Bhubaneswar, October 15 (LocalWire): A group of lawyers from Bhubaneswar Bar Association have sent a petition to the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) highlighting the plight of youths who have come to Bhubaneswar for the Army recruitment drive.
The petition highlights that thousands of applicants seeking a job in the Bihar Regiment are having a harrowing experience spending the night under open sky since there is no arrangement for their accommodation.
“We are extremely disturbed to see the condition of the youths from six states including UP, Bihar, MP, Uttarakhand, and Odisha who have congregated at Bhubaneswar to appear for the recruitment process scheduled at the campus of the 120 battalion here from 14 to 20 October,” the petition stated.
The petition called upon the apex rights body for issuance of directions to the authorities concerned and Odisha chief secretary to provide accommodation facility for the job applicants.
The applicants mostly hail from poor families and are being forced to spend their night on the road, as hiring a room in a guest house is beyond their financial means.
“It’s insensitive on part of 120 battalion authorities not to provide accommodation to the youths. It’s distressing to see the misery of applicants for army jobs. They were sighted sleeping on the pavements,” a member of the local bar association Bijaya Kumar Panda said.