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Railways initiates recruitment process.IANS

Indian Railways has launched one of its largest recruitment drives to fill over 1 lakh vacancies. Union Railways Minister Piyush Goyal announced the drive through a tweet on Wednesday. 

The minister also tweeted that, in a move to contribute towards the government's Skill India initiative, the railways has also kept a target of training 30,000 apprentices.

"It's an annual recruitment. It's long overdue, especially following the average trend of 3.3% of workforce retiring every year. Safety is an important aspect of railways and workforce is required to ensure it. It should happen regularly," Live Mint quoted former railway board chairman Arunendra Kumar as saying.

In another tweet, Goyal said that there were Group D openings for 62,907 jobs. An employment notification was also issued earlier in the week for recruitment of 62,907 staff in Level 1 pay scale. Out of these, apprentices trained in railway establishments will be given preference to the tune of over 12,000 vacancies which is in line with the recent amendments made in the Apprentices Act.

The posts of switchman, trackman, porter and welder fall under the Group D category. According to a railways notification, applicants who have passed Class 10 or have an ITI diploma are eligible to apply for Group D jobs.

The recruitment will be done through the Railway Recruitment Cell and candidates selected in Group D will get a monthly salary of Rs 18,000 per month and allowances as per 7th Central Pay Commission (Level 1).

Last week, Indian Railways' Railway Recruitment Board (RRB) had also released a notification for the recruitment of 26,502 Assistant Loco Pilot (ALP) and Technician under Group C category.