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Due to the failing efforts of Government of India to tackle the jolting reality of rise in the rate of unemployment, an IITian has joined Indian Railways as a track maintainer in Dhanbad.

Shrawan Kumar, a man hailing from Patna, Bihar had completed his Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Bombay. It was an integrated dual degree course (B.Tech and M.Tech programme), which he completed in 2015.

It was not difficult for the IITian to crack a Group D examination for the lowest rank job that requires minimum qualification of class 10th or class 12th pass. Shrawan has been appointed as the track maintainer at Dhanbad Division of Indian Railways and is currently posted at Chandrapura as PWI (Public Works Inspector) where he looks after the track maintenance between Chandrapura and Telo. The job includes manual inspection of the tracks.

Prabhat Kumar Mishra, the Public relations Officer of Dhanbad Divisional Railway Manager was quoted saying, “It is a very good thing for the railways that such a qualified person has come to the railway. Shravan has been appointed in the Engineering Department of Chandrapura Railway. They will maintain the railway tracks under this”.

The joining of a person with such high qualification has come as a shock to many, including his own Railway division officers and candidates appearing for the same exam.

Shrawan said that he wanted to become a government employee since childhood and secure a “safe government job”. He aims to crack an “officer-level” job in Government sector soon. Although an IITian having Engineering degree from one of the top institutions in the country, taking a job as ‘track man’ in Railways has been a surprise to many.