Railroad exam protest: ‘Bihar Bandh’ observes in solidarity with candidates | 5 Top Developments – Archyde

Students’ outfits observed a nationwide “bandh” in Bihar on Friday. The call for a “Bihar Bandh” was issued by students protesting the Railway Recruitment Board (RRB) exam format.

The “Bihar Bandh” was mostly peaceful, with isolated incidents of clashes between protesters and police personnel.

However, traffic was disrupted in parts of the state as Bandh supporters planted burning tires at city intersections and on highways. Passengers also reported some delays on trains running from Patna Junction.

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There were also reports of police arrests of Bandh supporters who tried to intimidate shopkeepers into closing their shutters. So far, however, no arrests have been made in this connection.

What are the students protesting against?

Protests erupted earlier this month after the Railway Recruitment Board announced the result of admission tests for the Non-Technical Popular Category (NTPC). A tender for this test was first advertised about three years ago.

Aspirants who showed up for the first computer-based test (CBT) say the Railways Recruitment Board is a long way from completing the selection process for 30,000 job vacancies for NTPC.

They also oppose the RRB’s decision to introduce an additional screening test for group D. Those jobs are not highly skilled and a complex selection process is unnecessary, said many who attended Friday’s Bihar Bandh.

Protesters also claim that many candidates were registered under multiple role numbers.

Top 5 developments:

1. The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) on Friday evening call a meeting by top Indian Railways officials to review the audit process. Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw has already announced the formation of a committee to deal with complaints from protesting students.

2. Bihar BJP chief Sanjay Jaiswal wrote a Facebook post on Friday to urge aspirants to remain calm. “Ashwini Vaishnaw is a former IAS officer who began his career by passing a tough competitive exam. Mine really earned his MBBS after much academic rigor. she [students] can count on us,” Jaiswal wrote.

3. The call for “Bihar Bandh” was welcomed not only by opposition parties, including the RJD, the Left and Congress, but also by NDA allies VIP and HAM.

4. BJP MP Subramanian Swamy said on Twitter on Friday: “The story is that the Modi government is now planning to privatize the railways. This is related to the repeated cancellation of entrance exams in the states. I warn the government to make their position clear, otherwise youth riots are inevitable”.

5. Indian Railways issued an FAQ on Friday morning explaining the recruitment process. “Recruitment for the remaining posts is ongoing. RRBs have conducted computer-assisted testing (CBTs) on approximately four million candidates over the past three and a half years despite the Covid-19 pandemic,” the statement said.

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