Thiruvananthapuram: The Travancore Devaswom (Temple) Recruitment Board has led the way for social inclusion in Kerala as it shortlisted 36 people from Dalit and backward communities as temple priests.
Six Dalits are among 36 non-Brahmins, who have been recommended for appointment as priests in temples in Kerala.
This is for the first time six people from the scheduled caste community have been recommended for the appointment as priests.
A written examination and an interview on the lines of those conducted by the Public Service Commission (PSC) was held to prepare for the appointment of part-time priests, the release said.
Devaswom minister Kadakampally Ramachandran had made it clear that there should be no room for corruption and the selection should be on the basis of merit and by following reservation norms.
The TDB manages at least 1,248 shrines, including the famous Lord Ayyappa temple at Sabarimala.