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Indians’ Desperation for State Jobs Shows Unemployment Crisis

  • Data for last eight years show recruitments on a decline
  • Modi announced plan for a million government jobs last month
Demonstrators protest against the central government over unemployment and rising inflation in New Delhi, India, on July 19.

Demonstrators protest against the central government over unemployment and rising inflation in New Delhi, India, on July 19.

Photographer: Sajjad Hussain/AFP/Getty Images

India recruited just 0.3% of the candidates who applied for permanent government jobs in the last eight years, highlighting the unemployment crisis plaguing the world’s fastest-growing economy. 

The government hired 722,311 candidates out of 220 million applications it received since 2014, Jitendra Singh, a junior minister in the personnel ministry told Parliament Thursday. The number of job applications as well as recruitments have declined since 2014, the data shared with lawmakers showed.