Special Correspondent

They seldom attempt to write examinations for higher posts: officer

  • Centre organising free skills training programmes for SC/STs with stipend
  • Centre also registering SC and ST candidates in search of employment

    CHENNAI: Vacancies in class I and class II posts for Scheduled Castes/Tribes in Central and State Governments are high compared to vacancies in class III and class VI posts, which are almost filled.

    P.G. Ramachandran, sub-regional employment officer, Union Ministry of Labour and Employment, said here on Thursday that a majority of the SC and ST candidates were content with class III and class IV posts. sThough the candidates were aware that they had 22.5 per cent reservation in all posts, they seldom attempted to write the civil service examinations for higher posts. However, a good many of them competed for clerical and lower level posts. The Government had set up 22 coaching-cum-guidance centres, including one in Chennai, to help equip the SC and ST students to take competitive and staff selection commission examinations.

    Mr. Ramachandran said the centre was also registering SC and ST candidates in search of employment.

    With institutions and industries looking to the centre for recruitment, it was acting as a recruitment agency for them. He regretted that though the centre had been functioning in Chennai since 1970, most of the SC/ST candidates were not utilising the facilities available.

    Apart from conducting pre-recruitment training, the centre was also organising free skills training programmes for SC/STs with a stipend. And, in collaboration with SC/ST welfare associations and non-governmental organisations, the centre was conducting guidance and awareness programmes throughout the State, including rural areas with the participation of bank managers, state employment exchange officers and ITI principals.

    Mr. Ramachandran said the centre's services were free. The centre is located at 56, Santhome High Road, Chennai - 4. Telephone: 24615112.