New Delhi: Keeping in view the next general elections, the UPA government is mainly focusing on the ways which could help it to win the confidence of young voters in the country. For this, it is believed that the government is going to launch such schemes which would enhance the employment opportunities and this would be clearly apparent in the upcoming General Budget and Rail Budget.

Employment is likely to be created in the areas of sales of unreserved railway tickets and sanitization of train and railway stations. The Railway Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal convened a review meet to discuss the possibility of employment for youngsters in Indian Railways. The Railway Minister found lacunas in the self-employed Jansadharan Ticket Booking Sewak scheme. As of now, the candidates applying for Jansadharan Ticket Booking Sewak Scheme needs to produce a certificate verified by the local police station mentioning that the applicant has no police record. It is very difficult for the police to furnish such certificates in ten days of time.

Hence, the Railway Minister has directed to change the procedures to help the applicant who can now submit the police verification certificate at the time of recruitment rather than at the time of application.    

JTBS recruitment process takes at least six months of time. The time gap of six months between application and recruitment is suitable enough for the police to verify whether any prior criminal cases were registered against the applicant across the country. To popularize JTBS, many other amendments have been announced in the past.
Earlier, bank guarantee amount was reduced from Rs 40,000 to Rs 20,000 and security deposit reduced from Rs 15,000 to Rs 5,000.

The JTBS scheme was announced by then Railway Minister Lalu Prasad in June 2006. Initially, JTBS was approved for the sale of unreserved tickets through Unreserved Ticketing System (UTS). Later, it was also authorized to sell monthly seasonal tickets and platform tickets. JTBS gets a commission of Re 1 on the sale of every ticket. The scheme also gives reservation of 12 percent to scheduled caste, 8 percent to scheduled tribes, 20 percent to other backward caste and 9.5 percent to minorities.

The government has decided to take the help of MPs, MLAs and local bodies and corporations in making the scheme popular. With recent amendments in the scheme, there is every probability that the number of applications will increase.

Moreover, all other ministries have also been directed to find possible ways to facilitate employments for youths. The Finance Minister and the Railway Minister have been asked to make provisions in the budget pertaining to generate employment opportunities for youths. According to the sources, the Railway Minister may announce employment oriented schemes regarding cleanliness in association with Ministry of Rural Development in the coming Rail Budget.

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