Interim Budget: Instead of Answering ‘How’s The Jobs?’, Finance Minister and BJP MPs Chant ‘How’s The Josh’
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Instead of making any concrete provisions for job creations, the Narendra Modi-led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) continued on its path of making vague, rhetorical claims about jobs being created by different sectors, in the interim budget presented on Friday, February 1.
Business Standard had revealed a day earlier that the rate of unemployment in 2017-18 was at a 45-year high as per the findings of the NSSO survey. The survey report, said Business Standard, even though approved by the National Statistical Commission, was not being released to the public (we wonder why).
After the findings became public, social media was abuzz with “How’s the Jobs?”
Reading out the budget in the Parliament, Finance Minister Piyush Goyal announced single window approval for shooting films, piracy control measures and claimed that this, like everything else that the government does, would apparently create more jobs.
Suddenly, a number of BJP lawmakers sitting behind the minister started whispering “Uri”. Then, not only did Goyal promote the film in the parliament, rambling on about how much he enjoyed it, but also screamed “How’s the Josh”, a phrase from the movie that BJP ministers seems oddly stoked about.” It was fun watching Uri. There was a lot of energy in the movie (Uri movie mein jo maza aaya. Jo Josh tha),” Goyal said.
This was followed by what may well have been a re-enactment of a scene from ‘Idiocracy’ — BJP MPs, including Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad started chanting, “How’s the josh”, forgetting that their government is yet to answer on the actual state of employment in the country.
(With PTI inputs)