ANDHRA PRADESH

Kerala PSC bats for transgenders

The Kerala Public Service Commission is set to write a new chapter in its recruitment history by attempting to carve a space for transgenders in the State government service.

After deciding to bring the community within the ambit of the State civil service, the commission has sought a government directive to accommodate them in its recruitment process. The commission would be able to act only on the basis of the government’s decision.

Chairman M.K. Sakeer said the commission had taken a number of path-breaking initiatives as part of the year-long diamond jubilee celebrations that concluded this week. The most significant was the decision to address the job aspirations of transgenders. Unlike other State commissions that recruit candidates to select posts, the Kerala commission is the sole appointing authority to all arms of the State civil service from police to teachers.

Rules have to be amended

“At present, all application forms of the commission have only two columns, for male and female candidates. We are getting applications from transgenders, but do not have a provision to accommodate them. The growing requests for jobs from this section is a natural corollary of the efforts made by the State to bring them to the mainstream of society. Now the commission wants to provide a space for transgenders and has already written to the government in this regard,” said Mr. Sakeer.

The government will have to amend the Kerala State and Subordinate Service Rules, 1958, and identify the posts in which transgenders could be placed. This calls for a thorough scrutiny of each job profile and their requirements. Secretaries and heads of departments would have to discuss and identify the posts suited for them and report to the government. The government would take a final call on the basis of such reports, sources said.

We are getting applications from transgenders, but do not have a provision to accommodate them

M.K. Sakeer

State Public Service Commission Chairman


  • PSC gets applications from community, but is unable to accommodate them now

  • The government will have to amend the Kerala State and Subordinate Service Rules, 1958