Railways in talks with student protesters demanding jobs: CM Fadnavis
Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis informed Legislative Assembly that railway administration has initiated talks with the student protesters in Mumbai demanding permanent jobs. He said, "The youth are demanding 100% reservation for apprentices in railway jobs. Railway administration has initiated talks with the protesters, and a solution would be arrived at." Fadnavis said railways increased the reservation for apprentices from 10% to 20%. Here's more.
Youth called off protest after railways initiated talks with them
Nearly 500 students from several states, who have done an apprenticeship with the Indian Railways and want permanent jobs, came out and sat on railway tracks at about 6:45 am in Mumbai. However, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal informed reporters that the protest was called off at around 10:35 am. Goyal urged them to join the ongoing recruitment drive that ends on 31 March.
Leader of Opposition raised issue in Question Hour
The issue was raised in Maharashtra Assembly by Opposition leader Radhakrishna Patil through a point-of-order before Question Hour. "Commuters had to face hardships because of disruption of railway services. But, we should consider the hardships of youth as well. Railway administration was not forthcoming to talk to them and understand their demands. Instead, they were lathi-charged in which the youth were injured," he claimed.