Mumbai Central Railway protest highlights: Train services resume as students call off agitation

Mumbai Central Railway protest highlights: The train services on Central Railways Line that were suspended this morning, resumed after the students moved out of the tracks.

Mumbai Central Railway protest highlights: Train services resume as students call off agitation Rail traffic Matunga and CSMT was affected for atleast two hours because of the protest. (Express photo by Pradip Das)

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

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  1. 1:55PM
    20 Mar, 18
  2. 1:39PM
    20 Mar, 18
  3. 12:28PM
    20 Mar, 18

    Mumbai University allowed an additional hour to students coming for college exams for both morning and afternoon session, owing to the delay in trains.

  4. 11:38AM
    20 Mar, 18

    Commuters at Kalyan Railway station in Mumbai (Express photo)

  5. 11:27AM
    20 Mar, 18
    Recruitment in Railways is transparent, says Piyush Goyal

    Recruitment in Railways is underway at a large scale. On directives of Supreme Court, Indian Railways has made a recruitment policy that is unbiased & transparent. The agitators have called off their protest and further discussions will be held, says Piyush Goyal.

    "We have reserved 20 per cent quota of seats, for those who have done an apprenticeship under different establishments, under the section 22(1) of the Apprentices Act. We have also followed the judgement given by Supreme court from time to time. Apprentices who have completed the apprentice course have been given an age relaxation equal to the period of apprenticeship. This is the single largest recruitment ever undertaken by any organisation in India. I appeal to the students to apply and join the process of recruitment so that all applicants get a fair chance to serve the country," he added

  6. 11:26AM
    20 Mar, 18

    Express photo by Pradip Das

  7. 11:23AM
    20 Mar, 18
    Was in touch with officials: Devendra Fadnavis

    "Was in continuous touch with officials. No rules have changed, 20% seats are reserved for apprentices but they are demanding more. Lathi-charge was done after agitators started pelting stones, no one was injured," Maharashtra CM  Devendra Fadnavis said in the State Assembly 

  8. 11:14AM
    20 Mar, 18

    Heavy traffic is witnesses on arterial roads including Eastern Express Highway, Western Express as well as SV Road leading towards Bandra

  9. 11:02AM
    20 Mar, 18
    Students call off protests

    'The students have agreed to discontinue the protests. As this is a matter that could be discussed and solved by the Railway Board, we have asked them to meet the concerned officials in the Board. No written assurance on any jobs promised by the Central Railway,' S K Jain, Divisional Railway Manager, Mumbai Division, Central Railway said.

    "Agitators have been advised that there will be an exclusive exam for them under 20% quota and they may apply up to 31st March. For anything else, they may represent their case to the concerned offficers in Railway Board as matter has All India policy implications," he added

  10. 10:57AM
    20 Mar, 18
    Piyush Goyal will have a discussion with agitators: Kirit Somaiya
  11. 10:54AM
    20 Mar, 18

    The agitating students have started moving out of the tracks. 

  12. 10:49AM
    20 Mar, 18
  13. 10:44AM
    20 Mar, 18

    Railway traffic from Matunga towards CSMT resumed. The students are still present at the protest site

  14. 10:36AM
    20 Mar, 18
    BEST starts operating 68 additional buses

    The BEST has plied additional 68 buses to facilitate stranded commuters. However, with drivers of Ola and Uber continuing their strike, many passengers faced inconvenience 

  15. 10:33AM
    20 Mar, 18
    Trains rescheduled due to Rail roko in Mumbai

    10103 CSMT-Madgaon Mandvi Express (scheduled departure: 0710 hrs) at 1000 hrs11301 CSMT-KSR Bengaluru Udyan Express (scheduled departure: 0810 hrs) at 1015 hrs12534 CSMT-Lucknow Pushpak Express (scheduled departure: 0825 hrs) at 1030 hrs11029 CSMT-Kolhapur Koyna Express (scheduled departure: 0840 hrs) at 1045 hrs

  16. 10:27AM
    20 Mar, 18
    No cases of latecomers in Board exams

    The protest does not seem to have affected students who are appearing for their board exams. “There are no SSC papers today. HSC students have their Russian and Arabic papers today but not many students are taking it. So far we have not received any cases of latecomers,” in-charge secretary Subhash Borse, Mumbai Division, Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education.

  17. 10:19AM
    20 Mar, 18

    Railway Minister Piyush Goyal will address the media over the protests 

  18. 10:07AM
    20 Mar, 18
    Operations on Western Railways smooth

    The protest has not affected the traffic on Western Railways.There is no disruption on WR lines & WR Mumbai suburban services are running normal #WRUpdates @drmbct— Western Railway (@WesternRly) March 20, 2018

  19. 9:59AM
    20 Mar, 18
    Quick recap

    In case you are just joining us, here is all you need to know about the students protest in Mumbai. Agitating students demanding permanenet jobs in Railways blocked the rail traffic on Tuesday morning. As a result, services between Dadar and Kurla were suspended. Traffic between Matunga and CST is also affected. Railway security forces including the Government Railway Police (GRP) and the Railway Protection Force (RPF) are at the spot to control the crowd. Few students were also injured in the lathicharge

  20. 9:32AM
    20 Mar, 18
    No provision of giving jobs to the apprentices as per the Apprentice Act: Central Railway

    According to the Central Railway, "There is no provision of giving jobs to the apprentices as per the Apprentice Act. They are given only training of a specified period to improve their skills and experience of having worked in the field. However, Ministry of Railways have taken a decision and reserved 20 per cent of the seats filled through direct recruitment. The notification is already issued with last date of submitting an application as 31.3.2018. Apprentices can apply against this notification and Special Examination will shortly be held for Apprentices who have done training in Railway Workshops under Apprentices Act."

  21. 9:25AM
    20 Mar, 18

    Express Photo

  22. 9:17AM
    20 Mar, 18
    Rail roko agitation by students
  23. 9:14AM
    20 Mar, 18
    Will not budge until Piyush Goyal meets us: protestor

    "We will not budge from here until and unless Railway Minister Piyush Goyal come and meet us. Our several prayers made to DRM (Divisional Railway Manager of Mumbai Division) have failed," another student said, as reported by PTI.

  24. 9:10AM
    20 Mar, 18
    Struggling from pillar to post, says a student

    "There has been no recruitment since last four years. We are struggling from pillars to post. Over 10 students have committed suicide. We cannot let such things happen," a student who was part of the protest said, reported PTI

  25. 9:05AM
    20 Mar, 18

    The BEST is running additional buses to facilitate the crowd.

  26. 8:59AM
    20 Mar, 18

    More than sixty students who have worked as apprentices in technical jobs in railways are demanding permanent jobs through the protest. (Express photo)

  27. 8:58AM
    20 Mar, 18

    Students shouting slogans against railways held placards in their hands demandingone-timee settlement from GM quota and said that they demand jobs from government.

  28. 8:58AM
    20 Mar, 18

    Welcome to the Live blog. Follow this space to track all the latest developments as agitating students take Mumbai by a storm