"Government did not release the data (on jobs) as it is still being processed".
Referring to the issues concerning labour force survey, which is conducted by the NSSO under MoSPI, it said: "NSSO is processing the quarterly data for the period, July 2017 to December 2018, and the report will be released thereafter". "It is not correct to use this report as final".
In 1972-73, the NSSO data showed unemployment at 5.18 percent, after global oil shocks and war with Pakistan. According to the survey, the unemployment rate stood at 2.2% in 2011-'12 in comparison to 2017-18, during the UPA's second tenure.
Instead, the report showed 18.7 percent of urban males aged 15-29 were without work, and the jobless rate for urban females the same age was 27.2 percent. Now, the Business Standard report said that joblessness stood at 7.8% in urban areas compared with 5.3% in rural areas.
The commission's back-series calculation showed that the Indian economy grew at a much faster pace under Manmohan Singh's UPA government compared to Modi's NDA, and that it registered double-digit growth in two years - 10.23 per cent in 2007-08 and 10.78 per cent in 2010-11.
"The government will approve", he said when asked who would approve the NSSO data.
The survey comes a month after the All India Manufacturers' Organisation released a report that said 3.5 million jobs had been lost since 2016. And critics say the government's claims of economic success have sounded increasingly hollow.
Refusing to comment on the content of the news report, he said the government will release its employment report by March after collating quarter-on-quarter data. "It also exposes the utter failure of the BJP-led government to deliver on its promise of providing two crore jobs every year, that is, 10 crore new jobs during the last five years", the Left party said in a statement.
This is a big blow for Narendra Modi government as the budget session of Parliament - the last one before the next general election - kicks off.
Some sociologists say that there are instances of a correlation between high unemployment and an increase in criminal behaviour.