Monday, September 14, 2015

Harsh #degrowth in India, while resources wasted on car culture

Jakarta Post: "The scale of the problem was thrown into relief recently when 75,000 people, including qualified engineers, applied for 30 jobs with the Chhattisgarh state government as "peons", whose duties traditionally include fetching tea and other menial tasks.

The department head called the numbers "surreal" and said he had expected between 2,000 and 3,000 applicants.

Millions of workers in the private sector plan to strike on Wednesday to protest against low pay and a lack of job security.

Among them are thousands of hawkers or self-employed street sellers who say they are not seeing the fruits of India's growth.

"The youth of this country are aspirational, they want jobs," said Dharmendra Kumar, president of the Hawkers' Federation.

"We are seeing a phenomenon of de-growth in the formal sector... the only option for people is to move to the unorganised, informal sector through self-employment.""

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