According to the data, the unemployment rate stood at 7.8 per cent in urban areas, while it was 5.3 per cent in the rural areas.
The delay in its release of the report led to two National Statistical Commission (NSC) members, including the acting chairman, resigning from their posts earlier this week alleging the government had withheld the release despite its approval by the NSC. When the data is ready we will release it. Data collection method is different now; we are using a computer assisted personal interviewee in the new survey.
The Niti Aayog on Thursday stepped in to clarify on the survey that claimed India's unemployment rate rose to a 45-year high during 2017-2018, calling it a draft report and that some parts of the jobs data was still being processed.
Referring to the issues concerning labour force survey, which is conducted by the NSSO under MoSPI, it said: "NSSO is processing the quarterly data for the period, July 2017 to December 2018, and the report will be released thereafter". I don't blame our opponents for blaming us on the issue of jobs, after all no one has an accurate data on jobs.
A government official checks the papers of job aspirants for registration at an employment exchange office in Ahmedabad, February 19, 2016.
The BJP retort came after Gandhi attacked Modi over employment generation, saying he had promised two crore jobs, but five years later a "leaked job creation report card" had revealed a "national disaster".
"News and data like thousands of PhDs applying for waiter jobs in Mumbai or millions applying for just a thousand jobs in Gujarat or 10 million applying for a small number of jobs in railways", he said.More news: President Trump optimistic ahead of trade talks with China
NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant said that India's growth rate is 7.2 per cent.
"The country could not have experienced a growth of 7 per cent if unemployment had been on the rise".
According to Business Standard, the report states that unemployment was last this high in 1972-73. If the report is made public, and if it does show that unemployment peaked in the aftermath of the note ban, it will deflate the government's relentless attempt to give the drastic measure a positive spin.
The data provides the first comprehensive assessment of India's employment since Modi's decision in November 2016 to withdraw most of the country's banknotes from circulation overnight.
Critics say PM Modi's push for raising the share of domestic manufacturing from 17 percent of GDP to about 25 percent has not taken off over the last four years.
Periodic labour force surveys were launched in April 2017, aimed at providing reliable job level data.