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TRYING HER LUCK: A volunteer helping a woman who turns up with her child at the job mela in Vijayawada on Saturday.
TRYING HER LUCK: A volunteer helping a woman who turns up with her child at the job mela in Vijayawada on Saturday.

Staff Reporter

Several companies conduct interviews as part of Rajiv Udyoga Sri programme

VIJAYAWADA: Hundreds of unemployed youth turned up for the special job mela held for recruiting people in the insurance sector, which was conducted as part of the ‘Rajiv Udyoga Sri’ programme on the Government ITI campus here on Saturday.

Besides the Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC), private insurance companies such as Bajaj Allianz, ING Vysya and HDFC Insurance too set up their stalls on the sprawling campus and conducted interviews to the aspirants. The companies came out with a vacancy position of 2,000 jobs, including agents, field staff and officers.

As the minimum required for eligibility is a pass of SSC and completion of 18 years, college students too participated in the mela, besides the unemployed. “When we have an opportunity to earn decent income by spending our leisure time, why can’t we join as an agent in an insurance company?” asked B. Sunitha, a student of P.B. Siddhartha College of Arts and Science.

Choice aplenty

Though she had planned to join as an agent of the LIC, she also enquired into the offers of private companies. “When there is a choice, we can always choose the best,” she said.

Senior training manager of Bajaj Allianz Insurance M.V. Subba Reddy said that there was no dearth of jobs in the insurance sector. “We need at least 500 field staff and we call them as insurance consultants. Though they will be paid commission in the initial levels, they will be absorbed into the payrolls, provided their performance is satisfactory,” he explained. Mr. Reddy observed that insurance sector was the second highest payer after the software industry in India.

“We are considering the applications of 11people for office jobs and another 138 for field in today’s mela,” said G.V. Rajasekhar, branch manager of ING Vysya Life Insurance Company. He said that their company was on an expansion spree and searching for additional manpower.

Sub-Collector Gaurav Uppal, who visited the mela, lauded the companies for using the Government scheme to recruit staff.

Regional Employment Officer and coordinator of Rajiv Udyoga Sri V. Himabindu said that the response was good from the candidates and there was no denial of job for interested candidates.


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