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Dream job: Where the grass isn’t greener

Today as we celebrate Labour Day, NT BUZZ gathers opinions from people working in the public and private sectors in order to understand the pros and cons of the two sectors

VENITA GOMES

If you are to compare the private and public sectors, you would be debating their advantages and disadvantages because both sectors have their own set of benefits and loop holes. From an employee’s perspective there are various aspects that matter – salary and benefits, growth and development, security, work timings, etc, which they consider before opting for a job in either sector.

Pay and benefits

One of the most common complains you hear from employees is about the salary and benefits. The government sector provides a decent salary, increment, bonus, travel and other allowances while the private sector is a little unsteady when it comes to such perks, says an employee working in a private marketing firm in Margao. She adds: “Until and unless the company is of good repute these benefits are not willingly given to employees. In the private sector we do get increments but it is a small sum. We cannot save much. Though the company has several branches and has spread its feathers in different parts of the nation, it hasn’t raised the bar. Besides that, travel and phone allowance is not entirely covered by the company.”

Working in government department has been quite satisfying for Ankita Naik (name changed) from Bicholim, particularly due to the salary.

“Government jobs are good in terms of salary, benefits and other allowances. You don’t have to worry about your savings. Even if you are doing a simple job they give you a good amount of basic salary which comfortably covers daily expenses.”

Merit and performance

Sometimes government jobs do come with terms and conditions, and there are even other specifications that they look for. However, Lyndon J Pinto who has been working in the private sector for the last nine years believes that working in the private sector helps one grow as promotions are based on merit and there is no reservation taken into consideration. One is judged on one’s calibre. “In usual circumstances, a public sector employee has far more advantages than a private sector employee; however I have felt certain advantages do exist in the private sector. For starters, my caste or creed does not dictate the kind of job I will have to do. Merit does. My growth doesn’t depend on who I know, but how I perform, so if I want a promotion, I need to work towards it and so does everyone else which makes overall efficiency much higher than most government offices. Above all, irrespective of which party is in power, the goals of the firm I work with do not change.”

Reiterating a similar viewpoint, Nigel Vaz from Verna feels that reservation in government sector should be stopped as it does not allow the deserving candidate to get the job. He says: “What’s the point if you have a vacancy? Most seats are reserved for candidates based on caste, creed and religion. Deserving candidates don’t get that seat. That’s the saddest reality and people are forced to seek better fortunes outside the State.”

Speak up?

There are instances when public sector employees’ freedom of speech is curtailed. A government servant who has been working in a department for the last five years says she wasn’t allowed to put forth her opinion. She says: “I feel serving the government takes away an important fundamental right ‘Freedom of Speech’ guaranteed by the Constitution of India in Article 19. Being part of a system, a government servant cannot express his opinions or be critical of the government on policy matters or decisions, even if it does not concern that particular department. This is enforced through the CCS Conduct Rules 1964 applicable for all Central Governments and adopted by the State Government.”

That’s what I am looking for

Flexible work timings, a friendly atmosphere, good package, growth and development are some of the demands of employees, and software engineer from Goa working at Tech Mahindra, Pune, Reefa Dias feels private sector does provide one with such benefits. She says: “The time it takes for salary increment, appraisals and climbing the hierarchy is less in private sector jobs. But in terms of job security, obviously the government sector is better.”

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