89,000 safety posts vacant in Railways

Despite CAG`s recommendation, the Railways have not yet filled up about 89,000 vacant posts in safety category.

Last Updated: Nov 15, 2010, 21:11 PM IST

New Delhi: Despite CAG`s recommendation, the
Railways have not yet filled up about 89,000 vacant posts in
safety category.

"The number of vacant posts in safety category as on
April 1 is 89,024," the Rajya Sabha was informed today.
The number of accidents excluding the cases at unmanned
level crossings has decreased from 129 in 2007-08 to 100 in
2009-10.

"However, the number of vacancies does not have a direct
relation to the number of accidents," Minister of State for
Railway E Ahamed said in a written reply.

CAG in its recommendation has stated that the Indian
Railways should fill up all safety category posts.

Ahamed said arising of vacancies and filling them up is a
continuous process. The policy of the Railways administration
is to fill up vacancies promptly as per laid down procedure.

"New recruitment policy has been framed and notifications
for filling up of many of the safety and operational posts
have already been issued."

PTI