Recruitment row at Alipore zoo
Times of India, 05 December 2020
Kolkata: Hundreds of youths, who have reportedly bagged jobs under a forest department scheme, were allegedly turned away by a “union leader” from the Alipore zoo, where they had gone to join work on Friday morning. The staff even had to suspend visitors’ entry to the zoo for a few hours.
While the aspirants — approximately 111 — who had waited in front of the zoo for over seven hours since morning to join work, were finally told that they would get a call after verification of documents, a senior forester assured that they would join work from Saturday. The state, through a notification in July had created 2,000 posts in a new category called ‘Bana Sahayaks’ on a contractual basis.
Samya Banerjee (35), who had come from Domjur, said he submitted application and appeared for a written test and interview on October 3. According to him, he collected appointment letter from forest department’s Auckland Road office on December 2 and was told to contact the zoo director to join duty.
Chief wildlife warden V K Yadav said: “Paper verification is over and they can join duty from Saturday.” Zoo director and the union leader couldn’t be contacted for comments.