Friday, September 18, 2015

India and Work

In India's Uttar Pradesh, the state government say they have been overwhelmed after receiving 2.3 million applications for 368 low-level government jobs. The qualifications was having primary school qualifications and being able to ride a bicycle. But tens of thousands of graduates, post-graduates and others with doctorate degrees applied (255 PhD holders and 152,000 graduates.) . It will take at least four years to complete even if there are 10 boards interviewing 200 candidates a day, for 25 days a month.

In Uttar Pradesh tens of millions are out of work. The state, with a population of 215 million, is expected to have 13.2 million unemployed young people by 2017.

Earlier this year, several people were injured in a stampede when thousands turned up to join the Indian army in the southern city of Visakhapatnam. In 2010, one man was killed and 11 others were injured in the crush when more than 10,000 candidates gathered to join the police in Mumbai. And in 1999, the government in West Bengal state was deluged with responses when they advertised 281 jobs and received nearly one million applications.

The successful candidates will receive a monthly salary of 16,000 rupees ($240; £156).

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