Minister of State for Labour and Employment Santosh K Gangwar Saturday said there is no lack of employment in the country but there are few skilled personnel, especially in north India.
Speaking at a book launch event in Lucknow on Modi government’s 100 days, Gangwar said, “Nowadays the news on employment is filling up the newspapers. We work for the same department and monitoring it regularly. Besides the employment department, our ministry is also working in the same direction.”
“There is no lack of employment opportunities in the country. The recruiters coming to north India often complain that they find very few candidates with the required skills for a specific post. Considering this, the government has laid special emphasis on skill development,” he added.
He also assured that the low employment rate would not be a problem for long and his ministry is working in the direction.
Reacting to his statement, Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra said that the minister is trying to evade the questions over declining employment rate by blaming it over north Indians. “Respected minister, your government is in power for the last 5 years. Jobs creation has not taken place. And those which were there already are being robbed by the inflation brought on by the government. Youngsters are rooting for the government to do something good for them. You want to evade the question by insulting the north Indians. This won’t do,” tweeted Priyanka.
Gangwar, however, clarified his statement later. According to ANI, he said his statement had a different context. There was a lack of skills among the youth for which the government has opened skill ministry so that children can be trained as per job requirement.
Recently, Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had said that the slowdown in automobile sector is due to a rise in online cab services in metro areas where youth prefer to hire the services of Ola or Uber than purchasing their own vehicle.