In a recent interview to Swarajya, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had said that more than a lack of jobs, the problem was about the lack of data on jobs. His colleague in the Union cabinet, Nitin Gadkari, had echoed that sentiment and said that departments under him alone had generated one crore jobs over the last four years and that he was in the process of collecting data on the same.
Currently, Gadkari is in charge of the ministries of road transport and highways, water resources, shipping, river development, and Ganga rejuvenation.
His remarks came at the occasion of the 50th Foundation Day of the WAPCOS, an enterprise under the ministry of water resources. To back his claim, Gadkari gave the example of the planned Zojila tunnel. According to him, the construction of the tunnel itself would provide 4000 Kashmiri youth employment for four years.
Readers may be reminded that in a recent interview to Swarajya, when Prime Minister Modi was asked about the job situation, he had replied—
“On this issue, more than a lack of jobs, the issue is a lack of data on jobs. Our opponents will naturally exploit this opportunity to paint a picture of their choice and blame us. I don’t blame our opponents for blaming us on the issue of jobs, after all no one has an accurate data on jobs. Our traditional matrix of measuring jobs is simply not good enough to measure new jobs in the new economy of New India.”
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