GUWAHATI, June 22 - Expressing concern at the alleged deprivation of candidates from the North East in railway jobs, the All Assam Students� Union (AASU) today said that in view of the �discrimination� meted out to north-easterners in railway recruitment, there should be a separate employment zone for the north-eastern states.
�There is reason to believe that there has been a deliberate and sinister ploy by vested interest lobbies from outside the State to deprive candidates from the North East in matters of railway recruitment.
Apparently, the Union Railway Ministry and the Central government are a party to the malpractice. It needs to be ensured that such a discriminatory practice is stopped,� the AASU said in a statement.
The AASU added that it is all the more shocking that such anomalies and injustice to north-easterners can take place at a time when Rajen Gohain is the Union Minister of State for Railways and when the State and the Centre have the same BJP government.