Unemployment figures not released by government: NITI Aayog VC Rajiv Kumar

Unemployment figures not released by government: NITI Aayog VC Rajiv Kumar

Unemployment figures not released by government: NITI Aayog VC Rajiv Kumar

"We saw (it) during the UPA regime and now this NSSO data shows the same for the current government", said Shyam Sundar.

Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Thursday took a jibe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi after a financial daily reported that the unemployment rate in the country hit a 45-year high.

The CPI (M) has alleged that the latest NSSO data on employment had been suppressed by the government as it showed joblessness had reached a four-decade high post-demonetisation and demanded that all such data be released immediately. "But it's comparable with earlier employment surveys by NSSO", he said.

After reports of the resignation in the media, the government on Wednesday said the two NSC members had not expressed their concerns in any of the meetings of the Commission in the last few months.

Kumar also clarified that it would not be correct to compare the data presented in that report with the data collected in 2011-12 because the data collection methods from both periods are different.

Earlier, the NSSO, a division of the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation (MoSPI), released data that suggested that unemployment in India stood at 6.1 percent in 2017-18, the highest in 45 years.

"You can't be growing annually at 7.2 percent and saying that there are no jobs being created in the economy", NITI Aayog Chief Executive Amitabh Kant said at a press conference. In 2014, Modi had promised to create 2 crore jobs every year.

The government has questioned the report, saying it was "not verified".

It quoted job data from 2017-'18, which was the first full financial year after the government demonetised high-value currency notes in November 2016.

Business Standard said the report showed that joblessness stood at 7.8 percent in urban areas compared with 5.3 parts in the countryside.

The report says more people are withdrawing from the workforce as the labour force participation rate is lower than in the previous years.

Stung by opposition parties' victories in three state polls in December and needing to call a national election by May, PM Modi has already exempted many small businesses from paying taxes under a unified goods and services tax (GST).

Some sociologists say that there are instances of a correlation between high unemployment and an increase in criminal behaviour.

A report released by the All India Manufacturers' Organisation said last month 3.5 million jobs had been lost since 2016, mainly due to demonetisation and rising working costs after the launch of the national tax.

However, asked who else needs to approve the report after NSC, Kumar said he was not sure. "They will definitely find a place in this budget, like agriculture, employment and the middle class".

"The reason why the report has not been released is that it is not right to publish the report in an incomplete manner".

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