Women compete for post of Coolies

Allahabad, July 31 (PTI) The railways have for the first time allowed women to apply for the post of porters at its stations.

According to Chief Public Relations Officer of North Central Railway Rajesh Dutt Bajpai, “A total of 19 women have appeared for the physical endurance test which was concluded here yesterday”.

“This is for the first time that the Railway Board issued revised guidelines for recruitment of porters as per which women could compete alongside their male counterparts for the posts,” he said.

“There are a total of 344 vacancies for porters in the NCR zone, for which 4800 candidates, including 27 women, had applied. After initial scrutiny, which included a general inspection of physical well-being, 19 women were allowed to take the physical endurance test,” Bajpai said.