“I’m a graduate from a reputed university, but the sad fact is that I could not find any job to get myself employed. Life was quite difficult, till the apps over the internet came to my rescue. I’m now designated as a ‘Captain’ and I happily carry passengers from one destination to another.”

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And these statements came from a ‘Rapido Captain’, who was busy serving the people and earning his livelihood. In fact, the good news is that in this era of 21st century, where employment has become a major concern, the conscious citizens are now slowly finding out one or the other way, to curb the ill effects of unemployment. However, the credit for this entire scheme of thing must of course be given to the proper use of internet by some innovative persons.

The conspicuous fact is that in the current scenario, the unemployment issue of India has left the government in a quandary, where the government is finding it difficult to come out with the best solutions. In fact, according to an article in India Today, dated May 31, 2019, it stated that the National Sample Survey Office’s (NSSO) job survey for 2017-18 had shown a spike in the unemployment rate to over 6 per cent, a 45-year high, but the report was not released by the government, which termed it as a draft report. But if by any means, this report turns out to be true, then we might have to conclude that India might be facing her worst ever nightmare in terms of unemployment in the upcoming years.

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However, in this very tensed and crucial juncture, the unemployed individuals are getting some sort of respite, especially because they are getting this unique opportunity to earn money and manage a livelihood without much of difficulty or fuss. The fact being that the effectiveness of using internet in the right way has even given a ray of hope to the unemployed individuals, and directly or indirectly it has also revamped their desperate conditions.

The unique concept of coming up with one or the other life-changing employment based app over the internet has been the real game changer in this regard. And these apps have turned out to be a boon both for the denizens wanting to enjoy its services, the companies introducing the same and also for those middle persons who are actually helping the denizens to enjoy the comfortable services that these apps provide. Thus when people wanted services to arrive for them at a single click, technology fulfilled their desires, and while doing so it also acted as a mode of employment for many individuals.

Moreover, in the present context, almost each and every individual possesses an android device and it is not at all a herculean task to download an app from the app store present in their mobile phones. Thus the good thing is that from eating to traveling, now everything is available at one’s doorsteps within minutes.

However, amidst all these, one thing that the concerned citizens have probably forgotten is the very fact that these apps have not only made lives easier but also have given employment to thousands. Especially for a country like India, apps like Ola, Uber, Rapido, Zomato, Swiggy etc have open the floodgates of employment  for many frustrated unemployed individuals. And to understand the importance of these apps regarding employment, we might simply take the example of the city of Guwahati, where on a daily basis we witness hundreds and hundreds of individuals getting employed over these apps, earning a livelihood by simply serving the crowd at large. Thus, in short, we can simply say that these apps in a very short juncture, have actually refurbished the unemployment scenario of the country to quite an extent.

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Furthermore, the palpable fact is that because of the operation of these apps, almost every individual possessing a two-wheeler now simply doesn’t gossip around tea stalls about their unsecured future, but put their hard work in earning higher incomes via these apps, thus giving their best to secure their lifestyles. However, although for a certain section of society, these jobs via the apps are not at all secured, but they can never even deny the fact that these apps have turned out to be a blessing for all those unemployed individuals who were actually reeling before the introduction of such apps.

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However, this entire deliberation would simply remain incomplete, if we do not bring into conversation another app known as ‘YouTube’, which has been actually paving the path of employment for many since years. In YouTube, an individual can simply put videos of things or stuffs that he or she adore, be it videos of cooking or traveling, by opening his or her own channel, and if those videos become successful in alluring the crowd, then that particular app pays the individual monetary benefit based on certain terms and conditions laid down beforehand. And the success stories of YouTubers are something that is known by one and all.

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Therefore, if we carefully analyze, then we would realize that the numerous apps that have been developed recently have actually changed the degrading conditions of many individuals. From educated to uneducated, these apps have something to offer for every individual. In a scenario, where getting a good job, whether in the public sector or the private sector is not at all easy, these apps have in the real sense open the opportunities of employment for hundreds. In fact, such is the ease, that without having any difficulty, an individual from any caste or creed can easily get employed via these apps, however subject to only some simple terms and conditions laid by them.

Hence, we have to be indeed thankful to these apps for improving our lifestyles, whether by providing us good services or by simply giving us scopes of employment. And that is the reason, in the current context, it won’t be wrong if we say that these apps have actually revamped the living conditions of the burgess.

Bishaldeep Kakati
About Bishaldeep Kakati


Bishaldeep Kakati is a columnist and a poet. He edited the book ‘Fire The Pyre’


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