The unprecedented incident occurred here on Friday, according to a report published in Anandabazar Patrika on Saturday.
These 390 applicants have decided to terminate their lives after failing to get an appointment years after passing the examination. The state administrative tribunal had given orders for their employment after they had appealed but yet nothing happened.
Finding no other way, the individuals who have been undergoing severe hardships in leading a normal life, approached the constitutional head of the state with an appeal to end their lives voluntarily.
The PSC examination for appointment in some government jobs was held during the Left Front rule. But since the government got changed after that, it became the duty of the new Trinamool Congress government to give appointment to these people. The PSC had even sent the name panel but nothing happened thereafter. The candidates set up a Adhikar Mancha (forum for rights) to raise their demands for job.
State finance minister Amit Mitra had assured a few months ago that the candidates would be given appointments soon but no initiative was taken on the ground. Mitra couldn't be contacted after the candidates applied for voluntary death on Friday, the report said.
The applicants said they will wait for the administration's permission till May 20 and will go to the state secretariat if no response is received. Meanwhile, the Governor's office reportedly asked them not to take such a drastic step and assured them that Governor M K Narayanan will do whatever he can do within his jurisdiction.
The Forward Bloc Youth League has backed the demand of the Adhikar Mancha.