Responding to questions on the Maratha reservation agitation last week, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari was candid about limitation of reservations in dealing with the employment crisis. “Even if reservation is given, there are no jobs. Jobs in banks have shrunk because of information technology.
Government recruitment is frozen,” Gadkari said. He also added that his statement reflected “socio-economic thinking” and appealed that it should not be politicised. On Monday, Congress president Rahul Gandhi appeared to do just that. In a tweet quoting Gadkari’s statement, Rahul tried to link Gadkari’s comments with the ongoing debate about job-creation under the present government.
The debate on employment performance of the Narendra Modi government will not be resolved until latest employment numbers from National Sample Survey Office’s (NSSO) are released.
However, this need not stop us from examining the merits of Gadkari’s comments. Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy (CMIE) gives numbers on organised sector employment – public and private – from 1971-72 to 2011-12. Read More
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