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AASU opens �private employment exchange� at Jorhat

By Staff Correspondent

JORHAT, Dec 18 - AASU president Dipanka Kumar Nath on Friday inaugurated a �private employment exchange� set up by Jorhat district unit of the student body with support from Asom Sena, a sister organization at Solicitor Road here, to facilitate providing employment to local youths in private companies and firms. The initiative is said to be the first of its kind by AASU in the State and was done in collaboration with Guidance Information-cum Counselling Centre, a local organization.

AASU Jorhat district president, Bijoy Shankar Bordoloi, while speaking at the inaugural ceremony said that the initiative was launched to help local qualified and skilled youths of indigenous communities getting employed in all categories of jobs in the private sector. Bordoloi stated that the �employment exchange� will be run in a professional manner by persons who have knowledge of the same and will be functioning like a placement-cum-counselling centre by charging a minimum registration fee of Rs 200 unlike hefty amount charged by private placement/consultancy centres.

Bordoloi said, moreover, unlike the private consultancy/placement centres only a minimal amount of Rs 2000 (one-time) will be expected from a candidate getting a job and after drawing the first salary.

The AASU Jorhat district president said that the student body will try to collect the amount (Rs 2000) initially from the employer initially but if the latter was found reluctant in this regard then the employed person will be requested to pay the said amount.

Pointing out that private placement agencies charge heavy registration fees and also take another hefty amount like a huge percentage of salary for several months, from those who get jobs through such agencies, Bordoloi said in their (AASU-Asom Sena initiative one) centre the same will be nominal.

Bordoloi said that already discussions with several companies and firms were on in this regard (recruiting through the AASU, Asom Sena-run centre) and soon memorandum of understandings (MoUs) will be signed. He said that the student body will see that 100 per cent qualified and eligible local youths were absorbed in the private sector if they deserved on merit and not deprived by employing people from outside the region when deserving candidates were available here. Initially the centre will operate in the North East, the AASU Jorhat district president said.

AASU President Dipanka Kumar Nath, in his address, while praising the initiative said that the idea of opening an employment exchange for providing jobs to local youths had come up in the Duliajan conference of the student body last month and the idea materializing within a short period was a positive step.

Hoping that the centre will be able to provide employment to local youths, the AASU president said such centres could be opened in other districts of Assam.

Earlier, the Jorhat district unit AASU general secretary Dip Dutta gave the welcome address.

AASU State assistant general secretary Jul Khound, chief organising secretary Abhibartan Goswami, executive committee member Jitu Neog, RTI activist and lawyer Rintu Goswami were among those who attended the function.

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