Interview only to justify advertisement
SEVENTEEN UNEMPLOYED youths had queued up at the Chest Hospital’s tuberculosis clinic today with the hope to win themselves the jobs of data entry operators or part-time accountants. But the irony is that the aspirants knew that they stood no chance to be selected for the job, which would have given them one-year contractual employment at a monthly salary of Rs 1000.
The candidates were being interviewed in groups of 3-4. The chief medical officer headed the interview panel. The entire exercise was done to justify advertisements put out in newspapers. But the Health Department bosses knew that only old hand would be recruited for the posts.
A source in the interview panel said it was mandatory for the Health Department to conduct such interviews as posts were lying vacant and they had been advertised in the media.
When asked why freshers were invited to apply for the posts when they stood no chance, the source said,“In fact, these posts are for the Direct Observation Treatment (DOT) under the National Tuberculosis Programme. If fresh candidates are recruited their training will take up one month and it will affect the entire programme”.
But some of those already working on the posts were doubtful of reselection. As they appeared for the interview, one of them said, “Only those with connection will get a second chance.”
An aspiring fresher, as well as sources in the interview panel, said that graduate unemployed youths were being deceived by the Health Department in the garb of the interview.
Upset over the interview pattern, one candidate Sanchit Kumar Jaiswal asked, “Why make fool of us”.
Even some Health Department officers admitted that the interview was a mere formality and if a fresher was recruited then the department would first ensure that the candidate had worked earlier in some government department.