GUWAHATI, April 24 - The latest drive by the Indian Railways to fill up as many as 1.1 lakh vacancies in Group C and Group D posts has drawn a huge response from youths of the north-eastern region and the railway authorities have said the recruitment process will be the �most transparent� in its history.
Of the total vacancies, almost 3,000 posts are to be filled up by the Railway Recruitment Board (RRB) Guwahati.
�The number of vacancies in the north-eastern region which are being filled up by RRB Guwahati are 2,577 posts in Group D category, 353 slots for assistant loco pilots and 69 posts of technicians,� Pranav Jyoti Sharma, Chief Public Relations Officer (CPRO) of Maligaon-headquartered Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR), told The Assam Tribune.
There are two RRBs in the NFR, one located at Guwahati and the other at Siliguri. RRB Guwahati looks after the seven north-eastern states, while RRB Siliguri is responsible for Sikkim and those parts of West Bengal and Bihar which fall under NFR zone.
Asked about the number of applications received so far, Sharma said that while the final scrutiny is yet to be completed, they would number in lakhs.
As per reports, over 2.8 crore candidates have so far applied across India for the 1.1 lakh vacancies. Initially recruitment to 90,000 vacancies was announced by the Indian Railways, which was followed by announcement for 20,000 more posts. This has been dubbed as the world�s largest recruitment exercise by any undertaking.
Recruitment will be carried out for posts of assistant loco pilots (train divers), technicians, carpenters and crane drivers among others in Level 2 of the 7th Pay Commission.
The public transporter has also advertised over 62,000 vacancies for gangmen, switchmen, trackmen, cabinmen, welders, helpers and porters in Level 1 of the 7th Pay panel.
Asked if there is any special provision to give preference to locals while recruiting under RRB Guwahati, Sharma said, �There are no provisions for any special preference for candidates from the north-eastern region.� He added that the Railways has not received any written demand from the AASU or any other regional outfit for special reservation for locals in the recruitment drive.
�The entire process is fully online. Exams will also be conducted in local languages i.e. Bodo and Assamese for Group D posts and in all languages under Eighth Schedule of the Constitution for all posts. This drive is one of the biggest, most transparent in the history of Indian Railways,� said the NFR CPRO.