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Task force on employment to submit report next week

Govt says the country's unemployment rate is decreasing and employment generation has gone up

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Niti Aayog, Arvind Panagariya
NITI Aayog Vice-Chairman Arvind Panagariya will be heading the task force on employment data.

The task force on headed by Vice-Chairman is likely to finalise recommendations next week, an official said on Saturday.

The Prime Minister's Office last month constituted the task force to suggest solutions for having timely and reliable for policy making.

The Prime Minister had directed to complete the task expeditiously so that policies on can be formulated on the basis on credible

Labour Minister said the employment generation data is not captured properly which the government needs to address. He said the in the country is decreasing and employment generation has gone up due to various schemes like and Digital

Asked whether the group will come out with any new employment numbers, labour secretary M Sathiyavathy said, "The task force will only give recommendations on how we should go about the survey to reflect the actual employment generation in the country."

"The quarterly report that is coming out of Labour Bureau ... the sample size is very small. It covers only eight sectors. It is an enterprise-based survey covering about 10,600 enterprises. The biggest challenge is that this survey covers those enterprises that have more than 10 people," she said. She claimed that 98.5 per cent of enterprises in have less than 10 employees, which are not covered under the survey.

After the global financial crisis in 2008, the Labour Bureau had started a quarterly survey of employment in eight sectors including textiles and information technology to gauge the impact of slowdown on

Besides, the Statistics Ministry also comes out with quinquennial employment survey. The ministry has recently started work on new employment survey from April and is expected to release the results of labour force from December 2018.

First Published: Sat, June 17 2017. 21:52 IST