‘Doles’ making employment staff miss corporate calls
The regional employment office seems to be busy doling out unemployment allowance at the cost of jobs.
The office had facilitated nearly 1500 recruitments last year. While those at the helm are reticent on giving the actual recruitment figures for the past six months, they do not hesitate in admitting that recruitment process has suffered.
“With a workforce of 50, we can’t discharge both the duties. The staff in these months has been busy carrying out the daunting task of completing the formalities for the allowance distribution,” said a senior official of the office.
And even while the companies are still eager to hire people through the employment office, the officials admit that have no time to cater to the multinationals in their full capacity.
“There was time when we had companies every day recruiting people here. Nearly 150 recruitments were made every month. Companies want to do it still. But we are not advertising the vacancies in newspapers to avoid the multiplied responsibilities,” said the official. As per the trend earlier, the office used to approach to various companies and entered into tie up for placements.
The companies too turned up to benefit from the wide database that is maintained by employment office. The office, in addition to providing the database to the companies advertised the vacancies and arranged interviews in addition to carrying out the other two prime tasks of career counseling and training. But all has taken a backseat in the last six months. However, amidst the shift in priorities, there are hopes that things would improve in the near future. “ There have been recruitments till April. After monsoon, we would get back to gear once again. There would be rozgar melas to facilitate jobs, the way we did before,” said Shailesh Krishna, principal secretary labour and employment.