By a Reporter
SHILLONG, Feb 5: The Staff Selection Commission (SSC) has expressed concern over the lack of response from the local youths of the north-eastern region to the various posts in the Central Government setups. The Regional Director (NER) of SSC, Debolina Thakur, said: “Various examinations being conducted by the SSC are great opportunities for seeking employment in the government sector. However, it’s a matter of concern that our local youths are not applying for these examinations to the extent one would expect given the high incidence of educated unemployment in the Northeast”.
Mentioning the 60,075 applications handled by the regional office in the year 2010-11 as against 64,371 in 2009-10, Thakur said: “While these statistic seems impressive, they don’t compare well with the all India figures”. She also added that the applicants have been more or less static. “One possible reason for poor representation from the Northeast is lack of awareness among students about different examinations being conducted, the syllabi and requisite education,” she observed.
According to her, this year alone the Staff Selection Commission (SSC) will recruit 53,200 constables from the region for six paramilitary forces on behalf of the Ministry of Home Affairs. The vacancies include 880 in the Assam Rifles, 3,320 in the Indo-Tibetan Police Force and the rest in four others forces – CRPF, Sashastra Seema Bal, CISF and BSF. Thakur said the advertisement published on the current issue of employment newspaper and the entire process would be concluded by July 31, 2011. Among the vacancies, the highest number of 3,206 posts of constables will be recruited from Assam, followed by 449 from Tripura, 329 from Mizoram, 316 from Meghalaya, 229 from Nagaland, 217 from Manipur and 100 from Arunachal Pradesh. The minimum educational qualification required is matriculation, which should make most youths eligible to apply.
( The Sentinel, 06.02.2011)