Job scam: A setback to railway recruitment

Railways today said the job scam unearthed by the CBI has dealt a big blow to its efforts to fill up vital posts in daily rail operations like ensuring safety and freight movement.

Updated: Jun 22, 2010, 22:46 PM IST

New Delhi: Railways today said the job scam
unearthed by the CBI has dealt a big blow to its efforts to
fill up vital posts in daily rail operations like ensuring
safety and freight movement.

Our loading targets are growing by the day and we require
staff urgently to run the goods train, which could have been
done through the railway recruitment board (RRB) examinations,
said Railway Board Chairman Vivek Sahai.

He claimed they were alerted by the vigilance about the
leakage of the question papers before the CBI busted the scam.

"We were conducting an internal inquiry soon after the
vigilance report till the CBI unearthed the scandal," Sahai
said.

"We have also introduced regional language apart from
use of English, Hindi and Urdu languages in the examination
for the first time," he said.

Railways had postponed the examination, scheduled on June
27 after the CBI raid while the tests scheduled for July 6 and
13 are likely to be held as per schedule.

"We will take a decision to cancel these exams only after
the submission of the interim report by the CBI," Sahai said.

Comparing it with UPSC and defence service examinations,
he said, "our effort was to maintain the transparency in the
recruitment system."

The exams were held to fill up 2,000 vacant posts of
assistant station master and 4,000 assistant locomotive
pilots, for which nearly eight lakh candidates were to appear.

PTI