The National Sample Survey Office's (NSSO's) periodic labour force survey (PLFS), accessed by the Business Standard, shows that the country's unemployment rate was at a 45-year-high of 6.1 per cent. The report, which was not released despite being vetted by the National Statistics Commission in December, caused a row on Wednesday. Two members of the statistics body quit over the stalling of the report. The report gives ammunition to the opposition with the national elections due in May.
Congress leader Kapil Sibal took a jibe at the ruling BJP, saying that the masses were becoming disillusioned due to the increasing unemployment. Two people resigned. "They don't want to bring the data forward. Data is being encountered," he said. "This is a result of Modi ji's pakodanomics," he added.
Here are the Highlights on reactions to the jobs data:
NoMo Jobs!- Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) January 31, 2019
The Fuhrer promised us 2 Cr jobs a year. 5 years later, his leaked job creation report card reveals a National Disaster.
Unemployment is at its highest in 45 yrs.
6.5 Cr youth are jobless in 2017-18 alone.
Time for NoMo2Go. #HowsTheJobspic.twitter.com/nbX4iYmsiZ
Dear @narendramodi Ji, Hiding unemployment data from the very Indians you took an oath to be honest to???? Just because we have a 45 year high job crisis?This is betrayal of trust. Deceitful. Sleight of hand. Sir Ji, you will be jobless yourself after May this year. #JobFobByModi- Sanjay Jha (@JhaSanjay) January 31, 2019