Plea to lower minimum qualification for jobs

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Organisations representing backward communities have demanded lowering minimum academic qualifications and complained that the raising of the minimum qualification for the posts of LD clerk and confidential assistants from SSLC to Plus Two will adversely affect employment opportunities of members of these communities.

The demand was placed before the Assembly Committee for Welfare of Backward Communities at its sitting here on Tuesday.

Committee chairman C. Mammootty and members V.T. Balram and K.T. George were present at the sitting.

Coastal areas

Defending the demand, the organisations said raising the minimum qualification was unfair since there were not enough higher secondary schools in Malabar for students who passed SSLC and wanted to go for higher studies. The impact of the decision would be severe on coastal areas, the organisations stated in their representation to the Assembly committee.

SNDP Yogam, Sree Narayana Dharma Paripalana Sangham, Padmaliya Sangham, and MES, MSS, and MECA which represented Muslim community, participated in the sitting.

The State Employees Union demanded raising the retirement age of contingency staff in municipal common service to 60 since a majority of them joined service late. The union also demanded weightage marks for recruitment to applicants' own districts.

The Kerala Padmaliya Sangham demanded reservation benefits for members of weaver community known as Saliyas.

The Muslim Service Community (MSS) complained that reservation norms were being flouted in appointments to the KSRTC and public sector companies.

The Calicut Khadni Muslim Jamaath demanded special reservation for Dakhni Muslims whose mother tongue was Urdu.

The Kerala Tiyya Maha Sabha complained Tiyyas in Malabar were being forced to record their caste as Ezhava in documents to obtain reservation and other benefits.

MES warning

The Muslim Educational Society (MES) warned the reported move to raise the ceiling for creamy lawyer category to Rs.9 lakh from Rs.4.5 lakh would adversely affect many belonging to backward communities.

Mr. Mamootty said the Committee proposed to recommend either raising the number of persons in PSC selection list or making units for determining reservation from 20-member unit to 100 member unit.

The chairman also promised to inform the government of the need to observe reservation norms in appointments of provisional staff.

District Collector K.V. Mohan Kumar issued orders to officials concerned to submit a report in compliance with reservation norms pertaining to SC/ST in appointments to employment exchange.

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