Railway minister Mamata Banerjee has removed chairmen of all railway recruitment boards (RRBs).
Banerjee’s decision came at a time when RRBs, located in 20 cities, are facing controversy and accusations of large scale corruption, irregularities and question paper leak. Lately, cases of paper leak were reported from RRBs in Allahabad and Ajmer.
“The minister has appointed new chairmen for all RRBs,” said a senior railway official. The post of chairman is occupied by senior railway officials with tenure of three years.
According to reports, most of chairmen were appointed during Lalu Prasad Yadav’s tenure and most of them were yet to complete their term.
The ‘surgical exercise’ is meant for both streamlining the recruitment process, making it corruption free and for ensuring local people’s representation.
Generally, RRBs were assigned responsibility of carrying out recruitment of Group C and Group D staff for vacancies in divisions and zones allocated to them.
Already, Banerjee has announcement conducting railway recruitment exams in Urdu, reports said that other local languages were also likely to be considered for medium of exams to help local youth get jobs. Railway examinations till now were conducted in English and Hindi only.
“The minister wants to revamp the entire recruitment process,” said a senior official in Railway Board.
Under the revamp exercise, the ministry is set to announce benefits for minority women and those belonging to economically backward classes. Railways is also working to remove the requirement to attach postal orders along with railway recruitment forms for minority community women and economically backward classes, an official said.
Also, recruitment examinations would be held on the same day throughout the country to benefit people from all states.
The review proposal came after largescale violence in Mumbai and other centres and disruptions by local politicians alleging that most of the candidates appearing for RRB exams were from outside the state.
“The motive is to ensure representation of local people and to hold corruption-free RRB exams,” said an official.