Unemployment is legacy of Cong mis-rule: Advani

Published on Apr 13, 2004 01:25 PM IST

Deputy PM L K Advani on Tuesday said that the NDA govt inherited the problem of unemployment as a legacy of Congress misrule.

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Stressing that the NDA government inherited the problem of unemployment as a legacy of Congress misrule, Deputy Prime Minister L K Advani today said the Vajpayee government was committed to speed up the GDP growth rate to 8-10 per cent on a sustainable basis.

"Unemployment is an inherited problem our government faces. As with many other problems it is a legacy of Congress mis-rule. We are trying to overcome the challenge of unemployment by correcting the wrong policies and practices of the past," he told reporters here on the penultimate day of his Bharat Uday Yatra.

"The NDA manifesto released last week reiterates our commitment of providing one crore new employment opportunities annually over the next five years," he said, adding "we are not only wedded to the goal of faster economic growth but also to 'growth with employment and equality'."

He said our employment generation strategy has three components -- speeding up the rate of growth of GDP to 8-10 per cent on a sustainable basis as faster economic growth will generate more jobs; greater promotion of those sectors of the economy that are employment intensive especially cottage and small scale industries; and effective implementation of government supported employment generation schemes such as food for work, samproon gramin rozgar yojana.

"I wish to underscrore that employment does not only mean jobs in governemnt and the organised sector," he said.

Wasteland development, promotion of agro processing and tourism, taking up housing projects on a larger scale, expansion of PCO network and their conversion into multi-service IT kiosks besides expansion of road construction activity will be able to solve the unemployment problem in the country, Advani said.

Emphasising on the IT capabilities of the country, he said call centres and BPO enterprises have already made such an impact and created so many new jobs that they have become an issue in the US presidential elections.

On the development in the poverty-striken areas of Kalahandi, Bolangir and Koraput, he said it had once earned the unfortnate distinction of becoming synomous with poverty. However, the greenfields today bears testimony to what focused development initiatives can do.

BJP's approach to economic development was spelt out four decades ago by Pandit Deendayal Upadhya in terms of 'har hath ko kam, har keth ko pani'.

"I am happy that we have substantially fulfilled the promise of creating one crore additional empoyment and self-empoyment opportunties each year. On average nearly 84 lakh employment and self-employment opportunities were created during the last three years with a much higher figure in the 2003," he added.

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