Bhubaneswar: Hundreds of youths were left in despair after a job fair organised by private organisation in Bhubaneswar on January 30 turned out to be a complete dud as companies failed to turn up. The matter came to fore after a police complaint was lodged in this regard at Khandagiri Police Station today.

A private organisation, SS Global had promised applicants to organise a three-day job fair with participation from 300 companies at the Baramunda Ground in Bhubaneswar. With hope to get a job, applicants had registered themselves with SS Global by paying Rs 240. Applicants who went through a selection process on January 28 at the fair were asked to appear at the venue on January 30, informed sources. However, no one turned up on January 30.

"During the registration process, the agency told us that 300 companies will participate in the three-day job fair. I was asked to reach the venue on January 30 to appear for an interview, but no one turned up at the venue," said Amarendra Sahu, a B.Tech student.

Expressing similar views, another student Prabanjan Swain said the registration for the job fair began in December and job aspirants from remote areas also participated in the process. However, many of them are totally crestfallen after no companies turned up at the fair, he added.

Meanwhile, the managing director of SS Global, Himanshu Sekhar Mohapatra said due to some unavoidable reasons the job fair could not be organised.

"Due to the MSME trade fair many companies could not participate in the job fair. The registration amount will be returned to applicants," stated Mohapatra.