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Protesting railway job seekers halt trains between Dadar-Matunga stations in Mumbai
Protests seem to have formed a season in Mumbai. After the recent farmers' protest, now railway job seekers have struck a protest.

While the farmers protested silently in a more of a Gandhian way, the job seekers seem to have taken the other route. During the protest services on the Central railway line in Mumbai were badly affected as railway job seekers sat on rail tracks. The protests were against several issues concerning the railway recruitment board.

On Tuesday around 7 am, around 500 students started their protest between SOUTH Mumbai's Matunda and Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT) stations. Around 30 trains had to be cancelled in the morning.

Organised by the All India Railway Act Apprenticeship, the protest affected the rail line between Matunga and Dadar especially since the protestors did not let the local trains commute. Along with demanding jobs in railways, they also claimed that they had even met the Railway Minister Piyush Goyal, but no solution concerning their jobs could be reached.

The railway exam had recently a limit of 20 per cent quota for local candidates imposed by the railways in the hiring of candidates for railway jobs and the protesting students want this limit to be removed.

The railway had set up an apprenticeship program as part of the Skill India mission for developing the skills of the people selected for the program.

The railways has set a target for 2018-19 of providing such apprenticeship to 30,000 people. The applicants who have now been provided the necessary skills are demanding the removal of the quota limit. But the authorities have reportedly stated that there is no provision of providing jobs in the Apprenticeship Act.

The Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) has deployed more buses on this route especially between Dadar and Matunga station to help the affected commuters.

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