State government to set up a war room to speed up recruitment for 72,000 posts

As per the issued Government Resolution (GR), the Marathas would be eligible for 16 per cent reservation in the available 48 per cent government posts from the open category

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The Government Resolution (GR) issued on Wednesday clarified that the newly introduced Socially and Educationally Backward Class (SEBC), also referred as Marathas, can avail 16 per cent reservation benefits for the 48 per cent vacancies in government jobs. In order to speed up recruitment for 72,000 posts, the state government has set up a war room at Mantralaya.

According to an official from the General Administrative Department (GAD), the state is planning to conduct recruitment of all posts in a single phase by February end instead of recruiting in two phases, as had been decided earlier, before passing the Maratha reservation bill in the legislature. 

On Wednesday, the GAD issued a GR stating the Marathas would be eligible for 16 per cent reservation in the available 48 per cent government posts from the open category. Marathas cannot avail a share of 16 per cent from among the 100 percent vacant posts, the GR stated.  

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The posts will be in agriculture, public health, home, animal husbandry, public works, water resources, water conservation, fisheries, and urban development departments.

In order to handle mega recruitment drive, the state set up a war room on the seventh floor of the Mantralaya on Wednesday. One of the senior officials said that the state wants to finish the recruitment process before the code of conduct will be imposed for the Lok Sabha polls. 

To save time, the state might issue an order delegating powers to the district collector or tahsildar to fill some posts at the ground level. The process of filling 36,000 posts had begun earlier but was stalled after the Marathas had raised objections, demanding it is deferred until reservation came into force.

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