New criterion leaves JOC job-seekers in the lurch

New criterion leaves JOC job-seekers in the lurch

2-year work experience mandatory for surveyor post

A two-year service experience has been made compulsory for the JOC candidates.The department has invited applications to recruit 1,834 land surveyors. Candidates with a bachelors or diploma in Civil Engineering, ITI (survey) or JOC (survey) can apply for the posts. 
However, two-year experience has been made compulsory for JOC candidates, thus depriving the opportunity to thousands of job-seekers. There are more than 60,000 candidates with JOC (survey) qualification in the State.
Vacancies increasing
Prior to 1985, diploma (Civil) and BE (Civil) were stipulated as educational qualifications for the posts of surveyors and assistant director of land records, respectively. 
Since the job-seekers preferrer Irrigation and Public Works Departments, the vacancies of surveyors went on increasing. In order to bridge the gap, the State Government introduced JOC (Survey) as a new course. 
However, JOC has been scrapped since 2009-10.
“Candidates with JOC (Survey) qualification were selected for the job till 2008. The service clause has been introduced this time. The Government has snatched our right to employment,” fumed Ramesh of Hadadi, a job-seeker.

As many as 3,200 private licensed surveyors whose services have been outsourced to Survey department have launched a struggle demanding regularisation of their services. The private surveyors too are JOC candidates. 

The officers offer a different explanation. “BE/diploma students have been considered with a view to technically strengthen the land survey. The experience clause has been introduced since technical expertise will be considered as a criteria in selection,” a source said.

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