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EXPRESSING THEIR GRATITUDE : Home Department employees who were appointed on compassionate ground, thanking Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi at his residence in Chennai on Monday for granting them time-scale pay.
EXPRESSING THEIR GRATITUDE : Home Department employees who were appointed on compassionate ground, thanking Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi at his residence in Chennai on Monday for granting them time-scale pay.

R.K. Radhakrishnan

1,500 persons awaiting appointment to be absorbed in Home Department

CHENNAI: The long wait for a job is set to end for about 1,500 persons awaiting appointment on compassionate ground in the Home Department.

"The Chief Minister has announced that all those fulfilling the physical requirements can be considered for the post of Sub Inspector. The process will begin soon. We expect it to be completed in about a month," says Home Secretary S. Malathi.

This is a major departure from the norm. Earlier, compassionate ground appointments could be made based only on the vacancies and qualification of the person seeking appointment. Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi felt that a family that had lost its earning member should not be put to undue hardship in the form of a long wait for one of its members to get a job.

Time-scale granted

It was keeping this in mind that he decided to grant time-scale pay to 650 compassionate ground employees in the Home Department, who were appointed in 2005 on a consolidated pay of Rs. 2,500 each. They too will get their orders in about a month.

About 30 from the group that got a job in 2005 on Monday went to the Chief Minister's Gopalapuram residence to thank him for absorbing them as time-scale employees. None of them was young; some were waiting since 1993 to get a job.

"Officials kept assuring us we will get jobs. I have been waiting from 1997. Finally, when I got the job, I found that I could sustain myself on the meagre amount," said S. Saravanamanikandan, whose education was cut short when his father M. Subbiah, a head constable, died while serving in Theni in 1997.

Emotional scenes

When they met Mr. Karunanidhi as he was preparing to leave for the Secretariat, a few broke down after thanking him. The Chief Minister said he was merely doing the right thing.

Top Home Department officials say groups of compassionate ground job seekers routinely come to Chennai to remind them about their problems. "I have been seeing one group or another each week. They have no other clout. They just kept knocking at the door," says an official.

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