According to the yet-to-be-released Periodic Labour Force Survey (PLFS) by the NSSO, around 3.2 crore casual labourers in rural India lost their jobs during this period.
The leaked report recorded unemployment rate of 6.1 percent in 2017-18, giving the opposition Congress ammunition to attack and pushing the NDA government in defensive mode.
Two independent members of the National Statistical Commission had resigned this week after the government allegedly failed to publish the report that was prepared last month.
Citing a media report on the leaked findings of the National Sample Survey Office’s Periodic Labour Force Survey, Gandhi termed the job creation report card is a “national disaster”.
At present, the only employment data available are through NSSO surveys which are done once every five years.