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Saturday, 07 December 2019 3.16 PM IST

7,000 engineers, graduates apply for 549 sanitary worker jobs in Coimbatore

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NEW DELHI: Our country is reeling under severe economic slowdown. Even the Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman conceded that the economy growth is slow but our country won't see recession. The past few months, we have seen top agencies suggesting the current economic downturn because of which there are layoffs happening due to dearth of jobs and cost-cutting.

The situation is getting worse rather than improving as the youth of our country after getting their earned degrees are jostling for jobs and a perfect example of this is from Coimbatore.

A total of 7,000 engineers, graduates and diploma-holders has applied for 549 posts of sanitary workers in the city corporation.

The corporation had called for applications for the posts of 549 grade-1 sanitary posts and 7,000 applicants appeared for the three-day interview and verification of certificates, official sources said.

On verification, it was found that nearly 70 per cent of the candidates have completed SSLC, the minimum qualification, and most of them were engineers, post- graduates, graduates and diploma-holders, they said.

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In some cases, it was found the applicants were already employed in private firms, but the government job attracted them as the starting salary is Rs 15,700.

Those already working as the contract sanitary workers for the last 10 years have also applied for these permanent jobs.

Many graduate applicants had not got the jobs according to the qualification and had to work to support the family with just Rs 6,000-Rs 7,000 as salary in private firms and toiled for 12 hours with no job security, they said.

On the other hand, sanitary workers job fetches a salary of nearly Rs 20,000 with the work timings of three hours in the morning and three hours in the evening, which also provides them an option of doing other petty works during leisure.

The corporation now has 2,000 permanent and 500 contract sanitary workers in its rolls. Not only Coimbatore, even in Bihar, over 5 lakh applicants applied for 166 Group-D posts in the state.

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What was more alarming is the fact that these applicants include graduates, post-graduates, MBA and MCA degree holders.

As the controversy gathered steam, Bihar Minister Shrawan Kumar rebuffed it by saying "What can government do if people apply for jobs?" Kumar, who is the Minister of Rural Development and Parliamentary Affairs, recognised that the development is a matter of concern.

He, however, subtly blamed the "increasing competition" around the world for the same.

Given the current lack of jobs situation in the country coupled with the under-performing economy, the country's developmental progress definitely seems to be jeopardy.

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