Lucknow: Over 21 lakh people remain unemployed in Uttar Pradesh, said Labour and Employment minister Swami Prasad Maurya while answering a question during the state legislative council on Thursday. The response came after Congress legislator Deepak Singh raised a question and in turn, Maurya said that a total of 21,39,811 were registered as unemployed in the state. Also Read - These States May go Under Lockdown Amid COVID-19 Spike | Full List

He added, “The number of jobs in the government sector is limited, while in the private sector the numbers are very high. The state government organised Investors’ Summit in February this year, and in a span of four months projects worth Rs 60,000 crore have started. If the conditions are favourable, then we will give jobs to 33 lakh persons.” Also Read - A Uniform Body Of Law Strengthens The Sovereignty Of State And Uniform Civil Code Is The First Step Towards It

The Congress legislator further asked Maurya about the earlier figures which stated that nearly five crore people were unemployed in the state. He demanded that Maurya give an explanation for the same. He added that BJP’s promise also remained unfulfilled as it had mentioned in its election manifesto that it will provide jobs to lakhs of people within 90 days. Also Read - UP: 10 killed, 40 Injured As Truck Falls Into Gorge in Etawah, CM Yogi Announces 2 Lakh Compensation

After Singh kept attacking the BJP government, Leader of the House Dinesh Sharma spoke about the recruitments in the government department which will take place. He said that the UP government is recruiting 68,000 teachers in the basic education department, 12,000 teachers in the secondary education department and soon recruitment will take place in the police force as well.