Special Correspondent

15,740 advice memos issued

Total to go up to 23,000 in two months

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The current year will end with record intake in State service, Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan told the Assembly on Thursday.

Responding to the notice for an Opposition-sponsored adjournment motion alleging deadlock in recruitment by the State Public Service Commission (PSC), Mr. Achuthanandan said as many as 15,740 advice memos had been issued by the PSC between January and June and steps were afoot to recruit 5,000 persons in the State police service and 600 engineers in the Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB) within the next few months.

Pointing out that the average annual intake in the State service was 25,000, Mr. Achuthanandan said the PSC would get very close to that number by taking the total number of advice memos issued by it to 23,000 in the coming two months. Going by the current pace of recruitment, the intake this year would exceed the average annual intake so far, thereby setting a new record, Mr. Achuthanandan said.

Not satisfied with the Chief Minister’s explanation, Opposition United Democratic Front (UDF) members staged a walkout, accusing the government of having caused a deadlock in the PSC recruitment. Congress member V.D. Satheesan, who sought leave for the motion, said that contrary to Mr. Achuthanandan’s claim, PSC recruitment had come to a standstill on account of the government’s ‘callous’ attitude towards job-seeking youth.

Rank-lists to lapse

Moving the notice, Mr. Satheesan said not even a single vacancy had been reported to the PSC after August 31 last and as many as 60 rank-lists would lapse by July end, the number rising to 100 by August end. Although the government had spoken about creating supernumerary posts about four months ago, it had not taken any steps in that direction. Even if steps were to be taken now, it would result in any concrete measure only six months from now, Mr. Satheesan said. Leader of the Opposition Oommen Chandy said as many as 125 rank-lists would lapse by the year end, leaving thousands ineligible for government jobs. Even with a freeze on recruitment, the UDF government had recruited 28,000 persons on an average every year of its tenure.

The comparable figure under the LDF government was only 21,000, which showed that the job freeze was more acute under the LDF than the UDF. The government, he said, was refusing to see the misery of the job-seekers. Kerala Congress(M) leader K.M. Mani said the State was being ruled by a ‘sadist’ government which cared little for the pain of the jobless.