NITI Aayog Jumps To Defend Modi’s Jobs Record As Debate Rages

NITI Aayog Jumps To Defend Modi’s Jobs Record As Debate Rages

NITI Aayog Jumps To Defend Modi’s Jobs Record As Debate Rages

A political controversy over the survey erupted after the acting chairman and another member of the body that reviewed the jobs data resigned, saying there had been a delay in its scheduled December release and alleging interference by other state agencies. In 2014, Modi had promised to create 2 crore jobs every year.

The government did not confirm the contents of the NSSO report but said it felt that the report doesn't present an accurate comparative picture.

"The latest National Sample Survey Organisation's (NSSO) data that has been withheld by the Modi government has shown that unemployment in India post-demonetisation had reached a four-decade high", it said.

Niti Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant recounted the major problems facing our economy. "It is not correct to use this report as final", Kumar said.

Kant added that India is creating enough jobs for new entrants but may not be creating enough good quality jobs.

The damning revelation comes just a day after a controversy erupted over the central government's refusal to release the report on unemployment despite the National Statistical Commission giving its approval in December past year. "When the data is ready we will release it", added Kumar.

The assessment by the National Sample Survey Office conducted between July 2017-June 2018, showed the unemployment rate stood at 6.1 percent, the highest since 1972-73, the newspaper reported.

The government has been unable to keep its lofty promises of providing meaningful jobs to all, and policy missteps like demonetisation have only exacerbated the crisis in the Indian economy. "This report was released for approval because this is a standalone report and it does not require any additional verification with any sources".

The data is significant because this was the first comprehensive assessment of India's employment situation conducted after Modi's decision in November 2016 to withdraw most of the country's banknotes from circulation overnight, the report said. The party also called the report claiming unemployment at a very high level as "Fake News".

The informal sector employs more than 90% of the country's workforce, and has witnessed a decline in available work and wages in the last two years, said Chandan Kumar, coordinator of the Working People's Charter, an alliance of informal workers' groups and unions. If the report is made public, and if it does show that unemployment peaked in the aftermath of the note ban, it will deflate the government's relentless attempt to give the drastic measure a positive spin.

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