Vishal Chowdhary is young, bright and armed with an MBA. But he has spent two years struggling to find work in India’s sluggish jobs market — a major headache for Prime Minister Narendra Modi ahead of looming elections. The government’s failure to create enough jobs in Asia’s third-biggest economy is a key issue for voters in the polls that are set to take place between April 11 and May 19 with results on May 23. “I went for 50 job interviews in the last year but with no success. One company I did join laid off most of its staff, bringing me back to square one,” Chowdhary, 27, told AFP. Increasingly desperate, late last year he became one of 23,000 applicants for five government jobs as a “peon” or “office boy” with duties like making tea and photocopying, well below his qualifications. The shocking figures are not unusual in 1.25-billion-strong India, particularly for secure government jobs with perks that attract hordes of overqualified candidates like Chowdhury. Last year 19 million applied for 63,000 positions at Indian Railways. ‘National disaster’ Modi swept to power in 2014 pledging to modernise India and create jobs for the one million young people estimated to… Read full this story
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