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Huge protests over Railways exam: Train vandalised, bogie set on fire. 10 updates

Theprotestors stormed at the Gaya Junction, raising slogans, and set fire to the Bhabhua-Patna InterCity Express.

Nirnaya Mohanty (Reporter trainee)

Amid violent protests by aspirants, the railways ministry on Wednesday suspended non-technical popular categories (RRB-NTPC) and level 2 exams. Alleging irregularities in examinations of the Railway Recruitment Board, the protestors earlier in the morning set a bogie of the Bhabua-Patna Intercity Express on fire.

Protesters claimed the recruitment process is “unfair” as it allows candidates with higher qualifications to compete for jobs meant for those with relatively lower qualifications.

  • The protestors today gathered at the Gaya Junction raising slogans, and later they set fire to the Bhabhua-Patna InterCity Express. However, no one was injured.
  • Protests were also from Patna, Nawada, Muzaffarpur, Buxar, and Bhojpur districts.
  • Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw on Wednesday urged job aspirants not to destroy public property and assured them that their grievances would be resolved as candidates went on a rampage over alleged irregularities in a recruitment exam by the public transporter.
  • On Tuesday, students who appeared for the RRB non-technical popular categories exam, 2021, held a protest at the Bihar Sharif railway station alleging discrepancies in the results. Aspirants also blocked the Kolkata-New Delhi main railway line at Rajendra Nagar Terminal in Patna.
  • Several trains were cancelled or ran on alternative routes on Tuesday on account of the protests.
  • The central government has said these protests would now be categorised under “unlawful activities” that may get one banned for life from obtaining railway jobs.
  • No candidate can be recruited for multiple posts, thereby ensuring that every deserving candidate gets selected, the ministry said.  “We cannot legally bar graduates from applying to posts which require 10+2 qualifications,” said railways minister Ashwini Vaishnaw.
  • He said shortlisting of candidates has been done separately for each level based on options exercised and the educational qualifications of the candidates.
  • “For the second stage computer-based test of each level, candidates have been called 20 times for the community-wise vacancies notified against each RRB,” the minister said.
  • Of the total vacancies, 24,281 posts are open to graduates, 11,000 are for under-graduates. These posts include train assistant, guard, junior clerk, timekeeper, and station master across various verticals in its zones.

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