March 14, 2012 / 8:12 AM / 5 years ago

Rail Budget 2012: About 100,000 staff to be hired in FY13

Passengers offer prayers before boarding a train at a railway station in New Delhi March 13, 2012.Adnan Abidi

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India's railway plans to recruit about 100,000 people in the 2012/13 fiscal year, compared with more than 80,000 hired in 2011/13, Railway Minister Dinesh Trivedi said on Wednesday.

Unveiling the ministry's budget to parliament, he also said India planned to invest $147 billion for railways in the next five-year plan period that runs from 2012 to 2017.

Indian railways is one of the world's largest employers, with more than 1.3 million people, according to government data from 2009/10.

Reporting by Arup Roychoudhury; Editing by Ranjit Gangadharan

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