If selling Pakodas is a ‘job’ then, begging is also a job: Chidambaram

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New Delhi: Former Finance Minister and senior Congress leader P. Chidambaram took a jibe on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s comment that Pakauda selling is also a kind of employment. Chidambaram said,”Even selling pakodas is a ‘job’ said PM. By that logic, even begging is a job. Let’s count poor or disabled persons who are forced to beg for a living as ’employed’ people.”

He said,”Be prepared for an assault on our commonsense by wild claims of job creation by the government…The claim of 70 lakh new jobs in 2017-18 has been punctured by two scholars. Read my column in Indian Express today.”

He said that earlier it was claimed that a Mudra loan of Rs 43,000 (average loan size) created at least one new job. Show me one person who can ‘create’ a new job out of Rs 43,000 investment. In various tweets senior leader said,”Another minister wanted MGNREGA workers to be counted as holding jobs. So they are ‘job’ holders for 100 days and jobless for 265 days! …Real job creation will be reflected by robust increase in private investment, private consumption, exports and credit demand. Not happening yet.”

He said that India is facing a deep joblessness. He explained,”The truth is India is witnessing a three year spell of modest, but jobless, growth and the government is clueless about how to create jobs.”


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