Bura Mat Dekho: Modi Govt Now Hiding Mudra Jobs Data
The data will reportedly be released after the Lok Sabha elections.
The data compiled by Labour Bureau on the number of jobs created under Micro Units Development & Refinance Agency (Mudra) scheme will reportedly not be made public for another two months. The government has earlier held back data on jobs by the National Sample Survey Office (NSSO) and the 6th Annual Employment-Unemployment survey of the Labour Bureau, making this the third report on employment to be concealed by the Modi government.
Per a report in The Indian Express by Amitav Ranjan, a source claimed that there are “anomalies” in the methodology used while calculating the data, hence it will be held back. “The number of jobs created under the Mudra scheme will be released after the polls as the Expert Committee found anomalies in the methodology used by the Bureau in arriving at the findings.”
When the NDA government had held back NSSO data, it had claimed that it will use the findings of the survey of the Labour Bureau. However, the IE reports that at a meeting held last Friday, on March 8, an Expert Committee examining the data asked the Bureau “reconcile some errors” in the report for which the bureau sought two more months, they told IE. The report adds that they claim that the committee’s decision is yet to be approved by the Union Labour Minister.
Reportedly, NITI Aayog had asked the Labour Bureau to finalise its report and present its findings on February 27, so that it could be released before announcement of the elections. It asked for figures on people directly employed through this scheme along with additional jobs created as a result of direct employments.
The sources additionally told IE that as the model code of conduct came into force from Monday, the informal decision is not to make the report public during the election period. Apart from the Labour Bureau’s 6th annual employment-unemployment survey, the Modi led-BJP government has also held back the NSSO report which shows that unemployment during NDA’s tenure increased to a forty-five year high.
The IE report adds that the Labour Bureau’s survey covers an estimated 97,000 Mudra beneficiaries who availed of the loan scheme between April 8, 2015 and January 31, 2019. Sources are quoted as saying that during the survey time frame, Mudra beneficiaries stood at 10.35 crore which is now at 15.56 crore.