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7% growth rate impossible without creating jobs: NITI Aayog CEO

File photo of Niti Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant. Photograph:( PTI )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Apr 18, 2019, 09.18 AM (IST)

It is impossible to say that India witnessed seven per cent growth without any job creation or increase in employment opportunities, said Amitabh Kant, Chief Executive Officer, NITI Aayog on Wednesday. 

"It is absolutely impossible to say that seven per cent of growth happened without any job creation or increase in employment opportunities. If one looks at our analysis, the number of schemes launched, and keeping all the other factors in mind, there has been a continuous process of job creation," Kant told reporters.

"Our country`s ambition should be of achieving 10 per cent growth when we will reach this level we will be able to lift up a maximum number of people above the poverty line," he added.

The government`s focus was to improve the growth rate, he further said. 

"If West Bengal and Karnataka say that jobs have been created in their respective states, then how it is possible that there is no employment generation?" Kant asked. 

"I am not looking after the issue of jet airways so, I cannot comment on that," he said when asked about the recent Jet Airways crisis.

An SBI-led consortium has taken over the debt-ridden airlines after chairman and founder Naresh Goyal, stepped down from the Board on March 25. 

Burdened with high operating costs and a huge debt, the airline has been facing the biggest crisis in its history. 

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"Our country`s ambition should be of achieving 10 per cent growth when we will reach this level we will be able to lift up a maximum number of people above the poverty line," he added