GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
Ministry of Railways
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO 2152
TO BE ANSWERED ON 19.12.2008
Candidates Prevented to Appear in Recruitment Test Due to Violence
SHRI RAJEEV CHANDRASEKHAR
Will the Minister of RAILWAYS be pleased to state:-
(a) the category and number of posts for which recruitment tests were conducted by Railways in Maharashtra recently;
(b) whether many candidates for these tests were prevented to appear due to violence;
(c) if so, the number of such candidates and whether they would be allowed to appear in similar tests in future though over aged due to this incident and if not, the reasons therefor;
(d) the names of places outside Maharashtra where similar tests were held on the same day; and
(e) if such tests were not held outside Maharashtra, the reasons therefor?
MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
(DR. R. VELU)
(a) to (e): A Statement is attached.
STATEMENT REFERRED TO IN REPLY TO PARTS (a) TO (e) OF UNSTARRED QUESTION NO.2152 BY SHRI RAJEEV CHANDRASEKHAR TO BE ANSWERED IN RAJYA SABHA ON 19.12.2008 REGARDING CANDIDATES PREVENTED TO APPEAR IN RECRUITMENT TEST DUE TO VIOLENCE
(a): Recently Railway Recruitment Board, Mumbai conducted examinations on 24.08.2008, 05.10.2008 and 19.10.2008. There were disruptions in the examination held on 19.10.2008 for the posts of Assistant Station Master - 134 vacancies, Enquiry-cum-Reservation Clerk - 38 vacancies and Goods Guard - 346 vacancies.
(b): At Mumbai, there were 144 examination centers, out of which disruptions were reported in 19 centers.
(c): There is no exact information available as to how many candidates could not appear due to disruption in the examination held on 19.10.2008. The examination process of Railway Recruitment Board, Mumbai has been held in abeyance. Candidates allotted to these 19 centers will be given a chance to re-appear for the said examination.
(d) & (e): Railway Recruitment Board, Mumbai caters to the staff requirements of Central, Western, South East Central Railways and Nanded Division of South Central Railway. The jurisdiction of Railway Recruitment Boards is on the basis of administrative units of the Railways and is not based on the State boundaries. The examinations are normally held by the Railway Recruitment Board in its respective jurisdiction. As all the eligible candidates could well be accommodated in Railway Recruitment Board, Mumbai’s jurisdiction, there was no need to hold the examination outside its jurisdiction.