Indian Railways is in news recently amid the coronavirus pandemic as the youth wories about upcoming and existing jobs in railways. On Friday, 3rd July, Railways has said that “it is not going to surrender any safety category posts required for train operations and maintenance and review is been done only for non- safety category vacant posts so that additional safety posts can be created for new railway infrastructure projects.” This essentially means that railways is not downsizing but rightsizing during the pandemic.
Director General (HR) Railway Board, Anand S Khati while addressing a press conference said that “due to technological interventions in the national transporter, certain job profiles might change and personnel will be re-skilled but there will be no job losses.” “We will be rightsizing and not downsizing. Let there be no doubt that the Indian Railways will remain the largest employer in the country. We will move from unskilled to more skilled jobs,” he said.
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It is reported that the Indian Railways currently has 12.18 lakh (12,18,335) employees and spends 65 per cent of its income on payment of salaries and pension. Since 2018, this sector has released 72,274 vacancies in safety category and 68,366 in non-safety category.