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More Than a Chowkidar, India Needs a Plumber to Fix the Leaking Economy, a Carpenter to Build New Jobs: Jayant Chaudhary

He slammed the BJP government for starting #MainBhiChowkidar campaign on Twitter.

Former Lok Sabha MP Jayant Chaudhary has blasted the Modi-led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government’s election campaign called Main Bhi Chowkidar, by citing economic slowdown, job crisis and communal tensions across the country.

The former Mathura MP and Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) leader made light of the BJP’s trend of calling its supporters and political leaders Chowkidar (watchmen).

On Twitter, Chaudhary wrote:

As per a Business Standard report, the unreleased National Sample Survey Organisation (NSSO) periodic labour force survey shows that the unemployment rate in the country increased to a forty-five-year high of 6.1 per cent in 2017-18. Two members of the National Statistical Commission resigned citing the Narendra Modi-led government’s deliberate delay in publishing the employment data.

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The data compiled by the Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy (CMIE) highlighted that the unemployment rate in the country is reportedly recorded at its highest at the end of February 2019. It has risen to 7.2 per cent, the highest since September 2016, and up from 5.9 per cent recorded in February 2018.

Also read: India’s Unemployment Rate Rises to 7.2% in February: CMIE

India’s economic growth also slowed to a five-quarter low of 6.6 per cent in the October-December period of this fiscal, according to government data.

Communal hatred and atrocities against Minorities and Dalits

The United Nations human rights chief Michelle Bachelet has reportedly slammed India in her annual report to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. She said, “We are receiving reports that indicate increasing harassment and targeting of minorities – in particular, Muslims and people from historically disadvantaged and marginalised groups, such as Dalits and Adivasis.”

Besides the human rights concerns, she warned India against going down the path of ‘divisive politics’ as it also has a negative impact on the economy.

Amnesty International has also raised concerns on the rising hatred against minorities in India. A disturbing number of alleged hate crimes – including assault, rape and murder – were reported in 2018 against people from marginalized groups, especially Dalits and Muslims, according to Amnesty India.

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