Yet another job crisis spectacle surfaced as graduates of B.E., B.Sc, M.Com applied for Grade-I permanent Sanitary jobs in Coimbatore. There were 7,000 applications for 549 jobs that needed the candidates to write and speak basic Tamil and be a class X pass out, to be counted as eligible.
The interview process was started by Coimbatore Municipal Corporation on 27 November and will be going on until 29 November. Along with the applicants with higher education qualifications, there were contract workers with 15 years of experience, construction workers, private jobholders, housewives.
“I am tired of searching for employment opportunities and my family is dependent on me. What am I supposed to do?” Pavithran, a B.E. graduate told The Times Of India. He said that he attended multiple job interviews for the past three years and he is now doing the job of a computer operator that pays him less than Rs.10,000,
The main reason behind hordes of applications for the particular role is said to the permanent nature of the job, secured by the government.
S Vignesh, another B.E. graduate spoke to The New Indian Express and said, “The post of a sanitary worker cannot be termed lowly, as every profession is important.” He has a family with a mother and a younger brother who are dependent on him.
The corporation mandates that the workers will be offered a salary with a bandwidth ranging from Rs.15,000-Rs. 50,000. P Eshwari, a sanitation worker who has been in the same field for 15 years said that she wanted to apply for a permanent job as the corporation is holding such interviews after several years.
The Logical Indian Take
It is a slap on the education system that sucks up the savings of the students that despite the professional qualifications, graduates are forced to take up jobs that are a mismatch to their skillset. It also highlights the government’s inability to generate jobs for a large number of educated but unemployed youth.
It is not only the youth that stands to lose in such a scenario but also the country when the skilled and qualified professionals do not get the opportunities and recognition they deserve.