Female Employees in Railways during last five years

Female Employees in Railways during last five years

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS

RAJYA SABHA 

UNSTARRED QUESTION NO. 596
ANSWERED ON 23.07.2021 

FEMALE EMPLOYEES IN RAILWAYS

596 SHRI NEERAJ DANGI

Will the Minister of RAILWAYS be pleased to state:

(a) the  year-wise  number of female  candidates  given employment in  Indian Railways particularly in technical category during last five years;

(b) whether the number of female candidates applying for jobs in technical category is very low as compared to male candidates, if so, the details thereof;

(c) whether any step has been taken by the Railways to improve the current odd working conditions for the females engaged in technical jobs, if so, the details thereof; and

(d) the steps being taken to increase the employment of women in Railways?

FEMALE EMPLOYEES IN RAILWAYS
ANSWER
MINISTER OF RAILWAYS, COMMUNICATIONS AND ELECTRONICS &
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

(SHRI ASHWINI VAISHNAW)

(a) to (d): A Statement is laid on the Table of the House.

STATEMENT REFERRED TO IN REPLY TO PARTS (a) TO (d) OF UNSTARRED QUESTION NO. 596 BY SHRI NEERAJ DANGI ANSWERED IN RAJYA SABHA ON 23.07.2021 REGARDING FEMALE EMPLOYEES IN RAILWAYS

(a): The details of female candidates empanelled in technical category during last five years through Railway Recruitment Boards (RRBs) for various Group ‘C’ posts (excluding Level 1 erstwhile Group D) are as under:

Year

Female Candidates Empanelled in Technical Category

2016-2017

296

2017-2018

395

2018-2019

281

2019-2020

2233

2020-2021

71


(b): Railway Recruitment Notifications are given wide publicity inviting applications from all candidates, irrespective of candidate’s gender. The details of applications received from female candidates against Centralized Employment Notifications (CENs) in technical category is as under:

CEN No. & Post

Total Applicants

Female Applicants

01/2018

(Assistant Loco Pilot & Technicians)

4758218

475899

03/2018

(Junior Engineers/ Depot Material Superintendent/ Chemical Metallurgical Assistant)

2492554

482324


(c) Females employees of Railways including those engaged in technical jobs avail certain privileges as available to other Central Government female employees, such as provision of maternity leave, child care leave, special leave for promoting family welfare, special allowance to women with disabilities for child care, posting at same station as that of spouse as far as possible, mechanism for redressal of complaints under Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013, crèches, ladies rest rooms etc.

(d) Candidates for various posts in the Railways including technical posts are recruited through Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) for Group ‘A’ posts and Railway Recruitment Boards (RRBs) and Railway Recruitment Cells (RRCs) for Group C posts including Level-1 through a system of open competitive examination. To encourage women candidates application fee collected from female candidates by RRBs and RRCs is fully refunded to those who appear in written examination. Facility of online application form ensures that women are able to apply even from their home. Further, certain relaxations are provided such as in upper age limit to certain eligible categories of female candidates, and for Level-1 recruitment, in the qualifying standards for the Physical Efficiency Test (PET).

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