‘79 selected candidates yet to receive appointment letters’
The Communist Party of India and the All-India Trade Union Congress have demanded a CBI inquiry into the alleged irregularities in the railway recruitment to Group D posts conducted by South Western Railway.

Addressing presspersons here on Sunday, Balachandra Gangur, B.A. Mudhol and Prabhakar Bidnal of the CPI and Devanand Jagapur of the AITUC alleged that although the organisations had raised the issue of irregularities in recruitment and some candidates had issued legal notices to the recruiting authorities, there was no reply.
Consequently, 21 candidates had approached the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) in Bangalore through their advocate, R.M. Javed, seeking justice. The tribunal had issued notice to the General Manager of SWR, the Railway Ministry and the Chief Personnel Officer of the zone, they said.
Standby list
Mr. Mudhol and Mr. Jagapur pointed out that after the candidates moved the CAT, SWR officials had notified on its website that the 79 candidates whose names it had earlier mentioned in the ‘standby’ list, had been appointed through an order dated January 30, 2013. However, till date none of the candidates had received the appointment orders, they said.
They said their fight would continue till the candidates received their appointment orders.
Mr. Jagapur said the issue of filling up posts under the unreserved quota with candidates belonging to the reserved quota had also been questioned before the CAT. He said that under the unreserved quota, only 595 general candidates had been selected along with 459 candidates belonging to the Scheduled Castes, 499 belonging to the Scheduled Tribes, and 687 belonging to the other backward classes.
Mr. Mudhol said that subsequently, in the recruitment for 3,007 posts in 2010, as many as 300 eligible candidates had not been asked to appear for document verification and medical examination despite having qualified in both PET (physical efficiency test) and the written examination.
“We will also question the same before the tribunal,” he said.
South Western Railway had called applications to fill 4,701 Group D posts in 2007. After having suspended the process following violent protests seeking reservation for Kannadigas, the Railways, subsequently, continued the process after making some modifications to give equal opportunity to local candidates.

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