The state cabinet has recently cleared recruitment of 12,538 police constables.
The letter also states that the existing height requirement for the recruitment purpose should be relaxed for tribal youths from Gadchiroli and Gondia districts, who are shorter than their counterparts in other regions because of their genetic profile. Janjagaran has demanded implementation of a GR issued in 1991 by the state in this regard.
The letter signed by Nitin Ronghe, Sandesh Singalkar, Narendra Palandurkar and Dilip Narwadia states that as per Article 371 (2) of Indian Constitution and Clause 8 of Nagpur Pact, all three regions of the state — Vidarbha, Marathwada and Rest of Maharashtra — are supposed to get a share in state government jobs in proportion to their population. The share of Vidarbha comes to 23%. However, the actual share of the region is far less than this figure.
In 2014, Sudhir Thakre, chairman of Maharashtra Public Service Commission (MPSC), had written a letter to the governor stating that the share of Vidarbha in government jobs was only between 5% and 8%, which is very shocking.
After the governor and political leaders took note of this letter, the government had set up a committee under the then finance minister Sudhir Mungantiwar to find out the share of each region in government jobs. Mungantiwar committee did not undertake any exercise, but in monsoon session of 2019, he announced in the state assembly that share of Vidarbha in state government jobs was 26.28%. This figure is unrealistic and highly inflated. Mungantiwar has not been able to substantiate it, the activists claimed.