For the first time in the history of the Indian Railways recruitment, Indian Railways has decided to allocate 50% of all jobs available under Railway Protection Force (RPF) and Government Railway Police (GRP) to women. A total of 2.5 lakh job vacancies have been reported to be filled by this recruitment drive. This 50% reservation quota for women is a major step towards women empowerment, which will trigger more participation from them in the Railways, especially for handling law and order in the Railways.
In a reply to a query in Rajya Sabha, the Railways Minister Mr. Piyush Goyal said that the Indian Railways has set a goal to recruit 9000 constables and sub-inspectors in the next one year under Railway Protection Force and Government Railway Police, 50% of which would be reserved for women only. This initiative has been taken to increase the number of women constables and officers in the RPF and GRP. Currently, the RPF has only 1769 lady constables. But, this statistic is set to change now, as the Indian Railways has already reserved 4,216 constable posts for women out of 8,619 total constable posts and 301 sub-inspector posts out of 1,120 total sub-inspector posts.
In the past two years, the Railway Ministry has worked successfully on serious issues of women’s safety and has prevented children below the age of 18 years from being misused and misguided. Railway Protection Force comes under the Indian Railways who keeps a check of railway’s infrastructure, trains, station, while Government Railway Police comes under the State Government who is primarily responsible for establishing and maintaining law and order in and around railway stations and within trains.
Along with this, the Railway Minister Mr. Piyush Goyal has also announced 2.5 lakh new job vacancies and overall 4 lakh job vacancies for which the recruitment is underway and which will be completed by 2021. He also stated that the recruitment under the 10% quota for economically weaker sections would also begin soon. He further mentioned that the Indian Railways currently has a vacancy for 1.5 lakh posts, which is expected to be filled soon. And, along with this more 2.5 to 2.5 lakh new jobs will be created under various departments in the near future. He said that last year they had started the recruitment process for 1.51 lakh posts, of which 1.31 lakh posts are still left to be filled. Near about 99,000 posts will be vacant in the coming two years as a result of the retirement of 53,000 employees in 2019 and 46,000 employees in 2020.
The first phase of fresh recruitment process of 1.3 lakh posts had been initiated in the months of February and March 2019, of which 19715, 9857 and 35485 posts had been reserved for Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, and Other Backward Classes, all as per the reservation policy of the government.
Moreover, the second phase of recruitment of 99,000 personnel against vacancies arising out of retirement has been initiated in the months of May and June 2020, which will be completed by July-August 2021.
Hence, the candidates who aspire to get selected under Railway Protection Force or Government Railway Police must regularly check the official website of the Indian Railways for any updates or notifications in this regard. As mentioned above, the Indian railways will soon start with their online application process and the online recruitment examination for various posts under RPF and GRP. So, start preparing yourself now onward to crack the examination in the first shot and get selected for the post. The Ministry has said that it will pay a lucrative and attractive annual package to the selected candidates, which will vary with the posts.