Meanwhile, the labour minister Sunday said that the youth are not outraged because of his statements and blamed Congress for creating an issue Photo: Pradeep Gaur/Mint
Meanwhile, the labour minister Sunday said that the youth are not outraged because of his statements and blamed Congress for creating an issue Photo: Pradeep Gaur/Mint

Labour minister Gangwar says ‘no shortage of jobs’, sparks political criticism

  • 'Recruiters who visit north India complain of facing dearth of quality people for the posts they need to fill,' said Gangwar on Saturday
  • Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra said the govt was trying to escape blame for the job losses due to economic slowdown by such 'insulting' comments

New Delhi: Labour and employment minister Santosh Gangwar’s comment that there is no shortage of jobs and it’s the inefficiency of candidates that is creating the mismatch has sparked the a political controversy.

On Saturday, during an event in his home constituency in Uttar Pradesh, Gangwar said that there is “no dearth of jobs" and that recruiters complain of paucity of quality candidates in north India for the positions they wish to hire.

"The issue of employment keeps figuring in newspapers these days…there is no dearth of jobs. I am handling the same ministry for labour and employment and examine the issue daily… Recruiters who visit north India complain of facing dearth of quality people for the posts that they need to fill," the minister had said, the video of which surfaced Sunday.

Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Sunday criticized the minister: “It has been more than five years for your government. There is no job creation. Whatever jobs were there, they have been snatched due to the economic slowdown brought by the government. You want to escape by insulting North Indians."

This comes in the backdrop of India’s attempts to battle an economic slowdown, tepid job growth, and decelerating exports. The economy expanded at 5% in the June quarter, its slowest pace in more than six years.

The minister’s statement comes at a time when both political and academic world is debating government data on high unemployment t rate. Data from the ministry of statistics released on 31 May showed that country's unemployment rate rose to 6.1% in the 2017-18 fiscal year, a 45-year high. Though the union government says that the present data can not be compared with previous NSSO data.

Meanwhile, the labour minister on Sunday said that the youth are not outraged because of his statements and blamed Congress for creating an issue. He said the ministry of skill development is working to improve efficiency of the workers.

In a series of tweets, Gangwar tried to pacify the working class and said that that those “entering (the) labour market or are already in the labour market contribute productively to economic growth both within and outside the country".

“Skill development is an important driver to address poverty reduction by improving employability, productivity and helping sustainable development and inclusive growth. On equipping countrymen with requisite life skills, job skills or entrepreneurial skills in the years to come the demographic advantage can be converted into the demographic dividend," he said in tweet posts Sunday evening.

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