PIL claims MPSC violated quota norm

A PIL filed in Bombay High Court (HC) has claimed Maharashtra Public Service Commission (MPSC) appointed men to posts of town planners allegedly reserved for women.

The PIL filed earlier this week by activist Sunil Kate says MPSC floated an ad on Aug 11, 2008, inviting applications for 20 posts of town planners.

While 10 of the posts were to be filled from the open category, the remaining were reserved three for women and one for a sportsperson.

"MPSC misused powers by recruiting wrong persons in women and sports categories," the PIL claimed.

HC asked the petitioner to join candidates recruited by MPSC as respondents and listed the case for hearing after two weeks.

The PIL further alleged MPSC filled 20 posts based on interviews. The advertisement, however, clearly stated candidates would have take a written test, Kate claimed.

Of the 470 applications received by commission, 68 were by women, PIL claimed. However, not a single woman was selected for reserved posts, it said.

The petitioner said he had made a representation to the secretary, urban land development department, regarding the alleged misuse of powers by MPSC in selecting candidates for posts reserved for women and sportspersons.

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