On 29th June, 2018, Rozgar Mange India (India Demands Jobs) organized a nationwide protest on the question of employment in Railway Recruitment Board. The only advertisement for Railway recruitment for around 90 thousand vacant posts in ALP/Technician and Group D positions that came out in last February in past four years has still its date for examination undeclared on RRB site. Repeated fake news regarding exam dates have rendered 2.4 crore applicants confused and clueless about their future of employment. Further the recent declaration of revoking 11000 vacancies in different zones in the Railways, while more than 2 lakh vacancies there remain unfulfilled, has worsened the situation for crores of jobless youth in India.
Protests were organized in different states of India like, Delhi, Chandigarh, Allahabad, Bihar, West Bengal, Udaipur (Rajasthan) and in other places. In Delhi students and railway recruitment aspirants protested in front of Rail Bhawan at Raisina Road.
Sucheta De, national president of AISA (All India Students’ Association) spoke at the protest saying, “While this NDA government came into power in 2014, they promised 2 crores of jobs per year for the youth of the nation. But, after 4 years of its regime unemployment has become the biggest issue of the country with no recruitment and huge scams in different govt. Recruitment sectors.”
Geeta Kumari, president of JNUSU added that, “The government has totally failed to address the employment issue of the country. The dates should be immediately declared as the applicants are under immense pressure.”
Delegates from Rozgar Mange India submitted their memorandum to Mr. Amitabh Khare, Executive director of Railway Recruitment Board demanding immediate declaration of the date for examination. He promised to release tentative date for examination by first week of July. although he maintained silence on the question of vacancy cut. If the date is not declared by the promised date, the movement will be further strengthened.
At Udaipur (Rajasthan), students and youth gathered at the Railway Training School at Sukhadia Circle and raised slogans demanding declaration of dates and filling of railway vacancies. They submitted a memorandum to the Rail Minister of the Central Government via the Principal of the School. They then marched to the Udaipur City Railway Station and submitted a memorandum via the Station Master. They demonstrated at the Station and distributed leaflets of Rozgar Mange India. The demonstration was addressed by RYA district convenor Anil Sharma, District Joint Secretary of AISA Parmendra, and many other students and youth.
After the nation-wide protest, RRB declared ‘Tentative Dates’ for the railway recruitment exam for around 90000 posts. In response the Rozgar Mange India movement asked, how long will the dates be ‘tentative’? When will the final dates be declared? Also why are vacancies being reduced? If technological upgradation is the reason as the ED of RRB told the Rozgar Mange India delegation in Delhi, where is the technological upgradation to be seen? Trains continue to be inordinately delayed and even indefinitely cancelled en masse. Infrastructure continues to be in tatters.