A year after India’s most populous state launched its job hunt for the 2019 general election, the Indian government is yet to decide how to allocate the billions of dollars that would come from the job hunting system.
The job hunt is being run in tandem with the nationwide job hunt initiative launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Indian Council of Social Service, a government body charged with organizing the nationwide hiring process for the next general election.
The new job hunt will begin next month in Bengaluru, the capital of the northeastern state of Andhra Pradesh, which borders Kerala.
The state’s capital, Bengaluru has more than one million people and is home to more than three million jobs.
The government is looking to recruit 4 million jobs from the capital, the governor of the state, Manikandan, said.
The system for recruiting people for the job hunt began in January, but there has been no final decision on how to structure the hiring process.
The government has said it wants to hire 500,000 positions by 2019.
It’s unclear whether the government will also set aside any resources for training new workers.
The prime minister and the council have announced plans to train 500,00 more people in the next two years.
The hiring of workers to fill the positions is likely to be one of the biggest challenges of the job search, said Ashutosh Prakash, an economist at India Ratings and Research.
He said India’s job hunt program, which was originally set up to recruit workers from across the country, is not well-funded and that the government needs to raise more money to expand it.
He also said that India’s unemployment rate is now at the highest it’s been since 2009, meaning it’s hard to find and hire workers who can fill positions.