Taking cognizance of railway safety, the ministry has announced job openings for 1 lakh posts in safety division.
The safety-related posts include loco running staff, driver, station master, guard, technology supervisor, control and yard staff, signal inspector and maintenance employees.
A report published in the Allahabad edition of Hindi Daily Dainik Jagran said that the Railways has decided to recruit one lakh staff in the safety category, and these vacancies were on hold for a very long time.
The Indian railways had reported total of 13,929 train accidents from 1960 to 2016.
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According to Mint, the Indian Railways had a vacancy of 1,22,763 in 2016 while it was 1,24,201 in 2015.
Indian Railways had reported a 2.1 lakh vacant posts in 2012, including 90,000 safety-related vacancies, crucial for train operation.
According to a study by NITI Aayog, since 2012, six out of every 10 rail accidents in the country have happened because of mistakes by or the negligence of railway staff.
Currently, according to Indian Railways' response to a Parliament question, over 700,000 railways staff work on safety-related operations at the country's largest employer.
Taking charge of Indian Railways after two back-to-back train accidents that, the newly Railway Board Chairman Ashwani Lohani has also said that his focus will be safety.
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– The junior and senior section engineers will be recruited in the safety category.
– Moreover, assistant station master and guards will also be recruited in Railways.
– Fifty per cent posts in Group C will be filled by means of Railway Recruitment Board (RRB).
– Also, 50 per cent vacant posts of Group D will be filled through RRB and the rest half will be filled through Railway Recruitment Cell (RRC)