PSC appointments in Kerala Bank to be reduced


Biju Paravath

50 percent PSC appointment is accepted in deputy manager post. The cooperation law instructs that the general manager post in District Cooperative Banks should be filled only through PSC.

Kerala Bank inauguration (file photo)

Thiruvananthapuram: It has been decided that the appointment to major posts in Kerala Bank should not be made through PSC (Public Service Commission). Also opportunities for students who studied Co-operation as core subject was cut short.

The reservation allowed in district cooperative banks for the staff of primary cooperative societies has been limited. The draft appointment rule also includes clauses of higher posts' staff need not have qualifications required for those in lower posts.

PSC appointment in 7 posts

Among the 20 general posts from managing director to peon, PSC appointments are made in only 7 posts. Seven out of the 8 higher positions are filled without relying on PSC. 50 percent PSC appointment is accepted in deputy manager post. The cooperation law instructs that the general manager post in District Cooperative Banks should be filled only through PSC.

Among the general posts, receptionist, stenographer and typist are appointed via PSC only. However, the draft rule of Kerala Bank is contradictory to the rule that directs to fill vacancies in cooperative banks through PSC.

MD appointed by Govt

The managing director is appointed by the government. The next higher post is executive director which is filled through promotion. 20 years of experience in banking sector is the eligibility and educational qualification is not specified.

Deputy general manager, the fourth highest post after executive director, requires MBA or CA from a university of Kerala and 15 years of experience in banking. Even this qualification is not required for executive director post. It is alleged that the educational qualification is specified in order to promote some ineligible staff.

No ‘cooperation’

First, it was necessary for the staff to study cooperation course upto branch manager post. Now only clerks need this qualification. 50 percent of appointment in assistant manager post is filled through PSC. Graduation with 60 percent marks is its eligibility. BSc cooperation from agricultural university is accepted.

HDC and JDC courses from 13 cooperative training colleges in the state is not required for this. These two courses are accepted for clerk and cashier posts only. Every year, 4000 students are studying cooperation. Their only job opportunity was in cooperative banks and it is not required in the Kerala Bank.

Reservation reduced

The eligible staff from other cooperative societies had reservation in district cooperative banks. This has been limited to the staff of primary cooperative banks and urban banks. 20 percent reservation is allowed in assistant general manager post and 50 percent reservation in clerk post. Staff of non-banking societies are not considered in this.

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