Taking jibe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi's remark on selling "Pakodas", former finance minister P Chidambaram on Sunday said that if selling "Pakodas" is a job then, by that logic, even begging is a job.
Chidambaram took to Twitter to launch a scathing attack on the Modi-led government over job creation, which was one of the key promises made by the BJP prior to 2014 Lok Sabha elections.
"The truth is India is witnessing a three-year spell of modest, but jobless, growth and the government is clueless about how to create jobs," he wrote on his twitter handle.
"Real job creation will be reflected by robust increase in private investment, private consumption, exports and credit demand. Not happening yet," he said in another tweet.
5. Even selling pakodas is a 'job' said PM. By that logic, even begging is a job. Let's count poor or disabled persons who are forced to beg for a living as 'employed' people.— P. Chidambaram (@PChidambaram_IN) January 28, 2018
His tweets came days after PM Modi, in a recent interview to a television channel, reportedly said: "If a person selling pakodas (snacks) earns Rs. 200 at the end of the day, will it be considered employment or not?"
Demanding that government be more transparent about the figures, the Congress leader said, "In the debate on jobs, it is important to keep the distinction between 'job' and 'self-employment'. A 'job' is certain, regular and reasonably secure. We want to know how many such jobs have been created."
"Real job creation will be reflected by robust increase in private investment, private consumption, exports and credit demand. Not happening yet," he added.