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Soft genocide?

The 7th Pay Commission is out and once again a government job has come out at the top. In a world of economic uncertainty and distress,  is it fair to single out a section of population for continued “deliberate” persecution? The system of a cap on the age/attempts for general category aspirants for government jobs is an anachronism and must go. They are subjected to a double whammy of ensuring excellence and their aspirations are sacrificed at the altar of social justice too. The government is treating its citizens as automatons who can be switched on and off and not as organic,living entities who are capable of assimilating life experiences and using it to better themselves. When no such restriction exists for exams like CAT, UGC-NET, CLAT which are gateways to just another “paper” degree why do so for public sector employment where jobs are the real crux of the issue ? This reminds one of the dark days of the British Raj when the ICS ludicrous age restriction severely crippled the chances of Indians. Our youth population demographic is increasing and 18-35 is taken as the standard definition. It is high time we did away with the age cap for all categories or at least kept it at 36 years and no measly and infuriating attempts criterion. A graduate of this nation must be given a chance at public sector employment by the state and anything less is a form of soft genocide.

Anoop Hosmath, Mysuru

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