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August 25, 2015

75,000 Applicants for 30 Peon Positions in Chhattisgarh

In a display of the extent of unemployment and underemployment in India, over 75,000 applications were received for 30 available peon positions in the Directorate of Economics and Statistics of the Chhattisgarh government. The eligibility criterion was completing Class V, but engineers and post-graduates also applied.

This Tribune article reports:


"Directorate head Amitabh Panda said... 'We had made arrangements for 2,000 to 3,000 aspirants,' ... 


"India’s vast bureaucracies, a legacy of British colonial rule, are seen as an extremely secure place of employment compared with the private sector. Government jobs, even the lowest ones, are highly sought after, with regular reports of candidates paying thousands of rupees in bribes to try to clinch one... "


India’s unemployment rate was 3.6 percent in 2013, according to the World Bank. But underemployment remains a critical issue in a country where 23 percent of the population lives on $1.25 a day."

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