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Candidates of ‘Mahavitaran’ on hunger strike as state government fails to give them justice

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A massive protest was organized by the candidates of Mahavitaran at Mumbai’s Azad Maidan for unfair changes in the rules and to remove the legal hurdles in the Mahavitaran Electricity Assistant Recruitment process.

The candidates have come to Azad Maidan from different parts of the state and plan to sit on a hunger strike until justice is served.

“Mahavitaran had announced 5000 posts for the Electrical Assistant (Vidyut Sahayak) through the advertisement in the year 2019. This recruitment of 5000 posts took 3 years to conclude. Mahavitaran selected and appointed only 1633 eligible candidates after releasing a selection list for 4534 posts,” allege the protesters.

In the next stage of the said selection process, Mahavitaran released a waiting list of 2269 posts on 2 February 2022 with Mahavitaran’s rule of social reservation. Also, regional division vice document verification of 2128 candidates completed on March 3 and 4, 2022, but candidates who got selected for SEBC to EWS category filed a PIL (Public Interest Litigation) in Aurangabad bench of Bombay High Court demanding the appointment be made on the basis of merit in the open category. After which, the Aurangabad bench gave interim stay to all appointments of the open category.

According to candidates, “Mahavitaran did not give any appointments to candidates of other caste categories as the interim stay is only for candidates of open category.”

“Mahavitaran did injustice to us by changing the rules of the waiting list. Our life will be destroyed and the Maharashtra government and Mahavitaran are responsible for this,” a protesting candidate said.

Candidates further said, “We have requested several times through letters and visited government offices and Mahavitaran to complete the recruitment process, but we are not receiving any kind of attention. If our demands are not seriously considered we will not suspend the hunger strike under any circumstances. It should be noted that if there is any loss of life during the fast the state government and Mahavitaran will be responsible for it.”

Earlier, candidates did protest at Azad Maidan from August 22 to 24, 2022 and the Chief Minister of Maharashtra gave assurance to give us justice also, but candidates choose the way to protest of hunger strike after being disappointed by Mahavitaran and the Maharashtra government.

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Vivek Gaikwad
Vivek Gaikwad
I'm a Journalist. Currently working for Afternoon Voice from July 2022. Graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Multimedia and Mass Communication from M.D. College, Mumbai. I love to know and learn about new things. I want to pursue my career in Investigative Journalism as well as I love Photojournalism. Except journalism, I love to watch films and filmmaking.
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