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Aggrieved candidates move High Court

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, Jan 31 - Several selected candidates have moved the Gauhati High Court after the Assam Gramin Vikash Bank allegedly failed to appoint around 209 candidates selected for various posts through an all-India competitive exam nine months back. Examinations for filling up various posts of the Regional Rural Banks were held in 2016.

�The prelims were held in November 2016, followed by the mains in December and the interviews in January 2017. The results were declared in March and provisional allotment given to 209 candidates on March 10 itself,� a selected candidate said.

The posts were those of Officer Scale I, Officer Scale II, Officer Scale II and office assistants. �Every time we approach the bank authorities, they say the sponsor bank UBI has not given the approval for the appointments,� said the candidates.

However, the candidates claimed that UBI has given approval for the appointments in the other three RRBs under its jurisdiction � one each in Manipur, Tripura and Bengal. �In fact, we were told that the waiting list results of the candidates were also out for the other banks. We don�t know why this bias in case of Assam Gramin Vikash Bank. We have learnt that the bank is staff-starved and running with half the employees. Since April last, over 60 staff of the bank retired. They are in need of staff, but for reasons unknown the posts are not being filled despite the candidates being selected,� the candidates alleged.

All the other 55 RRBs in the country are learnt to have absorbed the selected candidates. At least 22 selected candidates have moved the Gauhati High Court, stating their grievance.

The candidates now fear that many of the selected candidates would cross their age limits if the appointments are further delayed. The age limit for office assistant is 28 years and that of Scale I officer is 30 years.

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