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Railway services in Mumbai resume as students demanding jobs call off protest

20 March 2018

Within an hour, the police reached the spot and tried to remove them but to no avail as the number of protesters kept growing.

Train services have been severely affected in India's Mumbai on Tuesday as thousands of job aspirants blocked railway tracks demanding immediate placement, Xinhua reported.

The Central Railway delivered a statement on the protest and had said, "There is no provision of giving jobs to the apprentices as per the Apprentice Act".

Last month, Indian Railways had announced it is recruiting to fill up 89,000 vacancies in Group C and Group D categories. He added that recruitment for Indian railways 2018 underway at a large scale and students can apply for that.

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Indian Railways is now in the midst of a massive recruitment drive to fill over 90,000 Group C and Group D posts and the minister urged them to apply for these jobs, the last date of which is March 31. They had blocked tracks between Matunga and Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus and forced the central railways to stop the suburban and express trains between the two stations. Some retaliated by pelting stones at the police.

The injured officials included five GRP officials (Sr.PI Nitin Bobade, P.I.Satav, PSI Mane, WPC Sanap and WPR Puralkar) and six RPF officials (Sachin Mor, Satendra Kumar, Manoj Yadav, Jasvir Rana, Dharmendra Kumar and Prakash Landage).

More than 3000 students from AIAA are demanding jobs in the railway sector. Railway traffic had been affected for almost 4 hours because of the agitation.

The protests were carried out by activists of the All India Act Apprentice Association (AAAAA).

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Extra BEST buses plied to and fro from various points like Dadar, Matunga, Kurla, Sion and other stations. "Was in continuous touch with officials". This has caused inconvenience to lakhs of commuters, a Central Railway official said. Over 10 students have committed suicide. They are given only training of a specified period to improve their skills and experience of having worked in the field.

The students had said that they won't budge until their demands were met.

The agitation disrupted the rail traffic during peak morning hours. Due to this movement, the work of Mumbai's famous dabbawala's has also been affected.

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Railway services in Mumbai resume as students demanding jobs call off protest