Chennai: Over the years, the state job board is losing its importance and government agencies are increasingly moving towards competitive examinations for staff recruitment. According to the latest data released by the state government, 64 lakh people are registered with the Tamil Nadu Labor Exchange. The number was down from 81.3 lakh in March 2017. The state government was hiring workers through placement for positions that had not been under the purview of the TNPSC since 1971. Other forms of recruitment took place after obtaining a certificate of unavailability from the stock exchange. In 1978, the government issued an order that all institutions receiving financial assistance from governmental or quasi-governmental institutions, PSUs, boards and cooperative institutions should recruit staff only through exchange. They can opt for any other form of recruitment, such as publishing advertisements in newspapers, only after obtaining a certificate of unavailability from the stock exchange or after obtaining prior consent from the government. However, the court quashed the selection process for appointing candidates sponsored through job exchanges in 2013. The state was ordered to fill the positions by inviting applications from all eligible persons along with names sponsored by job exchange through media advertisements to enable all eligible candidates to take part in the job. “The Madras High Court dismissed the state’s appeal. As a result, the number of job seekers registered on the exchange is rapidly decreasing,” said a retired officer who worked in the employment and training department that deals with labor exchanges. Of the people registered with the state labor exchange as of October 31, apart from 294 transgender people, there are 29.8 lakh men and 34.4 lakh women looking for work. “There are four million vacancies in various departments, but the government is trying to outsource the work and appoint retired employees on consolidated pay to minimize expenses. The government should expedite recruitment programs as young people are finding it difficult to get government jobs,” said Tamil Nadu Secretariat Association president G Venkatesan.
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