Unemployment has gripped the country so much that a number of candidates holding degrees of Mphi, MSc, and BTech are applying for peon’s post in Punjab’s Bhatinda.
There are 19 posts of class IV in Bathinda district courts that need to be filled and applicants are 8,500.
What comes as a shock for many is that among the applicants are professional degree holders who have pursued Master of Philosophy (MPhil), Bachelor of Technology (BTech), Master of Computer Applications (MCA) and Master of Arts (MA) and Bachelor of Education (BEd).
The minimum qualifications for a peon are school education and bicycle-riding skills and the job has a pay scale of Rs 4,900-10,680 plus Rs 1,300 as grade pay and that too after probation period of two years. Selected candidates will be payed Rs 4,900 during probation period.
A BTech applicant, on the condition of anonymity, told Times of India “I failed to get any decent job in private sector. Now after exhausting all the channels I decided to try for the class IV job for supporting my family.”
“My family spent a lot of money in me getting the BTech degree. Even peon’ job is acceptable to me,” said another engineer Mohinder Kumar (name changed). An MA pass applicant said, “There was no other option. I have to support my family.”