Gujarat: 292 applicants for every government job

GANDHINAGAR: Lalbhai Nayee, 27, has been camping in the state capital for the past year. A native of Mehsana district, he has the primary teacher?s certificate and a BA degree. He has enrolled in a master?s programme so that he can become a teacher. However, over the past year, he has taken seven examinations conducted for government recruitments ? ranging from Lok Rakshak Dal (LRD) jawan to high court bailiff for which the eligibility is class XII pass.

?I had worked for a year as a contractual science communicator as I failed to secure a steady job,? says Nayee. ?Then I just concentrated on government jobs. My reasoning is clear: it brings prestige in our community and also gives me a shot at a steady job.?

Youths like Nayee in formed the majority of the 8.75 lakh candidates who were vying for 9,713 positions of LRD in Gujarat Police. The exam was cancelled after its paper was leaked, hitting the ambition of of many to get Rs 19,000 fixed pay for five years and the opportunity to get a permanent job afterwards.

According to the data provided by the Government of Gujarat, in one year, 27,767 posts were announced ranging from class I to IV, for which 81.12 lakh applications were received: that is, 292 applications per post! Recently in Ahmedabad, over 20,000 applications were received for the fixed pay position of Ahmedabad Traffic Brigade (ATB) volunteer.

State labour and employment minister Dilip Thakor played down the ?rush.? ?It has been blown out of proportion,? he said. ?All those who are applying are not unemployed ? they take the exams for better opportunities. I cannot comment on any new policy to address the issue of unemployment. Our government is proactive in giving jobs to maximum possible youth.? Manish Doshi, a spokesperson of the Gujarat Congress, said that even if one buys the argument that one person applies for multiple jobs, the numbers recorded in Gujarat are high. ?The BJP claims that the Vibrant Summits have generated a large number of opportunities. So why such a mad rush for class III and IV jobs?? he asked.

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