After increasing the entry age for government service aspirants in Goa from the existing 40 to 45 years, Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar, in a telephonic interview with The Indian Express, said that no other state has set the criterion as high as Goa.
“It’s unique to our state since we have so many aspirants seeking government jobs. They are ready to do anything to get government job and repeatedly invest many years to crack it,” Parsekar said.
Parsekar reasoned that given the small geography and administrative structure of the state it was not possible for the government to accommodate everyone in the public service.
“Given people’s traditional upbringing, people find government jobs as an option to have a stable livelihood while staying close to home, therefore such preference. Many people I have seen trying to apply for year after year to get the job,” he said.
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The chief minister hopes that schemes like these would stop Goans from leaving the state for better opportunities outside India.
“We have 88 per cent literacy rate, but the best of our talents are moving across state and even internationally because of lack of opportunity. But with schemes like these we hope to motivate people to try their chances within the state and contribute for the welfare of Goa,” he said.
The move, effective from the July, will likely open up opportunities to job aspirants across 84 institutions that are either fully or partly under the state government. Even though the new entrant may join the state government service at the age of 45, he will have to retire at the age of 60. Also the state government faces less financial liability on the employee post retirement since the duration of tenure is comparatively shorter.