India’s favourite snack, pakoda (the crispy savoury primarily made of chickpea batter, onions and salt), has turned into the latest metaphor to attack the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government at the Centre for failing to create jobs. Error loading player: No playable sources found The whole pakoda story emerged after Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a recent interview stated, “If a person selling pakodas (snacks) earns Rs 200 at the end of the day, will it be considered employees or not?”
As a part of the Budget session, the Union budget 2018 will be presented by Union finance minister Arun Jaitley on Thursday (February 1). According to reports, the Centre is planning to give special emphasis on job creation in the upcoming budget after facing criticism for failing to do so.
As a part of the Budget session, the Union budget 2018 will be presented by Union finance minister Arun Jaitley on Thursday (February 1). According to reports, the Centre is planning to give special emphasis on job creation in the upcoming budget after facing criticism for failing to do so. In the last few days, social media is full of sarcastic tweets against the ruling BJP government under the hashtags– #pakodanomics, #PakodaRojgar, #Pakoda and #Pakodafor2019. On Sunday, former finance minister P Chidambaram joined the debate on pakoda or job creation. “Even selling pakodas is a ‘job’ said PM.
By that logic, even begging is a job. Let’s count poor or disabled persons who are forced to beg for a living as ’employed’ people,” tweeted the former finance minister under the previous Manmohan Singh regime. He also tweeted, “Another minister wanted MGNREGA workers to be counted as holding jobs. So they are ‘job’ holders for 100 days and jobless for 265 days.” One Twitter user has come up with an ingenious “pakoda” budget, kind of an alternative budget to be presented by Jaitley.
The CPI(M) on Wednesday alleged that the Prime Minister Narendra Modi who had made a poll promise of creating two crore jobs is now assuring “pakoda jobs” to millions of people looking for work.
Modi in a television interview last week claimed that people earning Rs 200 a day selling pakodas can be considered unemployed. “Now we have it from the prime minister himself that massive employment has been created by people selling goods on streets,” former CPI(M) General Secretary Prakash Karat wrote in an editorial in the party journal “People’s Democracy”.
“What the prime minister promises is more ‘pakoda jobs’ for millions of new entrants to the job market,” it read. The CPI(M) leader termed Modi’s remark a “cruel joke”.