SRINAGAR: Graduates, postgraduates, and even PhD holders are among the people who responded to an advertisement seeking applications for 110 posts of orderlies, guards, and sweepers in Jammu and Kashmir in a sign of desperation over unemployment
With only a few job opportunities in the private sector, the demand for government jobs has increased in Jammu and Kashmir, especially in the Kashmir valley.
At least 18,000 candidates, many of them with Ph.Ds and post-graduate degrees, have applied for 110 class IV posts advertised by Government Medical College (GMC) Srinagar. They are seeking jobs as nursing orderlies, office orderlies, ward boys, lab attendants, sweepers and stretcher bearers.
Those selected would be eligible for a monthly salary of about `14,000 only after completing the five years of probation, according to a new government job policy in Jammu and Kashmir.
GMC administrator G R Kumar told The Sunday Standard that the applications would be received till March 12.
“At least 5,000 graduates and 2,000 postgraduates have applied for the posts,” he said.
Kumar said the minimum qualification for the posts is matriculation and the highest qualification asked for was higher secondary. He said that candidates who had higher qualifications would not be given any additional weightage during consideration.
The GMC administrator said last year a candidate with a Ph.D degree was selected as a sweeper in GMC. “The candidate also joined duty. However, on the insistence of his family, he resigned from the post,” he said.
In January, finance minister Haseeb Drabu informed the House that of the total, 41,981 were registered with centre’s in the Kashmir division and 45,669 in the Jammu division.”The registration is voluntary and the total figure may be higher.”