Class XII and X is compulsory for LDCs and multi-tasking staff respectively; Courts have advertised eligibility of Class X and middle school for same posts respectively
PANJIM: At a time when graduates and post graduates are lining up for jobs of peons, drivers and sweepers, the District Courts in Goa have offered the jobs of lower division clerks to SSC pass youth.
Advertisements have been issued by the District courts – North and South – for various posts like stenographer, lower division clerks, system supervisor, system assistant, bailiff, process server, peon and watchman. However, officials in the Personnel Department are upset as the advertisement does not adhere with the department’s Recruitment Rules.
The advertisement reveals that the eligibility for stenographer and LDCs is SSC, while for multi-tasking staff like peons, drivers, etc, is middle school. Similarly, sources reveal that the pay scale given of Level 4 for stenographer and LDCs is much higher than the Secretariat or government staff.
The State government had notified the Recruitment Rules, which mandates that only candidates who have passed the higher secondary are eligible for stenographer or LDC posts. Similarly, multi-tasking staff should have passed SSC, as per the State RRs. However, the advertisements are contrary to the State Recruitment Rules.
Sources reveal that the Courts’ staff has received benefits of the VI and VII Pay Commissions, but have failed to abide by the Recruitment Rules of the State government.
Sources said that the government has granted the pay scales to the staff of the subordinate courts and they have to strictly abide by their pay scales too.
“Further, in lieu of the Apex Court orders and the Shetty Commission report, financial benefits to the staff of the establishment of subordinate courts were granted in addition to the Pay Commission,” sources reveal.
Sources add that though higher scales for the various posts have been granted, however, qualifications as per the posts/designations have not been changed as per the VI Pay and VII Pay Commission Reports.
An official in the Personnel Department said, “as per the Recruitment Rules the State has powers to relax certain criteria but he was unaware whether the courts had approached them for any such relaxation.”
When contacted Law and Judiciary Minister Nilesh Cabral said, “I am unaware of any such advertisement. Let me have a cross check and get back to you.”