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Cong slams Govt, says unemployment rate much higher than global average

Cong slams Govt, says unemployment  rate much higher than global average

New Delhi: Taking a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi's "'Howdy Modi" event at Houston in the USA, Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala has on Thursday accused the BJP government of ruining the education system and employment opportunities in the country.

Addressing a press conference, the Congress spokesperson Surjewala said, "Indian youth have a straight question -- howdy education and howdy unemployment? The BJP government has ruined education and employment in India."

"There were neither jobs nor a good education. Unemployment was visible everywhere and it's the "everything is fine" BJP government," Surjewala said while taking a dig at Modi over his ''everything is fine in India'' remark made at Houston. Citing the findings of the two reports -- the Eighth Annual All India Survey on Higher Education 2018-19, issued by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD), and Unemployment in India - A Statistical Profile, by the Centre for Monitoring India Economy (CMIE) -- Surjewalas said that the unemployment rate in May was 7.03 per cent, the highest in 50 years, and it increased to 8.19 per cent in August, perhaps the highest since Independence. "The global average unemployment is 4.95 per cent, as estimated by the International Labour Organisation, but the unemployment in India is nearly double," he said.

Surjewala said that the rate of unemployment for men was 6.1 per cent and more than double at 17.5 per cent for women. "This is the reality of the ''Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao'' scheme," he said.

The Congress leader also said that unemployment had jumped to 15 per cent among graduates and above. "It's three times the global average. At present, more than one crore youth are unemployed," he said.

Across the nation, only 2.5 per cent educational institutions provided for PhD studies and only 0.5 per cent youths were enrolled. According to the HRD Ministry report, about 74 per cent of youth in the 18-23 age group were not enrolled for graduate degrees, he added.

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