JORHAT, May 30 - The Jorhat district unit of the AASU staged a demonstration against the ONGC, Assam Arakan Basin, headquartered at Cinnamara on the outskirts of Jorhat on May 28 and 29 against the alleged apathy towards local unemployed youths by the company due to which many youths were �deprived� of sitting in the All India Trade Test (AITT) examinations held on May 29.
AASU Jorhat district assistant general secretary Bijoy Shankar Bordoloi said that 230 trained apprentices of Jorhat and Golaghat districts could not appear in the AITT held on Wednesday by the Skill India Mission under the Union Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, because ONGC had �failed� to upload the sessional marks and other details in the company website on time.
Bordoloi said that the youths had undergone an apprenticeship training programme at ONGC here in December 2018 and were eligible for the examination, but they could not appear as the ONGC authorities did not upload details of the trainees on to the company website. �If they (youths) passed the test, they would get an additional five marks during the interview,� Bordoloi stated.
The AASU leader said that members of the student body and several deprived youths staged a protest in front of the Cinnamara-based headquarters of ONGC since Tuesday following which a meeting was convened by the district administration on Wednesday to discuss the matter. He stated that a representative of ONGC also attended the meeting.
Bordoloi said that in the meeting, the ONGC representative said that the Director General of Training (under the Union Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship) has issued a directive for holding another examination for those candidates who could not appear on Wednesday.
Bordoloi said that several similar complaints had been lodged with the DGT by many deprived candidates.
The ONGC representative further informed that the date of the examination for the left out candidates would be announced by June 11, the AASU leader stated. Bordoloi said that AASU would not allow any interviews for recruitment of apprentices by ONGC until the results of both the exams are announced.