“No shortage of jobs, North Indians lack qualifications”: Santosh Gangwar Minister of Labour and Employment

BJP leader and Union Minister Santosh Gangwar has created a stir after blaming lack of qualified candidates among job seekers in North India for the high unemployment levels in the country.

Gangwar, is the Minister of State (Independent) in the Ministry of Labour and Employment claimed that there is no shortage of jobs in the country but companies recruiting in North India told him they were unable to find candidates with the required qualifications.

“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 unable to find the quality in candidates required for the post they are hiring for. I am looking after the same ministry and I monitor the situation on a daily basis. There is no dearth of employment in the country. We have employment exchanges for a purpose and we have also developed a separate system,” Santosh Gangwar said on Saturday.

Later today, Gangwar offered an explanation for his remark received severe criticism.

“What I had said was in a different context. I said that there is a lack of skill and our government has started the skill ministry and we are giving skill training to the youth,” Gangwar said.

In May this year, India’s unemployment rate was at a 45-year-high of 6.1 per cent in 2017/18. The figure was leaked but confirmed only after Prime Minister Narendra Modi was sworn-in for a second term.

Detailed official data on unemployment has not been filed for several years. Following release of 2017/18 figures the government declined to provide comparable numbers for more recent years.

The minister’s comments come as India’s growth rate slipped to 5 per cent in the June quarter, down from 5.8 per cent in the January-March period, its slowest in 17 years.

Source : Various

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