Just like any middle class boy, Aman Kumar from Munger Bihar took the loan of about five lakhs from a nationalised bank in 2012 to pursue Mechanical Engineering from Noida. After completing degree four years later, he got his first job which was giving him less than Rs 15,000 per month. He boarded the job as it was in Haridwar where living expenses were comparatively less. He continued working there for about three years with minimum increments in between.
After sometimes, he decided to seek other jobs which can give him better salary but potential employers consider his previous salary as the base. "For those three years, I was actually earning lesser than I had spent in the previous four years to pursue my education and I was also paying off my education loan with that salary," Kumar said.
Kumar is not the only one issue but it is very much prevalent in India. Now, the central govt has decided to take action against the private companies which do not pay minimum wages to their employees.
Minister of Personnel and Public Grievances Jitendra Singh had confirmed in Lok Sabha that the government is to take necessary actions to make sure employees will get the minimum wage of Rs 24,000 per month.
The minimum salary ceiling was enhanced from Rs 18,000 per month to Rs 24,000 per month as per minister.
It is to see whether it will be possible or not in near future! Aditya Prakash, an UPSC aspirant said, "Everybody is looking for their benefit. So when I demand for a higher salary my employer will obviously push for a lower scale. Ultimately it would be possible to strike a balance between the two had there not been such a huge gap between job seekers and actual jobs. If I demand Rs 20,000 there will be 20 others who will be willing to work at Rs 15,000. What would you do if you were in the employer's place?"
As per the current job statistics. Out of the 72 lakh people that trained under the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led NDA government's ambitious programme, only 15 lakh candidates, about 21 per cent were able to secure placements.
"Things change with small steps," says Sarthak Singh, another UPSC aspirant.