Gujarat Congress working president Jignesh Mevani yesterday said that Jayesh Sarvaiya from Gondal, Rajkot, committed suicide on Friday because the state government did not provide clear information regarding the availability of government jobs. Addressing a press conference in Ahmedabad, Mevani said that Sarvaiya’s death is not a suicide but a murder by the state.
Sarvaiya committed suicide after failing to clear the examination for a government job. In his suicide note, he reportedly said that he has been forced to take this extreme step because he had no clear view of the future. He has also said that his dream of a government job had shattered and he did not see any other way out.
Mevani said that government should be responsible and declare the number of job vacancies and also precise dates of examinations. Youth who are aspiring for government jobs have anxiety and depression because of uncertainty over exam dates and the number of vacancies. “The boy in his suicide note has written that in Gujarat, there is no fixed date of exams (for a government job), with no clue as to when exams will be held despite preparing for it… Exasperated with the situation and seeing that there is no other option for him, this 23-year-old died by suicide… Like how the hooch tragedy is not just a latthakand, but a hathyakand, similarly Sarvaiya’s death is in a way murder by the state government,” he said.
Furthermore, the Vadgam MLA said that the state government must declare a number of government job vacancies and also specify a time period in which it plans to fill these vacancies. “Government must declare in how many days the vacant government posts will be filled. There is no such announcement. They won’t declare how many such posts are lying vacant as well. If you don’t fill such vacancies, others like Jayesh Sarvaiya will be forced to take such steps…He (Sarvaiya) wrote in his suicide note that his only wish was to pass the bin sachivalaya clerk exam to get a government job. However, he was forced to take up menial labour work,” he said.
Mevani also informed that he and some other Congress members will be visiting Sarvaiya’s on Monday at Gondal.