New Delhi: Amid the chorus over job loss post-demonetisation, the Centre has claimed that over 3.79 lakh jobs were generated between 2017 and 2019 in its various establishments, said a report on Sunday. (Also read: PM Goes All Out Against Congress in Lok Sabha)

In the interim budget for 2019-20, the government said it generated 2,51,279 jobs in central government establishments between 2017 and 2018. This is likely to go up by 3,79,544 and reach 36,15,770 on March 1, 2019, as per an analysis of the interim budget.

The data assumes significance as the Congress and other Opposition parties have been targeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi over rising unemployment while the latter has vehemently rejected the charges.

Replying to the debate on the Motion of Thanks to the President’s address, PM Modi cited data from provident fund, National Pension System (NPS), Income Tax filings and sale of vehicles to say that new jobs were created in the formal and unorganised sectors, including transport, hotels and infrastructure.

Most of the recruitment was in the Ministry of Railways, police forces and the direct and indirect tax departments. The budget documents give a sector-wise break-up of these new jobs.

As per the details, Railways will generate the highest number of jobs — 98,999 by March 1, 2019, against its strength of 12,70,714 in March 2017.

By March 1 this year, there will be 79,353 new jobs in the police departments; up from the strength of 10,52,351 on March 1, 2017.

Similarly, jobs in direct tax departments will touch an estimated 80,143 by next month as against 50,208 in March 2017 (an increase of 29,935 jobs).

In indirect tax departments, the government said there were 53,394 employees in March 2017. This went up to 92,842 in March 2018.

The Ministry of Civil Aviation will have 2,363 more personnel by March 1 this year against its actual strength of 1,174 in March 2017, the document shows.

Similarly, for the Department of Posts, there will be 4,21,068 personnel on March 1, 2019, as against its actual strength of 41,88,18 in March 2017.