Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut. (File Photo)
Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut on Sunday termed BJP’s Make in India initiative an “employment scam”, claiming that figures given to show employment generation and foreign investment did not add up.
In his weekly column ‘Rokhthok’ in Sena mouthpiece Saamana, Raut wrote that the prime minister, finance minister and others were repeatedly asserting that India is a fastest growing economy in the world, however, the figures speak otherwise. “If that be the case, then India should be the most attractive destination for youngsters… It is also being said that foreign investors are queuing up to invest in India. But, all of these do not reflect in employment generation… It means there is some scam pertaining to the figures given on employment generation,” said Raut.
The Sena MP also said that unemployment is the biggest issue before the country and “if it explodes, it will cause anarchy”. “PM Narendra Modi claimed that one crore employment has been generated in the past four years, but 40 lakh jobs have been lost in the demonetisation attack. Also, agriculture sector, which used to generate the highest employment, has been destroyed completely,” he wrote.
Raut added that those who question the government on the losses in jobs are branded “anti-nationals”. “Farmers’ economy has collapsed owing to ban on cow slaughter. All this is happening in the name of religion, which does not provide food and work. Those who question about the loss of existing jobs are labelled as anti-nationals,” said Raut.
He also alleged that Rafale deal has impacted the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), a public undertaking.
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