The Indian Economy Blog

July 22, 2007

Job Mela 2.0

Filed under: Growth,Human Capital,Labour market — Nitin @ 6:38 pm

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).


  1. The best- absolutely the best-thing a government can to \’find\’ jobs is to stop meddling in the economy.Let the state deregulate drastically, withdraw itself only to the essentials of providing security and justice(which is the primary purpose of the state but which it does very badly) and the private sector will create plenty of jobs. We don\’t need more jobs in the government: more babus=less productivity.

    It is pity that the level of understanding of such fundamentals is so low at this blog.

    Comment by Gurmeet — July 25, 2007 @ 4:41 am

  2. Gurmeet,

    It is pity that the level of understanding of such fundamentals is so low at this blog.

    You can’t believe how glad I am to hear you say this criticism. That’s because most of the time this blog is condemned as being full of “Free Market Fundamentalists”.

    So both you and Krish cannot be right at the same time.

    Comment by Nitin — July 25, 2007 @ 6:58 am

  3. “Free Market Fundamentalists”- that’s not a criticism, it’s a honor. Wear it proudly and live up to it.

    while you often express pro-freemarket sentiments, the actual solutions you propose are as often not so. You often seem so tied up in the technical jargon of economics that you lose sight of this fact -freedom works, and it works better than anything else, despite whatever some enthusiast playing with game theory or bayesian priors might say.

    Comment by Gurmeet — July 26, 2007 @ 3:17 am

  4. Gurmeet,

    Fair enough. Note that IEB has several contributors who have their own places on the political spectrum.

    Speaking for myself, I reject ideological pigeonholing (which paradoxically, opens one up to another label–centrism, which I reject for the same reason). The business of governance (and the making of public policy) is very different from taking ideological positions.

    Bulla Nai Jaana Mein Kaun!

    Comment by Nitin — July 26, 2007 @ 8:48 am

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