Labour

Tamil Nadu: 7,000 Professionals Apply for 549 Sanitation Worker Posts

Many professionals who have applied for the job are currently working in private firms with Rs 6,000-7,000 as salaries.

New Delhi: The Coimbatore Corporation has reportedly been flooded with applications from over qualified candidates willing to work as sanitation workers. After the corporation invited applications for 549 grade-I sanitary workers, about 7,000 professionals including graduates, engineers and diploma holders appeared for the three-day interview and verification of certificates which began on Wednesday, official sources told PTI.

Sanitation workers who have been working on contractual basis have also applied for this post.

The security and benefits of a government job are said to be the major reasons why even employed professionals have opted for this job. “In some cases, it was found the applicants were already employed in private firms, but the government job attracted them as the starting salary is Rs 15,700,” the PTI report said.

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Many professionals who have applied for the job are currently working in private firms with Rs 6,000-7,000 as salaries. The shifts could stretch to 12 hours and there is no job security, they reportedly told the news agency.

“On the other hand, sanitary workers job fetches a salary of nearly Rs 20,000 with the work timings of three hours in the morning and three hours in the evening, which also provides them an option of doing other petty works during leisure,” the PTI report said.

Earlier this year, 4,607 people had applied for 14 vacant posts of sweepers and sanitary workers in the Tamil Nadu assembly secretariat. Many of them were graduates, engineers and various professional degree holders. “The profile of the applicants shows that they belong to all sections of society, caste groups and geographical regions,” the Times of India had reported.

DMK president M.K. Stalin has hit out at the Tamil Nadu government, calling this a sign of rising unemployment in the state. “Engineers, graduates applying for sanitary worker post signals the peak of unemployment in the state,” news agency IANS quoted him saying.

While PTI reports that SSLC (10th grade school leaving certificate) was the minimum qualification for the job, IANS claims that the only qualification was that the candidates needed to be “able-bodied”, with a minimum age limit of 18 years while the maximum age differed. The Wire could not independently verify the veracity of both the claims.