Center Withdraws ITI Requirement from Railway Recruitment Test

Protestors block railway track in Patna on Thursday.

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Patna: After a day of anarchy that included blocking of railroad tracks in Patna followed by police-protestors clash on Thursday, the Central government bowed under pressure and announced a change in its railways recruitment testing policy that would no longer require the Group D test candidates to have a certification from ITI or NCT as a prerequisite.

In a tweet made on Thursday, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal announced the change in the recruitment policy surrendering to the demands of the candidates who had been protesting in Bihar for the past week or so for dropping the prerequisite that asked the candidates to have ITI or NCT certification.

It may be recalled that earlier this week, the government also decided to roll back on the age limit for the Group D test raising it from 28 to 30.

As reported, the railway ministry had earlier reduced the age limit from 31 to 28 thus raising the ire of students across the state.

While senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad took credit for changing the mind of the Indian Railways on the age issue, it was Bihar Deputy Chief Minister and BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi patted himself on the back saying it was he who had requested the Railway Minister to drop the ITI requirement as a prerequisite for appearing in Group D recruitment test.

Modi, congratulating Goyal for his decision, said the change would help thousands of students in Bihar.

Meanwhile, it was a day of chaos and anarchy at the railway track near Bahadurpur in Patna on Thursday where hundreds of irate students blocked the track for hours demanding a change in the test policy. They also burnt tires on the tracks causing Katihar Intercity Express to be stranded for more than two hours.

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