A total of 7,000 engineers, graduates and diploma-holders have applied for 549 grade-1 posts of sanitary workers in the city Corporation in Tamil Nadu's Coimbatore.
Some applicants are already employed in private firms but they prefer the government job as the starting salary is ₹15,700. Those already working as contractual sanitary workers for the last 10 years have also applied for these permanent jobs.
The Corporation had called for applications for the posts of 549 grade-1 sanitary posts and 7,000 applicants appeared for the three-day interview and verification of certificates which began on Wednesday, official sources said.
On verification, they found that nearly 70 percent of the candidates have completed SSLC, the minimum qualification, and most of them were engineers, postgraduates, graduates and diploma-holders, they said.
On the other hand, sanitary workers job fetches a salary of nearly Rs 20,000 with the work timings of three hours in the morning and three hours in the evening, which also provides them an option of doing other petty works during leisure.
The Corporation now has 2,000 permanent and 500 contract sanitary workers in its rolls.