Mumbai: With thousands of farmers in Maharashtra continuing their protest, the Maharashtra government on Sunday issued an advisory asking the students appearing in the Secondary School Certificate (SSC) examination to reach their respective examination centres before time to avoid any hassles.
The advisory was issued keeping in view the farmers' scheduled protest outside the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly on Monday.
At least 30,000 farmers led by the All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS) had reached Mumbai late on Sunday and will head to the Maharashtra Assembly and press for their demands on Monday.
Traffic on most of the roads would be blocked due to the farmers’ march so the Maharashtra government advised the students appearing for the Secondary School Certificate (SSC) examination to reach their centres before time on Monday.
Maharashtra Education Minister Vinod Tawde has tweeted, “In light of Kisan Long March, SSC students appearing for exams tomorrow are advised to ensure that they reach exam centres well beforehand to avoid delays. Concerned officials are hereby instructed to ensure safety & well-being of the students, safeguarding their academic future.”
In light of #KisanLongMarch, #SSC students appearing for exams tomorrow are advised to ensure that they reach exam centres well beforehand to avoid delays. Concerned officials are hereby instructed to ensure safety & well-being of the students, safeguarding their academic future.
— Vinod Tawde (@TawdeVinod) March 11, 2018
Nearly 17 lakh have been registered to appear in Maharashtra State Board’s SSC examination.
The students will appear for the Mathematics examination tomorrow.
Meanwhile, the Mumbai Police had also put traffic restrictions in place for Sunday when the farmers marched into Mumbai.
The Mumbai Police have said that the Eastern Express Highway south-bound from Anand Nagar Toll Plaza till Somaiyya Ground will remain shut for heavy vehicles and all kinds of vehicles carrying goods from 9 am till 10 pm today.
The farmers’ march started on Wednesday from Nashik and the farmers have planned to ‘gherao’ the Maharashtra Vidhan Sabha after reaching Mumbai on March 12.
The Shiv Sena also extended their support to ongoing farmers protest against the failure of Devendra Fadnavis government.
The state government had announced loan waiver of Rs 4,000 crore last year.