Union Minister of State for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Giriraj Singh while speaking at an event organised by the Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) in Ahmedabad on Tuesday, stated his ministry had created four crore jobs to people so far.
Singh took a swipe at the Congress, saying,”those who eat pizzas worth Rs 30,000 cannot see a Rs 12,000 job,” PTI reported.
“We have given jobs to four crore people. It is another thing that 70 per cent of those jobs are of under Rs 12,000 (monthly salary). The world developed on the strength of skills. We were only under five per cent skilled. It was (Prime Minister Narendra) Modi, who, for the first time, talked about skill-training,” Singh said.
“I want to show how a job is created for those who cannot see one. Those who have not seen poverty and go to learn about it at Kalavati’s house in the darkness of night, say there are no jobs,” he said, reportedly targeting to the Congress chief Rahul Gandhi.
“Those who eat pizzas worth Rs 30,000 will not be able to see a job worth Rs 12,000. They can only see pakora and shoe-makers but cannot see employment,” he added.
Together with loans given under the Micro Units Development and Refinance Agency Bank (MUDRA) scheme, his ministry had provided jobs to 10 crore people, the BJP leader claimed.
“I am not counting the textiles ministry and handicraft…if they (UPA) made 11 lakh people entrepreneurs between 2010 and 2014, then we have made 16 lakh people entrepreneurs,” he said.
“After Modi came to power, he created an environment to promote Khadi and the charkha,” he said, adding that the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government was working to bring the charkha and solar power together under the Solar Charkha Mission, which will provide jobs to five crore women.
Speaking on the occasion, Shah alleged that the institutions promoting Khadi had almost disappeared and become hubs of corruption during the Congress rule.
“The journey of ‘Khadi for Nation’ to ‘Khadi for Fashion’ is a journey from Gandhiji to Narendra Modi. Narendrabhai helped Khadi leap four generations,” he said.
The event was also graced by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah where he unveiled a “monumental steel charkha”.