Biased Indian Railways
Injustice to Assam by the Railways is not new. Our past experience reveals that when Nitish Kumar, Lalu Prasad Yadav and Mamata Banerjee were the Railway Minister, one of their top priorities was to recruit as many youths they could from their respective states in the Railways. We were complacent enough about the fact that with BJP as the ruling dispensation in the centre, such discrepancy meted out to the youths of Assam would not be there. But our speculations received a severe jolt when we start noticing certain negative phenome. The much hyped running of the Ja-Satabdi Express from Dibrugarh is yet to take off as the train has been standing statiory in the New Dibrugarh Station (Banipur) for quite some time. The officials of the Railways Tinsukia Division are reluctant to speak on the matter saying that their high ups prevent them from making any comment as transpired from the news aired in the electronic channels. We fail to understand why our leaders blow their trumpet. Another report in a highly circulated vercular daily suggests that the Railway authority is all set to appoint 225 technicians from outside the state in Dibrugarh and Bongaigaon. The report further suggests that many youths from Assam passed the written test for ‘Assistant Loco Pilot and Technician Categories’. At a time, when the unemployment problem assumes a serious proportion, many youths even are contemplating to join the insurgent outfits and this sort of apathy on the part of Indian Railways is not at all acceptable. Minister of State for Railways Rajen Gohain also maintains a deafening silence on these burning issues confronting Assam. We blame our student Unions for agitating on trivial issues, but now when they raise their voice against the injustice, can we blame them?