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Over 23Lakh in Race For 368 Peons’ Posts

LUCKNOW: In a sad reflection of galloping unemployment graph in the state, over 23 lakh youths have sent their applications for 368 posts of peons at UP secretariat. It’s a problem of plenty for the secretariat administration, which has formed a panel to sift through the applications.



What is even more shocking is that over 2 lakh applicants are at least graduate with B Tech, B Sc, M Sc and M Com degrees. Applications also include 255 candidates with a PhD degree in hand. The minimum qualification for the post was class V. Interestingly, only 53,000 candidates have not studied beyond class V.

Prabhat Mittal, secretary of secretariat administration department which is holding the appointment process, says that the posts were advertised on August 11. Candidates had to apply online, the last date of which was September 14. “On Tuesday, we were shocked to see the response,” said Mittal.

The numbers have put the fate of the recruitment process in a limbo at least for some time. Actually, as per Sachivalaya Group D Recruitment and Service Rules-1983, appointment for the post of peon is through direct interview. But, with a beeline of 23 lakh candidates, direct interview would take four and a half years even if the interviews went on 24X7, non-stop.

The matter was reported to state government on Wednesday morning. Accordingly, chief secretary Alok Ranjan constituted a sub-committee comprising officials from department of personnel, finance and law to suggest a formula for rejection so that the numbers may be reduced. Mittal, who heads the committee, would hold the first meeting on Thursday.

The job of a peon in UP government fetches a carry home salary of Rs 16,000 per month home to begin with and would increase periodically. But beside this, candidates have their reason for applying. “It’s better to work as a peon than to wander without a job,” said Alok, an applicant who holds a PhD degree. Graduate Ratan Yadav added, “There is nothing wrong in taking up menial work if it gives you an earning and keeps your self respect intact.”

Another applicant Rekha Verma said it was better to serve water to officials than to lead a life of dependency. “If you are jobless, you eventually seek help from relatives or friends… but for how long can one survive on the kindness of well-wishers,” she said.

Although UP’s unemployment rate is slightly lower than the national average, there is a huge clamouring of applicants whenever such large-scale vacancies in government sector are announced. Last Sunday, over 26 lakh candidates appeared for 13,600 posts of Lekhpal.

After coming to power in 2012, when SP government announced Rs 1,000 unemployment allowance, more than 20 lakh youths registered themselves with different employment exchanges.


UP has 1.32 crore jobless youths

As per the 66th round of National Sample Survey Organisation which was released in July 2013, around 1.32 crore persons in UP in the 15-35 years age-group are unemployed. By noting that work participation rate in UP is 33.3%, the NSSO reports highlights the dismal situation of job availability in state. This means six out of 10 workers in UP go without jobs or fend for themselves with pecuniary wages.

Job Rush

23 lakh applications received against 368 posts of peons

Class V minimum qualification for post that fetches starting monthly salary of Rs 16,000

2.22 lakh candidates are graduates and post graduates including B Tech

255 applicants have PhD degree

Just 53,000 not studied beyond class

Over 23Lakh in Race For 368 Peons’ Posts