Terming the committee formed by the Union railway ministry to look into the concerns raised by the aspirants of alleged irregularities in Railway Recruitment Board's NTPC stage 1 exam results as a "hoax", student union All India Students Association and other youth organisations have called for "Bihar bandh" on Friday and refused to bog down despite the formation of the committee.
AISA general secretary and Bihar MLA Sandeep Saurav along with others in a press statement said that the committee formed by the ministry is a "conspiracy" to postpone the matter till the elections in Uttar Pradesh.
"There is no doubt on the questions being raised by the candidates. This massive movement of student youth, who are facing extreme unemployment, has arisen at a time when there is an election in UP. Under the pressure of this, this proposal of the Government and Railways has come and a conspiracy is being hatched to postpone the matter till the elections," they said.
Earlier, all chairpersons of RRBs were directed to receive the grievances of candidates through their existing channels, compile these grievances and send the same to the committee.
Candidates were given three weeks time up to February 16, to submit their concerns and the committee after examining these concerns will submit their recommendations by March 4.
Meanwhile, in view of the students' agitation regarding alleged irregularities in the Railway Recruitment Board exam, the railway ministry has decided to suspend both the Non-Technical Popular Categories (NTPC) and Level 1 tests scheduled to be held on February 15 and February 23.
According to a spokesperson, the ministry has constituted a committee that will listen to the views of the candidates who cleared or failed and following that the committee will submit its report to the ministry. Only after that, would the ministry take a decision regarding the exam.
The job aspirants blocked the New Delhi-Kolkata main railway tracks and some others protested in Bihar's Arrah and Sharif railway station. The protesters also allegedly set a train on fire in Arrah.