The Labour Bureau’s survey on the number of jobs created under the Micro Units Development & Refinance Agency (Mudra) scheme will not be made public for another two months making this the third report on employment to be kept under wraps before the elections.
“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,” sources said.
On February 22, reported that the NDA government, after junking the National Sample Survey Office (NSSO) report on unemployment, planned to use findings of the Labour Bureau’s survey.
But at a meeting last Friday, the committee asked the bureau to “reconcile some errors” in the report for which the bureau sought two more months, they said. The committee’s deliberations are yet to be approved by the Union Labour Minister.
Moreover, since the model code of conduct kicked in from Monday, the informal decision is not to make the report public during the election period, said sources.
The National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government has so far not made public the National Sample Survey Office (NSSO) report on unemployment and the Labour Bureau’s 6th annual employment-unemployment survey, both of which showed job losses during NDA’s tenure.
The Labour Bureau’s 6th annual employment-unemployment survey showed unemployment rising to a four-year high of 3.9 per cent in 2016-17 while a report of the NSSO survey pegged unemployment at a 45-year-high of 6.1 per cent in 2017-18.