The Central Government told Parliament on Friday that by the end of 2021, more than 2.87 lakh posts were vacant in the Indian Railways, while in June 2022 this number has increased to more than 2.97 lakh. Along with this, the government has also said that no post has been abolished in the Railways during the last three months. According to the government, a total of 1,48,220 posts, including 548 gazetted ones, have been filled in the last three years.
Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnav gave these figures in a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha regarding the area-wise and division-wise vacancies of gazetted and non-gazetted posts in Indian Railways. According to the data furnished by Vaishnav, the total number of sector-wise vacancies in Indian Railways as on 31 December 2021 was 2,87,985, of which 1,880 posts were gazetted and 2,86,105 posts were non-gazetted.
He informed that as on 30 June 2022, the number of vacant gazetted posts is 1,916 and the number of vacant non-gazetted posts is 2,95,684. Thus the total number of vacancies as of June 2022 is 2,97,600.
When asked about a question related to the number of vacancies filled in railways during the years 2019, 2020, and 2021 and so far in the year 2022, as per the data given by Vaishnav, 548 gazetted posts were filled in this period While 1,47,672 non-gazetted posts were filled.
A total of 76,456 non-gazetted vacancies were filled between 2019 and 2022, while a total of 60,693 posts in Level-1, ie erstwhile "D" group, were filled during the same period.