City-based NGO Swabhiman Sanghatana Thursday said it has created a
new Guinness World Record by giving jobs to 25,300 unemployed
youths, including physically challenged.
The appointment letters were issued Wednesday from various private
and cooperative banks, call centres, private companies, trading
and business organisations, malls and shopping plazas, depending
on the qualifications of the applicants.
The effort was recognised by Guinness World Records director Rob
Molroy, who awarded the coveted certificate to Swabhiman
Sanghatana head Nitesh Rane as thousands of youths cheered.
"More than any record, the bigger pleasure was to see the faces of
so many unemployed youths lit up as they were given their
appointment letters which would help them support their families,"
Shortly after the Guinness recognition, Maharashtra Industry
Minister Narayan Rane rushed to the venue to felicitate Nitesh,
who also happens to be his son.
A Sanghatana office-bearer said that the preparations for the
NGO's job fair started several weeks ago.
"This included tapping various organisations for different types
of jobs they could offer to the youths, and then contacting
several thousand unemployed youngsters and asking them to submit
applications for the same," the official told IANS.
Several youths who secured jobs of their choice were seen leaving
the venue with an expression of triumph and happiness on their
The starting salary for the jobs offered is around Rs.75,000 per
annum and above, depending on the merits and qualifications of the
individual, Sanghatana officials said.