In a development that shows the rising unemployment in certain states, around 25 lakh people have applied for 6000 Group D posts in the West Bengal government secretariat. The information about the vacancies was published in an advertisement and the applications were received in response to that advertisement.
The flood of applications has created a record of sorts in the State and in the country as well. Even though the eligibility for Group D posts is just elementary school certificate, thousands of applications were received from graduates and post graduates. There were some PhD holders as well in the list of applicants. The age limit for the posts is 40 and the monthly salary is around Rs 16,200.
In the past, the State Employment Exchange used to manage the selection of Group D staff. Later, it was handed over to the Staff Selection Commission, but they failed to carry out the exams due to poor infrastructure. After that, a new recruitment board was formed to manage the selection of Group D staff in Bengal.
Earlier, in 2015, something similar had happened in Uttar Pradesh. At that time, more than 23 lakh people had applied for 368 posts of peons in the Uttar Pradesh government secretariat. Among the applicants were 1,50,000 graduates, 24,969 postgraduates, and more than 250 doctorates.