To meet the increase in the number of trains and traffic, the Railways should resort to recruitment, according to employees’ union. Addressing presspersons here on Wednesday, Mr P. Mathew Syriac, Secretary of DREU (Dakshin Railway Employees’ Union) Divisional Committee, Palakkad Division, said that there are around 2.8 lakh vacancies in the Indian Railways. He said the Railway administration is not taking any measures to recruit people to these posts. He alleged that posts are surrendered without adhering to any criterion. “Creation of new posts and filling up of vacancies are not done in proportion to the increase in the number of trains, lines and traffic. New booking and reservation counters are not opened to meet the increase in passenger traffic,” he said.
This leads to the denial of quick and efficient service to the passengers. As a consequence, arguments and quarrels between counter staff become regular events, he said, adding that there is a need to employ people to various posts in the Railways. Mr Syriac said that nearly 40 per cent of functions of Indian Railways are under contract system. This is one of the reasons for Railways losing its efficiency, he said. “Privatisation of coach cleaning, watering, catering, station cleaning, ticket booking, etc is affecting the passengers. In the name of public-private partnership, the land and infrastructure of Indian Railways are being handed over to private monopolies,” he said. To discuss these issues, the Palakkad divisional conference of DREU will be held in Mangalore on June 28.