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MPSC exams to be held as per schedule on October 11

As per reports, some organizations representing the Maratha community demanded that the examination be postponed till a solution is taken regarding the Maratha reservation. However, officials have decided to conduct the exams as announced earlier.

MPSC exams to be held as per schedule on October 11
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The state government, on Tuesday, October 6, 2020, announced that the Maharashtra Public Service Commission (MPSC) examinations will be held as scheduled October 11, 2020. The information was shared by the commission and said that the directives for the same were being considered based on the decision by the Supreme Court. Further, officials have also clarified that both the examination and recruitment will be held as said by the government.

Earlier this week, on Monday, October 5, 2020, the Maratha Kranti Morcha was held at the MPSC office in Mumbai keeping the Maratha reservation in mind, with a demand that the MPSC exams should not be held until the reservation category of Maratha students is decided. However, observing the same, the leaders of Maratha Kranti Morcha had met Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar, asking for a solution.

Reports state that some Maratha organizations have opposed the MPSC exams and stated that the same be postponed until a solution is offered by the government regarding the Maratha reservation. But officials have stated that the examinations have to be conducted as scheduled.

Members from the protest claimed that several states in the country have more than 50 per cent reservation for a selected group or community. However, the Supreme Court has not adjourned their cases to date, and they posed questions regarding a 'different decision' taken only for Maharashtra.

The Maratha reservation was announced by the state government in 2018, whereas per law, provision was made, whereby 16 per cent seats at the educational institutions and for government jobs were reserved for the applicants belonging to the Maratha community. The same was challenged in the court recently, and the Bombay High Court upheld the reservation. Officials stated that while the law was in accordance with the constitution, the quota should be reduced and cannot be 16 per cent, as planned.

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