Railway minister Ashwini Vaishnaw on Wednesday asked job aspirants to not engage in the destruction of public property as the authorities will take due action on the basis of such acts which the government categorises as “unlawful” and are representative of the “highest levels of indiscipline”.
Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw assured job aspirants that their grievances would be resolved as candidates went on a rampage over alleged irregularities in a recruitment exam by the public transporter.
Earlier in the day, the ministry suspended the Non-Technical Popular Categories (RRB NTPC) and the Level 2 exams after reports of vandalism by job aspirants from different parts of the country came to light.
His comments came after violent protests by job aspirants erupted in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh. Vaishnaw said the Railways is in touch with chief ministers and the issue is being handled “sensitively”.
“I urge the candidates to put forth their grievances formally. Our intention is to resolve this issue quickly. A committee has been formed and it will examine representations by the candidates,” he said.
Around 1.25 crore candidates had applied for the exams that had advertised over 35,000 posts from level 2 to level 6. Protestors squatted on rail tracks at several places on Tuesday, hampering train movement in the state. Several trains were cancelled or ran on alternative routes on account of the protests.
(With inputs from agencies)