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By Akash Shukla

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Lucknow: The fascination for a government job is far from dead in Uttar Pradesh. The craze pretty much came to fore when 23 lakh applications were witnessed against 368 openings for peons.

The information on applicants is more than staggering: Among those who applied, the list includes 255 PhD holders, 1,52,730 engineering and technical degree holders, 24,969 postgraduates, and 7,500 ordinary graduates.

The applicants’ qualifications showed an apparent paradox of desperation and desire as there were some who had just passed class V and there were many others who even had a PhD to boast against the peon’s profile, if selected. Among others, there were MBAs, graduates and postgraduates.

The advert for the same was published on August 10 in newspapers and online. All applications had to be filed online before September 14. The job description invited applications for the posts of farrash (janitors or floor cleaners) and anusevaks (peons) in the Secretariat Services. The tabulated advert spoke of posts in Group D category. It included 218 posts in the general category (GT), 76 posts in the SC category, 5 posts in the ST category and 69 posts for applicants in the Others Backward Class (OBC) category.

The job includes cleaning, mopping, serving water and tea and assorting files properly. However, the silver lining in the cloud is the pay scale for the hopeless-hapless aspirants.

With a Grade Pay of Rs 1800, if selected, they would take home a range of Rs 15,000 per month.

Secretariat Administration secretary Prabhat Mittal expressed his amazement on the application count. Even if the interviews were conducted at the rate of 40 per day in one selection board, six days a week for seven hours per working day, the procedure would attain completion in around 4 years.

On being asked, an applicant quoted facts on Narendra Modi and said: “Even our PM was once a tea seller and many big shots did petty jobs in the beginning.”

On being asked about any information on PhD scholars who had applied for the same, he said there was one from Jaunpur. However, on being contacted, he was not reachable.

Many-a-source pleading anonymity revealed that government job fixation ahs once again made the so-called job-providing middlemen pro active and they are promising a peon position if they are ready to cough up Rs 10 lakh.

As expected, the official concerned had apparent and interesting remarks to make on the same.

A television channel quoted Skill Development Minister Abhishek Mishra. “Government is a better paymaster,” he said.  One more minister said it was because of the laptop initiative that was taken up by the Akhilesh government. The initiative made it possible for applicants from rural backdrop to manage their applications online.

In a similar advert in 2006, vacancies for 260 similar posts were published. Painting the picture of apathy in black and white, around 1 lakh people had applied against the same.

In a National Sample Survey Organisation (NSSO) report, the count of unemployed in the age group of 15-35 in Uttar Pradesh is all geared up to touch the 1-crore mark by 2017. This lays threadbare the job policy of condition in the state and we haven’t yet started on baton charge and cane charge once you choose to be committed for the ‘dream sarkari job’ that you pine and whine for. 

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Is UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath losing his shine?

His failure to deliver on his promise to get all pot-holed roads fixed by a given deadline last year; the rollback -- under pressure -- in privatisation of the power sector in five cities

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Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Yogi Adityanath. IANS

Is Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath — in power for just over a year — fast losing his lustre?

Many here feel so.

A litany of complaints about his public conduct, his behaviour with colleagues as well as common people is fast eroding the aura he had built up as the five-time Lok Sabha MP from Gorakhpur who was catapulted to the Chief Minister’s office of a socially diverse and politically volatile state of 220 million people.

Adityanath Yogi is known for his aggression and excellent oratory skills.
Adityanath Yogi is known for his aggression and excellent oratory skills.

Last week, 24-year-old Ayush Bansal shocked many when he broke down in front of media in Gorakhpur and disclosed how the monk-turned-Chief Minister mocked him during a “junta darbaar” where he had gone to complain about a land-grab case in which independent legislator from Nautanwa, Amanmani Tripathi, was involved.

He also accused the Chief Minister of calling him “awaraa” (wayward) and pushing him while throwing his file in the air. “Maharaj ji angrily snapped at me and said my work will never be done and that I should get out of his sight,” Bansal told IANS.

While officials got down to damage control and said the matter was being looked into, the fact that Adityanath behaved in a manner unbecoming of a Chief Minister was neither contradicted by officials nor denied by the ruling party.

Barely had the din over this episode died down when two MPs of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) complained of similar behaviour. In a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP MP from Robertsganj Chhote Lal Kharwar, accused Adityanath of “scolding him and asking him to get out”. The MP said he was deeply pained at the behavior of the Chief Minister as he tried to draw his attention to issues faced by the party faithful.

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In the picture, Yogi Adityanath addressing a rally at Raipur. Wikimedia Commons

“Never did the local administration listen to my plaints and when I went to meet the Chief Minister twice over many issues, ‘unhone mujhe daantkar bhaga diya’ (he scolded me and chased me away),” the lawmaker said in his letter.

The BJP leader has also shot off a letter to the National Commission for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes, seeking help. Lal also says that definite proof of wrong-doing and corruption presented by him went unheard and unaddressed. What is surprising is that all this happened to a man who is the state president of the BJP’s SC/ST Morcha.

While Modi is learnt to have assured Lal of action, there are other similar murmurs about Adityanath’s rough behaviour. Etawah MP Ashok Dohre has also written to Modi accusing the state police of lodging fake cases against SCs and STs during the Bharat Bandh. When asked why he did not petition the Chief Minister, Dohre said he considered Modi his leader, and thus petitioned him.

Also Read: Little Known Facts About U.P. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath

Alarmed by the sudden “unease” among the party’s lawmakers, Amit Shah summoned Yogi to New Delhi over the weekend and is learnt to have asked him to mend his ways. Adityanth also met Modi. Interestingly, Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya, who party insiders admit doesn’t see eye to eye with Yogi, was also called to Delhi at the same time.

Ironically, till not long ago, the 45-year-old Chief Minister was being venerated by the party faithful as a man next only to Modi. Insiders, however, now admit that not only has Adityanath failed to show his “pakad” (hold) on the party, but is also “awkwardly arrogant in his public conduct”, and not very able in his administration.

“He may be a busy man, so have been his predecessors… he remains inaccessible and uses foul and unacceptable language at times,” conceded a senior minister who did not wish to be named. Though stopping short of calling the Chief Minister arrogant, he suggested that “Yogi-ji is better advised to be more courteous and improve his time management”.

A senior party functionary too noted “the changing ways of Maharaj-ji”, though he felt “mood swings and the tongue-lashings could be because he has to handle a big state like Uttar Pradesh”.

Yogi Adityanath
Yogi Adityanath is losing his shine. (IANS)

A senior bureaucrat also alleged that the Chief Minister often “goes off the handle” and could be very acerbic in his dealing with officials. The Chief Minister’s loyalists, however, point out that he does not like people to hang around him and wants officials to deliver fast and work within the system that has been set up. When there is any breach, he loses his temper, a close aide told IANS.

His failure to deliver on his promise to get all pot-holed roads fixed by a given deadline last year; the rollback — under pressure — in privatisation of the power sector in five cities; the poor showing in the Phulpur and Gorakhpur Lok Sabha by-polls and reports that he and his deputy, Keshav Prasad Maurya, don’t get along well have already rung alarm bells in the establishment, sources said. IANS