By- Staff Reporter | Date- February 24, 2012
Activists of All Assam Student’s Union (AASU) and Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuva Chatra Parishad (AJYCP) yesterday chased away candidates from other States who had come for taking interviews for various third and fourth grade posts in the NF Railway. As per reports, about 400 candidates from Bihar alone were driven away by the activists.
Interview for 3,061 third and fourth grade posts in the NF Railway was going on at the Railway Stadium at Maligaon in Guwahati when suddenly AASU activists barged in and chased away candidates belonging to other States. They also managed to stop the entire interview process.
Speaking to media persons later, officials of NF Railway informed that the State Government has been informed and that security measures will be tightened the next day when the interview for the posts resume. NF Railway officials also made it clear that they would not bow down to AASU.
On the other hand, The All Assam Students’ Union(AASU) and Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuva Chatra Parishad(AJYCP) who have always been fighting for the rights of the indigenous youth of Assam made it clear that all NF Railway posts, especially the third and fourth grade posts, in the Northeast must be filled up only by indigenous youths.
It is to be mentioned that there have been many instances in the past where applicants from Bihar was chased away in Guwahati while appearing in Railway Openings. One such incident in 2003 had led to a series of Violence and clashes between Bihar and Assam, where hundreds lost lives. On the other hand, NF Railways too have been repeatedly accused of being biased towards recruiting candidates from Bihar and Bengal in third and fourth grade jobs in Assam, without giving any preference or importance to the long demand to recruit locals and indigenous of the region.
It is to be mentioned that the rate of increase of unemployment in Assam is close to 5%, which being higher than the national rate of 2.3% demands available jobs to be fulfilled by Indigenous wherever possible.