Trains parked at Guwahati Railway station. (PTI)

Indian Railways reserve 20% vacancies for apprentices for level-1 recruitment

  • During 2018, Railway Recruitment Boards have recruited 1288 apprentices in Level-1 posts according to the Railway Minsitry
  • The Ministry of Railways said that 'all eligible citizens' of the country are entitled to compete and apply for the regular jobs

Indian Railways has said that that it has reserved 20% vacancies for the apprentices in 1,03,769 notified vacancies for the level-1 recruitment.

According to the official release, against these employment notifications, more than 2.40 crore candidates have applied.

"As per Apprentice Act in 2016, Indian Railways has reserved 20 per cent vacancies (i.e. 20,734 vacancies) for apprentices in 1,03,769 notified vacancies for level-1 recruitment currently under process," the release stated.

The Ministry of Railways said that "all eligible citizens of the country are entitled to compete and apply for the regular jobs. Direct recruitment without any open competition is against the rules."

Position of engagement of Act Apprentices as per extant rule, Railways engages apprentices for providing training in their establishments. As per Section 22 (i) of Act Apprentices Act, 1961 amended on 22nd Dec, 2014 provides that, ‘Every employer shall formulate its own policy for recruiting any apprentice who has completed the period of apprenticeship training in his establishment’.

In compliance with the above, instructions have been issued vide Railway Board’s letter No.E(NG)II/2016/RR-1/8 dated 21.06.2016, providing that 20% of the vacancies in case of direct recruitment to posts/categories in Level-1 shall be filled by giving preference to Course Completed Act Apprentices (CCAAs) trained in Railway establishments.

During 2018, RRBs have recruited 1288 apprentices in Level-1 posts. Further, 20% vacancies (i.e. 20,734 vacancies) have been kept reserved for apprentices in 1,03,769 notified vacancies for level-1 recruitment currently under process.

This comes after reports that the trained apprentices at Railway establishments were demanding regular appointments. As per the release, Railways engages apprentices for providing training in their establishments.

"Further, as per the amendment made in the Apprentice Act in 2016, every employer has to make a policy of appointment of Act Apprentices trained in their establishment. Keeping this in view, Railways has kept 20 per cent vacancies in Level 1 recruitment for such apprentices and give fair opportunity to all," the release stated.

"As per Section 22 (i) of Act Apprentices Act, 1961 amended on 22nd Dec, 2014 provides that, 'Every employer shall formulate its own policy for recruiting any apprentice who has completed the period of apprenticeship training in his establishment," Railways said.

During 2018, Railway Recruitment Boards have recruited 1288 apprentices in Level-1 posts, Railways said.

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