Even as the Corporation gears up to fill up various vacant posts on compassionate grounds after nearly two decades, posters have come up cautioning job aspirants against falling victim to the demand for bribe in filling up the posts.

The posters put up by the Tamil Nadu Health Workers Development Association can be seen pasted on the walls of Madurai Corporation office at Tallakulam.

“Do not pay bribe to anyone and get duped” reads the poster that claims that the Corporation’s move to recruit people on compassionate grounds was a result of various struggles launched by the association.

However, Corporation Commissioner R. Nanthagopal, said that all step have been taken to ensure that the recruitment process was free and fair. “We will not allow any one to interfere with the process,” he said.

“The list of eligible candidates has already been published. Deputy Commissioner K. Sambhavi, has scrutinised all the files thoroughly. However, some people raised objections claiming that they were not considered for the recruitment. We have formed a sub-committee to look into it,” he said. The exercise assumes significance in the backdrop of the Corporation recruitment coming after 19 long years, the Commissioner said.

The local body was not able to recruit fresh hands as its balance sheet had been wrongly projected to show that the administrative expenses had shot beyond the ceiling of 49 per cent and stood at 74 per cent.

However, an elaborate study of the expenses revealed that the actual pay and pension bill was only around 47 per cent.

“Only last week, the office of Commissioner of Municipal Administration confirmed our claim and permitted us to go ahead with the recruitment,” Mr. Nanthagopal said.

The Corporation has prepared a list of 320 people for the appointment. “Orders have been issued for 17 persons to work in the Corporation schools as junior assistants and office assistants,” he added.

The process would be completed by January 20, he added.

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