Bihar Students who took the Railway Recruitment Board’s (RRB) Non-Technical Popular Categories exam 2021 staged a protest and blocked railway tracks at Rajendra Nagar Terminus in Patna on Monday, disrupting train services in parts of Bihar. The “inaccurate exam results” enraged the demonstrators.
On January 15, the results of the RRB Non-Technical Popular Categories (NTPC) computer-based test (CBT) for shortlisting candidates for the CBT-2 were released.
Students were against the government’s decision to hold two exams.
Dr Chandrashekhar Singh, the district magistrate of Patna, said the protests disrupted train services for nearly five hours. He went on to say that the perpetrators would face consequences.
“This isn’t the way to solve a problem.” Dr Singh stated, “We’ll take action against the main perpetrators and file a case against them.”
Because of the squatting on the tracks, East Central Railway’s (ECR) chief public relations officer Rajesh Kumar said five trains originating from the station had to be cancelled for the day. The Tejas Rajdhani, Sampoorn Kranti Express, and Mumbai-bound Lokmanya Tilak Terminus Express were among them. Five other trains that pass through the station had to be diverted as a result of the incident.
After Dr Singh and SSP Manavjeet Singh Dhillon’s efforts to pacify the agitators failed, the district administration used “mild” force to disperse the protesters.
“In this case, a formal complaint has been filed. The protesters are thought to have been instigated by those who run competitive exam preparation centres. All those found to be complicit will be prosecuted “According to a press release from the district administration.
At 10.05 p.m., the protesters were finally removed.
What the protestors have to say
The protesters claimed that the RRB notification issued in 2019 only mentioned one examination. They accused the officials of meddling in the students’ futures.
They claimed the RRB had cheated them. In the afternoon, the students gathered at the Rajendra Nagar Terminus to begin their protest.
What the Ministry of Railways has to say
When the results were announced on January 15, the issue was brought to light. The Ministry of Railways responded with a clarification, stating that the second stage exam was clearly stated in the notification.
“While the first stage CBT was a single exam for all candidates, the notification clearly states that the second stage CBT will be a separate exam for each group (Levels 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6) with varying graded levels of difficulty. As a result, all posts at the same level will have the same 2nd stage CBT,” the ministry stated.
It goes on to say that if a candidate is eligible and has chosen more than one level (based on educational qualifications), he or she must take the corresponding 2nd stage CBT for each level.
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