This New Act Of Indian Railways Is Set To Save Around 10 Lakh Trees
Indian Railways is operated by the Ministry of Railways. Indian railway manages world’s 4th largest railway network in the world. We have a record of railway track that measures 121,407 kilometres of total track over a 67,368-kilometre.
Indian Railways runs 13,329 passenger services daily catering to 22.24 million passengers.
In addition to that, the Indian Railways is also the eighth largest employer in the world. It has over 14 lakh employees on its payroll. It is also one of the best employers in the country, offering its employees all that they can aspire to or desire.
A railway job is considered prestigious and safe with numerous benefits and perks. Needless to say, vacancies at Indian Railways sees a mad rush of applications being registered. This became quite evident when a month ago Indian railways released a notification for to recruit the candidates for a total of 8,800 vacancies to which a whopping 2.37 crore people applied.
Now that the date of written test is near there is going to be a serious need of papers too. Keeping that in mind Indian railways has taken a different as well an eco-friendly approach to this problem.
Since there will be a need for a whole lot of paper Indian Railways has decided to make the examination go digital this year. The number of trees this act will save was concluded by first figuring out the number of applicants that are applying for the examination.
And so the total number of paper which will be used by these applicants is 7.5 lakh sheets, that means that over 10 lakh trees would have been sacrificed for this examination.
Since the huge number of candidates have applied for the vacancies the officials of Indian Railways are expecting a low rate of absentees this year. To ensure a fewer number of casual applicants, the employer collects fees from them, Rs 500 is collected from applicants in the general category, whereas Rs 400 is returned to them if they appear for the exam.
Meanwhile, Rs 250 is collected from candidates belonging to the SC/ST category, women, physically challenged applicants, ex-servicemen and also from candidates who belong from economically weaker sections of the society. The entire amount is returned to them after the examination.
This unconventional move of Indian railways could be challenging for them since it’s a whole new thing for them and also because more than 2.3 crore applicants accessing their website at one time. They have reportedly strengthened their infrastructure to make the website run smoothly during the exams.