Will only publicity generate employment?: Priyanka slams UP govt

The Congress leader's remark came a day after PM Modi launched a job scheme for Uttar Pradesh

Priyanka Gandhi Vadra
Priyanka Gandhi Vadra is the Congress general secretary in-charge of UP East | File Photo: PTI

A day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the ‘Atma Nirbhar Uttar Pradesh Rozgar Abhiyan’, an employment generation programme, Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Saturday (June 27) slammed the Yogi Adityanth-led state government, asking whether only “publicity” will create jobs.

“Yesterday, an employment event was started in UP with a lot of fanfare,” said Gandhi, the Congress general secretary in-charge of UP East, in a Facebook post.

“Most of the categories of employment mentioned at the event are facing problems. Self-employed people are in tremendous crisis due to lack of direct financial support from the government. The condition of small and medium scale industries is so bad that it is estimated that 62 per cent of MSMEs will cut jobs and 78 per cent will cut wages,” she said.

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In Uttar Pradesh, the condition of chikan industry, woodwork, brass industry, powerloom sector, the carpet industry is also bad, said Gandhi. “Recently, the incidents of suicide by migrant labourers from outside in Bundelkhand are before us. Tragic incidents of suicide have come to light in Kanpur due to financial constraints and lack of employment,” she added.

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“In such a situation, what is the UP government trying to hide? Will only publicity provide employment?” the Congress general secretary in-charge UP East asked. Asking on which government portal figures on employment are available, she told the state government to come out with the truth.

The ‘Atma Nirbhar Uttar Pradesh Rozgar Abhiyan’ was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday to promote local entrepreneurship and create partnership with the industrial associations to provide employment opportunities.

(With inputs from agencies)

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