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Indians working in US find their job less stressful: Survey


    Washington :  A majority of Indians who live in the US and send money home say they are overqualified for their jobs here and find their US workplace to be less stressful than workplaces in India, a survey has revealed.

While the majority says they plan to retire in India, respondents overwhelmingly agree that the US is the land of opportunity, according to the survey of nearly 500 people from India who live in the US and send money home, carried out by international money transfer firm Transfast.

“People who come here for work are playing vital economic roles by contributing to the US economy and also adding to the GDP of their home country when they send money back to family and friends,” Transfast CEO Samish Kumar said.

According to the survey, some 83 per cent of respondents say they have more skills than required by their jobs in the US and 62 per cent describe their workplace in the country as less stressful than the ones they’d experienced in India.

While 64 per cent of respondents say they earn what they expected, around 61 per cent say they work longer hours than anticipated to earn that income, with 60 per cent saying they work more than 40 hours a week.

Only 39 per cent of respondents say they work less than expected. Still, the vast majority (83 per cent) agrees that their job offers more opportunities for growth, compared with jobs in India, the survey results said.

On the need for transparency in the selection of the next Secretary General, he said while there is a great deal of debate on the prerogatives of the Security Council and the General Assembly in this matter, “at the heart” is the question of the prerogatives of the five permanent members of the Council and the rest of the membership of the UN.

“And, that is, to a large extent, determined by something as seemingly innocuous as the working method of the Council,” he said adding that the Indian delegation has pressed for the Council to recommend two or more names to the General Assembly.

“While the pronouncements of the General Assembly do not specifically provide for this, there is – in our view – no legal impediment for the Council to do so,” he said.

He called for doing away with “secret straw polls” using different coloured slips that allow the the permanent members to exercise the veto without even taking ownership of it.

He added that discussions should be held in official meetings of the Council, preferably open ones and the Secretary General should issue reports summarizing the proceedings.

He also reiterated the need for consultations to be held with troop contributing countries before mandates of peacekeeping operations are finalized.

“Regrettably this has never happened. Again, we look towards the elected members of the Council to make a beginning,” he said.

“I must say that the problems afflicting the Security Council go deeper than its working methods. While a focus on working methods is useful, it can in no way be a substitute for reforming the Council in a manner that would give its decisions legitimacy and acceptability,” he said.

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