“Modi Govt Harmful For Employment”: Rahul Gandhi On Unavailablity Of Jobs

Rahul Gandhi on Friday said that there were 15 lakh fewer jobs in August as compared to July. He lashed out at the Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his government.

The Congress MP, who has been critical of this government’s economic policies, including the National Monetization Pipeline announced by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman last month, announced that the Modi government is “harmful for employment”.

“The Modi government is harmful for employment. They do not promote or support any kind of ‘friendless’ business or employment… and are trying to snatch away jobs those who have it. And a pretense of self-reliance is expected from countrymen,” he tweeted in Hindi.

“Issued in public interest,” Mr Gandhi, who has frequently attacked the government over “crony capitalism” and alleged that it favours certain industrial houses, added.

The jibe from the Congress leader came after CMIE (Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy) Managing Director Mahesh Vyas made his views public about the decline in job opportunities.

The latest data from the independent think-tank indicates the national unemployment jumped to 8.32 per centlast month — from 6.96 per cent in July. Urban unemployment – 9.78 per cent in August, from 8.3 per cent in July – was higher than the 7.2 per cent in March, before the second Covid wave.

The decline in job opportunities comes despite an economic rebound.

However, at least eight states across the country – including Delhi, Haryana, and Rajasthan – are still reporting double-digit unemployment rates. Haryana has the highest level of unemployment with 35.7 per cent.

Last month he criticised the NMP – the government’s plans to monetise under-utilised bornwfield assets from a variety of sectors to raise an estimated ₹ 6 lakh crore over the next four years.

Rahul Gandhi and many leaders from the opposition had feared that privatisation of these assets – which provide employment to lakhs of people – could lead to many being thrown out of jobs.

Last year he accused the government of failing to meet its promise of jobs for two crore people per year and then enacting policies that “destroyed economic structure” and left crores jobless.