Maharashtra CM Fadnavis govt against backward class, say affected PSI recruits

Mumbai: The 148 Police Sub-Inspectors (PSIs) who belong to Scheduled Castes, Tribes (SC/STs) and Special Backward Class (SBC) who were denied promotion after completing 10 months of training have taken to the social media to air their anger against the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led government.

These policemen have spread messages against the BJP government terming it as ‘communal Bharatiya Janata Party’ government. Ramnath Pokale, the deputy commissioner of police, special branch, has submitted his report on October 9, to Sunil Porwal, the additional chief secretary (home) and Padsalgikar to take a serious view of this situation.

The report stated, ‘the message claims DG is with us. But the government and secretaries are against us. Do they not want officers from backward class? Do they want to recruit from other caste by accpeting bribe from them? Unfortunately, we do not have a legislator from our community who can raise our issue in the assembly.’

Pokale further stated, the message on social media passed around said, ‘the fate of 148 PSI from backward class is under threat. Everybody should stand behind these officers. They are from poor backward class family and have reached this position through hard work and have completed their training. However, at the time of posting, the Maharashtra government has said, when the reservation in promotions is implemented, we will consider about promotion.’

Promotions of these 148 policemen out of the 154 recruits who were trained, were cancelled after the Maharashtra Administrative Tribunal (MAT) passed an order against the state government, but gave a relief to these recruits. The MAT asked the Maharashtra government to give the SC/STs and SBC police recruits their original posts, which even after a week has not happened. On the contrary, they were sent back to their previous lower posts.

Praveen Dixit, member of MAT and former DG, while speaking with The Free Press Journal said, “Until and unless the Supreme Court will either allow or deny reservation in promotions, the issue will not be sorted. The government cannot act against any order of the Bombay High Court or apex court, else the state will face contempt of court.”

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