Pune: The sportspersons from across the State have organised a meeting in the city on Friday to discuss over and point the attention of the government towards the issue of candidates appearing for Maharashtra Public Service Commission (MPSC) Examination producing fake sports certificates to avail the benefit of 5 per cent reservation under sports quota.
Speaking about the issue, Vaibhav Jadhav, a national-level weightlifter who is also appearing for the MPSC examinations, said, “The national level sports players get 5 per cent reservation in MPSC under sports quota. However, many of my fellow sportspersons have noticed that there are many candidates who are acquiring and producing bogus certificates in order to clear MPSC and get jobs through the 5 per cent quota.”
“We have organised this meeting with the players from several districts in the State in order to get names of those who are indulged in such illegal activity and collect proofs against them,” Jadhav added.
He also stated that Sunil Kendrekar, Commissioner, Sports and Youth, has assured to take action against the candidates if there are any complaints.
“Kendrekar told us to give the names, whatever number we have got, and then action will be taken against those found guilty. He also said that they have already suspended six police inspectors who had acquired the job by producing fake sports certificates,” Jadhav added.
“Apart from the injustice that we have to suffer, we also face humiliation from the other candidates. While we are true sportspersons, we also have to answer questions like how much did you pay to get the sports certificate, and this hurts. That is why we have decided to take the issue seriously and will be doing all that we can to identify those involved in such practice.”