Thousands of graduates and postgraduates, including some PhD holders were amongst the 2.25 lakh applicants who were hoping to land a job as peon in the Chhattisgarh government!
These applicants were hoping to be employed as peons, after clearing a written examination for which the minimum qualification was only to have passed standard 8, be able to write and also be able to ride a bicycle!
The job aspirants had queued up outside 657 examination centres, just so that they could land a job as a peon in any one of the departments of the Chhattisgarh government. What is surprising is that Chhattisgarh has the lowest unemployment rate!
In August 2022, the unemployment rate in India had spiked to 8.3 per cent, the highest in a year with employment sequentially dipping by two million, to 394.6 million, as per data from the Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy (CMIE). While the urban unemployment rate was about 9.6 per cent, the rural unemployment rate was about 7.7 per cent.
In August, the highest unemployment was seen in Haryana at 37.3 per cent, followed by Jammu and Kashmir at 32.8 per cent, Rajasthan at 31.4 per cent, Jharkhand at 17.3 per cent and Tripura at 16.3 per cent.
The lowest unemployment was witnessed in Chhattisgarh at 0.4 per cent, followed by Meghalaya at two per cent, Maharashtra at 2.2 per cent and Gujarat and Odisha at 2.6 per cent each.