27th January 2022 – The student union body, All India Student’s Association in Bihar has called for a statewide Bandh on Friday to protest against the recently declared Railway Recruitment Board’s Non Technical Popluar Categories’ stage 1 exam (RRB NTPC).
The AISA said that the committee formed by the Railway Ministry, to look into the grievances of the aspirants, and to look into the alleged irregularities in the exam result was a hoax, and that it was formed to postpone the matter till the Uttar Pradesh elections are held.
“There is no doubt on the questions being raised by the candidates. This massive movement of student youth, who are facing extreme unemployment, has arisen at a time when there is an election in UP. Under the pressure of this, this proposal of the Government and Railways has come and a conspiracy is being hatched to postpone the matter till the elections,” claimed AISA General Secretary and MLA Sandeep Saurav.
The job aspirants had earlier blocked the New Delhi-Kolkata main railway tracks and protested in Bihar’s Arrah and Sharif Railway station.
The protest turned violent, after an angry mob stormed Gaya Junction and set the Bhabhua-Patna Inter City Express on fire. Luckily no public was injured in this unfortunate event.
The protesting students allege that the decision to conduct the exams in two stages, for final selection is to cheat those who had appeared and cleared the first stage exams. They further say that this exam is designed to favour those aspirants who have higher qualifications, even for the jobs which require lesser qualifications.
However, Vaishnaw has said,”we cannot legally bar graduates from applying to posts which require lesser qualifications. We need to find a solution and deal with sensitivity for those with grievances.” He also urged the protesters to not take the law into their hands.
The second stage of the exam, for which 7 lakh candidates have been shortlisted has now been suspended. It was scheduled to take place on 14th and 18th of February.
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