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Fake job racket

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  26 Sep 2016 12:00 AM GMT

The heart-rending suicide by four members of a family including a toddler at a hotel in Guwahati recently has blown the lid off a fake job racket. In his suicide note, Prasanta Kumar has revealed that he collected Rs 77 lakh from as many as 62 youths with promises of government jobs. But Prasanta was only a lowly member of this ring; he had handed over the booty to Pulin Gogoi, a notorious fraudster bbed a couple of days back. It transpires that the duo went around giving the impression of having ‘higher connections’ in the State administration, particularly among the police bosses. It is alleged that there were some other members in this racket, who are now sought to be protected by some quarters. This is a yet another instance of the pernicious culture that has become entrenched in Assam — of government jobs going for a price, from the APSC downwards. Even the Assembly Secretariat has not been immune from this rot, as it came out recently in several irregular appointments discovered by the Speaker himself. The mindset gripping large sections of the youth is that merit can go hang so long as there is enough money to procure a job. So they pester parents for the money, usually by forcing them to sell off valuable family assets, and then search desperately for a ‘reliable’ middleman who can deliver. The consequence mostly is tragic, like it was in this family suicide pact case. The State government must get such fake job rackets thoroughly probed and root out the mece. As for young job aspirants, they would do far better in using family money to skill themselves, rather than running after touts.

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