New Delhi, July 30: The Ministry of Railways on Monday said it has allocated examination centers to about 71 percent candidates in their own or nearby cities. “It is important to note that more than 47 lakh candidates have applied for the examination. Maximum care has been taken to allocate centers to the candidates in the same or nearby cities,” the ministry said in a statement. “More than 71 percent candidates i.e. about 34 lakh candidates, have been allocated centers within 200 kilometers,” it said.
The ministry’s response came after Congress MP from Bihar’s Supaul raised the issue of distant examination centres during Zero Hour in the Lok Sabha. “It is pertinent to point out that about 99 per cent persons with disabilities and women candidates have been provided centres within 200 km itself,” the ministry said. It said in some states, the number of applicants was much more than the available capacity of suitable exam centres equipped with critical security features such as CCTV, frisking, metal detectors. Railways said that out of the 26,502 vacancies, only 2,292 are for railway units in Bihar, the remaining 24,210 vacancies pertain to other regions. (IANS)