Trigger Warning: Mention of Suicide
On the first day of a two-day monsoon session of the Maharashtra Assembly, the Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra Ajit Pawar informed that the posts for which the Maharashtra Public Service Commission (MPSC) examinations were completed will be filled up on the basis of priority by July 31, 2021.
The announcement comes after the suicide of an MPSC aspirant, Swapnil Lonkar, who had successfully passed the preliminary and main examinations in 2019. He had not secured a job yet as the final interview was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Deputy CM has assured that the government would sympathetically consider providing financial assistance to the family of the deceased.
Moreover, it was said that the state government would create an atmosphere where no such steps are taken in the future.
He added, “Due to COVID, several functionaries are affected, the same is with MPSC exams. Still, I’d say that Swapnil shouldn’t have taken such an extreme step.”
He continued with talking about the discussion with cabinet meeting over this on July 4. They will be meeting GAD i.e. General Administration Department today and will take immediate steps. Also, they will look into the aspects of helping the family of Swapnil Lonkar.
Political as well as student leaders have asked Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray to ensure the timely conduct of examinations alongside providing jobs to the students that are unemployed.