Saturday, May 06, 2006


Last week I came across this great idea written by one of the fellow blogger Vinod/Kakka, which made me think about the concept he was talking about

I agree with
Vinod/Kakka that in the job front, Keralites look for security. That is why people with even two degrees are ready to work as peon in government sector. I was thinking, “what if the private sector also gives the same job security and better working environment?”

My concept is: In every service sector there should be about two or three companies through out Kerala - They should recruit people, train them in the job, teach them how to do business with people in a hospitable manner and then employ them.

I think I can explain my concept very clearly with an example. Suppose we have a company by name “Wheels”. It provides lorry and drivers to anyone who needs that. They are one among the three companies of that type in our state and have about 20000 lorries and 25000 employees in its pay roll. A person who needs a lorry to transport some stuff calls a toll free number or he uses the web to reserve the truck. The truck arrives on time and a neatly dressed and ever smiling driver comes out of the lorry (I never had a chance to see such a scene back home). The company pays monthly salary and perks to the driver irrespective of the days he works. If he has more work the company pays him over time also. Now the driver is happy as he has good pay and job security, the customer is happy as he doesn’t have to quarrel with various “unions” to fix the rate and the company is happy that it is making profit.

Same concept can be applied to each and every area including casual laborers. Yes, it is true that we don’t get enough casual laborers anymore. But if a company can come forward and give them decent monthly wage through out the year I am sure more people will take up these jobs.

There are lots of other advantages for this concept. Coming back to the company “Wheels”, say a hauling firm in Middle East needs 200 drivers immediately, then they can contact “Wheels” and they can send their 200 best drivers to Middle East. I am talking about something very similar to that is happening in software industries now – body shopping. If the
guest worker program gets implemented in US (I am sure it will come into effect one day) these drivers can even come to US as the US faces a great shortage of truck drivers.

Having said that, all these I am sure, will be too tough to implement in Kerala. If this concept is implemented fully, politicians won’t have any one to conduct “jatha”, “bandh” or “harthal”. Politicians and political parties thrive exploiting poor, unemployed and underemployed people and I am sure they will do everything to refrain such a concept happening in Kerala.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

UR are dreaming too doubt!!!
atleast u realized it now

May 06, 2006 1:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

oh that was me btw!!

May 06, 2006 1:13 AM  
Blogger Babin said...

I don't think it is a distant dream. Economic growth and competition will make your dreams come true in the medium to long term..Kerala is still in the infant stage of its economic evolution... Once it pass over this chasm , kerala will be on a roll and the real economic growth and competition comes out of it will automatically demand higher quality of professionalism from all sectors.

May 07, 2006 7:03 AM  
Blogger Vinod/Kakka said...

It would be better if the 3 main trade unions morphed into private service providing organizations..

May 07, 2006 1:53 PM  
Blogger Red Lad said...

Hmm..yes i think its still a dream..

May 07, 2006 6:45 PM  
Blogger Kuttan said...

I dont consider the security of government jobs a real job security. Its more like a tenure for the employee. The person just got a life long contract for employment. Does the employer have a security on this job what can the employer do if the employee does not perform as expected. Well in the case of current government jobs, almost nothing.
So a good job security should work both ways. The employer should have rights to fire an employee if the employee doesn't perform as expected. And the employee should have the security of the job. Also employers should be able to hire temp workers without worrying about contracts. If that was the case in Kerala's government jobs, a sizable portion of the current govt employees won't be having those jobs now.
I have seen people who would rather stay unemployed and keep trying for some stupid ass govt job than take temp jobs our people need to change that attitude. You could be employed year round working on temp jobs may be 3-4 ones the important point is you get a salary year round. Im not saying that this is the main reason for unemployment but this could be one. But in a larger sense what you said is right.

May 08, 2006 4:39 PM  
Blogger Brijesh said...

Babin-Yes you are right. In future things has to change. But the problem is that there are some powerful forces which doesnt want any change.
vinod/kakka-That is a great idea but will it ever happen??
red lad-let is all believe it wont remain as a dream
kuttan-Agreed the job security should work both ways and that is not there in government sector now. Yes, in private sector, now also if you dont perform u dont have job. That is what I also had in my mind when I wrote this. Something similar to what is happening in software field in all service sectors of Kerala. In software field there is no "job security" as such. Any software company can fire the employee if he/she is not doing good. similar should be the case with any service sector. But if you are performing the rewards will be higher and this will be a source of encouragement for them.

May 08, 2006 8:16 PM  
Blogger Dew Drops said...

have u noticed that people who go out of kerala have a different perspective, most of the times? it is the mindset; which is changing, thankfully.

i think the govt also needs to do something for encouraging the youth. inspite of being "the tourism" stae of india, how many of our country mates exploit the myriads of opportunities?

with cities like Kochi becoming kind of metropolitan, i beleive we will be wiser and smarter.

May 09, 2006 6:15 AM  
Blogger Payyans said...

May not be in our lifetime

May 11, 2006 4:42 AM  
Blogger Payyans said...

May not be in our lifetime

May 11, 2006 4:43 AM  
Blogger Brijesh said...

@dew drops- We will need to change at some point. The question is when. It may take few years or it make even take another 20 years. But we need to change. Otherwise we wont have any development.
@byju-Hope it happens in our lifetime.

May 16, 2006 7:58 PM  

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