More than 3,000 job aspirants participated in a day-long mega job fair held in town on Sunday.
The district unit of Janata Dal (Secular) had organised the job fair, in association with Udyoga Mitra, Bengaluru and Pragathi Group of Companies at Sir M Visvesvaraya Stadium.
About 100 companies had opened kiosks on the stadium premises. A huge rush of candidates from Mandya and neighbouring districts was seen at the job fair. There were serpentine queues for application forms as the companies had various offers for candidates irrespective of their qualification - from SSLC to postgraduation.
As many as 1,008 candidates were given offer letters on the spot. Representatives of various companies collected application forms from others and asked them to come back again for direct interview on another date. More than 1,500 candidates were shortlisted for different positions.
Maddur MLA D C Thammanna, who inaugurated the job fair, said, “Youths with minimum qualification aspire for white collared jobs, especially government jobs. The number of companies which come under the government are very few and the aspirants should make use of the opportunities available in the private companies.”
It is highly impossible for everyone to get government job as the country’s population is crossing 130 crores.
He recalled the contributions of erstwhile Maharaja of Mysore Nalwadi Krishnaraja Wadiyar, who set up various companies to provide job opportunities for the people. But the successive governments have failed to match the feat even after 68 years of Independence, he said.
The Industries, set up about 15 years ago, have provided jobs for more than 20,000 people, he said. Managing Director of Pragathi Group of Companies H N Yogesh said the youth of the district are talented, but lack proper guidance. The company would join hands to address unemployment, he added.
MP C S Puttaraju, MLAs Chaluvarayaswamy (Nagamangala) and Ramesh Babu Bandisiddegowda (Srirangapatna), Zilla Panchayat President Komala Swamy and others were present.