As many as 500 students, who squatted on railway tracks since Tuesday morning demanding permanent jobs, called off their protest after deciding to discuss the issue with the Railway Board. The ‘rail roko’ affected train movement on all the four lines between Matunga and CSMT sections.
Railway Minister Piyush Goyal said they will hold discussions with the students who are working as apprentices in different technical workshops of the Railways.
Train services on Central Railways Line, which were suspended this morning, resumed after the students moved out of the tracks.
Railway security forces including the Government Railway Police (GRP) and the Railway Protection Force (RPF) were rushed to the spot to control the crowd. Few students were also injured when police resorted to lathi-charge to move them out of the tracks.
According to senior railway officials, there is no provision of jobs for apprentices under the Apprentice Act. They are given only training for a specified period to improve their skills and experience of having worked in the field. The Ministry of Railways has, however, reserved 20 per cent of seats for ‘Course Completed Act Apprentices’ that are filled through direct recruitment. The deadline to fill the form is March 31