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Government stand on age limit piques job-seekers

By R. Ravikanth Reddy

HYDERABAD Dec. 31. The spurt in recruitments in various Government departments has raised the hopes of some youngsters but the Government's adamant attitude in relaxing the upper age limit is causing heartburn among them, particularly candidates from the forward castes.

These candidates are annoyed with the recruitment notices for Group-I services and the Sub-Inspectors of Police since the upper age limit has been reduced in both the cases, denying a chance to several unemployed youth to appear for the test. Candidates eyeing the SI posts are hit hard since their upper age limit has been fixed at 25 years, while the Group-I services provide some relief with the age limit being 28 years.

"The Government should increase the age limit by at least three years making it on a par with the Group-I services," demands Mahender Reddy, a student of Osmania University aspiring to serve in the Police Department. With the Government jobs shrinking there is hardly any scope for the educated unemployed youth to look for some other jobs. "Even in these limited jobs, the Government puts so many hurdles," he says.

The upper age limit in the 1996 notification for SI posts was also 25 years. After requests and protests from students, it was increased to 28 years. However, in the 1998 notification and 2002 notification, the Government stuck to its stand and did not relax the age limit despite pressures from student groups and political parties. The same has been notified in the 2003 notification.

But hard hit are aspirants from the forward castes as the candidates of Backward Classes, Schedules Castes and Scheduled Tribes get the advantage of five years relaxation on their upper age limit. The argument of the aspirants is that this is only a test and relaxing the age limit would not affect anyone while benefiting thousands of people. "This is only a test and the best would get into the job," says an aspirant.

The Government's point is that it wants to take youngsters into the service and the very idea of fixing 25 years is to weed out the aged. "The predicament of the Government is that if three years relaxation is given, it automatically is extended to BCs, SCs and STs thus taking the maximum age limit for those candidates to 33 years. Our very idea of taking youngsters is defeated," says an official. But aspirants argue that the physically weak candidates are weeded out in the physical test itself, which is quite demanding.

Another aspect is that candidates of some zones, like the fifth zone comprising Warangal, Karimnagar, Khammam and Adilabad districts have lost out in the last recruitment as there were no posts in that particular zone. Candidates point out that other States have fixed 28 years as upper age limit for their recruitment. Moreover, the State Government's Group-I services too allow a limit of 28 years.

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