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Odishatv Bureau

Bhubaneswar/Nagpur: In what could be a bumper announcement by the Government, around five crore job vacancies have been announced for all the aspirants across the country seeking jobs in various sectors.

Union Minister of State for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Giriraj Singh Saturday said five crore employment opportunities would be created in the country by next year. He was speaking at the 'National SC-ST Hub State' conclave organised here by his ministry.

The minister said that employment creation was not being perceived because of the country's large population.

Stressing that jobs just did not mean government ones, Singh said that employment opportunities were also being created because of the Mudra (Micro Units Development and Refinance Agency) loan scheme that had made people self-employed.

He said that some sections were mocking these initiatives, alluding to the furore over Prime Minister Narendra Modi's comment that even those selling "pakodas" were part of the cycle of employment generation.

"It is PM Modi's dream to create jobs through self employment," Singh said.

Singh, while speaking about the recent scam that has hit a nationalised bank, said that Non-Performing Assets (NPAs) of the banking sector was in the region of Rs 52,000 crore but went on to add that the portion of NPAs pertaining to the MSME sector was about 1.5 per cent of the Rs 70,000 crore lent to the latter.

"Bankers should think about why the level of NPAs is so less in the MSME sector. They should provide need-based finance to MSMEs where even after a high rate of interest, the recovery is very good," Singh said.

With PTI Inputs

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