Thiruvananthapuram: The General Administration secretary KR Jyothilal criticised the secretariat employees who went on leave to prepare for Kerala Administrative Service exam. He said that the employees should either leave their jobs and then prepare for the exams or cancel their leaves and get back to duty. In the letter he sent to the Chief Minister, he also said that if the employees avail leave and attend KAS exam, then they can be disqualified from their service.
More than 50 secretariat employees went on leave to prepare for the KAS exam. The prelims are scheduled to take place on February 22. Majority of the employees have applied for two months leave. Jyothilal, in his letter, claims that this has affected the working of the secretariat. The absence of employees will derail the working of various departments, especially when the Assembly session is approaching.
The general administration secretary has accused employees of lacking in social commitment as they try for another job while in service. He also added that the attitude of those employees should be discouraged as they care only about their careers.
The CM is yet to take a decision on the matter. The employees’ union hopes that Pinarayi Vijayan will not support the argument put forward by KR Jyothilal. The second and third stream of KAS is meant exclusively for government employees.
There are 4800 employees in the secretariat. Out of this more than 300 of them have applied for KAS. They will return to service after the prelims of KAS.