Union Minister Santosh Gangwar has blamed the lack of skills among north Indians for the growing joblessness. Faced with considerable condemnation, Gangwar, who holds the portfolio of Ministry of State for Labour and Employment in the central government, said that he was referring to his ministry’s plans to provide skills among the country’s youth.
Speaking to reporters, Gangwar had said, “I want to say that there is no dearth of job opportunities in the country. Those who come for recruitment in north India often complain that they are not able to find quality candidates required for the post they are hiring for.”
#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
Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra took to Twitter to launch a tirade against the minister accusing him of insulting north Indians. She wrote, “Mr Minister, you’ve been in the government for more than five years. You failed to create jobs. The existing jobs disappeared due to economic slowdown. Youths are looking up to the government with a hope that it will do something better for them. But you are trying to escape by insulting north Indians. This won’t happen.”
Gangwar later issued a clarification that his intention was not to insult north Indians. The minister, according to ANI, said, “What I said had a different context that there was lack of skills&govt has opened skill ministry so children can be trained as per job requirement.”
This is not the first time that a union minister has made bizarre comments to justify their poor governance on managing the country’s economy. Earlier Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman blamed the Uber and Ola taxi services to justify the slowdown in the automobile sector. Days later, Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal had faced social media roasting for crediting Albert Einstein with the discovery of gravity while justifying the economic slowdown.