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Sunday, 22 November 2015

Disabled panel chief helps candidates

The timely intervention of the state commissioner for the disabled came to the rescue of over 300 disabled candidates, who took the Railway Recruitment Board (RRB) exams, after high drama on Thursday. The commission has written to the railway ministry and the railway recruitment board to conduct exams again for the candidates, who were left in the lurch, not being able to appear for online tests.
The physically challenged candidates, including ones with severe disabilities, were asked to take RRB exams on the third floor of an exam centre in Vidyaranyapura. With no lifts, they were left in the lurch. The computers too failed uring the online exams. After the commission's intervention, RRB agreed to conduct the exams again, the commissioner, KS Rajanna, told Bangalore Mirror.

The exams were organised to fill up backlog vacancies under the physically challenged quota, said officials. Of the eight centres in the state, Bengaluru had six centres .

"We got a complaint over phone around 11 am from candidates who were made to undergo hardship. The exam centre was to carry out the online tests in three sessions at 9 am, 1 pm and 5 pm. The test centre was on the third floor. We rushed to the place, to find that there was no lift facility. Candidates with severe disabilities were not able to climb. Witnessing their plight, RRB officials agreed to postpone the exams," said Rajanna.

The commission sought that exams be conducted afresh across the state. However, RRB brass maintained that it could be done with respect to the test centre alone, the commission said.

Source: Bangalore Mirror, 20th Nov 2015

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