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Upper castes, OBCs too apply

APPROXIMATELY 2 per cent of applicants for the post of safai karamcharis in the KMC are either from upper caste or Other Backward Castes. Though it is still to be seen how many of them are selected, the fact is that because of severe unemployment problem, even the people of upper caste have no hitch in applying for the post of safai karamcharis.

india Updated: May 28, 2006 00:01 IST

APPROXIMATELY 2 per cent of applicants for the post of safai karamcharis in the KMC are either from upper caste or Other Backward Castes. Though it is still to be seen how many of them are selected, the fact is that because of severe unemployment problem, even the people of upper caste have no hitch in applying for the post of safai karamcharis.

The applicants, as per the KMC records, included Pandeys, Guptas, Srivastavas and the people belonging to OBC Muslim. Besides, identity of several candidates available with the HT is not being disclosed deliberately.

Nagar Swastha Adhikari Dr JP Gupta, talking to the Hindustan Times, said that several upper caste and other backward caste candidates applied for the posts. However, he could not give the exact number of candidates.

Another senior official said that about 2 per cent of such candidates applied for the post. One of the upper caste applicants, talking about the reservation issue that gripped the country, said that when brilliant students were finding it hard to get a good job just because of reservation policy, they have no other option but to try their luck on the posts of safai karamcharis. He said: “I am not at all ashamed of applying for the post of safai karamchari. After all, I will get a government job.”

The recruitment of safai karamcharis, at the KMC, began from Saturday. At least 3,855 candidates have applied for 2,249 posts to be filled after verification of their credentials. Although the reservation policy is not applicable, the candidates have to present the caste certificate and other documents, including experience certificate.

Dr Gupta admitted that upper caste and other backward caste applicants would be selected if they could fulfill the criteria.

First Published: May 28, 2006 00:01 IST