Pune: The National Students' Union of India (NSUI) has threatened to launch a state-wide protest if its demand to increase number of posts filled through the Maharashtra Public Service Commission exams is not met.
The NSUI alleged that the number of posts has shown a drastic drop in the past five-six years, despite a large number of vacancies.
“Around 22 lakh students fill the state services exam form conducted by the MPSC every year. Of these 10 lakh appear for the exam. However, there are only 69 posts this year, which is unjust considering the number of students appearing for the examination. This will leave many candidates unemployed and discourage the students,” Amir Sheikh, President, Maharashtra State NSUI, said.
The demands of NSUI include declaration of over 450 vacant posts for MPSC candidates; declaration of waiting list for every post; separate examinations for posts of PSI, STI and ASO, which were recently combined by MPSC; and implementation of the Tamil Nadu pattern, wherein the examination is planned only according to convenience of students.
“While the posts declared vacant for MPSC candidates was 367 last year, the number has been reduced to 69 this year. The number has been dropping for the past five-six years despite the availability of 44,000 Class I and II and 1.25 lakh Class III and IV vacant posts,” Sheikh added.
He said the NSUI is planning district-wise protests starting from February 26. If the demands are not met within 15 days, the NSUI will plan a huge protest march across the state.
Over 20,000 MPSC students recently protested across the State for similar demands.