What should Indian governments do to help citizens get jobs? The central government clearly has wrong ideas—it intends to impose job quotas in the private sector for ‘backward’ communities/classes, which is perhaps the second worst thing it can do (the worst being “creating” more government jobs before giving them away). And we are not even talking about the gargantuan Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme.
The city of Madurai in Tamil Nadu state is 2507 km away from New Delhi. And it has some good ideas that show what governments can do to help citizens find employment.
Ever heard of a government organisation involving itself in a job fair for private companies? Well, that is what the District Employment Office in Madurai did on Saturday by organising the first-ever job fair by inviting private companies to select candidates.
Hundreds of job-seekers turned up for the Velai Vaayppu Sandhai held in the city, and underwent the selection process conducted by representatives of about 15 companies from insurance, banking and manufacturing sectors. [The Hindu]
That’s a good move and in the right direction, even—as the following passage shows—if it were motivated by same-old, same-old.
“Till such time the candidates get a Government job, they should keep working somewhere. So we thought of calling private companies to select candidates suitable for their requirements,” said Pitchamma Arumugom, Assistant Director (Employment).