A woman from Assam recently complained about her job application being rejected at an online portal of government-run, National Seed Corporation Limited (NSCL) because of her surname.
She complained about the online registration portal of the organisation asking her to use “proper naming” words when she tried to fill her full name. Priyanka has a masters degree in Agricultural Economics and Farm Management.
“And the reason is nothing but my Surname and the portal keeps on saying to use proper naming word. I feel really sad and frustrated at times explaining people that I am not using slang but it’s a community where i belong,” Chutia wrote on Facebook.
She added, “We really need to do something to identify ourselves and make recognisable nationally. This is not the first time. Imagine yourself going for a presentation and the panel laughs at you at the very first introduction speech.”
She in the post urged her community to help surname like these get recognised nationally. Chutia told The News Mill that her intention was not to file any complaint against the organisation, rather she wanted to make people aware.
When she sought help from the technical team at NSCL, the team said that they were aware of the technical flaw. “There was a technical flaw in the code filtration of the name of the candidates which was rectified in early stages,” NSCL said in an email statement.
Chutia (also spelled as Sutiya) is an ethnic group from Assam.