NEW DELHI, Dec 18 – Believe it or not, at a time when the north-eastern Region is reeling under acute unemployment problem, Northeast Frontier Railway (NF Railway) has 8957 vacant posts. The number of vacancies in NF Railway as on March 3, is 82 for Group (A and B) and 8875 for Group (C and D), revealed minister of State for Railway, E Ahamed in a written reply to a question by Biren Baishya in the Rajya Sabha.
Filling up of vacant posts is a continuous process and the policy of the railway administration is to fill up all available vacant posts promptly according to laid down procedure, he claimed.
Adding further, he said according to revised instructions, the question paper for recruitment examination would be set in Hindi, Urdu, English and the local language listed in the Eight Schedule of the Constitution falling within the jurisdiction of thatRailway Recruitment board.
As for interviews, for whichever posts it is prescribed, the medium is Hindi and English only, he said.
Meanwhile, Baishya later told newsmen that it was unfortunate that when unemployment, is bane of the State and the root cause of majority of the problems including militancy, the Railways was sitting pretty with nearly 9000 vacant posts.
Later, Baishya met Railway minister, Mamata Banerjee at the Parliament House to lodge complaint about the vacant posts. She reportedly assured to look into the issue and said it was one of the reasons behind the decision to hold examination in local language.
Meanwhile, in reply to a separate question by Kumar Deepak Das, Ahamed said that survey for a new railway line between Jogighopa and Guwahati via Barpeta has not been sanctioned. ASSAM TRIBUNE