However, the request of these apprentices to be appointed in the railways without undergoing the due process of recruitment is not acceptable, the ministry said.
The request violates constitutional provisions and the Supreme Court’s ruling on public employment, according to the statement.
Indian Railways has been providing training to applicants in designated trades under the provisions of the Apprentices Act since August 1963. Such applicants are taken as apprentices on the basis of their academic qualifications without competition or selection. Although the railways have been obligated to provide training only to these candidates, those who have completed their training have been hired as back-ups for Tier 1 positions since 2004, the statement said.
Replacements are temporary appointees who can be engaged to meet any operational requirements and demands. Although such persons enjoy benefits due to temporary railway workers, they are not entitled to be absorbed into permanent employment without following due process.
Considering the ongoing transformation of Indian Railways and with the aim of bringing fairness, transparency and objectivity in all railway recruitments, the railways centralized the process of all Tier 1 recruitments in 2017 which would be now carried out via a common national computer. based test (CBT)
The Apprentices Act was amended in 2014 under which Section 22 of the Act provides that an employer must formulate a policy for the recruitment of apprentices trained in his establishment. Pursuant to this amendment, Indian Railways has planned to give preference to apprentices trained in railway establishments in free recruitment over level 1 positions, up to 20% of the positions advertised.
Although these apprentices appear for written tests with other applicants, they are given preference in appointment over others, subject to achieving minimum qualifying scores and meeting medical standards.
As a result, 12,504 level 1 positions out of 63,202 advertised under CEN 02/2018 were reserved for these candidates during the first joint recruitment organized in 2018. Similarly, 20,734 level 1 positions, out of 103,769 positions advertised under CEN RRC 01/2019 were reserved for these apprentices. Recruitment for this notification must take place.
“These apprentices are applying for appointment to the railways without undergoing the prescribed recruitment process, namely the written test and the physical efficiency test that all other applicants are required to undergo under the current rules,” says the Press release.
“This request is not acceptable as it violates the constitutional provisions and the Supreme Court’s ruling on public employment that no employment can be provided except through a procedure involving fair selection,” says the press release.