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Explained: Why is #JusticeForRailwayStudents trending?

Twitter often sees several hashtags gain momentum. One such hashtag that has received a lot of attention in recent times is #JusticeForRailwayStudents. This hashtag On the 1st of December emerged as one of India’s top trends with over 8 million tweets.

Job aspirants looking to work at the Indian Railways have been conducting a major online campaign over the past few days, protesting the delay in the recruitment process by the Railway Recruitment Board. Railway Recruitment Board is an organisation under the Government of India that manages the appointment of new employees to work in the Indian Railways.

The national transporter, Indian Railways, is the biggest recruiter in the country. Every year Indian Railways announce lakhs of jobs for graduates, 10+2 and matric pass candidates. Against the vacancies, the Railways receive crores of application forms. The recruitments of the railways are handled by the Railway Recruitment Boards (RRBs) and Railway Recruitment Cells (RRCs). RRBs are mandated with the responsibility of conducting recruitment to different categories.

The #JusticeForRailwayStudents campaign has lakhs of aspirants tweeting in protest of 2 things to be specific,
The delay in announcing exam results and further updates for the RRB NTPC (Non Technical Popular Categories) Exam, and exam dates for the Group D exam.

The full form of NTPC is Non- Technical Popular Categories. This exam is conducted all over India to appoint candidates as Commercial Apprentice, Traffic Apprentice, Traffic Assistant, Goods Guard, Assistant Station Master, etc.

RRB Group D exam is conducted by the Railway Recruitment Board on behalf of the Railway Recruitment Cell. RRB Group D exam is conducted by RRB to recruit eligible candidates for various posts like Helper/Assistant Pointsman, Track Maintainer, etc.

While these are two major demands of the students, some of the other demands include conducting of the IRMS exam which is the UPSC test for Indian Railway Management Service and requesting the RRB to release more vacancies in Indian railways.

Now that we have addressed what the students are demanding, let’s understand how the delay in announcement of results and the dates for these exams poses challenges for railway students.

Students say that, the RRB, In 2019, announced a vacancy for 1,03,769 seats, but the board has yet to conduct all of the exams and disclose the results.

The hashtag is an attempt to draw the Railway Recruitment Boards’ attention to some major issues that students preparing for Railway exams have been facing for at least 3 years now.

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Lamenting that it has been over 1000 days since the job notifications were issued in 2019, many aspirants spoke of financial difficulties and lack of other job opportunities, urging the Union government and railway authorities to speed up the recruitment process.

Many candidates registered for the exam in early 2020, but owing to the corona scare, their results were halted.

Apart from that, for over 1000 days, almost 1 crore railway applicants have been waiting for the RRB Group D 2019 test update.

In the case of NTPC posts, while the first stage Computer Based Test which is the CBT-1 was conducted from December 28, 2020, to July 31, 2021, candidates have been saying that there has been no update over the declaration of results or the next steps in the selection process, although five months have passed.

The delay on behalf of the Railway Recruitment Board has the job aspirants worried, as many of them have remained unemployed while waiting and preparing for the exams, while some of them have also passed the age of recruitment in this period.

While some are persistently waiting, others rue of a sense of frustration is creeping into them.

Students have thus resorted to taking to Twitter using the hashtag #JusticeForRailway to demand not only an explanation from the Railway Board for the delay but also, justice for their hard work.

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