ITI applicants demonstrate outside head post office, Dhanbad, on Thursday. Picture by Gautam Dey
More than 200 ITI aspirants staged demonstration in front of Dhanbad’s head post office on Thursday to protest against non-distribution of application forms and prospectus for admission.
The protesters also blocked NH-32 for more than an hour from 11am, throwing traffic out of gear.
Issued by Jharkhand Combined Engineering Competitive Examination Board, forms for admission into ITIs across the state for the 2014 session were supposed to be distributed from the post office from Wednesday.
But the forms have not yet arrived from the board office in Ranchi, prompting the post office to defer the distribution process to Friday.
What irked the students more was that they were not informed about the deferment by anyone.
“I was supposed to accompany my father to a doctor. But I could not go as I had to collect the form. Then after coming here, I came to know that forms are not being distributed today (Thursday),” said Rohit Yadav, a resident of Dhaiya in Dhanbad.
Mahuda resident Ashok Singh Yadav was, in fact, told by post office employees on Wednesday that forms would be available from Thursday.
The agitation was withdrawn after post office officials assured the students that forms would be available from Friday. Dhanbad office-in-charge Akhileshwar Chaubey mediated the talks.
Senior superintendent of the post office Nawal Kishor said, “Late dispatch of forms from the board office led to this chaos. Distribution will start from tomorrow (Friday). We hope to receive the forms by Thursday evening.”
Senior post master S.K. Chourasia said a special counter would be set up at the post office for distributing the forms. “Around 2,300 forms are suppose to reach us,” Chourasia added.