March 12, 2021: Maharashtra CM, Uddhav Thackeray has announced on Thursday, March 11, 2021, that the MPSC Preliminary exam would be held by March 22, 2021. The exam was supposed to be held on Sunday, March 14, 2021, but the Maharashtra Public Service Commission has delayed it again due to the rising cases of Covid-19 in the state.
The MPSC examination was actually supposed to take place in April 2020 after which it has been constantly delayed. This new decision has sparked protests from the students which has led to their blocking the Shastri Road in Pune.
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Pune is a hub of coaching centres for many UPSC and MPSC preparing classes. One of the aspirants, Mahesh Bade asked, “Is the government waiting for the students to commit suicide?” and after the CM’s announcement said that they wanted the exam to be conducted on March 14 itself. He also claimed that a 28-year-old aspirant who was a part of their protest has suffered a heart attack and is now admitted to an ICU.
In a televised message, the CM has declared, “The Preliminary Exam will be held within eight days from March 14. The announcement of the new dates will be made tomorrow, this is my promise to you.” Before this, the announcement of the delay was made by the Relief and Rehabilitation Department in a circular.
However, this time, the Congress leader and the Relahibilitation Minister Vijay Wadettiwar claims that he did not have any idea about this. He tweeted saying, “The decision has been taken on the secretary level without even discussing the issue with me. I know nothing about it...there will be inquiry in this matter.”
Even the Senior Congress leader Prithviraj Chavan has questioned the logic behind this decision. He was reported saying in Pune, “If the government can permit weddings, hold budget sessions, and conduct exams for the health department, then it is wrong to cancel the MPSC examination.”
BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis has also tweeted demanding the reversal of the decision, “The exams have been pushed forward already and it would result in the loss of opportunity for many students who invest their best years in preparation.”
NCP MLA, Rohit Pawar, who is also the grandson of the Party Chief Sharad Pawar has tweeted that the exam can be conducted in a fair and safer manner. BJP MLC Gopinath Padalkar, who had joined the students in their protest in Pune, has been detained by the police who were trying to disperse the students.
For more information about the MPSC exam, follow their official website at www.mpsc.gov.in.
*The article might have information for the previous academic years, please refer the official website of the exam.