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State job fair to widen net

Ranchi, Dec. 9: After an admittedly lukewarm response to its two recent job fairs, the state labour department is hoping to be third time lucky in February 2011.

In the February job fair, the department will cast the job net wider for aspirants by inviting recruiters from all government sectors, unlike previous times, when only national insurance or security companies were invited. Significantly, the number of unemployed youths in the state is a whopping 7.5 lakh.

Ranchi Employment Exchange assistant director Ajit Bux Rai said they were in the process of approaching education, health and other government departments “to appoint youths registered with our exchange”.

“The response is positive,” Rai claimed. “Departments have assured us that in case of vacancies they will inform us and also take part in the job fair,” he added.

But despite the optimism of authorities, Rai admitted there were 1,500 vacancies in the state irrigation department and the Ranchi exchange had sent 30,000 applications, but failed to get response.

In its earlier job fairs, one each in March and September, 2000 candidates in all were picked up by recruiters against the state labour department’s target of 5000.

Both were two-day events at ITI, Hehal, where altogether, 18 insurance companies and five security agencies took part.

Still, it appears that 2010 has been a better year for job aspirants, with 2,000 recruited in the job fairs and over a thousand gaining self-employment.

Usually, while the registration numbers run up to five-digit figures, vacancies are few and appointments are in single or double-digit figures.

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