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    Niti Aayog tries to counter bleak unemployment data, says Ola & Uber helped create over 2 million jobs

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    Niti Aayog tries to counter bleak unemployment data, says Ola & Uber helped create over 2 million jobs

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    India is creating enough jobs for "new entrants" but "probably not" high-quality ones, the government`s think-tank said on Thursday, after a report showed the country`s unemployment rate rose to a 45-year high during 2017/2018.

    Government think-tank on policy and macroeconomic strategies, Niti Aayog said nearly 8 million jobs for 'new entrants' were created in the country.
    NITI Aayog chief executive officer (CEO) Amitabh Kant and Vice Chairman Rajiv Kumar said application-based cab companies like Ola and Uber alone created one million and 2.2 million jobs since 2014, respectively.
    India is creating enough jobs for "new entrants" but "probably not" high-quality ones, the government's think-tank said on Thursday, after a report showed the country's unemployment rate rose to a 45-year high during 2017/2018.
    The statement from NITI Aayog comes after the Business Standard newspaper quoted an official survey that has been withheld by the government on the jobless problem under Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who faces a general election by May.
    Kumar said the leaked unemployment report was only a draft, and that the government could release jobs data in March.
    On January 29, two independent members of the National Statistical Commission (NSC), P C Mohanan and J V Meenakshi, have resigned over disagreement with the government on certain issues. Mohanan was also the acting chairperson.
    With the two members quitting, the NSC now has only two members -- chief statistician Pravin Srivastava and Kant.
    (With inputs Reuters)
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