Amit Shah ridicules ‘economic pundits’ for criticising jobless growth

Shah underlined that India cannot tackle unemployment only by providing jobs. He added that creating an atmosphere in which self-employment is possible is also important.

Written by Liz Mathew | New Delhi | Published:July 13, 2017 3:07 am
Mohan Bhagwat and Amit Shah at the launch of the book on Narendra Modi in Delhi on Wednesday. Prem Nath Pandey

BJP president Amit Shah on Wednesday ridiculed “economic pundits” for their criticism of the Narendra Modi government’s jobless growth. “Economic pundits talk about jobless growth and try to tear out the few strands of hairs that I have on my head by asking where are the jobs… But he (Modi) successfully faced this challenge in Gujarat by implementing skill development programmes and self employment schemes,” Shah said at the launch of coffee table book on Modi titled The Making of a Legend.

He insisted that Modi, who had won “blessings of 1.25 crore people” with his successful stint as Gujarat CM, is working hard to solve issues that India is facing. Shah highlighted Modi’s schemes and initiatives for overall development. He cited Modi’s successes in meeting challenges of unemployment and water shortage in Gujarat, which had been a major hurdle for agricultural growth.

Shah underlined that India cannot tackle unemployment only by providing jobs. He added that creating an atmosphere in which self-employment is possible is also important. Shah said Modi, who became CM in 2001 without even winning a panchayat election, introduced a series of programmes to save Gujarat from the water crisis. He added that 7.28 crore youths have become self-employed under the Centre’s Mudra loan scheme over three years. Shah said Modi became the PM when youths were on the streets, women felt unsafe, borders were insecure and the investment atmosphere was at a nadir.

He highlighted Modi’s schemes for the poor. He added that the government’s biggest success was that it had provided opportunities to “the last man in the queue” to lift himself out of poverty. Shah said many PMs, who spoke about development and the poor, came and went but it was left for Modi to build toilets, open bank accounts and provide them basic facilities.

RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat, who was present at the launch, praised Modi for remaining the same in his nature as a swayamsevak even after becoming Chief Minister and Prime Minister. “Modi still follows the same lifestyle as India’s PM, which he followed as an RSS worker and before becoming the Gujarat CM. It is not enough that one praises him for what he is today but must also realise what he was and how wedded he was to his ideals before he became PM.’’

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  1. P
    Jul 14, 2017 at 5:36 pm
    Look whos critising economic experts? A dumb illiterate goonda like Amit Shah. Creating rifts is the patent cheapness of that h a r a m z a d a fat a s s Amit Shah. He divided UP now Bihar. Thats all that evil creature can do-riots, clashes, encounters, kidnappings, extortion, rapes. And India has such a goonda as Pres of a party. SHAME SHAME SHAME.
  2. A
    Jul 13, 2017 at 4:39 pm
    Look whos asking for Tejasvi's resignation? A fat a s s murderer, criminal conspirator, kidnapper, extortionist who also ordered for rape of Sohrabuddin's wife Kausar Bi. Noone says corruption is not a crime, it should be stopped but killing petty criminals and raping their wives to protect Narendra Modi in a so-called "ISI conspiracy case" designed to win promotions and power is more henious than any chara ghotala. Not only encounters this a s s h o l e has been inciting riots in every state that went for elections- Bihar, UP, West Bengal, TN, spared Uutarakhand and Punjab for obvious reasons. Next won't be Gujarat after all its a home state na.
  3. R
    Roby Mani
    Jul 13, 2017 at 7:43 am
    Then why did you proclaim that you will create crores of jobs in your election promises? Please make a correction in the numbers which has supported Modi It is only around 36 crores and not 125 crores who have supported you. Your party was able to win only on account the lacunae which exists in the voting system rules of democracy, which states that the person who gets the largest number of votes win even if it only 1 vote. Further the highly fragmented and weak opposition was another reason for jokers like you to win. We do not find any improvement in state of affairs after you took over be it on the job front, internal security front, external security etc etc. So please stop blabbering Mr Shah and start soing something worthwhile at the ground level for all to see. I find that the present government is lined up with a number of ministers who are very good at trumpeting achievements without it being seen on the ground level.
  4. T
    Jul 13, 2017 at 4:53 am
    Liar Fatty-Shah and his Legend-Soulmate---Modi with his designer attire, definitely doesn't live his earlier 'chaiwala' lifestyle------Everybody is not Mr. Vajpayee or Mr. Lal Bahadur Shastri !!!
  5. S
    Jul 13, 2017 at 4:15 am
    Shah is right, the sooner people realize jobs are not growth vehicles, but only temporary providers of sustenance, the better. Jobs are always short term in capitalist world. Instead of looking to capitalists to provide jobs, everyone should turn to capitalism themselves and engage self in profit making endeavors.
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