NEW DELHI: The government on Thursday clarified on the ‘leaked jobs data‘ and stated that the report is still being processed and will be released when it’s ready. Niti Aayog vice-chairman Rajiv Kumar said, “Government did not release the data (on jobs) as it is still being processed. When the data is ready we will release it.”
Kumar also stated that, “Data collection method is different now, we are using a computer assisted personal interviewee in the new survey. It is not right to compare the two data sets, this data is not verified. It is not correct to use this report as final.”
The government’s think-tank further said that the country is creating enough jobs for “new entrants” but “probably not” high-quality ones.
The Niti Aayog VC also hinted that the final report could be finalised by March.
Earlier in the day, a war of words erupted between the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) over the leaked job creation report card. According to a newspaper report quoting a government survey, India’s unemployment rate rose to a 45-year high during 2017-2018. The assessment by the National Sample Survey Office (NSSO) conducted between July 2017-June 2018, showed the unemployment rate stood at 6.1 per cent, the highest since 1972-73, the newspaper reported.
In a scathing attack on the Narendra Modi-led government, Congress president Rahul Gandhi said that the data revealed a “National Disaster”. In reaction, the BJP quickly responded and termed it as “#FakeNews!”
Citing the report, the Congress president tweeted: “NoMo Jobs! The Fuhrer promised us 2 crore jobs a year. 5 years later, his leaked job creation report card reveals a National Disaster. Unemployment is at its highest in 45 years. 6.5 crore youth are jobless in 2017-18 alone. Time for NoMo2Go. #HowsTheJobs.”
In reply to his tweet, the BJP said: “It’s clear that he has inherited Mussolini’s shortsightedness and has myopic understanding of issues. EPFO’s real data shows sharp increase in jobs, created in just the last 15 months. Only a man who hasn’t ever held a proper job & is totally jobless can peddle such #FakeNews!”
The head of the government-funded National Statistical Commission PC Mohanan said on Wednesday that he and colleague J Meenakshi were unhappy at the non-publication of jobs data that had been due for release in December and alleged interference by other state agencies over backdated GDP data.