Appointment row in Matsyafed too; 90 staff to be regularized without PSC

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The PSC notification was issued days after submitting the recommendation for regularization.

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Thiruvananthapuram: The govt has recommended to regularize appointment of 90 contractual staff in Matsyafed (Kerala State Co-operative Federation for Fisheries Development), where the PSC initiated appointment procedures. Among them, 88 are working in recognised posts and two in non-recognised posts.

A high-level meeting held in the minister's chamber also decided to recommend for regularization of the posts after changing name of the designation. It was decided to change the name of extension officer to project officer (community development), refrigerator mechanic to office attender and watchman to worker.

The PSC notification was issued days after submitting the recommendation for regularization. Matsyafed administrative committee recommended to regularize the staff who completed 10 years of service on March 31, 2020. The contractual staff are made permanent in 13 categories where PSC appointment should be conducted.

It is pointed out in the recommendation letter that majority of them belong to backward communities and passed the age limit to be appointed by the PSC. A special notification issued in February 2017 had directed that appointments in Matsyafed should be made through PSC only. However, this was violated for regularization of contractual staff.

113 temporary employees who completed 10 years were regularized by the previous government also. As the appointments in Matsyafed were handled by PSC since 1995, no permanent appointments were done directly.

Though the rule was accepted in 2016, the PSC has not issued notification. Taking advantage of this, the administrative committee recommended to the fisheries director for regularization of staff. After 25 days, PSC notification for 162 posts was issued on November 16.

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