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After Gujarat, Maharashtra postpones public service exams

The latest decision to postpone the MPSC exams followed a high-level review of the pandemic situation in Maharashtra

Friday April 9, 2021 8:30 PM, ummid.com with inputs from IANS

MPSC Exam Postponed

Mumbai: A day after Gujarat Public Service Commission (GPSC) deferred all exams scheduled in April, Maharashtra too announced to postpone the state Public Service Commission in view of the rising number of Coronavirus cases.

Announcing this, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Friday said:

"In view of the massive Covid-19 spread, the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government has decided to postpone the Maharashtra Public Service Commission (MPSC) exams scheduled for April 11."

"The government has decided to postpone the MPSC's pre-service non-gazetted Group B Joint Pre-examinations, 2020. The fresh dates of these exams shall be announced later after a review of the Covid situation in the state," he said.

The Maharashtra government had earlier postponed the MPSC State Services Prelim Exams scheduled to be held on March 14. The government's decision was received with a massive protest following which the exam was held on March 21.

The latest decision to postpone the MPSC exams followed a high-level review of the pandemic situation with Home Minister Dilip Walse-Patil, Revenue Minister Balasaheb Thorat, Urban Development Minister Eknath Shinde, Water Resources Minister Jayant Patil, Relief & Rehab Minister Vijay Wadettiwar and others.

Also present was Leader of Opposition in the Council, Pravin Darekar of the BJP, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena President Raj Thackeray, besides top government officials.

"Age Protection"

Thackeray added that the postponement would not be detrimental to the students in any manner, and they would be given age-protection while filling up the forms.

He sought the opinions of all the alliance partners comprising Shiv Sena, Nationalist Congress Party, Congress, the Opposition parties and students representatives, many of whom demanded putting off the exams in view of the pandemic and the infections shooting up phenomenally since last month.

Currently, the state Covid-19 tally stands at 32,29,547 with 57,028 deaths and 521,317 active cases, as per official figures.


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