With the rising unemployment in the state, the clamour for government jobs has increased manifolds. This could be seen for the posts of peon at the Himachal high court. About 8,500 applicants had applied for the half a dozen posts.
The state high court had advertised six posts of peon last year in December, for which about 8,500 applicants had applied. The interview started from April 2 and lasted till April 20 this year. All the applicants had to appear in person and the authorities examined the applicants, who have filled up for the post, where they will hardly be paid a salary of `10,000 per month. In an average, 1,400 applicants appeared against one post.
Unemployment is a growing issue in Himachal, despite the fact that the state government has been providing skill development allowance. As per the stats available with the labour department, there are about 10 lakh registered unemployed people in Himachal Pradesh. Mad scramble for six posts of peon can also be attributed to the clamour of the government job in Himachal, where the public employment is around 5% of the total population.
Scaling the heights, a report prepared by the World Bank about the social inclusion of the state, has also revealed that almost half of the urban men and one-fifth of urban women in Himachal had regular salaried jobs in 2011; further, among those who were employed in 2011, almost one third held public sector jobs, which also reflects on the salary bill of the state.
An applicant, who had appeared for the job, said he had higher qualification than that required for the post. "I have higher qualification than required for this post, but if I get selected, I will have a job security," he said.
A high court official said there are significant numbers of applicant having master and bachelor degrees. He added that the salary of a peon would start from a low scale and could be increased in future as per the pay scale adopted by the high court. The HC official also said most people were interested to do the job at the high court due to non-transferable structure.
"During the interview, several applicants were asked this question of why they wanted to do a job of a peon even after having better educational qualification. Most of the applicants cited stability as a major reason," he added.