Mattannur (Kannur): As many as 2000 people lined up at a hotel here. They were not heading to attend a party but to face an interview as part of the recruitment drive to appoint cleaning staff for the soon-to-be-commissioned Kannur International Airport. But interestingly, only 25 posts were up for grab. A private agency entrusted to man the ground handling activities of the airport is recruiting the workers on a contract basis.
Curiously, even applicants in their 50s queued up outside the venue since morning though the age limit was capped at 35 years. Another interesting fact is that the authorities did not place any advertisement calling applications for the post. However, representatives of various political parties were aware of the interview well in advance which explains how party workers from within and outside the district gathered with their resume. The 25 persons who were selected in the initial phase are supposed to join duty at the terminal station on November 15.
As many as 70 cleaning staff will be posted on contract basis by the time flight services start operations next month. However, some candidates allege that trade unions are overseeing the contractual recruitments and hence a lion's share in the appointments is set aside for members of different political parties.
In September, a whopping 4,000 candidates had appeared for the interview held for 200 posts. All the candidates selected so far have undergone a training programme at Cochin International airport and are ready to join duty once the airport is operational.
Measures are also under way to recruit one member from the families evicted for the setting up of the airport.