More Than 1 Crore Jobs Created Only In The Last Year, Says PM Modi Slamming Unemployment Claims

| August 12 , 2018 , 10:24 IST

The Opposition has frequently targeted the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led NDA government claiming rising numbers of unemployment. In an interview to ANI on Saturday, PM Modi said that more than 1 crore jobs have been created in the past 1 year itself and the 'campaign' of unemployment allegations needs to end.

"In short, the point which needs to be understood is that: When economy is growing at a faster pace, in fact fastest among the major economies, how will the jobs market not expand? When investment into and the pace of execution of infrastructure projects like making roads, laying down rail lines, setting up power generation including solar parks and transmission lines is at all-time high, how come the jobs will not be created," said PM Modi.

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"Similarly, if there is significant growth in sales of commercial vehicles and passenger vehicles, does it not mean that jobs are being created? When FDI inflows are at an all-time high, will it not translate into manufacturing and job creation?" PM Modi said.

"From just 2 mobile manufacturing units in 2014 we have grown to 120. When such development in electronic manufacturing is taking place, will it not create jobs? Today, India has emerged as one of the top hubs of start-ups. Are they not creating jobs?" he said.  

"App-based aggregators are flourishing in India across food, logistics, e-commerce, mobility solutions and many more such sectors. Are they not creating jobs?  We all know the potential tourism has in creating jobs. Foreign tourist arrivals in India grew by 14% last year. Domestic tourism has also grown. Will this not result in job creation?" PM Modi said.

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"Today, India is seeing a historic boom in the aviation sector. Last year, over 10 crore people took a flight. Through UDAN scheme, we have put many places, particularly Tier-II and III cities on the aviation map. Will this not create jobs and opportunities across the board? More than 13 crore MUDRA loans have been given to our hardworking entrepreneurs. I have been told that over 3.5 crore of these loans have been given to first time entrepreneurs. Does every loan not create additional employment opportunities?" he said.

"These are only a few examples. Employment generation is also evident from 45 lakh new Subscribers in the Employee Provident Fund and 5.68 lakh people joining the New Pension Scheme in the last nine months. All this has led to creation of more than one crore jobs only in the last year. Thus, the campaign that jobs have not been created must come to a halt now. People are not going to buy it any more," the PM said.

During the interview, PM Modi also spoke on other issues, ranging from Assam's National Register of Citizens, to the Opposition forming a grand alliance to take on the BJP-NDA in 2019 Lok Sabha polls.