Slum youth land up great jobs

More than 200 young people hailing from different slums in the city who could only hope for jobs as domestic helps given their incomplete or non-existent education were recruited by multinational and national companies at a unique job fair held here on Saturday.

The fair was organised by NGO Nidan at Bal Vikas Vidyalaya in Trilokpuri, East Delhi. “Around 1,000 school drop-out slum youth interacted with a host of executives and senior representatives of several growing BPOs and retail sector companies. The companies representatives talked to the youth, assessed them and finally recruited 210 slum youth for various jobs at different locations in the National Capital Region,” said Nidan Director Arbind Singh

The job fair, which started at 11 a.m. and continued till 6 p.m., recruited young men like 22-year-old Ravi who will soon be working at a South Indian fast food joint at a starting salary of Rs.11,000 a month.

“It is just a beginning… We would take the initiative further. More and more jobs fair of this kind would be organised in coming days,” said Nidan member and fair coordinator Sangeeta Singh.