RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav demands nearby rail exam centres for Bihar candidates
Yadav requested the minister to reconsider the exam process and allot centres to candidates which are near to them.
RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav today wrote to Railway Minister Piyush Goyal, asking him to reconsider the computer-based rail exam process and allot centres to poor candidates from Bihar near their hometowns, alleging that they have to undergo mental and physical harassment.
Alleging that the candidates have to travel more than 1,500 km to reach their centres for their August 9 exam, Yadav, in the letter said that most of them belonged to poor families and each has to spend around Rs 2,000 to Rs 3,000 just for railway tickets.
"Will the candidates be in any state of mind to appear for the exams after travelling so much? Also with the reputation of the Indian Railways of forever being late, candidates have to reach their centres two days in advance. Then they will have to look for a place to stay.
"In some cases, there are only trains once a week in that case candidates have to reach their destination a week in advance. In these cases women candidates will almost not sit for the exam," Yadav said.
He questioned Goyal on the need for causing such harassment for the candidates.
"What is the railways' compulsion or plan that made it necessary for them to make poor candidates from the state spend Rs 5,000 and cause them mental and physical harassment in order to appear for a test?
"Couldn't the exam be held in their own home states?" he asked.
Earlier yesterday, the railways had issued a clarification that more than 71 per cent candidates appearing for the August 9 exams for the posts of the assistant loco pilot and technicians have been allocated centres within 200 km of their cities.
In a statement, the railways said while 34 lakh candidates have been allocated seats in the same city or in nearby cities within 200 km, about 40 lakh or 83 per cent have been given seats within 500 km.
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