A report by the National Sample Survey Office on its periodic labour force survey has said that the unemployment rate in India had risen to its highest level for 45 years. The unemployment rate, according to the survey, stood at 6.1 percent in 2017-18, reported Business Standard newspaper.
The damning revelation comes just a day after a controversy erupted over the central government’s refusal to release the report on unemployment despite the National Statistical Commission giving its approval in December last year. The controversy gained momentum after NSSO’s acting chairman PC Mohanan and member JV Meenakshi quit with both having a year left in their term.
The unemployment, according to the report, was higher in urban areas with 7.8 percent as compared to 5.3 percent in rural areas of the country.
Mohanan told NDTV that he had quit over ‘disagreements’ with the government on the release of a jobs survey and concerns about it being buried in election season. With their departure the body is left with just Chief Statistician Pravin Srivastava and plan body NITI Aayog’s Amitabh Kant.
The revelation on unemployment rate will be extremely bad news for the BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi ahead of the Lok Sabha polls. In 2014, Modi had promised to create 2 crore jobs every year.