Athletes await approval of their dream govt job in TVM

Aleena Mary Simon

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Thiruvananthapuram: In a sigh of relief, the athletes who staged a protest in front of the Secretariat seeking government job based on sports quota rank list, would get their dream job likely. It is learned that the cabinet meeting on Wednesday will look into the matter of appointment.

Earlier, the sports ministry handed over the details concerning the appointment to the Chief Minister. This recommendation would be tabled before the state cabinet for approval. If approved, 24 people will be appointed. However, the high-level committee constituted to look into the matters of appointment has not yet started functioning.

Those included in the rank list published between 2010-14 staged a strike in front of the secretariat demanding appointment. On December 17, Sports Minister VS Abdurahiman held a meeting with them and assured that their jobs would be approved. In the first phase, the minister promised to look into the vacancies of 24 people. Further, jobs were also assured to a few more people based on non-joining duty (NJD) vacancies.

According to government figures, there are 54 vacancies in the sports quota. However, according to figures provided by athletes, there are 71 vacancies. The High-Level Committee was appointed to study this claim and look into the number of vacancies. The minister had said that the committee would submit its report within 45 days.

Although 45 days have passed since February 1, the investigation has not even started. The athletes said they came to know about the committee through media reports. It was alleged that the committee was trying to cover up the illegal appointment of unqualified persons. However, information from the sports department said that there was only a natural delay due to the covid pandemic.

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