“If the issues miring both demand and supply in the job market are not addressed urgently, we are looking at an economy in which over 20 crore people will be in ‘bad jobs’ or even without jobs by 2025,” writes author and senior journalist Goutam Das in Jobonomics.

In an interview with HuffPost India, Das said the Modi government has been fighting a perception war on jobs ever since it came to power.

“And they are still doing that now,” he said, referring to the unreleased National Sample Survey Office (NSSO) report, which, Business Standard revealed, was at a 45-year high in 2017-18.

Das, however, gave Modi credit for coming up with ideas such as Start Up India, Smart Cities, Digital India, among others, but felt that they “haven’t taken off” because “there is a talent deficit” of ministers who could implement these on the ground.