Panchayat:Repo18/Law Manual Page1187

4. Appointing Authority.- The appointing authority for the categories constituted at State level shall be the Director of Panchayats and for categories constituted at District level shall be the [Deputy Director of Panchayat).

5. Qualification regarding age.— No person shall be eligible for appointment by direct recruitment to any of the posts [except Drivers] if he has not completed 18 years of age or has completed 35 years of age as on the first day of January of the year in which the applications for appointment are invited:

10[Provided also that no person shall be eligible for appointment by direct recruitment to the post of Driver if he has not completed 18 years of age or has completed 38 years of age as on the 1st January of the year in which applications for appointment are invited.]

Provided that the upper age limit prescribed in the rules shall be relaxed by 5 years in the case of candidates belonging to the Scheduled Castes or Scheduled Tribes and by 3 years in the case of candidates belonging to any of the other Backward Classes.

6. Reservation of appointment.— The rules relating to reservation of appointments (General Rules 14 to 17) as amended from time to time, shall apply to appointment to the service by direct recruitment.

7. Other qualifications.- No persons shall be eligible for appointment to the category mentioned in column (1) of the table below, unless he possesses the qualifications prescribed in the corresponding entry in column (3) thereof namely :

TABLE

Category Method of appointment Qualification (3) GROUPI 1. Special Grade By promotion S.S.L.C. or equivalent Executive Officer/Special Grade Secretary (Grama Panchayat) 2. Panchayat By promotion S.S.L.C. or equivalent Inspector/Junior Superintendent 3. Executive By promotion S.S.L.C. or equivalent Officer/ Secretary (Grama panchayat) By direct Degree of a recognised recruitment University. Preferential qualification:- Graduation in Law. GROUP II 1. Head Clerk By promotion S.S.L.C. or equivalent 2. Upper Division By promotion S.S.L.C. or equivalent Clerk