As different states across India bring forth several inclusive initiatives to make the transgender community a mainstream part of the society, a blaring gap continues to exist as far as job opportunities in the public service commission are concerned.
This was a special concern for the Public Service Commission of Kerala, which had to reject countless applications from the marginalised group every year owing to the lack of proper provisions to accommodate them.
To bridge that gap, the state commission has unanimously decided to address the job aspirations of transgenders in the state and has sought government approval to make provisional amendments to employ transgender candidates in different arms of state civil services.
“At present, all application forms of the commission have only two columns, for male and female candidates. We receive applications from transgenders but do not have a provision to accommodate them. The growing requests for jobs from this section is a natural result of the efforts made by the State to bring them to the mainstream of society. Now the commission wants to provide a space for transgenders and has already written to the government in this regard,” said MK Sakeer, the state PSC Chairman, to The Hindu.
Contrary to other state commissions across the country, Kerala’s civil service division is the sole authority which oversees the recruitment and appointment process of every single arm ranging from police to teachers in the state.
If the proposition gets a nod from the policymakers, amendments to Kerala State and Subordinate Service Rules, 1958, will have to be undertaken in order to identify posts where transgender candidates can be placed.
The revision will also pave the way for a thorough evaluation of every suitable job profile and its requirements through collaborative involvement of each department.
The landmark provision, once commissioned, will not just establish a legitimate employment space for the transgender community in Kerala’s government services but also give them a chance to vie for posts alongside every other aspirant in the ambit of the civil services.