Bhubaneswar: A Panchayati raj minister Kalpataru Das today said that the state government has decided to reserve at least 30 per cent of the total vacant posts of Village Level Workers (VLW) for the Gram Rojgar Sevaks.
This apart, the demands of the GRSs for hike in their salary and transfer to panchayats are also being considered, he told reporters after a meeting with the delegates of the Sangh.
There are 1361 vacant posts of VLW in the panchayati raj department of which the government has decided to appoint GRSs against 30 per cent vacant posts of VLWs within three months, said panchayati raj secretary Aparajita Sarangi who was also present at the press meet.
She, however, pointed out that the rules for the appointment of GRS in VLW posts need to be amended.
Regarding eligibility criteria for a GRS, departmental Sarangi said, “The candidate should have passed Plus Two having knowledge on computer. Maximum marks secured in Plus Two examinations will be considered while finalising appointment of a GRS for the post of VLW.”
There are 6234 gram panchayats in the State where VLWs are posted. However, out of 1361 vacant VLW posts, about 100 posts are kept reserved for promotion of panchayat secretaries while 30 per cent of the remaining 1261 posts which comes to about 369 will be reserved for GRSs.