Typing proficiency in Malayalam, English mandatory for govt jobs in Kerala now- The New Indian Express

News Express Service

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Ability to write in English and Malayalam has been made mandatory for appointment to government service. New hires must meet a minimum typing speed to successfully complete the probationary period for entry-level positions such as secretaries and assistants.

“Computer knowledge of word processing (both Malayalam and English) with a minimum speed of 15 and 20 words per minute, respectively, has been made an additional requirement for successful completion of the test,” said an order issued by Chief Secretary VP Joy. Candidates who have passed KGTE Typing (Lower) for computer word processing are exempted, the order said.

About 90% of government offices have adopted digital systems like E-District or Digital Document File System, where Malayalam is the main language, but the lack of knowledge of Malayalam writing by the staff is a challenge.

A large number of employees do not know how to type in Malayalam and they are managing with facilities like Google’s typing tool. The government now plans to provide training that would help increase the speed and efficiency of the digital office program. As a first step, district collectors have been asked to report the number of workers who need training.

The training will be provided through the Institute of Government Management and various departmental level training centers. Malayalam was declared the official language in state government offices in January 2015.

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