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B.Tech grads deliver food for daily bread

Unable to find jobs that match their qualifications, several engineers are signing up as delivery persons at popular online food delivery platforms in the city, taking home around `900 a day.

Published: 25th August 2018 05:11 AM  |   Last Updated: 25th August 2018 05:11 AM   |  A+A-

Express News Service

VISAKHAPATNAM: Unable to find jobs that match their qualifications, several engineers and graduates are signing up as delivery persons at popular online food delivery platforms in the city, taking home around `900 a day.  

The delivery services have become a hit in Vizag, and so the demand for delivery boys has soared.
M Mahesh, a graduate belonging to an agricultural family from Srikakulam, told TNIE he was dejected at being unable to land a job after having completed his course. Two months back, he signed up as a food delivery boy.

“I was hoping to find a bank job initially. When that didn’t work, I began giving tuition at home, but what I earned wasn’t enough to make ends meet. Then one of my friends suggested that I become a delivery boy. I was uncomfortable at first given that I am a graduate, but I told myself that it was better than sitting idle at home. It’s a job that pays me `15,000 a month for 20 days of work. As I am free by sundown, I have joined star hotel for night duty. I am happy. I can save enough to send money home,” explained Mahesh.  
Most delivery boys Express spoke to said the biggest plus of the job was that they could choose to work full-time or part time.

Moreover, the companies also provide incentives to delivery boys. Some pay wages weekly.

Working full-time can fetch around `900 to 950, they say. Most delivery boys earn over `12,000 a month.
“About `30 to `50 will be credited to us for each delivery. It is of advantage to us that we needn’t work on all days. If we don’t want to work on a particular day, we can remain offline. I spend my time offline preparing for exams. I earn about ` 10,000 to 12,000 a month,” said Rupesh Kumar, a degree student from S Kota.

It is not uncommon to find delivery boys who have completed B.Tech. One among them is Vivek Kumar, an engineer from a private college in the city.

“Instead of staying idle at home, such jobs can get us about `10,000 at least a month. We do not need to depend on our parents for our expenses now. I go online in the morning. There won’t be many orders for breakfast, but by noon the number of orders peak. By 3 pm, we get some rest as the number of orders start decreasing. For dinner, I take two orders, which is mandatory, and then go home,” said Vivek Kumar.
Currently, three online food delivery agents are running in stiff competition with one another in Visakhapatnam.



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