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NEW DELHI: As de­bate in­ten­si­fies over ris­ing un­em­ploy­ment in the coun­try, the Modi govern­ment claims to have gen­er­ated over 3.79 lakh jobs be­tween 2017 and 2019 in its var­i­ous es­tab­lish­ments, ac­cord­ing to the in­terim bud­get for 2019-20.

The govern­ment said it has gen­er­ated 2,51,279 jobs in cen­tral govern­ment es­tab­lish­ments be­tween 2017 and 2018. This is es­ti­mated to go up by 3,79,544 to reach 36,15,770 on March 1, 2019, shows an anal­y­sis of doc­u­ments of the in­terim bud­get, pre­sented by Fi­nance Min­is­ter Piyush Goyal on Fe­bru­ary 1.

The data as­sumes sig­nif­i­cance as the Congress and other op­po­si­tion par­ties have been tar­get­ing Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi over ris­ing un­em­ploy­ment. The govern­ment has re­jected the charges.

Re­ply­ing to the de­bate on the Mo­tion of Thanks to the pres­i­dent's ad­dress to Par­lia­ment on Thurs­day, Modi cited data from prov­i­dent fund, Na­tional Pen­sion Sys­tem (NPS), In­come Tax fil­ings and sale of ve­hi­cles among oth­ers to say crores of new jobs were cre­ated in the for­mal and un­or­gan­ised sec­tors, in­clud­ing trans­port, ho­tels and in­fra­struc­ture. Most of the re­cruit­ment was done by the Min­istry of Rail­ways, po­lice forces and the di­rect and indi­rect tax de­part­ments.

The bud­get doc­u­ments give a sec­tor wise break-up on how the jobs were added in cen­tral govern­ment es­tab­lish­ments.

It said In­dian Rail­ways will gen­er­ate the high­est num­ber of jobs –98,999 by March 1, 2019 against its ac­tual strength of 12,70,714 in March 2017.

There will be 79,353 ad­di­tional jobs in po­lice de­part­ments by March 1, 2019, up from the ac­tual strength of 10,52,351 as on March 1, 2017.

Sim­i­larly, jobs in di­rect tax de­part­ments will touch an es­ti­mated 80,143 by next month as against 50,208 in March 2017 (an in­crease of 29,935 jobs).

In indi­rect tax de­part­ments, the govern­ment said there were 53,394 em­ploy­ees in March 2017. This went up to 92,842 in March 2018. It also gave the same fig­ure (92,842) as the es­ti­mated strength of indi­rect tax es­tab­lish­ment as on March 1, 2019. The Min­istry of Civil Avi­a­tion will have 2,363 more per­son­nel by March 1 this year against its ac­tual strength of 1,174 in March 2017, the doc­u­ment shows. Sim­i­larly, for the Depart­ment of Posts, it said there will be 4,21,068 per­son­nel on March 1, 2019 as against its ac­tual strength of 41,88,18 in March 2017.

In the Min­istry of Ex­ter­nal Af­fairs, 11,877 peo­ple are es­ti­mated to be work­ing by next month as against its ac­tual strength of 10,044 in March 2017, which was es­ti­mated to have reached 11,870 in 2018.

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