- Amid ongoing students' agitation in Bihar, Railway Minister assured students concerns will be heard.
- Student bodies called bandh against format of exams conducted by Railway Recruitment Board.
- “Will handle issues of candidates with utmost sensitivity”, said Ashwini Vaishnaw, Railway Minister.
Amid the ongoing students' agitation in Bihar, Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw on Friday assured that their concerns will be heard and the entire matter will be looked into properly.
“We will handle the issues and grievances of candidates with utmost sensitivity”, said Ashwini Vaishnaw.
Concerns have been raised by some candidates over the process of shortlisting of candidates for the second stage of the ongoing recruitment examination under RRBs Centralised Employment Notice (CEN) No. 01/2019 (for Non-Technical Popular Categories - Graduate and Under-graduate) - results of which were announced on 14.01.2022.
Ashwini Vaishnaw said that the matter will be handled with sensitivity. A high-power committee comprising senior officials to look into these concerns, has already started receiving representations of candidates. Senior Railway Recruitment Board (RRB) officials are meeting groups of students and taking their representations. The Minister assured the candidates that all their problems will be resolved with utmost sensitivity and they need not get confused/influenced by anyone's words.
Articulating the issue of number of candidates to be shortlisted for the 2nd stage of Exam, the Minister informed that as an old Railway practice the number of Candidates to be called for NTPC Second Stage Exam was only 10 times the number of approved vacancies. This number of calling 10 times of the number of vacancies was increased to 15 times the number of vacancies in CEN 03/2015 and 20 times the number of vacancies in CEN 1/2019, so that more and more students get a chance to write the exam.
Elaborating further, Vaishnaw said that “if you look at each category, 20 times students/candidates have been selected in each category”. The issue is that more than one candidate has applied in more than one category. Since a 2nd Stage consists of CBT of five different levels and a candidate can be shortlisted for more than one level as per eligibility, merit and option, the lists of 7 lakh roll numbers will have some names appearing in more than one list. The Minister said that this issue can be sorted out and there is no need to hit the road or set the train or fire as the Railway infrastructure is public property.
Talking about the solution of this issue, Ashwini Vaishnaw said that the high-level committee which has been constituted to look into the concerns/grievances of candidates, is comprised of very senior officials having vast experience in recruitment process. He requested the concerned students/candidates to submit their grievances/concerns to the committee within three weeks of time i.e. by 16.02.2022 and we will come up with a solution immediately after that.
Normal life in Bihar was on Friday affected by dawn to dusk `bandh' called by students' bodies in protest against anomalies in the format of exams conducted by the Railway Recruitment Board and police high-handedness against protesting students. Opposition parties like the RJD, the Left, and the Congress extended their support to the bandh, took an active part in many places, and expressed satisfaction over its "success".