Railways to induct 16,000 ex-servicemen
| February 25,2011 05:11 pm IST
Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee Friday announced the induction of 16,000 ex-servicemen, an initiative for the "brave jawans who defend our borders".
"I am happy to inform that for the first time, the ministry is inducting 16,000 ex-servicemen by end of March 2011.
As also announced last year, we are also recruiting more than 1,200 ex-servicemen in RPF (Railway Protection Force). It is our humble tribute to our brave jawans who defend our borders," she said while presenting the railway budget.
For gallantry award winners, she said the railways proposes "to extend the facility to the Kirti and Shaurya Chakra awardees of travelling in Rajdhani and Shatabi trains".
"In case of unmarried posthumous Param Vir Chakra and Ashok Chakra gallantry award winners of armed forces, it is proposed to extend the facility of card passes to the parents," she said.
Banerjee Friday presented the rail budget for 2011-12, promising to move to build a stronger railroad infrastructure while addressing the needs of the average passengers by not increasing the fares.