- Lekhpal is a clerical government post in Uttar Pradesh state and its duty is to function as the revenue, police and administrative village accountant.
- The government of India conducts a civil service test to select candidates for the positions, which is extremely competitive. Usually, 1 makes it to the final list out of every 200 applicants.
- One can directly get the job after doing 12th through entrance and interview process.
- You receive many financial benefits. Though it’s a government job, you don’t get governmental perks which are there in other government jobs.
- The cost of education after 12th is zero, as training cost is borne by the Government.
- The job security is very high.
Name – Ashok Kumar
Profession – Lekhpal (Accountant) at Tehsil Dadha, UP
Age – 50
Gender – Male
Industry – Government of India
City – Noida
Where have you been born and raised?
I was born and raised in Bodaki, a village near Greater Noida. My father was a school teacher while mother was a homemaker. I have 3 brothers and 1 sister. I belong to an upper-middle-class rural family.
Who had the most influence on you and how?
Both my parents greatly influenced me. My father, however, always inspired me to do great things.
Please give a summary of your career.
I became an accountant in 1989 on finding a vacancy ad in the newspaper. I was first posted at District Bulandsheher in Tehsil Anoopsheher for 7 months. Later, I was posted at Ghaziabad in Tehsil Garh.
Finally, when in 1996 District Gautam Buddh Nagar was set up, I was posted there. I am working here since then.
Which institutes are best for the training/education of Lekhpal/Government Accountant?
There is no such institute which provides the training of Lekhpal. After 12th, you appear for the competitive exam conducted by the Government.
What is the training/education cost for a Lekhpal?
The training is free as its cost is borne by the government. There is a small non-refundable application fee for the exam which varies every year. It gets released only with the application forms. Thus, I don’t know about it.
What are the typical entry-level government jobs for an Accountant?
A civil service test is administered for the positions, which is extremely competitive. The Uttar Pradesh Subordinate Services Selection Commission (UPSSSC) is the government body which conducts several examinations to select eligible applicants.
Candidates must have an Intermediate / 12th class certificate from a recognized board. The candidate’s age should be between 18 to 40 years. The application form is published online on the official website of UPSSSC.
The entrance examination carries 4 papers — General Hindi, Mathematics, General Knowledge, and Rural Development and Rural society.
After clearing this exam, the candidate needs to take up an interview process. On the basis of this interview, they get recruitment in different districts of UP.
Please note that the job of an accountant is only available in Uttar Pradesh in India.
Following this, the candidate trains for the job for one year.
What is the average salary of a Lekhpal?
Starting out — 4,80,000 INR per annum
5 years’ experience — 7,00,000 INR per annum
10 years’ experience — 10,00,000 INR per annum
15 years’ experience — 12,00,000 INR per annum
20+ years’ experience — 15,00,000 INR per annum
Please describe your work.
The duties are to function as the revenue, police and administrative village accountant officer at the village level.
My work includes conducting surveys, inspection of fields, recording crop data, revision of official maps of fields and other village lands and report revision related to mutations and partitions.
I also do the collection of revenues, the collection of rents of government’s rented places etc. which are important tasks.
I also report the death of village residents to update data, crime and also help police to make a roadmap for investigation in such cases if asked.
In case of natural disaster, my work is to make reports and assist to provide relief.
I also assist in providing relief to agricultural distress and also in census operations.
A Lekhpal has to accomplish several governmental duty such as issue birth certificates, Jati (caste) certificates, Voter IDs, Aadhar Cards, Affidavits, pension papers, Census etc.
I’m on duty for 10–11 hours but if an emergency arises, I need to be up anytime. On Sundays, we do get holidays although it’s not always guaranteed.
What are some of the positives which would encourage someone to consider Lekhpal (Accountant) as a career?
- The work culture is good. Every village needs a Lekhpal to function. Thus, all villagers try to maintain a good relationship with Lekhpal and show courtesy towards him. The career gives a guaranteed good social life.
- I get to know the problems faced by rural people personally and have the power to help them to a great extent. This authority gives me a great job satisfaction.
- The salary is good. Though most Lekhpals are corrupt, few are into the profession with good intentions.
- There is a novelty in work. Every day is new with a new task and new people to deal with. One can’t get bored with this job.
What are some of the challenges that you would want someone to be aware of when considering Lekhpal (Accountant) as a career?
- It’s sometimes tough to deal with the rural people who believe Lekhpals hold all power. Thus, whenever their work is pending due to a fault in the government system, they blame us and may sometimes become violent.
- There’s a high chance (almost 80%) of Lekhpals becoming corrupt. They misuse power by plundering poor people in return for doing their work which must be done without any fee. Not only has it caused a problem for the poor, but also depreciated an already infamous profession due to corruption.
- Another problem is that the system through which we are recruited and the perks in the job are not upgraded. In 2004 a law was passed that village accountants won’t get any pension security henceforth. We don’t get any governmental perks like medical insurance or residence either.
- The system is so traditional and un-upgraded that even the tools and stationery we get from the system are traditional ones. This makes work difficult.
What are the relevant skills/technologies/trends that are commanding a premium for a Lekhpal?
One must have the ability to suggest practical solutions, and thus one must have problem-solving skills.
One should know the use of maps and scales as they are used a lot. One should also have local language skills and ability to understand the rural dialects in which one works.
What kind of a person would be happy as a Lekhpal?
A social and extrovert person, who enjoys helping others, is altruistic and doesn’t mind intruding in other’s affairs for helping them out would be really happy in the profession.
Given another choice, what would you do differently as far as your professional selections are concerned?
Yes. I may pursue another work in the coming future but that won’t be a job. I’d prefer becoming a politician so that I get the power to help those poor people I’ve been with, in endless ways and work for the welfare of all.
What would be your advice to students or professionals who are just starting their journey on a path like yours?
Be altruistic in your profession. Don’t get into the traps of corruption like others who are contributing their best in defaming such a good profession. In this profession, you will get lots of opportunities to do well for the needy. Find your happiness in that. Help them out through your power. There is a great need of such people in this profession. Only such people can help make a better society.
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