JDC training for Cooperative inspectors a costly farce - The New Indian Express

JDC training for Cooperative inspectors
a costly farce

Published: 02nd January 2013 11:57 AM

Last Updated: 02nd January 2013 11:57 AM

The State Cooperative Department is simply wasting money in the name of providing training in Junior Diploma in Cooperation (JDC) to  newly-inducted co-operative inspectors, when a majority of them are possessing BCom degree with Cooperation as elective subject, it has been pointed out.

 A practice that has been going without review for years has already wasted crores of rupees from the state exchequer as the JDC course had  been made a prerequisite for the declaration of their probation. But the fact remains that a pass in SSLC or equivalent examination is the minimum qualification for admission to the course while BCom degree holders with Cooperation as elective subject are more than sufficiently qualified for the post.

 However, a Kerala Administrative Tribunal (KAT) ruling on a petition filed by three Upper Division Clerks under the State Industries Department may become an eye-opener. Maya B Henry, Anilkumar M P and Sandeep R had moved the KAT citing that they had already passed BCom with Cooperation.

 They claim appointment by transfer to the post of Junior Cooperative Inspector. The qualifications prescribed for the appointment by transfer  are a three-year degree or its equivalent from a recognised university  with HDC or JDC or subordinate personal training or JDC awarded by State Cooperative Union. The applicants submitted before the KAT that as they had BCom degree with Cooperation as elective subject, they should be treated as qualified for the post.  

 The tribunal comprising Justice K Balakrishnan Nair (chairman) and S Pradeepkumar Naidu (member) ruled that those with BCom with Cooperation as elective should be considered for appointment to the post of Junior Cooperative Inspector.

 ‘’The First Respondent (State Government) should ensure that hereafter nobody having the qualification of BCom degree with Cooperation as elective subject was unnecessarily driven to this Tribunal to establish  his or her right for promotion/appointment by transfer to the post of Junior Cooperative Inspector,’’ the Tribunal observed.

 It has been pointed out that those who get recruited as Junior Cooperative Inspectors are provided salary and perks while they were given training in JDC course for nine months. As the BCom degree holders with Cooperation find it easy to pass the course they enjoy the nine month period as paid holiday at government’s cost, a Junior Cooperative Inspector preferring anonymity told ‘Express.’

 He said that the Junior Cooperative Inspectors in the Cooperative Department will have to wait for at least four years for declaration of their probation. It would affect their seniority and clearing the increment in the wake of the KAT ruling as it is not binding on the Cooperative Department, he said.

 When pointed out this to Registrar of Cooperative Societies that many of them were enjoying paid holiday in the name of JDC training, V Sanal Kumar told ‘Express’ that the government had to modify the Special Rules in this regard.  ‘’If someone gives a representation, there is no problem in examining the anomaly and proposing modification in Special Rules,’’ he said.

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