Marathwada graduates settle for odd jobs in Pune

A number of youths have been forced to migrate to Pune. They get low-paying jobs, but are glad to be able to send some money back home

Pune: Highly qualified youths from drought-hit Marathwada are migrating to cities like Pune in search of jobs to send some money to their families.

Satish Are holds a BA and a BEd but is now working as a caretaker at the BSNL office
Satish Are holds a BA and a BEd but is now working as a caretaker at the BSNL office

Satish Are (25), who hails from Andi village in Usmanabad district, is a double degree-holder: a BA and a BEd. But he bit the bullet, swallowed his pride and got himself a job of a caretaker in the BSNL office a month ago. “My old parents still work on farms, knowing fully well that there will be no yield and, thus, no income. I had been struggling for the last five years to get a decent job. Finally, I came to Pune and got this job. I clock in eight hours and earn around R5,800. After getting my first salary, I immediately sent R3,500 to my mother,” he said.

Rau Munde (21) from Nanded, who works as a receptionist at a dermatology clinic, too, has learnt to make the best of her situation. She recently sat her final-year BSc examination. She earns R35 per hour and if there is some surgery scheduled in the clinic, she gets an additional R300. “After my examination, I returned home to help my parents in fields. But the outcome was poor. I draw a salary of R3,000 and work from 5 pm to 8.30 pm. In the morning, I work as a domestic help, for which I get a daily pay of R40-50. If anybody visits my v

Munde, who is hoping to pursue an MSc, scrimps on her meals to save up.

The city has been kinder to the family of Balaji Aaghav (20). Not only has the second-year BSc student has landed as
job as a waiter, but his father, too, has moved here to work as a labourer at a construction site. “My younger brother had to drop out of school since there is zero income from farms. I came to Pune last year and enrolled myself in a college. I work part-time as a waiter and earn R45 per hour. My father earns R3,000 per month. We are both struggling to fund my education,” said Aaghav.

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