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On the job front: Why promise what you can’t deliver?



With the number of jobless persons increasing by the day, unemployment inevitably becomes a major poll issue. Every political party has to promise ‘jobs’ to the youth to win their votes. If the Narendra Modi-led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) promised, but failed, to provide 10 crore jobs, besides other lollipops, to win the parliamentary elections in 2013, the Congress used the same stick to beat the BJP in the recent Assembly elections in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh. It was easier, however, for the new chief ministers to implement the promise to waive farm loans than to tackle unemployment. All MP Chief Minister Kamal Nath could do was to order reservation of 70 per cent jobs in the state to its residents and blame their unemployment on migrants from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar.

Nath is not the first leader to have done that. Similar reservations of up to 80 and 90 per cent for locals have been announced earlier by BJP governments in UP, Gujarat, etc., but to no avail. Violent attacks on Bihari and other north Indian migrants in Mumbai by the Shiv Sena and the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (NNS) for low availability of jobs to the ‘locals’ is well-known and so is their demand for the reservation of jobs for the ‘locals’.  But, such reservations do not create jobs.

Unemployment, in fact, has been a global problem for quite some time. As former Reserve Bank governor Raghuram Rajan recently said in an interview, rampant joblessness, caused by the “tech revolution”, is mainly responsible for the “majoritarian” backlash in the US and other countries, including India.

The rate of economic growth in India has not created the required number of jobs because this growth has been by and large capital-intensive. The growth has been more in the tertiary than in the industrial sector. The successful start-ups, too, have been more in the fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG), e-retail trading, Infotech and sunrise industries like that of solar panels, etc, that do not create a large enough number of jobs. These sectors create jobs for either Infotech-trained IIT graduates and post-graduates or some scooter-driving delivery boys, etc. They do not create any jobs for the large armies of arts, commerce and science graduates turned out by our universities.

The story is no different in medium and small industries. These, too, are capital-intensive and need more digital technology than men to operate and make profits. All these add to the growth level, but do not provide jobs. The industrialists and entrepreneurs are conscious of this and appreciate the problem of jobs, but explain that robotics and digital technology is more accurate and efficient and less risky as well as less costly than human labour.

The number of unemployed youth, therefore, continues to increase. Political leaders may promise jobs but there is no way they can provide these in the required numbers. The unemployed youth, meanwhile, turn to crime. They are easy prey to all kinds of extremist social and political agitations, too. It is well-known that the Khalistan movement in Punjab fed largely on the jobless graduates.

The narrative will not change with the coming of the Congress to power. The political class, at best, can blame job-loss upon migrants and talk of reservation for locals. What makes matters worse for the jobless in India is that while the American and European jobless have a social security net to fall back upon, there is no such net in this country. The political class in developing countries like India, therefore, would do well to promise and work to provide social security (cash doles or monthly unemployment allowance) to the jobless and ask them to do some voluntary social service in lieu thereof. The funds for this social security could be met by imposing a cess on the highest two slabs of income tax.

In the long term, however, people must seek and work for a paradigm shift in their socio-economic organisation by gradually withdrawing from the productive activity and leaving it to information technology and artificial intelligence (AI) and instead concentrate on educational and cultural development to improve the quality of life and raise the cultural and living standards by opening more educational and cultural institutions and concentrating on higher education, research, knowledge, art and cultural development.

There is no easy option.

Nisha Shiwani has worked in many companies in various capacities and in her free time loves to express herself through her articles. She is based out of the pink city Jaipur.

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7th pay commission: 200% hike cleared for these central government employees



7th pay commission: While the Central government staff is still hopeful of a pay hike and an increase in fitmrnt factor. The employees of Indian Railways got a good news. According to a ZeeBiz report, the Indian railways has decided to more than double the running allowance of its guards, loco pilots and assistant loco pilots, thereby accepting a long-pending demand of employees’ unions.

The latest move would increase Railways’ annual financial burden of allowances by Rs 1,225 crore and enhance operating ratio by 2.5 per cent, the report stated citing sources.

“The running staff had been demanding the increase for the past four years. While the allowances for other employees had been increased on July 1, 2017, their hike was pending. This is a new year gift from the railways to its staff. However, this will be a huge burden on railways as it will increase the operating ratio by around 2.5 per cent,” said the source.

Meanwhile, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has asked to all head of departments and assistant commissioners to submit rationalised duty hours of employees working under them to the general administration department. The data will be used for negotiations with unions regarding the implementation of the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission. The civic administration is likely to meet the unions next week.

While the state has already implemented the recommendation and employees will receive a pay increase from February, the BMC administration is waiting for directions on the same.

Another good news announced for professors and teachers of every state as ahead of 2019 Lok Sabha elections, the Narendra Modi government has announced a pay hike.

The academic staff will get the benefits of the 7th Pay Commission with effect from January 1, 2016.

Not only the teachers, the central government has said that the other staff members of universities and colleges will also get a new pay scale. President of Lucknow University Associated College Teachers Association (LUACTA), Manoj Pandey told that implementation of the 7th pay commission will increase the salaries by about Rs 40,000 at professor level while those at the lower level will get a hike up to Rs 7,000 per month

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7th pay commission: Good news for these employees



7th pay commission: The Modi government on Tuesday approved proposal to extend the 7th Central Pay Commission benefits to the teachers and other academic staff of the state government/ government aided degree level technical institution in the country.

The move would have additional Central Government liability of Rs 1241.78 crore.

The Central government would reimburse 50 per cent of the total addition expenditure (from 1.1.2016 to 31.3.2019) to be incurred by these institutes for payment of arrears on account of7th Central Pay Commission.

Meanwhile, over 50 lakh employees are hopeful that Modi government might announce some relief in its interim busget on February 1. If several media reports are to be believed then the central staff could also expect a salary hike.

The government reportedly is likely to discuss the much-awaited demand of salary hike and increase in fitment factor. Earlier, the government had denied any salary hike beyond the recommendations of the seventh pay commission.

Currently, the Central employees are getting a minimum pay of Rs 18,000 but they are demanding it to be raised to Rs 26,000, besides an increase in the fitment factor by 3.68 times from the existing 2.57 times.

Earlier, amidst the central government employees ‘demand of rise in salary and change in fitment factor, government staff of Bengal would now get a dearness allowance (DA) at 125 per cent of their basic salary, under 7th pay commission.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had announced that the government employees of the state would get DA at 125 per cent of their basic pay from this month, while assuring the employees of clearing all the dues by January

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SBI SO 2019: Registration begins, last date to appy January 31



SBI SO 2019: The registration for recruitment for over 11 posts for as many as 31 vacancies in State Bank of India has begun. Candidates can log in to SBI’s official website— for the same. The application process will end on January 31, 2019.

After filling the form online, candidates are required to send the supporting documents to SBI’s head office. The total vacancies are 31 in number.

Out of these 31 vacancies, two posts are for Deputy manager (statistician), three are for Project development manager – agriculture/ international banking/ retail/ corporate banking, three are for Manager (servicing – digital), three for Manager (business analyst / customer service analyst), three are for Manager (online fulfilment/ integration and journey/ superstore fulfillment) and four are for Manager (digital marketing), and one each for Head (lead),DGM (NCLT),  DGM (law), Head (product, investment and research).

The rest 10 vacancies are for Executive (credit monitoring).

The candidates applying for SBI SO post fo statistician will get a remuneration of Rs 15 lakh, for manager posts candidates will get Rs 18 lakh. For DGM posts an annual salary of Rs 35 to 47 lakh will be given, For the post of Head (legal) candidates can expect CTC in the range of Rs 47 to Rs 52 lakh. For other posts, salary is negotiable

For candidates who belong to the unreserved category will have to pay Rs 600 while those belonging to SC/ST/PwD will have to pay Rs 100.

Below is a step-wise guide on how to apply.

Step 1: Visit the official website,

Step 2: Go to Careers, recruitment page

Step 3: A new page will open, click on the ‘SBI SO cadre recruitment..’ link

Step 4: Register using personal details

Step 4: Start filing form, upload documents

Step 5: Make payment and take print out

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67 thousands posts of constables opened with matriculation as educational requirement!



As the national elections are nearing the government at the centre has really become serious to an extent on employment front. There is indeed a good news for the matric pass young men of the country as the Subordinate Services Commission has announced appointment for 67 thousand posts of constables in paramilitary forces of the country viz Border Security Force, Central Industrial Security Force, SSB, Indo Tibet Police Force etc.

The notification in this regard is likely to be issued shortly. The minimum basic qualification required for appearing in the written and physical examination is merely matriculation passed. Both the aspiring boys and girls can apply for the said posts.

There have been dearth of police personels in these para military forces since long dealing with law and order situation, in counter insurgency operations at the porous Indo Pak borders, in strife torn Kashmir, at domestic and international airports, metro rail corporations, important government buildings and scientific installations and to counter the riotous situation in various parts of the country.

When the BJP led NDA government assumed power at the centre it promised to give two crore jobs to the youngsters but on the employment generation front things seem to be quite awry. The Delhi Police and various state police forces are already running short of constables and lower rung police officials to counter and control the increasing trend of law lessness in various states of the country as majority of the police force is involved in the VIP and VVIP security.

There was a time when government at the centre and the states used to employ good number of youngsters in government offices as clerks, typists and stenographers and in the lower rung as well but it has been witnessed that during the last two decades or so the government sector has witnessed dearth in such appointments as a new system of contractual appointments have come into force where the salaries are too low in commensurate of sky rocketting inflation and there is no job securityas well.

In majority of the cases the retired employees are re hired at a meagre salary thus killing the chances of the new young educated appointees. This is really a very distressing trend. The employment, health, agrarian and the lower and medium business sector of the country is in quite disarray and doldrums.

Majority of the qualified and skilled young men after completing their graduation and post graduation in rural and semi urban sectors are either sitting idle at home for want of proper jobs or are constrained to serve in the private sector with meagre insecured jobs for longer hours thus being exploited to the hilt.

The government of the day should revise its employment generation policy and open maximum number of new jobs in the government sector to fullfil its pre election promises and bring to end the increasing frustration amongst the educated young people who are running from pillar to posts for want of employment but of no avail.

The employment exchanges established by the government in various parts of the country are also serving no suitable and constructive purpose as there are literally no or negligible number of jobs in government departments of the centre and states.

While on the one hand the government servants are retiring at the fast pace while on the other hand there are no vacancies to fill the back log or the vacancies existing out of these retirements.

The incumbent government should seriously give a rethinking on this front and create jobs for the skilled and educated young aspirants forthwith.

ABOVE is the picture of unemployed youth going in an over crowded train risking their lives even on its rooftop to appear in the state police force recruitment exam few months ago in Jaipur. One can have the idea: how enormous is the unemployment problem in the country?

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