50% of over 9,000 vacancies in Indian Railways will be for women: Piyush Goyal

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Union Railway Minister Piyush Goyal on June 28, 2019 announced that 50% of about 9,000 vacancies that are coming up for the posts of Constables and Sub-Inspectors in the Railway Protection Force (RPF) will be for women.

Earlier on January 23 this year, Goyal had said that the Railways was in the process of recruiting four lakh people as 1.32 lakh seats were vacant and 1 lakh employees will retire in two years. Speaking to media, Goyal had said, “Around 2.32 lakh vacancies are to be filled in the Railways as 1.32 lakh seats are presently vacant and 1 lakh employees will retire in two years. 

Goyal tweeted, “The work of Railway Protection Force (RPF) is to take care of railway’s infrastructure, trains, stations etc. Government Railway Police (GRP) comes under the state government that looks after law and order. In the past two years, we worked successfully on the issue of women’s safety and prevented small children from being misused and misguided.”

At present, only 2.25 percent of women are present in the RPF. Keeping this in view, the Prime Minister suggested women recruitments. As a result, the government is going to recruit 9,000 posts in the coming time.