GANDHINAGAR: In dry Gujarat, there would be stiff competition to become a prohibition officer! In fact, the state has received a whopping 1.13 lakh applications for 39 vacancies of sub- inspectors to bolster the state government's enforcement of prohibition
The Gujarat Subordinate Service Selection Board (GSSSB) is conducting the recruitment process on behalf of the prohibition and excise department.GSSSB, which invited applications for the 39 posts of sub-inspectors, has offered five-year, fixed pay job opportunities for candidates. The recruitment board, which will hold the examination on July 31 at various centres across the state, received 1.13 lakh applications.This means that 2,897 applicants will be vying for every vacancy.A key officer of the prohibition and excise department said that at present, more than half of the posts at various levels are vacant.
"Against the sanctioned staff strength of 650, which includes director, deputy director, inspector, sub inspector and other positions, about 350 posts are vacant at present," the officer said, adding that retirement of staff and non-recruitment of new staff are the main reasons for the vacancies. SIs to enforce prohibition
After a long time, the government granted permission to recruit 39 sub-inspector level officers in the department. These are field-level posts. The role of a sub inspector is to ensure best possible enforcement of prohibition. Sub inspectors are also assigned the task of issuing health permits for liquor consumption," sources said.An officer of the GSSSB said that it is surprising for such a large number of candidates to apply for posts where the government has offered fixed pay for a period of five years. "It is surprising that 1.13 lakh applicants have evinced interests for a mere 39 class III posts. The government will evaluate the performance of those selected after five years of work ," said the officer. According to GSSSB sources, the primary examination will be held later this month and shortlisted candidates are expected to go through another examination by the year-end.