Job aspirants outside Dakshina Kannada Zilla Panchayat office on Wednesday
MANGALURU: Probably due to the pandemic and job insecurities attached to it, about 1,000 job aspirants appeared for the ‘walk-in’ interviews at the Dakshina Kannada Zilla Panchayat (DKZP) office on Wednesday for around 13 posts (outsourced) for various categories under the MGNREGA scheme.
A job aspirant, who was present for the interview, told TOI that she was very scared to see a large crowd in front of the venue even as Covid-19 cases are increasing in the district.
“Officials over the loudspeaker, kept announcing that that job aspirants should maintain social distancing. However, no arrangements were made to ensure that social distancing norms are being followed. There were no separate counters for distribution of application forms and as a result candidates were rushing to get them. Aspirants were told that a next date would be announced soon,” she said.
Out of 981 applications received, 660 were for the two posts of data entry operator. Meanwhile, 133 applied for two posts of MIS coordinator, 160 for two posts of technical coordinator, 28 applied for seven posts of IEC coordinator.
R Selvamani, CEO, DK ZP, was surprised by the overwhelming response to the advertisement on job posting.
“This is probably the first time we have received nearly 1,000 applications for various posts. We conduct similar interviews for various posts under MGNREGA here and never have witnessed such a huge crowd of job aspirants.
Generally, about 30 aspirants attend the interviews. Since the circular had gone viral, we were expecting about 200 aspirants to attend. The interviews are being conducted as per the MGNREGA guidelines. The applications are being scrutinised and the results are expected to be announced soon,” he said.