Cops recruitment in Maharashtra: Candidates can now apply for over 1 category

Mumbai: Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis today issued an order to annul the condition of rendering candidates ineligible if they have applied  or more than one category during their police recruitment process.

Also, in a major relief to 15 police constables who were declared ineligible for having applied for more than one category during their recruitment, Fadnavis has rescinded the decision and issued directions to take them back in service.

As per the recruitment rules and conditions, candidates are not eligible if they apply for more than one category. Hence, the Nagpur police administration had in September, 2014 issued orders to terminate the services of these 15 constables.

The constables, meanwhile, had petitioned the Chief Minister arguing that although they had applied for more than one category, they had accepted job in one place only hence they be reabsorbed in the service.

"The Chief Minister has cancelled the condition of rendering candidates ineligible if they have applied for more than one category during their police recruitment process," an official from the Chief Minister's Office said.

"The CM also sought information about the matter (regarding the constables) and put in his remark that the action of the constables in applying for more than one category was not that serious and after having completed the rest of formalities to dismiss them from service for a minor mistake was not proper," he added.

"The CM issued orders to the Home department to take back the 15 constables back in service. The move has given a  huge relief to the affected constables," the official said. Among the 15 constables were Rajendra Bhagat, Nilesh  Gadekar, Sitesh Chaurasia, Sahadev Chikhale, Sachin Kanojia, Prashant Bhoyar, Nilkamal Ingole, Komal Borkar, Radhika Pachve and Mukesh Shripad.

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