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A man was arrested in Rajasthan’s Kota on Wednesday for allegedly deleting the mobile app of a National Sample Survey Office (NSSO) surveyor.

Kota man deletes NSSO surveyor’s app for data collection; arrested

Hindustan times, Rajasthan | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON JAN 22, 2020 07:34 PM IST
This comes in wake of people in several places in Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Rajasthan refusing to share documents or information with the government agencies in wake of protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act, National Population Register and National Register of Citizens.
If India seeks to become a knowledge economy, enjoy the fruits of demographic dividend, and create aware citizens, it will need to make education accessible to more people(Amal KS / Hindustan Times)
If India seeks to become a knowledge economy, enjoy the fruits of demographic dividend, and create aware citizens, it will need to make education accessible to more people(Amal KS / Hindustan Times)

HT Editorial| In defence of affordable education, for all

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON JAN 12, 2020 07:34 PM IST
Economic deprivation should not hinder the ability of students to access education
It is time to give statutory status to the National Statistical Commission(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
It is time to give statutory status to the National Statistical Commission(Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Reviving faith in India’s statistics

By Yamini Aiyar
PUBLISHED ON NOV 20, 2019 07:18 PM IST
Transparency of data is essential both for good governance and the health of democracy
Sonaji Jamdade, a farmer of Rajuri Navgan village checks millet crop in Beed, India.(Pratham Gokhale/HT Photo)
Sonaji Jamdade, a farmer of Rajuri Navgan village checks millet crop in Beed, India.(Pratham Gokhale/HT Photo)

India’s villages have more capital intensive factories

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Roshan Kishore
UPDATED ON SEP 25, 2019 03:14 AM IST
According to the recently released provisional data for Annual Survey of Industries (ASI), total GVA created in rural factories was Rs 7.6 lakh crore in 2017-18. This is almost 30% of the total value added in agriculture.
The National Sample Survey Organisation (NSSO) in its recent report had listed the rate of unemployment in 45 cities that have a million or more residents.(sewayojan.up.nic.in)
The National Sample Survey Organisation (NSSO) in its recent report had listed the rate of unemployment in 45 cities that have a million or more residents.(sewayojan.up.nic.in)

Prayagraj’s unemployment rate highest in country, 1.5 lakh unemployed in govt records

Hindustan Times, Prayagraj | By K Sandeep Kumar
UPDATED ON SEP 04, 2019 02:13 PM IST
Prayagraj, or the erstwhile Allahabad, tops this unemployment list with an unemployment rate of 8.9%.
Even if the CES findings show a bad picture, holding them back would only delay a coordinated response to the present slowdown(REUTERS)
Even if the CES findings show a bad picture, holding them back would only delay a coordinated response to the present slowdown(REUTERS)

Use statistics to shape stimulus

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON AUG 19, 2019 09:08 PM IST
NSSO data on consumption can give key insights on economy
Between 2004-05 and 2011-12, about five million workers per annum left agriculture for non-farm sector jobs. Among these five million, about four (75%) were youth (15 to 29 years). This was a good news because it tightened the rural labour market, which resulted in real wages rising (it had been stagnant between 1996 and 2004 because of a rising number of workers in agriculture)(REUTERS)
Between 2004-05 and 2011-12, about five million workers per annum left agriculture for non-farm sector jobs. Among these five million, about four (75%) were youth (15 to 29 years). This was a good news because it tightened the rural labour market, which resulted in real wages rising (it had been stagnant between 1996 and 2004 because of a rising number of workers in agriculture)(REUTERS)

How to revive job growth in the country

By Santosh Mehrotra and J Parida
UPDATED ON JUL 24, 2019 05:02 PM IST
First, the government must increase public investment in social services. Second, it should introduce a multi-pronged industrial policy to reverse the poor manufacturing performance since 1991
Image for representation(AP file photo)
Image for representation(AP file photo)

Job creation across sectors a key focus area of budget

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Roshan Kishore and Rajeev Jayaswal
UPDATED ON JUL 05, 2019 11:54 PM IST
If there was one big economic policy criticism of the Narendra Modi government in its first term, it was on the employment front.
On the issue of increased liquor consumption in the state, Yadav said they are against blanket ban on liquor consumption.(HTPhoto)
On the issue of increased liquor consumption in the state, Yadav said they are against blanket ban on liquor consumption.(HTPhoto)

Swaraj India to contest assembly polls in Haryana

Hindustan Times, Gurugram | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON JUN 28, 2019 03:44 AM IST
Yadav said the party has been allotted whistle as the election symbol and will contest the assembly polls on the issues of agrarian distress, unemployment, corruption, and deteriorating law and order situation in the state.  
The first step has been taken by the government by releasing the employment data for 2017-18 and providing free access to household level data. The country will watch with hope and anxiety the subsequent steps to strengthen the independence and credibility of national statistical system(Shutterstock)
The first step has been taken by the government by releasing the employment data for 2017-18 and providing free access to household level data. The country will watch with hope and anxiety the subsequent steps to strengthen the independence and credibility of national statistical system(Shutterstock)

India must strengthen the credibility of its national statistical system

By Amitabh Kundu
PUBLISHED ON JUN 24, 2019 08:30 PM IST
The non-release or delay of NSS data has happened in the past but this did not emerge in the public domain.
While policy makers debate on how to integrate the informal into the formal economy, one important dimension has gone largely ignored: unpaid household work by women(REUTERS)
While policy makers debate on how to integrate the informal into the formal economy, one important dimension has gone largely ignored: unpaid household work by women(REUTERS)

We must quantify the value of women’s unpaid work

By Rupa Subramanya
UPDATED ON JUN 23, 2019 07:43 PM IST
It’s both good economics and good public policy to correctly measure women’s contribution to the economy.
One of the major findings of the PLFS is that the already existing trend of women withdrawing themselves from the workforce has intensified.(Pratik Chorge/HT File Photo)
One of the major findings of the PLFS is that the already existing trend of women withdrawing themselves from the workforce has intensified.(Pratik Chorge/HT File Photo)

Waning women at work

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Roshan Kishore
UPDATED ON JUN 09, 2019 09:36 AM IST
Labour Force Participation Rate (LFPR), which measures the share of population which is either working or looking for work, was 54.9% for men and 18.2% for women in rural areas. These figures were 55.6% and 25.3%, respectively in the 2011-12 EUS
Congress on Saturday said the US government’s decision to terminate special trade status for India will have adverse consequences on exports.(PTI)
Congress on Saturday said the US government’s decision to terminate special trade status for India will have adverse consequences on exports.(PTI)

‘Double whammy’: Congress targets govt over jobs crisis, losing trade status

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON JUN 01, 2019 05:51 PM IST
Addressing a press conference, Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said it is a “double whammy” for India which has “succumbed to US pressure” of not buying crude oil from Iran.
The ministry of statistics and programme implementation (MoSPI) has downplayed the controversy around India’s gross domestic product (GDP) data after a National Sample Survey Office (NSSO) report raised serious questions on the quality of the MCA-21 database, which is used in India’s GDP calculations, triggering political accusations of data manipulation.
The ministry of statistics and programme implementation (MoSPI) has downplayed the controversy around India’s gross domestic product (GDP) data after a National Sample Survey Office (NSSO) report raised serious questions on the quality of the MCA-21 database, which is used in India’s GDP calculations, triggering political accusations of data manipulation.

GDP calculation: Data gaps will be resolved, says govt

New Delhi | By HT Correspondents
PUBLISHED ON MAY 09, 2019 05:07 AM IST
The NSSO report, findings of which were first published in Mint on Wednesday, found that 36% of the companies in the MCA-21 database maintained by the ministry of corporate affairs (MCA) could not be traced or were wrongly classified.
Congress North Mumbai candidate and Bollywood actor Urmila Matondkar waves at party supporters during her election campaign for the Lok Sabha polls, at Kandivali in Mumbai, April 20, 2019.(PTI file photo)
Congress North Mumbai candidate and Bollywood actor Urmila Matondkar waves at party supporters during her election campaign for the Lok Sabha polls, at Kandivali in Mumbai, April 20, 2019.(PTI file photo)

‘I have come here to bring about a change’: Urmila Matondkar

Hindustan Times | By Ankita Bhatkhande
UPDATED ON APR 22, 2019 07:10 AM IST
Urmila Matondkar, the Congress candidate from Mumbai North, spoke with Ankita Bhatkhande about the celebrity factor and her plans for the constituency if she wins.
The findings are contrary to the official and other industry data which show that there was massive job losses since the the note-bank and GST implementation in this very sector.(HT file photo)
The findings are contrary to the official and other industry data which show that there was massive job losses since the the note-bank and GST implementation in this very sector.(HT file photo)

CII survey claims MSMEs created 14% more jobs in last years

Mumbai | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON MAR 08, 2019 05:50 PM IST
Job creation by the micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) sector saw a growth of 13.9 percent in the past four years, claims an industry survey.
The basic premise of a healthy rural to urban economic transformation is to transfer workers from low-skill and low-productivity professions to high-skill jobs. It would be extremely difficult if not impossible for an urban employment guarantee scheme to ensure this.(REUTERS)
The basic premise of a healthy rural to urban economic transformation is to transfer workers from low-skill and low-productivity professions to high-skill jobs. It would be extremely difficult if not impossible for an urban employment guarantee scheme to ensure this.(REUTERS)

Urban employment guarantee scheme signifies India’s failure to address inequality

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON MAR 05, 2019 09:58 AM IST
Half-baked countercyclical policies such as the promise of an urban employment guarantee are an apology for the larger failure to address the unequal distribution of fruits of economic growth.
The changing nature of work is upending traditional employment globally, and with it, social protection systems.(HT File Photo)
The changing nature of work is upending traditional employment globally, and with it, social protection systems.(HT File Photo)

The road to social protection, beyond jobs

By Michal Rutkowski
UPDATED ON FEB 20, 2019 05:44 PM IST
The changing nature of work is upending traditional employment globally, and with it, social protection systems. Take for instance, insurance, made possible through mandatory contribution and payroll taxes on formal wage employment.
So do we have a real and growing hunger for jobs?(REUTERS)
So do we have a real and growing hunger for jobs?(REUTERS)

There is no clear picture on unemployment in India

By Karan Thapar
PUBLISHED ON FEB 09, 2019 07:24 PM IST
Step back a bit and you’ll discover another truth. The unemployment rate has been steadily rising since 2011-12. At the same time, the labour force participation rate has been steadily falling since 2004-05. So the jobs and employment problem is a concern that stretches back over a long time
The panel was set up in 2017 to look into an “equitable distribution” of OBC reservation benefits.(Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)
The panel was set up in 2017 to look into an “equitable distribution” of OBC reservation benefits.(Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)

After five extensions, OBC panel to miss deadline again

PUBLISHED ON FEB 06, 2019 11:44 PM IST
The panel was set up in 2017 to look into an “equitable distribution” of OBC reservation benefits.
The interim budget 2019-20 announced annual income support of Rs 6,000 to all farmer families with land ownership up to two hectares under the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-KISAN).(Mujeeb Faruqui/HT Photo)
The interim budget 2019-20 announced annual income support of Rs 6,000 to all farmer families with land ownership up to two hectares under the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-KISAN).(Mujeeb Faruqui/HT Photo)

Rs 6,000 is 6% of a small farmer’s annual income, according to NSSO data

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Abhishek Jha
UPDATED ON FEB 06, 2019 09:08 AM IST
How significant is Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-KISAN) scheme? NSSO data may have the answer.
An HT analysis of a 2013 National Sample Survey Office (NSSO) report on Household Ownership and Operational Holdings in India shows that farmers from the Other Backward Class (OBC) category could be the biggest beneficiaries of this scheme.(HT PHOTO)
An HT analysis of a 2013 National Sample Survey Office (NSSO) report on Household Ownership and Operational Holdings in India shows that farmers from the Other Backward Class (OBC) category could be the biggest beneficiaries of this scheme.(HT PHOTO)

Budget: OBC farmers may benefit most from Centre’s agriculture scheme

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Abhishek Jha
PUBLISHED ON FEB 02, 2019 02:56 PM IST
An HT analysis of a 2013 National Sample Survey Office (NSSO) report on Household Ownership and Operational Holdings in India shows that farmers from the Other Backward Class (OBC) category could be the biggest beneficiaries of this scheme.
NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant (R) and vice chairman Rajiv Kumar at the press conference on Thursday.(PTI Photo)
NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant (R) and vice chairman Rajiv Kumar at the press conference on Thursday.(PTI Photo)

As job debate rages, many questions still unanswered

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Roshan Kishore
UPDATED ON FEB 01, 2019 07:41 AM IST
The NSSO assessment published by a financial daily showed that unemployment rate across the country stood at 6.1 per cent, the highest since 1972-73.
The data is significant because this was the first comprehensive assessment of the employment situation conducted after Modi’s decision in November 2016 to withdraw most of the country’s banknotes from circulation overnight(HT File Photo)
The data is significant because this was the first comprehensive assessment of the employment situation conducted after Modi’s decision in November 2016 to withdraw most of the country’s banknotes from circulation overnight(HT File Photo)

Opinion | In NSSO jobs data row, an apples to oranges comparison

By Amit Malviya and Kishore Desai
UPDATED ON JAN 31, 2019 08:41 PM IST
The NSSO assessment published by a financial daily showed that unemployment rate across the country stood at 6.1 per cent, the highest since 1972-73.
NITI Aayog vice-chairman Rajiv Kumar speaks to the media in New Delhi on Thursday.(ANI/Twitter)
NITI Aayog vice-chairman Rajiv Kumar speaks to the media in New Delhi on Thursday.(ANI/Twitter)

Report claiming 45-year high in unemployment not verified: Niti Aayog

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JAN 31, 2019 07:29 PM IST
Niti Aayog vice chairman Rajiv Kumar has clarified that a report stating that the country’s unemployment levels hit a 45-year-high is “not verified” and that the “data is still being processed”.
On January 31, Business Standard published summary findings from the NSSO report. Unemployment rate in 2017-18 was 6.1%, the highest in 45 years, the NSSO report shows.(HT)
On January 31, Business Standard published summary findings from the NSSO report. Unemployment rate in 2017-18 was 6.1%, the highest in 45 years, the NSSO report shows.(HT)

NSSO jobs report: The NDA government has scored a self goal

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JAN 31, 2019 06:34 PM IST
Unless the report in question is released transparently, and the numbers suggest otherwise, the act of withholding it seems like a failed effort to hide a below-par performance on the employment front.
Chairman PC Mohanan and external member J Meenakshi of the National Statistical Commission resigned, leaving it without any external member.
Chairman PC Mohanan and external member J Meenakshi of the National Statistical Commission resigned, leaving it without any external member.

Members never discussed concerns, says govt over National Statistical Commission resignations

New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON JAN 30, 2019 11:00 PM IST
The government on Wednesday sought to control the fallout of the resignation of the chairman and an external member of the National Statistical Commission (NSC) by clarifying that the reasons given by them for their exit were never discussed in meetings.
Acting chairman PC Mohanan and external member J Meenakshi both had terms lasting until June 20 next year, according to the website of the NSC.
Acting chairman PC Mohanan and external member J Meenakshi both had terms lasting until June 20 next year, according to the website of the NSC.

After exits from statistics body, govt clarifies on job report, GDP data

New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JAN 30, 2019 03:57 PM IST
The ministry of statistics and programme implementation said the members didn’t express any concerns in any of the meetings of the commission in the last few months.
A screen displays the results of voting on the bill to provide 10 per cent reservation in jobs and educational institutions to economically backward section in the general category, in Lok Sabha, New Delhi, Jan 8(PTI)
A screen displays the results of voting on the bill to provide 10 per cent reservation in jobs and educational institutions to economically backward section in the general category, in Lok Sabha, New Delhi, Jan 8(PTI)

Reservations will affect the concept of equality

UPDATED ON JAN 13, 2019 10:45 AM IST
One way or another, practically everyone will be the beneficiary of reservations for educational institutions and government jobs. Only a small fraction – and it could even be as little as 5 per cent – will not be covered
Farmers march towards Azad Maidan from Lalbaug area, demanding better drought compensation and transfer of forest rights to tribals, Mumbai, Thursday, Nov 22(Bhushan Koyande/HT Photo)
Farmers march towards Azad Maidan from Lalbaug area, demanding better drought compensation and transfer of forest rights to tribals, Mumbai, Thursday, Nov 22(Bhushan Koyande/HT Photo)

The tone of our conversation about addressing farmer loans needs to change

By Varun Gandhi
UPDATED ON NOV 30, 2018 10:56 AM IST
We must re-tailor our mechanisms for dealing with agricultural distress. In post-independent India, farm loan waivers have been a regularly used policy instrument.
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