Jamshedpur, May 13: The state forest department will issue fresh advertisements for filling up the two posts of forestry and veterinary experts that went vacant after the just-concluded drive for hiring men to execute watershed projects in Saranda failed to find any taker.
The department had held a walk-in interview for a total of 16 posts on May 10 and 11. An encouraging 730 candidates had turned up, but none of them wanted to be a veterinary or forestry expert in Saranda, a former Maoist bastion that was purged of rebels last year.
While 17 candidates showed interest in the 12 posts of technical experts in various fields including agricultural engineering, software engineering, rural development and sociology, over 710 vied for the two posts of office caretakers.
However, divisional forest officer K.K. Tiwary is not perturbed, saying that they did not hope that all the posts would be filled up through just a single interview.
“We will make fresh efforts to hold another walk-in interview. We are hopeful that suitable candidates for the posts of veterinary and forestry experts will turn up for the second interview,” the DFO told The Telegraph, adding that they would issue a fresh advertisement for the two posts in a month’s time.
A senior forest official in Saranda said Birsa Munda Agriculture University had churned out adequate number of professionals with postgraduate degrees in veterinary and forestry. Hence, it was surprising that no one showed interest in the Saranda posts when the salary (Rs 25,000 per month) was handsome and chances of being hired were fair.