Kerala: Degree holders can no longer apply for peon, attendant posts in co-op societies

Biju Paravath

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Thiruvananthapuram: Over qualified candidates will no longer be considered for peon, attendant posts in co-operative societies across Kerala. The government has amended rules, limiting the maximum qualification for the posts as Plus Two.

While the government had tried to introduce such a rule in the past, it was heavily criticised citing that peons and attenders were eligible for promotions to higher ranks, later on in their career. Hence, the move was deemed unfair on graduates, back then.

Peons, attendants who have passed SSLC and own a diploma in co-operative management will be promoted to the post of clerk-cashier, after three years of service. The government can allow concessions in special cases as well.

Even while overqualification is deemed as ineligibility, it is a common practice to allow concessions to applicants, for serving political interests.

Recently, the government amended the regulations for the promotions of employees’ in co-op societies. When three people are promoted as assistant secretary, one individual has to be directly appointed to the post. Such regulations are put in place for co-operative societies with a minimum investment of Rs 20 crores.

However, several organisations have criticised the newly introduced reforms by the government saying that it will adversely affect the chances of employees getting promoted during their service period.

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