Protest hits job drive

More than 200 students from different private-run ITIs across Jharkhand, Bihar and Bengal staged a demonstration during a placement drive at the government-run ITI in Dhanbad on Monday, alleging "stepmotherly" treatment.

By Our Correspondent
  • Published 24.03.15
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Candidates protest in front of the ITI in Dhanbad on Monday. (Gautam Dey)

More than 200 students from different private-run ITIs across Jharkhand, Bihar and Bengal staged a demonstration during a placement drive at the government-run ITI in Dhanbad on Monday, alleging "stepmotherly" treatment.

According to the protesters, Electrosteel Steel Limited had allowed only those from government-run ITIs to sit for the interview. They also accused the recruiter of fixing an age criterion in order to nix their chances.

Speaking to The Telegraph, a protester, Lakshman Kumar Singh from Bihar, said, "I came all the way from Samastipur for this interview. The advertisement published on all leading dailies did not mention that the jobs on offer were only for those from government-run ITIs. The company should have specified the eligibility criteria."

Pradip Kumar Sharma, another protester from Bokaro, added that the recruiters also decided on an age criterion at the last minute. "Those aged between 17 and 25 could only sit for the interview. No age limit was mentioned in the advertisement," he added.

The situation turned so ugly that ITI authorities had to seek cop cover to carry on with the job drive.

Placement officer at ITI, Dhanbad, Rakesh Kumar, said, "Though the advertisement was explicit, we had to allow everyone as the protest was hampering the whole process."