Vacancies in cooperative societies go unreported
Kannur: Primary cooperative societies in the state, including cooperative banks, have hidden 3206 vacancies without reporting. Vacancies in the organizations which appoints people through Kerala Cooperative Examination Board went unreported. Currently, there are 4255 vacancies. Only 1049 vacancies are reported. Two out of three stages of the examination are completed.
Primary Cooperative Banks, Primary Agricultural and Rural Development Banks, Urban Banks and Housing Cooperative societies are conducting appointments through the Examination Board. The Examination Board is responsible for conducting written exams for the position above junior clerks in these banks. Each organization must inform the Examination Board when vacancies arise. A single exam will be conducted for appointments to all these banks.
Some have argued before the Law Reforms Committee that appointment through examination should be stopped. The argument was that it discourages candidates from interior areas. But, the committee rejected this claim. The interviews are conducted by the ruling committees of a particular organization. The rank list is prepared based on the written examination conducted by the board, interview by cooperative organization and the marks that a candidate acquires. Arguments are being raised against the board by considering the fact that even if a candidate is given high marks in an interview, the favourable candidate of the ruling committee may not get selected.
Most of the cooperative societies have been giving promotions to fill the vacancies without considering the selection criteria. If direct appointment to four clerical vacancies are done through the board, one individual can be given promotion to the fifth vacancy.
Most of the unreported vacancies are for clerk positions. The ruling committee can conduct direct appointment to the position of peons. Thus, the peons will get promoted as clerks. The vacancies to the clerk positions will be hidden to provide a favourable situation for the promotion.
Strict instructions will be given
We will give strict instructions to the cooperative examination board to report the vacancies. No complaints were received regarding this issue.
Kadakampally Surendran, Minister for Cooperation