Actress gets letter for security guard interview

August 16th, 2011 - 6:21 pm ICT by IANS  

Panaji, Aug 16 (IANS) Goa’s state employment agency ‘wants’ a film actress doing her PhD and computer science graduates to appear for job interviews for security guards.

Priyanka Bidaye, who has acted in two regional films and is studying for her PhD in Physical Chemistry, is one of the several dozen people who were sent call letters earlier this month for interview and physical test for the post of a security guard at the state industries department.

“I got a call letter for the post of Industrial Security guard Aug 8. I have done my MSc in Physical Chemistry and currently doing PhD. Are the people eligible for the post getting call letters at all? This needs to be investigated,” Bidaye told IANS.

She has acted in two films, ‘Saanwariya.com’ and ‘Alisha’, which were screened at the International Film Festival of India in the festivals’ last two editions.

The call letter, issued by the under secretary in the personnel department which oversees the functioning of the state employment exchange, also asks the interviewees to assemble at the sports complex in Ponda, 30 km from here, Aug 18 for a “physical test”.

“It is ridiculous. Considering my qualification how can they send me a call letter for the said post. This means that they don’t update their data. If they don’t update data, how will it benefit the youth in terms of employment,” she said.

Ranjita Naik, a computer science graduate from Ponda, who also received a call letter for the security guard’s post, is equally flummoxed.

“I understand the concept of dignity of labour. But I am shocked because there has simply been no posting from the employment exchange vis-a-vis jobs which fit my profile,” Naik said.

“Why will a computer science graduate answer a call for the post of security guard,” he asked.

A senior personnel department official admitted the faux pas but said the call letters were sent across erroneously. “It was a human error because of which these call letters were sent.”

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