Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra has hit out at Union Minister of State Santosh Kumar Gangwar over his ‘lack of quality people in North India’ remarks saying that he wants to escape from responsibility by accusing people of this party of the country. “Minister, it has been more than five years for your government. There is no job creation. Whatever jobs were there, they have been snatched due to the economic slowdown brought by the government. You want to escape by insulting North Indians,” said the Congress leader in her tweet.
Her remarks come after Gangwar, Minister of State for Labour and Employment (Independent Charge), said that recruiters complain of the paucity of ‘quality people’ in North India for the posts they wish to fill.
“The issue of employment keep figuring in newspapers these days. I am handling the same ministry for labour and employment and examine the issue daily. I have understood the problem,” he told reporters in Bareilly.
“Recruiters who visit north India complain of facing dearth of quality people for the posts that they need to fill. (Hamaare Uttar Bharat mein jo log bhi recruitment karne aate hai, woh iss baat kaa sawaal kar dete hai ki jis pad ke liye hum rakh rahe hai, us quality kaa vyakti humko kam miltaa hai),” the minister had observed.
Earlier, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief also slammed the Union minister for the statement and sought an apology.
“After the various hilarious comments by Union ministers on the Indian economy, this comment that there was a lack of skill in North India and not lack of jobs is shameful, for which he should apologise,” she tweeted.
However, the minister tried to downplay the controversy over his comments saying he said that in a ‘different context’. “What I said had different context that there was lack of skills and government has opened skill ministry so children can be trained as per job requirement,” he clarified.