Chakrikaku (left) sells application forms to a job-seeker in Islampur. Picture by Mehedi Hedaytullah
Islampur, Feb. 25: Dalu Kumar Pal is jobless but he helps others get jobs.
Fondly called Chakrikaku or “job uncle”, the 45-year-old resident of Ringkuan, 12km from here, roams around peddling forms of government jobs and information on vacancies.
A Class VIII dropout, Pal ekes out a living by peddling job offers for others. He downloads advertisements for employment, government notifications and the application formats, types them out on computers, makes photocopies and sells them to job seekers all over the town.
Pal is mostly seen on the court premises and in front of schools and colleges where people usually mill around. But he is not confined to Islampur alone, sometimes he makes forays into Karandighi, Chakulia, Chopra and Goalpokhor areas of the subdivision.
On the way, he sells forms on buses. At the end of the day, his wife and two children — a daughter who is appearing for Madhyamik examinations this year, and a son studying in Class IX — have to depend on his earnings.
“I sell a set of application form for Rs 10, and profit by Rs 4 from each form. Like this, sometimes I earn nearly Rs 150 per day, sometimes even less,” Pal said.
Pal has been peddling job forms for the past four years. He said: “I used to work in a tea garden. But when one of my friends could not apply for a job because he did not know about it, it made me sit up and think about his bad luck. I had then decided to leave the garden work and take up this profession so that the unemployed youths could know about what employment opportunities were available.”
He scans newspapers daily and also made rounds of government offices to collect information on vacancies. “I am happy to live this way as I am respected wherever I go. Many people have got jobs after getting in touch with me. This is satisfying for me,” Pal said.
Khadimul Islam, a resident of Chopra and one of those who had bought an application form from Chakrikaku, was all praise for Pal. “It was through him that I got to know that the BSF was recruiting jawans and finally I got the job. It is all because of him,” Khadimul said.
Sharmila Sinha, a resident of Matikuan here, echoed Khadimul. “I am grateful to Pal as through him I got a job as a health worker,” she said.