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Goyal cavalcade attacked during UP railway staff protest - Times of India

Goyal cavalcade attacked during UP railway staff protest – Times of India

LUCKNOW: Union Railway Minister Piyush Goyal on Friday faced protest by some members of Northern Railwaymen’s Union (NRMU) at their 70th annual meeting in Charbagh railway stadium here over issues of restoring the old pension scheme and regularisation of service of apprentices.

The workers went berserk and hurled cups and plates on the stage, and also tried to stop the fleet of the minister while he was leaving. A flower pot was thrown at his cavalcade which hit an RPF constable, Pankaj Shukla. Amid the chaos, the minister was escorted out by security personnel and taken to the airport.

Goyal was invited to the 70th annual meeting of NRMU, which has been on since October 15, for discussion on disparity in pay scale, more vibrancy in implementation of seventh pay commission and also continuation of old pension scheme.

In his address to workers, Goyal said the government was sensitively considering various demands of the railway employees, like the problems faced in the implementation of the National Pension Scheme (NPS) and regularization of the apprentices. He further added that a court in Jodhpur recently ordered a stay on the appointment of railway apprentices.

He also said that railways would only employ those who were skilled and won’t be able to give jobs to those who had been doing apprenticeship for the past ten years. At this, some workers started raising slogans against the minister.

The minister retorted by saying that if you all continued to raise slogans like this, then officials of the railway would stop inducting apprentices into the railways. Hearing this, the workers raised the pitch of their slogans against the minister.

Goyal further said that the union should work for the betterment of the organization and not misguide young employees so that railways could reciprocate for their good work.

This created a huge uproar and some of the workers came near the minister’s podium to raise slogans. A few workers also started hurling plates and cups at the stage. As a result, the minister began to leave from the venue at which some of the workers tried to stop him and threw flower pots at his fleet. However, railway officials said that the minister was not hurt.

Later, railway ministry in a tweet said that there was no attack on the minister’s car.

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