Prime Minister Narendra Modi has asked his team to crunch numbers and figure out how many jobs were created in the four years of his rule -- a key factor watched by the nation headed for elections in 2019.
Ministries have been instructed to come up with a detailed note on the projects and programmes undertaken by them and calculate the jobs they helped generate, according to people familiar with the matter. They were also asked to measure the impact of various programmes on GDP growth, said the people, who asked not to be identified, citing rules.
The focus on jobs in the government's report card is aimed at helping PM Modi counter a perception that he's failed to deliver on his promise of creating 10 million jobs each year. That's key if he wants to repeat his 2014 poll performance when he swept to power with the biggest electoral mandate in three decades.
Jagdish Thakkar, a spokesman in the prime minister's office, didn't respond to calls.
PM Modi, who completes four years in office on May 26, has seen mixed results in state elections and his Bharatiya Janata Party faces its next big test in the southern state of Karnataka on May 12. His popularity may have taken a hit among voters in some pockets, but he remains a favorite with investors. A fractured mandate in 2019 could make investors wary of putting money in India, especially when interest rates are rising elsewhere.