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Prakash Javadekar counters unemployment claim: One crore PF accounts opened in one year

"I will give just one figure...One crore new PF accounts were opened in one year. PF account can be opened only when a person gets a job...One crore new accounts in 2016-17),” said Javadekar who was in the state to participate in BJP’s Gujarat Gaurav Maha-sampark Abhiyaan on Sunday.

By: Express News Service | Gandhinagar | Published: November 13, 2017 2:17 am
gujarat elections, prakash javadekar, unemployment, GDP, manmohan singh, While releasing a booklet on the BJP’s initiatives with and for youth in Ahmedabad, Javadekar also took a dig on Rahul Gandhi: “If anybody who has become unemployed in Modi’s rule, it is people like the Congress vice-president.” (Express Photo)

Countering Opposition Congress’s allegation of lack of employment under the present dispensation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in India, Union Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar on Sunday claimed that around one core new provident fund (PF) accounts were opened in the country in 2016-17.

“Ek hi ankada batata hoon…Ek saal me ek crore PF ke naye accounts shuru huye…PF ka account to koi naukri lagega tabhi shuru hoga na?…ek crore naye accounts in 2016-17. (I will give just one figure…One crore new PF accounts were opened in one year. PF account can be opened only when a person gets a job…One crore new accounts in 2016-17),” said Javadekar who was in the state to participate in BJP’s Gujarat Gaurav Maha-sampark Abhiyaan on Sunday.
Addressing a press meet in Ahmedabad, he added that attempts to provide employment to honest youths are worth taking a look. “Through one Mudra Yojana, seven crore people got employment…We have started national career portal and introduced apprenticeship programme for youths…,” Javadekar said.

He further said it was important to take note of jobs in informal and service sectors as the economy of India had changed a great deal. “Service sector ka contribution 60 per cent hain GDP me aur rojgar ke khsetra me bhi…bahot bada yogdan hain…informal sector me bahot rojgar mil raha hain (Service sector’s contribution to GDP is 60 per cent and has a large contribution in employment generation. A lot of jobs are being generated in informal sector),” Javadekar said.

While releasing a booklet on the BJP’s initiatives with and for youth in Ahmedabad, Javadekar also took a dig on Rahul Gandhi: “If anybody who has become unemployed in Modi’s rule, it is people like the Congress vice-president.” Also referring to Rahul’s promise to cap GST rates at 18 per cent if voted to power, Javadekar said the Congress vice-president intends to increase the tax burden on the common people. “I want to ask what kind of uniform tax structure he (Rahul) wants? He is advocating 18 per cent GST on all items. It means all those commodities that fall in zero, 5 or 12 per cent slabs should be charged at 18 per cent. It seems the Congress wants to increase the tax burden on people,” Javadekar said.

Rahul, who has been spearheading the Congress campaign for the next month’s Assembly polls, had said on Saturday he would not rest till the five-slab “Gabbar Singh Tax” was converted into the “Goods and Services Tax” with an 18-per cent cap.

Javadekar further said that Gujarat government (under Modi’s leadership as chief minister) had got awards for best employment generator for eight to nine years from the previous UPA government.

“Manmohanji (Singh) jab pradhan mantri the, aath saal Gujarat ko sabse jyada rojgar paida karne ke liye puraskar diya…(When Manmohanji was the prime minister, Gujarat got award for maximum employment generation for eight years…). Awards for providing maximum employment to Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and women were also given to Gujarat for nine years,” Javadekar said. He also said that the first draft of Union government’s Education Policy is likely to be ready by December end.

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    Ivan
    Nov 13, 2017 at 5:11 pm
    By Javadekar's reckoning merely possessing a PF account means that unemployment has come down. So a person with a PF cannot be unemployed at the same time? This must be news to those with PF yet are unemployed. In any case the time period means 2016-17 means nothing if it includes a substantial period before Nov 8. It could in addition as pointed just mean better compliance by firms that had hit the employee threshold. He seems to be an even better magician with figures and time frames than Jaitley.
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    1. Sreenivasan Ezhuvappady
      Nov 13, 2017 at 4:37 pm
      So, the Minister is sure that the government has created new jobs of one crore after the Demon. Congratulations. Then, if those once crore people were working, that should also indicate in the form of GDP growth ! Why whenever the spokespersons of the government ties one end of the bag another end is always opening up ?
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        Raveesh
        Nov 13, 2017 at 4:12 pm
        Dear Sir , You are not realizing what kind of pain people are facing arising from unemployment . Neither Business Industries have been showing courage to invest in this scenario nor government has been able to generate enough opportunity to provide job. Government is touting Mudra Bank Scheme has provided around seven crore job but it did not visible at ground .
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        1. Ajay Menon
          Nov 13, 2017 at 3:41 pm
          As per statistics , in 2016 recorded lowest unemployment rate which is 3.43 whereas in 2008 unemployment rate was 4.57 and 1983 its 8.3 .
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            Lucian DSilva
            Nov 13, 2017 at 3:19 pm
            Daily wager forced into PF. Even a few days wage earners forced into PF/FP in turn these poor people when shift job from one contractor to another but before that remain unemployed for days together in the process of claiming his previous employment P.F./FPF. In this process a single daily wager open number of PF/FP a/c as much he change contractors. Ignorant politicians making use of numbers for political milage the same numbers which cause hardship, poverty, weakness etc to the poor labourers. Even the numbers are proving that unemployment is very high. Its better for politicians to use gimmick and nautankies and rely on such things then on baseless facts and figures. And for the poor it is our fault to selected such politicians as our leaders lets now tolerate.
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