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Response to Odarpu Yatra, which calms the unemployed, is positive

Discontent among the jobless has increased despite the State government’s recent announcement of the DSC exam for teacher recruitment, sparking significant demonstrations and calls for fast action. Simultaneously, on February 19, the Odarpu Yatra, a state-wide consolation tour, was launched from Visakhapatnam, intensifying the calls for employment creation. The districts of Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram, and Srikakulam have been covered by the trip so far.

Over the last five years, notifications for 1,54,900 positions have been issued by the State government. 1,37,987 of the positions were filled out of the total, including 1,30,000 postings held by Sachivalam and others. The hiring procedure for 16,913 positions is under underway.

Samayam Hemanta Kumar, the president of the AP Unemployment JAC State, organized the consolation tour, bringing together jobless young from universities around the State to air their complaints and urge the government to take action.

Hemantha Kumar pleaded with the government to fill the 77,100 outstanding notifications, pointing out that Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy had promised to fill 2,32,000 jobs during his term. He insisted that, as stated in the election pledge, the Chief Minister provide the test and notification timetable for 2024–2025. He went on to say that the overwhelming number of applicants—1,28,881 for only 89 Group-I positions—evidences the sharp rise in unemployment and highlights the urgent need for employment.

Despite the CM’s pledges, Mukkala Gopi from the Manyam district voiced dismay over the unmet promises of PET jobs in schools and digital librarians. In addition, he asked for other concessions, such giving the Police Constable test grace marks and extending the time between the TET and DSC examinations.

Long-time SI Job preparer Daivala Janaki Raghavulu from Narsipatnam expressed concerns over the absence of reservation for EWS job candidates in the preliminary tests.

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