New Delhi: A total of 16 lakh new organised sector jobs are expected to be created in the country in 2011, with healthcare, manufacturing and hospitality segments accounting for the most, the Government said Wednesday.
In a written reply to the Lok Sabha, minister of state for parliamentary affairs and planning Ashwani Kumar said that the figures are from a study by HR services firm Ma Foi Randstad.
“According to Ma Foi Randstad Employment Trends Survey, 1.6 million (16 lakh) jobs are estimated to be added to the employment base of the country during 2011,” he said.
Over 2.48 lakh of the new jobs are expected to be in healthcare, followed by 2.23 lakh in manufacturing non- machinery products and 2.18 lakh in hospitality.
Information Technology and IT enabled services (1.83 lakh), real estate and construction (1.44 lakh), media and entertainment (1.26 lakh) and education, training and consulting (1.07 lakh) are among other sectors expected to add new jobs this year.
The Ma Foi Randstad Employment Trends Survey is conducted across the country on a quarterly basis every year.
Kumar said the planning process in India is aimed at promoting faster and inclusive growth through infrastructure development and implementation of a number of employment- oriented schemes, with the purpose of generating jobs in both the organised and the unorganised sectors.
In this regard, he mentioned the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM), the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MNREGA) and the Swarna Jayanti Gram Swarozgar Yojana.
“In addition... the overall expansion of the Indian economy and enhancement of GDP growth over the years have significantly contributed for enlarging employment throughout the country and reduction of poverty,” Kumar said.
In reply to another question, the minister said that the Suresh Tendulkar committee set up in 2009 to look into the methodology for estimating poverty had recommended all-India poverty line “as Rs 446.68 and Rs 578.80 per capita per month at 2004-05 price level in rural and urban areas,respectively.”
“The Tendulkar Committee has incorporated adequacy of expenditure from the normative and nutritional viewpoint,” Kumar said.
The committee was formed after the meeting of the National Development Council in 2009 following widespread criticism that the Planning Commission was producing unrealistically low poverty estimates.