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March 2nd, 2012
Mr. Karge: reduction in India’s unemployment rate by 1.7%

Labour and Employment Minister Mallikarjun Kharge addressing a conference on ‘Innovation in Public Employment Programmes’ in New Delhi told that,”Unemployment rate in India has fallen by 1.7 percent in 5 years despite global slowdown. It was 8.3 per cent in 2004-05 but came down to 6.6 in 2009-10. He also attributed the achievement to the employment measures including MNREGA Scheme initiated by the government to stimulate job creation.
Mr Kharge also added that public employment programmes and skill development initiatives are some of the areas where India, Brazil, South Africa and other developing countries can share their expertise.

Kharge said that delegates were highly appreciative of the merits of successful implementation of employment progammmes of the government like MGNREGA.