New Delhi: A total of 7,000 candidates, comprising engineers, graduates, postgraduates, and diploma-holders, had responded to the City Corporation’s invitation to apply for the 549 grade-1 sanitary posts, stated a report. The three-day interview process and the document verification process began on November 27, a report quoted official sources as saying.

Notably, 70 per cent of the applicants were found eligible as they had cleared the SSLC and had the minimum qualification needed to apply for the post. Some of the applicants even had job experience in private firms. However, they had applied for the central government job with its promising salary offer starting at Rs 15,700.

Most of the graduate applicants had chosen to work as sanitary workers since their previous employment in private firms offered them a meagre monthly salary between Rs 6,000 and Rs 7,000 for a 12-hour shift, stated news agency PTI.

Those already working as the contract sanitary workers for the last 10 years have also applied for these permanent jobs.

On the other hand, sanitary workers job fetches a salary of nearly Rs 20,000 with the work timings of three hours in the morning and three hours in the evening, which also provides them an option of doing other petty works during leisure.

The Corporation now has 2,000 permanent and 500 contract sanitary workers in its rolls.

(With inputs from PTI)