Monday 29 October 2018

Promising Sector, Regular Job creation and Modi Govt. changing Goal Posts

Written by Anil Singh

In the past 4 and a 1/2 years it is often being said by Modi critics that the Prime Minister has a habit of changing goal posts (The dates when projects or goals will be met).

In addition, they also say that the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi makes truck loads of tall promises (too many promises which are impossible to fulfill).

It makes sense to look at this criticism. The reasons why they are not wrong can be easily seen.

Just this morning I saw a promoted tweet (paid promotion). This tweet seems to be in line with Prime Minister Narendra Modi's ongoing Japan visit. It also seems to be in line with top front page news in many Hindi and English newspapers, where the headline quotes Japanese PM Shinzo Abe saying : Modi is the most trusted ally. Below is the tweet:

Postal Insurance Department, Insurance Promising Sector, Regular Job creation, Modi Govt. changing Goal Posts, bullet train promotion

At the bottom of the tweet, one can clearly see "Promoted". What is interesting about the tweet is that it promotes a project which will get completed in "2023". But the promotion tries to make an impression that 2023 is just down the corner. This bullet train project was signed at least 3 years ago, when the Government was new. The year 2023 will be the 4th year of the next Government. In the mean time there will be many political and economic changes. It is very likely that the bullet train deal signed a decade earlier would also see renewed financial burden. In simple words, NO government must make promises beyond its present tenure. It does not make sense!

To conclude, sometimes it seems that Modi led present NDA Government is indeed busy promoting its own image. This becomes even more visible when I read newspaper's Business Page reports such as: Postal Insurance Department will create 5 Lakh employments. Such reports don't build trust for three reasons: 1) most of these reports are indicative of what can be a promising sector for career planning and 2) most of the jobs created in the Insurance sector of any country depend on the individual, hence they cannot be promoted as jobs. It is better to say Postal Department Insurance can be a promising career choice. So any number of jobs in promising sector is different from Regular Job creation (monthly, annual) job creation during any government. 3) The number is just an estimate and not a surity.


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