EVEN while India boasts of being one of the fastest growing economies in the world, there is a dichotomy as far as employment of qualified young people is concerned. According to a report from Koimbatore in Tamil Nadu as many as 7000 engineers, post-graduates, graduates and diploma holders have applied for the posts of sanitary workers. The reasons for such a large number of highly educated young people seeking such a job are many, besides large scale joblessness there is no job security in private sector and despite working for more than 12 hours they are paid paltry salaries. There is no need to look down upon sanitation work. But what this indicates is that there is huge wastage of talent which otherwise could have been utilised for nation-building by employing such talent in whatever sphere they are proficient. It is a sheer waste of such proficiency. This is not a phenomenon typical to Tamil Nadu. The malady is all-pervasive and needs to be viewed with seriousness. When India is seeking to build skilled manpower it cannot afford such wastage.
INDIA has emerged as the top exporter of talented manpower as also the biggest beneficiary of remittances coming from the nation’s migrants to several parts of the world. While several developed countries benefit from the talent that migrants bring with them, the biggest beneficiary among them all is the United States of America. Though powerful leaders like US President Mr. Donald Trump want to put restrictions on migrants’ entry into his country to the extent that he is hell-bent on constructing a huge wall on the border with Mexico, they cannot in their wildest dream deny the contribution the migrants from India have made to the economic, scientific and technological development of that country. Not only that Indians have also contributed much to the cultural development of countries like the US. Yoga, Indian music, arts are some of the gifts that the Indian migrants have given to the countries of their migration. India too has benefitted from the huge remittances coming from the non-resident population. There is a mutuality in this.