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HC directs Maharashtra to ensure power supply at exam centres

Expressing concern over load shedding, the Bombay High Court directed the Maharashtra state government today, to ensure uninterrupted power supply to all exam centres during HSC and SSC examinations in October 2014.

A bench of Justice Abhay Oka also asked the state to come out with an action plan within a fortnight about how it proposed to tackle the load shedding situation at exam centres during the March-April examinations in 2015.

The bench was hearing a contempt petition filed by activist Vishnu Gawli which alleged that there was load shedding at exam centres during examinations.

Later, the state assured today that it would ensure that all exam centres get uninterrupted power supply during 2015 examinations, though it had claimed earlier that there is a shortage of generators and that such a facility was also “harmful” for students.

However, the court observed that the state has been changing its stand frequently and that it should take a firm stand about providing uninterrupted power supply during examinations.

Earlier, the court had also pulled up the state for its apathy towards students suffering due to load shedding in schools during examinations.

“Why there was no load shedding during festivals? Why only load shedding at examination centres,” it had asked.

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