Data shows MVA govt did better on jobs, MSME front than Fadnavis regime

Under the Uddhav Thackeray-led government's 30-month tenure, 88.48 lakh jobs were created, 42 per cent more than the 62.37 lakh jobs during the five-year Fadnavis regime

Once the Thackeray govt. fell, new enterprises and job opportunities showed a sharp drop (photo: IANS)
Once the Thackeray govt. fell, new enterprises and job opportunities showed a sharp drop (photo: IANS)

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Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) allies Shiv Sena (UBT)-Congress-Nationalist Congress Party have said they have been ‘vindicated’ on their assertions over the "remarkable performance" of the 30-month regime of former Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray, as revealed by an RTI response.

Top leaders of the Sena (UBT), Congress and others have reacted to a report published by IANS highlighting an RTI reply to Pune businessman Praffull Sarda, which triggered a major political debate on Saturday.

Taking off in full swing, Shiv Sena (UBT) president Thackeray tweeted the story and links, with an exhortation: “This news confirms that Uddhav Thackeray's government was the one that provided maximum employment even during the Covid pandemic period! A must read!”

Other senior party leaders have also taken to social media, either posting/reposting the IANS reports and Thackeray’s post, including MPs Priyanka Chaturvedi, Raghunath Kuchik, Sachin Ahir and many others.

Former minister and MLA Aditya Thackeray referred to the report briefly during his media interaction on a tour of the districts of Nashik and Chhatrapati Sambhajinagar (Aurangabad until recently) on Saturday 16 September, and is likely to address a press conference on the RTI revelations on Sunday 17 September.

Top Congress leaders, including state president Nana Patole, working president M. Arif Naseem Khan, chief spokesperson Atul Londhe, general secretary Sachin Sawant and other leaders also reacted and posted or shared the report.

Patole pointed out that though it enjoyed a tenure of just 30 months before being unceremoniously ejected, the MVA government’s performance exceeded that of the previous BJP CM Devendra Fadnavis’ full five-year tenure.

“It was a challenging period which the MVA faced… It was also during that period when BJP unleashed central investigating agencies to topple the Thackeray government, with the help of the (then) governor. No efforts were spared to harass and defame the MVA, both by the state and the Centre,” Patole said.

However, now the RTI replies have made it clear that despite all the obstacles created by the Opposition, the MVA government tackled all the crises well and emerged with flying colours on all fronts, “even better than this unethical and unconstitutional regime currently ruling the state”, Patole added.

To make it easier for people to grasp, Sawant posted a graphic on his X (formerly Twitter) handle with a laudatory comment that “the MVA government was a successful performer”.

In Chhatrapati Sambhajinagar, chief minister Eknath Shinde reiterated that in the five years of the Fadnavis regime, the state had progressed immensely on investments, but everything was at a standstill for 30 months (of Thackeray rule) and claimed that now things are coming back on track.

During the MVA’s 30-month stint (November 2019-June 2022), the state got 18,68,055 new micro-small-medium industries, 35 per cent higher compared to Fadnavis’ five-year (till October 2019) tenure when the state got 14,16,224 MSMEs.

Under Thackeray’s government, 88,47,905 jobs were created, 42 per cent more compared to the 62,36,878 jobs during Fadnavis’ regime.

Sarda said that as per the RTI data, at the height of the pandemic, the state recorded 621,296 new enterprises registered with a total employment of 44,60,149 (2020-21).

The following year, the number of new businesses shot up from 621,296 to 894,674 though new jobs fell marginally, from 44,60,149 to 42,36,436 (2021-22), said the RTI reply.

Once the Thackeray government collapsed, the number of new enterprises fell sharply from 894,674 to 734,956, and fresh employment opportunities also plummeted from 42,36,436 to 24,94,691 (2022-23).

The RTI response to Sarda stated that between July 2020 and March 2023, 22.50 lakh new MSMEs were registered in Maharashtra, and nearly 1.12 crore new jobs were created.

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