Arabia Altaf Hamdani
SRINAGAR: The growing trend of e-shopping is lending sustainable employment opportunities to the youths and teenagers in Kashmir Valley.
In the recent months, a number of boys have found employment as delivery staff in the local branches of the private courier companies such as Delhivery, JV, and E-Com Express.
Working as Field Executives or Delivery Boys, the teenagers and youths are only required to deliver at the shoppers’ doorsteps the parcels received by the companies from e-tailers.
Having 10+2 qualification and a bike to ride is the only employment criteria they need to fulfill.
“My future is secure here,” 26-year-old Muzzafar Ahmad, who works as a Delivery Boy with Delhivery, told Kashmir Reader.
Prior to switching over to the company about a year ago, Muzzafar had been working as a Medical Representative.
“Growth prospects motivated me to switch over to this job. Here I and others like me are provided medical insurance, cell phone charges, and fuel charges. Besides, we get Rs 8000 to Rs 9000 as monthly salary,” he said.
Irfan Bashir, Central Manager of the company, said they have employed more than 90 people since the last February.
“After we set up this north city delivery centre, we are getting a lot of enquiries for employment. The scenario is similar in other branches that are operating in the Valley,” he said, describing the Delivery Boys as the “backbone of e-commerce.”
“Running this business without delivery staff is impossible,” he added.
The company, Irfan said, has been receiving employment requests from graduates and professional degree holders as well.
For some like Aamir Beigh, e-commerce is offering a feasible part time job opportunity. An undergraduate student of Commerce, Aamir has been working Field Executive with JV while waiting for his annual examination scheduled to take place in March.
“Sitting idle at home was not a good option. So, I decided to work here. I deliver about 25 parcels a day,” he said.