The Left Front government has finally cleared the proposal to set up Kerala Administrative Service that will come to life on January 1.
The decision was made in consultation with employees’ organizations and their suggestions were duly considered.
Recruitment to KAS will be held through three ways. In the direct recruitment, the eligible age is kept between 21 and 32 years and a basic degree. Candidates through Stream 2 will be government employees not exceeding the age of 40, while those recruited through Stream 3 will be those in the first gazetted posts or above in government departments, with an age limit of 50 years.
K Jayakumar, a former Chief Secretary said that the very concept of KAS is built on meritocracy. “This will bring in professionalism in the bureaucracy by selecting those who have been given professional training and that will be good for the state. We should get over our inhibition of admitting merit over seniority. Kerala has a legacy of highlighting seniority over meritocracy. But in the modern world, we should give a fast track career for those based on merit.”
“It would give a big opportunity for the youth to enter the government service, while the state will get fresh faces. Second thing is that cadres will get into more top positions in the service based on merit. At present, those who have secured high ranks in studies work in clerical posts. Also, employees who have proved their mettle will get an opportunity to get higher posts through KAS,” said former Chief Secretary SM Vijayanand.