New Delhi: Railway Minister Piyush Goyal on Wednesday announced that Indian Railways will recruit four lakh people considering the fact that 1 lakh employees will retire in a span of two years. Further, the Minister announced the extension of 22 train services across the country.Also Read - 7th Pay Commission: Allowances of These Central Govt Employees Cleared, Will Get Rs 5,000 to Rs 20,000

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1)  Around 2.32 seats are vacant for the various Railway jobs, said Union Minister Goyal during a press conference. Initially, the total vacancy for the various Railway posts for the year 2019 is 1.32 lakh seats. Goyal added that there are pending vacancies in old Group C and Group D and totally a count of four lakh vacancies. Goyal said, “In the coming two years, about 99,000 posts would lie vacant as 53,000 and 46,000 railway employees would retire in 2019 and 2020 respectively.” Also Read - India's Fastest, Indigenous Train 18 Will Now be Called Vande Bharat Express: Railways Minister Piyush Goyal

2) According to a survey, the employment of candidates to various jobs in Indian Railways between January to June 2019 is 20 per cent higher when compared to the previous 6 months, said Railway Minister Piyush Goyal in a tweet on Wednesday.

3) About 15,000, 7,500, 27,000 and 10,000 posts will be reserved for SC, ST, OBC and EWS candidates respectively based on the reservation policy of the government.

4) The recruitment is being made in advance, considering the 1 lakh employees who are slated to retire in a span of two years.

5) The Railway job vacancies are inclusive of the newly introduced 10 per cent quota law for the economically weaker section in the general category.

Apart from announcing the Railway Recruitment 2019, Goyal slammed the earlier governments for not taking adequate steps to invest in the railway lines. He added, “Our government is focusing on the major sectors and completing the given task in a time-bound manner.”

In February 2018, Indian Railways geared up to recruit about 90000 employees for the various Railway posts. The recruitment drive, which began to fill the vacancy of posts such as assistant loco pilots, technicians, gangmen, switchmen, trackmen, cabinmen, welders, helpers and porters, was considered the world’s biggest process.

(With Agency inputs)