The UPA government’s latest statistics on job creation would send cheer bells ringing in the NDA.
The NDA government during its six years of rule was able to create more jobs than the UPA did in eight years, indicating that the UPA 'high growth' regime did not create sufficient jobs.
The last government study of around 1.7 lakh households before next general elections shows that 53 million new jobs were created between 2004-05 and January 2012, the period of the UPA’s rule as against 60 million jobs created between 1999-2000 and 2003-04, the NDA government regime.
The UPA managers, however, blame the two economic slow-downs impacting the manufacturing industry - the source of new jobs - as the prime reason for insufficient creation of jobs.
Another reason given was that because of introduction of Right To Education Act, a large number of children in the 14 to 18 age group, who were earlier in the work-force, went to schools.
"The biggest decline in workforce came in age groups of children as they are now opting for education instead of work. Its impact was visible in the overall workforce," said Abhijit Sen, a planning commission member.
The plan panel has estimated that if comparison is done of workforce above 18 years of age then the job created during the UPA term would be more than that of NDA.
The National Sample Survey Office study, however, had a positive for the job market as average new jobs creation per year between January of 2010 and 2012 was seven million. In the previous six year, the average annual growth was 6.6 million new jobs.
This was despite unemployment rate rising in India in this period by two percent. The survey also said that the average wages had also increased with the national average being Rs. 396 as compared to about Rs. 200 in 2004-05.