Thousands of enthusiastic job seekers converged at the job fair organised by the departments of Labour Welfare and Industries for private placements in Srirangam on Sunday. The event drew as many as 23,904 candidates and featured 128 employers, ranging from Simpson, MRF, India Pistons, Ford, Hyundai and Leyland to Adayar Ananda Bhavan and RMKV Silks.
Some candidates from Tirunelveli, Karaikudi, Namakkal and Viluppuram landed at the Srirangam Boys Higher Secondary School campus as early as 4 am and the queue stretched from the railway track at Keela Vasal upto a kilometre till Singer Temple Street.
N Suresh, a BE computer science graduate from Tirunelveli said, “I reached here early in the morning to register myself.” He added that he had been unemployed for the past two years and expressed hope that he would get a job at the fair.
M Kurshid Bhanu, a correspondence student doing her BCom, said that she had a diploma and had completed certificate courses, including DCA, DTP and tally, and was hopeful of landing job with a reputed company.
K T Pachaimal, Minister for Labour Welfare, P Thangamani, Minister for Industries, and T P Poonachi, Minister for Khadi and Village Industries, gave away the placement orders to 5,054 selected candidates. A total of 1,000 graduates were selected as agents for Life Insurance Corporation of India, Tiruchy Branch. Nearly 1,500 candidates were shortlisted by various companies. They would be called within a short span of time, said the private firm authorities.
The selected candidates have qualifications starting from Class VIII to engineering, including ITI and diploma holders, graduates and MBA holders.
Space was provided for companies such as Simpson, MRF, India Pistons, Ford, Hyundai, Rane Engine, Leyland, Adayar Ananda Bhavan, RMKV Silks, AV Thomas Leather, KPR Mills, KG Denim, Texmo Industries, Delphi TVS, Vedanta, Manali Petrochemicals, Daimler India, Royal Enfield, Brakes India, Lucas TVS and TI Cycles at Srirangam Boys Higher Secondary School to put up their stalls and attract the future employees.
The organisers to attract women aspirants and facilitate their smooth stay had made availabale as many as twenty-three rooms for them.
As it was earlier announced that if anyone was selected, the registration of such candidates with the Employment Office would not be revoked, the number of candidates to the fair experienced a surge as the hopes of bagging a government service as well was kept alive.
R Manoharan, Government Chief Whip, Mohan Pyare, Principal Secretary, Labour and Employment, P Chandramohan, Commissioner, Labour Welfare, G Prakash, Director, Employment and Training, and Jayashree Muralidharan, Collector, R Rathnavel, Member of Parliament, and MLAs Paranjothi, Sivapathi, Chandrasekaran and Indira Gandhi and officials from various departments, including district employment office, were present in the job fair.