Report claiming 45-year high in unemployment not verified: Niti Aayog

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Rahul Gandhi, the leader of the Congress party, the main opposition, said the report showed "a national disaster".

The National Sample Survey Office has conducted a nation wide survey where the report was ready in December past year but the government had no intention to release it ahead of the Lok Sabha elections of 2019.

Modi's ambitious Make-in-India project to lift the share of domestic manufacturing from 17 percent of GDP to about 25 percent and create jobs for an estimated 1.2 million youth entering the marker failed to take off.

The newspaper said the report showed that joblessness stood at 7.8 per cent in urban areas compared with 5.3 parts in the countryside.

The report has been mired in controversy after two members of the National Statistical Commission (NSC) resigned on January 28, saying that the government had withheld its release.

"To be able to capture if there was an increase or decrease, we need to compare quarter-by-quarter data".

India's unemployment rate rose to a 45-year high during 2017-2018, according to a survey conducted by the National Sample Survey Office.

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It also said that unemployment was higher in the urban areas (7.8 per cent) than in the rural areas (5.3 per cent).

Over the last couple of years, India's economy has been growing rapidly by about seven percent annually, but uneven growth has meant that there are not enough new jobs to keep pace.

"The country could not have experienced a growth of 7 per cent if unemployment had been on the rise". And critics say the government's claims of economic success have sounded increasingly hollow.

The data is significant because this was the first comprehensive assessment of the employment situation conducted after Modi government's November 8, 2016 decision of demonetization, the report said.

The government's failure to release the NSSO report was the latest sign of a complete lack of transparency regarding jobs data, they said.

The labour force participation rate (number of people of working age actively seeking jobs) also went down, according to the report. Dubbing the Prime Minister as "Fuhrer", Gandhi said that, "unemployment is at its highest in 45 yrs".

Periodic labour force surveys were launched in April 2017, aimed at providing reliable job level data. "Our analysis showed it was higher in 2015 than in 2011-12, and we expected demonetisation to have a harsh effect", said Amit Basole, head of the Centre for Sustainable Employment at Azim Premji University in Bengaluru, and lead author of a report, "State of Working India, 2018".

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