First lady staff in Bevco outlet; Shiny makes history
Paravoor: The years long ‘male dominance’ in the Beverages Corporation is going end soon, as PSC has decided to consider women for job positions in beverages outlets. Shiny Rajeev (43), who has been included in the LDC rank list of PSC, is appointed in the Ernakulam Puthanvelikkara Kanakkankadav beverages outlet.
Shiny has been given the responsibility to keep the register of stock and sale of various branded liquor. Due to her ambition to become a teacher, Shiny had completed B.Ed in social science and appeared for HSA examination of PSC, she was not included in the rank list. Meanwhile, she was appointed as last grade assistant in Puthanvelikkara Panchayat office 3 years ago. She got the new appointment while working there.
Shiny said that she had to engage in a legal fight to get this job. As per the PSC notification, Shiny had secured 526th rank in the exam conducted for Kerala State Beverages Corporation in 2010. The women who secured higher ranks were appointed in the head office of the corporation. But later she happened to know that the men who secured lower ranks than her had been appointed in the corporation. Shiny and six other women filed a writ in the High court against this discrimination in 2012. They had also informed in the writ that they were willing to work in the beverages outlets.
According to Kerala Abkari Act, women should not be appointed for sale of liquor, which is why the corporation did not consider women for appointment. Meanwhile, the court observed in 2017 April that gender-based discrimination while appointing from the published rank list is unconstitutional., which helped Shiny to get the job.
Shiny reported before C. M. Sunil Kumar, the manager of Chalakudy warehouse of Beverages Corporation, on Thursday morning. By noon, she joined in the Kanakkankadavu outlet. The working hours of the shop is from 10 am to 9 pm. Shiny’s husband Rajeev is a farmer. Their son Charvakan is a 2nd year graduate student and daughter Sabari is a student of 9th standard. Shiny said that the job is not difficult and that her colleagues cooperate with her from the very beginning.