New Delhi: National Sample Survey Office’s (NSSO) draft on unemployment is likely to be junked as government is reportedly planning to use findings of the Labour Bureau’s survey on jobs created under the MUDRA (Micro Units Development and Refinance Agency) scheme instead. Niti Aayog has asked the Labour Ministry to process the survey and present its findings on February 27 so that it could be made public by the first week of March, reported a leading daily. Also Read - Covid-19: India’s Overall Recoveries Exceed Total Active Cases, Touches 90 Per Cent Mark

This was decided by Niti vice-chairman Rajeev Kumar in a meeting, that was attended by Labour Minister Santosh Kumar Gangwar and his officials. Also Read - India Aims To Vaccinate All Citizens By End of 2021, Over 200 Crore Vaccine Doses to be Available From August To December

This comes after Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Parliament asserted that there was no ‘correct system’ of collecting job data at present and his government was trying to put one in place. Taking on the Congress over its charge of job crisis under the NDA government, PM Modi had said that in the last 4 years, 6.35 lakh new professionals have come up. “You think if a doctor opens a clinic or a nursing home then he will employ only 1 person? Or does a CA only employ 1 person? No,” he said. Also Read - Unemployed During Lockdown, Pune Man Kills Wife, Son and Self

Earlier this year, the NSSO(National Sample Survey Office) report had claimed the country’s unemployment rate stood at a 45-year high of 6.1 per cent in 2017-18. The report was based on data collected between July 2017 and June 2018 and is the first official survey post-demonetisation.

The report had further said that unemployment was higher in urban areas (7.8 per cent) as compared to 5.3 per cent in rural areas of the country. Earlier, the Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy (CMIE) had stated that 1.5 million jobs were lost just in the first four months of 2017 — immediately after demonetisation of old 500 and 1000 rupee notes.