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05 October 2020

After a lack of data on migrant workers, medical staff and sanitisation workers, the Centre now fails to provide monthly unemployment rates of the past year. In yet another shocking display of inefficiency and lack of professionalism, the Minister of State (MoS) for Labour and Employment gave 2018-19’s unemployment rate as an answer. When asked about the monthly unemployment rate in the last 12 months! When asked about the impact of the nation-wide lockdown on the country’s employment status as well as updates on the monthly unemployment rate in the last year. He also asked about the number of people who lost jobs due to the pandemic-induced restrictions in the last six months, Modi’s minister’s answer was “As per the PLFS 2018-19, the estimated unemployment rate … for persons of all ages on usual status basis in the country was 5.8%. The Covid-19 followed by lockdowns has affected economies across the globe including India. Covid-19 has resulted in large number of migrant workers going back to their native places. Government has taken initiatives for creating jobs at local levels through Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana (PMGKY), Aatmanirbhar Bharat & Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Rozgar Abhayan (PMGKRA).” The Centre also announced that it has no intention to provide compensation to migrant families whose members had died in this period, and also the data about the number of migrant workers died on their way home

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