Authorities are in a dilemma over fulfilling the promise made by Chief Minister Digambar Kamat to recruit children of Freedom Fighters in government service by 19th December as most of the applicants are found to be ineligible for the jobs.
The government has received 98 applications for the 85 jobs reserved for children of Freedom Fighters in different departments.
Ironically, in most cases, either the applicants do not possess the requisite qualifications given the fact that most of the applicants possess only the Higher Secondary School Certificate, or they are overage even considering the five year relaxation granted to freedom fighters’ children.
Most of the applicants for the post of Police Constables were found to be overage thereby compelling the department to advertise for 13 posts in the Indian Reserve Batallion once again. However, one PSI and some drivers appointed are children of freedom fighters.
Surprisingly no child of a freedom fighter applied for the posts of primary teachers, staff nurses, assistant motor vehicle inspector amongst others as a result of which the government is now considering reserving jobs for them in other categories.
It may be recalled that the Goa, Daman and Diu Freedom Fighters Association had submitted a list of 39 freedom fighters children awaiting government jobs while the Goa Swatantra Sainik Sanghatana gave a list of 24 such cases.
Chief Minister Digambar Kamat had promised them that the children would be given government jobs by 19th December when Goa enters the Golden Jubilee year of its liberation.