Protesters demand ministerial level talks; appointment for one in five PSC rank holders

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The PSC rank holders said that they will not end the protest just because the government decided to stop its regularisation drive.

Protesters lay siege to Secretariat | Photo: Mathrubhumi

Thiruvananthapuram: The protesters outside the Secretariat on Wednesday demanded ministerial level talks to resolve the issue regarding appointments row.

The protesters, including the persons included in the rank list of Last Grade, were responding in the wake of the government halting the regularisation of temporary employees.

“We demand appointment for 1 out of 5 included in the present rank lists. We welcome the decision to stop the regularisation drive. This is expected to help create new posts,” they told reporters here.

However, the PSC rank holders said that they will not end the protest just because the government decided to stop its regularisation drive.

“We agree that there will be a need to appoint employees on a temporary basis. But we oppose extending it for 10 to 15 years and then regularising them. Why is the government reluctant to make such posts permanent and appointment candidates from PSC rank lists?” they asked.

The CM had claimed record high retirements from services last year. But this was not reflected in new appointments. So, we don’t expect any magic to happen in the coming three months, they added.

We are ready to end the protest the minute the government responds positively. This is not a political protest. Our lives are at stake here. The protest is staged only to convey our distress to the government, the protesters further said.

Earlier in the day, the government had decided to halt the procedures to regularise temporary employees in wake of the state-wide protests. This decision will reflect on the various departments where regularisation was not carried out recently.

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