The Madurai district unit of SC/ST Employees' Welfare Association of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) has appealed to the government to fill up backlog of SC/ST vacancies through a special examination.

In a resolution passed at its annual general meeting here on Monday, the association also opposed the diversion of funds allocated for SC/ST welfare for other purposes. According to a press release, the meeting called for the declaration of B. R. Ambedkar's birthday as a permanent holiday.

By other resolutions, the association urged the BSNL to fill up the vacancies in posts such as Junior Accounts Officer and provide reservation for SC/ST employees in promotion.

The following were elected office-bearers at the meeting: M. Subramanian (president); S. Gurusamy, S. Rajendran and A. Manivannan (vice-presidents); S. Kandasamy (secretary); S. Sundram (deputy secretary); G. Thangavelu, R. Prabahar and K. Palanisamy (assistant secretaries); A. Pandian (finance secretary); and A. Kasinathan, S. Raja, S. Lakshmanan, K. Velandy, K. Manuel and M. Sonai (organising secretaries).