Post-graduates, women vie for porter's job in Uttar Pradesh

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A more or less similar scene was enacted this week in Agra, the city of Taj, when hundreds of applicants, including post-graduates and women, underwent physical tests for the post of porters with the Railways. The candidates sweated it out in the hot sun at the sprawling Railway Institute grounds in the Cantonment area.

“The applicants were made to perform different types of physical exercises from eight in the morning to three in the afternoon,” said Anumpam Saxena, a member of the selection committee before which the tests were held. He said a total of 417 people, including women, had applied for 332 vacancies of porters. The physical tests were conducted in batches and lasted for two days.

In one of the tests, the applicants were made to run carrying a sack weighing 25 kg, Saxena added. Asked whether the post-graduates and women underwent the test, he said barring one, all the applicants successfully cleared the physical examination.

While the male applicants had to clear a distance of 300 metres in three minutes, the time limit for women was four minutes. “I have no problem in doing the job of a porter.... I can work like males,” Mudra Devi, a candidate who qualified the test, said. She also felt that a woman porter has several advantages over male ones.

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