A total of 7,000 engineers, graduates and diploma-holders have applied for 549 posts
of sanitary workers in the city corporation.
Official sources said that the corporation had called for applications for grade-1 sanitary posts. Around 7,000 applicants appeared for the three-day interview and verification of certificates, which began on Wednesday (November 27).
On verification, it was found that nearly 70% of the candidates had completed SSLC, the minimum qualification, and most of them were engineers, post-graduates, graduates and diploma-holders, they said.
In some cases, it was found that the applicants were already employed in private firms, but they had sought government jobs since the base salary was ₹15,700. Those already working as sanitary workers under a contract for the last 10 years had also applied for these permanent jobs.
A lot of graduates had not gotten jobs related to their qualification and had to work to support the family with just ₹6,000-₹7,000 as their salary in private firms. These people said that they toiled for 12 hours with no job security.
On the other hand, sanitary workers’ job fetches a salary of nearly ₹20,000 with work timings of three hours in the morning and three hours in the evening, which also provides them with an option to do other petty jobs during leisure.
The corporation now has 2,000 permanent and 500 contract sanitary workers in its rolls.