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First salary: From Rs 1,200 per month to associate VP

Last updated on: February 02, 2020 08:32 IST

We'd asked you, dear readers, to tell us what your first salary was and what it meant to you at the time.
reader Hitesh Kumar Jha from Akola shares his story:

Mitesh Jha

I graduated in science from Lalit Narayan Mithila University, Darbhanga Bihar in 1994.

In December 1995, I started my first job as a trainee chemist in an edible oil company in Dharuheda, Rewari district of Haryana.

My salary was consolidated Rs 1,200.

After 10% PF (provident fund) deduction, I received Rs 1,080 in cash.

During that time after all my expenditure I could save between Rs 200 and 400 every month.

Once when my father visited me in 1996, I gave him Rs 2,200. I felt really glad doing that.

In 2007 I completed post graduation in chemistry from open university.

I have been working in the edible oil solvent and refinery plant for 24 years now. 

I am currently associate vice president and head the Akola-based N K Proteins Private Limited.



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