TAMIL NADU

Recruitment of north Indians at railway workshop flayed

The Tamizh Desiya Periyakkam has condemned the recruitment of a large number of candidates from north Indian states for the post of Grade- III technicians at the Golden Rock Railway Workshop here, “ignoring eligible candidates from Tamil Nadu.”

In a statement, the outfit’s president P. Maniyarasan appealed to Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami to intervene in the issue and take it up with the Centre to stop the recruitment and make necessary arrangement for employment of eligible candidates from Tamil Nadu in the railway workshop.

Mr. Maniyarasan pointed out that the exercise of verification of certificates of 540 candidates selected through the Railway Recruitment Board for the post of Grade-III technicians at the workshop was currently underway. Barring very few candidates from Tamil Nadu, a vast majority of them were from north Indian States besides Andhra Pradesh and Kerala.

He said even during the COVID-19 pandemic period candidates from north Indian states were given employment, ignoring eligible candidates from Tamil Nadu.

The Railway Act Apprentices of the State were not given employment in the railways and many of them remained unemployed.

The Periyakkam had been consistently fighting for providing 90% of jobs in railways and Central government-owned undertakings and offices functioning in Tamil Nadu to the candidates from the State.

The outfit demanded that the railway administration completely withdraw the orders issued for recruitment of north Indian candidates at the workshop and wanted the selection of eligible candidates from Tamil Nadu.

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