Assam woman alleges facing discrimination on her job application due to surname
GUWAHATI | JULY 24, 2020:
A woman hailing from Assam has alleged that her online application at the government-run National Seed Corporation Limited (NSCL) was rejected due to her surname.
One Priyanka Chutia from Gogamukh town in Assam is a Masters in Agricultural Economics and Farm Management and belongs to the Chutia (pronounced as Sutiya) community which is one of the oldest ethnic groups.
She took to social media account last week and posted her grievances, "…And the reason is nothing but my surname and the portal keeps on saying to use 'proper naming' words. I feel really sad and frustrated at times explaining people that I am not using slang but it's a community where I belong," she wrote on social media.
Chutia is an offensive slang word in the Hindi language.
Later, the Master's graduate finally wrote to NSCL about the problem and a day later her registration was accepted. She had put up the social media post so to make people aware of the matter.
The technical help desk at NSCL said, "There was a technical flaw in the code for filtration of the name of the candidates which was rectified in early stages."