Train services resumes after students end protest

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The train services in central India resumed after student ended the protest. It began at 7 am today between Dadar and Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus.

The members of All India apprentice association (AIAA) claimed that there was no recruitment in the sector over last four years. They had blocked railway tracks between Dadar and Matunga stations on the central line. These students work as apprentices in technical jobs at railways.

More than 3000 students from AIAA are demanding jobs in the railway sector.

An apprentice to the media,” We have withdrawn our agitation as the railways have promised to give us a reply within two days. They give us training but then they don’t want to employ us. How is it fair? People have come from all over India to protest. We will agitate if our demands are not met.”

In a statement, the Central Railway said there is no provision for providing jobs to the apprentices under the Apprentice Act. It said,” They are given only training for a specified period to improve their skills and experience of having worked in the field. However, Ministry of Railways has taken a decision and reserved 20 percent of the seats filled through direct recruitment.”

The railways said that it has already issued a notification for the same and the last date of form submission is March 31. Railway Minister Piyush Goyal said that the recruitment policy in transparent and unbiased on the guidance of the Supreme Court.

The Chief Minister of Maharastra, Devendra Fadnavis has told that no rules of Apprentice Act have changed and the students are asking for more than reserved seats. He said,” The police resorted to baton charging after agitators started pelting stones. Nobody was injured.”

The Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport had announced that it will run more buses in Matunga, Dharavi, Ghatkopar, Mulund and other places to help the stranded commuters during the protest but could not do so as the conductors was not able to reach work on account of protest.

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