Members of various organisations, along with candidates who had applied for jobs in South Western Railway staged a protest here on Friday, alleging that there were irregularities in recruitment to Group D posts. South Western Railway, however, said that the recruitment process was transparent.
The protesters staged a demonstration outside the office of the divisional railway manager under the banner of the Communist Party of India (CPI), Congress and other organisations.
Leaders alleged that 79 eligible candidates (Employment notification no. 01/2007) had still not been issued appointment orders. These candidates had been marked “standby” by the Railway authorities.
The manner in which recruitment was being carried out pointed towards corruption in the process, they said.
Even in the recruitment being carried out now (Notification No. 02/ 2010), injustice had been meted out to candidates, they claimed. In the process initiated for the selection of 3,007 candidates, 6,600 candidates cleared the written examination and 3,600 cleared the PET (Physical Efficiency Test). As per its rule, the total number of candidates called for verification of document should have been 20 per cent more than the required number of vacancies.
However, only 3,330 candidates had been called for document verification, which gave room for suspicion, they said.
The protesters urged the Railway authorities to immediately set right the anomalies and provide justice to the eligible candidates. They said they would be forced to intensify the agitation if no remedial steps were taken.
Meanwhile, advocate R.M. Javed served a legal notice on the Chief Personnel Officer, Railway Recruitment Cell, Divisional Office Compound, SWR, Hubli, on behalf of his client, Chandrashekar Laxmappa Mullalli, asking why his client’s name hadn’t figured in the provisional list released by the Railways despite he having cleared both the written examination and PET.
Through the legal notice, the advocate sought for immediate corrective steps and said that he would be forced to approach competent authority or court, seeking remedy.
Mr. Javed also filed an application under the Right to Information Act, seeking details of the recruitment process.