PUNE: The Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) has demanded that the locals should get a priority in jobs during Metro rail work. The party has conducted a meeting with Maha-Metro officials to press for their demands.

“The percentage of Marathi workers is very less in the Metro project. Around 80% of the security personal, guards, skilled and unskilled workers are from other states such as Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and West Bengal. It is violation of law and the state government’s directives,” a statement issued by the MNS said, adding, “We are not against the Metro rail initiative. But we just demand that locals should not be ignored in the process of allotting jobs for this project.”

According to the statement, the MNS has demanded that job-fare and recruitment drives should be carried out by Metro rail corporation. A wide publicity should be given to such programmes in local media. It will help in attracting more and more local talent for the project.

The statement added that the party had staged agitation to raise their demand. But they have not been approved yet. More protests will be carried out in the days to come.

As per the Metro officials, they are considering the demands raised by the party.

“Some jobs of the project will be given only to the locals. The knowledge of local areas, language as well as culture will be must for these positions. We are planning to provide these responsibilities to the locals,” said Brijesh Dixit, MD of Maha-Metro.

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