Despite the campaign by the Shiv Sena and the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) that Maharashtrians are neglected in central government jobs, the staff selection commission (SSC) claims that locals do not apply for jobs despite easing norms for them.
The SSC is the recruitment agency under the Government of India to hire for non-gazetted and non-technical posts in various ministries of the government.
NK Raghupathy, chairman of the commission, said steps are taken to encourage local Maharashtrains to apply for jobs.
“We give advertisements in local vernacular papers as well as allow them to answer exams in Marathi. We also take their interview in Marathi,” said Raghupathy.
“We do not discriminate and want them to join in large numbers.”
Last year, 5,907 applicants were selected from the western region by the SSC.
According to KB Jagtap, regional director, SSC, western region, local applicants are low in numbers as employees can be transferred across the country.
“They want jobs in the state itself,” he said.
However, both the Sena and MNS stuck to their stance.
“Selection is made on basis of surnames,” said Mehraj Shaikh, Sena corporator.
“Our youngsters are ready for transferable jobs, but such excuses are made just to show us in bad light.”
MNS corporator Sandeep Deshpande said the whole process was engineered to keep out Maharashtrians.
“They don’t advertise properly. They take all steps to drive us out and to accommodate North Indians.”