How many applicants would you expect for 92 peon vacancies? At a time when unemployment is a problem, we can well expect perhaps 20, or may be 50 people to apply for one job. But no! The situation is much worse. In Haryana, as many as 23,166 people laid claim to 92 peon jobs in the Maharshi Dayanand University (MDU), Rohtak. The report says that on June 20, last day to submit applications for the 92 MDU peon posts, a mile long queue of peon-aspirants lined up at the campus. A lot of chaos, pushing and worse were reported on that day.
People who were lined up for the application wanted a “permanent job”, and there’s hardly anything which ensures security like a government job. What was really a big shock for authorities was the fact that candidates who pursued MBA, M.Phil, and other top courses applied for these posts and were therefore, ready to serve water to lecturers or run errands for the principal. In an irony of things, one of the applicants even showed up with a string of degrees – MA, M.Ed, and an M.Phil – all from MDU.
The report comes out at a time when India’s unemployment rate has registered a slight increase since May 2014, according to an analysis of government data, IANS reported. The unemployment rate in 2015-16 was five per cent of the labour force, up from 4.9 per cent in 2013-14.
The total number of jobs created, calculated by adding data from the eight major sectors included in the Labour Ministry’s quarterly employment surveys and data on the PMEGP until October 2016 would be 1.51 million, as per IANS,- which is nearly 39 per cent less than the 2.47 million created during the three previous years, based on the same data sources.