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Job mela draws good response

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Lack of proper arrangements irks applicants

In the race! Graduates appearing for interviews at a job mela in Guntur on Friday.
In the race! Graduates appearing for interviews at a job mela in Guntur on Friday.

An unprecedented response to the job mela conducted by the District Rural Development Agency on the premises of TJPS College on Friday caught the department personnel napping and exposed the lack of professionalism.

As many as 33 companies of varied profiles ranging from insurance, security solutions, banking, pharma, and allied sectors took part in the job mela.

The companies advertised the number of positions and the expected salary.

But the students and unemployed who made a beeline for the college campus were disappointed with the pay offer and some of them chose to wait rather than to confirm the appointment.

“The job mela features mainly entry level posts but the applicants seem to be asking for an increased pay,” quipped a senior officer.

Appeal to applicants

Some of the students complained over the lack of proper arrangements. With the interviews being held in the class rooms, there was a lot of confusion over the numbers allotted to each class room.

District Rural Development Agency Project Director B. Venkat Reddy admitted that the mela could have been organised in a more professional way.

He, however, appeared buoyed by the tremendous response to the mela with over 5,000 students taking part.

District Collector V.N. Vishnu who inaugurated the mela said that the concept of having a mela was a unique one and it provided a fair sense of competition for entry level jobs.

He urged the applicants, who have failed to make it, to prepare better for the next round of job mela. The Collector reiterated that the State Government was committed to providing and facilitating employment to all eligible men and women.


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