March 30, 2023

railways: Explained: Why railway job aspirants are angry | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Railways has decided to suspend its Non-Technical Popular Categories (NTPC) exam and Level 2 tests after violent protests by job aspirants over the selection process intensified in Bihar.
A train was set on fire and demonstrations were staged at a couple of stations on Wednesday, marking the third day of unrest in Bihar. A crowd stormed the Gaya Junction, raising slogans, and set fire to the Bhabhua-Patna Inter City Express. However, nobody was injured.
Hundreds of railway job seekers squatted on railway tracks at several places on Tuesday, hampering train movement in the state. Several trains were cancelled or ran on alternative routes on account of the protests.
Why are the job aspirants protesting
Candidates are opposing the Railways’ decision to hold the exam in two stages, claiming the second stage for final selection tantamount to “cheating” those who appeared and cleared the first stage of the RRB-NTPC for computer-based test (CBT) which was released on January 15.
Around 1.25 crore candidates had applied for the exams that had advertised over 35,000 posts from level 2 to level 6.
The RRB-NTPC exams were held in seven phases between December 28, 2020 and July 31, 2021 to fill thousands of vacancies.
What did the government say
Railway minister Ashwini Vaishnaw urged the agitating job aspirants to not destroy their “own property” and said due process will be followed if the agitating job aspirants damage public property.
“I am telling the aspirants that this is their own property. Why are they destroying something that is their own? However, authorities will follow due process if public property is damaged,” the minister said at a press conference. Vaishnaw said the Railways is in touch with chief ministers and the issue is being handled “sensitively”.
On Tuesday, the Railways had warned the protesters against indulging in vandalism and damaging railway properties.
“Videos of such activities will be examined with the help of specialised agencies and candidates/aspirants found indulged in unlawful activities will be liable for police action as well as lifetime debarment from obtaining a railway job,” the Tuesday notice stated and advised the job aspirants/candidates not to be misguided or come under the influence of such elements who are trying to use them for fulfilling their own selfish ends.
What next
The government has formed a committee to examine representations by the candidates.
“A high power committee has been formed to look into the concerns and doubts raised by candidates in regard to results of 1st Stage Computer Based Test (CBT) of Centralized Employment Notification (CEN) 01/2019 of Non Technical Popular Categories (NTPC) issued by Railway Recruitment Boards (RRBs) on 14-15th January 2022,” the Railways said in a statement.
“The committee will go to different parts of the country and listen to the grievances,” Railway minister has said.
The panel will give its recommendations by March 4. The panel will accept suggestions and objections from candidates till February 16.
(With agency inputs)

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