Santosh K Gangwar, the Minister of State (MoS) for Labour and Employment, on Sunday said that there is no lack of employment or jobs in India, but lack of proper employability skills and quality in candidates. Addressing the media at an event in Uttar Pradesh's Bareilly, Gangwar said those who come to recruit in our North India asserted that there is a deficiency in quality candidates for the positions they need to hire in.
"There is no lack of employment in the country. Recruiters who come to hire in our North India questioned the ability of candidates," ANI quoted MoS Gangwar as saying.
#WATCH MoS Labour & Employment, Santosh K Gangwar says, "Desh mein rozgaar ki kami nahi hai. Humare Uttar Bharat mein jo recruitment karne aate hain is baat ka sawaal karte hain ki jis padd (position) ke liye hum rakh rahe hain uski quality ka vyakti humein kum milta hai." (14/9) pic.twitter.com/qQtEQA89zg— ANI (@ANI) September 15, 2019
The statement comes on the heels of growing unemployment ratio in the country and with netizens questioning the Modi government over inability to create enough jobs for youths.
Gangwar's statement seems to mirror the one by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who during one of his interviews to a print magazine and online daily, claimed that there is no lack of jobs in India, but there's a lack of data on jobs.
However, data shows that employment rate has been steadily falling since June 2016 quarter and has declined by 3 percentage points over the past three years, according to data shared by the Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy (CMIE).
Unemployment ratio rose to a 33-month high in the month of June 2019 while employment rate fell to its lowest mark since January 2016, the Mumbai-based think tank said in its report.
Every year around 5 million youths, including 1.5 million Engineers pass out from India, but only 40 per cent of them manage to get a job while the rest 64 per cent continue to struggle to build a career.