The move follows a report published in The Hindu.

Following a news report carried by The Hindu last month titled ‘Public recruitment drive in Madurai lacks transparency,’ A. Arunachalam, Project Officer in-charge, Mahalir Thittam (a socio-economic empowerment programme implemented by the Tamil Nadu Corporation for Development of Women), has now issued a revised notification to fill temporary posts of Cluster Facilitators.

The revised notification states that the posts will be filled through Panchayat-Level Federations (PLF), which will pay their salaries. Women members of Self-Help Groups alone can apply for the posts, and those who are appointed will get Rs.250 for every day of work apart from a monthly travel allowance of Rs.500.

The earlier notification did not elaborate on the wages. The revised notification has retained the qualifications for applicants. It states that those appointed as Cluster Facilitators under the Tamil Nadu State Rural Livelihood Mission should be willing to work in any village in the district. The applicant should have passed Plus Two, should be below 40 years of age and should have been a member of an SHG for at least five years, and should have been in the capacity of representative or motivator for two of those five years.

She should have also been an office-bearer of a PLF for at least two years and should have a mobile phone to send and receive text messages.

Eligible candidates have been asked to meet the Project Officer along with requisite documents on Wednesday.

After verification of documents, they will be asked to appear for a written examination and an interview on dates to be announced later.


Responding to another news report published on September 15 on a damaged overhead electric pole at Poongavanam in Gomathipuram, the Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation officials have repaired the pole. “Thanks to the news item in The Hindu, the officials jumped into action the very next day,” said R.M. Valliappan, a resident of Gomathipuram, whose concern over the potential threat the damaged pole posed was mentioned in the news report.