19 October 2019
Bhubaneswar: Around 40,000 jobs aspirants virtually laying siege of the area around 120 Infantry Battalion of the Territorial Army, opposite Police Commissionerate office here from October 14 onwards till date for filling up merely 71 vacancies of Soldier (GD) and others in the Territorial Army gives one a vivid idea of how grim is the picture of unemployment in India with its economy on a tailspin.
These job aspirants have come all the way from Madhya Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh and from different parts of Odisha. They are forced to sleep on the footpaths, sidewalks under the open sky and railway platforms braving downpours.
The maddening rush among job aspirants for the 70-odd vacancies of soldiers (GD) of the Territorial Army is proof enough of India’s unemployment rate hitting a 45-year high at 6.1 percent, which was officially confirmed post-elections by the National Sample Survey Organisation.
After witnessing a large number of job aspirants from different States facing gigantic problems in returning to their homes after attending the recruitment rally of the Territorial Army, the Indian Railways has as of date run four examination special trains from Bhubaneswar for the benefit of the job aspirants.
Ommcom News met and spoke to a few of those who had come to attend the recruitment rally. Many spoke on how grim is the job situation in India and the problems faced by them. Here are some of the excerpts:
“Job situation in India is grim. There are no jobs as compared to its population. Unemployment is high so is despair,” said Vishnu Prasad Sahu from Pamgarh in Janjgir Champa district of Chhattisgarh who has come to attend the recruitment rally.
“There is no arrangement here, we are forced to sleep in the open under the sky, there are no toilets, and we have to go to a great distance to relieve ourselves. The central government should make some arrangements for us job aspirants-at least free travel on trains or concessional fares,” he added.
"I am here for the last nine days. I had come on 11th. There are only 70-73 vacancies. There should be more vacancies. You can see the number of aspirants that have come to attend the interview. We don't have a place to sleep or even sleep. At least arrangements should have been made for our stay and food at reasonable rates. There should be more vacancies. 71,000 have come for 71 posts,” said another job aspirant Kausendra Gujjal from Bhawana in Meerut district of UP.
"There are only 71 vacancies. There should be more vacancies. We have come from so far-off places there is no arrangement for our stay or for our food. We are forced to sleep on the railway platform. Somebody stole my mobile phone and documents. Unemployment is high in India. Don't know whether I will get the job or not but I have already spent a lot of money on travel etc,” stated Puspendra from Khatki village of Meerut district in UP
"There are a lot many candidates for too little posts. For every 10 posts there are as many as 10,000 candidates. The government should increase the number of vacancies. There should be at least 500 vacancies for each state. The government should at least bear the travel expenses or make it free,” pointed out Asish Kumar from Chhattisgarh.
While the World Bank has slashed its estimate for India’s 2019-20 GDP growth rate from 7.5% to 6%, comments of Ministers like Ravi Shankar Prasad and Nirmala Sitharaman on the health of the Indian economy is still more disturbing.
Prasad last weekend said Indian economy was “sound” citing boom in ticket sales of films Joker, War, and Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy, which together sold tickets worth Rs 120 crore that day, the highest single-day movie ticket sales ever.
Similarly, Sitharaman had claimed last month that the drop in car sales among other things was due to the mindset of millennials, who now prefer not to commit EMIs to buy automobiles but prefer to use Ola or Uber or take the metro.
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