Source | economictimes.indiatimes.com | Bloomberg
India recruited just 0.3% of the candidates who applied for permanent government jobs in the last eight years, highlighting the unemployment crisis plaguing the world’s fastest-growing economy.
The government hired 722,311 candidates out of 220 million applications it received since 2014, Jitendra Singh, a junior minister in the personnel ministry told Parliament Thursday. The number of job applications as well as recruitments have declined since 2014, the data shared with lawmakers showed.
Last month, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced plans to hire a million people to fill vacancies in the country’s government departments in the next 18 months — a move aimed at countering the criticism against him of failing to create enough jobs in a country where nearly two-thirds of its 1.4 billion people are in the age of 15-64 years.
He also unveiled a military recruitment plan that offered shorter contracts and fewer benefits, that led to protests with angry youth blocking roads and torching trains.