Violent protests in India against army reform, at least one dead

Reporter Aletta Andre:

“The protests show how much frustration the unemployed youth have built up. When Prime Minister Modi took office in 2014, he promised to create 100 million jobs by 2022. But still one-fifth of young people with a college degree do not have at least 17 give up. Millions of Indians wanted to work out of their active search for a job because they did not trust that they would succeed.The riots also erupted in January after job standards for Indian Railways suddenly became more stringent.

Many companies offer low salaries and no favorable working conditions. This is the reason for looking for jobs in government, such as railways and the military. Young people sometimes try to get in for years, because once they’re successful, you have a lifelong job, including a home, health insurance, education for your children, and a pension. Moreover, the military is the only employer in which employees receive a guaranteed fixed pension, without personal contribution. But then you have to serve as few years as possible, and that will be more difficult under the new system.”

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