Kannadigas overwhelmingly successful in PET

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Hubli, Jan 10 (UNI) Even as the controversy over Kannadigas being sidelined in the recruitment process in South Western Railway (SWR) was raging, SWR General Manager Praveen Kumar today said at least 623 Kannadigas qualified out of the total 1,746 candidates for Physical Efficiency Test (PET).

Addressing a press conference here, he said 38 per cent of Kannadigas got through the PET, while only 124 Biharis were successful in the test.

The rest accounted from Maharashtra, Goa, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh.

The PET had been put off for three months, following a request from Karnataka Home Department and the recruitment process might begin after the situation eases, he said.

Mr Praveen Kumar, while giving details of applications received for recruitment of 'D' Grade staff, said that out of the total four lakh applications 1,03,000 were from Karnataka, 61,000 from Bihar and the remaining 2,00,700 were from other states.

To a question, he denied that three special coaches were allotted to bring candidates from Bihar to Hubli, Mysore and Bangalore for the recruitment process.

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