BJP MPs stall parliamentary panel report on reliability of employment data

BJP MPs stall parliamentary panel report on reliability of employment data

Courtesy : Nationalist Bureau13/10/2018 23:39

New Delhi: A draft report prepared by a parliamentary panel headed by veteran BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi, questioning the reliability of employment data collected by the government, has been stalled following protests by other BJP members of the panel.

According to sources, the draft report of the Estimates Committee on “measuring growth, employment and income” asks the government how it can address the critical issue of unemployment if it does not have “real time” and “holistic” data.

It states that the latest National Sample Survey Office (NSSO) survey on employment was carried on in 2011.

The Labour Bureau started carrying out quarterly employment survey only since April 2016. That too covers non-farm eight major sectors and it does not reflect the workforce engaged in establishments having less than 10 workers which constitute 98% of the establishments, the report notes.

It also criticises the sample size of the NSSO survey which had only 600 sample villages. The report has criticised the approach as “casual and shoddy”.

Noting these constraints, the draft report stated, “With the aforesaid scenario whereby up-to-date realistic position about the employment at a particular time on various important parameters is not available, the committee fails to understand how the critical issue of unemployment in the country can be addressed.”

In Thursday’s meeting, BJP members led by Jharkhand MP Nishikant Dubey and Delhi MP Ramesh Bidhuri protested, claiming that they had not got adequate time to read the report.

To this, Joshi countered saying the report was circulated on October 3 and each member was given multiple reminders to read it.

Dubey, according to sources, said that evidence of the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation has not been adequately recorded to which Joshi asked him to read the report closely before making such charges.

It is learnt that a few BJP members pressed for a dissent note, to which Joshi did not agree as it is against the norm of the Estimates Committee.

He said that all reports have to be passed through consensus.

This is the third report of a standing committee to be held up due to protest by BJP members.

The Standing Committee on Finance headed by Congress leader Veerappa Moily is yet to bring out its report on demonetisation even after working on it for the last two years.

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