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Does Nitin Gadkari statement indicate that Modi government failed on its Job promise?

Five months ago Nitin Gadkari had given the challenge to prove him wrong on facts about the employment data.


The Union Minister of Road Transport Nitin Gadkari stoked a controversy on Sunday stating that the reservation will not guarantee employment as jobs are shrinking. “Let’s us assume the reservation is given. But there are no jobs. Because in banks, the jobs have shrunk because of IT. The government recruitment is frozen. Where are the jobs?” Gadkari said.

However, five months ago it was Nitin Gadkari who had given the challenge to prove him wrong on facts about the employment data. “I have records that in the last four years, my ministry has provided 50 lakh direct and indirect jobs,’’ he had said during India Today conclave 2018.

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At a time when opposition parties have made the poor deliverance of the Central government on job creation a core election issue; the government has not till date countered the allegation with accurate facts and figures. However, there are a number of examples of lawmakers handing out unsolicited and almost comical explanations over the issue.

The International Labour Organization report estimated the number of unemployed in India will increase to 18.6 million people in 2018 and 18.9 million in 2019. Does Nitin Gadkari’s statement indicate that Modi government failed on its Job promise? HW News brings you reactions from experts and across the party lines.

Akhilesh Bhargava, Business Editor, HW Business and Finance:

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“The government had promised a huge job potential and they said they would deliver. However, it did not get delivered. There is a controversy going on in terms of numbers. The government claims if you go by the EPFO statistics there are enough jobs in the market, but if you go by the ground reality the jobs are missing. India has not been able to generate the number of jobs needed to provide employment to all the college students who are graduating out of college.”

Madhav Bhandari, BJP Spokesperson:


“I certainly am not aware of such statement being made by MR. Nitin Gadkariji and even if he spoke on this he might be talking in some limited references.”

Nawab MalikNCP Spokesperson:

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“Outsourcing has been adopted by the government themselves, even IAS officers are outsourced, that directly points out to one thing that the sitting government wants to abolish all the available government jobs, the government wants to run the country by outsourced contract bounded individuals that is why they are claiming to have no vacancy for the aspirants seeking government jobs.”

“By recruiting people on contract basis they have reduced the number of permanent jobs in India and if the government reduces the contractual agreements and rather focus on permanent jobs while recruiting, the crisis of unemployment will gradually reduce in the government organizations.”

“While Nitin Gadkari admitting that there aren’t enough jobs in the country it seems that the BJP party men are still holding on to their claim to have enough jobs in the country, they are just fooling the people of the country. The government has failed to govern, failed to create jobs, policies formulated by them has also not taken off the way they were promised to the people of India which is a dangerous instance to have happened in the country.”

Vinod Patil, Maratha Kranti Morcha Member:

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“On one hand, the present government is declaring that we are going to do a very huge recruitment drive of 70,000 jobs being made available, on the other hand, a senior BJP party man/ leader like Mr. Nitin Gadkari making it obvious that he and his party men don’t want to solve the employment issues, they might even be happy to see Maharashtra burning.”

“Nitin ji through his statement is challenging his party, we don’t really believe in his statement because things are only on papers and the government itself has declared to be planning on a mega employment programme. He is not really interested to give any kind of reservations to Maratha’s so he is trying to divert us but we will stick to our demands till our they are fulfilled. As far as the contradictory statements made by two influential people are concerned they themselves lack coordination within the party and it seems that there is a huge communication gap between the party men of BJP.”

“For the very fact, the Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Mr. Devendra Fadnavis declared that reservation will be provided to Maratha’s and the very next day Nitin Ji made this statement. Did the Chief of Maharashtra lie or Mr. Nitin Gadkari is lying? the recruitment number that was disclosed to us was around 72,000 posts and we are waiting for that.”

Ashok Chavan, MPCC President:

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“There is absolutely a huge contradiction in both the statements made by the Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Devendra Fadnavis and Nitin Gadkari. Nitin ji said, even after reservation what is the guarantee of getting jobs? He also included that there are hardly any jobs available in the government domain for aspirants seeking government jobs, the media, on the other hand, has reported that there are more than 25lakh jobs in the state as well as in the central government. The contradiction is between highly important people and Congress on behalf of the people expect either of the two to apologize or the Chief Minister to come clean on the factual position.”

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