Kozhikode: Favouritism has apparently become the new normal for appointments in local bodies. Reports suggest local bodies have become self-employment centres of political parties on power and their loyalists. This comes at a time when a letter allegedly written by Thiruvananthapuram Corporation mayor seeking a list of CPM activists for appointments in the corporation triggered a controversy.
One of the major allegations in limelight is that temporary appointments have become safe seats and many are becoming permanent appointments on the go. In some places, appointment through employment exchange is almost nil. Job aspirants are left to be mere spectators when those with political links get appointed to various posts.
As per the official data, there are 4,982 temporary appointments in corporations and municipalities.
The number of temporary appointments is highest in Ernakulam district (1,440), followed by Thiruvananthapuram (1,223), and Thrissur (790).
While the lowest is recorded in Kasaragod (35) and Wayanad (41).
However, the data on temporary appointments remains unavailable in Kozhikode corporation and municipalities like Mannarkkad, Cherpulassery, Manjeri, Tanur and Valanchery.
If the number of such appointments under panchayats too is considered, then the figure will be recorded above 10,000.
Meanwhile, reports claim that the appointment at universities in the state follows the same beat.