PM to review employment creation scenario in the country today

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will review job scenario in the country today and will take a stock of data collection on employment. The meeting comes at a time when top policy-makers feel there is a lack of credible and timely job data that makes it difficult to assess job creation. Recently, NITI Aayog had rejected the jobless growth criticism, saying that India has no credible job data to allow such conclusions. Vice Chairman of NITI Aayog Arvind Panagariya had said that India will soon have new job data that should be able to help policy-makers get a better sense of the employment scenario. Mr Panagariya is heading a task force set up by the government to assess the creation of jobs based on credible data and the panel has been mandated to formulate a methodology for timely and reliable statistics. Job creation was an essential element of BJP’s poll pitch in 2014 and the government is keen to address the issue.