No unemployment data post-demonetisation: Labour Minister

-The Hindu

Labour Minister replies to Parliament

New Delhi: There is no data available on unemployment subsequent to the period of demonetisation, Labour Minister Santosh Gangwar told Parliament on Monday, in a written response to a question in the Lok Sabha.

More than a third of the questions asked by Members of Parliament to the Labour Ministry on Monday were related to unemployment data. The Ministry held firmly to citing Labour Bureau surveys on unemployment, for which the latest data available is pre-demonetisation. According to this data, the unemployment rate in 2015-16 was 3.7%, Mr. Gangwar said.

‘Not centrally’

In response to another question, Mr. Gangwar said, “Information related to impact of demonetisation on employment in the unorganised sector is not maintained centrally.”

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The Hindu, 4 February, 2019,

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