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One of the big issues in India is jobs; job statistics in India are not very good: Raghuram Rajan

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 24 March 2018, 13:00 IST
former RBI governor

Raghuram Rajan, former governor of Reserve Bank of India, expressed grave concern over the present situation of job creation in India. He said “one of the big issues in India” and “job statistics in India are not very good. We need to do more.”

He was speaking at the Global Digital Summit Furture in Kochi on 23 March.

On being asked how the government can create more jobs, Rajan said "One of the big issues in India is jobs and how can we create more of them. We don't want any jobs but good ones. And a big part of the job programme is to try and give people capabilities to move out of agriculture into industry into services where incomes and productivity are much higher. This is how every country has grown; we need to figure out ways to do it.”

“"Education is part of the answer, construction is part of the answer because that creates connectivity and physical connectivity allows people to start businesses, dairy, horticulture etc but also the jobs in construction itself a wearable culture. That's the one way which helped China to grow. We can create jobs which are less threatening. We need to make people adapting to change in jobs which means flexible education and constant renewable of capabilities, some countries like Scandinavian do this very well. In India we can learn both of that," he further said.

Talking of the situation of jobs in India, he said “"Job statistics in India are not very good. We need to do more. It is only for people to enter the labour force but also for existing people in the force. We have 40-50% in agriculture which is producing 15-18% of GDP that means they are essentially having much lower incomes than the rest of the country.”

Explaining the challenges of automation and artificial intelligence to jobs, he said “There has been a steady loss of jobs in routine and unskilled segments. Routine skilled jobs are also being replaced as it is easy to automate them. In future, the routine jobs will be replaced and creativity will be in focus. Jobs that require human empathy will remain relevant. There will be restructuring across all sectors."

Warning of the fallouts of trade-war, Rajan said "I don't think we should take this lightly. I do hope that better sense sort of prevails and we move off from a full-fledged process of one country doing it and others just reacting and so on. I don't want to use the word 'trade war', I don't think we are there yet but I do think it's very important to stay away because it could harm the current recovery which has been beneficial for the world. And for it to do that, when the US is strong has got good employment is growing quite reasonably, it seems to me this not the time to do this."

First published: 24 March 2018, 13:00 IST