Staff Reporter

TIRUNELVELI: The State Government’s decision to maintain the upper age limit for the post of conductors as 30 (for open category) has triggered agitation among the aspirants who cannot apply for the post due to overage.

After the seniority list for the post of conductors was published by the District Employment Office, aspirants in large numbers had come to check their position in the list of candidates. When most of them could not find their names, they started revolting against the Government decision to reduce the upper age limit.

The aspirants said the State Government, which recruited conductors up to the age of 35 in the open category last time, has brought it down to 30 this time. Similarly, the upper age limit for Backward and Most Backward Communities has been fixed as 35 and it is 40 for Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe candidates.

“Since this decision will badly affect the youths who are waiting for several years with valid conductors’ license, the Government should increase the upper age limit to 45 again,” said Manikandan of Sivagiri.

As the affected candidates sat in front of the Collectorate building and started staging dharna, police and other officials explained that the seniority list had been prepared based on the Government’s decision to keep the upper age limit as 30 and the District Employment Office had nothing to do with this issue.

Sources in the District Employment Office clarified that the present Government had given a one-time concession of five years age relaxation when conductors were recruited on the last occasion, considering the fact that there was a blanket ban on recruitment between 2001 and 2006.

“Since the concession is over now, the age relaxation cannot be given this time and hence the upper age limit is 40 for SC / ST candidates, 35 for backward and most backward community candidates and it is 30 for candidates coming under open category. We are just forwarding the data as per the requirement of the employer and the aspirants should meet the employers (transport department officials) to redress their grievance as we can’t help them in any way,” said a top official attached to the District Employment Office here.

After the officials explained the Government’s recent announcement in connection with the upper age limit for the conductors, the agitated aspirants left the place.