Sunday, February 9, 2014

In email era, 1.3 lakh vie for 248 postman vacancies

So why this jostle for the postal job? Chandrasekar Kakumanu, assistant postmaster general, Karnataka Circle, puts it simply: "The work isn't stressful and requisite qualification is not too high."

There is a lot of room for going up the ladder too. A postman can become a Group-B officer to head a postal district in a span of 10 years by clearing three departmental examinations, he explains.

No wonder then that the state's overworked cops too are applying for this coveted job. "We have received applications from policemen of the Karnataka State Reserve Police," says Kakumanu.

Earlier, the department would appoint postmen on a temporary basis and pay them Rs 7,000 to Rs 10,000 as token monthly salary. These temporary mail deliverers are known as 'Grameen Dak Sevaks' (GDS ) in rural areas. They wouldbecome permanent staff after serving for five years and cracking a departmental test. Currently, there are 3,700 permanent postmen and around 10,000 GDS in the state.

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The seemingly absurd rush of over a lakh of people wanting to be postmen is a pointer to the future of jobs. Either the perks of this job are so attractive that more people want to grab them or there are few other jobs available for those with that level of education.

In any case, the security of a government job does have its merits in a work culture which uses pink slips to rationalize headcounts and ensure lean teams. Also, in the future, postpersons will be doing far more than just delivering mail and more applicants can only result in the best being selected for the job.
BANGALORE: Posting letters may seem like an anachronism in the era of texting, email and social networking sites. But the job of a postman, it appears, is not. A staggering 1.3 lakh candidates have applied for 248 vacancies for postmen in the Karnataka circle of the department of posts. That's roughly 525 people vying for one post.

Nearly 40,000 applications came from Bangalore, followed by 12,000 each from Mysore and Dharwad, in the first-ever direct recruitment drive for postmen in the country. The exam will be held on February 9. Postal officials said a considerable number of the applicants are women but had no break-up of figures.

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