A woman's online job application was denied because of her surname - Chutia.  The Assamese woman Assam's Gogamukh, has a master’s degree in Agricultural Economics and Farm Management.

Her application was rejected by the government-run National Seed Corporation Limited (NSCL).

When Priyanaka Chutia applied for a job at NSCL, her registration was left incomplete because of her surname. The online job registration portal of the organisation asked her to use "proper naming" words.

"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 to 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 us 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."

Chutia told The News Mill that her intention was not to file any complaint against the organisation, rather she wanted to make people aware.

She also requested people from her community to work on getting their identity recognised rather than fighting over petty issues on Facebook.

When Chutia mailed the help desk of the organisation, she received a system-generated mail. A day later, her registration was accepted but she was unable to move ahead with the job application due to other problems. "I am unable to move ahead and apply for the job as other problems cropped up. I don't know how to fix it," she said.

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