EX-SERGEANT IS FIGHTING TO RECLAIM THE JOBS OF EX-SERVICEMEN IN AP, USES RTI
HYDERABAD: An ex-sergeant of the Indian Air Force (IAF) has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi about ex-servicemen being deprived of their quota of bank jobs in Andhra Pradesh. Kutchulapati Kumar of Nidavavolu in West Godavari district who served 20 years in the IAF, gathered information from the banking sector and pointed out the lapses in implementing reservations for ex-servicemen.
Kutchulapati Kumar obtained information from 20 public sector banks, including regional rural banks in Andhra Pradesh by filing RTI applications. "I was astonished to look at the information provided by them and the way ex-servicemen lost their jobs during the last two years due to tricky rules framed by the banking sector," he said in the letter to the Prime Minister. He had gathered information for the years 2014 and 2015. "The information clearly depicts the violation of rules and regulations framed by the Government of India and is a clear indication of negligence towards ex-servicemen's welfare," he said.
From RTI applications, he gathered information from APGVB (sponsored by SBI), APGB (sponsored by Syndicate Bank), Saptagiri Gramina Bank, CGGB (Andhra Bank), SBI (SBH), SBI, Andhra Bank, BOI, Syndicate Bank, Corporation Bank, Union Bank, IOB, OBC and Dena Bank. Information was got on the total number of vacancies announced by the bank along with the notification for the particular project, number of vacancies reserved for ex-servicemen for the project, ex-servicemen who had joined, ex-servicemen who had resigned after joining and total number of ex-servicemen vacancies left over in the project.
During the year 2014-15, a total of 353 lapsed vacancies were converted into civilian vacancies in the following year, Kutchulapati Kumar pointed out giving specific details about each bank to the Prime Minister. Kumar also had cleared all stages of recruitment but 'ended up jobless due to tricky rules'. Another ex-servicemen Syam Ganesh Babu too had taken up the problem with higher authorities. There is also discrepancy in the percentage of reservation for ex-servicemen. While some are allocating 14.5 per cent, others are giving only 10 per cent, though 14.5 per cent is what ex-servicemen are entitled to.
In the letter to the PM, Kutchulapati Kumar alleged that all banks were deliberately creating backlong vacancies and converting them into civilian quota the following year.
"After wholeheartedly and willing contributing his productive age for the nation, ex-servicemen are having to fight for re-employment to settle their family," he said.