23 lakh applications for 368 peon jobs in UP


LUCKNOW: What could be the height of unemployment? The answer to this lies in UP where more than 23 lakh persons have applied against 368 posts of peon in the state secretariat. The number is almost half the population of Lucknow, which is 45 lakhs. 

What is even more shocking is that over two lakh applicants are at least graduate with BTech, BSc, MSc and MCom degrees. Applications also include 255 candidates with a PhD degree in hand, The Times of India report said. 

The figures come from department of Sachivalaya Administration which would be conducting the appointment. Prabhat Mittal, secretary, informed that candidates had to apply online against the advertised posts. “We were shocked to see the response,” Mittal said. 

The recruitment was to be done through direct interview which may take a couple of years. 

Candidates have their reason for applying. “It’s better to work as a peon than to roam without a job,” said Alok, an applicant who holds a PhD degree. Graduate Ratan Yadav added, “there is nothing wrong in taking up menial work.” 

Rekha Verma, another applicant, said that it was better to serve water to officers than to lead a life of dependency. “If you are jobless, you eventually seek help from relatives and friend… but for how long can one survive on the kindness of well-wishers,” she said.

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