A day after demands for ensuring railway jobs for locals was raised at an all-party meeting of MPs,Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan on Tuesday asked top railway officials to ensure that locals were given preference in jobs.
Chavan,who met Central Railway general manager B B Modgil,Western Railway general manager R N Verma and other officials on Tuesday,said though there were guiding rules laid down by the railways in this regard,it was necessary to consider the domicile certificate of candidates and give more jobs to locals. It was necessary for the officials to discuss the matter with the Railway Ministry and involve state government representatives in this,he said.
On Monday,Shiv Sena MP Mohan Rawle had demanded that according to the rules it was necessary to carry out recruitment to Group C and D jobs in the railways through the local employment exchanges,which was not being done. The Raj Thackeray-led Maharashtra Navanirman Sena (MNS) had also upped the ante on migrants being given preference in railway recruitment.
In a reference to the recent commuters agitation at Borivali,Chavan said it was necessary to run the suburban trains on time and inform people about delays to prevent public outrage. He also demanded that the railways construct foot overbridges and escalators to prevent accidents while crossing tracks. He also asked for modern railway stations in areas like Sangli,Kolhapur,Nagpur and Marathwada.
Chavan,who was accompanied by Chief Secretary Johny Joseph and other senior state government officials,also asked for slums on railway land to be rehabilitated.
Railway officials said that beginning with Kurla the railway stations in Mumbai would be rebuilt at an expenditure of Rs 300 crore.