Cochin Devaswom Board To Recruit 54-Non-Brahmin PriestsRepresentative Image(Photo by Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)

The Cochin Devaswom board has concluded appointment of a fresh batch of priests including 54 from Non-Brahmin communities, including seven from Scheduled Castes, reports The Hindu.

The recruitment, according to the board, has been prepared after considering the results of tests and interviews conducted on the lines of the Public Service Commission. Due weight was given to merit and reservations, The Hindu quoted Devaswom Minister Kadakampally Surendran as saying in a statement.

Only 16 candidates from the forward castes came on the merit list. 27 candidates out of 34 selected from the Ezhava community featured in the merit list. Seven candidates qualified for appointment from backward classes of which two candidates came on merit.

One candidate each from Hindu Nadar and Vishwakarma community qualified. However, of the four candidates from the Dheevara community that qualified, two were selected on merit. The candidates were interviewed by representatives of Tantri Mandalam and Tantir Samajam, the release said.

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