Earnings fair: Drive is masking failure to create jobs, say opponents

As Prime Minister Narendra Modi kicked off a salary fair by handing out employment letters to 75,000 people, the opposition tore into the government, accusing it of “eventualisation” and “publicity stunts” to cover up failure to create jobs.

Noting that the BJP had promised two crore jobs every year, the Congress asked the government to reveal when the promised 16 crore jobs would be given to the youth.

The Congress says the recruitment drive is the effect of the Bharat Joro Yatra. AICC general secretary Randeep Surjewala said the yatra had moved to only four states and the government “had to admit” that unemployment was the country’s biggest problem.

“At least, the ‘Jumla Raja’ was forced to admit that unemployment is the biggest problem facing the country and the youth,” he tweeted. He said that the youth of the country need employment, not “eventbaji”.

He said, the Prime Minister should say “when will you provide 16 crore jobs as you have promised to provide 2 crore jobs every year for the last eight years”.

“By when will these 16 crore jobs be provided and by when will 30 lakh vacancies be filled in government departments. The prime minister has to answer to the youth of the country,” he said.

“The situation will not go forward with just 70,000 recruitment letters and the youth of the country want jobs and the Prime Minister has to answer them. Rahul Gandhi and the Congress will continue to raise this question from the Prime Minister during the Bharat Joro Yatra,” he said.

The Trinamool Congress also attacked the government.

“Jumla Raja PM Modi promised 16 crore jobs to youth and failed to deliver. The data provided by the Modi government inside Parliament shows that 22 crore people have applied for government jobs since 2014 and only seven lakh have got jobs,” said Derek O’Brien, TMC leader in the Rajya Sabha.

“While there has been a 45 per cent decline in employment in the country, the number of employment in West Bengal has increased by 40 per cent. Young people want jobs and Modi has failed miserably. What he keeps doing to cover up his failure is organizing these publicity stunts”, he added.

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