Chaos ensues at walk-in interview at NG Collectorate; Queue extends to about 500 metres outside the building
PANJIM: Job aspirants started lining up outside the North Goa Collectorate at 5 am on Monday, for a walk-in interview on first-come-first-served basis scheduled at 10 am for a 10-month contract appointment with the government.
As the day progressed, the State capital witnessed unusual chaotic scenes as there were over 2,500 aspirants queued up outside the Collectorate building, the queue going around the building for about 500 metres.
The walk-in interview was for 64 contract posts – 40 posts of Lower Division Clerks and 24 posts of Data Entry Operators – in the office of North Goa Collector.
Besides traffic jams of the streets, due to the increased number of vehicles, there were some tense moments as aspirants indulged in verbal duels hoping to effect entry into the office early. The commotion was such that at least 300 candidates were at the entrance of the office finding a way to get into the building.
North Goa Collector Nila Mohanan, who was approached by journalists, said there were many candidates who were not fit for the posts, despite the eligibility criteria being specified in the advertisement.
The advertisement described the vacancies as ‘appointment on purely contract basis only’ for a period of 10 months. It also mentioned that seven LDC posts and DEO will be filled against leave vacancies and a panel of eligible candidates will be drawn for the anticipated leave vacancies arising during 2018. The duration of this, it stated, will vary from two months to 10 months.
“Only 05 candidates on first-come-first-served basis per post will be allowed registration for walk in interview, that is, 235 candidates for LDCs and 125 candidates for DEOs will be registered for the walk-in interviews,” the advertisement stated, which created panic among the candidates.
The interview underlined that there are hundreds of job aspirants willing to take up a government job despite it being for a very short tenure.
Citing this instance, Deputy Speaker Michael Lobo said, “This
reflects there are unemployed youth in huge numbers. There could be at least 15 per cent of the total candidates (appearing for walk in interview at Collectorate) in private sector on meagre salaries. We need to focus on good industries like IT sector, tourism, hospitability, etc where our locals will have jobs.”
Goa Government Employees Association has, however, called for scrapping this system. Association president John Nazareth said, “Successive governments have adopted ‘hire and fire’ policy. It should be scrapped and job aspirants be given justice. Instead of contract jobs, which is the scenario across the country, (Goa) government should come out with a mechanism to offer permanent jobs to locals.”
Lobo also expressed his disappointment to the manner in which the candidates were treated. “There were so many candidates standing in long queues in hot sun. They could have fainted. I requested the Collector to ensure proper conduct of interviews,” he said after an impromptu meeting with the Collector.
Refusing to bow down to demands from certain sections, Mohanan refused to scrap the interview. It is learnt that remaining candidates were given tokens to produce documents for verification (prior to be called for interviews) in order to ensure there is no chaos.