Top government jobs in Madhya Pradesh have many takers among the youth because these look “nice” and promise security; the catch is that they have little idea about what the jobs actually entail.
When the government advertised vacancies in the state information commission (SIC) in June this year, lining up with current and retired bureaucrats, police officials, members of judiciary and other prominent persons with over four decades of experience were several fresh graduates.
This was revealed in the list of applicants obtained in response to a Right to Information (RTI) plea filed by activist Ajay Dubey.
Most of the enthusiastic 20-to-25-year-old applicants were ignorant of the responsibilities of a chief information commissioner and information commissioner; they had simply thought it would be a cushy post or were advised by their guardians to apply.
MBA final semester student Kuldip Parihar from Indore said he had applied for both the posts because the advertisement mentioned “management” in the eligibility criteria. “As I have completed my BBA, I thought I was eligible,” Parihar said.
He was, however, embarrassed when asked if he knew what his duties would be if selected, but added quickly that he would read all about it.
Engineering graduate Sandhya Soni, 22, and her friend Savita Prajapati, 23, an MSc in computer science — both from Shahdol — decided to apply for the positions after Soni’s father, a government employee at the tehsil office told them these were “nice government jobs”.
The two women thought that their educational qualifications fitted the eligibility conditions, but they were unaware of the job profile.
Deepika Somkunwar, 20, also got to know about the vacancies from her father, who is posted in Mantralaya.
After dropping a year during her BSc course, Somkunwar applied for the posts on his advice, although she would want to pursue an MBA degree.
Among the other young aspirants are MBA degree holders, post graduates in arts and post graduate diploma holders in computer applications.
According to Dubey, these applications by fresh graduates underline the lacunae in the eligibility criteria for the important posts as these do not specify the minimum age limit or experience.
“In absence of such conditions, anyone can apply for the posts and this makes the selection process cumbersome,” he said.