There is some good news amid the economic slowdown. At a time when the country is facing an unprecedented rise in joblessness, Madhya Pradesh under the rule of the Congress party has set a reverse trend.
According to a survey conducted by the Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy (CMIE), unemployment has dropped sharply in Madhya Pradesh in the last nine months, indicating rapid job creation.
Mumbai-based CMIE has stated that unemployment, which was at its peak of 7% in December 2018, dropped to 4.2% by the end of September 2019. In contrast to the trends in Madhya Pradesh, unemployment climbed to 8.1% by October in the country, claimed the report.
Enthused by the findings of the survey, the chief minister’s office said that in less than a year, the government has succeeded in reducing unemployment by 40% in Madhya Pradesh.
“Employment has been increasing in Madhya Pradesh. Kamal Nath government has trounced unemployment. In a short stint of 10 months, the government has succeeded in reducing the unemployment rate by 40%. In 2018, joblessness was at 7%, which has now declined to 4.2%. This is the result of the able leadership of Kamal Nath,” tweeted CM’s office.
However, the BJP has questioned the authenticity of the survey, claiming that the state has recorded a drop in the joblessness because Modi government has started many welfare schemes.
BJP questioned the data and said that if there’s any success, it’s due to the Centre’s plans.
The CMIE report said that from January 2019 to August 2019, a “major change” was witnessed in rural and urban employment generation. “Unemployment rate went up from 4.76% in January to 6.47% in February 2019, but declined in August to 5.50%,” it said.