Thousands of youth from neighbouring states including Bihar and Jharkhand started pouring into the city a day ahead of appearing for their examination for jobs in group D rank of the state government.
Around 25 lakh job aspirants will be appearing for the examination on Saturday and 5.50 lakh of the total examinees are from the neighbouring states. Thus, thousands of them started reaching Howrah and Sealdah stations since Friday morning.
Most of them were found to be new to the city and they approached the police to get information that how can they reach to their respective examination centres.
There was a heavy rush in front of all the police kiosks outside both the stations. Many were found waiting in the stations itself and they said that they will start for the venues of their examination on Saturday morning.
Interestingly, many students from Bihar whose examination centres are in Malda reached Howrah Station this morning without knowing that it would have been easier for them to reach the venue directly instead of trying to reach the venues in North Bengal via Howrah.
Policemen posted at the kiosks outside both the stations were found helping each and every such job aspirant by providing necessary information.
The state government had held a high-level meeting on May 16 to ensure availability of all necessary facilities so that the job applicants could reach their respective examination venues without facing any trouble. The stress was mainly given on transportation facilities. The state Transport department has taken all necessary steps so that job aspirants do not face any trouble in getting buses to reach their destinations. At the same time, railway authorities had also assured timely running of trains on the day of the examination.
According to a senior police officer, there will be posting of policemen at all the examination centres. There will also be women police at the examination centres. Steps have been taken to avoid traffic congestion that may lead to the harassment of the examinees. The police officer said that breakdown vans will be kept ready at strategic locations so that roads could be cleared on an immediate basis if snags develop in any vehicle. The step has been taken to avoid traffic congestion.
Meanwhile, Superintendents of Police of every district were informed to deploy additional policemen to manage traffic.