377 MPSC candidates’ wait for training continues

Pranita Roy
Monday, 8 July 2019

Initially, my relatives and friends were very excited about my selection and appreciated it, but now they look suspiciously at me, whether I have really cleared the examination
— Abhinav Bulare, Selected for State excise post

PUNE: Even after a year has passed, 377 candidates of Maharashtra Public Service Commission (MPSC) batch 2017 are waiting for their training to start which was supposed to begin in August 2018.

The delay in joining was due to a legal case filed by few candidates challenging the seat reservation for 17 women candidates, who being from reserved categories, had applied in open women category. This has kept around 360 candidates’ future on hold.

A recent date of hearing was on June 28, but it got postponed to July 11. The candidates have stated that if the judgement does not come, then they will again go on a hunger strike. 

Earlier, this year in February, they had withdrawn the hunger strike after Chief Minister (CM) Devendra Fadnavis had given a verbal assurance to begin their training.

The results of Maharashtra Public Service Commission (MPSC)  2017 were declared in May 2018. Among these candidates several were selected for posts including additional collector, deputy superintendent (DySP), Tehsildar and others.

The candidates have expressed that while the new recruits will resume to their work from August 1 this year, these 360 candidates are still unable to join due to the pending decision in the Bombay High Court (HC).

They have stated that inspite of the fact that the judgement doesn’t concern to their eligibility for the ranks and post, yet because of prolonged case on 17 women candidates and their posts, the rest of them are suffering. 

A 34-year-old candidate of MPSC 2017 batch from Malegaon was selected as a chief executive officer of a municipal council but now has been jobless for a year. “I was a teacher earlier. I left that job because after I cleared MPSC examination, my document verification and other procedures for recruitment were almost complete. However, because of the legal case, it has been a year that we couldn’t join on our given positions last year,” he said on the condition of anonymity.

In between this year, he has started to prepare for next MPSC main examination to be held on July 15. His mother has been diagnosed with cancer recently. “If I had resumed on that post, then I would have gotten my mother better facilities and treatment for her disease,” he said. 

After waiting for a year, the candidate has finally admitted both his daughters to a nearby school in his village. “I was expecting to relocate because of the duty. Therefore, had kept my daughter at my wife’s maternal home. We brought them back this year and have enrolled in a school here,” he added.

Abhinav Bulare (24) of Latur district had cleared the examination in his first attempt and got selected for superintendent of state excise post. “I don’t have financial constraints at home but it has been a year that am sitting idle at home. This is frustrating. Initially my relatives and friends were very excited about my selection and appreciated it, but now they look suspiciously at me, whether I have really cleared the examination,” said Bulare who has completed his graduation in mechanical engineering in 2016.

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