New Delhi, Sep 16 : Attacking Minister of State (I/C) for Labour and Employment Santosh Kumar Gangwar for his alleged remark that North Indian youth were incapable of getting jobs, Congress on Monday demanded an apology from the minister for his ''statement''.
Addressing a press conference here, Congress leader Rajiv Shukla said, '' We demand that the Labour minister should apologise for his statement or admit that this is the policy of the government and say we think that all north Indian youth are incapable and incompetent of getting a job.''
''The responsibility of creating jobs lies with the Government. If the Government says that India’s youth is incompetent and not eligible for jobs then the Govt’s job ends. Unemployment is at a 45-year high right now,'' he said.
''Today, there is an outcry among the youth due to unemployment. The unemployment rate has increased to 8.2 per cent. Unemployment has never happened in 45 years,'' the Congress leader said. Charging the NDA Government of failing to fulfill the promise made during the 2014 Lok Sabha polls to create 2 crore jobs a year, he said,'' the Government had promised that they will create two crore jobs each year. Forget about creating new jobs, crores of employed people are losing jobs.''
''They have spent thousands of crores on skill India program. They say they have skilled 16 lakh people. However, among those only 30 per cent people got jobs, 70 percent skilled people do not have jobs,'' the Congress leader said.
''Today for a Class IV employee’s job, engineers and MBAs are applying. It is a grave situation. Like Dr Manmohan Singh said, the Government needs to admit there is an economic crisis, why is the Government in a denial mode,'' he said.
He said there was a news report in an English National Daily that says that in the last five years country witnessed an outflow of 3 lakh 15 thousand crore rupees under the liberalised remittance scheme (LRS) by resident Indians who are unhappy with business here.
The Congress leader said all sectors are severely hit. Exports are hit. ''There are only big statements and big advertisements by the Government which are far removed from the ground reality,'' he said. (UNI)