February 16, 2021: Due to the Bharat Bandh call given by Congress protesting against the fuel price hike, the RRB NTPC 2020-21 Exam aspirants who were travelling by road through buses faced difficulties to reach the exam centres. The RRB NTPC 2020-21 Exam was conducted at 21 exam centres across five cities of the State.
The aspirants had appeared for the RRB NTPC 2020-21 Exam at only 12 exam centres in Bhubaneswar, four centres in Cuttack, two centres at Sambalpur and Berhampur and one center at Dhenkanal for different clerical posts including Good Guards, Junior Assistants, and others.
Most of the examinees were waiting for the bus at Jakarta in Jaipur district as they had to reach the exam centre located at Phulnakhara which is on the outskirts of Bhubaneswar. One of the examinees said that they had boarded the bus on Sunday night and reached Jakarta and were not aware of the Bharat Bandh in and across Odisha. Due to which many of the examinee failed to appear for the RRB NTPC 2020-21 Exam on Sunday.
Another examinee said that they got the opportunity to appear for the RRB NTPC 2020-21 Exam after 3 years and due to Bharat Bandh, they missed the exam. Around 4000 Aspirants from Odisha, West Bengal, and Jharkhand had enrolled for Monday's sitting, but only 23% of the total aspirants had received the first sitting. While 58% of the aspirants had to appear for the second sitting of the RRB NTPC 2020-21 Exam on Monday.
Owing to Bharat Bandh, train services in the East Coast Railway (ECoR) were partially affected. Bhubaneswar-LTT special was also detained at Bhubaneswar station and many other trains were detained at the nearest stations.
Even the plying of the buses across the state was stopped from 7 AM till 1 PM. After the duration, few buses were allowed to reach its destination. And most of the buses started plying after 2 PM and were not allowed to run during the Bharat Bandh hours.
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