Rail recruitment protest: Call for Bihar-bandh on January 28

All Mahagathbandhan (grand alliance) parties have pledged support for a Bihar Bandh on January 28, which has been proposed by a group of student organizations in protest of alleged “irregularities” in the Railway Recruitment Board’s examination procedure.

The All India Students Association (AISA) has called for a state-wide bandh on Friday to protest suspected anomalies in the Railway Recruitment Board’s Non-Technical Popular Categories (RRB-NTPC) exam 2021.

After some students complained that there were inconsistencies in the RRB recruiting procedure, protests erupted across the state. Thousands of students across the state were enraged by the government’s plan to conduct two computer-based examinations (CBT) for the RRB Non-Technical Popular Categories (NTPC).

On January 14, the CBT-I results for Group-D jobs were issued, short listing individuals for CBT-II. The protesters stated that this recruiting criterion was made clear in the initial RRB announcement soliciting applications. They said the notice only mentioned one exam.

The RJD, Congress, CPI, and CPI(M) said in a joint statement issued here on Thursday that Bihar has the most young people in the country and the highest unemployment rate. Both the Central and Bihar governments are defrauding students.

“It keeps promising them jobs, but when they go out on the streets and demand them, the Nitish Kumar administration showers down baton on them.”

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