On Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s 70th birthday, social media users are protesting against the rising unemployment in the country by observing #NationalUnemploymentDay or ‘Rashtriya Berojgar Divas. The hashtag is trending in Twitter where users have shared memes and have demanded government action to make the situation better.
The Indian economy was hit hard by the pandemic and recently India reported a contraction of 23.9 per cent in the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) for the first quarter of 2020-21. Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had called it “act of God” while the opposition called it a matter of shame.
According to the Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy the urban unemployment rate in urban India in the week ending 6 September 2020 was at 8.32 per cent. The report by Mint also says that rural unemployment has also increased and reached 7.65 percent in August compared to 6.66 percent recorded in July.
The creation of employment opportunities was one of the main agendas for PM Modi but as the unemployment increases, questions are being raised.
Putting the responsibility of the dire situation on PM Modi, Twitteratis have taken to social media to urge the government to increase employment opportunities and make reforms for students.
Listen to the students.
Where is 2 crore jobs?
So plzz do something good for students on ur b'day.
And wish u very happy b'day, live healthier and longer 😃🎂 @PMOIndia @narendramodi pic.twitter.com/Rf3sVeD3Ey
— HARISH MEENA (@harissh009) September 17, 2020
If you do not speak against unemployment today, you will never be able to speak anything.
A little hard work tonight for unemployment
Agree = Retweet @PMOIndia@PTI_News pic.twitter.com/5T67uGjIiE
— Ravi Maurya (@ravimaurya7675) September 17, 2020
👉The man who promised 2 Crore jobs per year, little did we know that he was talking about taking away those jobs!
More than 12 crore people lost their jobs.👈 @PMOIndia@narendramodi #NationalUnemploymentDay pic.twitter.com/pWYDBzQZ3C
— vikash_balot_pahadi (@PahadiBalot) September 17, 2020
SSC and other recruitment agencies needs Serious Reforms and almost a complete overhaul in the recruitment process for the betterment of Lacs of Aspirants. #sscreforms #speakup #राष्ट्रीय_बेरोजगार_दिवस @DoPTGoI @PMOIndia pic.twitter.com/kgV9NfhkmV
— Berozgar छात्र (@Sak2309) September 11, 2020
Why exams are not conducting timely
Why after clearing multitiered xam 2017 ssccgl students didn't get joining so far. Why it can't possible to smooth as ur elections. We don't want to get tied in red tape pls expedite it.#राष्ट्रीय_बेरोजगार_दिवस pic.twitter.com/GqVJCcYx1g
— Mai bhi hun berozgar (@AjitKum37187562) September 17, 2020
Meanwhile, for the PM’s birthday, the BJP had launched the ‘Seva Saptah’, a week-long party campaign to mark the 70th birthday. This year, all social welfare activities revolve around the number 70.Nadda had also announced that the party will work at 70 spots in every district for cleanliness and distribution of fruits. They also established a target of providing at least 70 specially-abled people with the equipment they require in each district. There will also be 70 virtual rallies.