Senior Social Security assistants at the Employee Provident Fund Organization (EPFO) are concerned about missing out on promotion opportunities, even after serving the institution for several years, due to hiring regulations that favor the new entrants.
Several senior social security aides working in Karnataka and other states have written to the New Delhi Central Provident Fund Commissioner to address the issue and bring them justice.
The employees who are recruited in the organization as social security assistants, after passing the departmental competition, are given the opportunity to become section supervisor or chief clerk. However, the organization did not conduct the survey to fill the vacancies that emerged between 1993 and 2017, denying the employees opportunities for promotion.
The organization registered the exam in 2017 and it was held on July 27, 2019. Along with those who have served the organization for decades, recently recruited employees also took the exam. The results have not been announced so far. Meanwhile, the employees filed multiple cases with CAT across the country, questioning its hiring rules and eligibility criteria.
Chandigarh Chapter of CAT ordered in November 2019 that all those who have completed three years of service be considered eligible for the exam. However, the Karnataka High Court ordered on August 9, 2021 that the results of the investigation be released under the 2017 recruitment rules, in favor of those who had served nine years.
On October 21, the organization headquarters issued a circular to zonal offices to make arrangements to declare the results according to the Chandigarh CAT order.
An employee who has served in this organization for over 25 years said: “We have appealed to the organization to complete the process under the 2017 recruitment rules. The Karnataka High Court emphasized the same. If it is not followed, the likelihood of those recruited in recent years moving into higher positions in the organization, demoralizing those who have been in service for longer,” he said.
Another employee, who also did not want to be named, said it was the organization’s fault that the competition exam was not taken for decades.
“The vacancies that arose during those years should ideally go to those who served the organization at the time. But the rules now passed will benefit those recruited in recent years,” he said.