Special Correspondent

VELLORE: The All India General Insurance SC/ST Employees’ Parishad (Jayamurthy) has appealed to the Central government to take steps to merge all the general insurance corporations in the country into a single corporation to help the public sector meet the competition from the private sector, G. Jayamurthy, all-India general secretary of the parishad said here on Monday.

Talking to reporters, Mr. Jayamurthy said that the presence of different general insurance corporations in the public sector resulted in competition among themselves, as a result of which they lost in the competition with the private sector. “If all the public sector corporations were merged into a single corporation, the public sector will be in a better position to effectively face the competition from the private sector,” he said.

Mr. Jayamurthy urged the general insurance corporations to fill the backlog vacancies in the posts reserved for the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes. He said that the insurance corporations had not made permanent the part-time employees, who were appointed since 1986. No relief in the form of Provident Fund or gratuity had been provided to the families of the deceased part-time employees, who died within the last eight-nine years.

He alleged that the general insurance corporations had shown a tendency to abolish the posts of sub-staff, record clerk, assistant, senior assistant and stenographer, which were occupied by persons belonging to the SC/ST communities.

Mr. Jayamurthy said that the parishad had been opposing the ‘merit channel,’ by which the insurance corporations conducted written examinations for selecting candidates for promotion in all categories right from Standard I to V since last year. “Even if the SC/ST candidates pass the examinations, their promotion is blocked through the confidential report”, he alleged.